Last Chance for U.S. Dressage Riders to Earn a Ticket to Ride in Vegas at California Dreaming Productions' CDIs in San Juan
Veteran U.S. Dressage Team member Steffen Peters will lead a star-studded field of international competitors this week at California Dreaming Productions' Capistrano Dressage International CDI-W/Y/J/U-25, being held March 19 - 22 at the beautiful Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, site of the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Selection Trials for Dressage. And once again dressage fans from around the world can watch all the action from the CDI arena via California Dreaming Productions' wildly-popular live streaming video service "CDP Live", which features expert commentary by FEI 5* (ret) judge Axel Steiner plus exclusive rider interviews.
The 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) began its eleventh week of competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Wednesday with a win for Mexico's Nicolas Pizarro and Temascaltepec in the $34,000 1.45m FEI speed class. The pair was first to go and set an unbeatable pace that led the way through 60 competitors. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Beluga finished second; Heather Caristo-Williams (USA) and Cosmopolitan 30 placed third.
Jamie Azcarraga, of Mexico City, Mexico, and his Anton Radio Formula, claimed Sunday's AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by MortgageCall, which is the first jewel of the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping.
Azcarraga was one of only three riders out of a total field of 44 in the first round and only five in the jump-off who rode double-clear at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California. Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward, who went first in the fast-paced jump-off on Rothchild, came in second. Charlie Jayne, on Chill RZ, galloped to a third place finish.
The brand new Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League was launched in Miami (USA) today by three of the biggest names in the sport – Beezie Madden, the most decorated US female equestrian athlete of all time and currently the only woman in the top 10 of the Longines world rider rankings, American Gold Cup winner and FEI Solidarity Ambassador Jessica Springsteen, and Hannah Selleck, team and individual gold medallist at young rider level and one of the sport’s up-and-coming stars.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's (TRF) has launched its seventh annual Hay Drive campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise the funds necessary for TRF’s yearly hay budget for the 900 horses in its programs. TRF expects its hay costs in 2015 to exceed $220,000.