By Ange Dickson Finn
We riders all know that our horse sees the world as if he had two brains instead of one. Haven’t we been told, over and over, “Turn her around and let her see that golf cart out of the other eye too, otherwise she’ll be spooked all over again when you go the other way.”
By Christina Keim
The required speeds on cross-country for the preliminary, intermediate and advanced levels have remained unchanged for nearly 50 years—520 meters per minute at preliminary, 550 at intermediate, and 570 at advanced. In order to come over the finish line without incurring time faults, horse and rider have to average these speeds around the entire course. Riders routinely slow down for sections where fences require a collected gait, such as banks or water, and maintain a gallop over single fences set at wider distances.
Dressage at Devon (DAD) (www.dressageatdevon.org) will increase the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle prize money to $15,000 at the 2015 show – bringing the CDI total to $40,000 in honor of the 40th Anniversary.
The United States Young Riders competing at CDIOY Hagen, Germany completed solid tests on their final day with both riders placing in the top ten. Ayden Uhlir and her own Sjapoer competed in the CDIOY Individual Final Freestyle, earning a score of 70.250% and a tie for seventh place amidst stiff competition from some of the best young dressage riders in Europe. Catherine Chamberlain and Kimberly Pribble's Avesto Van Weltevreden performed well in the Small Final Freestyle, scoring a 66.042% and sixth place.
On June 16, the American Horse Council presented the Van Ness Award to Yvette Anderson-Rollins of Springville, Indiana during the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.
The Van Ness Award is presented annually to an individual who has shown leadership and service to the horse community in his or her state. It is awarded in memory of Mrs. Marjorie Van Ness, one of the founders of the New Jersey Horse Council. Mrs. Van Ness was one of the organizers of the AHC’s Coalition of State Horse Councils.