Para Selector and BD judge Juliet Seal passes away, aged 86

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British equestrian organisations are paying tribute following the passing of Juliet Seal. Juliet, one of the most influential figures in the development of Para Dressage in Great Britain, died peacefully at home on 30 January at the age of 86. As a BD List 2 Judge, FEI Para Judge, Para Selector and Chair of Selectors, Juliet’s unwavering support played a key role in shaping and cultivating Para Dressage, leading to successive Championship successes for the British team during her time at the forefront of the sport. In 2015, Juliet received…

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The name’s Bond… James Bond II

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Continuing her incredible breakthrough year, Becky Moody rode to success at Myerscough Premiere League Show in the Grand Prix with her new superstar, James Bond II. The super 10-year-old Desperado x Fidertanz stallion owned by Becky’s longtime supporter, Jo Cooper, sealed his first Grand Prix win in a hot class. After her success with stable mate Jagerbomb at the London International, Becky rode James Bond II to win the class on 70.8%, narrowly ahead of stalwart Emma Hindle on Zippo MI, another exciting new horse. “Clever Mr Bond was determined…

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Excitement palpable as line-up for 37th FEI Dressage World Cup Final is announced

Great Britain’s Charlotte (Lottie) Fry and her Tokyo 2020 Olympic ride, Everdale, winners of the sixth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in Mechelen, Belgium. (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

The excitement is palpable as the 37th FEI Dressage World Cup Final lineup has been confirmed. Seventeen Dressage athletes from twelve nations are set to compete in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from April 16 to 20 for the coveted FEI Dressage World Cup trophy in 2024. What makes this final particularly thrilling is the diverse mix of finalists! Flying the flag for GBR (Western European League) is World Champion Charlotte ‘Lotti’ Fry, who achieved the best qualification result of all the finalists, with 88.18%. The 28-year-old will bring with her the…

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FEI Dressage World Cup season finale fast approaching with Charlotte Fry in second place on the rankings table

Jessica von Bredow Werndl (GER) and Charlotte Fry (GBR) during the award ceremony from the Grand Prix Freestyle at the FEI Dressage European Championship Riesenbeck 2023 Copyright ©FEI/Leanjo de Koster

The 37th season finale of the global FEI Dressage World Cup series is fast approaching. For the first time, the best dressage athletes in the world will meet for the World Cup Final in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, from Tuesday, 16 April to Saturday, 20 April, 2024. Athletes can collect points for the final in four leagues: In the Western European League (WEL), the Central European League (CEL), the North American League (NAL) and the Pacific League (PAL). Out of all those four Leagues 18 riders receive their…

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Isabell Werth finishes top of League table with last leg win at ’s-Hertogenbosch

By Louise Parkes German dressage legend, Isabell Werth, posted her second victory of the season at the eleventh and last leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands today. Taking maximum points with Emilio on home ground in Stuttgart last November, she did it again when the pair were runners-up to compatriot Jessica von Bredow-Werndl in Basel in January because the 2023 series champion was not entitled to qualifying points at the Swiss fixture.  Today Werth topped up her points tally to a…

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Charlotte Dujardin rides Alive and Kicking to a double victory at Lier CDI 

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Charlotte Dujardin rode Alive and Kicking to victory at the Lier CDI held in Belgium 27th February to 3rd March 2024. The 10-year-old mare out of All at Once (sire) x Fürst Piccolo is jointly owned by Charlotte, Ulrike Bachinger and Carl Hester.  Despite this being only the horse’s second GP and first International Big Tour attendance, the pair won the CDI3* Grand Prix Dressage scoring a respectable 75.043%, before going on to win the Grand Prix Special with a score of 75.192%.  Out of 41 starters in the CDI3*,…

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A big moment for Domien Michiels and Intermezzo in Gothenbur

Belgium’s Domien Michiels celebrating victory with Intermezzo van het Meerdaalhof at today’s penultimate leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League series in Gothenburg, Sweden. (FEI/Kim C Lundin)

FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023-2024, Western European League. Written by Louise Parkes Belgium’s Domien Michiels couldn’t hide his delight when winning the penultimate leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League series in Gothenburg, Sweden with his 16-year-old gelding Intermezzo van het Meerdaalhof. The pair have extensive experience together having flown their country’s flag at the Tokyo Olympics Games in 2021, the World Championship in 2022 and the last two European Championships. But in their long partnership, they never posted a major international victory – until today. “It…

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Germany continues its reign of dominance in Wellington

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Germany continues reign of dominance in Wellington with fourth consecutive FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ victory written by Catie Staszak The 2024 FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ series kicked off Thursday in Wellington, FL (USA) with a fourth consecutive victory in the event for Germany. Two combinations returned from last year’s winning squad in Anna-Christina Abbelen (Sam Donnerhall) and Felicitas Hendricks (Drombusch). Frederic Wandres (Totall Recall) and Michael Klimke (Domino 957) completed the winning team, with Klimke also serving as chef d’equipe. Their winning total was 213.369. The United States finished second…

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Scholtens wins tight contest at Neumünster

Emmelie Scholtens (NED) and Indian Rock - winners of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2024 - Neumünster (GER) with Anna Milne (FEI) during the prize ceremony. Copyright © FEI/www.sportfotos-lafrentz.de/Stefan Lafrentz

FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023-2024 Western European League Written by Louise Parkes Partnering the 11-year-old stallion Indian Rock, The Netherlands’ Emmelie Scholtens clinched victory at the ninth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in Neumünster, Germany today. Already under the spotlight after topping yesterday’s closely-contested Grand Prix, the Dutch pair were awarded the winning mark once again today by judges Ulrike Nivelle (GBR), Clive Halsall (DEN), Hans-Christian Matthiesen (NED), Maarten ver der Heijden (GER) and Henning Lehrmann (GER) with less than 2.5 percent separating the top…

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Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl and Dalera do the double at Basel

FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2024 Basel, Switzerland JESSICA VON BREDOW-WERNDL pats TSF DALERA BB after winning Grand Prix Freestyle during the FEI Dressage World Cup in Basel, Switzerland, January 13, 2024.

Reigning Olympic, World Cup and European champions, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and the spectacular mare TSF Dalera BB, topped the podium at the seventh leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League at the Longines CHI Classics in Basel, Switzerland today. This was their second victory in a row at the annual Swiss fixture, and it was compatriots Isabell Werth (Emilio) and Matthias Alexander Rath (Destacado FRH) who filled second and third places ahead of Austria’s Florian Bacher (Fidertraum OLD) in fourth. The winning pair produced a fabulous…

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Britain’s Charlotte Fry and Everdale win sixth leg in Mechelen

Great Britain’s Charlotte (Lottie) Fry and her Tokyo 2020 Olympic ride, Everdale, winners of the sixth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in Mechelen, Belgium. (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

Great Britain’s Charlotte Fry and her Tokyo 2020 Olympic ride, Everdale, were convincing winners of the sixth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in Mechelen, Belgium. Scoring 84.980 they pipped The Netherlands’ Marlies van Baalen and Habibi DBV for top spot, while two rising stars – Belgium’s Flore de Winne with Flynn FRH and Germany’s Rapahel Netz with Great Escape Camelot – filled third and fourth places. The event attracted a truly international line-up, with Singapore’s Caroline Chew (Blue Hors Zatchmo) and India’s Anush Agarwalla…

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Charlotte Dujardin and Imhotep Light up London

Charlotte Dujardin and Imhotep at London International Horse Show 2024. Image credit London International Horse Show

Charlotte Dujardin and Imhotep enjoyed success at the London International Horse Show on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of December by scooping the feature dressage classes of each day. No stranger to the limelight, multiple World and Olympic Champion Charlotte expertly navigated the striking 10-year-old chestnut gelding to pole position on both days, scooping titles in the FEI Dressage World CupTM Grand Prix and FEI Dressage World CupTM Freestyle to Music. And the synergy didn’t stop there. The pair fought off tough competition on both days from double FEI World Championship gold…

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Queen Isabell Werth reigns supreme with Emilio in Stuttgart

Isabell Werth (GER) rides on Emilio - winners at the FEI Dressage World Cup 2023/24 - Stuttgart (GER) Copyright ©FEI/Leanjo de Koster

With all the authority that she carries as the most consistently successful athlete in the sport of Dressage, Germany’s Isabell Werth strutted to victory with Emilio at the third leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League in Stuttgart (GER) on Saturday. In a competition in which multiple rising stars and established performers produced combination-best results, it all came down to Werth’s last-to-go ride, and she aced it with confidence and style.  Emilio was in the zone from the first beat of their musical score. There was…

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Germany’s Frederic Wandres pips Denmark’s Nanna Skodborg Merrald in Lyon 

Frederic Wandres (GER) rides on Bluetooth Old - winners at the FEI Dressage World Cup 2023/24 - Lyon (FRA) Copyright ©FEI/Leanjo de Koster

Germany’s Frederic Wandres steered Bluetooth OLD to victory in the second leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022/2023 Western European League in France where Denmark’s Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Blue Hors St Schufro finished second ahead of Pauline Basquin and Sertorius de Rima Z IFCE from France in third. The previous day’s Grand Prix class saw Wandres also pipping Skodborg Merrald by almost a full three percentage-point margin, however, it was a closer contest this time around with the judge panel awarding a score of 83.415 to the winning…

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Julio Mendoza Loor and Jewel’s Goldie take historic individual Dressage gold

Julio Mendoza Look (ECU) and Jewel’s Goldstrike - Gold medalists in the Dressage Freestyle at the Pan Am Games 2023 - Santiago (CHI) Copyright ©FEI/Shannon Brinkman

19th PanAm Games Santiago 2023 (CHI) – Dressage. Written by Louise Parkes Ecuador’s Julio Mendoza Loor is not a man to hide his emotions, and his smile was a mile wide when he was crowned individual Dressage champion today at the Pan American Games in Quillota, Chile. This was his country’s first Dressage gold medal in the 72-year history of the Games, and partnering the lovely Dutch-bred gelding Jewel’s Goldstrike he produced a fabulous Freestyle performance for a mark of 87.230 that proved impossible to beat when third-last to go.  “I…

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Freestyle in full focus as individual Dressage medals hang in the balance

Pan American Games in Santiago, Chili 2023 -- Renderson SILVA DE OLIVEIRA with Fogoso Campline(BRA) during 2nd horse inspection for dressage at the Pan American Games Santiago, Chile 2023 Copyright ©FEI/Shannon Brinkman

Everything Horse Magazine 19th PanAm Games – Santiago 2023, written by Louise Parkes After the intense excitement of The Team competition during the 19th PanAm Games, in which the USA took gold and Brazil and Canada claimed silver and bronze along with qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, attention has turned to the individual Dressage Freestyle title-decider at the Pan American Games 2023 in Quilotta, Chile. The second horse inspection took place this morning, and 20 horse-and-rider combinations from 10 countries will come before judges Carlos Lopes (POR), Michael…

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USA head team leaderboard in 19th Pan American Games

Sarah Tubman (USA) and First Apple during the Individual and Team Dressage Grand Prix - Round 1 at the Pan Am Games 2023 - Santiago (CHI) Copyright ©FEI/MacMillan Photography

Team USA hold the lead after the opening day of Dressage at the Pan American Games 2023 in Quillota, Chile today. But a super test from the last man into the ring, João Victor Marcari with Feel Good VO, saw Brazil overtake Canada for second place going into tomorrow’s second day of action. Marcari heads the individual leaderboard with the biggest score of the day, 76.478, while a personal-best of 76.065 leaves defending individual champion Sarah Tubman from the USA in second place with First Apple. Another Brazilian, Renderson Silva…

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FEI Dressage World Cup Enters 37th Season with Danish Welcoming First Leg

Nanna Skodborg Merrald (DEN) riding Blue Hors Zepter - second place in the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final - Omaha 2023 Copyright ©FEI/Richard Juilliart

FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023-2024 Western European League – written by Louise Parkes Three athletes from the Danish team that clinched bronze at the recent FEI Dressage European Championship 2023 in Riesenbeck, Germany will be in action when the first leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2023/2024 Western European League gets underway on their home ground in Herning (DEN) next week. Nanna Skodborg Merrald, who also took Grand Prix Special silver in Riesenbeck, Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Andreas Helgstrand will be joined by compatriots Anna Kasprzak, Nadja Aaboe Sloth, Anna…

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Germany and Britain Reign Supreme in Dressage Freestyle

Podium Grand Prix Freestyle 1. Jessica von Bredow Werndl (GER) riding TSF Dalera BB, 2. Charlotte Fry (GBR) riding Glamourdale, 3. Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) riding Imhotep at the FEI Dressage European Championship Riesenbeck 2023 Copyright ©FEI/Leanjo de Koster

FEI Dressage European Championship 2023, written by Louise Parkes Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera BB reclaimed the Dressage Freestyle title on the thrilling closing day of the FEI Dressage European Championship 2023 in Riesenbeck (GER) on Sunday. Great Britain’s Lottie Fry and the fabulous stallion Glamourdale pushed the reigning Olympic and defending European champions von Bredow-Werndl and her magical mare all the way to the line to take silver, while fellow-Briton and triple Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin stepped up to bag the bronze with Imhotep. Highly-anticipated A…

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Para Dressage wraps up with +80% wins in freestyle across all five grades

Sara Morganti (ITA) riding Mariebelle - European Champion in the Grand Prix Freestyle Test Grade I at the FEI Para Dressage European Championship Riesenbeck 2023 Copyright © FEI/Leanjo de Koster

FEI Dressage European Championship 2023 Riesenbeck (GER), by Stinna Tange If there has been any doubt about the development that Para Dressage has gone through the last few years, this FEI Para Dressage European Championship in Riesenbeck has surely proven it. With the freestyle in all five grades being won with over 80% scores, it’s evident that Para Dressage has been raised to a whole new level across all grades. The quality of both the horses and the riding in all grades is phenomenal, and to win medals the riders…

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Top Riders Deliver on Second day of Para Dressage in Riesenbeck 

The podium at the FEI Para Dressage European Championship Riesenbeck Grade IV. Gold - Demi Haerkens (NED) riding EHL Daula N.O.P., Silver Sanne Voets (NED) riding Demantur RS2 N.O.P., and Bronze Manon Claeys (BEL) riding Katharina Sollenburg at the FEI Para Dressage European Championship Riesenbeck 2023 Copyright © FEI/Leanjo de Koster

FEI Dressage European Championship 2023 – written by Stinna Tange It has been a beautiful and hot day here at the FEI Para Dressage Championship in Riesenbeck where we have witnessed the riders from Grade IV and V deliver outstanding results in the individual competition.  Compared to yesterday, there have been very few surprises as the top riders in both grades all rose to the occasion and showed what they are capable of.  With both grades having the gold and silver medalists scoring so close to each other, we’re assured…

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Great Britain takes the lead on opening day at Riesenbeck

Carl Hester (GBR) riding Fame in the Grand Prix Dressage - Team Competition - at the FEI Dressage European Championship Riesenbeck 2023 Copyright ©FEI/Leanjo de Koster

FEI Dressage European Championship 2023, Written by Louise Parkes Great Britain took the early lead in the team standings on the opening day of the FEI Dressage European Championship 2023 in Riesenbeck, Germany today. A breathtaking Grand Prix performance from 56-year-old veteran Carl Hester with his relatively new ride, the 13-year-old gelding Fame, earned 78.540 for the biggest score of the day, giving his country a narrow advantage over Germany in second place while Denmark slotted into third. Austria and Spain, both fighting for one of the three team spots…

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FEI Dressage European Championship 2023: Europe’s Dressage stars all ready for Riesenbeck

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl riding TSF Dalera BB GER at the FEI Dressage European Championships 2021 in Hagen (GER) / FEI - Liz Gregg

FEI Dressage European Championship 2023, written by Louise Parkes It’s time for Europe’s best Dressage combinations to shine this week when the FEI Dressage European Championship 2023 gets underway in Riesenbeck, Germany.  The pirouettes have been practised and the piaffe has been perfected. A total of 70 horse-and-rider combinations from 23 countries are ready to put on their dancing shoes and show all their best moves as they battle it out for both team and individual medals. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands,…

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Burghley included as FEI confirms bidders for FEI World Championships 2026

The attached photo of double Olympic champions Michael Jung and La Biosthetique-Sam FBW winning Burghley Horse Trials in 2015 is free to use, but please credit DBHT/Peter Nixon.

The FEI has confirmed the shortlisted bidders for the FEI World Championships 2026, and to our delight, Burghley has been named as a prospective host for Eventing. The shortlist comprises five Organising Committees that have applied to host events in various disciplines, as follows:  Burghley hosted the first-ever World Championship in eventing in 1966, but a World Championship has not been held in the UK since the 1974 Championships, which were also run at Burghley. Burghley Horse Trials Event Director, Martyn Johnson commented: With our long association with Championships, unbeatable parkland setting, huge loyal following and world-class course we know we can run a brilliant World Championship here, and very…

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