Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Come To The U.S. Dressage Selections For The WEG!!!

Check out this new article written by: Catherine Haddad

Dear Rita,

I hope you are planning your trip to the USET Team Headquarters right now! Winyamaro, who firmly believes that he is the sexiest horse alive, is demanding spectators for our Selection Trials. He traveled a long way to show off his cool moves, so please don’t let him down.

I visited the team headquarters yesterday and had a look around at all the super renovations. New footing in both the indoor and outdoor arenas is a welcome start. The footing comes from a German supplier that just replaced my footing back in Vechta, and I don’t mind telling you that with the right amount of moisture and grooming, it is fantastic.

I barely recognized the renovated indoor arena. Lighter, airier, larger, and with brand new kickboards and mirrors—Gladstone is now a modern, professional training center to be reckoned with.

Winyamaro’s stall is in the upper barn, and I was very proud to see his name printed on the little slip of red, white and blue paper. Ahh, the small details, Rita! W and I will move in on Monday and start gearing up for the first competition on the weekend.

ARE Y’ALL GOING TO BE THERE TO WATCH??? Especially for those dressage enthusiasts who can’t get to the WEG in Kentucky, at Gladstone you will get to see America’s finest compete for the three open spots on the dressage team.

The selections at Grand Prix level will determine our U.S. team for the WEG in Kentucky in September. Additionally, the two weekends of competition also include Junior and Young Rider Championships and Prix St. George/Intermediare I Championships. Here is a schedule for the competions:


Aug. 6 – 8, 2010

Thursday, Aug. 5
Veterinary Inspections – 4 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 6
Prix St. Georges Test – 2–5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 7
Grand Prix Test – 9 a.m.
Intermediaire I Test – 1–5 p.m.

Sunday, August 8
Grand Prix Special – 9 a.m.
Intermediaire I Freestyle – 1:30-5:20 p.m.

Aug. 13-15, 2010

Thursday, Aug. 12
Veterinary Inspections – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, August 13
Junior Team Test – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Prix Test – 2:00–6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 14
Young Rider Team Test – 8:00 a.m.
Junior Individual Test – 11:00 a.m.
Brentina Cup Test – 2:30–5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 15
Grand Prix Freestyle Test – 8:00 a.m.
Young Rider Individual Test – 12:00 p.m.
Young Rider Grand Prix Test – 3:15–5:30 p.m.

The bleachers will be covered this year to protect you from sun and rain. Parking at the will cost you $20 for the day, but admission to the event and seating in the bleachers is free. Or you can choose VIP seating at the ringside, catering tent where a table that seats six will cost you $4,500 for both weekends, or $2,000 for the first weekend and $2,500 for the second weekend.

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