DressageDaily Introduces new Weekly Column - Perspectives, with Lynndee Kemmet

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Written by Lynndee Kemmet

Lynndee Kemmet has been covering the world of equestrian sports for more than 20 years. She started her journalism career as a daily news reporter covering local government and business. And today, when not writing about the world of horses, she writes about government and public policy.
The Internet is a fabulous thing. On a personal level, it's allowed me to morph from daily news journalist tied to a newsroom to freelance journalist writing for multiple news publications. On a broader scale, the Internet has allowed for the rapid spread of news and information around the world, helping millions to see the world for what it is and not for what their governments tell them it is or ought to be. But while the Internet can spread truth, it also easily spreads rumors and false accusations. I'll be straight from the start.

I've never been a follower of blogs and chat rooms and confess I rarely read postings in either. Maybe I'm too much of what was once called a "hard" news journalist to put much faith in what people write if posted anonymously or if lacking facts, data or research to back up statements. My mentor as a young political reporter was an old-style news editor – hard-drinking and chain-smoking – who would have shot me if I'd ever used anonymous sources in an article or couldn't back up my story with credible references.      

Hence, I've created this weekly column as an alternative. As a journalist, I recognize the need to address the tough issues facing equestrian sports, particularly dressage – debates about the rollkur, questions regarding how best to develop U.S. horses and riders for success in international competition, the issues surrounding the selection of the dressage team chef, the use of various drugs and medications, to name a few. But I don't believe debates about these issues should be played out in free-for-all formats, where serious debate so often slips into "stories" absent of fact or, worse yet, into anonymous accusations against others.

In general, I believe that the equestrian community has within it some of the most generous, hard-working, fun and intelligent people in society. But like any community, it also has its share of pettiness. And to be honest about my perspective, I admit to frequently shaking my head at the amount of time and effort expended on some topics and issues. Maybe it's because when I'm not covering equestrian sports, I'm writing about political, economic and military issues. When you spend time around military and civilian policymakers debating how best to win a war, keep soldiers alive and rebuild nations, the word "trivial" comes to mind when thinking of some of the things over which we equestrians agonize.  

Another problem with the Internet and modern technology is that we have become so connected that we expect to know things immediately. Hence, if we can't get immediate answers from our national and international equestrian federations, we're frustrated. I can tell you that the technology the military has for intelligence gathering and information sharing in "real time" – to use the military's term – is astounding. And right now, one of the problems with which the U.S. military is grappling is how to ensure the credibility of the information flying around the battlefield without slowing down the speed at which information can flow. Having been in the military, and now interacting quite frequently with soldiers coming off the battlefields, I can honestly say that there are often times when soldiers need information and they need it now in order to make decisions that could save their lives and/or win a battle. But soldiers have also learned that, very often, wrong information is more dangerous than no information.

When I was a young reporter, I worried quite a bit about being "scooped" by a reporter at a competitor newspaper covering the same beat. My crusty old mentor editor gave me some advice about that – being first on a story and being wrong was worse than being second and being accurate. Good reporting, she told me, is about finding the truth and that requires patience, because getting at the truth requires research and good research takes time. That's why daily newspapers distinguish between the daily, quick hit news items and the in-depth, investigative news features that take days, sometimes weeks, to research and write.  

Throughout my journalism career, I've often gotten some great anonymous tips that helped me uncover good stories, pointed me in the right direction when I was going the wrong way, and led me to the truth. I learned quickly that the conspiracy theories of government corruption told to me by some citizens often had within them a grain of truth worth investigating. But very often those investigations showed that what existed was not a government conspiracy, but lack of information. Both governments and citizens shared the blame. Governments for failing to provide citizens with information on government activities (information vacuums are often quickly filled with rumors and conspiracy theories) and citizens for jumping to conclusions without the facts.   

Equestrian federations are a bit like governments and hence, the relationship between them and the people they serve is not much different than that between government and citizen. Such public organizations need to be open and willing to share information with those they serve. But in return, their members need to convey a certain level of trust and keep an open mind about the information and explanations they are given. I've always felt that it's the duty of the media to keep the people informed and serve as a watchdog over public entities. But it is also the responsibility of the media to do all it can to get at the truth and gather the facts so that the information it imparts is as fair and accurate as possible. This is not to say the media never makes mistakes, because it does. Reporters do get false information but asking more questions and doing a bit of double checking does help minimize the errors.

I want to note that life is serious, but it's also humorous and if we forget that, we are doomed to depression and frustration. For that reason, I hope that while the issues we need to tackle in the equestrian world are often very serious, no one will mind if they are occasionally approached here with a bit of humor. One thing I've learned from covering politics is that laughter works much better in solving problems than does anger.

Contact Lynndee - Lynndee@harlynnfarms.com

World Equestrian Games 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 13:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:36
Grand prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein has represented Israel in major international competitions in 2014, from Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark in Canada to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  Upon returning to the United States, the dual US and Israeli citizen has been invited to compete in the Central Park Horse Show,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 11:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:47
Louise Parkes
 made it double-gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy today when adding the individual title to last Thursday’s team victory for The Netherlands. He made his way into this afternoon’s top-four Jumping final thanks to a horse that he admitted was inexperienced at this level of the sport and which clearly surprised him...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:30
In sport, time is often the difference between victory and defeat, and in a display of supreme individual horsemanship, the Netherlands Jeroen Dubbeldam today sealed a growing reputation within the sport of Show Jumping by claiming the Individual World Champion title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy by less than half a...

Eventing

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:59
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Eventing is coming to Wellington thanks to the invitational $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Jan. 30 and 31. Sponsored by Asheville Regional Airport, the event will dole out a nice chunk of prize money as an exhibition event. A lot of the information floating around online has billed it as a...
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:06
Victoria Spicer, Press Officer
Last April, the news that the Eventing Grand Prix was no longer to be held at Hickstead was met by widespread disappointment. Now, the Directors of the All England Jumping Course are delighted to announce a return of the class for this season, with a new and exciting format. The Amlin Plus Eventers’ Challenge will be held on the Thursday of the...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 14:49
Equestrian Events, Inc.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, will be held April 23-26, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, along with the Kentucky Reining Cup. The event draws anywhere from 50-100,000 spectators and is seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts including a telecast on NBC in the United States. The Rolex Kentucky...
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:31
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Just when horses and riders thought they had a handle on Giuseppe della Chiesa’s new Badminton cross-country course, the track will now run in reverse around the Duke of Beaufort’s Park. While Badminton hasn’t released any further information about 2015′s course beyond the change in direction, it’s safe to assume the switch up won’t do anything...
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:22
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Eventing is coming to Wellington thanks to the invitational $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Jan. 30 and 31. Sponsored by Asheville Regional Airport, the event will dole out a nice chunk of prize money as an exhibition event. A lot of the information floating around online has billed it as a...
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:12
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
The votes have been tallied, and we’re very excited to announce that Libby Head and Sir Rockstar are the winners of the Golden Chinchilla as 2014 EN Horse...
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 09:15
Mythic Landing Enterprises, LLC
Gaithersburg, MD - Popular for their excellent footing and galloping tracks, CDCTA is excited to make some changes that will be introduced in the spring of 2015. Mike Mendell is CDCTA's new organizer who brings not only experience at the upper-levels of eventing, but also a level of professionalism that has allowed him excel as a trainer and...

Reining and Western Riding

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 06:05
The American Quarter Horse Association, January 20, 2015 - The American Quarter Horse Association invites you to celebrate its 75th anniversary by attending the Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown, presented by the City of Fort Worth, during the 2015 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth. The Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown, which will start at 5 p.m. on March 7...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 15:27
NRHA News
In an effort to make payment deadlines more accommodating, we have adjusted the payment schedule from six payments to five payments throughout the year. The first payment is due no later than February 1! Subsequent payments are due April 1, June 1, August 1, and October 1 respectively. It is our hope that streamlining the payment schedule in this...
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 14:49
Equestrian Events, Inc.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, will be held April 23-26, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, along with the Kentucky Reining Cup. The event draws anywhere from 50-100,000 spectators and is seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts including a telecast on NBC in the United States. The Rolex Kentucky...
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 11:44
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Sarasota, FL - January 11, 2015 - After four fun days of top-quality reined cow horse competition, the Horse Show By Appointment (HSBA) Championship Double C Saddlery Finals came to a conclusion on Sunday. Youth, Level One and Level Two Boxing and Two Rein competitors all came out for their second run at Triple J Ranch in Sarasota, Florida,...
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 12:08
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Sarasota, FL - January 10, 2015 - Being named Horse Show By Appointment's Greatest Caballero requires the complete package: strong performances in multiple events including herd work, reining, fence work and steer stopping. Over the past two days at the Horse Show By Appointment (HSBA) Championship Double C Saddlery Finals, there was no question...
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:24
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Sarasota, FL -  After another year of successful reined cow horse competition, the 2014 Horse Show by Appointment (HSBA) season is coming to an exciting finale this weekend at the HSBA Championship Double C Saddlery Finals.  The finals kicked off Thursday morning at Triple J Ranch in Sarasota, Florida, and will continue through Sunday, Jan. 11....
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:26
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Jackson, MS -  When Jordan Kiker and her mare Twist would show up at barrel racing events no one wanted them there. The mare was reckless, dangerous, and what many considered to be a liability and risk to their safety. Kiker was even offered money not to run the mare, and she was about to throw in the towel and find a new barrel horse. Then a...

Driving

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:16
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group
Weirsdale, FL - January 22, 2015 - Tickets for the Driving Derby Hoedown Saturday February 28, and Sunday March 1, 2015 are now available online http://www.uset.org/Driving-Derby-Hoedown.php or through Katie Whaley who will be attending Sunshine States and Kingdom of the Sun driving shows. driv he Driving Derby Hoedown is a special fundraising...
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 12:39
Cindy Timmer, FEI Communications
Koos de Ronde (NED) flew to victory in the super exciting winning round of the last FEI World Cup™ Driving qualifier of the 2014/15 season held in Leipzig (GER) over the weekend. His compatriot IJsbrand Chardon was the last in the arena and was well on his way to victory when his carriage tipped over in the last part of the course which resulted...
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 07:03
Thursday, January 15, FEI Driving Committee member Ed Young and members of the USEF Driving Technical Committee will offer a presentation on understand and implementing the new Star System for events/organizers, officials, and athletes (drivers). They have created a brief handbook that explains the system step by step; it will be available for...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 11:08
Rebecca Walton USET Foundation
Weirsdale, FL - January 12, 2015 - Mark your calendars today to help support the U.S. Pony Team! Saturday, February 28, and Sunday March 1, 2015, Katie Whaley and Jennifer Matheson, in conjunction with the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, will be hosting a special fundraiser at the Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. This exciting...
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 06:58
Interested in learning more about driving your horse/pony and how to begin? Even for the seasoned competitor, this class offers information of value. The 2015 Metta Baxter Driving Class will  be held February 7-8. The class, offered by Santa Fe College (Gainesville,Fl), is held each year at the University of Florida Horse Teaching Unit. Members...
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 09:26
Hoefnet.nl
Driving lover in heart and soul and owner of the well known Industrial and Pool Company Willy Naessens from Belgium will support triple World Champion Boyd Exell from Australia in the next years. Naessens previously supported the very successful Belgian four-in-hand driver announced that Willy Naessens will sponsor Boyd Exell during a press...

Show Jumping

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:52
Rod Kohler, Revolution Sports
Wellington, USA, January 2015 - The search for ultimate perfection in equestrian sport is never ending, and as the new season dawns, the world’s greatest Show Jumpers turn their attention to the unparalleled level of competition offered by the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), the annual 12 week competition staged in Wellington, Florida. Rolex...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:42
Ken Kraus and Carrie Wirth for for Phelps Media Group
Traverse City, Michigan - January 23, 2015 - The summer series at Karin Flint's Flintfields Horse Park in Traverse City, Michigan has become an industry favorite and has earned many accolades over the years like the North American Riders Group (NARG) top 25, National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Top 10 Horse Show, USHJA Member's Choice Award and the...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:38
Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Wellington, FL - Caitlin Boyle won the Platinum Performance USEF Talent Search aboard Ability Dance, a former jumper she has been riding since Week One of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Boyle, from Hampshire, Illinois, is a recent graduate of Laurel Spring School and rides with long-time trainers, Freddie and Jodi Vazquez from Messenger...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:25
The Ridge at Wellington PR
Wellington, FL - The 2015 Hunter Derby Days have returned to The Ridge at Wellington! On Friday, February 6, 2015, The Ridge at Wellington will offer their wildly popular $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Entries will fill fast as the top hunter riders in the nation gather for a battle of the best on...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:11
Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Wellington, FL - January 26, 2015 - It's a bird, it's a plane-no it's Superman! He's riding for his team, faster than a speeding bullet, leaping over tall obstacles on his way to securing the top prize to benefit local charities at the 2015 Great Charity Challenge. The 2015 Great Charity Challenge theme is "Superheroes," with equestrians and...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:04
The Ridge at Wellington PR
Wellington, FL - January 26, 2015 -The Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour is travelling back to the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) for its fourth week of competition. This week's events will take place on Wednesday, January 28 and Friday, January 30. The wide variety of classes, including Children/Adult, Masters, Junior/Amateur-Owner and...
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:52
Niels Knippertz, Press Officer
The diggers are rolling at the traditional Soers showgrounds, 200 days before the start of the FEI European Championships Aachen 2015. Extensive new constructions and renovation measures are underway to further improve the grounds.
 
In the main stadium, not only the seats in both the Riders' Stand and the AachenMünchener Stand are...

Para Dressage

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 05:20
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Kjell Myhre talks to riders at the 2015 USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington, FL, January 12-13. (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Following the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* select U.S. Para-Dressage athletes and coaches had an opportunity to attend the USEF High Performance Southeast Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium. This symposium took place January 12-13, 2014, at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, Florida. Over two days U.S. High Performance and developing Para-Dressage coaches and riders were immersed in the international equestrian discipline of Para-Dressage. Topics included Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, para-dressage test riding, quality of horse, freestyles, preparation...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 04:46
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
USA Team (Left to right): Sydney Collier, Annie Peavy, Rebecca Hart, U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt, and Roxanne Trunnell (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Thirteen Para-Dressage horse and rider combinations made their way to Wellington, Florida, this January for the first CPEDI3* of the 2015 show season. Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV, competed at the spectacular Global Dressage venue in the Van Kampen Arena. FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA) were on hand to offer their expertise for each Para-Dressage duo. This CPEDI3* is one of the qualifiers for the 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National C...
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:29
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (Photo: SusanJStickle.com) Ottawa, ON. - On the final day of competition at CPEDI3* Global Dressage Festival I presented by Adequan, Robyn Andrews won her test for the second day in a row for Canada. The competition was held at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., Jan. 9-11, 2015. Andrews of St. Johns, N.L. secured the victory in the Grade Ia Freestyle test riding her 2014 World Equestrian Games mare 14-year-old Fancianna, a Friesian-Andalusian cross, to a score of 67.917%. "I was pleased with Fancy today," said Andrews. "I was a bit tired, but we pulled it off. Many thanks must go to the Global Dressage Festival for putting on a great show. Special thanks to my coach, Amanda Kalvoda; chef d'équipe, Elizabeth Quigg; Pa...
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 05:31
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt jogs Rubicon 75, ridden by Mary Jordan, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (Photo (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes from around the North American continent have landed in Wellington, Florida, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. This is the first CPEDI3* event for the 2015 calendar year. Thirteen horse and rider combinations presented their mounts in front of FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA). Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States will compete January 9-11, in The Van Kampen covered arena at the Global Dressage Festival. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FE...
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 07:52
Kai Handt and Wes Dunham showcase collaborative coaching at the Northeast Symposium in 2013. Rider Sydney Collier aboard her own Wentworth works on gaits. (Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF), is excited to announce a two-day Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium to be held at Global Dressage, Wellington, Florida, January 12 & 13, 2015, 8 AM-4 PM. Select U.S. High Performance and developing Para- Equestrian Dressage riders and coaches will be attending the symposium. Auditors are welcome to attend for $75. Pre-registering as an auditor is not required. Please contact Laureen Johnson at USEF at lkjohnson@usef.org if you are interested in audit...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 05:00
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Nora Grassmyer, Mibis, Barbara Grassmyer, and Bob Grassmyer. (Photo: (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) El Dorado Hills, CA - On December 19, 2014, the Dressage Community lost friend, volunteer, and parent Nora Grassmyer after a three year battle with bladder cancer. Nora was heavily involved with the Dressage and Para-Dressage disciplines both internationally and at the national level. She was also a longtime volunteer at the California Dressage shows managed by Connie Davenport. Nora was a driving force behind her daughter and Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer. She was there at every moment for Barbara including when Barbara served as an alternate for the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2000, competing in Sydney, Australia; in 2001 and 2002 when Barbara was the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion;...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 06:30
Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani rode to the high score of 78.382% during the Polar Express Show at White Fences. Wellington, FL - Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani shined Saturday afternoon during the Polar Express show held at the White Fences Equestrian Center in Loxahatchee, Florida. The talented duo rode to the score of 78.382 percent for the FEI Para Team Grade II test during the national show, kick starting their season as they prepare for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in CPEDI3* in January 2015.Hart traveled to Florida in early December to work with Wellington-based international dressage trainer Todd Flettrich out of Cherry Knoll Farm, which is also a partial owner of Romani. Hart and Flettrich have worked consistently on warm-up and preparation with Romani after takin...
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 17:41
Sydney Collier riding Willi Wesley (Photo: SusanjStickle.com) Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Sydney Collier as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Seventeen-year-old Collier is a talented Para-Equestrian who competed at the international level in 2014, including the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., she was diagnosed at the age of seven with a rare congenital birth defect called Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. In spite of this challenge, Collier pursued her love of riding and has become a top equestrian athlete. A prime example of courage, sportsmanship, and dedication, Collier will be awarded the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Having her biggest year to da...
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 06:53
Trainer Wes Dunham and WEG athletes Sydney Collier's mount Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* horse inspection . (Photo: Lindsay McCall) Wellington, Florida - November 26, 2014 - Entries are now being accepted at www.equestrianentries.com through December 22, 2014, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes kick-off the show season with their their first international show of the year January 7-11, 2015, in Wellington, FL, in the Van Kampen covered arena. This show will include FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. Thursday, January 8, is the Horse inspection at approximately 5:30 PM. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FEI P...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 06:18
  We salute our veterans this Veterans Day. Thank you for protecting our freedoms. On this day we ask you to take a moment to think about those that have served our country. We would like to salute our disabled veterans who are part of not only the equestrian sport but all Paralympic sports. Thank you, - USPEA. We too, at DressageDaily, would like to take a moment to thank all veterans who have served our country to protect our liberties and rights. We truly appreciate all past and current members of our military for all that you do! History of Veterans Day - From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: World War I - known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versaille...
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