WEG 2014, quick update of the start of Day 1 of the dressage

5 years ago ilse Comments Off on WEG 2014, quick update of the start of Day 1 of the dressage
August 25th, Caen, France. DRESSAGE, Day 1 by Ilse Schwarz: A quick update on the mornings proceedings are is well overdue! In brief, Kristina Sprehe and Desperados of Germany have a convincing lead with 78.814%, Fabienne Lutkemeier and D’Agostino also of Germany are in 2nd place with 73.586. The combination that replaced Totilas and Mathias Read More

Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina IV win Sydney CDI-W Grand Prix

6 years ago ilse Comments Off on Maree Tomkinson and Diamantina IV win Sydney CDI-W Grand Prix
SYDNEY, Oct 25--I arrived into Sydney from Miami, Florida at 8 a.m. after about 16 hours of travel, jumped into my rental car, reminded myself to stay on the left side of the road and headed west, to the Sydney International Equestrian Centre, location for the Olympic equestrian events in 2000, to attend the CDI-W that was being held in conjunction with the Saddleworld Australian Dressage Championships Read More

Delights and Surprises from Aachen CHIO

6 years ago ilse Comments Off on Delights and Surprises from Aachen CHIO
AACHEN, Germany, July 1--Helen Langehanenberg and the stallion Damon Hill NRW (Donnerhall x Rubinstein) are a true delight to watch. The suppleness, power, light footedness and sheer expression in all gaits are evident, to a certain extent, when you watch this combination on video. What doesn't translate to video is his presence and sheer self confidence. He knows he is a bit special, and has found a perfect... Read More

Musings from Aachen CHIO 2013, Part One

6 years ago ilse Comments Off on Musings from Aachen CHIO 2013, Part One
AACHEN, Germany, June 29--I arrived in Aachen, at 6.30pm ready to jump right to work and a thought crossed my mind, "Three continents in as many weeks, can my body rise to the challenge?" To be honest, it has been a bit rough, but this is Aachen... one must rise to the occasion! I haven't been to Aachen CHIO for a few years so it gives me the... Read More

Isaac, the storm that “missed” Wellington, Florida

7 years ago ilse Comments Off on Isaac, the storm that “missed” Wellington, Florida
WELLINGTON, Florida, Aug. 29--You won't have heard about any major impact on South Florida on the international or even the national news. As far as the media in the rest of the world is concerned, the only link between tropical storm Isaac and Florida is how much it may affect the Republican convention being held in Tampa. If you live in Wellington, home of the Winter Equestrian Festival and... Read More

Germany Dominates Preliminary Round of Young Horse World Championships for Five Year Old Dressage Horses

7 years ago ilse Comments Off on Germany Dominates Preliminary Round of Young Horse World Championships for Five Year Old Dressage Horses
  By Ilse Schwarz World Championships for Young Horses, Verden, Germany, Aug 2- The clear winner of today’s competition, and the only rider with a final score over 9.0 was the oldenburg gelding Sa Coeur (Sir Donnerhall  – Don Davidoff) ridden with great finesse and accuracy by Eva Möller of Germany for a final result Read More

Woodlander Farouche and Michael Eilberg, Unbeatable in the 6yo Preliminary Finals

7 years ago ilse Comments Off on Woodlander Farouche and Michael Eilberg, Unbeatable in the 6yo Preliminary Finals
  By Ilse Schwarz VERDEN, GERMANY, Young Dressage Horse World Championships Aug 2 – The question of today was always going to be “Has Woodlander Farouche maintained the quality and magic that mesmerised us last year when she won the 5yo World Championship?” We didn’t have long to wait to find out,  Woodlands Farouche (Furst Read More