IDRC news plus a great freestyle!

4 Jun

International Dressage Riders Club and FEI reach  an agreement (finally!)

Both parties have agreed to a three-point plan that will be put into effect immediately:

  • The IDRC will allow both athletes previously removed from membership, Luis Lucio Perez (ESP) and Maria Ines Garcia Cuellar (COL), to be members of the IDRC again without any restrictions;
  • The IDRC and the FEI Legal Department will cooperate in drafting proposed changes to the IDRC Statues that will be presented for adoption at the next IDRC General Assembly;
  • IDRC President, Kyra Kyrklund, will be immediately appointed by the FEI Bureau as the Athletes’ Representative to the FEI Dressage Committee on an interim basis, until such time as a permanent appointment is made.

Kyra Kyrklund (FIN)  now joins the FEI Dresssage  Committee as the new Athletes’ Representative. The Dressage Committee is chaired by Frank Kemperman (NED), and the members are Anne Gribbons (USA), David Hunt (GBR); Elisabet Lundholm (SWE) and Thomas Baur (GER).

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With all the talk and attention on the German National Championships this past weekend, other riders from other countries who also have Olympic dreams made their way to other competitions. Austrian rider Vici Max-Theurer, now 26, will represent her country in London for the THIRD time, and maybe this will prove to  be Olympic charm. Her horse, Augustin, was bred by her mom (Olympic rider Sissy Max-Theurer)  started with help from her dad, Hans Max, and the pair work now with Wolfram Wittig.

Vici and Augustin went to Achleiten CDI this past weekend and had a ‘three-peat’: She won the GP and GP kur with Augustin; the small tour with Della Cavalleria.
But wait-there’s more<g>!  Vici also rode her latest partner, Blind Date, to 70+ scores in the GP and GPS. The mare Blind Date was formerly campaigned by Brigitte Wittig, wife of Wolfram. The team that shows together stays together, I guess, because Wolfram rode home-grown Bertoli W to 3rd in the GP,wife Brigitte right behind him on (also home-grown) Brioni W.

Hats off to a top-sport extravaganza.

Here’s a link to Augustin’s  new freestyle,and I think it shows clearly why Vici Max-Theurer has a chance at a podium:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT_rbeq0Fc8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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This weekend’s competitions include Fritzens CDI 4*, Lingen CDI 4* and the Dutch National Championships, an Olympic ‘observation event’ — meaning Dutch team coach Sjef Janssen will watch Dutch horses! (Just a joke–he was most recently at Compiegne CDI this past weekend helping Australian Olympic hopeful Kristi Oatley).

We are not too sure if Sjef can walk on water, but another of his students, elite rider Patrik Kittel will be at Lingen this weekend with his Olympic partner, Scandic…so maybe we will find out if Sjef can be in two places at the same time!

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