Britain's showjumpers produced a good performance to finish equal second with host nation, Switzerland, at the FEI Nations Cup in St Gallen, Switzerland. Tim Stockdale, whose career looked to have finished when he broke his neck last October, has made a remarkable recovery from the accident. Not only has he returned to the saddle but he has managed to get right back to the top of his sport and is going from strength to strength. At this event, the popular 47-year-old produced a double clear with Fresh Direct Kalico Bay. Nick Skelton (Carlo) and John Whitaker (Maximillan) both had 4 faults in the first round, before going clear in the second. Michael Whitaker (Viking) also had 4 faults in the first round but then it fell apart in the second round, with 12 faults, which proved to be the discard score. This left Switzerland and Great Britain in equal second place behind a very powerful in-form Dutch team. The Germans were 1 fault behind in fourth. The next leg of the series takes place in Rotterdam, Holland on June 22.
Dressage duo to miss first Olympic trial
Holland's number one dressage combination, Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival are to miss the first mandatory Olympic trial this weekend which is taking place during the 2012 Dutch National Dressage Championships. Parzival's fitness became the centre of attention when he struggled to pass the vet inspection at the 2012 World Cup Final at the end of April. He ended up being accepted in the re-inspection after a two hour warm up when he then went on to win the Final. The second Olympic trial takes place at the CDIO Rotterdam at the end of June, and whilst taking part in only one trial lessens the candidate's chances of selection, it will be up to the team trainer as to who finally makes the team. It would appear that the horse is not injured. He had a rest after the World Cup and is now back in full training, however his fitness is apparently not sufficient enough to allow him to compete at the Dutch Championships.
Danish retain Zeilinger
Top German dressage trainer, Rudolf Zeilinger has been retained by the Danish Equestrian Federation to continue training the Danish dressage team. Zeilinger will not only train the team for this year's Olympic Games, but also the European Dressage Championships to be held in Denmark next year, the World Equestrian Games in France in 2014 and the Olympic Dressage team for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. The Danish Federation are delighted to have secured the commitment from the German trainer as they have a large number of young riders coming up the levels who would look to have top class potential.
State funding for Academy Bartels
Academy Bartels, the home of Olympic Grand Prix dressage trainer Tineke Bartels, World Cup creator Joep Bartels and Dutch World Equestrian Games dressage team rider, Imke Schellekens-Bartels has received one million euro in state funding. The funding has been given to support the world famous academy in Hooge Mierde, Holland. Out of the 15 sports facilities who asked for funding, only five received money. The centre is the base for the development of Dutch equestrian talent, hosting not only the famous Global Dressage Forum, but a number of other educational events too.