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THE DANCING HORSES HEAD FOR A SPARKLING SHOWDOWN IN LAS VEGAS....

There’s something about the prospect of a star-studded final in the entertainment capital of of the world that adds extra spice to the 2014/2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage season. Showbusiness is at the beating heart of Las Vegas, USA, and when you combine that with the sponsorship of a New York fashionista and the most attention-seeking horse-and-rider combinations on the planet then you have a mouth-watering recipe.  

The sport of Dressage has undergone a tidal wave of change in recent years, due in no small way to the introduction of Freestyle which allows competitors and their horses to highlight their unique talents and strengths as they perform, accompanied by a specially-selected musical score, in front of adoring audiences. The judges decide the results, but spectators have their own firm favourites, and as the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League wends its way through nine qualifying rounds before the Final in April 2015, fans are guaranteed some classic sporting moments.

Dutch riders hold the record for the greatest number of title victories, with 12 in total since 1986, and nine of those were achieved by the woman who is largely responsible for leading the sport to where it is today. Partnering the legendary Bonfire, and later Salinero, Anky van Grunsven turned a previously ultra-conservative discipline into a fascinating and highly entertaining sporting spectacle that began to appeal to a whole new fan-base during her 13-year winning spree between 1995 and 2008.

Her Dutch colleague, Edward Gal, then raised the sport to a whole new level during his short career with Totilas who lifted the trophy in 2010. This horse, with his mesmerising power and extravagant movement, became an overnight sensation following his medal-winning appearances at the FEI European Championships in Windsor, Great Britain the previous year. And one of the most longed-for moments in the story of this latest season is a possible showdown between the black stallion, ridden by Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath, and the British duo who have taken the sport by storm over the last two years.

 Defending Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ champions, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, have set the Dressage world on fire since emerging to take double-gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. They have a magical quality, and their public appeal is second to none. They currently hold all the Dressage titles on offer in the sport, having proved untouchable at last summer’s FEI European Championships, at the 2013/2014 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final and at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014  in Normandy. 

However when they came up against Rath and Totilas at Aachen (GER) last June, it was the German pair who came out on top. So with Rath determined to bring his great horse to this season’s Final, it seems the stage may be set for an almighty battle under the bright lights of Las Vegas. 

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