Chase TheWind AH and Suzanne Ford Huff.
Photo Courtesy Suzanne Ford Huff
Chase TheWind AH Named 2008 Arabian Horse Association Distance Horse of the Year
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) is proud to name purebred Arabian gelding Chase TheWind AH (El Paso x Wind Sonja), owned by Suzanne Ford Huff of Gardnerville, NV, as its 2008 Distance Horse of the Year. Chase received this prestigious acclaim for his outstanding accomplishments in endurance; he completed nine of nine starts during 2008 and received the Best Condition Award twice.
As the winner of the Distance Horse of the Year Award, Chase TheWind AH's name will be engraved on a perpetual trophy donated by the Arabian Horse Owners Foundation and designed by Joe Staheli. Huff will also receive an engraved plaque.
In 2008 alone, Chase earned himself several accolades, including the Nevada All-State Trail Riders Triple Crown Award, finishing his 15th 100-mile one-day ride. There was more than a six-hour difference between Chase and the second-place finisher. Chase also took third at the Virginia City 100-Mile and first place and Best Condition at the High Desert 50-Mile Ride in Fallon, NV.
Wilhelm Genn and Happy Z
Photo by Flashpoint Photography
It’s a Happy Week for Wilhelm Genn at Gulf Coast Winter Classics
Mother Nature seemed to be rolling out the red carpet the first week of the Gulf Coast Winter Classics with primarily blue skies, lots of sunshine and no rain. The days were horse-show worthy and future forecasts indicate near perfect conditions are just around the corner.
Mike McMillian, Director of the Harrison County Equestrian Center, where the six-week series is held, took great pride in pointing out the many improvements and additions made in anticipation of the show’s return. A new jumper ring with all-weather footing, extra schooling areas and additional full hook-up RV slips are but a handful of the bigger changes. “Anywhere people look, little nuances can be seen throughout the facility,” began Bob Bell, co-chair of the Winter Classics.“The grounds are truly beautiful. Great weather, wonderful community support, terrific parties, talented riders and horses. What else could we even hope for?”
Thursday afternoon, February 5, saw a sample of the talent competing here with the Lucky Sevens Open Jumper Welcome Stakes, sponsored by the Gulf Coast Classic Company. Wilhelm Genn and partner Happy Z, the coming 11-year-old chestnut fireball mare he owns and trains, blazed past four jump-off contenders with a clear go in the eight-obstacle final round that tested riders with zig zag turns and a speedy pace. Their finishing time was a fast 33.803—well below the allotted 40 seconds.
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Other Modalities Now Allowed to Compete in Paso Fino Horse Association-Sanctioned Shows
At the last Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA) Board of Directors meeting held in Orlando, FL, a policy on other Paso modalities was approved. This will allow members that have Trocha, Trocha y Galope and Trote y Galope horses to compete in PFHA-sanctioned shows. Classes will be offered for stallions and colts, mares and fillies and geldings. Horses will have to qualify to compete at Nationals.
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Saddlebred Association to Offer Live Webcast of Convention Activities
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has announced that it will once again offer a live webcast of important activities at its annual convention, Thursday, February 12, through Saturday, February 14, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa in Lexington, KY.
The association’s website, www.saddlebred.com, will be utilized to broadcast the Saddlebred Convention worldwide. Those unable to attend will be able to watch and listen on Friday and Saturday during selected forums, luncheons, and the Annual Prize Giving at the Saddlebred Ball, from the Marriott Griffin Gate Ballroom.
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Club Equestrian's Horse Bits
For some interesting topics from this week, check out ClubEquestrian's Horse Bits Blog to read about today's Mongolian nomads and their amazing horses, George Washington's horse, the world's first diabetic horse, and more.
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January Photo Contest Winner
To announce the January photo contest winner, we would like to congratulate lhughes326 for her winning photo of “Mac takes a moment to breathe after the worst of the ice storm has passed.” Last month's theme was "Best Winter/Holiday Photo." Laura won Ariat boots for entering the photo contest.
February Photo Contest Prize: A Troxel Helmet
Submit photos of your horse and his/her other animal buddies (i.e., a dog, pig, goat, cat, bird, etc.) by February 19, and also browse through the other entries. This month's photo contest prize is a Troxel helmet for the photo that gets the most votes by the end of the month (voting begins February 20).
List Your Equine Business/Organization in a New Online Directory for FREE
The United States Equestrian Federation would like to invite you to list your equine business in its new online Professional Directory at ClubEquestrian.com. The listing is FREE. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your name out there to those who may need your products or services. To make sure your business is listed, visit www.usef.org/prodir.
New! Custom Clothing, Belts, Flip Flops, Dog Collars and More—Exclusively at ShopUSEF.com
Visit ShopUSEF.com and click on the Youth tab to see the great new line of merchandise benefitting the United States Equestrian Federation Youth Council, a talented group of young equestrians who have a keen eye for style. The proceeds from your purchase will help fund future Youth Council initiatives.
The Pegasus you see on the left is the artwork of 19-year-old Kirsten Kimbler, co-chair of the USEF Youth Council. This new rendition of the much-loved mythical figure originated as a painting by the artist before it was transformed into this classy logo that now adorns a rich selection of colorful clothing and accessories available exclusively at ShopUSEF.com.
Red Hills Horse Trials Cancelled Due To Economic Uncertainties
The Red Hills Horse Trials, scheduled for March 13-15, has been cancelled. The organizing committee of Jane Barron, Terrie Brooks and Marvin Mayer reluctantly made the decision last week due to a lack of entries. Red Hills Horse Trials has been one of the USA’s premiere events for many years and a favorite of riders and spectators alike. Its cancellation will leave a large gap in the early spring schedule.
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Olympian Charlotte Bredahl-Baker Signed for Platinum Performance/USDF Adult Clinic Series
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) announced the signing of United States Olympian Charlotte Bredahl-Baker as the clinician for the Platinum Performance/USDF Adult Clinic Series. This series will consist of nine clinics over the next two years beginning in the fall of 2009.
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Spring Tapeworm Control Important for Grazing Horses
Before turning horses out on pasture this spring, remember to check with your veterinarian to ensure your deworming program includes tapeworm control.
Tapeworms are transmitted by an intermediate host, the oribatid mite, which lives on pastures. While grazing, horses can ingest the mite and become infected. Once infected, it takes the tapeworm about two to four months to mature inside the horse.
Para-Equestrian Trainer’s Symposium and Classification Workshop for Equestrians with Disabilities Offered at Fieldstone Farm TRC in Ohio
This two-day workshop, held April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. will educate dressage trainers and therapeutic riding instructors alike about para-equestrian dressage rider development, the classification system and rider eligibility, competitions and resources, both regionally and nationally. Through the use of lecture, videos and demonstration riders, examples will be given of how to bring riders along in your own program from Grade 1a of “walk only” to the higher grades, which include lateral work in trot and canter and much more! Experiences about how to find good, safe, high-quality horses that can compete nationally and internationally will be shared.
USEF Official Measurement Stick Now Available
The USEF official measurement stick is now in stock and available for purchase. The order form is located at www.usef.org/documents/competitions/USEFMeasuringStick.pdf.
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Attention all USEF Members
Good news awaits when you renew your membership online for 2009! If you were an amateur, professional or junior member in 2007 or 2008, you will be able to renew online using our new Quick Renewal. Just log in to your My USEF Account and select the Quick Renew option. All of your membership information will be there. All you have to do is review it; edit it, if necessary; submit payment; and print out a copy of your 2009 card.
In addition, the membership process has been further streamlined by doing away with the breed/discipline dues. The new USEF Competing Equestrian Membership due for all Senior Active and Junior Active members is $55. With that, you will be able to participate at all USEF Licensed Competitions, as well as receive automatic insurance and MemberPerks.
There are also two new member categories for individuals not participating in USEF Licensed Competitions. The USEF Equestrian ($35) includes the automatic insurance and access to the MemberPerks program, while the Club Equestrian ($15) includes access to MemberPerks.
If you have any questions about the new memberships, please call one of our Customer Care Agents at (859) 258-2472.
Please Read—Important Information about Your Membership Card
Once your membership has been processed you will be sent a membership card as well as key fobs. You are required to present proof of current USEF membership in order to compete in USEF Licensed Competitions. If you do not have your membership card, a key fob or a copy of your membership card, you will be required to pay a $30 non-refundable non-member fee. You can print a copy of your card from www.usef.org. Please note, effective 12/01/08 you will no longer be able to sign a membership affidavit in lieu of paying the non-member fee.
Your USEF membership also verifies your amateur status. If you wish to compete in amateur classes and you have not presented proof of USEF membership with Amateur Certification, you will also be charged the non-member amateur fee of $30.
Competitions that are also recognized by an Affiliate organization may require membership in the Affiliate organization to be eligible to compete. You may be required to show proof of membership in the Affiliate organization, e.g. USHJA, USDF, USEA, AHA, AMHA, ASHA, IALHA, AHHS, IFSHA and others.
USEF Membership information can be verified online, however, should the competition office not have the opportunity to verify your membership information online, you will be assessed the relevant non-member fees.
The United States Equestrian Federation®, Inc. (USEF), as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 20 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 90,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its human and equine athletes.
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