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|Courtney King and Idocus won the USEF High-Performance Grand Prix Freestyle.
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Cosequin Wellington Dressage Wrap-Up
Cosequin Wellington Dressage, the first of three shows in the Stadium Jumping, Inc., Dressage Series at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, wrapped up on Sunday, February 11, after four days of competition, which began on February 8. The show featured USEF high-performance qualifying competition for the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Grand Prix National Championship and the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Intermediaire I National Championship/Pan American Games Selection Trials.
Thursday's High-Performance Highlights
In the USEF High Performance Prix St. Georges, a qualifier for the national championships and the Pan American Games selection trials in Gladstone, NJ, Christopher Hickey and Regent brought home the blue ribbon with a score of 71.583%. “He’s a seasoned Prix St. George horse," Hickey explained. "He was (at Gladstone) as an eight-year-old—there were only two eight-year-olds at Gladstone in the (Intermediaire) National Championships. So now at nine, he feels stronger, and that work is a lot easier for him. He’s really consistent, confirmed and produces even a higher quality.”
U.S. Endurance Riders to Compete at the Abu Dhabi President’s Cup
Two U.S. riders have been invited to participate in the February 17 FEI*** 160-km HH The President of the UAE Endurance Cup ride in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) top-ranked endurance riders, Susan Summers, riding Mags Motivator, and Dr. Meg Sleeper, DVM, riding Shyrocco Troilus, will make the trip to Abu Dhabi to compete at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba.
A strong field of UAE and international riders is expected to take part in the eighth edition of the prestigious ride. The competitors for 2007 will once again be looking to end the UAE’s stranglehold on the Cup, which has so far been won only by UAE riders.
National Ranking Lists Now Available for USEF Dressage Developing Programs
In a new format for this year, the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Junior,
Young Rider, and Young Adult (“Brentina Cup”) Dressage Championships will all be held in Gladstone, NJ, June 14–17, 2007, in conjunction with the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Intermediaire I and Grand Prix Championships at the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation/Collecting Gaits Farm Dressage Festival of Champions. “Bringing the top horses and riders from all five divisions together will be an unprecedented event,” says Jennifer Keeler, USEF National Director of Dressage. “Having the top competitors in the country, from juniors to Olympians, all together in one location will be a fabulous opportunity to showcase not only the sport but our country’s developing talent in dressage.”
American Saddlebred Horse Association to Webcast Annual Meeting Forums, Luncheons and Saddlebred Ball; Saddlebred Farms Open House Week is Underway
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) will begin webcasting live on Friday several aspects of its 2007 Annual Meeting and Youth Conference, which takes place Thursday through Saturday, February 15-17, at the Embassy Suites of Lexington, KY. The association will utilize its website, www.saddlebred.com, to broadcast the Saddlebred Summit worldwide. Those unable to attend this year’s convention will have an opportunity to watch and listen on Friday and Saturday during selected forums, luncheons and the Annual Prize Giving at the Saddlebred Ball as these events occur live.
USEF Announces 2007 Dressage Young Horse Training Sessions
The purpose of the USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Sessions is to identify and develop top equine dressage talent in the United States for a future career at the FEI level and international competition on U.S. teams. Mirroring the existing high-performance development programs, horses should be actively training and competing and therefore may be invited to participate in training sessions with the aspiration of their participating in the 2007 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program (WBC Selection Trials and National Championships). These training sessions will be conducted with USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach Scott Hassler.
Official training sessions for 2007 will be held at the following:
- Florida: Monday, March 19-Wednesday, March 2, at the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds, Wellington , FL
- California: Tuesday, March 27-Thursday, March 29, at the L.A. Equestrian Center, Burbank , CA
Participation in these training sessions is by INVITATION ONLY. All interested parties MUST submit an application (deadline: February 21, 2007). Please visit www.usef.org/content/equestrianSports/disciplines/international/2004-YH-Program.php for more information and to download an application
The Budweiser Live Oak International
The Budweiser Live Oak International will take place March 22-25, 2007, in Ocala, FL. It is a USEF Selection Trial. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit www.cailiveoak.com.
Hunter and Hunter Seat Equitation Judges Mentor Program Now Available
An exciting new program for potential hunter and hunter seat equitation judges was approved at the January 2007 USEF Board Meeting, with an effective date of April 1, 2007. The purpose of the mentor program is to assist qualified horsemen in the pursuit of a USEF judges’ license in the hunter and hunter seat equitation divisions. An additional component is to assist ‘r’ judges in obtaining ‘R’ status in hunter, hunter seat equitation, and hunter breeding.
Beautifully Hand-Crafted USEF Leather Bags Made Exclusively by Freedman Harness, Canada
Made from soft brown pebble leather with solid brass hardware and zippers, the exclusive collection of USEF bags come in three distinct styles. Choose from the Cabin Bag, Back Pack or Boot Carrier for all of your travel and equestrian needs.
Call toll free today to order your USEF Leather Bags at (877) 256-7674 or visit www.freedmanharness.com.
American Horse Council Supports United States Department of Agriculture's Proposal for Permanent, Privately-Owned Quarantine Facilities
The American Horse Council (AHC) submitted comments supporting the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed rules that would permit the establishment and operation of permanent, privately-owned quarantine facilities.
The AHC has been calling for the USDA to re-publish the rule proposal that was originally proposed more than four years ago to respond to the need for more import facilities through privately operated stations.
USEF Merchandise Sale—Up to 35% Off Selected Items!
We are making room for new spring merchandise! Visit the USEF online store now for up to 35% savings on selected items and apparel. Quantities and sizes are limited, so shop today!
Join the Judges at the EQUUS Equestrian Idol Event on February 17, 2007
On Saturday evening, February 17, 2007, one of the most unique auction items will be the opportunity for one guest to join judges George Morris, Susie “Paula Abdul” Schoellkopf, Gene “Randy Jackson” Mische, and Mason “Simon Cowell” Phelps to select the top two finalists in the EQUUS Equestrian Idol competition.
American Saddlebred Horse Association and Registry Announce Year-End 2006 Results; Saddlebred Service Center Available at Convention
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) and American Saddlebred
Registry, which conduct their annual convention this week in Lexington, KY,
announced results for the year ending December 31, 2006.
On a combined basis, net income for the two corporations rose 15.5% to an all-time high of $194,166, from last year’s $168,146, the previous high. Combined revenues increased over $180,000, to $2,109,443, net of the Registry’s gross revenues for prize programs, as well as unrealized gains on investments. Prize program revenue for 2006 was $530,155 as compared to $548,535 in the previous year, down 3.4%. All prize programs generated increased revenue, except the American Saddlebred Grand National.
Paso Fino Judges and Stewards Clinic Informs Attendees on a Multitude of Issues
The Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA) hosted it’s annual judges and stewards clinic in Ocala, FL, February 2-4, 2007. Friday evening, three Applicant Judges attended a four-hour workshop that addressed calling classes and show etiquette. They ended the evening with a written test and a gait test.
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Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Kicks Off 2007 Season
The 2007 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is officially underway,
and it promises to be even bigger and better than ever before. The series will
see classes at more than 100 horse shows across the country before culminating
in year-end championships at the National Horse Show in Wellington, FL, in
Watch All Eight Rings of the Winter Equestrian Festival Live from Wellington, FL, on Your Computer from Anywhere in the World
Productions East Video, Stadium Jumping, Inc., the United States Equestrian Federation® (USEF) and LiveBroadcast.TV will be presenting eight channels of live video webcasting of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) 2007 in Wellington, FL, and continuing in Tampa, FL, January 24–April 7, 2007.
This year’s Winter Equestrian Festival, the nation’s longest, consecutively running equestrian sporting event, celebrates its 35th year in Florida, and will offer more than $4-million in prize money.
2007 Colorado Horse Park Calendar Promises Fun for Families and Horse Lovers Alike
Families and visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate the history of the west and extraordinary beauty of the horse at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO. The calendar is packed with more than 30 unique and diverse events designed to entertain, educate and enthrall.
USET Foundation Awards Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy to Show Jumper Carolyn Kelly
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (USET) is pleased to announce that 18-year-old Carolyn Kelly of New York, NY, has been awarded the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy, recognizing a junior/young rider who exemplifies the USET Foundation’s ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship.
USET Foundation Kick-Off Gala Launches $20-Million Campaign to Achieve Competitive Excellence
The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation launched its $20-million Campaign to Achieve Competitive Excellence at a Kick-Off Gala in Wellington, FL, on Saturday evening, February 10. The black-tie event was held at Stillpoint Farm, a beautiful dressage facility owned by Tuny and David Page. In attendance were 240 invited guests, including athletes, coaches, U.S. equestrian team supporters, and staff members of the USET Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
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 86,000 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 USEF is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.
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