Beezie Madden and Crème Brule
Photo by Ken Braddick
Madden and Crème Brule Win Inaugural Palm Beach Jumping Derby
The inaugural $50,000 CN Palm Beach Jumping Derby that became a festive party on a hot South Florida Sunday was won by the USA's double-Olympic Gold medalist Beezie Madden on Crème Brule.
More than 3,000 spectators turned out to tailgate and party at one of the highlight events of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) on the well-established grass field at the former polo stadium that is now part of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).
Thirty-four horse-and-rider combinations from six nations, including Olympic Gold medalists Beezie Madden, Leslie Howard and Peter Wylde of the USA, Eric Lamaze of Canada and Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, contested 19 natural obstacles that included a devil's dyke, a table, a palm maze over a course of 1,000 meters (0.6 miles) designed by Richard Jeffery of Great Britain. The course that drew rave reviews for its beauty, creativity and attention to detail was built by Brett Raflowitz and his Equestrian Services International that also installed the competition arenas throughout PBIEC show grounds.
More Hunter/Jumper News
Kelley Farmer and Early Applause
Photo by Diana DeRosa
It Was a Valentine's Day Early Applause for Kelley Farmer in the 13th American Hunter-Jumper Foundation Hunter Classic Spectacular
“Early Applause is the most amazing animal I have ever ridden,” commented Kelley Farmer after she rode him to victory in the 13th Annual American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF) Hunter Classic Spectacular in Wellington, FL. “He is quiet. He is careful, and he tries hard. He is an absolute brat and demands attention from everyone at all times, but he goes from the stall to the ring and he has never let me down,” she continued.
On Saturday night, February 14, at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) hearts were pumping and hugs were plentiful, and a victory for Farmer was the perfect Valentine’s Day present for her and her partner Larry Glefke of Keswick, VA. As owners of Early Applause, they echoed each other in the brilliance that the seven-year-old bay 16.1-hand Warmblood clearly showed.
“He is the personification of a hunter,” commented Glefke. “He jumps in perfect form. You never have to work on his style, his shape or his attitude. It’s just keeping him happy.”
“I have an amazing animal. I am very lucky I get to ride him. He is a first year horse and tries so hard every time he walks in the ring. He’s only shown in eight horse shows total in his life. Every time he walks in the ring he gives me 110%,” concluded Farmer.
American Vaulting Association Celebrates 40th Anniversary at Annual Convention in Washington, DC
The American Vaulting Association (AVA) will celebrate its 40th anniversary at its Annual Convention, February 26-March 1, in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
The four-day convention, themed “Reaching Out, Reaching Up!” will feature a special full-day workshop by members of the Pilobolus Dance Company, who have thrilled millions around the world with their own take on the imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration. Well-known equestrian and author Daniel Stewart will also lead two clinics: “Balance and Symmetry” and “Sports Psychology” for athletes and coaches.
Swinging Saddlebred Ball Climaxes Convention; American Saddlebred Horse Association, Registry Seat New Boards; Nominating Committee Elected
Nearly 500 American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) members, youth and guests poured into the ballroom at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY, on Saturday night (February 14) to enjoy the Fifth Annual Saddlebred Ball, topped by a series of emotional acceptances delivered by individual award winners. Standing ovations greeted several, including Earl Teater, Jr., and Ed Teater (representing Earl Teater and Sons, who were inducted into the Breeders Hall of Fame in a surprise announcement), and Lifetime Achievement honoree Don Harris with his beloved wife Judy. Mike Spencer, who received the Cronan Sportsmanship Award, recounted his first riding “lesson” from the legendary Helen Crabtree, in another highlight of the evening.
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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 how Pat Parelli wants to change the horse world, Presidential horses, Brentina's recovery from colic surgery, gene research for disease prevention and more.
Things We Like
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Check Out the Photos of Horses with Other Animals
Starting February 20 on ClubEquestrian.com, vote for photos of horses and their other animal buddies (i.e., a dog, pig, goat, cat, bird, etc.). This month's photo contest prize is a Troxel helmet for the photo that gets the most votes by the end of the month.
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.
USEF Competitions Selected For Roadster Pony Heel Measurements
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has selected the six competitions which will be required to take heel measurements from the first and fourth place ponies in Roadster and Hackney Roadster Pony Championships.
Equestrian Events, Inc., Announces Changes for 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
As a result of construction projects at the Kentucky Horse Park, Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), is announcing some major changes for the 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the only annual four-star three-day event in the Americas. Scheduled for April 23-26, the event draws over 100,000 spectators and is seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts, including a one-hour special on NBC in the United States.
Honored with the 2008 Best of Lexington Award in the Special Events category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA), Equestrian Events continues to move forward and adapt to the changes at the Horse Park that will be fully completed by the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Even before it is the test event in 2010 for the Eventing World Championships, Rolex Kentucky 2009 will be the first time some of the Park changes come into play.
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Matching Donated Horses to College Riding Programs
In response to the unwanted horse problem in our country, EquestrianCollegeRecruiter.com has developed a horse donation page on its website. Colleges across the country are in need of horses for their riding and breeding programs. If you have a useful horse looking for a new home you can list them on the website with pictures and video. This is a free service. Colleges are also welcome to send their “wish list” of what is needed in their program or check the website for available horses.
Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search
The Talent Search program is a very demanding show jumping competition, which attracts the nation’s top young riders in head-to-head competition. The qualifying period for the 2008 events began September 1, 2008.
Learn more about the program today.
To see the list of all qualified riders,
visit the 2008/2009 Ranking List online.
East Coast Riders
A few riders that have now qualifed on the East Coast:
— Hasbrouk Donovan
— Christina Gellos
— Emma Johnson
— Hannah Selleck
— Callie Smith
West Coast Championship
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Hayley Barnhill
— Caroline Becker
— Camilla Bennett
— Elizabeth Benson
— Catherine Billings
Texas Horse Park to Host Inaugural "Saddles in the City" Gala
The Texas Horse Park, a world-class equestrian facility currently under development on 600 acres south of downtown Dallas and a vital part of the Trinity River Project, will host its inaugural annual gala event, titled "Saddles in the City," on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. at Eddie Deen’s Ranch (944 South Lamar, Dallas, TX 75202).
Excitement Builds for United Professional Horsemen's Association Equitation Update III Clinic
The United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) will host the Equitation Update III Clinic at William Woods University, Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, 2009. The topic of the clinic, “Inspiration for Today’s Rider, Instructor and Judge,” will focus on horsemanship. Attendance to the clinic is free for all UPHA members and college students with proper ID. For the registration form, visit http://www.horseshowcalendar.com/ShowPDFs/2009UPHAInstructorsClinic_Registration.pdf.
A wide variety of topics will be covered, including starting your lesson program, pattern work, fitting the saddle, achieving an effective and balanced riding position, judging and communication.
Hertz Says Buy None, Get One FREE
No matter how long your rental is, Hertz will give you a free weekend day.
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Advance reservations required. Blackouts may apply. Subject to availability, this offer is redeemable at participating Hertz locations in the U.S. (excluding, NY Metro area, Florida and Hawaii). This offer applies to minimum one day weekend rental (weekend defined as pick-up noon Thursday through noon Sunday), has no cash value, may not be used with Tour Rates or Insurance Replacement Rates and cannot be combined with any other certificate, voucher, offer or promotion. The Free Day value applies to weekend rental time and mileage charges of economy through full-size class vehicles. Hertz age, driver, credit and weekend rate qualifications for the renting location apply and the car must be returned to that location. Taxes, tax reimbursement, age differential charges, upsell charges, fees and optional service charges, such as refueling, are not included. Discounts apply to time and mileage charges only. One redemption per customer per month. Offer valid for vehicle pickup through 3-31-09.
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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