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On to Hong Kong, With Confidence!
The FEI held an informational pre-Olympic workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland on February 17, 2008, furthering their dedication to ensuring horse health and welfare at the 2008 Olympic Games to be held August 8-24 in Hong Kong. The workshop was designed to follow-up on the data collection and research conducted at the test event in Hong Kong in August 2007. There was a wide range of panelists and speakers including veterinarians, shipping agents, BOCOG representatives and FEI staff. United States Equestrian Federation personnel attended along with representatives from the majority of other countries who will be competing at the Olympics.
USEF Announces the Endurance National Training List for 2008
For the first time, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has established the Endurance National Training List. Competitors have earned points over the last year at pre-determined Ranking Trials. Points are earned by the riders - not horses. The athletes’ best two performances were used in establishing their ranking.
Fiesta of the Spanish Horse to Benefit Cancer Research
The popular Fiesta of the Spanish Horse Annual Benefit Horse Show to support cancer research has been scheduled for May 1-4, 2008, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Spanish horses from across the United States will be competing in a multi-breed show that will be free to the public.
The Saturday evening, May 3, show and equestrian exhibitions will begin at 6 p.m. in the Equidome.
There will a lot of Paso Finos from the California region participating in this event.
For more information, visit www.fiestaspanishhorse.com.
USEF National Driving Championships Announced; Selection Procedures Finalized
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Executive Committee has approved two important High Performance Driving initiatives for 2008.
Dates and locations for the 2008 National Driving Championships are as follows: The 2008 USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship and the USEF National Single Horse Championship will be held simultaneously at the Live Oak Combined Driving event in Ocala, FL March 27-30. Please visit the Live Oak website: www.cailiveoak.com for more information about the venue and the competition.
USEF Announces Qualifiers for the 2008 FEI Children’s International Jumping Final
Attention Children Jumper Riders! This year’s FEI Children’s International Jumping Final will be held in Bogota, Colombia December 6-12, 2008. The Final for Children between the ages of 12 and 14 as defined by FEI rules, brings together riders from various nations around the world not only to compete but also to interact with their peers from around the world. U.S. Qualifiers for this Final will be held at the Oaks Blenheim Fall Tournament in San Juan Capistrano, CA September 10-14, 2008 and the American Gold Cup in Moreland Hills, OH September 17-21, 2008.
USEF Para Equestrian Training Session to be held with Sharon Schneidman
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Para Equestrian Training Session with International dressage competitor Sharon Schneidman, March 25-26, 2008 at the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodville, Washington.
USET Foundation Provided $2,295,000 for High Performance Programs in 2007
The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that it awarded grants totaling $2,295,000 to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) for high-performance programs in 2007.
Singapore to Host First Edition of Youth Olympic Games
Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), announced via live webcast that Singapore will be the host city of the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games to take place in 2010.
FEI Vaulting Seminar in Belgium Hosts Participants from 17 Nations
The Annual FEI Vaulting Seminar was hosted by the Belgian National Federation and a most competent organizing committee in Ostende last weekend. Almost 50 participants made the trip to the Belgian coast for three days of presentations, practical sessions and workshops. Judges and national trainers from a myriad of nations were present, including: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden and the United States.
Carolina Horse Park Offers Five-Day Eventing Clinic
The Carolina Horse Park is pleased to announce it will be hosting its second annual five-day eventing clinic on March 24-28, 2008. Twelve world class clinicians will train participants over the Carolina Horse Park's six championship-level cross-country courses and its outstanding dressage and show jumping arenas.
EquiFit, Inc., Pony Contest Deadline Approaching
EquiFit, Inc., the equine industry’s innovator of protective performance gear, announces a contest to coincide with the release of its new pony products. The best selling T-Sport Wrap and supportive T-Boot EXP are now available in pony sizes. As part of its new product launch, EquiFit is searching for a junior rider and pony team to be part of its promotion.
Linda Allen Named the New Course Designer for 2008 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic
In addition to a new, premier location in Hampton Falls, NH, the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic welcomes a new course designer, Linda Allen of Salinas, CA. Allen will design the grand prix ring, which will feature the $75,000 Fidelity Investments AGA Grand Prix, the $10,000 Welcome Stake, the $10,000 Speed Stake and $15,000 Mohegan Sun Derby, just to name a few of the classes. There will be a total of over 20 classes held in the grand prix ring.
Don’t Miss This Great Opportunity
Book your advertising space in the April issue of EQUESTRIAN, featuring marketing and education. This issue will also receive additional distribution at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Hurry! Space closes Monday, February 25. For more information contact Kim Russell at (859) 225-6938 or email@example.com.
Romelia Calderon and Pernot Win the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix at HITS Arizona
Romelia Calderon and her 2007 FEI World Cup mount Pernot captured the blue ribbon in Sunday's $25,000 HITS Grand Prix to conclude the Kachina Classic at HITS Arizona. Calderon, who won the first Grand Prix at HITS Thermal in 2007, got the best of 25 pairs in the first round and nine combinations in the jump-off to score $7,500 in prize money for Riley Stables. The Mexican rider was also eighth aboard John's Flight.
Going Somewhere? Let USEF and Hertz Help You Save Money
Take advantage of one of the many USEF MemberPerks privileges by using Hertz for all of your travel needs. Simply use your USEF/Hertz discount CDP# 15757 each time you place a reservation, and instantly qualify for member discounts in the U.S. and around the world. For low web rates, special offers and free membership to Hertz #1Club®, visit their website at www.hertz.com or call (800) 654-2200.
Jane Beshear Named to the 2010 World Games Foundation Board
Jane Beshear was announced as the latest addition to the 2010 World Equestrian Games Foundation Board of Directors. She was elected unanimously by the board.
Phelpssports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby Broadcast Will Be Available Online
Can’t make it to the 25th annual Phelpssports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby this year? You can still enjoy watching the likes of Lisa Wilcox, Lars Petersen, Courtney King, George Williams and Dorothy Morkis, along with dozens of other top competitors from around the world, as they dance down centerline with their partners, from the comfort of your own home. For the first time in the history of this prestigious event, broadcasts of the FEI level rides, including the musical freestyles, will be available at www.dressageclinic.com beginning March 5.
American Saddlebred Horse Association and Registry Seat New Board and ASHA Officers, Nominating Committee Elected
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) concluded its annual convention Saturday evening, February 16, with the spectacular Saddlebred Ball at Keeneland Entertainment Center, which attracted a record turnaway crowd of 500 to the packed house. A series of standing ovations for the honorees concluded with an emotional tribute and a final sustained and thunderous salute to the Lifetime Achievement awardee, Mrs. David H. Neil of Blythewood Farms in Cleveland, TN.
Benefits in the Economic Stimulus Act for Horse Industry
President Bush signed into law the Economic Stimulus Act on February 13. The bill is intended to provide a jump-start to the lagging U.S. economy.
“The new law includes two tax incentives that would allow a much bigger write-off for horses and other depreciable property purchased and placed in service during 2008,” said Jay Hickey, President of the American Horse Council. “This should provide an additional incentive for people to invest in more horses for racing, showing and breeding as part of their business activities.”
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center Announces 2008 Competition and Clinic Schedule
The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC), based in the heart of downtown Buffalo, NY, is pleased to announce that they will offer a series of horse shows this year at their facility. The BTRC Series has scheduled five dates for horse shows, plus the "AA" rated Buffalo International Horse Show. In addition to great competitions, the BTRC will once again host a three-day clinic with renowned horseman and trainer George H. Morris, the current United States Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe.
Bill Lowry and Bjorn Ikast Continue Winning Ways in Gulf Coast Opener
When last we left Bill Lowry, he had just accepted the $10,000 Grand Prix Rider Bonus at the Jacksonville Winter Series after narrowly beating good friend Wilhelm Genn, who had just won the finale grand prix. Our next scene opens with Lowry and partner Polygraaf taking the first victory in a Valentine Welcome Stake set at the opening week of the 2008 Gulf Coast Winter Classics.
Announcing Winners in the
Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year Program
Points have closed for the 2007 competition year in the Horse of the Year program.
Please check your points and standings in your respective division(s) by:
- Calling the Horse Report Hotline at (859) 225-2040, or
- Order a copy of your horse’s point report via e-mail or mail (mailed and faxed copies will incur an additional charge), or
- Checking your standings online.
A Few 2007 National Champions
Tracy Ratliff Lord
||Tracy Ratliff Lord
|Arabian Sport Horse
||Tracy Ratliff Lord
|Arabian Western Pleasure Adult Amateur
||Kathy Fee Pascal
|Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor
|Arabian Western Pleasure Open
||Highland Pride Arabians, Inc.
|Arabian Working Western
Sandra L. Eggert
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Country Pleasure/Country Pleasure Driving Junior Exhibitor
||JJ Montego Bey
||6 D Ranch, Ltd.
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Country Pleasure/Country Pleasure Driving Adult Amateur
||EQL Magic Marker
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Country Pleasure/Pleasure Driving Open
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Dressage Amateur Training Level
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Dressage Amateur First Level
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Dressage Amateur Second Level Through Fourth Level
||Mary Nan Allen
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Dressage Training Level
||Just an Impulse
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Dressage First Level
||Warrantys Double Take
|To join the program:
It is as easy as filling out an application, which may be found on the USEF website here
, or may be obtained at any recognized horse show, or by contacting the USEF office at (859) 258-2472.
Attention USEF Members!
Remember to take advantage of the USEF MemberPerks Program. USEF MemberPerks offers substantial cost savings on products and services from John Deere, Dodge, Office Max, UPS and many more!
For more information, please call (877) 576-6872 or fax (859) 422-9407, or visit USEF.org's MemberPerks page.
Tracy Magness and Tracy Fenney Capture Last Week's and This Week's $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix at HITS Ocala
Tracy Magness and her trusty mount Tarco Van Ter Moude picked up right where they left off last season at HITS Ocala when the pair negotiated the fastest double-clear round on course designer Kenny Krome's route to secure the top prize in February 14th's $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix to kick off the Ocala Winter Classic at HITS Post Time Farm.
North American Junior and Young Riders Championships Seeking New Sponsors
Larry Langer and Charlotte Skinner, on behalf of the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships at the Colorado Horse Park, would like to invite you to participate as a sponsor or supporter of the Championships. The 2008 Championships will be held at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO, July 29-August 3. The championships are continuing with the junior division in all disciplines. In addition to the three Olympic disciplines of show jumping, dressage and eventing , the Western riding discipline of reining has been added for the first time.
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, 2007.
Learn more about the program today.
East Coast Riders
(October 4-5, 2008, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals,
A few riders that have now qualifed on the East Coast:
— Jillian Celestino
West Coast Championship
(September 17-20, Los Angeles International, Burbank, CA)
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Molly Braswell
— Kathryn Crump
— Alexandra Dupont
From the February 2008 issue of EQUESTRIAN magazine:
The Tax Man Cometh
By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law
When it comes to tax time, it pays in more than one way to know as
many tax strategies as possible when it comes to your horses and
equine businesses. Learn how to minimize scrutiny by the IRS by following some prudent advice, knowing the rules, getting things in
writing and keeping a good business plan.
One of the most powerful weapons of the IRS is the hobby loss rule, by which people in the horse industry are denied tax deductions on the grounds that they are engaged in a hobby, not a business. In hobby loss audits, the IRS often views horse activities as a means of generating tax losses, rather than a profit-oriented venture. Unless you are making two profit years in a seven-year period, you are a likely candidate for having your tax deductions denied by the IRS.
For the full story in PDF format, click here.
Winter Wakeup Call!
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- No annual fee
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This Visa Platinum card issued by U.S. Bank is now the only card that supports the United States Equestrian Federation. Upon receiving your new card, the United States Equestrian Federation receives a payment from U.S. Bank and then we will continue to receive a percentage of each net purchase you make on your card. This helps us fund our international teams.
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Hurry, offer ends March 31, 2008.
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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 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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