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Eight-time Olympic Equestrian J. Michael Plumb Nominated to U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Presented by Allstate
To say J. Michael Plumb was the stalwart of the U.S. Eventing Team for almost 50 years would be an understatement. He rode in seven consecutive Olympic Games - beginning when he was 19 in 1960 in Rome - and eight total (his final appearance was in 1992 in Barcelona). His contribution to the team’s success is unprecedented, and his fearless determination and tenacity never waned.
Now Plumb is one of 18 athletes nominated from all Olympic sports for 2008 induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame presented by Allstate. Six of these athletes will be inducted on June 19, 2008, in Chicago, IL. Full Bio
The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame currently doesn’t have any equestrian members. 2008 is the year to change that:
Vote for Mike!
The voting period runs through March 28, 2008. The general public can vote at: www.usolympicteam.com or through a link on the USEF website: www.usef.org.
Deep Field to Contest USEF Selection Trials for Show Jumping
Regardless of discipline, things look pretty good when all four members of the Gold medal-winning team from the 2004 Olympic Games line up to vie for a spot on the team in 2008.
Young Event Horse Judging Session at Galway Downs
Marilyn Payne will host a Spalding Labs/United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse (YEH) judging seminar at Galway Downs on March 27, which will be held in conjunction with the Continuing Education Clinics (CEC) program that will be happening that weekend. The seminar will start at 1 p.m. and will tentatively end at 5 p.m. Those that have already signed up for the CEC program can attend for free. Those that wish to sign up just for the YEH seminar will pay a $50 fee, payable to the USEA. There will be time in the classroom and then there will be horse-and-rider combinations to critique outside, as well.
USHJA Expands Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards Program to Include Riding Instructors
In a continuing effort to embrace the foundation level of the horse show industry, the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) is proud to announce the addition of a Riding Instructor Award category to the Affiliate Sportsmanship Awards Program. This program currently recognizes a junior, amateur and professional from each of our affiliate associations.
Callan Solem and Mianta Win the $50,000 Duggan Equipment Grand Prix at HITS Ocala
Callan Solem and her mount Mianta were up to the challenge in Sunday's $50,000 Duggan Equipment Grand Prix as they secured the blue ribbon and $15,000 in prize money for Quiet Winter Farm at HITS Ocala.
Saddlebred World Loses Giants Pugh, Barham
The Saddlebred community has lost two renowned horsemen. Both Dale Pugh and Edward C. Barham left behind significant accomplishments; their presence cannot be replaced.
USEF Names CSIO Wellington Show Jumping Team
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced the team of four horse-and-rider combinations who will represent the United States at the CSIO Wellington presented by CN. The $75,000 Nations Cup team competition will take place under the lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, on Friday, March 7.
Week Two of Gulfport Offers Stellar Competition
Competition heated right back up Wednesday, February 27, beginning in the hunter divisions, where for the second week some of the top horse-and-rider combinations turned in stellar performances. Phoebe Sheets rode Stowaway for owner Mindy Wurzburg to the championship in the first year green working, while Russell Frey picked up the tri-colors in the second year green working aboard Susan Baker’s Tell All. Repeating victory in the conformation hunter divisions was Terry Brown riding Tasty for owner Showcase, Ltd., and taking top honors in the regular working division was South Point Farm’s Renaissance with David Wright in the irons.
New Hotline for Kentucky Horse Owners
In an effort to support the needs of the horse and horse owner in Kentucky, the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC), in partnership with the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners and the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, has established a hotline (866-634-0030) for Kentucky horse owners. The hotline is a network to connect resources—hay and other equine feed, vet and feed funding, rescue facilities—with Kentuckians who need those resources.
Challenge of the Americas Announces Teams; 27 International Riders to Compete in High Jump and Musical Quadrille on March 8
The Challenge of the Americas (COTA) is pleased to announce the names of the 27 riders who will ride on three teams competing in the 2008 event featuring grand prix dressage and grand prix show jumping. The seventh edition of this horse sport spectacular will be held on Saturday night, March 8, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Competition will be held under lights in the new International Arena. COTA is an annual benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Spooner, Gatlin and Porter Pick Up Major Prize Money at HITS Thermal
If the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix on February 22 was any indication of what kind of week Richard Spooner is going to have at HITS Thermal, other grand prix riders should be on alert.
The CN North American Junior and Young Rider Championships Now Accepting Sponsor and Vendor Applications
The CN North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) at the Colorado Horse Park presented by Gotham North are set to return, July 29-August 3, 2008. The championships are an excellent opportunity for companies in the equestrian industry to market their products to the next generation of the sport's riders. Sponsor and vendor applications are now being accepted.
George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Award Created
A George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Award open to U.S., Canadian and international riders ages 18 and younger is being offered for the first time at the 2008 CN Winter Equestrian Festival in honor of the rider who literally wrote the book on the discipline.
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.
Tampa Equestrian Festival to Host Nation's Top Hunters for Three Weeks
Many of the country's best horses and hunter riders will compete at the Tampa Equestrian Festival, held from March 19-April 6 at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL.
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
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Dressage Second Level Through Fourth Level
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian English Pleasure/Pleasure Driving Amateur
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian English Pleasure/Pleasure Driving Open
||Born Ta Boogie
||JCF Leap of Fait
||Mr. V. Jacqu Roszel
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Amateur
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Exhibitor
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open
||BHF While You Were Out
||Mallory Elizabeth Creter
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Sport Horse
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Western Pleasure Adult Amateur
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor
||IM Mellow Yellow
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Western Pleasure Open
|Half-/Anglo-Arabian Working Western
|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.
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:
Equine Disaster Relief Fund: When Equines Need a Helping Hand
By Sarah L. Evers
When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Southern portion of the
United States, they devastated everything in their wakes. It was definitely a hard time in recent American history. Whether individuals lived through it or watched events happen in the news, the impact was felt by all. Countless people were affected or knew someone who was affected, and the entire country watched on the news, with many wondering, “What if that happened to me?”
Despite this difficult time, it was also a time of sacrifice for the greater good, human bonding and a time when Americans rose to a challenge presented by Mother Nature to help their fellow man…and animal. While human aide organizations rallied to respond to one of the largest natural disasters to ever hit the country, those organizations dedicated to animals also rose to the challenge of protecting animals affected by the hurricanes. And the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) was one of them.
The USEF’s vision statement includes USEF’s mission to ensure the safety and welfare of its equine athletes. But with the creation of the Equine Disaster Relief Fund, and other efforts of the organization as a whole, the USEF is going beyond the protection of just equine athletes; instead these efforts encompass any equine in need.
For the full story in PDF format, click here.
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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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