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|Jeffrey Welles and Armani during the USEF Selection Trials for Show Jumping
Photo by Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com
Welles and Armani Added to the USEF Show Jumping Short List for the 2008 Olympic Games
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Ad Hoc Committee on Selection has approved naming the horse/rider combination of Armani/Jeffrey Welles to the Show Jumping Short List for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong August 8-24, 2008.
As per the USEF Selection Procedure for the Show Jumping Team, the Selectors have the discretion to recommend up to four of the 10 horse/rider combinations to the Short List regardless of their participation or placing in the Selection Trials. The remaining six combinations will be chosen according to their ranking at the conclusion of the Selection Trials, which run February 27-March 9 in Wellington, FL.
Kraut and Cedric put in Repeat Performance, Maintain Lead at the USEF Selection Trial for Show Jumping
The third leg of the USEF Selection Trials for Show Jumping got under way between the raindrops at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, on March 5, 2008. With 30 riders left in the mix for the Short List for the 2008 Olympic Games, the third of five trials was for Selection Trial horses only.
New Arabian Horse Foundation Formed With New Pledge Options
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) is pleased to introduce a new Arabian Horse Foundation to meet the growing needs of the Arabian horse community. The foundation will fund previously unsupported areas, such as general education, equine research and disaster relief. Donors will have the option to designate their contributions to a particular category.
Got Something to Say?
USEF is looking for “official bloggers” for the new social networking site Club Equestrian. This site, built for equestrians by equestrians, will be launching soon. Do you like to write? If so, we hope you can share your thoughts and insights about horses and the industry we all love. Please send a few samples of your writing to email@example.com, along with an intro about how you are, or have been, involved with horses.
King and Hannigan to Represent U.S. at 2008 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final
Following this weekend's final North American League qualifying competitions in Loxahatchee, FL, and Burbank, CA, two horses and riders have been named to represent the United States at the 2008 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, on March 27-30.
USEF Announces Show Schedule for 2008 Hunter National Championships
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Executive Committee has approved the dates and locations for the following 2008 USEF Hunter National Championships:
New Opportunity for Reiners—Inaugural USEF CRI* National Championship to be Held in 2008
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is launching a new international reining initiative for 2008. The inaugural USEF CRI* National Reining Championship will be held concurrently with the Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championships presented by Equine Motorcoach during the NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City, OK, on June 27, 2008.
Graburn and Weber Win First Two USEF Selection Trials for 2008 Driving World Championships
Sterling Graburn of Bonifay, FL, won the first USEF Selection Trial for the 2008 World Singles Driving Championships held at the Sunshine State CDE (CAI-B Ocala) in Ocala, FL, February 28-March 2. The World Championships will be held in Jarantow, Poland, August 28-31.
Annual Endurance Awards Announced at American Endurance Ride Conference Annual Convention
Bill Wilson, a 72-year-old from Pekin, IN, was named to the American Endurance Ride Conference’s (AERC) Hall of Fame at the association’s awards ceremony, held March 1 in Reno, NV. Wilson completed 24 of 25 50- to 55-mile competitions for a total of 1,775 miles in 2007, and has a total of 21,645 miles of endurance completions to date. He is also a trails advocate and a willing worker for preservation and building of trails.
American Saddlebred Horse Association Offers Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) and Elisabeth Goth Chelberg are pleased to offer the ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge program to promote the sport of driving American Saddlebreds for young enthusiasts.
Olympic Equestrian Facilities Inspected by Equestrian Committee
President of the Equestrian Committee (Hong Kong) of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), Chief Secretary for Administration Henry Tang and members of the committee toured the Hong Kong Olympic and Paralympic Village and core equestrian venue in Sha Tin on March 4. They inspected the progress of construction works in relation to the competition venue and supporting facilities for the equestrian events to be staged in Hong Kong.
USEF Announces New Roadster Division Requirements
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) would like to advise all members that participate in the roadster division to be aware of a new rule (RD101.2) that takes effect April 1, 2008, which will require all owners, exhibitors and trainers of horses and ponies to be members of the American Road Horse and Pony Association (ARHPA).
Carriage Pleasure Driving Competition Guidelines Now Available Through USEF
A new booklet is now available on carriage classes for competition managers—Carriage Pleasure Driving Competition Guidelines. This informational booklet includes pertinent rules and prize list essentials, as well as obstacle courses, with and without center ring. The booklet is available for $15.
The order form can be found on the USEF website under the section titled “Breeds and Disciplines” then go to “Disciplines” and click on “Carriage Pleasure Driving” or visit www.usef.org/documents/disciplines/CPDriving/CPDrivingOrderForm.pdf.
Fill out the form and fax it to (859) 231-6662. Please note to send the order to the attention of the National Affiliates Department.
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.
Numerous Dressage Reports Now Available Online Through the United States Dressage Federation
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that multiple reports have been made available online on the redesigned USDF website at www.usdf.org. There are three categories of reports available. Category One reports require an individual to be logged in through the front page of the website, but are free. Category Two reports have a fee based on member or non-member status with membership being defined as anyone that is a participating, group, or intercollegiate/interscholastic member in the USDF database at the time the report is being generated. Category Two reports are available to anyone, whether logged in or not, but if a member accesses the report without being logged in to the site, they will pay the full non-member rate, with no refund being available for the difference. Category Three reports must be requested directly from the office.
Announcing Winners in the
Please check your points and standings in your respective division(s) by:
Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year Program
- 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.
Sixteen Olympians Participate in Olympic Tribute at PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y
At the 2008 PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W/Y on Saturday, March 1, in Loxahatchee, FL, 16 Olympians representing five countries—the United States of America, Germany, Denmark, Colombia, and Canada—from the sports of dressage and eventing participated in an Olympic Tribute, celebrating this Olympic year and the 25th anniversary of the prestigious event.
USET Foundation Announces "Aiken Olympic Gala" Raised $20,000 for U.S. Eventers
The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that the "Aiken Olympic Gala" held on February 18, 2008, raised $20,000 for the U.S. eventing riders headed to the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.
Fiyero and Elizabeth Boyd Win in Front of a Record Crowd at the 12th AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular
It was superstition, sibling support, music and a great horse that guided Elizabeth Boyd and Fiyero to the top place under a record crowd at the 12th Annual American Hunter Jumper Foundation (AHJF) Hunter Classic Spectacular on Saturday night, February 23, at the CN Winter Equestrian Festival. She managed that same feat for the very first Classic 12 years earlier.
American Saddlebred Registry Board of Directors Meets, Elects Officers
The newly-seated 2008 Board of Directors of the American Saddlebred Registry held its organizational meeting on Friday, February 29, to elect its officers.
Elected unanimously to one-year terms as its officers were Judith Werner (Illinois) as president; Anne Stafford (Tennessee) as vice-president; Barbara Molland (California) as secretary; and Jimmy Robertson (Kentucky) as treasurer. The registry’s bylaws require that the president, secretary and treasurer also be directors of the American Saddlebred Horse Association.
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
FEI Endurance Task Force Meets in Final Session
The FEI Task Force Chairmen met for four days, February 21-24, to agree on the final recommendations for the new FEI Endurance Rules for 2009 and onwards.
Far reaching changes are recommended by the task force that has consulted widely with all those involved in the discipline over the last year following their creation immediately after the FEI World Endurance Forum held in Paris in February 2007.
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 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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