Laura Kraut and Miss Independent giving their best to make the cut for the FEI World Cup in Las Vegas.
Photo Randi Muster/PMG
Field Narrows in the East Coast; Laura Kraut Pulls Ahead in Rankings for 2005 FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final
The field narrows yet again, as Laura Kraut edges her way to the top of the standings in the East Coast League. Adding more fuel to an already fiery 2005 season, Kraut, a native of Oconomowoc, WI, jumped her way to a first place finish at the $75,000 Cosequin Florida Open in Wellington, March 6. The double clear round atop Miss Independent put Kraut two points ahead of McLain Ward in the standings, previously the top ranked rider on the leader board. The victory in Wellington also means 20 world cup qualifying points for Kraut, adding a net 13 points for a grand total of 94. (Only the top six qualifying scores count towards a rider’s League ranking. Thus, if a rider competed in all 12 East Coast qualifiers, only the top six scores would count toward that rider’s ranking. Essentially, every time a rider brings in a score that surpasses one of the original six, their lowest score is wiped away.)
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It's Out of the Bag:
Farnam Horse Products Breaks Into the Feed Business; Partners with Purina to Introduce Platform™
After months of anticipation and murmurings in the market, Farnam Companies, Inc. is ready to reveal its big scoop: the long-time national horse products company has entered the feed business. Through an alliance with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC, Farnam has created its own signature feed and supplement brand. Adhering to both companies’ strict standards of quality, the new Platform product line offers a revolutionary, premium selection of feeds and supplements for a comprehensive approach to equine nutrition. The launch takes Farnam to a new level in the horse industry.
“Our customers already associate Farnam with top-tier products in the equine supplement sector, so bringing our own signature feed to the market was a natural next step for us,” said Chris Jacobi, President of Farnam Horse Products. “We’ve conducted extensive research on what horses need and what owners expect on every level, and we’re confident that our innovative line of products answers those needs. We’re extremely excited to introduce the Platform brand to our customers.”
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Over The Walls Horse Trials Cancelled
In the past five years, Over the Walls Horse Trials at Great Meadowbrook Farm has become one of the premier horse trials in the world. However, due to increasing costs and a lack of adequate sponsorship, Erik Fleming and Torrance Watkins have decided to cancel their event. “It’s a bittersweet decision as we have loved working with the finest people to create the finest event for the finest horses,” said Watkins.
In its five years of running, Over the Walls has attracted national and international competitors of the highest caliber. Olympic team members from several countries have competed at Over The Walls. Last year it became a CIC*** World Cup qualifier and in the last three years Over The Walls has hosted the Jack Le Goff Trophy for the National Advanced Championship. Over The Walls was so well regarded that both the Canadian and U.S. Equestrian Teams have used the event as a selection trials for the Olympic and World Equestrian Games.
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Highlights from Week Six of 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival
Laura Kraut and Miss Independent Handily Secure the Victory in the $75,000 Cosequin Florida Open at the Winter Equestrian Festival
This seems to be Laura Kraut’s year, as those ribbons keep coming in. Despite struggling with a cold, she still managed to win it all on Sunday. This time, it was Miss Independent who took her to the winners circle in the $75,000 Cosequin Florida Open at the 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL.
Right behind her was Anne Kursinski on Roxana 112, who despite losing a shoe after the last fence on the first course, was the only other pair to produce a double clear round. Being in the winners circle for the Sunday Grand Prix wasn’t new for either of these riders. Kursinski and Roxana also won the Idle Dice Classic on February 20, while Kraut claimed the win one week earlier (February 13) on Anthem.
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USEF Calls for Bids to Host FEI Children’s Jumping Qualifiers
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) welcomes bids to host FEI Children’s Jumping qualifiers for the 2005 FEI Children’s International Jumping Final, scheduled for November 21-27 in Simi Valley, California.
All qualifying competitions must be hosted at outdoor venues and must be complete before September 30. Qualifiers must be managed in accordance with FEI rules and must use an FEI Judge and FEI Course Designer.
Organizers interested in hosting a qualifier should contact Jennifer Haydon in the Federation’s Hunter/Jumper department, by phone at (859) 225-6911, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Notice for Dressage Exhibitors & Officials
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has issued updated Freestyle Tests for the following levels:
- Grand Prix Freestyle
- Intermediare I Freestyle
- Young Rider Freestyle
- Junior Freestyle
Please note these tests have been updated in format only (e.g. new logo, additional comments and clarifications). Actual required test movements have NOT changed.
These new test versions must be used by all CDI’s as of May 2, 2005. USEF-recognized dressage competitions may use either “old” or “new” test versions from May 2 through the end of the competition year (November 30).
For more information please Jennifer Keeler, Sport Manager–Dressage at email@example.com or (859) 225-2024.
Conservation Innovation Grants Available
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are once again available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). These grants are available to livestock facilities, including horse farms, ranches and other equine operations.
CIG is a voluntary program intended to stimulate innovative conservation projects in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG enables NRCS to work with public and private entities to promote the use of promising technologies in order to address some of the nation’s most pressing natural resource concerns.
The American Horse Council (AHC) encourages horse owners and organizations to explore the availability of these federal grants. They could be very helpful to equine facilities.
CIG has three components available in the 2005 fiscal year:
1) National competition with up to $15 million available.
2) state competition piloted in 12 states and the Pacific Big Basin area.
3) Chesapeake Bay watershed competition with up to $5 million available for this special solicitation.
Proposals for CIG are due March 28, 2005. Applications must include Standard Form 424 as the cover sheet for each project proposal, along with a project description. CIG applications must also include a letter of review from the appropriate NRCS State Conservationist.
For more information on CIG and the grant application process, please see the NRCS website at www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig and review the “2005 Grant Application materials” section.
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Olympic Equestrians to Host Course Walk at Rolex Championship – Thursday, April 28 – Sponsored By Smartpak Equine
While most of us only dream of running a four-star course, the next best thing is experiencing it through the eyes and insights of Olympian equestrians! Attendees of the 2005 Rolex Kentucky CCI**** can do just that at the SmartPak Equine-sponsored course walk with Kim Severson and Amy Tryon. Severson and Tryon will offer their tips and tactics for riding the toughest cross country course in the U.S. Everyone is welcome to attend this incredible opportunity; just sign up at the SmartPak booth in advance, and receive a free SmartPak sample. Sign up sheets also will be available at the start of the walk. In addition, Severson and Tryon will be signing autographs throughout the four-day championship at the SmartPak Equine booth.
Severson’s recent career highlights include: 2004 Individual Olympic Silver medalist; 2004 Team Olympic Bronze medalist; winner of 2004 and 2002 Rolex Kentucky CCI****; 2002 World Equestrian Games Team Gold medalist; 2004 and 2002 USEA Leading Lady Rider; 2004 USEF Equestrian of the Year; 2002 and 2004 USEA Horse of the Year (Winsome Adante); 1999 Winner Rolex Kentucky CCI*** w/ Over the Limit.
Tryon’s career highlights include: 2004 Team Olympic Bronze medalist; 2004 Chronicle of the Horse Horseperson of the Year; 2002 World Equestrian Games Team Gold medalist; 4th 2004 Rolex Kentucky Olympic Modified Division; 3rd 2002 Rolex CCI****; Team Gold and 4th Individual 1999 Pan Am Games.
SmartPak Equine is best known for its SmartPaks – nutritional supplements for horses packaged into custom daily doses. With more than 250 supplements and a complete line of horse care supplies, SmartPak has developed a reputation for delivering innovative products with outstanding service.
The course walk will take place on April 28, 2005. Meet at the start of the cross-country course. The exact time will be posted on www.SmartPakEquine.com and at the SmartPak booth after ride times are posted. The date and time are subject to postponement depending on ride times and availability.
To schedule an interview with Severson and Tryon, contact Jaralyn Gibson at (774) 773-1105.
Budweiser American Invitational Media Passes and Credentials
All requests for media credentials for the Budweiser American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium, Saturday, April 2, 2005, should be directed to:
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Fax: (813) 286-1314
Equine Star of “Seabiscuit” Film Passes Away
Thoroughbred Depicted an American Legend on the Big Screen
His registered name was “I Two Step Two” but to thousands of people who fell in love with him, he became known as Seabiscuit, after the movie in which he starred. I Two Step Two was humanely destroyed March 7, at the age of 11, at the Kentucky Horse Park after battling a rare type of tumor for several months.
John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park noted, “This is a sad day for all of us at the park. This horse was not only very popular with our visitors, but was greatly loved by everyone who worked with him. I Two Step Two was a kind, gentle animal who gladly received thousands of visitors and never lost his patience.” He continued, “The only good thing about this is that we will continue to see him every time the movie is shown. We also have the comfort and satisfaction of knowing that he had an excellent, happy life at the park. We only wish had lived another twenty years.”
His role as Seabiscuit helped to rekindle America’s love of horse racing. He not only helped to tell this wonderful story, but left his own legacy as well.
The film had four categories of equine actors needed to portray Seabiscuit in different scenes. I Two Step Two was cast as the “blow by” Seabiscuit because he could turn on speed and blow by the other horses pulling into the lead. He was featured in the Seabiscuit festivities at the Louisville premiere of the movie on July 19, 2003 and was auctioned off at the charity fundraiser event that evening. Proceeds from the purchase of I Two Step Two benefited the Race for Education Foundation.
Surgery had been performed on I Two Step Two in December at Hagyard-Davidson McGee to remove a tumor from his nasal cavity. This type of tumor is rare in horses. Unfortunately, he did not respond to treatment and the tumor regenerated. After having consulted with several equine veterinarians and a human oncologist, the decision was reluctantly made to euthanize the horse. Like other horses who died in retirement at the park, I Two Step Two was buried in one of the park’s cemeteries.
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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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