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|Members of the Show Jumping Short List (l-r) Anne Kursinski, Jeffrey Welles, McLain Ward, Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, Beezie Madden, Laura Kraut and Will Simpson
Photo by Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com
USEF Names Show Jumping Short List for the 2008 Olympic Games
Following the completion of the USEF Selection Trials for Show Jumping in Wellington, FL, the United States Equestrian Federation's Ad Hoc Committee on Selection has approved naming the following 10 horse/rider combinations to the Show Jumping Short List for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, August 8-24, 2008.
As per the Selection Procedures, the top six horse/rider combinations are named according to their final ranking in the Selection Trials. The remaining four horse/rider combinations may be discretionary choices recommended by the selectors. In this case, the selectors exercised their option to use four discretionary choices. In addition, the Selectors name and rank ten substitute horse/rider combinations to the Short List.
Kraut and Cedric Remain Untouchable in USEF Selection Trials for Show Jumping
As Cedric and Laura Kraut jumped the final fence of the fifth leg of the USEF Selection Trials for Show Jumping they cleared another hurdle toward the USEF Short List for Show Jumping, which is one step closer to a trip to the 2008 Olympic Games.
Andalusian Horses Welcome in the Spring at Rainbow Royal Horse Show
One could hardly have imagined a more beautiful Burbank day to start off the 2008 Andalusian show season. The Region 1 International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) rang in spring with the Rainbow Royal Horse Show, held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA, March 8-9. The IALHA California Show Committee was delighted to welcome American Saddlebred friends as guests at the show, as well as offering open exhibition and opportunity classes.
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.
USEF 2008 Outreach Grant Program Offers Financial Assistance to Breed Shows
With the 2008 competition season just beginning, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) recognizes that the rising cost of show expenses can often hinder breed shows. To assist competitions with expenses, the USEF offers the Outreach Grant program, which provides financial assistance to various USEF breed competitions.
USEF Announces New Ranking List and Criteria for High-Performance Dressage
The USEF Dressage High-Performance Committee is introducing a new 12-Month Grand Prix Ranking List for the 2008 competition year. This new ranking list format will track all U.S. horse-and-rider combinations competing at the FEI grand prix level at any CDI, as well as the 2007 high-performance qualifying competitions, and insures a more accurate reflection of the current top competitors. The 12-Month Grand Prix Ranking List will be maintained by USEF staff and will report all FEI grand prix and FEI grand prix freestyle scores on a revolving 12-month period. There are no drop scores, making the ranking a true account of the top U.S. horse-and-rider combinations in a timelier manner than previously reported by USEF.
Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Launches Campaign to Provide Adequan® i.m. (Polysulfated Glycominoglycan) Joint Therapy to Horses Aiming for 2008 Olympic Games
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., are teaming up in an innovative campaign to support U.S. equine athletes in their push to the 2008 Olympic Games. Luitpold has generously agreed to provide Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) joint therapy for these horses on their quest for Gold at this summer’s Olympic Games in Hong Kong. Adequan® is “The Official Joint Therapy of the USEF.”
U.S Riders Romp in the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup presented by CN
Nine teams contested the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup CSIO 5**** presented by CN on March 7 at a festive Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. In a night off from the USEF Selection Trials for Show Jumping, which continued on Sunday afternoon, the Nations Cup brought out true international flavor.
Attention All Equestrian Professionals
The USEF would like to invite you to list your equine business in a new, comprehensive equestrian professional directory. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your name out there to those who may need your products or services. The directory currently offers 17 main categories, with some subcategories.
- Equestrian Suppliers
- Training Professionals
- Equestrian Facilities
- Equine Transporters
- Equine Veterinarians
- Equine Photographers and Videographers
- Equine Consultant
- Equine Journalist
- Equine Dentist
- Equine Insurance
- Equine Massage Therapists
- Sports Psychology
- Saddle Fitting
- Tack/Blanket Repair
- Equestrian Vacations
- Alternative Therapies
To make sure your business is listed, visit www.usef.org/prodir.
125th National Horse Show to Move to the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament
During a meeting on Monday, March 10, 2008, the Board of Directors for the National Horse Show Association of America, Ltd. approved a unanimous vote for the move of the 125th National Horse Show to the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament in Syracuse, NY. The show will run from October 29-November 2, 2008, at the Oncenter Complex.
2008 Adequan United States Eventing Association Gold Cup Series Launches Next Weekend at Red Hills Horse Trials
You can almost smell the excitement in the air...and it can only mean one thing—the Adequan United States Eventing Association (USEA) Gold Cup Series is about to kick off the 2008 season. Running from March to September, the series includes 13 premiere eventing competitions around the country, representing some of the best entertainment and most exciting action in U.S. eventing. Riders compete for prizes and prize money and trophies at each event, accumulating points in the hopes of earning the year-end purse and the coveted title of Gold Cup champions.
Gulf Coast Winter Classics Week IV Highlights
David Q. Wright of Murfreesboro, TN, and partner Renaissance have the distinct honor of winning the $10,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association 2008-2009 ASG Software Solutions International Hunter Derby presented by Dietrich Insurance, being held for the first time at the Gulf Coast Winter Classics.
Equine Exhibition Proposal Process Underway for 2010 Games
The World Games 2010 Foundation announced it is requesting proposals for equine exhibitions and demonstrations to be showcased at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park, September 25-October 10, 2010.
Tampa Equestrian Festival to Host $75,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier and Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa CSI ***-W
The Tampa Equestrian Festival, produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc., and held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL, will proudly feature the $75,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier and Just World International Grand Prix of Tampa CSI***-W at 2 p.m. on March 30, 2008. The competition counts towards the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Finals, scheduled for April 24-27, 2008, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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.
2008 Charlotte Jumper Classic Schedule Offers Classes for Junior, Amateur Owners and Open Jumpers
The 2008 Charlotte Jumper Classic will be held on April 11-13 at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena. It promises to be one of the biggest and best show jumping events in the United States this year for juniors, amateur owners and international open jumpers. The top international show jumpers in the nation will be vying for a purse of $500,000 and will show why the Charlotte Jumper Classic is one of America's premiere equestrian competitions.
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
|Welsh Pleasure Driving
||Rollingwoods Cookie Thief
Dr. Ruth Wilburn
|Welsh Pleasure Up to 12.2 Hands
||Fferm Gwen Ffwrd Master Blend
|Welsh Pleasure Over 12.2-14.2
|Welsh Pleasure Sec. C/D
||Tide Creek Diablo
|Welsh Pony Adult
|Welsh Pony Adult Hunter
|Welsh Pony Hunter
|Combined Driving - Four-in-Hand Horses
||Rolex W, Boy W, Para, Jamiaca
|Combined Driving - Four-in-Hand Ponies
||Benjamin, Mosby, Cong Donal, Kilkerin Edward
|Combined Driving - Pair Horses
|Combined Driving - Pair Pony
||With Flair, Toby, Tobaz
|Combined Driving - Single Horse
||RG Cowboys Black Cadillac
|Combined Driving - Single Pony
||LR Ami B-Line
||Rochelle Larne Temple
|Pleasure Driving - Pair Horses
||Nordby Coalie Duke, Nordby Coalie Coal Dust
|Pleasure Driving - Single Horse
||FCL Just a Miracle
|Pleasure Driving - Single Pony
|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.
International Equestrian Federation Appoints Secretary General
The President of the International Equestrian Federation, HRH Princess Haya, has announced the appointment of Alex McLin to the position of Secretary General, effective immediately. The appointment follows an extensive consultation period with the National Federations and the interviewing of a number of external candidates. McLin, who joined the FEI in March 2005, is currently the General Counsel and Deputy Secretary General of the FEI and has been Acting Secretary General since September 2007.
New Northwest Summer Circuit Created for Hunters and Jumpers
Thunderbird Show Park and the Washington State Hunter and Jumper Association have teamed together to create a new hunter/jumper circuit named the Northwest Summer Circuit. The circuit includes the Evergreen Classic, the Thunderbird Summer Classic and the Thunderbird Summer Festival.
Jim Wofford to Give Cross-Country Course Walk During the Rolex Three-Day Event
Have you ever wondered what's going through a rider's mind when he or she is galloping down to a four-star cross-country fence? You'll find out when you join eventing legend and Practical Horseman magazine columnist Jim Wofford for a free (with event admission) fun and educational cross-country course walk during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on Friday, April 25, 2008.
Team USA Purina Mills Wins 2008 Challenge of the Americas
The bright lights of the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, showcased three teams in two rounds of competition on a very chilly Saturday night, March 8, with Team USA Purina Mills emerging as the winner of the 2008 Challenge of the Americas. The USA team claimed second place in the high jump and first place in the musical quadrille, which counted 40% and 60% respectively, giving the eight-member squad the victory after a spectacular dressage performance to a "Blue Angels" themed soundtrack.
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:
— Hayley Barnhill
— Elizabeth Benson
— Victoria Birdsall
— Sara Green
West Coast Championship
(September 17-20, Los Angeles International, Burbank, CA)
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Tatiana Eagles
— Molly Forlines
— Sara Green
— Morgan Hale
Kentucky Horse Council Offers Equine Association Risk Management Class
As part of its ongoing series targeted to equine leaders in Kentucky, the Kentucky Horse Council is offering a class titled “Risk Management for Equine Organizations including Insurance Protection.” The class will be offered on April 8, 2008, at the Kentucky Horse Park.
2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games March Interim Update
The following is an update on collective progress toward the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games since the February update.
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.
Winter Wakeup Call!
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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.
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