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Montgomery and Dutton Win the Golden Cups at the Red Hills Horse Trials
Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee, FL, the first of this year's 2008 Adequan USEA Gold Cup events, finished up last weekend with packed crowds, blue skies and a fabulous day of show jumping.
Clark Montgomery and the steady Thoroughbred gelding Up Spirit, owned by Montgomery and William and Holly Becker, put together a stellar ride to finish off his weekend at the top of the CIC***W division (the advanced division for the Gold Cup). Montgomery and the nine-year-old English Thoroughbred started out the event in third place, after scoring a 44.7 in dressage, and then leapt up to first after Saturday's cross-country ride left him with only 12.8 time faults. They had a rail in-hand heading into the show jumping ring, and second place finishers Karen O' Connor and Rebecca Broussard's Thoroughbred gelding Allstar dropped two rails, as did Montgomery and Up Spirit, so the title was theirs.
USEF Announces 2008 Applicant Stewards’ Clinic Sessions
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has established a goal of providing more accessible applicant clinic sessions to be held during the 2008 competition year for individuals interested in becoming a licensed steward with the Federation. Two applicant sessions will accompany the continuing education clinic for Category 1 and Category 2 stewards.
American Vaulting Association Matches United States Hunter Jumper Association Donation to USEF Youth Council
The American Vaulting Association board, at its recent annual meeting, voted to match the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s $1,500 donation to the USEF Youth Council, announced at the recent USEF Inaugural Youth Convention in Lexington. AVA President Nancy Stevens-Brown and AVA Board Member and USEF Youth Council Member Megan Benjamin led the charge.
Paso Fino Youth Mundial Moved to Colombia
The Youth Mundial has been moved to Medellin, Colombia. The Dominican Republic was not able to fulfill the responsibility, so Confepaso voted to move it to Colombia. There is some interest among youth and their families to represent the U.S. at this international competition.
Hong Kong - Who's Who; Facts and Figures; Dates and Deadlines
The successful Heat and Humidity Workshop recently staged in Lausanne put the challenges facing horses and riders at this summer's Olympic Games in Hong Kong into ever-sharper focus and provided a wealth of information for veterinary officials and others involved in the world of equestrian sport.
American Farrier’s Association to Provide Farriers for 2010 Games
The World Games 2010 Foundation announced that the American Farrier’s Association has been named the Official Certified Farriers of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
John French and Jennifer Alfano Rack Up Wins in the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Series
John French rode Tache Rouge to victory in front of an energetic crowd on Friday evening in the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Dietrich Insurance featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery, to kick off an exciting season finale weekend at HITS Thermal.
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.
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- 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
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Beezie Madden and Authentic Win $200,000 CN WorldWide Grand Prix
In a dramatic jump-off featuring the best show jumping athletes in the world, Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, and Authentic claimed victory in the $200,000 CN WorldWide Grand Prix during Week Nine, the CSI****W CN WorldWide, of the CN Winter Equestrian Festival, presented by Zimmerman Advertising, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
$1-Million Gift is the Largest Ever to the UVM Morgan Horse Farm
The University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, VT, has received a pledge of $1-million from the Amy E. Tarrant Foundation. The gift, the largest ever to the historic facility, will be used to create an Amy E. Tarrant Endowed Fund for the Morgan Horse Farm, with $800,000 to establish the endowment and $200,000 designated for current operating needs. Earnings on the endowment will provide funding for the farm in perpetuity.
Richard Spooner and Cristallo Win the $200,000 Invitational Grand Prix of the Desert to Close out the 2008 HITS Desert Circuit
Richard Spooner has won a lot of grand prix classes in his career. In fact, the HITS Desert Circuit's all-time leading money winner now has 104 victory gallops under his belt, six of which are from this season at Thermal. But Spooner's blue-ribbon performance from Sunday's $200,000 Invitational Grand Prix of the Desert marks the single largest purse that he has won to date.
Seminar for Carriage Pleasure Driving Judges Offered in Pennsylvania
The American Driving Society’s clinic for licensed pleasure driving judges, technical delegates and learner judges is open to any United States Equestrian Federation officials interested in continuing their education in the carriage pleasure driving division. The clinic will be held May 18, 2008, at the 26th Annual My Lady’s Manor Pleasure Driving Show in York County, PA.
U.S. Reigns Supreme in $50,000 Battle of the Nations
The home side emerged victorious in the $50,000 U.S.A. vs. The World, presented by CN, held Saturday night under the lights during Week Nine, the CSI****W CN WorldWide, of the CN Winter Equestrian Festival, presented by Zimmerman Advertising, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Going Somewhere? Let USEF and Hertz Help You Save Money
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Aaron Vale Rides Blue Danube to Victory in the $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix at HITS Ocala
HITS Thermal's office manager, Donna Vale, sat in her office over 2,300 miles away from the grand prix ring at HITS Ocala along with Otis Brown, hunter judge at the DC Championship week at HITS Thermal. Both were watching the $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group live online from HITS Ocala.
Announcing Winners in the
Please check your points and standings in your respective division(s) by:
Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year Program
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A Few 2007 National Champions
|Friesian Junior Exhibitor
|Friesian Saddle Seat
||Jolmer Fan Tusken De Dobben
|Friesian Western Pleasure
|Part-bred Friesian Dressage
|Part-bred Friesian Hunter
||Thor's Mi Kanada
|Part-bred Friesian In-Hand
|Part-bred Friesian Junior Exhibitor
|Part-bred Friesian Specialty
||Thor's Mi Kanada
|Part-bred Friesian Western Pleasure
|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.
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Maggie McAlary Wins Inaugural George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation
With the glamour and pressure of riding before judges of Olympians under lights in the International Arena, Maggie McAlary won the inaugural George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation at the CN Winter Equestrian Festival presented by Zimmerman Advertising last Friday night.
New Round of Major Improvements for PBIEC After WEF 2008
Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, announced Wednesday a preliminary plan for a new round of major improvements at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) to be completed by the "Celebration of the Horse" event in early December and well before the start of the 2009 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
Darren Chiacchia Injured at Red Hills Horse Trials; Remains Hospitalized
Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY and Ocala, FL, suffered a serious fall Saturday March 15, 2008, at the Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee, FL. Darren was riding Baron Verdi at the Preliminary level, and the pair fell at the fifth cross-country fence. Darren was airlifted to Tallahassee Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. Baron Verdi was uninjured in the fall.
Darren sustained a severe head injury, and also contusions to both lungs with multiple rib fractures and a partially collapsed lung. Initial concerns about spinal injury were alleviated after extensive specialized testing. His pulmonary function is improving, but the major concern remains the head injury. His overall condition shows definite improvement, but he remains unconscious.
On Wednesday, March 19, 2008, Darren developed a fever and pneumonia, causing him to be re-intubated, and he is now breathing with a ventilator. He continues to receive superior medical care and remains in critical but stable condition. The Chiacchia family wishes to extend their appreciation for all the concern and support.
“We keep Darren and his friends and family in our thoughts and prayers,” said USEF President David O’Connor, who was at the competition.
An emergency designated fund has been have set up in Darren's name. To donate, please visit www.eventrider.com.
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:
— Emma Lipman
— Maggie McAlary
— Kim McCormack
— Kim Struglinkski
West Coast Championship
(September 17-20, Los Angeles International, Burbank, CA)
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Caitlin Hope
— Johanna Hyyppa
— Danielle Kaidanow
— Anders Keitz
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