Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui will soon battle it out with other top show jumpers from around the world in the Rolex FEI World Cup Final.
Photo by Ken Braddick
Twelve U.S. Horse/Rider Combinations Head to the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Final
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented by the following horse/rider combinations at the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Final to be held April 15-19, 2009, in Las Vegas, NV.
Riders listed in the order in which they qualified.
Kent Farrington/27/Chicago, IL/ Up Chiqui/11/Belgian Warmblood/Gelding/Alex Boone & Craig Dobbs
McLain Ward/33/Brewster, NY/Sapphire/14/Belgian Warmblood/Mare/McLain Ward, Tom Grossman and Blue Chip Bloodstock
Christine McCrea/31/East Windsor, CT/ Promised Land/15/Holsteiner/Gelding, and Vegas/15/Royal Dutch Warmblood/Stallion/Windsor Show Stables and Candy Tribble
Todd Minikus/46/Loxahatchee, FL/Pavarotti/12/Royal Dutch Warmblood/Gelding/Todd
Peter Pletcher Wins $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Presented by Valobra Jewelry and Antiques
Peter Pletcher of Magnolia, TX, was the overall winner on Alta Basaldua’s Argentum of the $15,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Valobra Jewelry and Antiques of Houston. This was a member event of the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Dietrich Insurance, featuring Walsh Harness & Saddlery – and it was held on March 27 during the 64th Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. This year’s show is presented by BBVA Compass at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center just outside of Houston, TX.
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2014 FEI World Equestrian Games Are Awarded to Normandie, France
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Bureau awarded the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games to the region of Normandie, France. This will be the seventh edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games and the first one to be held in France.
FEI President HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein commented, “The allocation of the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games to the region of Normandie in France is an important development for the future of our sport. The bid committee in cooperation with the French Equestrian Federation have worked for eight years and presented a project of outstanding quality and vision which enjoys the support of the French government and regional authorities, and presents us as a sport with an exceptional platform in the very heart of a region that shares our passion for horses.”
International Equestrian Federation Allocates Championships
The following championships and finals were allocated by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Bureau during its meeting held March 31-April 1 in Switzerland.
ClubEquestrian.com Announces First Video Contest for Prizes
ClubEquestrian.com is offering its first video contest for members to enter. Aspiring film-makers are invited to "Tell Us A Horse Story" within a two-minute time frame. Submissions are being accepted through April 20. Voting for the top finalists will begin on April 22. The finalist with the most votes will win a $100 gift certificate to High Line Outfitters, along with a USEF Prize Pack.
Enter Today for Your Chance to Win
Submit Your Favorite "Kids and Horses" Photo in April for Your Chance to Win
April's Photo Contest theme on ClubEquestrian.com is "Kids and Horses." Enter your favorite image(s) of kids and horses for a chance to win a sterling silver saddle ring from Show Stable Artisans, the Equestrian Jeweler. Submit online by end of day on April 19 at www.clubequestrian.com/photos/contest/apr_2009/about.aspx.
Don't Miss Out on Your Chance to Promote Your Equine Event for FREE
Do you have an event you want to promote? Do you know of an exciting equine event—whether it be a training seminar or clinic, a horse health care seminar, a continuing education event for equine professionals, an expo, a trail ride, a charity event/fundraiser or an equine social event? If so, fill out the online form at www.usef.org/clubEquestrian/clubeqevent.aspx to add your event to the ClubEquestrian.com Calendar, one of the most comprehensive online equestrian event calendars out there.
Do You Have Your Equine Business in Our FREE Equine Directory?
The United States Equestrian Federation would like to invite you to list your equine business in its new online Professional Directory at ClubEquestrian.com. The listing is FREE. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your name out there to those who may need your products or services. To make sure your business is listed, visit www.usef.org/prodir.
Tryon Triumphs At Galway Downs International Horse Trials
With a faultless show jumping round on the final day of competition at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials, Amy Tryon and Leyland claimed the Adequan/United States Eventing Association (USEA) Gold Cup as the winner of the CIC***.
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What Horse Owners Should Know About Strangles
Strangles is a highly contagious disease that causes horses to have swollen and painful lymph nodes that block their airway and can cause difficult breathing. The name was coined because these enlarged nodes sometimes (but rarely) suffocate affected horses.
Certificate of Service to be Eliminated for Morgans
The Certificate of Service has long been part of the process used to register a Morgan horse. The purpose of the Certificate of Service has always been for the stallion owner to certify the mating that produced the foal. This certification was used as an additional tool to verify the accuracy of the pedigree represented on the registration. As such, the Morgan Horse Registry was based on the mare and stallion owner’s certification that the pedigree was accurate as presented.
More Morgan News
American Saddlebred Horse Association Announces Schedule for 2009 Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has announced the schedule for the 2009 ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge. The events currently scheduled for 2009 range from March to November, and are set to be held at various shows across the country.
Kentucky Spring Premier Horse Show Announces New Classes
The 2009 Kentucky Spring Premier Horse Show will be held Thursday, April 30, through Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Brian Reimer of Turin, GA, will judge the Saddlebred, Hackney and Friesian classes, with Katie Case handling the Academy division. Following the success of last year, the open stakes will be held Friday night with the amateur championships on Saturday night.
The Kentucky Spring Premier is proud to be the first show to participate in the added money Kentucky Saddlebred Breeders and Owners Association (KSOBA) class this year. The Kentucky Spring Premier’s Fine Harness Open Championship has been chosen as the first class of the season.
Kentucky Horse Council Feeds Horses Impacted by Flooding in Minnesota and North Dakota
The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC), serving as a central coordination point for Kentucky equine rescue efforts to support horses affected by natural disasters, recently purchased feed for horses displaced by the flooding in Minnesota and North Dakota. The KHC U.S. Disaster Relief Fund was initiated in September 2008 and provided feed for Texas horses affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Hannah.
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, 2008.
Learn more about the program today.
To see the list of all qualified riders,
visit the 2008/2009 Ranking List online.
East Coast Riders
October 3-4, 2009, Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East, Gladstone, NJ
A few riders that have now qualifed on the East Coast:
— Chase Boggio
— Haley Buchmiller
— Hasbrouck Donovan
West Coast Championship
September 16-20, 2009, Los Angeles International Jumping Festival, Burbank, CA
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Maria Costa
— Arielle Cotroneo
— Audrey Coulter
— Saer Coulter
— Katie Cox
— Rachel Crown
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Attention all USEF Members
Good news awaits when you renew your membership online for 2009! If you were an amateur, professional or junior member in 2007 or 2008, you will be able to renew online using our new Quick Renewal. Just log in to your My USEF Account and select the Quick Renew option. All of your membership information will be there. All you have to do is review it; edit it, if necessary; submit payment; and print out a copy of your 2009 card.
In addition, the membership process has been further streamlined by doing away with the breed/discipline dues. The new USEF Competing Equestrian Membership due for all Senior Active and Junior Active members is $55. With that, you will be able to participate at all USEF Licensed Competitions, as well as receive automatic insurance and MemberPerks.
There are also two new member categories for individuals not participating in USEF Licensed Competitions. The USEF Equestrian ($35) includes the automatic insurance and access to the MemberPerks program, while the Club Equestrian ($15) includes access to MemberPerks.
If you have any questions about the new memberships, please call one of our Customer Care Agents at (859) 258-2472.
Please Read—Important Information about Your Membership Card
Once your membership has been processed you will be sent a membership card as well as key fobs. You are required to present proof of current USEF membership in order to compete in USEF Licensed Competitions. If you do not have your membership card, a key fob or a copy of your membership card, you will be required to pay a $30 non-refundable non-member fee. You can print a copy of your card from www.usef.org. Please note, effective 12/01/08 you will no longer be able to sign a membership affidavit in lieu of paying the non-member fee.
Your USEF membership also verifies your amateur status. If you wish to compete in amateur classes and you have not presented proof of USEF membership with Amateur Certification, you will also be charged the non-member amateur fee of $30.
Competitions that are also recognized by an Affiliate organization may require membership in the Affiliate organization to be eligible to compete. You may be required to show proof of membership in the Affiliate organization, e.g. USHJA, USDF, USEA, AHA, AMHA, ASHA, IALHA, AHHS, IFSHA and others.
USEF Membership information can be verified online, however, should the competition office not have the opportunity to verify your membership information online, you will be assessed the relevant non-member fees.
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 the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its human and equine athletes.
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