Steffen Peters and Ravel after their big win of the Rolex FEI World Cup Dressage Final.
Photo by Shannon Brinkman
Ravel Rewrites the Record Book and Wins 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Final for Steffen Peters
The Dressage world has changed.
American rider Steffen Peters and Ravel are at the center of the universe.
The suspense built throughout the night at the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Final in the Thomas & Mack Arena, and with only one American horse remaining in the competition, the crowd had to wait until the third to last horse in the ring. With $102,000 USD on the line and a Rolex watch, the competition was fierce.
Ravel, in first World Cup Final with Steffen Peters, rose to the occasion in a very difficult freestyle. His flying changes and piaffe and passage were foot perfect, the movements were incredibly tough and the horse just thrived. He got better as the test went on and was rewarded with a mark of 84.950%. It was plenty for the win.
“It is fair to say, and I think I speak for Ravel, too,” said Peters. “It was magic soil in there. To share that moment in time with the most amazing dressage fans in the world is an incredible feeling. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”
Owned by Akiko Yamazaki, Ravel, an 11-year-old Dutch gelding, won the Rolex Grand Prix on Friday afternoon, the first time an American has ever won that competition.
McLain Ward and Sapphire during the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final.
Photo by Shannon Brinkman
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Wins but McLain Ward and Sapphire put in an Impressive Effort to Hold on to Second at 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Final
Defending champion, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, looked impossible to beat throughout the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Final. Shutterfly was faultless going into the final round of the final leg.
Looks matter: She became the third person, and the first woman to win three World Cup titles. She did it all with Shutterfly.
That meant heartbreak for McLain Ward and Sapphire who chased the German combination through all three legs, jumped two immaculate clear rounds. But it didn’t matter, Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly were perfect.
“These are the best horses and riders, so it was very, very close,” said Michaels-Beerbaum. “It’s the hardest win I’ve ever had. McLain left me no room for error. A big win for me for a couple of reasons, not just because McLain made it so difficult, but because it was the most perfect, winning all three days. He’s a once in a lifetime horse to win at 16 years old.”
They were fastest in the speed class and fastest in the jump-off in the second leg, all they had to do to maintain their lead was jump two clear rounds. Michaels-Beerbaum asked and the 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding answered.
“It’s a great honor to ride a horse like that,” said Michaels-Beerbaum about the horse she has ridden since he was six. “He’s the kind of horse that comes along once in a lifetime. He has had the same groom for 10 years, I’ve ridden him since he was a young horse. We are like an old married couple.”
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Phillip Dutton and Connaught are back to defend their win in the 2008 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
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Fifty Horses to Start at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event; 30 Americans to Vie for 12th Rolex/USEF National Eventing Championship
The 12th Rolex/USEF National CCI**** Eventing Championship got underway Wednesday, April 22 with the first horse inspection at the 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
Fifty-one horses were presented before the ground jury of David Lee, Nicoli Fife and Marilyn Payne. Dr. Catherine Kohn is serving as the Veterinary Delegate for the 2009 competition.
Of those, two of which were held for a second look by the Ground Jury, both ESB Irish Doctrine (ridden by Ashley Leith) and Orion (Craig Thompson) were withdrawn in the holding box. The 50 remaining horses were deemed fit and sound by the ground jury.
The defending champ is back in 2009, veteran rider Phillip Dutton, who won his first CCI**** (and national championship) in 2008, with Connaught, has brought Bruce Duchossios’ 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse back to try to become the second horse to win the competition two years in a row (Winsome Adante and Kim Severson won in 2004 and 2005). Since his last trip to the Kentucky Horse Park, Connaught has represented the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games. The leggy bay gelding looks as fit as ever, having run sparingly in his preparation in 2009.
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Morgans Featured as “Breed Of the Week” on ClubEquestrian.com
The Morgan breed is currently the featured "Breed of the Week" on ClubEquestrian.com. With information provided from the American Morgan Horse Association about the breed's history, characteristics, and some interesting facts and figures, horse lovers can learn much more about this versatile breed.
On the Morgan Breed of the Week page, you can:
All features can be reached from the Morgan Breed of the Week page.
ClubEquestrian.com: Your Backstage Pass to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
Behind-the-scenes coverage of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will be featured on ClubEquestrian.com as the event happens.
VIDEO — Sarah Lane will bring all the excitement of eventing with interviews, features, and behind-the-scenes access. Visit the ClubEquestrian.com Video Center.
BLOGS — Equestrian magazine Editor Brian Sosby will entertain readers with his candid commentary on the event. Brian has blogged from major international competitions...from the Olympics and the FEI World Equestrian Games and more. Visit Brian's Blog.
Don't Miss All the Coverage from the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals
ClubEquestrian.com presents extensive coverage of the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas at www.clubequestrian.com/coverage/fei_world_cup_2009.aspx. You can find videos, blogs, photos, news releases, discussions, and more.
Find a Ride to an Equestrian Event with ClubEquestrian.com's Ride Share Program
In an effort to help equestrian enthusiasts and competitors save money in a tight economy, and to promote eco-friendly horse transportation, the United States Equestrian Federation now presents the Ride Share Program on ClubEquestrian.com. Often the logistics of long-distance travel is an unforeseen roadblock in the path to equine events. This new tool allows equine enthusiasts and competitors to post information about open trailer spots, as well as inquire about rides. Information such as where a trailer is leaving from, open trailer space and potential lay-overs will be readily available.
Check out the Ride Share Program by logging on to ClubEquestrian.com and going to "My Tackroom" or visit www.clubequestrian.com/tools/rideshare.
Place Your Ad in the NAJYRC Program
Advertising space is available in the 2009 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships Program. For more information, contact Kim Russell at 859-225-6938 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kentucky Horse Park Officially Opens New Outdoor Stadium
The new outdoor stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park officially opened on Wednesday afternoon, April 22. John Nicholson, Executive Director of the park, along with special guests Governor and Mrs. Steven L. Beshear, welcomed a crowd of government officials, business leaders, equestrian and tourism industry representatives, and the public.
The new outdoor stadium is one major component of a master capital improvement plan that will allow the Kentucky Horse Park to continue to attract large horse shows and other events to Kentucky.
University of Kentucky Equestrian Team to Defend its National Championship Title
After another year of success in the show ring, the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Equestrian Team will defend its 2008 national championship title, April 23-25, in Murfreesboro, TN, at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships. This year’s competition is hosted by Middle Tennessee State University.
Dressage Competitions Invited to Submit Applications for USEF/NAJYRC Qualifiers
The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc., and the United States Dressage Federation invite licensed dressage competitions to apply to become an official 2010 “qualifying competition” for the USEF Dressage Developing Programs and the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Dressage Championships (NAJYRC).
Attention Dressage Riders: Application Deadline for Junior, Young Rider, and Brentina Cup National Dressage Championship Divisions is May 1
The 2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions will be held in Gladstone, NJ, June 18–21. This Festival of Champions will once again feature the national championships for the Young Adult Brentina Cup, young rider, and junior divisions held in conjunction with the grand prix and Intermediaire I divisions.
Team USA Wins International Reining Celebrity Challenge at the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals
The show was on in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 18, as the world’s top FEI dressage and show jumping riders took to the arena in an entertaining competition featuring the sport of reining. The Rolex FEI World Cup™ played host to the International Reining Celebrity Challenge at the Thomas & Mack Arena. After early mornings and late nights of practicing sliding stops, rollbacks, spins and lead changes, six of the world’s top equestrians stepped up to the challenge in the FEI discipline of reining. By the time the competitors were finished, Team USA had won the event with a score of 413.5. Less important to all competitors was the score. They all repeated how much they enjoyed their time on the back of a reining horse.
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Equestrian Superstars Officially Sign on as Pennfield Feed Promise Partners
What do Phillip Dutton, Chester Weber and Michael Barisone have in common? Yes, horses. That’s a given! But beyond that, they all believe whole-heartedly in feeding strictly the best and only fixed-formula feed in the country. All three have joined several other superstars in the eventing and show jumping worlds by officially signing on as Pennfield Promise Partners with Pennfield Equine Feed Technologies, the official feed of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
Sara Powell on Ooh La La
Photo Courtesy Donna Duckworth
Current Kentucky High-Point Champion Connemara Pony Headed Toward USEF Pony Finals
Balmullo’s Azalea (Concord River Roaringwater Bay x Courtney’s April Frolic, by Custusha’s Cashel Rock), shown as Ooh La La and ridden by young rider and new owner Sara Powell of Lexington, KY, qualified for the 2009 USEF Pony Finals at their first "A" rated show together. The pair were champions, winning all over fences classes as well as the conformation class, in the large pony division at the USEF "A" rated Lakeside Arena Winter Series show.
Powell, who is 15, and Ooh La La are currently state high-point holders in all of the divisions in which they've competed this year. She has only owned Ooh La La for less than a year now. The duo is constantly improving and has come to be quite the team, winning dozens of championships together. Powell, with the help of trainers Sarah and Sean Reilly of Punchestown Stable, plans to attend the 2009 USEF Pony Finals in August as well as many other "A" rated and local shows this show season.
Kentucky State Fair Pleasure, Park, and Western Invitational Points Now Available Online
Pleasure, Park, and Western Country Pleasure Invitational qualifying points standings are now posted on the American Saddlebred Horse Association’s (ASHA) website at www.asha.net/WCHS-Results. The standings will update on a next-day basis whenever competition results are entered into ASHA's database.
USEF Names Team for 2009 Pan American Endurance Championships
The USEF has named the following horse/rider combinations for the 2009 Pan American Endurance Championships to be held in Costa Azul, Uruguay, on April 24, 2009.
USEF Names Horse/Rider Combinations for First Leg of Meydan FEI Nations Cup
The following five horse/rider combinations have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to the 2009 Show Jumping Tour One. These horse/rider combinations were selected based on their ranking on the April 3, 2009, USEF Computer List.
These horse/rider combinations will compete at CSIO5* La Baule, France, May 14-17; CSIO5* Rome, Italy, May 28-31; and the CSIO5* St. Gallen, Switzerland, June 4-7. These are the first three competitions of the prestigious Meydan FEI Nations Cup (formerly known as the Samsung Super League). They will be under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe George Morris.
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:
— Cayla Richards
— Marvis Spencer
— Jessica Springsteen
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:
— Katherine Dinan
— Christy Distefano
— Kalvin Dobbs
— Piper Donnelly
— Hasbrouck Donovan
— Maggie Earle
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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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