Phillip Dutton and Woodburn
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Fox-Pitt Remains Flawless to Take Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone; Dutton Wins Third USEF National CCI4* Eventing Championship
William Fox-Pitt put in a foot-perfect show jumping round to complete a weekend during which Cool Mountain exceed expectation and made his first CCI**** a winning one at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone.
Riding for Great Britain, Fox-Pitt was the man to catch all weekend and finished on his dressage score of 42.8. But Rolex Kentucky had always eluded him, so his flawless round in the Johnson Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park made the win that much sweeter as he added a Rolex watch to his accolades as one of the most decorated eventing riders in history.
"I know my chap tries to jump the jumps," said Fox-Pitt. "He tried his heart out."
Cool Mountain, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, owned by Teresa Stopford Sackville, is royally bred for eventing - by the fantastic stallion Primitive Rising, he lived up to the hype and fulfilled Fox-Pitt's hope that he would materialize into a serious contender.
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Kels Bonham from Savannah College of Art and Design won the Overall High-Point Individual title at the ANRC Nationals.
Photo by Al Cook
American National Riding Commission Nationals Crowns Intercollegiate Champions
The American National Riding Commission’s (ANRC) Nationals were held April 16–18 at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA. Judges included Bill Moroney of Keedysville, MD, and Anne Kenan of Dahlonega, GA. Savannah College of Art and Design took home the team victory over hometown Sweet Briar College. The University of Virginia team came in third, followed by Goucher College and Virginia Intermont College, with Centenary College coming in sixth for the weekend. In the Individual Finals, Kels Bonham of Savannah College of Art and Design bested Morganne Young of Sweet Briar College by two points. Karli Postel of Goucher College, Paul Frederick of Savannah College of Art and Design and Laura Hannick from Virginia Intermont College rounded out the top five individual placings.
University of Georgia and Texas A&M University Square Off for Overall Title at Varsity Equestrian National Championships
The Varsity Equestrian National Championships took place in Waco, TX, April 15–17 at the Heart of Texas Fair Complex. Chrystine Tauber and R. Scot Evans served as the Hunter Seat judges with Tom McBeath and Lisa Moden officiating over the Western portion. University of Georgia won the Hunter Seat championship and Texas A&M University took the victory in the Western pen.
Both teams were third in the discipline that they did not win, thus creating a tie for the Overall Champion.
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and United States Hunter Jumper Association Unite to Benefit Hunter/Jumper Community
When a horse and rider present an elegant partnership it’s called great equitation. When two equestrian organizations—the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA)—join forces, it’s called a winning combination.
2009 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final Champion Jean Mutrux
Photo by Howard Schatzberg
Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show to Host the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final
The 74th Annual Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show scheduled for July 5-10, 2010, will continue its long-standing tradition of playing host to the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final. The Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show represents the world's largest outdoor American Saddlebred horse show and attracts thousands of spectators each year to shop, participate in social activities, and watch exhibitors compete for more than $70,000 in prize money.
The USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final will take place during the morning session on Friday, July 9, and represents just one of the many exciting and prestigious championship classes being featured during the week at the historic Red Mile Racetrack in downtown Lexington, KY. A qualifying class will be held Wednesday morning, July 7, to allow those riders not yet qualified for the USEF Medal Final, the chance to earn the necessary placing and enable them to compete on Friday. Riders who are already qualified for the Medal Final may participate in the qualifying class on Wednesday, but are not required to do so. Entries should be submitted to the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show by contacting Competition Secretary Beth Snider at (502) 647-0076.
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New Awards Will Spotlight Successful Second Career Potential of Thoroughbred Horses; Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Will Honor Top 2009 USEF Thoroughbred Competitors
After Thoroughbreds have completed their race careers, they are often ideal candidates for another vocation. To call attention to these horses' second career possibilities, nationally-recognized Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital has created a series of annual awards, the first of which will be presented to the top Thoroughbred sport horses of 2009.
Divisional awards, named for legendary Thoroughbred sport horses, will be given to those Thoroughbreds who were the top achievers in 2009 U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) competitions in the following disciplines: Hunter (Stocking Stuffer Award), Jumper (Touch of Class Award), Dressage (Keen Award) and Eventing (Antigua Award). The USEF is assisting in the award selection process by tabulating the points earned and verifying that the winners are Thoroughbreds. The divisional honors will be awarded at the USEF's annual Silver Stirrup Awards Banquet in January 2011.
Beezie Madden and Danny Boy
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Beezie Madden Flies in Kentucky Cup Jump-Off
Beezie Madden, of Cazenovia, NY, showed why she's one of the best show jumpers in the world during the $60,000 Kentucky Cup Grand Prix at the Kentucky Horse Park. She guided Danny Boy to a jump-off time of 38.37 seconds to defeat the three other riders who qualified for the deciding round.
Canadian international star Beth Underhill, of King Township, Ontario, grabbed second place on Top Gun (39.56), and Laura Teodori, of Tucson, AZ, took third place on Kasoar D'Uxelles (39.99). Madden also finished fifth on Mademoiselle.
Madden, 47, led the U.S. team to the Gold medal in the 2004 and the 2008 Olympics, where she also won the Individual Bronze medal. At the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, she led the U.S. team to the Silver medal and earned the Individual Silver medal.
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Attention Hunter and Hunter Seat Equitation Exhibitors: Important Rule Clarification
Please be advised there are two misprints contained within the recently distributed 2010 USEF Rule Book Supplement:
1) HU119.7 should not have been stricken. This rule is still in effect and reads:
HU119.7. No course may have exhibitors trotting or cantering through the in gate or out gate; any exhibitor choosing to trot or canter through the in gate or out gate will be eliminated.
2) EQ112.9. USEF Hunter Seat Medal Class. The new Increment Chart and Point Chart appearing in the supplements do not become effective until 10/1/2010 and applies to the 2011 USEF Hunter Seat Medal Qualifying Year. For the current 2010 Increment and Point Charts, please refer to the original printed copy or online version of the 2010 USEF Rule Book, or visit the online charts by clicking on this link:
For further information regarding these clarifications, please contact the USEF Hunter Affiliates Director Marion Maybank at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 225-2033.
Use of Protective Headgear in USEF/USDF-Licensed Dressage Competitions Clarified
In recent months, the USEF Dressage Department has received many inquiries regarding use of protective headgear in USEF/USDF-Licensed Dressage Competitions. “Protective headgear” is defined as a helmet which is ASTM/SEI-approved and has a secured harness. USEF General Rule GR801.6-.7 states:
“6. Except as may otherwise be mandated by local law, the Federation strongly encourages all riders, while riding anywhere on the competition grounds, to wear protective headgear with harness secured which passes or surpasses ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. It is the responsibility of the rider, or the parent or guardian or trainer of the junior exhibitor to see to it that the headgear worn complies with appropriate safety standards for protective headgear intended for equestrian use, and is properly fitted and in good condition, and the Federation, Show Committee, and Licensed Officials are not responsible for checking headgear worn for such compliance.
“7. The Federation makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, about any protective headgear, and cautions riders that death or serious injury may result despite wearing such headgear as all equestrian sports involve inherent dangerous risk and as no helmet can protect against all foreseeable injuries.”
Konyot And Her "Big Black Horse" Dance To Kentucky Cup Freestyle Victory
(l-r) Chris von Martels, Tina Konyot and Jacqueline Brooks
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Sashaying in to KT Tunstall's "Black Horse and The Cherry Tree," Tina Konyot's big black horse Calecto V showed their partnership has reached new heights with a decisive win in the 2010 Kentucky Cup CDI*** Grand Prix Freestyle, scoring 76.25%.
Chris von Martels on Naomi (70.20%) rode into second place, with Jacqueline Brooks on Balmoral close behind in third (67.35%).
"It was great fun [out there]," said Konyot, 48, of Palm City, FL.
More than 2,200 spectators enjoyed Konyot's performance, highlighted by her Danish-bred stallion's powerful piaffe and expressive canter work, as the pair boogied to such modern faire as Beyonce's "Crazy In Love," and Jennifer Lopez' "Let's Get Loud." Konyot's music featured a voice-over that slightly altered Tunstall's lyrics to state, "Big Black Horse says look at me," which brought a chuckle of approval from the crowd.
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Countdown to Lexington Sweepstakes from Farnam: Six Grand Prizes Equals Six Trips for Two to Lexington This Fall
Imagine yourself in a crowd of thousands experiencing a landmark event as it makes its debut outside of Europe. That is what will happen when six lucky people win a grand prize package trip for two to watch their favorite U.S. Team compete this September in Lexington, KY. There, 600 riders and 700 horses from more than 60 countries will converge at a single venue to compete in eight disciplines.
Each of the six grand prize packages includes round-trip coach fare for two people, hotel accommodations for two and two tickets to watch the U.S. Team compete in your favorite discipline as follows:
Photo by Howard Schatzberg
UPHA Chapter 5 Horse Show Showcases Several Breeds
Enthusiasts looking for an established multi-breed show need search no further...the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Chapter 5 Horse Show will be held on May 5-8, 2010, in the Hale Arena at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, MO.
This illustrious show began its 23-year history in May of 1987 under the guidance of some of Missouri’s finest horseman, including Art Simmons, Ron Hulse, Bill and Sonny Sutton, Jimmy Miller, Janet Green, Bev Cathcard, Barbara Baker, Bill Paschall, Will Skole and Mary Lou Funderburgh. The show found its initial venue in Columbia, MO, at the Midway Exposition Center, where it immediately became an early spring favorite featuring Saddlebreds, Morgans, Hackneys and Arabians.
UPHA Chapter 10 and Mid America Horse Show Association Preparing for Show Horse Preview
The United Professional Horseman's Association Chapter 10, along with the Mid America Horse Show Association, will be holding a Show Horse Preview, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 14, at the Midwest Charity Horse Show in Springfield, IL.
The Show Horse Preview will provide a sales showcase for Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and Morgans, and is set to take place on the evening prior to the opening of the Midwest Charity Horse Show.
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This Week in USEF International Disciplines
U.S. endurance riders on the USEF Endurance Ranking List continued to chase points this past weekend at the Texas Bluebonnet Classic CEI held at the LBJ National Grasslands near Decatur, TX. Riders negotiated very muddy conditions that turned a typically fast course into a real test of endurance.
In the 160km distance, Olivia Matthaei from Namibia bested the field with a ride time of 12:09:20 aboard DJB Boomer, owned by Darolyn Butler of Humble, TX. Steve Rojek and his horse, Beaujolais, were the highest placing U.S. combination, finishing fourth.
First American Morgan Horse Association Youth of the Year Finalist Named
Mattie Rohs of Alpharetta, GA, became the first 2010 American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) National Youth of the Year Finalist after winning the senior division at the Citrus Cup Youth of the Year contest earlier this month. Rohs competed with seven other seniors to win the title.
Deadlines Drawing Near for American Saddlebred Horse Association Youth Scholarships, ASHA Charter Club and Youth Club Renewals
The deadline to submit renewals for American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) youth clubs and charter clubs, as well as ASHA Youth Scholarship applications, is Friday, April 30.
The purpose of ASHA scholarships is to encourage, support and recognize participation in all aspects of the American Saddlebred industry, as well as to strengthen the American Saddlebred industry and breed through education.
Qualifying Complete for USEF Selection Trial for the Adequan U.S. Reining Team
Congratulations to all the reining athletes from the U.S. who have successfully qualified for the USEF Selection Trial for the Adequan U.S. Reining Team. Competing at competitions throughout the United States, the high-performance reining competitors listed below have successfully met the qualification criteria to be able to advance to the Official Selection Trial—the place and time where the Adequan U.S. Reining Team will be selected for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). The Selection Trial will be held in conjunction with the highly anticipated Battle in the Saddle, July 5-10 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Oklahoma City.
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