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Anne Kursinski aboard Champ earlier this year. The duo is part of the Samsung Super League team that will compete in La Baule, France, this weekend.
Photo by Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com
Samsung Super League with FEI Gets Underway in France; U.S. Draws Second Spot
A Dutch show jumper will be first into the ring as the 2008 Samsung Super League with FEI series gets underway in La Baule, France, Friday afternoon.
At the draw held Thursday morning, the order of go was decided as follows:
1. The Netherlands
9. Great Britain
10th Annual Fiesta of the Spanish Horse Delights Thousands at Los Angeles Equestrian Center
The popular “Fiesta of the Spanish Horse,” an annual benefit and horse show to support cancer research, ran May 1-4, 2008, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA, and attracted thousands of spectators and participants. This year marked the 10th Annual Fiesta, a revered Southern California equestrian tradition that raises funds for multiple cancer research organizations.
More than 260 Spanish horses from across the country, including Andalusian, Lusitano, Paso Fino and Peruvian Paso, competed in the horse show. A Saturday evening extravaganza, the capstone of the event was attended by nearly 3,600 people and featured an entertaining and educational multi-cultural celebration of the Spanish horse, and a wide range of equestrian exhibitions, celebrities, food, music, dancing and vendors.
USEF Announces Additional Benefits in MemberPerks Program
One of the benefits to being a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is free enrollment into the USEF MemberPerks program. The MemberPerks program offers substantial cost savings on a variety of products and services from a wide range of companies. The USEF has added even more organizations to the MemberPerks program, which means additional benefits and discounts to USEF members.
One Qualifier Left for 2008 Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championship presented by Equine Motorcoach
The countdown is almost over. There is only one more qualifier for the 2008 Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championship presented by Equine Motorcoach left for riders to win their ticket to the USEF National Championship. The final qualifying competition is at Syracuse, NY, at the CNYRHA Ride and Slide on June 7.
New Draft and Survey for USEF Dressage Performance Standards Proposal Now Available
The USEF Dressage Committee has released a new draft of the Performance Standards Proposal for review and feedback from United States Dressage Federation (USDF) and USEF members. This proposal would establish a qualification process for competing at fourth level and above at USEF-licensed dressage competitions beginning with the 2011 competition year.
The committee invites USEF and USDF members to review the new draft, and then log in through the USEF website to fill out an online survey. This survey will be used to collect member feedback and comments, which will be reviewed by the Committee members at their July 1–2, 2008, meeting.
Please visit this link for more information, and click on “Dressage Performance Standards Proposal Information.”
For more information, please contact Jennifer Keeler, USEF Director of Dressage, National Programs, at email@example.com.
Teodori Wins $100,000 Premier Truck & Trailer Grand Prix of Del Mar
Eighteen-year-old rookie Laura Teodori went clean and well within the time allowed in an exciting jump-off against three veteran riders to win the $100,000 Premier Truck & Trailer Grand Prix of Del Mar, an American Grandprix Association (AGA) event, at the Del Mar National Horse Show.
Eventing Team Announces Mandatory Outings for 2008 Olympic Games
The United States Equestrian Federation is announcing two mandatory outings for their eventing short listed riders. The Eventing Short List will be named by no later than June 30. All short listed horse-and-rider combinations will be required to attend one of the mandatory outings.
Every Horse Needs an Annual Dental Exam, Says the American Association of Equine Practitioners
Because proper dental care is vital to a horse’s overall health, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is launching a campaign to promote the need for horses to receive a thorough oral examination at least once a year. Designed to reach horse owners, the campaign kicked off in April and runs through 2008.
Notice Regarding Green Status for a Horse or Pony
If you want to reinstate the green status of a horse or pony, it must have competed three times or less at the regulation height or higher prior to May 15, 2008. Any horse or pony showing at the regulation height or higher after May 15 will be ineligible for a green reinstatement.
Kentucky Horse Park Offers Equine Adoption Fair to Help Neglected Horses
A number of factors have converged to make this a very difficult year for Kentucky’s horses. Equine overpopulation, a challenging economy and last summer’s draught are among the causes of distress that have put Kentucky’s horses in the national media spotlight.
“We’ve all been disturbed by the sight of neglected and starving horses in the news, and we are determined to do something about it. We’re going to put our actions where our hearts are,” said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “If everyone who benefits from the horse industry will pitch-in, it is possible that we could come close to eliminating the problem of unwanted horses in our state very quickly," he continued. "The one thing that is not acceptable is for people to know that Kentucky’s horses are in crisis and yet do nothing to help.”
To that end, on Saturday, June 28, at 6 p.m., the Kentucky Horse Park will host the first annual John Henry Memorial Equine Adoption Fair, named for the park’s beloved racehorse who passed away last fall.
Book your advertising space in the 2008 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions Program. This prestigious dressage competition takes place in June in San Juan Capistrano, CA. For more information, contact Kim Russell at (859) 225-6938 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capital Challenge Horse Show To Celebrate Its 15th Year With Expanded Junior/Amateur Jumper Division
The Capital Challenge Horse Show will celebrate its 15th year when it kicks off on September 27 and runs through October 5 in Upper Marlboro, MD. The prestigious event launches the indoor show season where the elite go head-to-head in year-end finals.
Since its inception, the Capital Challenge Horse Show has drawn the sport’s best hunter, jumper and equitation riders from across the country. Last year the show attracted competitors from over 40 states and Canada, and in past years riders have traveled from as far away as Alaska to compete.
Daniel Geitner Captures $30,000 Carolina Real Estate Co. Grand Prix and Young Jumper Championships at Aiken Spring Finale
The final week of the Aiken Spring Classic was win-win for Daniel Geitner of the Aiken-based DFG Stables. At the Aiken Finale, which concluded at the Highfields Events Center on Sunday, Geitner led the victory gallop in this week’s highlight event, the $30,000 Carolina Real Estate Co. Grand Prix, as well as both Young Jumper Championships.
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.
List of Qualified Nations for the 2008 Olympic Games
A total of 41 countries have qualified, either with team or individual, to participate in the 2008 Olympic Games, according to the qualification procedures of each discipline—FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games, 22nd Edition, effective for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Hong Kong). National Federations have until May 30 to confirm their participation.
From the April 2008 issue of EQUESTRIAN magazine:
Varsity Equestrian: A Decade of Growth and Promise Toward NCAA Status
By Rachael Brown
Some 93 years after the creation of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA), it finally recognized equine sports as an
official collegiate competitive athletic activity. It was in 1998 that
there was the beginning of a new era for college students, particularly women, carrying their equine abilities through their college years. Equestrian was labeled an emerging sport by the NCAA in 1998, but was not yet able to have an NCAA championship.
The classification as an “emerging sport” under NCAA rules places varsity equestrian in an awkward position. Yet, this title does not discourage coaches, riders
and all those that participate in the sport. Large groups across the country joined together to support the growth of equestrian sports at the college level. Gender equality issues are one of the primary reasons the NCAA pushed and continues to encourage the development of equestrian. NCAA President Myles Brand described the gender issue by saying, “Forty-two percent of the participants in sports are women. We want to create sports that will attract some attention from young women and be competitive.”
Currently, 24 colleges and universities sponsor equestrian as a varsity sport, with a total of 40 needed for equestrian to reach NCAA championship status.
For the full story in PDF format, click here.
Hunters Ride for Points and Prize Money During WCHR Week at Horse Shows by the Bay
The first week of competition at Horse Shows by the Bay (July 16-20) has been awarded this year the prestigious World Champion Hunter Rider sanctioning by the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF). Horse Shows by the Bay is a three-week equestrian festival held in scenic Traverse City, MI, July 16-August 3. In addition to its WCHR sanctioning, Horse Shows by the Bay will hold numerous hunter classics throughout the three weeks of competition and will offer fantastic prize money.
Henk van Bergen Announced as 2009 Succeed/USDF FEI-Level Trainers’ Conference Presenter
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) announced that Henk van Bergen has signed on to be the featured presenter at the 2009 Succeed/USDF FEI-Level Trainers’ Conference to be held January 18-19, 2009, in Loxahatchee, FL. Each year, USDF offers a trainers’ conference to those individuals who meet the attendee criteria to learn training techniques and study with a world-class dressage trainer.
Equitation Day Added to Beacon Hill Schedule
The 2008 Beacon Hill Equestrian Grand Prix presented by Mackenzie Keck, Inc., has been expanded this year to include a day dedicated to junior equitation riders. This year’s show will begin on Thursday, June 19, and will run through Sunday, June 22, and will be held at Beacon Hill Show Stables in Colts Neck, NJ.
NBC-TV to Re-Broadcast Rolex Kentucky Television Special on May 24
In a gracious nod to equestrian fans, NBC has announced that it will re-air coverage of the "Rolex Equestrian Championships presented by Kentucky – Unbridled Spirit" in its entirety on Saturday, May 24, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. The initial airing of the program on May 4 had to be shortened when the National Hockey League playoff game that preceded it went into overtime and ran long.
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
|Saddlebred Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor
||She's Fancy Free
|Saddlebred Five-Gaited Open
||Callaway's Born to Win
|Saddlebred Country Pleasure Driving
||Hard Day's Night TS
||Jayne L.R. Tillman
|Saddlebred Country Pleasure English
||Sunlight and Shadows
|Saddlebred Country Pleasure Hunter
|Saddlebred Country Pleasure Western
||A Magic Surprise
|Saddlebred Fine Harness Amateur
||Kalarama's New Sensation
|Saddlebred Fine Harness Open
||Tornaado's Tidal Wave
||Joellen Fisher Blount
|Saddlebred Show Pleasure Three-Gaited
|Saddlebred Show Pleasure Five-Gaited
|Saddlebred Show Pleasure Driving
||Shot With Glory
|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.
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:
— Haley Buchmiller
— Lia Chaffee
— Caitlin Hope
West Coast Championship
(September 17-20, Los Angeles International, Burbank, CA)
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Maggie McAlary
— Abigail McArdle
— Kim McCormack
— Madison McKay
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