William Fox-Pitt and Cool Mountain
Photo Courtesy of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone
NBC to Air Rolex Equestrian Championships Saturday, May 15th, at 3 p.m. ET
After 24 prior attempts to win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, trainer Todd Pletcher finally snagged the victory he’d been waiting for his entire career. This Saturday, his super protégé Super Saver will try for the second jewel in horse racing’s ever-elusive Triple Crown. But before the call to the post on NBC, watch as history is made for another legend in the equine industry as Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt chases his Rolex Kentucky CCI**** dream. 2010 marks his ninth attempt at victory in six years; this year, he’ll be riding Cool Mountain.
Presented by Land Rover, the Rolex Equestrian Championships will air Saturday, May 15, at 3:00 p.m. [ET] on NBC.
Watch as some of the best eventing horses and riders in the world tackle one of the toughest courses at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, vying for more than $250,000 in prize money and a Rolex watch.
Immediately following, watch Super Saver at Pimlico during the 135th running of the Preakness.
More Eventing News
USEF Launches Dressage Talent Search Program
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has begun a new initiative in 2010. The Dressage Talent Search Program will be held in conjunction with training sessions with USEF Developing Dressage Coach Debbie McDonald. An observation day will take place one day prior to the USEF Developing Rider Training Session.
Applicant riders will present their horses in groups of up to three for 30 minute evaluations. McDonald will select two horse/rider combinations from all pairs observed that day, and they then will be invited to participate in the USEF training session on the subsequent two days (with McDonald).
North Fork Cardi and Jessica Wisdom receive the Championship award for I1 Freestyle at Rancho Murieta.
Photo by Team Cardi, LLC
Dancing with the Stars: Welsh Cob Stallion Waltzes to Championship
Welsh Cob stallion North Forks Cardi and rider/trainer/co-owner Jessica Wisdom broke a barrier, a glass ceiling if you will, for Welsh Cobs and large ponies. They won their FEI Intermediaire I Musical Freestyle class at a Concours Dressage Internationale (CDI) at Rancho Murieta, CA, with an impressive 68.5%. The CDI included four Olympic-qualified judges and one international judge. This is the third Concours Dressage Internationale that Team Cardi has entered, and the highest score they've yet achieved at a CDI. This win culminated two weeks of competition in California.
At just 14.3 hands, Cardi is proving that size doesn't matter. And that the little guy can end up on top. Congratulations to Cardi and owners Cindy Miller and Jessica Wisdom of Winterlake Welsh Cob Farm, Pleasant Hill, OR. For more stories about the adventures of “Team Cardi,” visit www.winterlake.com.
Welsh Ponies and Cobs
The Welsh breed offers a variety of solutions to fit the equine needs of young and old. Athletic and hardy, flashy and sporty, intelligent, sound and reasonably easy to keep, a Welsh will find its way into your home and into your heart.
Ranging in height from a diminutive 11 hands to well over 16 hands, the breed is divided into four distinguishable types or “sections,” plus Half Welsh, each strictly limited by the percentage and combination of Welsh parentage. In all cases, the general appearance of strong, hardy, “pony-like character” should be evident.
Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) is Once Again Title Sponsor of the FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships
Since 2005, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the makers of Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), have been partnering with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to support a number of different programs and championships. In 2010, Adequan® will once again provide tremendous support to the equestrian sport as the title sponsor of the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC).
These championships are the premiere equestrian competition for up-and-coming talent in North America. Young equestrian athletes between the ages of 14-21 will compete for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping and the World Equestrian Games discipline of Reining.
Hillary Dobbs and Quicy B
Photo by Shannon Brinkman
USEF Names Horse/Rider Combinations for First Meydan FEI Nations Cup Team at CSIO La Baule
The following horse/rider combinations have been named to represent the U.S. in the Nations Cup at CSIO La Baule in France on Friday, May 14.
Mario Deslauriers on Jane Clark’s Urico
Hillary Dobbs on the Dobbs Group’s Quincy B
Richard Spooner on Show Jumping Syndications’ Cristallo
McLain Ward on Blue Chip Bloodstock and his own Sapphire
These four riders will take on the nine other teams in the first Nations Cup of the first leg of the Meydan FEI Nations Cup under the guidance of US Chef d’Equipe George Morris. The U.S. has drawn seventh of 10 teams in the order.
More Hunter/Jumper News
Fountain Valley School of Pueblo, CO, won the hunt seat upper school national championship.
Photo by Courtesy IEA
Nation’s Top Riders in Grades 6-12 Compete in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals
Eighth Annual National IEA Equestrian Finals Announce Scholastic Champions
Fountain Valley School of Pueblo, CO, won the hunt seat upper school national championship at the eighth annual Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals, sponsored by Dover Saddlery and Smith Brothers, held April 22-25, 2010, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. Sylvan Equestrian Team of Centerburg, OH, earned the middle school championship title. The Andrews Osborne Community Team of Willoughby, OH, became the reserve champion team in the hunt seat upper school competition. August Farm Equestrian Team of Holliston, MA, finished as the reserve champion in the hunt seat middle school competition.
Catch ClubEquestrian.com's Coverage of the IHSA Nationals
Record Entries in the Garden State Combined Driving Event
The Horse Park of New Jersey will play host to the largest class of four-in-hands of horses ever to appear in the state next month at FEI CAI-B Allentown or, as it is more widely known, the Garden State Combined Driving Event, June 4-6.
“It’s the WEG [Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games] that’s bringing them here,” said Heather Walker, organizer of the event. “As a selection trial for the team that will represent the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky this October, Garden State plays an important role.”
CCI*** Winners Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister.
Photo by StockImageServices.com
This Week in International Disciplines
It was a smooth weekend at the Jersey Fresh CCI3*, CCI2* and CIC3* all held concurrently at the Horse Park of New Jersey. Tiana Coudray guided her distinctive grey gelding Ringwood Magister to a convincing win in the CCI3* with a final score of 45.6. Coudray led after dressage by a huge margin of 16.8 points. She then rode carefully on the cross-country and picked up just 4.8 time penalties, meaning she went into the show jumping phase with four rails in hand. One rail down ensured she kept the top spot. Phillip Dutton was second aboard Jan Byyny's Inmidair and Colin Davidson and Draco were third.
Phillip Dutton topped his result in the CCI3* with a win aboard Truluck in the CIC3*. Dutton led throughout all three phases, turning in the fastest time of the day in cross-country, he finished with a score of 65.4. Behind him was his student Peter Barry of Canada and Kilrodan Abbott. Ashley Kehoe and Mazetto in third.
2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Receives Entries from 60 Countries
The World Games 2010 Foundation is pleased to announce that 60 National Federations have submitted entries in principle for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Sport Horse Feeding, Management the Focus of the Kentucky Equine Research Equine Nutrition Conference
The feeding and management of sport horses in various disciplines, such as endurance riding and three-day eventing, was the focus of the 17th Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Nutrition Conference, held April 26-27 in Lexington, KY. Presenters included world-renowned veterinary researchers, as well as KER’s in-house equine nutrition experts.
John Deere Drive Green
The Drive Green tour events give USEF members and other interested consumers a chance to ask questions and get a "hands-on" experience with John Deere's utility tractors and many other products and attachments. In addition, the events feature a uniquely detailed semi-tractor and trailer that transport several of the company's utility tractors, as well as a refurbished "Chip Foose" 4020.
Upcoming Drive Green Dates and Locations
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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 2010 events began September 1, 2009.
Learn more about the program.
To see the list of all qualified riders, visit the 2009/2010 Ranking List.
East Coast Championship - Oct. 9-11
USET Foundation Headquarters, Gladstone, NJ
A few riders that who now qualifed on the East Coast:
— Erin Bruheim
— Elizabeth De Golian
— Beatrice Mack
— Katherine Schmidt
West Coast Championship - Sept. 23-25
LA Equestrian Center, Burbank, CA
A few riders who have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Elizabeth Benson
— Leighona Bernstein
— Colleen Biemer
— Megan Bifano
— Victoria Birdsall
— Chasen Boggio
— Theodore Boris
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Renew for 2010
The 2010 USEF Competition year has begun (as of December 1, 2009). Renew your membership now. It is so easy when you log into your MY USEF Account and click on "2010 USEF Membership Application" under 2010 Competition Year. For your convenience and the best membership deal, you can opt for a three-year membership for $150.
The annual USEF Competing Equestrian membership costs only $55. As a competing member, you are eligible to participate at all USEF Licensed Competitions, receive "equestrian" magazine at no additional charge, a million-dollar personal excess liability policy for horse-related accidents that cause bodily injury or property damage to third parties, and the added benefits of USEF MemberPerks—a members-only discount program with unbeatable deals from companies like John Deere, Hertz, Sherwin Williams, USRider, FarmVet, LifeLock, Moxie and others.
Not participating in USEF Licensed Competitions but still want to be a member? There are member categories for you. With the USEF Equestrian membership, at $35, you receive automatic insurance along with the MemberPerks. If you are a college student who is busy studying and not competing, you can join as a USEF Collegiate member for $25. This is another non-competing membership that will give you the benefits of MemberPerks plus four issues of "equestrian" magazine to keep you well informed of equestrian sports. And Club Equestrian, which is only $15, gives you access to the MemberPerks program.
USEF is pleased to offer you the ability to pay for your membership renewal with a credit or debit card or by utilizing our newest electronic check payment method. We accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard and electronic check.
If you have questions, call the USEF Customer Care Center and a personal agent will assist you. You may call (859) 258-2472. Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm [ET]
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 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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