Betty Oare and Irene Acker presented the Tony Wallace Challenge Trophy to Adele Marchant, who was Grand Junior Champion aboard The Wow Factor at the Tryon May Classic Boutique Show.
Photo by Flashpoint Photography
Classic Company Goes Back To The Future wth Boutique Horse Show
Taking a cue from a favorite movie theme, Bob Bell, President of Classic Company, took a bold step forward by stepping back into a historically rich venue with the hope of returning horse shows to their roots of grandeur, tradition, and simple pleasures.
During the spring of 2008 Bell found inspiration in his own back yard, during a leisurely drive around scenic Tryon, NC, where he has a mountain-top cabin. The car came to a stop at Harmon Field, and Bell began to develop a script. Steeped in equestrian and personal history, visions of his start as a horse show steward to imagining the awe of the 1956 Olympic stars training on these hallowed grounds filled Bell with an overwhelming sense of “this is what we’re missing,” a more intimate gathering of equestrians, rewarding their success with precious mementos, and creating a social atmosphere through special treats like Mimosa Sundays. From this theme came the debut of the Tryon May Classic Boutique Show over Memorial Day weekend, the first USEF "A" rated event to grace historic Harmon Field in over 20 years.
Like any good Director, Bell chose a cast that would enhance the competition by inviting two of the most admired and respected names in the industry, Betty Reynolds Oare and Ernest Oare, as judges. Betty Oare’s father was National Show Hunter Hall of Fame horseman Arthur Reynolds. “It’s really fun to come back and judge at Harmon Field, because the first horse shows I ever did in my life were at Harmon Field!” a very happy Betty Oare began. “I grew up in Tryon. When I was a kid in school, both the school and the town all closed at noontime, and everybody came to the one-day horse show. The men of the town cooked BBQ and it was an all day into the evening event.”
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Laura Kraut on Cedric will compete in Rome for the U.S. team in the Meydan FEI Nations Cup™.
Photo by Shannon Brinkman
Catch the Action of the Meydan FEI Nations Cup™ in Rome on FEITv.org
On Friday, May 29, 2009, just two days after having seen the exciting final match for the crown of European club football, Italian capital Rome will be back in the spotlight of international top-level sport by hosting the second leg of the 100th anniversary edition of team jumping’s most important annual competition, the Meydan FEI Nations Cup™. Thanks to FEI TV, fans across the U.S. won’t have to miss a moment of the action following their favorite American jumpers across Europe.
Four of the top American riders look to get into the Italian groove at the second stop of this prestigious tour. Olympic Gold medallists Laura Kraut and the tiny grey gelding Cedric lead the way. Kraut is hot off a huge grand prix win at CSIO***** Barcelona with Anthem last week. She leads the charge to Rome with a very capable supporting cast: Ashlee Bond (and Cadett 7)—the 25-year-old Californian has been streaking successfully both on the West Coast of the U.S. and since she landed in Europe earlier this month; Richard Spooner—universally known as the ‘Master of Faster,’ having amassed more than 100 grand prix wins—and the lightning fast Cristallo; and Lauren Hough, one of the most experienced U.S. riders will ride Quick Study.
Don’t miss a moment or a jump at the prestigious Piazza di Siena venue on FEI TV. The new official video website of the Fédération Equestre Internationale, will stream all the action live and in high quality straight to your computer.
The broadcast, presented by English commentator and horse sport specialist Stephen Hadley, will start at 15:45 CEST and cover both rounds. Additional features such as the draw, a virtual course walk and interviews will also be made available to users.
Simply register on www.feitv.org to witness all the passion and excitement as your favorite teams and riders battle for the ultimate honors.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available for the USEF National Junior Jumper Championships
The USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, commonly known as the Prix des States, will crown the 2009 Team and Individual Junior Jumper Champions. This competition will be held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, October 8-10, 2009.
This program prepares today’s young riders to successfully compete at the national and international show jumping levels and team competition. This program is designed to mirror a senior championship by incorporating an individual qualifying system and a Nations Cup format.
Equestrians like Aaron Vale, Gaby Salick, Lauren Hough, Michael Morrissey, Addison Phillips, Brianne Goutal and Hillary Dobbs got their championship start at the USEF National Junior Jumper Championships.
For sponsorship information for the USEF Junior Jumper Championships, please contact Scott Carling at (859) 225-6928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tight Finishes in Preliminary Challenge Highlight Woodside Horse Trials
To the cheering of about 500 enthusiastic fans, Beth Temkin of Portola Valley, CA, rode Jude’s Law to a clear show jumping round that captured the horse division of the inaugural $30,000 Preliminary Challenge at the Horse Trials At Woodside. Moments earlier, Lindsay Connors of El Granada, CA, had also ridden a clear round on Ballingowan Pizazz to win the rider division.
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Catherine Haddad on Cadillac during the Exquis World Dressage masters Grand Prix Special to Music CDI***** in Munich, Germany.
Photo by Ken Braddick/www.dressage-news.com
Catherine Haddad Finishes Second in Top International Dressage Event in Germany
The USA's Catherine Haddad on Cadillac was reserve champion behind Sander Marijnissen of The Netherlands on Moedwil in the Exquis World Dressage Masters Grand Prix Special to Music CDI***** in Munich, Germany, on Saturday, May 23.
Marijnissen and the 15-year-old gelding were the unanimous choice of the five judges for first place and gave the pair a score of 71.500%. The USA's Haddad on her 12-year-old Danish warmblood gelding scored 68.292% for second place with Imke Schellekens-Bartels of The Netherlands on Ferero third on 67.542%.
An estimated 4,000 spectators turned out in hot, sunny weather to watch the Grand Prix Special to Music in the refurbished 1972 Olympic equestrian facility. Similar-sized crowds watched international jumping where the USA's Georgina Bloomberg was competing, along with reining and other events at the sprawling facility.
Haddad, who lives in Vechta, Germany, and was the reserve with her other grand prix horse, Maximus JSS, for the U.S. team at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, in 2006, said that Cadillac is improving with each competition.
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USHJA Continues Support of Adequan® FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North as Presenting Sponsor of the CN Jumping Championship
The United States Hunter Jumper Association has been a supporter of the FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships since 2006, serving as the title sponsor of the show jumping championships since 2007. They continue their support this year as the presenting sponsor of the Jumping Championship at the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC). The title sponsor of jumping is longtime NAJYRC supporter CN.
In the Beginner Novice Horse Division C at the Virginia Horse Trials and CCI*, Isabella Eyles on Ridgetop Moya showcased the Connemara breed well when they finished third.
Photo by Marynell Eyles
Connemara Breed Showcases Eventing Talent at CCI*
The Virginia Horse Center was host to the Virginia Horse Trials and CCI* during the Memorial Day weekend. Divisions ran from intermediate to beginner novice, and Connemaras were evident as ribbon winners in many divisions on many levels.
Dornin North, of Berryville, VA, rode Mitford, a half-bred gelding by Aladdin’s Denver out of a Thoroughbred mare, to win the dressage and go clean in stadium in the Open Preliminary Division, only to have the horse slip on cross-country, resulting in a fall and mandatory retiring on course. She was disappointed, but happy that the half-bred had gone so well and was leading the division.
In the Open Training division, Brittny Novak rode the half-bred Logan Go Bragh to win the blue ribbon. Logan Go-Bragh is by Hideaway’s Erin Go-Bragh. In Training Senior, Anne Baumgardner rode her half-bred gelding Mick Dreamy (Aladdin’s Denver x a Thoroughbred mare, by Babamist) to second place. Baumgardner said that she is moving Mick Dreamy up to preliminary very soon, as he has won or been in the top three of each of his training divisions in 2009.
Vaccinate Your Horse for Rabies Before Leaving for Events; Help Protect Other Competitors From This Deadly Disease
Before you hit the show circuit this season, be sure to do your part to keep horses, other animals and competitors safe by including a rabies vaccination at your pre-event health exam. Vaccinations can do more than just help horses—they can help protect horse owners from disease, too.
“Owners sometimes forget diseases that affect their horses or cattle may also affect anyone that has contact with their animal,” said April Knudson, DVM, manager, Veterinary Services, Merial. “In fact, cattle or horses infected with some diseases, like rabies, can potentially expose their human handlers, veterinary professionals or even spectators at an event or show.”
Drugs and Medications Corner: Drugs and Medications Corner—Compounding Pharmacy: Essential Need, But Be Cautious
This special section, Drugs and Medications Corner, will feature a series of articles from the USEF’s Drugs and Medications Program and the veterinary community to communicate the latest news to better educate the equine community.
"Let me start by saying that I’m a strong supporter of legitimate, medically valid compounding pharmacy practice. If used prudently, the practice of compounding plays an important role in veterinary medicine and in your horse’s health. Many horses and other animals are well served by compounded drugs. In the situation where there is not an FDA-approved drug for a particular medical condition, appropriate and judicious compounding may be an important adjunct to veterinary medicine. In a case where legitimate compounding is necessary, one must always weigh the risk versus the benefit of using a compounded (therefore not FDA-approved) medication. This involves finding high-quality, ethical compounders. I would argue that the only way to improve the likelihood of having a good compounder, realistically, would be to ensure they are ethical, concerned about the quality of the product and the well-being of the patient, and not pirates of approved drugs. "
Universal Sports and UniversalSports.com to Air Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Canon
Universal Sports has scheduled the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Canon to re-air three times as follows:
— Sunday, June 7th 2:00 PM
— Tuesday, June 9th 11:00 AM
— Friday, June 12th 8:00 AM
(all times ET)
Additionally, Universal Sports will post the show as a free “Video on Demand” webcast prior to the first TV airing for those who don’t receive Universal TV to be able to see it on the web.
For more information or to view the webcast, please visit www.universalsports.com.
Recognition for Anglo-Arabians
The North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) will again be honoring Anglo-Arabian horses competing at Youth Nationals and Sport Horse Nationals in 2009. The top five winning Anglos in all classes at each show will be awarded an embroidered cooler and neck ribbon, with a gold trophy also going to the Supreme Champions.
NAAAHA has also implemented a High-Point Program for Anglo-Arabians that compete in working hunter, jumper, eventing, dressage, sport horse under saddle, conformation, endurance and competitive trail. All shows/rides, whether rated or unrated will count towards these awards. Points are retroactive from December 1, 2008. Details are posted on the website. Registration is required to participate.
Place Your Ad in the NAJYRC Program
Advertising space is available in the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North Program. For more information, contact Kim Russell at 859-225-6938 or email@example.com.
Congratulations American Morgan Horse Association Morgan Open High-Point Award Winners
The Morgan Open High-Point Award is sponsored by the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) and is available to open equestrian competitions around the country. Currently more than 150 events will be offering the award to competitors exhibiting with a registered Morgan.
Congratulations to Wayne Tolbert riding Windstorm Sienna (Funquest King Ofancy x Homestretch Brandie), who won high-score honors riding in the open heavyweight division at the Spanish Trial Competitive Trail Ride held on March 13-14 at the Coldwater Recreation Area in Manson, FL.
American Saddlebred Horse Association Youth Committee Announces Annual Youth Auction Details
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Youth and Auction Committees have announced that the ASHA Youth Auction will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2009, during the World’s Championship Horse Show. The auction will be held at the new Crowne Plaza Louisville (formerly The Executive West Hotel) in Crowne Room A (formerly The Mary Room). Bid numbers may be obtained beginning at noon on Wednesday, August 26, and bidding on silent auction items will begin at this time. Silent bidding resumes Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m., with the live auction portion of the event beginning at 1:30 p.m. Items such as Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup tickets will be offered during the live auction. As in the past, a free reception and a cash bar will be offered beginning at noon on Thursday. New this year will be special activities and prizes for ASHA Youth.
In addition, the membership process has been further streamlined by removing 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.
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.