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U.S. Jumps to Overall Lead after Second Leg of Samsung Super League with FEI
The U.S. Show Jumping squad of Anne Kursinski (Roxanna 112), Charlie Jayne (Urbanus), Nicole Simpson (SRF Dragonfly) and Will Simpson (Carlsson vom Dach) put on an impressive display in Rome, Italy to finish second in the Nations Cup and take over the top spot of the Samsung Super League.
Karen O’Connor and Theodore O’Connor at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Diana DeRosa)
Pan American Double Gold medalist and Olympic Hopeful Euthanized After Injury Sustained at Home
It is with great sadness that the United States Equestrian Federation reports that super pony Theodore O’Connor was humanely euthanized Wednesday, May 28, as a result of an injury sustained in an accident at Karen and David O’Connor’s barn in The Plains VA.
The 13-year-old eventing pony defied odds and gravity throughout his career. Standing only 14.1 hands, the Shetland/Arabian/Thoroughbred cross gelding was the reigning Team and Individual Gold medalist from the 2007 Pan American Games and had top six finishes at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2007 and 2008. He was the 2007 USEF/Farnam Platform Horse of the Year and recently had been named to the USEF Short List for Eventing for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Ridden by three-time Olympic veteran Karen O’Connor, Teddy (as he was known) made friends and picked up fans everywhere he went. Seeing was believing with Teddy as it seemed impossible to imagine that a pony of his size could do his job with such tremendous ease and enthusiasm.
The injury occurred after the pony was spooked while walking to the arena for a morning workout.
“Teddy got frightened and bolted. He slipped running back to the barn and suffered a severe laceration to his hind leg, severing the tendons and ligaments,” said the O’Connors in a statement to the press. “Dr. A Kent Allen was on the scene immediately, and it was determined after examination that the injuries were catastrophic. Everyone who knew Teddy is devastated."
If you would like to share your thoughts or condolences with those closest to Teddy, e-mail them to Teddy@usef.org. The USEF will make sure all messages are delivered to their intended recipients.
The USEF is announcing the establishment of the Theodore O’Connor Legacy Fund. This fund was established to commemorate 2007 USEF/Farnam Platform Horse of the Year. Donations will be used to fund the construction of a new cross-country obstacle for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in memory of Teddy. If you would like to contribute to this memorial, please do so by visiting: https://www.usef.org/_auaiframes/disasterrelief/teddy/teddy.aspx
A Tall Order? Not if Your Name is Todd
It had been in the back of his mind for some time, but it was while enjoying a few social drinks with friends over the Christmas period that former Eventing super-star Mark Todd decided he would give it a go.
Eric Stauffer Hired as Managing Director of Driving
This spring, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) hired Eric Stauffer of Middleburg, Virginia as the Managing Director of Driving.
Congress Overrides Veto of Farm Bill, Provisions Beneficial to Horses Become Law
On Thursday, May 22, Congress overrode Presidents Bush’s veto of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, commonly known as the Farm Bill. The House passed the bill again on May 21, by a vote of 316 to 108. The Senate passed it a day later, May 22, by a vote of 82 to 13. Due to a clerical error, one title of the Farm Bill concerning trade remains in limbo. However, all other titles of the bill including several provisions that benefit the horse industry are now law.
National Horse Show Association of America Announces 2008 ASPCA Maclay Regional Qualifier Dates and Locations
The National Horse Show Association of America is pleased to announce the dates and locations for this year's ASPCA Maclay Regional competitions. The horse shows' qualifying classes determine which riders will compete in this year's ASPCA Maclay National Championship, which will be held at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, featuring the 125th National Horse Show. The show will run from October 29-November 2, 2008, at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse, NY.
USET Foundation Funds the 2008 USEF Show Jumping Developing/Young Rider Tour
The USET Foundation is pleased to announce that it is funding the 2008 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Show Jumping Developing/Young Rider Tour, which is part of the long-term high performance strategy to develop the best possible United States equestrian teams for the future.
ASPR Adds $6,000 in Incentive Prize Money For 2008
The American Show Pony Registry (ASPR) Committee added $6,000 in incentive prize money for the ASPR classes at the World Championship Show and Shetland Pony Congress for 2008. The American Show Pony Registry is a division of the American Shetland Pony Club.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2009 Adequan/USEF National Pony Jumper Championships Selection Procedures Approved
Attention all juniors interested in competing in the 2009 Adequan/USEF National Pony Jumper Championships. The 2009 Adequan/USEF National Pony Jumper Championships selection procedures and qualifying periods have been approved and are now available on the Jumping Discipline page of the USEF website at http://www.usef.org/Contentpage2.aspx?id=natjumping.
Please direct questions to Jennifer Haydon, Director of Show Jumping for National Programs at email@example.com or (859) 225-6911.
USEF Accepting Bids to Host 2009 National Pony Championships
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is now accepting bids to host the 2009 USEF National Pony Championships (Pony Finals). This bid will be for a three-year contract with up to two additional one-year options. To request a bid packet, please contact USEF Director of Hunter and Collegiate Activities Marion Maybank at (859) 225-2033 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bids are due in the office by the close of business on Friday, June 20, 2008. Any request received after this time will not be considered.
Win a Morgan in Youth Essay Contest
The American Morgan Horse Association's "Team Morgan" is conducting an essay contest to promote the Morgan horse to equine-minded youth across the country and to raise funds for Team Morgan to travel to and host international equitation competitions. Copper Beech Morgans has graciously and generously offered the grand prize, a Morgan foal or young horse.
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.
University of Kentucky Equestrian and Dressage Teams Win National Championships
The University of Kentucky’s (UK) College of Agriculture is celebrating national championships by two of its collegiate equine teams. Riders from its equestrian and dressage teams nabbed top honors in their respective competitions.
Update on Travel and Quarantine Requirements for the 2008 Olympic/Paralympic Games
Horses scheduled to travel to Hong Kong for the 2008 Olympic Games will soon fall within the 60-day supervisory period—and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) would like to take this opportunity to remind all concerned that the health certificate which must be used states that the horses must be resident in a country listed by AFCD (the HKG Veterinary Authorities) and under veterinary supervision during the last 60 days prior to entering pre-export quarantine. An explanatory memo produced by the Transporting Agent Peden Bloodstock can be found on the FEI website underlining in detail the requirements that these horses must meet. This also means that movement of these horses must be recorded from now on, as their movement profile will have to be certified on the health certificate; an example is also provided on the FEI website.
USEF Reining Championships and Selection Procedures Update
Through sponsorships to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), the CRI which the 2008 Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championship presented by Equine Motorcoach is running within will have $25,000 added money. The NRHA Derby is the host competition for the USEF Reining Championships, which include the Open, USEF National CRI* Reining Championship, and the USEF National Youth Reining Championships. The Derby will showcase the nation’s best reiners at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, OK, June 23-28, 2008.
Kentucky Spring Horse Shows Week 2 Wrap-Up
On Sunday, May 18, Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, led her third victory gallop in two weeks at the Kentucky Spring Classic. She piloted Hidden Creek's Pamina L to another incredible finish in the $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI***, topping a field of 36 entries for the win. They took home top honors in the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix CSI*** on Thursday, May 15, and they sealed the win on Sunday, May 11, in the $55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix CSI***.
AAEP Summer Meetings to Explore Foal Care and Practice Management Strategies
The American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) summer continuing education meetings—Focus on the First Year of Life and the 16th annual Practice Management Seminar—will be held July 27-29 in Austin, TX, at the Hilton Austin. Attendees can participate in both meetings’ sessions for one registration fee.
C. Marvin Harwood, Sr. 1918-2008
C. Marvin Harwood, Sr., a 2007 recipient of the United States Equestrian Federation’s Pegasus Medal of Honor along with his wife of 55 years, Marjorie, has passed away at the age of 89, on May 10, in St. Louis, MO.
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, 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:
— Jacquiline Lubrano
— Laura Pfeiffer
— Shelby Wakeman
West Coast Championship
(September 17-20, Los Angeles International, Burbank, CA)
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Hilary McNerney
— Lindsey Mohr
— Marguerite Mole
— Chelsea Moss
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