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Nation’s Top Dressage Horses and Riders Invited to the USEF Selection Trials for Dressage at Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions
As per the Olympic Selection Procedures, the USEF is extending an invitation to the top dressage horse/rider combinations in the U.S. to participate in the 2008 USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship/USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Olympic Team in Dressage. These horse/rider combinations are the top 12 from the 2008 USEF Grand Prix Dressage and Selection Trials Ranking List as of June 2, 2008.
Weber and Groves Win USEF Selection Trials for Driving at Garden State CDE
Chester Weber continued his undefeated assault in the four-in-hand combined
driving division in the U.S., finishing more than 30 points clear of the
competition at the Garden State CDE held in Allentown, NJ.
Samsung Super League with FEI: The Dutch Deliver in St. Gallen; U.S. Second in Overall Standings
The Netherlands won through in style at the third leg of the 2008 Samsung Super League with FEI in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on Friday with a superior show of strength and a lot of class. They took control in the first round with three clear performances and proved unshakeable, while the Swiss and German teams rallied brilliantly to finish joint-second ahead of the USA in fourth. The British slotted into fifth ahead of Belgium in sixth, but it was a disappointing day for the Irish, who had to settle for second-last place while, for the third consecutive time, Sweden finished bottom of the order. It is not looking at all good for the Scandinavian side, who are trailing the leaderboard a full eight points behind the Irish, and almost 15 points behind the leading Dutch going into the halfway stage at Rotterdam in three weeks' time.
USEF Names Driving Preliminary Training Short List for the 2008 World Horse Championships (Singles)
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved the following horse/rider combinations to the Driving Preliminary Training Short List for the 2008 World Horse Championships (Singles) to be held in Jarantow, Poland, August 28-31.
2008 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials Conclude in Raleigh, NC
The Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials concluded the 2008 qualifying season with competitions held across the country in Illinois, California and North Carolina to select the U.S. representatives for the 2008 FEI World Breeding Championships to be held in Verden, Germany, July 31-August 3, 2008.
New Equine Rabies Vaccine Provides Long-Lasting Protection
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health announces the availability of EquiRab™, a rabies vaccine designed specifically for horses. The new vaccine for horses offers long-lasting protection against rabies in the convenience of a single, low-dose injection.
“Just as it is for dogs and cats, the potential for horse exposure to rabies justifies vaccination,” said Craig Barnett, DVM., Intervet Senior Equine Technical Services Veterinarian. “Although we don’t see a lot of clinical cases of rabies, vaccination against the disease should not be overlooked—especially because it is invariably fatal and has considerable public health significance.”
USEF Creates Theodore O'Connor Legacy Fund
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announces the establishment of the Theodore O’Connor Legacy Fund. This fund was established to commemorate 2007 Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year Theodore “Teddy” O’Connor. 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 at https://www.usef.org/_AUAIFrames/DisasterRelief/Teddy/Teddy.aspx.
A Day-by-Day Look at Devon
Ten different riders representing nine different states took first place in the seven equitation classes at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on its opening day. The wide geographical dispersements of the prizes showed the country-wide appeal of Devon.
Shelley Wakeman of Westlake Village, CA, took the first blue in section A of USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, followed in the next section by Grace Rogers of Burlington, VT, then Joanna Hyyppa of Portland, CT, won the third section.
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.
Woodside Brings Josh Barnacle a Poignant Adequan/USEA Gold Cup Victory
Josh Barnacle and his Selle Francais gelding Florestan du Serein hadn’t contested the advanced level in nearly three years, but the pair from Santa Rosa, CA, still cruised to a decisive victory at the Woodside Horse Trials in the Adequan/USEA Gold Cup Series advanced division.
The American Shetland Pony Club Salutes Hong Kong With a Gift of Two Shetland Ponies
In a gesture of goodwill, the American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC) is sending a gift of two American Shetland Ponies to the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation to salute their efforts for hosting the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympics. The two Shetland riding ponies are currently in quarantine in Lexington, KY, awaiting their flight to Hong Kong scheduled for June 6. The two show ponies will fly from Chicago to Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Equestrian Federation (HKEF) will host a special presentation ceremony on July 10 in Hong Kong to receive the ponies.
HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing Final 2008 Awarded to Deauville, France
The 2008 Final of the HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing will take place in Deauville, France, September 18-21, introducing FEI’s global partner for eventing, HSBC, as the series’ new title sponsor. The HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing Final will be the main attraction of the prestigious R.I.D.E. (Les Rencontres Internationales des Disciplines Equestres) event organized by A.S.O. (Amaury Sport Organisation), renowned for managing major large-scale sporting events.
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Olympic Venue Handed Over to Equestrian Company
The Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue (Sha Tin) has been completed and handed over to the Equestrian Company. Officiating at the handover ceremony on May 26, Chief Secretary Henry Tang said a host of factors have been taken into consideration when designing the venue, including horse training, transport, laboratory tests and waste recycling. The facilities can also cope with adverse weather conditions.
USEF Creates Eventing High Performance Owners Task Force
The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc., is please to announce the formation of the Eventing High Performance Owners Task Force. The task force will serve in an advisory role to the Eventing High Performance Committee with the primary goal of winning medals in championship competitions.
Susan Dutta Wins the Sho Clothes High Score Prix St. Georges Award at the Gold Coast May Dressage Show
Susan Dutta enjoyed a successful weekend at the Gold Coast May Dressage show. Dutta won the Prix St. Georges with an impressive score of 74.250% on Currency DC and placed second in the same class on Manette DC with a 68.500%. Michele Hundt, co-owner of the dressage boutique, Sho Clothes, was on hand to present Dutta with the custom-made engraved whip for the Prix St. Georges High Score Award.
Six Time National Driving Champion Chester Weber Featured in Television Show
Internationally renowned driving champion Chester Weber has been featured in a new television series, The Ocala Horse Show. Weber is based in Ocala, FL, during the winter season. The rest of the year he travels with his team internationally to compete in the world’s premiere driving competitions. Weber is well respected for his outstanding accomplishments in the driving community. He is also a well-rounded horseman and has served as an excellent ambassador to the sport. These characteristics made him an obvious choice to be featured in The Ocala Horse Show TV series.
Hillary Dobbs and Corlett Win the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties
Hillary Dobbs couldn't wait to get to HITS Saugerties. The 20-year-old was planning on showing during HITS-on-the-Hudson II and III, but as soon as Devon ended she decided to make an early trip to the Hudson Valley and compete in Sunday's $50,000 EMO Grand Prix to close out HITS-on-the-Hudson I. As it turns out, the trip was well worth it. Dobbs negotiated the fastest double-clear round aboard Corlett on course designer Florencio Hernandez's route to win the blue and take home $15,000 in prize money for The Dobbs Group.
FEI Offers Veterinarians Course in Switzerland
The FEI Veterinary Department is pleased to announce that a course for Promotion to Event Veterinarians and Continuing Education will be organized during the European Championship for pony riders in Avenches, Switzerland, July 22-24, 2008. Avenches is a historic city located between Lausanne and Bern.
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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 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
Kentucky Summer Horse Shows Announce 2008 Competition Dates
The Kentucky Summer Horse Show, produced by Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, will be held at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park, July 30-August 3, and the Kentucky Summer Classic will follow during the week of August 6-10, 2008. These two weeks of exciting hunter/jumper competition will feature incredible horses and riders from across the nation.
New Improvements and Increased Prize Money at 2008 Wachovia Spring Spectacular II Horse Show
The Wachovia Spring Spectacular Horse Show II is held from June 17-22, 2008, at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL. The "AA" rated show is organized and produced by Showplace Productions, which is one of the leading professional equestrian event management companies in the Midwest. This year's show features even more improvements to the Lamplight Equestrian Center and increased prize money.
"Succes" Defines Raleigh CDI-W/Y/J; U.S. Breeders Take Top Honors Among Aspiring Young Horses
For the 17th year running, the Raleigh CDI-W/Y/J and Capital Dressage Classic sponsored by the NCDCTA, proved to be a weekend not to be missed for top international dressage competitors and supporters. The steamy weather scarcely dampened the electric atmosphere of this crucial qualifying competition for top riders from the U.S., Europe, and Hong Kong who are vying for a chance to represent their country at the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2009 FEI World Cup Final. In addition, riders from the U.S. were also competing to earn qualifying scores for the 2008 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Dressage Grand Prix Championship; 2008 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Dressage Intermediare I Championship; 2008 North American Junior and Young Riders Championships (NAJYRC); and Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Junior/Young Rider and Brentina Cup championships. Also this was a qualifying competition for the USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship, sponsored by the Dutta Corp & PSI.
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