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Diane Kastama will be one of the drivers to compete in the 2008 FEI World Championship for Drivers with Disabilities CPEAI****
Photo by Laurie Weiner
USEF Names Drivers for 2008 FEI World Championship for Drivers with Disabilities CPEAI****
The United States Equestrian Federation has approved the following drivers for the 2008 FEI World Championship for Drivers with Disabilities CPEAI 4*. The World Championship takes place from June 27- 29 in Greven, Germany.
—Meghan E. Benge/ 22/Windsor, SC/Grade II
—Mary L. Gray/59/Newton, NH/Grade II
—Diane Kastama/40/ Arroyo Grande, CA/Grade I
Diane Kastama won the Individual Gold Medal at Mensport in Hellendoorn, The Netherlands at the IPC World Carriage Driving Championships for Drivers with Disabilities in September 2006.
Presenters Named for 2008 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Presented by Allstate Induction Ceremony
On Thursday, June 19, 2008, Chicago's Harris Theatre will be the site of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2008 Induction Ceremony. This black tie event will bring to the Windy City some of the greatest names in sports. Inductees, presenters, and VIPs will arrive on the red carpet at the Harris Theatre from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 19 and will be available for interviews and photo opportunities as they enter the theatre. Olympic Movement fans wishing to attend the 2008 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Presented by Allstate can purchase tickets on the USOC's official Web site www.teamusa.org.
Montgomery and Wooten Added to Eventing Short List for the 2008 Olympic Games
The United States Equestrian Federation has approved the following additional horse/rider combinations to the USEF Eventing Short List for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong August 8-14, 2008.
Kentucky State Fair Pleasure, Park Qualifying Period Ends June 30; Deadline Approaching for Registrations
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA), administrator for the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show qualifying system, announced that Monday, June 16, 2008, is the deadline for any competitions to be properly recorded in order that points accumulated at those shows may be counted for exhibitors. Any competitions held for Saddlebreds between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008, must be properly recorded with the ASHA per the rules available on its website at www.asha.net/WCHS-Results.
American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust Announces New Internet Fundraising Opportunities
The American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust (AMHECT) is excited to announce a partnership with the Internet-based charity site, “eBay Giving Works” and “MissionFish.” These programs will work in conjunction with eBay, the hugely popular Internet commerce center, to collect funds for the American AMHECT. Giving Works allows AMHECT to act as an auctioneer, posting sellable items on eBay where anyone can make a purchase. All proceeds from these sales are directly deposited to the AMHECT.
Wylde Wins Five at CSI*** Franconville
U.S. Show Jumper Peter Wylde has been doing extremely well on his European Tour. Last weekend, he was at CSI 4* Franconville in Franconville, France (June 6-8). He won five classes on three different horses. Riding Robin, owned by Windward Farm, he won three classes. Seven-year-old Unbelievable 5 won a Grand Prix and another horse Esplande 7, won the Petit Grand Prix. The previous week Wylde, riding Lipton de l’Othain, won a Grand Prix Qualifier at CSI 3* Pforzheim (May 30-June 1) in Germany.
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.
New Eventing Rule from the FEI in Place for the Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee and the FEI Bureau have approved the proposal of the FEI Eventing Committee and Safety Sub-Committee regarding a change of rule for eventing to apply for all events as of August 1, 2008, including the Olympic Games.
FLAIR, LLC, Donates FLAIR Nasal Strips to the 2008 U.S. Eventing Team
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) would like to thank FLAIR, LLC, for their generous donation of FLAIR Nasal Strips for the 2008 U.S. eventing team. Clinical and university studies in equine science and sports medicine research have shown that the use of FLAIR Strips reduces airway resistance, fatigue, lung stress and bleeding in horses during physical exertion. Studies have also shown that horses wearing FLAIR Strips conserve oxygen during exercise and experience a shorter recovery time following exercise. For more information on Flair Equine Nasal Strips or to review the clinical study information, please visit www.flairstrips.com.
Washington International Horse Show Extends Contract with Verizon Center
The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the world's leading equestrian events, has reached an agreement with Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., to extend its contract through 2009. "We're thrilled to be able to extend our contract with the Washington International Horse Show for another year," said Washington Sports and Entertainment Chairman Abe Pollin. "The horse show is one of our longest tenured events dating back to the Capital Centre in 1975 and being able to extend the presence of this prestigious and storied equestrian event in the nation's capital is an honor."
2008 Saddle Seat World Cup Fundraiser to Benefit U.S.
The U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup will be hosting a benefit dinner on Sunday evening, July 6, at the beautiful and historic Spindletop Hall in Lexington, KY. The 2008 Gold Medal Celebration
will feature a seated dinner, cash bar and great auction items. Tickets may be purchased for $75 each from any World Cup team member or by contacting Executive Secretary Christy O’Donnell at WCEquitation@aol.com or (813) 760-0465.
Animal Planet Trots Out New Stable of Horse Programming
Animal Planet is releasing three new programs that showcase the guts, high stakes drama and competitive spirit of horses and riders at the top of equestrian sport. From the intense pressure leading up to the final U.S. Olympic Equestrian team selection to the adrenaline-filled action of a sport where every hundredth of a second counts, Animal Planet’s world championship equestrian line-up gallops into homes beginning July 2008, with the Rolex Superstars of Show Jumping, Rolex Grand Prix of Show Jumping, FTI Hampton Classic Grand Prix and returning favorite the Animal Planet Sporthorse Cup.
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Horse Shows by the Bay to Host Full Schedule of Social Events
Horse Shows by the Bay, a three-week equestrian festival held in beautiful Traverse City, MI, will feature many social events for exhibitors and their families at the show. The horse show, which has three weeks of hunter/jumper competition and two dressage events, runs from July 16-August 3 at the Flintfields Horse Park.
Two Months to Go to the 2008 Olympic Games: A Little about Hong Kong
It may be difficult to believe, but in just over eight weeks' time the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games will be getting under way in Hong Kong after a whirlwind of frantic preparations. People from all around the world will be winging their way to the Asian city, which, just 11 years ago, was handed back to China after 156 years of British rule, and visitors are in for a real treat as they savor the unique mixture of Asian and Western culture.
USRider Urges Horse Owners to Maximize Fuel Economy
The use of heavy-duty vehicles to transport horses consumes more energy than most passenger cars. However, horse owners can take several steps to maximize their fuel economy.
“Horse owners can do their part to reduce their fuel consumption with practical travel tips that actually work,” said Mark Cole, managing member for USRider.
2008 Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Offers Full Schedule and Classics for Hunters
The Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Horse Show will be held at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL, on June 17-22, 2008. The show offers a full schedule of divisions and classics with great prize money for hunter exhibitors.
Katherine Newman and Almelo Continue Winning Streak at Upperville Colt and Horse Show
Last week at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show in Upperville, VA, Katherine Newman continued her winning ways with Almelo in the Paul & Eve Go As You Please Handy Hunter class. Two weeks prior, the pair scored a major win at the Devon Horse Show in the $10,000 ASG Software USHJA International Hunter Derby in Devon, PA. Seventeen-year-old Newman piloted Almelo for Mimi Abel-Smith, who shows the horse in the older amateur-owner hunters. Abel-Smith resides in Middleburg, VA.
Premier Equestrian to Provide Equipment for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
The World Games 2010 Foundation announced that Premier Equestrian, LLC, will provide equipment for the dressage and driving competition venues, as an official vendor of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
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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:
— Karly Anthony
— Molly Braswell
— Abigail Crowell
— Kathryn Crump
West Coast Championship
(September 17-20, Los Angeles International, Burbank, CA)
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Laura Pfeiffer
— Nina Pola
— Julianna Richardson
— Christina Cici Riddle
Succeed® Challenge Series for MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association Renewed for 2008 Competition Year
Freedom Health, LLC, continues to support local and regional equestrian organizations with the renewal of the Suceed® Challenge Series for the 2008 competition year for amateur members of the MidSouth Eventing and Dressage Association (MSEDA). Eligible members of MSEDA who use Suceed® Digestive Conditioning Program® and compete in selected events will accumulate points in the Succeed Challenge Series, which will award more than $2,000 in money and prizes to the highest-placing horse-and-rider combinations.
Equestrian Land Conservation Resource Releases 2008 edition of the Guide to Equestrian-Friendly Conservation Easements
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.
Gold Coast Series Horse Shows Popular with Competitors
The Gold Coast Series is one of the largest and most popular USEF "B" circuit of shows in the country. "These are extremely popular events," explained Show Manager Michael Roy Curtis. Gold Coast shows are rated USEF and PCHA "B" and are also approved by local associations, like the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association.
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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 has over 90,000 members and 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.
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