Steffen Peters on Ravel
Photo by Amy McCool
Barteau and Roenick Crowned 2008 USEF National Champions on the Second Day of the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions; USEF Selection Trial in Dressage Continues as Peters Wins Grand Prix Special
Overnight leader Steffen Peters returned to the Oaks Blenheim ring with Ravel in the USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship and the USEF Selection Trial for Dressage, and made it quite clear that he was not going to relinquish his lead.
Owned by Akiko Yamazaki, Ravel, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding took some of the much more experienced horses to task and never looked in danger of making a mistake. The elegant combination looked relaxed throughout the test with excellent changes and powerful extensions. They finished with a score of 75.240%
Two Riders Blog About The Road to Reining at the CN North American Junior/Young Riders’ Championship presented by Gotham North at the Colorado Horse Park
The 2008 CN North American Junior Young Rider Championship (NAJYRC) will be held at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO, on July 30–August 3, 2008. Reining has officially been added to the NAJYRC this year. In preparation for the NAJYRC, two up-and-coming young riders are blogging about their experiences.
Adequan Renews as Title Sponsor of the 2008 USEF National Open Reining Championship
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announces the continuation of a partnership with Adequan® for the 2008 Adequan®/USEF National Open Reining Championship presented by Equine Motorcoach. Some of the top reiners in the country will compete for $25,000 added money Friday, June 27, at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, OK, as part of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. Last year, it was Gabe Hutchins and Juiced Up Doc who took home the Adequan®/USEF National Opening Reining Championship title.
Equine Motorcoach Set for Its First Trip to the Reining Championships
Billed as “The New Breed of Luxury” and designated as the official horse transport vehicle of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the new Equine Motorcoach™ is in Oklahoma City, OK. The all-in-one RV and horse transport is on display at the 2008 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby at the Oklahoma State Fair Park.
U.S Drivers Sweep Top Three Dressage Places at 2008 FEI World Championship for Drivers with Disabilities CPEAI****
The U.S. trio of drivers arrived in Greven, Germany for the 2008 FEI World
Championship for Drivers with Disabilities CPEAI**** and put the world on notice
after the dressage phase.
Meghan Benge of Aiken, SC, drove her borrowed pony Jack to a score of 41.2 with a brilliant performance. The pony was leased from England and his owner was on hand to help groom.
Dressage at Devon Presents First-Ever U.S. Foal Championship
Dressage at Devon is pleased to be the first horse show in the United States to offer a foal championship. The foal championship, sponsored by Hassler Dressage, will be a part of the event’s extensive breed division, which takes place September 23-25.
Sally Swift Honored with Equine Industry Vision Award by American Horse Publications and Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health and American Horse Publications (AHP) presented Sally Swift with the seventh annual Equine Industry Vision Award at a ceremonial breakfast held during the "AHP Break from the Gate in 2008" seminar in Saratoga Springs, NY. Established in 2002, the Equine Industry Vision Award was the first of its kind to showcase innovation and recognize ingenuity and service across the entire equine market.
United States Dressage Federation Announces Dates for Two 2008 USDF Sport Horse Seminars
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) announced the dates for two USDF Sport Horse Seminars during 2008. The first seminar will be held July 26-27 in Fulshear, TX, with Hilda Gurney and sponsored by the Houston Dressage Society. The second seminar will be held October 18-19 in Colora, MD, with Melissa Creswick and sponsored by Hilltop Farm, Inc. Attendees of these seminars can earn up to four USDF University Program credits.
American Shetland Pony Club offers $10,000 Prize for Pony Finals Champion
The Board of Directors of the American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC) announced that they will again offer a $10,000 scholarship to any registered American Shetland Pony who earns the title of Champion Small Pony Hunter at the U.S. Equestrian Pony Finals to be hosted August 13-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
Benefits of Equine Therapy Proven By Washington University Research Team
Researchers from the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy, funded by a grant from the Horses & Humans Research Foundation, recently completed a breakthrough study on the therapeutic impact of equine therapy for children with cerebral palsy.
International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association Host Friesians at Surf and Sun Show
The International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association’s (IALHA) Surf & Sun Show, the third of the season hosted by IALHA’s California Show Committee, was held June 21-22 at the Del Mar Horse Park in Del Mar, CA.
HITS School Station Opens for Class in 2009 at the HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
HITS is pleased to announce that it will be bringing its popular HITS School Station to the 2009 HITS Arizona Winter Circuit.
Like in Thermal, CA, the HITS School Station at the Arizona Winter Circuit will offer a complete academic facility designed especially for equestrian families. The program will stress the academic curriculum of the student's local school, which is an integral part of the support system for the equestrian rider.
U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Promote Respect in 2008
Several area Pony Clubs will gather at the Oaks Blenheim Show Grounds in San Juan Capistrano, CA, on Thursday, June 26, to hear Olympian Charlotte Bredahl-Baker give a presentation entitled “Real Athletes Show Respect.” This USOC-sponsored event will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Selection Trials for Dressage at Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, and will highlight the importance of good sportsmanship in competition.
Germany Reigns Supreme in Rotterdam
Germany's victory in the fourth leg of the 2008 FEI Samsung Super League in Rotterdam moved them up from sixth to second on the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the series.
The Netherlands finished in runner-up spot; time faults proved costly for them on a day when the clock was particularly influential. Belgium slotted into third ahead of Great Britain in fourth, Switzerland in fifth, and Ireland in sixth. For Sweden it was yet another difficult day, but they battled hard to avoid being last on the result sheet; that unenviable position went to the USA.
Good Start at CSIO Rotterdam; McLain Ward Wins Two Classes on the First Day of Competition
Todd Minikus and his ride Ultimo Van Ter Moude cruised past the star-studded field of 38 starters to secure $7,500 in prize money in Thursday's $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties.
Alice Debany won the Grand Prix at CSI** Bonheiden; Kate Levy wins at CSI*** Norten-Hardenburg
This past weekend was a busy weekend for show jumpers in Europe. Alice Debany-Clero won the grand prix at CSI** Bonheiden (BEL). Debany-Clero is based in Paris and was riding Tin Tin, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. The pair won the class with a time of 39.11 seconds in the jump-off. The second place duo, France’s Olivier Jouanneteau riding Kaeleme, had a jump-off time of 39.21 seconds. A tenth of a second was the deciding factor. The CSI** Bonheiden continues again this weekend, June 27-29, 2008.
Simpson and El Campeon’s Carlsson vom Dach to Replace Welles and Armani at 2008 CHIO Aachen
Will Simpson and El Campeon’s Carlsson vom Dach will replace Jeffery Welles and Armani at the CHIO Aachen July 1-6, 2008.
Due to an injury sustained by Armani, Welles has regretfully withdrawn Armani from the Show Jumping Selection Process for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Reiners Compete to Represent the U.S. Team in Italy
The Adequan®/USEF National Open Reining Championship presented by Equine Motorcoach will bring the nation’s finest reiners together to compete for their chance to land a spot on the U.S. reining team. The 2008 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby hosts this competition on Friday, June 27, at the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds in Oklahoma City, OK.
Thumbs-up for Equine Welfare at the 2008 Olympics
The facilities for providing first-rate care of horses brought to Hong Kong for the Olympic Games in August have been given the thumbs-up by members of the Animal Welfare Advisory Group (AWAG) who visited the two equestrian venues.
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New Rules for Import of Entertainment Horses into United States
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has amended its import rules to allow noncompetitive entertainment horses to be temporarily brought into the U.S. from countries affected with the venereal disease, Contagious Equine Metritis. The final rule, titled Temporary Importation of Horses: Noncompetitive Entertainment Horses From Countries Affected with Contagious Equine Metritis, is effective July 7, 2008.
Capital Challenge Horse Show Expands Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Division
In keeping in the tradition of promoting the best in equestrian sport, the Capital Challenge Horse Show is pleased to announce the addition of an expanded $45,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper division.
Specialty License Plate Planned for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
A specialty Kentucky license plate may soon be available in celebration of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
In order for these plates to be produced, at least 900 applications and deposits must be submitted to the World Games 2010 Foundation. If 900 applications are not received by September 30, 2008, all applications and fees will be returned.
Fantastic Facilities in Hong Kong
As the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games draw ever-closer, it is time to take a look at the excellent venues and facilities provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), which will ensure that the jumping, dressage and eventing horses and riders compete in optimal conditions.
From the June 2008 issue of EQUESTRIAN magazine:
Do You Hear the Call?
Trail Riding Tempts Horse Lovers Across the Board and Joins Many in a Fun and Growing Equine Activity
By MK Viakley
In the distance is a lush green hillside. A hint of forest peeks around one of its curves. The shiny line reflecting the sun might be a creek with water rushing to free itself of snowmelt.
Maybe you’re gazing out an office window. You imagine the hillside
is calling to you. Heed the call. Go trail riding! Join a diverse community of people whose passion for the land nearly rivals their passion for their horses.
Colorado’s Kay Rowe has heeded that call for most of her 77 years. “I love the scenery, going along, everybody happy.”
For the full story in PDF format, click here.
Thrilling Hunter Derby and $25,000 Grand Prix Highlight Week I of the Atlanta Summer Classic
Week I of the Atlanta Summer Classic was highlighted by two spectacular weekend events: the $25,000 ASG Software/USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $25,000 Central Equine Grand Prix, held Friday and Saturday evening, respectively, at the Georgia International Horse Park’s Olympic Stadium.
Olympic Cross-Country Public Course Inspection Offered at Beas River
Spectators holding Olympic Games tickets for the cross-country test of eventing competition on August 11, 2008 (Session EQ-04), can take part in a public course inspection on August 8, 2008, at the Beas River venue. You must register online to participate in this course inspection.
Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II Wrap-Up
The $50,000 Wachovia Securities Grand Prix gave the 5,000 spectators at the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II a thrilling event. Eleven horses advanced to the jump-off, and it was 27-year-old Kate Reuter of Oconomowoc, WI, on her 12-year-old stallion On Line who were the fastest. New York City's Addison Phillips and Regina V finished second, while Charlie Jayne of Elgin, IL, on Cashmere was third.
Beacon Hill Equestrian Grand Prix Wrap-Up
Riding Ultimo Van Ter Moude Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, shaved the final turn to the Wachovia plank to stop the clock in 33.301 seconds to win the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix, presented by Wachovia, at the Beacon Hill Equestrian Grand Prix. Held at the Beacon Hill Show Stables in Colts Neck, NJ, the Budweiser Grand Prix drew 22 entries over a long course designed by Richard Jeffery.
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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:
— Laura King-Kapplan
— Robert Lee
— Carolyn Licthenburg
— Michelle Morris
West Coast Championship
(September 17-20, 2008 Los Angeles International, Burbank, CA)
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Kendall Skreden
— Melena Smith
— Jessica Springsteen
— Katherine Stewart
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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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