Ashlee Bond and Cadett 7 during the World Equestrian Festival - CHIO Aachen.
Photo by Ken Braddick/www.dressage-news.com
Ashlee Bond and Cadett 7 Romp to Win in Warsteiner Prize at CHIO Aachen
Ashlee Bond continued her winning European ways with a fantastic victory in the Warsteiner Prize, one of the featured events at the World Equestrian Festival - CHIO Aachen.
The Hidden Hills, CA, rider flew to the win on Little Valley Farm’s fleet-footed Cadett 7. The talented duo bested 50 of Europe’s best horses and riders in an impressive effort, which involved the fastest round of 14 in the jump-off.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Bond after the class. “I’m so excited, it’s awesome… I didn’t come here to just be a person to go in the ring and say that I did it. I came to play with the big boys.”
The pair went first in the jump-off but no one was able to get close to their time of 45.93 seconds, the margin of victory was nearly 1.5 seconds.
Cadett 7 has jumped double-clear in three consecutive Meydan FEI Nations Cup classes in Europe, and both he and his 24-year-old rider have excelled in the big European venues.
“He was perfect,” said Bond about the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding. “He is amazing, I’m so blessed, he is just so awesome.”
Steffen Peters and Ravel Win Dressage Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Festival - CHIO Aachen
The U.S. success at the World Equestrian Festival – CHIO Aachen continued on Thursday July 2. Steffen Peters and Ravel—the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup TM Champions—served notice that they will continue to dominate the dressage world.
Schmersal Beats the Heat at the Adequan™/USEF National Reining Open Championships presented by Equine Motorcoach
Record-setting triple-digit temperatures and blazing hot scores were the buzz at the 2009 Adequan™/USEF National Reining Championships presented by Equine Motorcoach in Oklahoma City, OK. Held during the annual National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, the championships determined the nation’s top reining horses and riders after a year of qualification.
Developing Young Riders Make Strong Showing at the 2009 Adequan/USEF National Youth Reining Championship
A very strong turnout for the 2009 Adequan™/USEF National Youth Reining Championships presented by Equine Motorcoach made for a competitive field in all three age divisions and an excellent display of reining among the nation’s best young riders.
2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Announces Ticket Prices; Ticket Sales Set to Begin on September 25, 2009
Ticket prices and detailed competition schedules for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are now available as the world’s most prestigious equestrian competition prepares to visit the Kentucky Horse Park from September 25-October 10, 2010.
Ticket prices and event start times have been finalized for the eight world championships, which are being held outside of Europe for the first time in their history. Tickets will go on sale September 25, 2009, exactly one year before the Games arrive in Kentucky. Approximately 600,000 tickets will be available with prices starting as low as $25.
USEF Announces "My Favorite USEF Breed Competition" Contest
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced a new contest for 2009 designed to let USEF members vote for their “Favorite USEF Breed Competition.” The idea behind this contest is to award and promote the USEF licensed breed competitions for their efforts in running a show so well that exhibitors want to call it their favorite. Also, this contest gives exhibitors the opportunity to provide positive feedback about the competitions to the USEF.
American Hackney Horse Society Foundation Offers Incentive for Championships
The American Hackney Horse Society Foundation (AHHSF) will pay a premium of $1,000 to the owner of a registered Hackney horse or pony that wins the championship in the respective divisions at the following competitions:
Weekly Polls Now on ClubEquestrian.com
ClubEquestrian.com is offering visitors the chance to weigh in on various topics and questions with new weekly polls on the homepage. Add your vote and comments on questions such as:
Don't Miss Out on Your Chance to Promote Your Equine Event for FREE
Do you have an event you want to promote? Do you know of an exciting equine event—whether it be a training seminar or clinic, a horse health care seminar, a continuing education event for equine professionals, an expo, a trail ride, a charity event/fundraiser or an equine social event? If so, fill out the online form at www.usef.org/clubEquestrian/clubeqevent.aspx to add your event to the ClubEquestrian.com Calendar, one of the most comprehensive equestrian event calendars online.
List Your Equine Business in Our FREE Equine Directory
The United States Equestrian Federation would like to invite you to list your equine business in its new online Professional Directory at ClubEquestrian.com. The listing is FREE. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your name out there to those who may need your products or services. To make sure your business is listed, visit www.usef.org/prodir.
American Vaulting Association’s "Vault Kentucky" Initiative Gaining Ground
The American Vaulting Association’s (AVA) “Vault Kentucky” program is in full-swing with a dozen vaulting-related events scheduled for the month of July all over the state. Equestrian vaulting combines both gymnastic and dance elements performed to music on a walking, trotting, or cantering horse.
As part of a key initiative to bring equestrian vaulting to the home of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the AVA is sponsoring two "introduction to vaulting" summer day camps for youth, two "train-the-trainer" sessions for riding instructors who want to add vaulting to their coaching repertoire, and multiple on-site clinics at riding facilities throughout the region, according to Wendy Ware, the AVA’s Vice President of Education.
National Show Horse Registry to the Rescue
The National Show Horse Registry (NSHR) announces the opening of the National Show Horse Foundation to accept donations in support of their program for the rescue/re-homing of National Show Horses.
USEF Comes On Board with Vemma
Vemma Nutrition Company, a wellness company that distributes Vemma® and Verve, a healthy energy drink, announced its partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF). The unique partnership will enable the USEF to utilize Vemma’s network marketing-based business model to help support its fundraising and operational efforts.
2010 United States Equestrian Federation Clinic Calendar Now Online
The 2010 Calendar listing USEF seminars and licensed officials’ clinics is now available online at www.usef.org under Licensed Officials/Continuing Education/2010 Calendar or at www.usef.org/newsletterLicensedOfficials/2010schedule.html. Additional FEI courses will also be posted on the website as they are approved. All seminar and clinic applications will be available online as soon as possible or approximately four months prior to the date of the event.
National Distance Championships Combine and Coincide
For the first time ever, the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) will combine the National Endurance Ride and National Competitive Trail Ride into one week of exciting competition, which will include American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC)-sanctioned rides, October 27-31, at Lake Carl Blackwell in Stillwater, OK.
Teamwork Key for the 2009 Old Dominion Endurance Rides
Teamwork proved key to the successful running of the 35th Old Dominion Endurance Rides, held this June in the Appalachian Mountains along the Virginia/West Virginia state line. Throughout the ride, teamwork made the difference: between horses, riders and crew, between ride management, veterinarians and farriers, and between radio operators, drag riders and emergency rescue personnel.
By June 12, 158 horse-and-rider teams had arrived at base camp outside Orkney Springs, a quaint little town located at the foot of Great North Mountain, part of the George Washington National Forest. Of the 33 100-mile teams who started on the humid morning of June 13, 24 completed. Of 69 55-mile teams who started, 56 completed. And the 25-mile limited distance ride had 43 starters and 40 finishers, a 93% completion rate.
Highlights from the 40th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show
Brianne Goutal, 20, of New York, NY, became the youngest rider to win the $75,000 RV Sales of Broward Grandprix of Lake Placid CSI** for the Whitney Perpetual Challenge Trophy when she rode Ralvesther to victory on the closing day of the 40th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show.
With riders from six countries among the starting field of 28, only five entries were able to reach a tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 17-jump first-round course designed by 2008 Olympic course designer Steve Stephens. They then returned for the eight-jump tiebreaker course at the North Elba Showgrounds.
More Hunter/Jumper News
Researchers Need Horse Owners' Help with Parasite Survey
Horse owners around the world are being asked to participate in an online questionnaire to help researchers better assess the issues of parasite control and anthelmintic (dewormer) resistance. The study is part of a collaborative effort between equine parasitologists in the United Sates, Denmark, and Germany.
Horse owners can find the survey at survey.2ask.de/71d74fafbf0c4562/survey.html.
Photo Courtesy Equine Resources International
Founder of the American Riding Instructors Association Receives Eighth Annual Equine Industry Vision Award
Pfizer Animal Health and American Horse Publications (AHP) presented Charlotte Brailey Kneeland with the Eighth Annual Equine Industry Vision Award at a ceremonial breakfast held during the AHP 2009 Free Rein in the Big Easy Seminar in New Orleans, LA. 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.
Kneeland earned this honor for her vision to promote and certify riding instructors across the United States. Best known as the founder and director of the American Riding Instructors Association, Kneeland is a true leader who has set an exemplary standard in safety, good teaching practices and professionalism across the horse industry.
“Charlotte Kneeland is an outstanding example of the innovation, vision and leadership that the Equine Industry Vision Award serves to recognize,” said Kristin Ruff, Senior Marketing Manager at Pfizer Animal Health. “Her insight to start an organization for riding instructors has helped raise the bar in safety, education and integrity across all equestrian sports.”
Final Chance to Book Your Ad Space in the NAJYRC Program
This is the final week to book your ad space 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.
Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival to Add Classes to Weekly Show Schedule
Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc., is pleased to announce that several classes have been added to the weekly schedule of events for the 2009 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. Held at the Flintfields Horse Park in beautiful Traverse City, MI, the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival runs July 8-August 2, 2009, and features some of the top horses and riders in the country.
New Date/Location Announced for 2009 Team Morgan Competition
Due to unforeseen schedule conflicts, the 2009 Team Morgan competition slated to take place at the Jubilee Regional Morgan Horse Show, September 2-5, 2009, has been rescheduled to take place August 16-18, 2009, in Winston-Salem, NC.
Halloween with Horses Cancelled for 2009
The Colorado Horse Park announced that the popular family fall festival, Halloween with Horses, has been canceled for 2009. The current economic climate coupled with internal changes led the Colorado Horse Park Board of Directors to the decision to offer the Town of Parker the opportunity to take over the event. Each year, The Colorado Horse Park has funded, hosted and staffed the event, along with personnel from the Town of Parker, and hundreds of volunteers from the Parker Arts Council, the Parker Library and other organizations.
Photo Courtesy FEI
International Equestrian Federation Appoints Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage Director
The FEI is pleased to announce that Trond Asmyr has joined the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) as FEI Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage Director.
Originally from Norway, Asmyr has an in-depth knowledge of dressage as a rider, official and administrator. He rode competitively on a national level for many years, is an FEI international dressage judge and was on the board of the Norwegian Equestrian Federation for 12 years. He was the Federation’s vice president for six years, from 2003 to earlier this year.
Moreover, Asmyr has a long experience with the business world in which he has held various managing positions.
Equine Anatomy Course Offered Free Online Until 2011
The Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study (EQ50) is now free online at www.equinology.com until 2011 to anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of veterinary terminology and the musculoskeletal system of the horse.
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.