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Phillip Dutton and Connaught
Photo by Mike McNally
USEF Names 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in Eventing
Pending U.S. Olympic Committee approval, the USEF has named the following horse/rider combinations to the 2008 US Olympic Team in eventing. These five combinations will represent the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games, the equestrian portion of which will be held in Hong Kong, beginning on August 8.
Age/Breed/Sex/Owner (in alphabetical order):
- Phillip Dutton/44/West Grove, PA/Connaught/15/Irish Sport Horse/Gelding/Bruce Duchossois
- Becky Holder/39/Mendota Heights, MN/Courageous Comet/12/Thoroughbred/Gelding/Becky and Thomas Holder, Jr.
- Gina Miles/34/Creston, CA/McKinlaigh/14/Irish Sport Horse/Gelding/Gina Miles, Laura Coats and Thomas Schulz
- Amy Tryon/38/Duvall, WA/Poggio II/16/Thoroughbred/Gelding/Amy and Greg Tryon and Mark Hart
- Heidi White/42/Aiken, SC/Northern Spy/15/English Thoroughbred/Gelding/Heidi White
Brooke Jacobs and CH My Southern Charm
Photo by Jane Jacobs
Brooke Jacobs Wins 2008 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final for a Second Time
In a unanimous decision by the judges, Brooke Jacobs defeated four talented riders in the 2008 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final. Despite the heat, Jacobs completed the rail and pattern work to outshine the competition at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show at The Red Mile racetrack.
Jacobs of Georgetown, KY, claimed the title aboard CH My Southern Charm, a bay Saddlebred gelding owned by Werk Way Stables and trained by Brent Jacobs. Though Jacobs has been riding CH My Southern Charm for about four years, he is new to equitation classes. Even so, Jacobs was very pleased with her ride.
2008 Tevis Cup Ride Cancelled
After much deliberation and careful assessment, the Western States Trail Foundation Board of Governors regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2008 Tevis Cup Ride due to the California fires.
USEF Announces U.S. Reining Team for the 2008 FEI World Reining Championship
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved the following horse/rider combinations for the U.S. reining team for the 2008 FEI World Reining Championship in Manerbio, Italy September 11-14:
Furlong Vets Head to Equestrian Olympics in Hong Kong
As athletes from around the world prepare for the great athletic challenge of the Olympic Games, preparations are taking place behind the scenes to ensure that they are able to perform to their full potential. B. W. Furlong and Associates Equine Veterinary Practice in Oldwick, NJ, will send a team of four veterinarians to the equestrian competition of the Olympic Games in Hong Kong this summer to make sure that the equine participants are well looked after.
State-of-the-Art Footing will be Installed at the Kentucky Horse Park
When the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games take place at the Kentucky Horse
Park in 2010, horses and riders will compete on a new state-of-the-art surface,
which is being installed by the German company who developed it.
Winning Weber Signs Autographs at Aachen
U.S. four-in-hand driving champion Chester Weber maintained a full schedule at the World Equestrian Festival held July 1-6 in Aachen, Germany. In addition to competing successfully, Weber spent time signing autographs at the Life Data Labs, Inc.®, display.
Television Coverage of the Equestrian Events at the 2008 Olympics Announced
NBC Universal will be airing 3,600 hours of coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, including the equestrian events, which will be taking place in Hong Kong. This total amount of coverage will be more than the hours of coverage for all the Olympic Games since 1960 Rome combined. All broadcasts will also be in high definition.
The schedule is as follows:
Merial Offers Free Horse Health Record
Regular vaccinations, deworming and farrier visits can help prevent damaging and costly diseases. As your partner in equine health care, Merial, the maker of Zimecterin® Gold (ivermectin/praziquantel) is offering a free horse health record available at select veterinary clinics and retailers nationwide.
Judge Betsy Berrey Gives Competitors Tips on How to Improve Scores at Sho Clothes Shop Talk Session
Dressage judge Betsy Berrey was the featured speaker at this month's Shop Talk. Michelle Hundt and Betsy Rebar-Sell, co-owners of Sho Clothes, hosted the third in a series of monthly discussions at the Sho Room in Wellington, FL. The Gold Coast Dressage Association (GCDA) co-sponsors the event with Sho Clothes to provide local equestrians the opportunity to learn from top professionals in the area. Berrey is a well-respected "S" judge who often officiates at dressage shows on the winter circuit in which many local riders compete. Berrey has more than 20 years of experience judging at top shows around the nation and is a member of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) "L" Program Faculty. The title of this month’s discussion was “Getting More 10’s on the 6.5 Horse."
The United States Hunter Jumper Association Announces the Creation of the United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation
In December of 2007, the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Board of Directors unanimously approved the creation of the United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation. The USHJA Foundation is an independent organization, developed in response to the requests of members to support the programs of the USHJA, while creating and implementing additional initiatives to benefit the sport.
USRider Announces Railroad Crossing Safety Brochure
The average freight train traveling at 55 mph takes a mile or more to stop—that's about the length of 18 football fields. So when a vehicle gets stuck on the tracks and a train is coming, the outcome is usually very bad for the vehicle and often worse for its passengers.
Carolina Horse Park Popularity Leads to Expansion
The Carolina Horse Park has been a busy place over the last few months. Dressage horses, show jumpers, eventers, and driving horses have all utilized the Raeford, NC, facility throughout the spring. The growing popularity and use of the Carolina Horse Park have driven some instrumental changes at the 250-acre facility.
Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Announces Park and Pleasure Entries Accepted to 2008 Horse Show
The Kentucky State Fair has announced that all entries in park and pleasure sections whose confirmed records demonstrate competition within the official qualifying period including at least three shows with six or more classes, and who have been properly entered by the deadlines specified in the official prize list, have been accepted.
Tracy Fenney and S&L Willie Win the $40,000 Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix at HITS Culpeper
Texas' Tracy Fenney continued her unprecedented run at HITS shows in 2008 with an impressive win in the $40,000 Strongid® C 2X™ Grand Prix to conclude a record-breaking week of show jumping during the Showday National at Commonwealth Park in Culpeper, VA.
Maui Jim Horse Trials Wrap Up After Soggy Weekend
Stormy weather didn’t dampen the competitors’ spirits this past weekend at the Maui Jim Horse Trials in Wayne, IL, where hundreds of riders turned out for the prestigious event. The organizing committee and officials did a wonderful job of rearranging the schedules so that all the riders would have the chance to compete in all three phases – not an easy task, considering that two full days of drenching thunderstorms soaked the grounds. The competitors were all appreciative of the officials’ efforts and everyone worked together to make sure that the event was a positive experience.
Luke Tokaruk Captures First Career Grand Prix in Colorado
Talk about a Rocky Mountain High. Luke Tokaruk of the Aiken, SC-based Tokaruk Show Stables, earned his first grand prix victory this Saturday, winning the $25,000 High Prairie Grand Prix aboard his own Lucius 35 at the Colorado Circuit Opener.
Arabian Horse Association Prepares For a Sensational Canadian Nationals
This year marks the 51st Annual Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (Canadian Nationals); affectionately known as "The Royal Red," August 18-23, 2008, at IPSCO Place in Regina, Sask.
Daniel Geitner and DFG Triumph in Grand Prix at Tryon
Daniel Geitner of the Aiken, SC-based DFG Stables, chalks up another one. At the Sixth Annual Tryon Riding Hunt Club Horse Show, Geitner and Sympa, owned by Mrs. Charles Bostwick, led the victory gallop in the weekend’s $15,000 Equestrian Sports Productions Grand Prix.
HITS Culpeper Celebrates its Biggest Horse Show Ever
HITS Culpeper just keeps on growing. In fact, the Showday National was the biggest horse show ever held at HITS Culpeper and it came as no shock to trainer Pam Baker.
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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:
— Amelia McArdle
— Chelsea Moss
— Ali Ohringer
West Coast Championship
(September 17-20, 2008 Los Angeles International, Burbank, CA)
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Laura Ware
— Jennifer Waxman
— Julia Weiss
— Kyla West
— Claire Wilson
— Kyle Wolf
— Carolyn Zelenetz
— Chelsea Zulia
— Victoria Zwarycz
— Emily Abbruzzi
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