Jean Mutrux, 2009 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final Champion. Photo by Howard Schatzberg
Jean Mutrux Named 2009 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final Champion
Jean Mutrux of St. Louis, MO, took the championship title in the 2009 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show on Friday, July 10. Mutrux was coached to the win by her daughter, Abigail. “Coach” Abigail took home the Silver “trainer’s trophy.” As champion, Mutrux was honored with many awards including a beautiful cast resin sculpture created for this event by artist Patricia Crane, a hand-crafted USEF leather cabin bag made by Freedman Harness, a bouquet of red roses, a blue Moxie cooler, a halter, the traditional Gold medal and a Junior League trophy.
2009 Adequan NAJYRC presented by Gotham North Readies for Kick-Off
Beginning Wednesday, July 22, with a kick-off celebration and opening ceremonies, the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Riders Championships (NAJYRC) presented by Gotham North will welcome junior and young riders from across the expanse of the continent to a much-anticipated and highly-regarded series of championships.
The NAJYRC is the premiere equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders age 14-21. Young equestrians come from the United States, Canada and Mexico to vie for championship titles in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing, plus the Western-style discipline of reining. The competition is run under rules of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport.
Equestrian Aid Foundation: A Helping Hand
It's been another busy month for the team at the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF) as they get set for a successful fundraising party and silent auction in Traverse City, MI, during Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. There will also be a launch of the eBay Giving Works site with the cover image to the new FarmVet catalog. This limited edition picture was graciously donated by photographer Shelli Breidenbach.
This month's newsletter is full of ways to help our fellow equestrians and horse enthusiasts in need. You can learn more about the auction, “Taste of Traverse City," and the upcoming High Roller Reining Classic Poker Tournament in September by visiting us at www.equestrianaidfoundation.org. You can also e-mail us with ideas and suggestions. We hope you'll find the perfect fit to get involved - from event sponsorship to auction bidder.
AMHA Announces Team Morgan Members
AMHA is pleased to announce the following equestrians have been named to Team Morgan and will take part in an international competition in North Carolina next month.
Jordan Cusumano, 19, Brighton, MI
Gaetana D'Alesio-Spina, 17, Mendon, MA
Kimberly Forster 17, Fall City, WA
Nena Marlin, 17, Brunswick, ME
Rachel Menard, 17, Walpole, MA
Sarah Shimmer, 18, Marshall, MI
Emma Ziemer, 15, Sheboygan Falls, WI
Morgan trainer Sandy Sessink of South Lyon, MI, has been named the team's coach.
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U.S. Show Jumpers Take a Third-Place Finish in USOC Team of the Month Rankings
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced water polo player Lauren Wenger and Paralympic archer Jeff Fabry as its June Athletes of the Month, while the USA Women's Senior National Water Polo Team was awarded Team of the Month honors.
The U.S. show jumping team took a third-place finish in this month's Team of the Month category.
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Boutique Shows Are Classics In Charleston, SC
Terry Brown aboard Nice won the 2nd Year Green Hunter title. Photo by Flashpoint Photography
Driving under an arched canopy of moss covered oak trees toward the entrance of Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island, SC, exhibitors immediately knew something special lay just ahead. The Charleston Summer Classics, the second of five Boutique Horse Shows produced by The Classic Company for 2009, kicked off with an air of perfection this week.
Returning to the Low Country area after nearly a decade absence, Bob Bell, Chairman of the summer classic, fondly remembered the original series. “I started the Charleston Summer Classics at the Seabrook Island Equestrian Center in July of 1992, but the show out grew the facility after seven years and moved to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC,” he said. Classic Company is best known for producing larger events such as the Gulf Coast Winter Series in Gulfport, MS, and the Atlanta Classics series in Conyers, GA, at the Georgia International Horse Park and site of the 1996 Olympics, “but for years, I’ve had this longing to return to Charleston…to our roots. And the concept of the Boutique Show was the perfect means to return.” said Bell.
Ophthalmology is the Focus of AAEP’s First Fall Meeting
The American Association of Equine Practitioners’ debut fall meeting, Focus on Ophthalmology, October 1-3 in Raleigh, NC, invites equine practitioners to explore new innovations in the treatment and diagnosis of conditions affecting the equine eye.
Ocular trauma, infection and disease can lead to some of the most expensive and devastating conditions in horses. Equine veterinarians treating sport, work or show horses must be well-versed in the diagnosis and field treatment of eye conditions to ensure the safety and athletic potential of horses under their care.
Conrad Schumacher’s National Dressage Symposium to be Hosted at Cutler Farm in October
Conrad Schumacher has selected Warren-McMullin Dressage and Cutler Farm Dressage as hosts of his annual National Dressage Symposium. Titled “Prepare to Win,” it marks Schumacher’s third visit to Cutler Farm Dressage, and the first time this event has been held in New England.
“Prepare to Win” will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18, 2009, at Cutler Farm Dressage, located at 338 North Street in Medfield, MA. Auditors are welcome. Single-day auditing is $75 per day, which includes lunch and complimentary parking. Multi-day auditing is $65 per day, which also includes lunch and complimentary parking. Payment for this option must be received by October 1, 2009. Vendor space is also available.
Assisi Endurance Lifestyle 2009 to Host the FEI Meydan City European Endurance Championship Open
The FEI Meydan City European Endurance Championship Open 2009 is the most important world endurance event of the year with all national official teams from five continents participating. Held during the event known as the Assisi Endurance Lifestyle 2009, the endurance championship will join other activities and topics such as economics, medicine, real estate, culture, fashion and entertainment across September 17-27 in the Italian city of Assisi.
The program also includes a prestigious international veterinary symposium, a round table conference on hippotherapy, a master art exhibition on horses and a weekend of activities dedicated to children and ponies. Assisi Endurance lifestyle 2009 is sponsored by RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, the event’s main media partner.
HorseTV Announces Worldwide Launch of H-SPAN
HorseTV, the first and only multi-platform television network dedicated to providing programming for a worldwide equestrian audience, has announced the launch of H-SPAN, the industry-serving component of its online television portal.
With the announcement of the H-SPAN activation and the amazing lineup of initial programming included in the launch, HorseTV now is leading the way in providing broad international public access to many of the industry's important happenings, discussions, critical issues and political agendas. Travel, time and expense constraints will no longer be barriers to participating in or learning from important events, seminars, meetings or debates on industry issues.
Equestrian Vaulting to be Included in the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North
Top Equestrian Vaulters To Compete At The One Day Event; Spectators Welcome Free
Lexington, KY – Equestrian vaulters and their horses will be included as a demonsrtaion sport in the 2009 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) on July 22, 2009, from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m. Equestrian vaulting combines both gymnastic and dance elements performed to music on a cantering horse.
Top equestrian vaulters from the U.S. and Canada will be competing for honors with their freestyle and technical routines in the Van Lennep Indoor Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. This marks the first time that equestrian vaulting will be included in the championships.
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Enter Your Favorite "Stallion" Photo
Don't forget to enter your favorite "Stallion" photo in the July 2009 ClubEquestrian.com photo contest. Voting begins July 21. The winner will win a Flip digital video camera.
The Flip video camera, from the Ultra Series, is valued at approximately $130. This video camera:
- Is simple to use, pocket-sized with one-touch recording and digital zoom
- Holds 60 minutes of full VGA-quality video on 2GB of built-in memory; no tapes or additional memory cards required
- Has a convenient USB arm that plugs directly into your computer for easy viewing and sharing
- Contains built-in software that lets you easily e-mail videos, upload to YouTube and other websites, and captures still photos from video
- Allows you to watch videos instantly on TV with included cable
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.
Kentucky Equine Research Partners with Combined Driver Chester Weber
Chester Weber with his four-in-hand team at Live Oak. Photo courtesy of KER
Kentucky Equine Research (KER) has joined forces with combined driver Chester Weber, becoming the latest Team Weber sponsor to join the championship team as they head toward the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Weber, a force to be reckoned with in the field of four-in-hand combined driving, became the first American to win an Individual medal at the World Championships and his high-profile team includes the now-famous Jamaica, the 2008 USEF Horse of the Year.
KER is a world-renowned nutrition and consultation company that works with feed manufacturers to develop horse feeds suited for the particular regions in which they are to be fed. Joe Pagan, President of KER, believes research efforts are the cornerstone of KER, and he personally directs all scientific trials. Conclusions drawn from these trials are used in the formulation of technologically advanced feeds.
USRider Encourages Use of Pre-Trip Checklist
After several years of analyzing accidents involving horse trailers, USRider, the national provider of roadside emergency assistance for horse owners, has developed a checklist to help equestrians avoid accidents on the road.
“We believe you can never over-prepare for a trailering trip with your horse,” said Mark Cole, managing member for USRider. “Even if you are only going to travel a short distance to a local event, an accident – or some other emergency – could occur, leaving you stuck on the highway unexpectedly for an extended period.”
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Check Your Points in the Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year Program to see how your horse is doing in 2009.
Please check your points and standings in your respective division(s) by:
|Current Standings of a Few National Champion Divisions (as of July 9, 2009):
||C. Lanelle Weerts
|Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open
|Combined Driving Pair Horses
||Finlandio, Splash, Uniek
||J. Keady Cadwell
Roadster Pony Amateur
|Rant n' Rave K.V.
Half-/Anglo-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open
Amateur Owner Hunter 35+ Years
| $25,000 Grand Prix Jumper
|Morgan Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor
|National Show Horse Country Pleasure
||BL Bingbang Boom
|American Saddlebred Five-Gaited Open
||Leatherwood's Colors Up
|Welsh Pony Adult
||Inaway Rose of Sharon
| Western Pleasure Adult Amateur
|Joining the program
is as easy as filling out an application, which may be found on the USEF website here
, or may be obtained at any recognized horse show, or by contacting the USEF office at (859) 258-2472. In addition, you can record your horse online through your
My USEF Account
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 2009 events began September 1, 2008.
Learn more about the program today.
To see the list of all qualified riders,
visit the 2008/2009 Ranking List online.
East Coast Riders
October 3-4, 2009, Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East, Gladstone, NJ
A few riders that have now qualifed on the East Coast:
— Andrea Robbins
— Alison Rose
— Kelsey Thatcher
— Laura Ware
— Devon Wood
West Coast Championship
September 16-20, 2009, Los Angeles International Jumping Festival, Burbank, CA
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Abigail McArdle
— Amelia McArdle
— Kilian McGrath
— Hilary McNerney
— Seraphin Millon
— Hilary Neff
— Grace Newfrock
Protect Your Horse in the Heat
Moxie Equestrian is putting its Bodyguard scrim sheet on sale at 30% off. This scrim sheet is worn by champions in every equine discipline (right, 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year in Thoroughbred racing, Curlin, wearing the Bodyguard).
It's like putting SPG 60 sunscreen on your horse. In addition, the Bodyguard features:
- Superior sun and heat reflection
- UVA/UVB protection
- Exceptional protection for your horse
- Magnetic closure stays firmly in place
- Machine wash and air dry
Enter your Partners with Moxie Number (PWM104) at checkout to receive an additional 10% off and free UPS shipping.
Sale ends July 14. Visit www.moxieequestrian.com.
Attention all USEF Members
Good news awaits when you renew your membership online for 2009! If you were an amateur, professional or junior member in 2007 or 2008, you will be able to renew online using our new Quick Renewal. Just log in to your My USEF Account and select the Quick Renew option. All of your membership information will be there. All you have to do is review it; edit it, if necessary; submit payment; and print out a copy of your 2009 card.
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.
Please Read—Important Information about Your Membership Card
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.
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.
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its human and equine athletes.
©2009, United States Equestrian Federation®, Inc.