Bruce Davidson on My Bobby Boy
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Five-Year-Old Selten HW and Four-Year-Old Aesthete Crowned Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Champions for 2009; Cabana Boy Leads USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship presented by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International
Crowds hurried to the entrance of Lamplight Equestrian as the day started early with the first phase of the USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship presented by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.
Christopher Hickey and “Cabana Boy” did not disappoint, and were rewarded by judges Linda Zang, Hilda Gurney and Maryal Barnett for their efforts.
This two-time Young Horse National Champion (2007 as a five-year-old and 2008 as a six-year-old) made convincing work of the FEI Prix St. Georges test with a resounding score of 72.895%. Cabana Boy, a 2002 bay Hanoverian gelding (Contucci – Britania by Bordeaux) was bred in the United States by Douglas and Shannon Langer of Wisconsin and is owned by Hilltop Farm, Inc. of Maryland.
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Saddlebred Riches Await as Kentucky State Fair Opens, All American Classic Follows
The richest weeks of the year began on Sunday, August 23, for American Saddlebreds, with the opening of the World’s Championship Horse Show at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, followed by the All American Classic at Indianapolis, IN, beginning Tuesday, September 8.
Total premiums and awards at the Kentucky State Fair are estimated to reach approximately $1.2 million over the week of the World’s Championship, culminating Saturday, August 29, with the World’s Grand Championships and the $100,000 Five-Gaited Saddlebred “Big Stake.” Purses offered in the American Saddlebred Registry’s (ASR) Kentucky, Amateur, and National Three-Year-Old futurities alone are estimated to exceed $220,000, and begin with in-hand classes on opening night.
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USEF Education Department Establishes New Weekly Blog on ClubEquestrian.com
The USEF Education Department has established a weekly blog on ClubEquestrian.com to share information with members. “Equine U” provides interesting and helpful information about the Federation and also anything relating to horse ownership, competing at all levels and all things equestrian. USEF will post articles from various guest writers, as well as from staff's own experiences at competitions, clinics and seminars.
Check it out at www.clubequestrian.com/blogs/equineu/default.aspx. In addition, if you would like the blog brought right to your favorite feed, check out the "Syndication" section on the right side of the blog.
Future Dressage Stars Line Up for 2009 USEF Developing Horse Championships presented by The Dutta Corp. and Performance Sales International
The USEF National Developing Horse Championships being held next week have become a bridge to the top levels of the sport with the winners from the first two years preparing to seek a place on the U.S. team for next year's Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The USEF Developing Horse Championships presented by The Dutta Corp. and Performance Sales International are being held in conjunction with the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in this Chicago suburb, August 21-23.
Don Angelo, the 2007 winner ridden by Michelle Gibson of Wellington, FL, and owned by Diamante Farms, is in Germany for two months of tuning up in preparation for the winter long series of CDIs that they hope will qualify them for the trials from which the 2010 WEG team will be selected.
U II, the 2008 champion ridden by Guenter Seidel of Cardiff, CA, and owned by Dick and Jane Brown, is now competing at Intermediaire II and ready to move up to the grand prix.
Anne Gribbons Named as USEF Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that pending successful contract negotiations, Anne Gribbons will be named as USEF Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor through 2012. Gribbons will fill the role for dressage that Capt. Mark Phillips and George Morris fill for the Olympic disciplines of eventing and show jumping, respectively.
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Bruce Davidson on My Bobby Boy
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Eventer Bruce Davidson, Jr., Ends Season in Style
Bruce Davidson, Jr., (USA) brought the 2009 HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing qualifiers to a most satisfying climax, jumping clear in the final phase with both horses, despite a severe storm, to score a memorable one-two in the last qualifier, at Mansfield, Canada, and spring into second place in the rankings behind Mary King (GBR).
Davidson led throughout on My Boy Bobby, the handsome liver-chestnut Irish-bred on whom he scored his best four-star result, third in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in April. He finished second on Ballynoe Castle RM, also Irish-bred, swapping places with Phillip Dutton (USA) on Woodburn, who ended up in third when the latter hit two rails in the final stadium round.
Unsurprisingly, Dutton was without cross-country time penalties on Woodburn, who was 12th at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, but the only rider to enjoy the accolade of finishing on a completely clean sheet was Canadian Kyle Carter on Madison Park, who ended in fourth place.
Organizer Jo Young said of the cross-country course, designed by 2000 Olympic Gold medalist David O’Connor (USA), “David has made the course bigger; there’s more room for galloping and the fences are extremely challenging.”
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U.S. Show Jumpers Second in 2009 Meydan FEI Nations Cup
After nearly four months of top competition between the best show jumping nations in the world, the title of Meydan FEI Nations Cup Champion came down to the final round of the final leg at the Dublin International Horse Show in Dublin, Ireland.
With the U.S. jumpers holding their own throughout the duration of the tour, they ended up barely beaten for the top spot in the standings by France. The two countries tied for fourth on 20 faults a piece in the final, which left France with a four-point advantage overall.
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Youth Thrive at Arabian Horse Show and Convention Created Just For Them
On August 1, the Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show came to an end after eight days of top-level horse show competition, a shopping expo and the Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA) Annual Convention. This was the show’s 17th year in Albuquerque and is estimated to bring about $10.2 million to the city.
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Horse Owners Should Choose Equine Dewormers Carefully
Veterinarians, horse owners should collaborate for a parasite control program that works
When confronted by shelves and shelves of dewormers, many horse owners can be confused about their choices—and the issue of equine parasite resistance adds even greater confusion.
“Multiple studies from across the country have shown entire classes of dewormers are no longer working against small strongyles, which are a serious equine parasite threat,” said Frank Hurtig, DVM, MBA, Director, Merial Veterinary Services. “Now, the challenge to every person who cares about horse health is to help preserve the remaining dewormer classes—while keeping their horses healthy.”
American Saddlebred Horse Association Youth Auction Adds Big Ticket Items; Set to Begin August 26
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has added additional items to its Youth Auction, held annually during the Kentucky State Fair (KSF) and World's Championship Horse Show (WCHS).
Among the items up for bid at the 2009 ASHA Youth Auction are two tickets to the sold out Taylor Swift concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 30. Included with the concert tickets is a night's stay at the Crowne Plaza hotel on the evening of the concert. Another "big ticket" item that will be up for bid is a week's stay at a three-bedroom ocean-front condo in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
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Congratulations to American Morgan Horse Association Morgan Open High-Point Award Winners
The Morgan Open High-Point Award is sponsored by the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) and is available to open equestrian competitions around the country. Currently more than 150 events will be offering the award to competitors exhibiting with a registered Morgan.
Okan Crescent won high-point Morgan at the Beavercreek CDE with Don Curtis at the reins. Don and his wife, Mary, of Oroville, WA, own this beautiful bay mare. The event was held in Beavercreek, OR, July 18-19.
Speakers Announced For Women's Horse Industry Conference
The Women's Horse Industry Association is beginning to announce the speakers for the November conference. The event will be held November 3-4, 2009 in Louisville, KY, at the Crown Plaza Hotel.
The theme of the conference is "Marketing and Making the Most of Your Horse Industry Business," and many of the speakers are experts in those areas. Several speakers who recently signed up to participate at the event include Wayne G. Hipsley, Dr. Shelia Lyons, Mary Beth Ellis and Lynn Baber.
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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.
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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.
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