Caroline Ingalls and Small Town Crowned Grand Champions in the USEF National Junior Hunter Championships-West Coast
The USEF National Junior Hunter Championships-West Coast, hosted by Blenheim Equisports, took place August 11-12 on the West Grass Hunter Field at the beautiful Oaks Blenheim facility in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
After two days of exciting competition and elegant exhibitor parties under cloudless skies, Caroline Ingalls and Small Town were crowned the new champions. With an overall three-phase adjusted score of 251.6, including impressive Classic scores of 88, 86 and 88, Ingalls and Small Town, a Large Older Junior Hunter Hanoverian gelding, owned by Chris Iwasaki, took home the Monarch International Perpetual Award for the West Coast and a gift certificate for The Clothes Horse. The Overall Reserve Champion was a Small Junior Older Hunter, Pringle, ridden by Amber Henter and owned by Ashley Pryde.
Both the handy and classic courses were designed by Scott Stearn and held in the beautiful grass grand prix field. The handy included a bounce, a trot fence, a hand gallop fence, as well as a halt.
Bronze Medal for Team USA’s Suzy Stafford, Fourth Place for Team USA
Suzy Stafford has won the Individual Bronze medal in the Single Pony class at the FEI World Combined Pony Driving Championships in Greven-Bockholt, Germany. Team USA finished fourth in the nations competition, which was won by host nation Germany.
Stafford was in second position after the dressage and the marathon, but the very difficult cones course kept her from keeping the Silver medal. Stafford passed the finish line just a fraction too late to make the time allowed, but knocked two balls down, which dropped her to the fourth place at first. But Dutch driver Arjo van Kekem who was leading the standings, left the arena with no more than 12 penalty points, which brought the American back onto the podium. Dutch individual competitor Melanie Becker won the Gold at her first World Championship ever; the Silver medal went to Germany’s Franz-Josef Lehmkuhl.
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Free Feed From Pennfield: Pennfield Feed Launches Buy-One-Get-One Promotion
Pennfield Feed, the small-town-big-quality company known for supplying feed for the last four Olympic and FEI World Equestrian Games, and who made headlines late last year when they were awarded the designation of Official Feed of the United States Equestrian Federation, has launched an exciting new two-month promotion for free feed.
MS Patient and Inspiration, Mary Jordan, to Compete in FEI Open and Para-Dressage Championships in Norway
Mary Jordan, equestrian and multiple sclerosis (MS) patient, will compete in the 2009 FEI Open and European Para-Dressage Championships.
Jordan’s story of managing her MS to compete in the sport she loves is an inspiration to many and has gained media interest throughout the United States. Her competitive resilience so touched one Dutch family that they loaned her a horse to be able to compete in the championships.
In 2002, Jordan was first diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS (RMSS) when tingling in her middle back, hands and feet caused concern that she would be forced to hang up her saddle. Immediate action by her neurologist led to a prompt therapy implementation. Since then, she has continued in the U.S. competition circuit while remaining relapse-free.
Mary Jordan Blogs About Her Adventures at the FEI Open and European Para-Dressage Championships
Today, we left Amsterdam and made our way to Kristiansand S, Norway, where I am riding in the FEI European and Open Para-Equestrian Dressage Championship **** competition–my second international competition and my first at the four-star level (the same level they compete at in the Olympics and World Equestrian Games). I am hoping to earn my qualifying score (of a 60 % or better) here in the competition so I can compete in the selection trials for the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. My partner, Bohmer’s As, (or Bantu), is 14, and just moved up to Grand Prix level with his owner Martina Bohmer. We call ourselves “Team Copaxone International” since we all hail from different countries, trained in three different languages, and Copaxone is my MS medication!
Catch the latest blogs from the event at www.clubequestrian.com/blogs/backgate.
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Beezie Madden and Authentic
Photo by Bob Langrish
Dates and Location Announced for USEF Show Jumping Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced the following dates and location for USEF Show Jumping Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The USEF Show Jumping Selection Trials for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, from February 25-March 7, 2010, over the course of five trials.
The schedule will be as follows:
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Streamlined Check-In Confirmed for the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show
Officials at the World's Championship Horse Show (WCHS) conducted at the 105th Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, KY, beginning this Sunday evening, August 23, continuing through the following Saturday evening, August 29, have confirmed that exhibitor check-in should be more convenient and quicker than ever before.
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2009 Arabian Sport Horse Nationals Comes to Lexington, KY
For the first time, Lexington, KY, known as the Horse Capital of the World to some, will host the Seventh Annual Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (Sport Horse Nationals), September 22-27, 2009. Competitors will compete in more than 80 different sport horse classes across four divisions, including sport horse in-hand and under-saddle, dressage, pleasure carriage driving and hunter/jumper.
International Equestrian Federation Launches New Global Awards
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) is proud to announce the launch of the first ever FEI Awards set up to celebrate the equestrian community and pay tribute to the heroes of the sport.
$1 Million Elite Rider Mandy McCutcheon
Photo Courtesy Mandy McQuay McCutcheon
Elite Rider Mandy McQuay McCutcheon to Compete at High Roller Reining Classic
The High Roller Reining Classic is pleased to announce that the only female $1 Million Elite Rider, Mandy McQuay McCutcheon, will be showing at this year's competition. The horse show will be held at the South Point Hotel and Casino, September 4-12, 2009. McCutcheon is the only non-pro Elite Rider and the daughter of Elite Rider Tim McQuay, who will also be competing at this year's event. The High Roller Reining Classic is the international "crown jewel" of Western riding competition, and features over $200,000 in added money and prizes.
This year McCutcheon will show two horses in the $50,000 Derby event, I Spin for Chics and Custom Made Dun it, and she will show The Royaltys Smokin in the $130,000 Three-Year-Old Futurity. "I'm preparing for the High Roller Reining Classic the same way I prepare for all my events. I'm riding as much as I can and trying to get my dad to ride my horses as much as possible," explained McCutcheon.
HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing Final Preview: All Roads Lead to Poland
Clayton Fredericks of Australia is counting down the days to his defense of his HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing title this weekend, August 21-23, at the eagerly-awaited horse trials at Strzegom, Poland.
It has been his main aim all season for which he has been carefully preparing his dual championship winner and beautiful jumping machine Ben Along Time, a four-star winner and Olympic and World Silver medalist.
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United States Dressage Association Announces Apprentice Dressage Technical Delegate Clinic at the 2009 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that the Apprentice Dressage Technical Delegate Clinic will be held on Friday, December 4, during the 2009 Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention in Austin, TX. Advance registration is preferred, but late registrations will be accepted.
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American Morgan Horse Institute Signs Lease with Kentucky Horse Park
The American Morgan Horse Institute (AMHI) has signed a 99-year lease with the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) for the site on which the Morgan Horse Pavilion will be constructed. Construction begins in September and will be completed for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in September 2010.
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First Lady Jane Beshear Presents Proclamation for "Hats Off to Kentucky's Horse Industry Day"
Surrounded by the beauty of the Kentucky Horse Park, First Lady Jane Beshear presented a proclamation declaring Saturday, August 15, 2009, as the Fifth Annual Hats Off To Kentucky's Horse Industry Day.
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.