Aesthete and Karen Monks-Reilly
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Five-Year-Old Selten HW and Four-Year-Old Aesthete Crowned Markel/USEF National 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 x 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 Launches New Car-Buying Program for Members: Buy the Vehicle of Your Choice and Save Thousands of Dollars
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is working to make it easier for members to get great low prices on vehicles of their choice. The government’s Cash for Clunkers program is over, but USEF members can still save thousands on a new car purchase.
The USEF is launching a new Online Car-Buying Service that allows members to shop for cars online, get great up-front prices and save time and money. USEF officials say this program saves members an average of over $5,000 off MSRP including incentives*.
Keady Cadwell with Finlandio and Uniek
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Dramatic Finale for Team USA in Kecskemét at 2009 FEI World Pair Driving Championships
Team USA was in fifth position of the team standings after dressage and marathon at the 2009 FEI World Pair Driving Championship in Kecskemét, but had a dramatic Final. Best placed U.S. driver Larry Poulin, who was lying in 10th place, missed a gate at the final obstacle driving competition and was eliminated.
Because of his elimination, Poulin’s dressage and marathon scores in the team competition were stroked as well and this caused team USA to drop to the 12th place in the final standings of the team competition.
“It really is a shame, I wished for a different result for Larry at his last World Championship, but this is the sport,” commented chef d’equipe Ed Young. “I have been there before and it is never nice, but there is nothing we can do. The only thing Larry could say is that he was sorry, and of course we all accepted.”
Keady Cadwell put down the best performance in the obstacle driving competition. With her French trotter Finlandio and the KWPN gelding Uniek she drove a very fast course and nearly managed to stay in the time allowed. She left the arena with only .56 penalty points for exceeding the time but the three knockdowns unfortunately dropped her from 13th to 18th place in the final standings.
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John French and Rumba Win Inaugural ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals
After three brilliant performances, John French and Rumba will go down in history as the inaugural winners of the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. Before the start of the final day of competition, George Morris addressed the crowd gathered in the Johnson Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. “The hunter derby courses are bringing us back to tradition, we’re surrounded by lovely horses and no doubt we’ll see a championship performance tonight,” Morris said, wishing the horses and riders the best of luck.
The top 25 horses and riders then returned to compete over a classic hunter course. They were judged by four panels of judges, each of which could award an additional 10 points for brilliance. The top 12 would then move onto the third and final handy round. Patrick Rodes and Bobby Murphy put together two magnificent courses that challenged both horses and riders and allowed the brave and bold to shine. “They’ve really outdone themselves this week for us,” USHJA President Bill Moroney commented about the course designers and show management staff.
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United States Dressage Federation Announces 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) will induct Linda Zang and Brentina into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame (HOF) at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, on December 4, 2009, during the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention in Austin, TX. Induction into the HOF is an honor bestowed on horses and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the sport of dressage in the U.S.
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Top International Field to Contest The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Title, Including Eight Americans
Last year’s winner, William Fox-Pitt will be defending his title at the 2009 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, September 3-6.The leading British rider, one of 100 international entries for this year’s event, will have to overcome some serious classy opposition from many of the world’s top riders and horses before he can take home the Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy and £50,000 first prize for a second year. If successful, a consecutive win would put his name in the record books—he would be the first person ever to win six Burghley titles since the inception of the competition in 1961.
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USRider Provides Tips for Safe Horse Transport During Hot Weather
Hot weather can pose serious health problems for animals, both two-legged and four-legged, including dehydration, heat stroke and exhaustion. USRider, the national provider of roadside emergency assistance for equestrians, encourages horse owners to take steps to prevent these ailments when traveling with horses.
“In addition to providing a reliable and valuable roadside assistance program,” said Mark Cole, managing member for USRider, “it is also our mission to continually educate horse owners about trailering safety.”
Medal Showers Over Great Britain and Germany in the FEI European Freestyle Championship
The final day of the FEI Open and European Para-Equestrian Dressage Championship had freestyle to music on the program. It was another great day for Great Britain and Germany, sharing the five Gold medals between—three for Great Britain and two for Germany.
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Team Morgan Wins International Saddle Seat Equitation Competition
Team Morgan was the Gold-medal winner as overall high-point team at the Saddle Seat Equitation International Event that took place at Cash Lovell Stables in Winston-Salem, NC, August 17-18. Competing against a team from South Africa and an American Saddlebred team, seven riders from each team rode using World Cup rules. Reserve team honors went to the South African team and third went to the Saddlebred team.
2009 Paso Fino Horse Association's Grand National Championship Show Events Announced
The upcoming 2009 Paso Fino Grand National Championship Show will be held September 20-27, in Perry, GA. There are several new activities planned during this show.
The first item is the Davis Love III Event. Davis Love III is a lifetime member of the Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA) and a professional golfer. On Sunday, September 20, 2009, at 7 p.m. in the Beef and Dairy Arena he will be availabe for a Question and Answer Session.
Kentucky Horse Council Announces Equine Education Fair For Students Interested In Horse Careers
Students and adults who are interested in a career with horses are being given a chance to learn more about their educational opportunities in the equine field. "Your Future with Horses: An Equine Education Fair" will be held in conjunction with the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) annual conference on November 14, 2009, at the Scott County High School in Georgetown, KY.
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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.
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.
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