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U.S. Wins the Most Equestrian Medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics
The United States won more equestrian medals than any other team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens with a total of five medals from six possible opportunities.
For the second time in U.S. Olympic equestrian history, and the first time in an Olympic games outside of the United States, the U.S. Equestrian Team won team medals in each discipline: eventing, dressage and show jumping. This was achieved only once before in the 1996 Atlanta Games. 2004 was also the third time the U.S. has won five Olympic medals, the previous being at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and the 1932 Los Angeles Games. The five medals won in Athens are the first time the U.S. has achieved this outside of our country, in fact, outside of Los Angeles.
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Statement on the Condition of Royal Kaliber
On the final show jumping round of the Individual Olympic show jumping competition in Athens on August 27, Chris Kappler said he felt Royal Kaliber take a bad step after jumping a fence in the jump-off for the Silver and Bronze medals. He immediately stopped Royal Kaliber and dismounted, and the horse was taken to the veterinary clinic on the grounds of the Markopoulo Equestrian Center. Royal Kaliber has been examined by a team of internationally recognized veterinarians and his injury has been described as an acute strain of the superficial digital flexor tendon to his left foreleg. According to Dr. Tim Ober, a veterinarian for the U.S. Team, Royal Kaliber’s prognosis is good, he has no bone damage and with time he should be fine.
Friday’s injury is unrelated to a slight filling in his hind leg occurring in mid-summer, from which he recovered in a short time.
2005 USEF Membership Renewal Available Online Beginning September 1st
Don't let your membership benefits lapse!
In addition to being able to compete in more than 2,700 USEF-recognized competitions throughout the year, as a USEF member you receive:
- Significant discounts from companies like John Deere, Dodge, Nextel and FedEx through the USEF Purchasing Program.
- $1,000,000 personal excess liability policy for horse-related accidents that cause bodily injury or property damage to third parties.
- Travel discounts
- Annual subscription to EQUESTRIAN magazine, the official publication of the Federation
- And much more……
(USEF Purchasing, Automatic Insurance and annual subscription to EQUESTRIAN provided to Life, Platinum, Senior and Junior members)
Attention Hunter/Jumper competitors:
On July 6, 2004, the Board of Directors of the USEF voted to recognize the United States Hunter Jumper Association, Inc. (USHJA), as the national Affiliate for the Hunter discipline and international Affiliate for the Jumper discipline. Beginning with the 2005 competition year, any individual participating in open hunter and/or jumper divisions at USEF-recognized competitions is required to be a member of both the USEF and USHJA. Please note that the Hunter/Jumper discipline dues to the USEF has been lowered from $35 to $15. For your convenience, the USHJA membership application is included on the USEF renewal.
To Renew Online:
- Go to https://www.usef.org/content/aua/userSystemArea.php
- If you don’t have a Authorized User Account (AUA), you can create one through this page with your membership number (USEF # ) and last name.
- After creating your account, click LOG IN to log in to your Authorized User Account.
- Select 2005 Membership Application/Renewal to renew your 2005 membership under the Member Forms.
- After renewing your membership, a page will appear giving you verification of credit card approval. Please print this page for your records.
- PRINT your temporary United States Equestrian Federation 2005 membership card.
- Congratulations, You have just joined online!
If you have questions, please contact the USEF Membership Department at 859/258-2472.
USEF Offers Free Admission to the BET/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Final-East
The USEF will offer free admission to the 2004 BET/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Final-East, October 9-10, at the Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ. The nation’s top equitation riders under the age of 21, who have qualified through their placement in regional BET/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search classes throughout the qualifying year, will gather in Gladstone to compete in one of the nation's most prestigious equitation finals.
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2005 Dressage Championships
The USEF has announced the following dates and locations for 2005 Dressage Championship competitions:
2005 U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle Championship/U.S. League Final:
CDI-W Burbank & Festival of the Horse
Burbank, CA; April 1 – 3, 2005
2005 USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals:
ESDCTA Memorial Weekend Dressage
Allentown, NJ; May 27 – 29, 2005
2005 USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships:
CDI 3*/Y Halifax & NEDA Fall Festival
Halifax, MA; September 15 – 18, 2005
2005 USEF Young Horse Selection Trials:
• EASTERN: CDI 3*/Y Raleigh & Capital Dressage Classic
Raleigh, NC; June 3 – 5, 2005
• CENTRAL: CDI 3*/Y Cincinnati & Dressage at Paxton Farm
Batavia, OH; May 13 – 15, 2005
• WESTERN: Dressage at Flintridge
La Canada, CA; May 27 – 29, 2005
Tickets Are Selling Quickly for the 2005 Las Vegas Dressage and Jumping World Cups
Prepare to be dazzled when the World Cup Finals of Dressage and Jumping light up Las Vegas like never before, April 20-24, 2005. Tickets are still available for two of the world’s most prestigious and glamorous equestrian events, but they are selling fast. For the first time ever, the two World Cup Finals will be held concurrently in one location, the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV.
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CEI*** 100-Mile Endurance Ride Joins Equestrian Championship Line-up at 16th Annual Fair Hill International Festival in the Country
An internationally-sanctioned 100-mile endurance ride will join the traditional eventing CCI championship on the featured schedule when the 16th annual Fair Hill International Festival in the Country returns to the Fair Hill Natural Resources Area Fair Hill, MD, October 14-17, 2004.
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U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation to Host Fifth Annual Golf Outing and a Rare Chance to Golf with an Olympian
The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation will host its Fifth Annual Golf Outing, a benefit for the USET Foundation, sponsored by Paul Miller, Inc., on Monday, October 4. The Golf Outing will be held at the beautiful Hamilton Farm Golf Club located on the same property as the USET Foundation Headquarters and Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.
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Official USEF Team cap now available at the USEF Online Store. A portion of each cap sale will benefit the Equestrian Team. Click here to view.
While you're at our site, please browse various other items including t-shirts, polo shirts, caps, ties, jackets, vests, gifts and novelties. New items are being added monthly, so check often. For each item purchased, USEF will donate 25% to benefit International High Performance athletes. Help support our top athletes and your organization by purchasing USEF merchandise today.
For comments or questions about merchandise, please contact Karen Adams at (859) 225-6993 or email@example.com.
USEF Members Can Now Order Nextel Phones, Accessories and Nextel Service Online
USEF members are eligible to receive a 5% discount on Nextel monthly service plans and a 27% discount on National promotional price of phones. To learn more, please visit www.nextel.com/usef or contact USEF Purchasing toll-free at (877) 576-6872.
Drew Callahan Wins 2004 USEF National Combined Driving Singles Championship
The Colorado Horse Park hosted the National Combined Driving Singles Championship on August 27-29, in Parker, CO. Day one, which offered the dressage phase, was overcast through all of the preliminary and intermediate level tests. The weather continued to worsen, and with the entrance into the ring of the first advanced driver, torrential rains began and continued through the conclusion of the day’s competition.
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1% Below Factory Invoice on Select New Dodge Vehicles for USEF Members
Real Savings for USEF members through USEF Purchasing. For more information, call USEF Purchasing toll-free (877) 576-6872.
Week in Review Competition Results for September 2004
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 80,000 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 USEF is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national equestrian federation in the world.
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