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|Nikko Ritter rode Clover Count to victory in the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Finals-East.
Photo by Jennifer Wenzel
Ritter is Best in Close Contest at Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Finals East
Take some flatwork, add some gymnastic jumping exercises, send all the riders over a carefully designed course, then have the top four riders switch horses and over the course of two days, a very prestigious title is handed out. Welcome to the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Final. Fortunately, in sharp contrast to its West Coast counterpart, the Eastern Finals boasted fabulous weather and perfect conditions. The rain held off and 82 talented riders showed up at the USET headquarters, October 6-7, to contest the Final.
Notice: The USEF website will be taken down October 27 for scheduled server maintenance.
Mark Your Calendar: November 1st Exclusive Offer E-mailed to USEF Members for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 Tickets
Want to be among the first to reserve tickets for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010? You can be part of the first group in the world to have an opportunity to purchase tickets if you are a USEF member on October 15, 2007, and have a valid e-mail address on file with the USEF. All categories of USEF membership will be included in this ticket deposit offer as long as you are a current 2007 USEF member or a new 2008 member who joins online on or before October 15.
Paso Fino Mundial Plays Host to 10 Countries
Ten countries will bring their finest Paso Fino horses to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on November 7, 2007, for Mundial an exciting five-day event. Mundial is held every two years in a different country.
This year the Paso Fino Horse Association of Plant City, FL, is the host organization for this event. More than 400 horses are anticipated to compete in 119 classes. Paso Finos are expected from Germany, Aruba, Colombia, Curacao, Panama, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Venezuela and the United States.
USET Foundation Announces Eventing Riders for 2008 Rose Parade - Olympians Darren Chiacchia, Nina Fout, Kim Severson and Karen Stives
The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation has announced that Darren Chiacchia, Nina Fout, Kim Severson and Karen Stives from the Olympic sport of eventing will represent the USET Foundation in the 2008 Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. The four eventing riders will join dressage Olympians Sue Blinks, Debbie McDonald, Guenter Seidel and Steffen Peters as riders in a 12-member squad representing the USET Foundation. Next to be selected and announced will be the show jumping Olympians, who will complete the squad of equestrian athletes representing the Olympic disciplines in the 119th Rose Parade on January 1, 2008.
USEF Sends Team of Show Jumpers to the CSIO Buenos Aires
The USEF has named the following four riders to compete at CSIO Buenos Aires, under the watchful eye of chef d’equipe George Morris, November 9-12, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show and the American Morgan Horse Association Salute Oklahoma City’s 100th Centennial With Special Flag Ceremony
The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) is joining in Oklahoma’s 100th Centennial Celebration with a special flag ceremony on Friday, October 12, at 7 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. The salute takes place in the Fairgrounds Main Coliseum during the annual Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show. Admission is free to the ceremony.
United States Dressage Federation Youth Convention Scholarship Winners Announced
The United States Dressage Federation’s (USDF) Youth Executive Board is pleased to announce the winners of the USDF Youth Convention Scholarships for the 2007 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention. This year’s winners are Ryan Michelle Eskridge, Jillian Kemenosh, Katherine Greene and Shari Wolke. Applicants are judged on such qualities as participation in USDF or dressage-related activities, written communication skills, desire to learn, ability to utilize knowledge and the manner in which they plan to share the knowledge learned at the convention.
A Pre-Olympic Workshop "On to Hong Kong" to Take Place in Lausanne, Switzerland in February 2008
The FEI wishes to announce “On to Hong Kong,” a workshop to assist national federations to prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. The event, to be organized by the FEI Welfare Sub-committee, will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, from February 16-18, 2008.
Saddlebred Individual Awards Nominations Due
With the competition season drawing to a close, final nominations from its membership for the American Saddlebred Horse Association’s (ASHA) individual awards are due at ASHA no later than the close of business Wednesday, October 31, 2007.
Renew Your USEF Membership Online and Save
Save $5 by renewing before November 30, 2007, and get your 2008 USEF membership card TODAY when you renew online at www.usef.org.
The 2008 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) competition renewal year starts December 1, 2007. Once you renew or fill out your Life Questionnaire online, you’ll be able to print out your USEF membership card immediately and use it right away. It’s just as valid as the card that will follow in the mail, along with your insurance policy information from Equisure and valuable information about your MemberPerks benefits!
In addition to more than 2,800 recognized competitions, as a USEF member, you’ll receive EQUESTRIAN magazine, a million-dollar personal excess liability policy for horse-related accidents that cause bodily injury or property damage to third parties, and the added benefits of USEF MemberPerks—a members-only discount program with unbeatable deals from companies like John Deere, Dodge, UPS, OfficeMax, FarmVet.com and Hertz—just for starters.
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- Select 2008 Membership Application/Renewal/Life Questionnaire/License Renewal to renew your 2008 membership.
- After renewing your membership, a page will appear giving you verification of credit card approval. Please print this page for your records.
- PRINT your online USEF 2008 membership card.
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Texas A&M University Announces Continuing Education Courses for Spring 2008
Meeting the challenge of employee training while staying in tune with the latest marketing, management and sales techniques can be a daunting task for almost any employer, particularly the small business owner. To answer that need, Texas A&M University, through its Center for Equine Business Studies (CEBS), brings a convenient and economical solution by offering online distance learning courses to improve practical business knowledge and skills. Distance learning replaces the traditional face-to-face classroom with instruction delivered via the Internet. This allows students to participate in classes at times that are convenient to their job and family obligations, and from any location with Internet access.
Nicker Network To Launch November 10 with 26 Equestrian Channels
On November 10, NickerTV charges out of the gate with an initial offering of 26 different equestrian channels, all dedicated to a variety of horse-oriented themes and subjects. Nicker Network will be the first Internet-based on-demand multi-channel television network targeted to the horse world.
Check Your Points Now in the
Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year Program
Do not wait until the end of the year! Prevent problems later by making corrections now.
Please check your points and standings in your respective division(s) by:
- Calling the Horse Report Hotline at (859) 225-2040, or
- Order a copy of your horse’s point report via e-mail or mail (faxed copies will incur an additional charge), or
- Checking your standings online.
Current Standings of a Few Region 3 Champion Divisions
(as of 10/11/07)
|Andalusian/Lusitano Halter Horse
|Andalusian/Lusitano Performance Horse
||Heavens Miss Pistol
|Arabian Hunter Pleasure-Open
||Duke of Windsor
|Arabian Sport Horse
|Half/Anglo-Arabian Hunter Pleasure-Junior Exhibitor
||GLF Rock On
|Morgan Western Pleasure Open
||Legendary Nobelle Roz
|Morgan Carriage Pleasure Driving-Open
|Saddlebred Three-Gaited Open
|Saddlebred Country Pleasure Western
||Braveheart of Silver Oaks
|Roadster Pony Open
||Thunder & Lightning
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Experts Meet to Tackle Online Equine Lameness Research Report
On August 1, 2007, the AAEP Foundation hosted a Lameness Research Meeting and Panel in Fort Collins, CO. Twenty-four researchers and lameness experts from around the world met to prioritize future lameness research needs. The group also explored specific questions about the direction and cost of future lameness projects.
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Take advantage of one of the many USEF MemberPerks privileges by using Hertz for all of your travel needs. Simply use your USEF/Hertz discount CDP# 15757 each time you place a reservation, and instantly qualify for member discounts in the U.S. and around the world. For low web rates, special offers and free membership to Hertz #1Club®, visit their website at www.hertz.com or call (800) 654-2200.
The Search for America’s Next Equestrian Star: Dressage Debuts on Fox Reality Channel on Friday, October 19, at 9 a.m.
Brave St. Productions and Offield Farms are pleased to announce that Fox Reality Channel will begin airing The Search for America’s Next Equestrian Star: Dressage on Friday, October 19, at 9 a.m. EST. This unique show consists of five hour-long episodes that will air sequentially at the same time every Friday through November 16, the show’s finale.
ARIAT “USA” Merchandise Now on Sale – 20% off!
The Ariat USA “Look of the Team” merchandise is now available at 20% off the original price at the USEF online store. Visit the store online to check out the savings!
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From the September 2007 issue of EQUESTRIAN magazine:
Training Among the Breeds: Three popular trainers share their advice and wisdom
Across each breed, the names of superstar horsemen are at the top year after year. Such masters of the show ring influence their breed by mentoring riders and setting an example for up-and-coming professionals.
We talked with three veteran trainers, who have each trained and
competed for over three decades. Representing the Arabian, Morgan
and Saddlebred breeds, these experts share their insights on schooling
For the full story in PDF format, click here.
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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 nearly 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 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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