Kels Annabelle Bonham on Sundance
Photo by Anne Gittins
Kels Annabelle Bonham Wins 2008 Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final
With 274 riders vying for the title of 2008 Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, making the top 25 is tough enough. But Kels Annabelle Bonham bested the competition to take the championship title, making her last year in the Medal Finals even more special.
This was Bonham’s fourth time riding in the Medal Finals and she rode early in the order of go. Judges Alex Jayne and Tammy Provost put her at the top of their card and she stayed there until the conclusion of the competition.
Bonham, 18, rode Sundance, who was last year’s winning horse. Sundance is a 13-year-old chestnut Oldenburg gelding owned by Kim McCormack. Bonham’s Medal Final experience paid off as she went into the second round, which was relatively straightforward hunter-type course with several options for strides. Six riders were called back for the work off and Bonham was in the top spot. The work off put the horses and riders through their paces with some challenging turns, a counter canter and a trot fence at the end.
Zone 4 Winners (l-r) Taylor Land, Anne Marie Walker, Juliana Fischer, and Reed Kessler
Photo by Anne Gittins
Taylor Land Wins Individual Championship; Zone 4 Takes the Team Title in the 2008 Adequan/USEF National Junior Jumper Championship – Prix des States
In Friday night’s Adequan/USEF National Junior Jumper Team Championship – Prix des States at the Pennsylvania Horse Show, the Gold medal and Frances Newbill Rowe Perpetual Trophy went to Zone 4 (AL, FL, GA, MS, SC, TN), which includes Taylor Land and Canielle, Anne Marie Walker and Radio Flyer, Reed Kessler and Flight and Juliana Fischer and Lola. Of 30 horses, only three went clear in the first round including all of Zone 4.
The competition used a modified Nation’s Cup format, which included two rounds in the team competition. Zone 4 led going into the second round and finished the competition with a total of four faults.
“My horse, Lola, was a little anxious at first,” Juliana Fisher, 16, of Lake Worth, Fl, said, from within an embrace of happy teammates. “I went into the second round just wanting to improve.” And, improve she did by going clear.
Upcoming USEF National Championships
Fair Hill International CCI** and CCI*** in Elkton, MD, October 16-19, 2008
- USEF National Two-Star Eventing Championship
- USEF National Young Riders Eventing Championship
- USEF National 22-24-Year-Old Eventing Championship
- USEF National Young Horse Eventing Championship
- USEF National Three-Star Eventing Championship
- USEF National Owner-Rider Eventing Championship
- USEF National Under 25 Eventing Championship
At the Hagyard MidSouth Three-Day Event and Team Challenge in Lexington, KY, October 16-19, 2008
- USEF National One-Star Eventing Championship
- USEF National Junior Eventing Championship
- USEF National Amateur Eventing Championship
- USEF National 19-21-Year-Old Eventing Championship
- USEF National Junior/Young Rider CCI* Team Championship-Eastern
|JW That Special Flair captured the Open Park Harness at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show.
Photo by Howard Schatzberg
World Championship Morgan Horse Show a Great Success
Each October since 1973, Morgan horses, owners, trainers and exhibitors descend upon Oklahoma City for the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show. This year's competition brought nearly 1,200 horses from 46 U.S. states, Austria, Canada and Great Britain to vie for titles in a variety of disciplines, including English pleasure, hunter pleasure, carriage driving, dressage and reining.
The week-long show, held October 4-11 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, included virtually non-stop competition divided in three arenas. More than 100 world titles were at stake in nearly 20 divisions. Awards were presented in classes designated for youth, junior exhibitor, amateur, ladies and gentlemen riders and drivers, junior horses, and classes for the open ranks.
It takes a team of hundreds of dedicated people to present a top-notch show such as this, from the volunteer show committee, chaired this year by George Arnold of San Luis Obispo, CA, to the show management, led by Fred Nava of Kingston, MA. Also included are office personnel, sponsors, vendors, judges, announcers, ringmasters, barn managers and other staff around the grounds, who each ensure that each exhibitor and spectator had the best experience possible. A three-judge system is used for the majority of classes and 22 judges officiated this year's show.
More Morgan News
Chester Weber and his champion team.
Photo Courtesy of Elisabeth Weber
Silver Medalist Chester Weber to Perform at the Washington International Horse Show
The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the impressive Verizon Center in downtown Washington, DC, October 21-26. Since 1958 this international horse show has attracted top equestrians from abroad and the United States to compete in show jumping, puissance (high jumping), the Grand Prix Dressage Invitational, the WIHS Equitation Finals and the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix.
This year, U.S. Four-in-Hand Driving Champion, Chester Weber will perform Saturday night before the President’s Cup and return Sunday afternoon for a second exhibition that is tied in with the theme of this benefit event, Autism Speaks. WIHS is a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for various charities.
Weber’s world-renowned team of KWPN Dutch Warmbloods will demonstrate the precise dressage moves that brought home the Individual Silver medal from the World Combined Driving Championship in Europe this summer. Weber rarely disappoints an audience when his fired up team of four sport horses make tight turns and exhibit their perfectly synchronized movements as one.
|Photo by Arnd Bronkhorst
Excitement Builds As Dansko Fair Hill International Gets Underway; USEF CCI** and CCI*** Eventing Championships Highlight Schedule
Some of the world's best eventing horses and riders have gathered to compete at
the Dansko Fair Hill International, October 16-19, at the Fair Hill Natural
Resource Area in the heart of beautiful Cecil Country, MD. The Fair Hill
International is celebrating its 20th year of presenting world-class equestrian
competition, as well as a wide array of family activities and attractions during
its Festival in the Country. This year's Dansko Fair Hill International features
both the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) CCI** Fall Championship, as
well as the USEF CCI*** Fall Championship.
The eventing championships are popular with spectators for their ultimate combination of speed and precision, endurance and boldness in both horse and rider. The CCI*** Championship is one of only two eventing competitions of such high caliber in the country, and it regularly draws some of the world's best horses and riders.
The addition of the CCI** to the competition schedule for the first time this year paves the way for a new generation of horses and riders to compete at Fair Hill.
More Eventing News
Turn a Lead into $5,000 for You or Your Organization With the Sale of an Equine Motorcoach
Through December 2008, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is offering $5,000 to any individual or organization that can supply a lead that translates to the sale of a new Equine Motorcoach™.
Equine Motorcoach™ is the unique all-in-one motorized luxury RV and horse transport. Billed as "The New Breed Of Luxury," Equine Motorcoach™ is designated as the “Official Horse Transport Vehicle of the United States Equestrian Federation.” The horse transport area accommodates up to six horses comfortably, while providing an air ride to ensure that the horses are ready to compete as soon as they arrive at a horse show.
Susan and Tucker during RFD TV filming
Photo courtesy American Saddlebred Horse Association
American Saddlebred to be Featured on RFD TV
In June 2008, Susan Valley Chen and her gelding Royal Crest's Rock Island (a.k.a. Tucker) were filmed by RFD TV, “Rural America’s Most Important Network,” at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, CA. Ryan Gingerich, whose program "The Behaviorist" is part of RFD TV’s regular programming, and Richard Shrake filmed this episode. The segment aired on Tuesday, October 14, and Wednesday, October 15; and will again air on Saturday, October 18; and, Sunday, October 19 as follows:
EASTERN TIME ZONE:
Sunday, October 19: 1:00 a.m.
CENTRAL TIME ZONE:
Sunday, October 19: 12:00 a.m.
MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE:
Saturday, October 18: 11:00 p.m.
PACIFIC TIME ZONE:
Saturday, October 18: 10:00 p.m.
For RFD TV’s complete schedule for the next seven days, go to www.rfdtv.com and click on “Program Schedule.”
More Saddlebred News
Don’t Miss the December/January issue of equestrian magazine
This is the annual stallion and breeding issue. This issue will be seen by over 93,000 horse owners, breeders and trainers.
You can reach the entire sport horse market in one location for only $2,000.
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The deadline to book space in the issue is October 24. Ad design is available for no additional charge. For more information, call Kim Russell at (859) 225-6938 or e-mail email@example.com.
Public Invited to "Olympic Journey," a Gala Event Celebrating the Road to Hong Kong Featuring Olympian Phillip Dutton
Four-time Olympian Phillip Dutton, Olympic Nutritionist Dr. Joe Pagan and United States Olympic Team Veterinarian Dr. Brendan Furlong will share their nutritional insights and equine competition experiences from Hong Kong at a feature presentation, “The Olympic Story,” at the United States Equestrian Team Foundation at 1040 Pottersville Road on Wednesday, October 22, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Laminitis West Seminar Features Presentations by Dr. James Orsini, Dr. Thomas Divers and Farrier Patrick Reilly
The first Laminitis West Seminar will be held on November 1, 2008, at the Monterey Convention Center in Monterey, CA. Presenters for the one-day seminar are James A. Orsini, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of the University of Pennsylvania; Thomas J. Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC of Cornell University; and Patrick Reilly, farrier, of the University of Pennsylvania.
The 2009 Lusitano Collection Gallops into Florida this Winter
During the weekend of February 19-20, 2009, members of the equestrian community and South Florida social scene will gather at the 111-acre Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, for the Second Annual Lusitano Collection Auction. The prestigious event will indulge guests with lavish cocktails and a gala dinner, courtesy of The Lusitano Collection. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Cancer Society and the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center.
Guests may view and examine over two dozen horses during the week prior to the auction, as well as shop at various sponsors’ tents. The Lusitano Collection made its United States debut in Wellington during the world-renowned Winter Equestrian Festival in March 2008, when buyers came to the Sunshine State from as far as California, Texas, Connecticut, Mexico, Colombia, Belgium, Denmark and Guatemala.
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Equestrian Legend George H. Morris Will Hold Riding Clinic At Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
Not long after the completion of the successful Buffalo International Horse Show, another exciting event for equestrians will soon be held in upstate New York. The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) will host a riding and auditing clinic with world-renowned trainer, rider and U.S. Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe George H. Morris. The clinic is scheduled to be held November 7-9, 2008. The clinic is scheduled and organized by Susie Schoellkopf, Director of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center and head trainer of SBS Farms, Inc., at the Buffalo Equestrian Center.
More Hunter/Jumper News
Palm Beach Dressage Derby Announces Challenge Series Awards
The Palm Beach Dressage Series introduces the new Derby Series Challenge. Bragging rights, prize money and a host of goodies will be on the line for the riders that rise to the top of their classes at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby and Dressage at Equestrian Estates. The Challenge Series awards will be presented to competitors with the highest averages in training level through grand prix, with an additional Challenge Award, including a perpetual trophy, for the adult amateur high scorer in grand prix.
More Dressage News
Attention all USEF Members
Good news awaits when you renew your membership online for 2009! If you were an amateur, professional or junior member in 2007 or 2008, you will be able to renew online using our new Quick Renewal. Just log in to your Authorized User Account and select the Quick Renew option. All of your membership information will be there. All you have to do is review it; edit it, if necessary; submit payment; and print out a copy of your 2009 card.
In addition, the membership process has been further streamlined by doing away with 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.
Fifty-One Abused and Neglected Horses Required Extra Care and Donations to Cover the Costs
The Humane Society of Ventura County is reaching out to the community for extra help and assistance in the care of 38 severely neglected horses that arrived on October 8 at the Ojai Shelter. This is in addition to the 13 animals Humane Officers and Animal Control Officers took into protective custody for immediate medical treatment and care on September 25. All of the animals are from a ranch in Frazier Valley.
Kentucky Horse Council 2008 Annual Conference to Offer Education, Live Music and Ugly Riding Shirt Contest
The Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) will be holding its annual conference, open to both members and the general public, on November 22, 2008. This conference offers educational sessions relevant to the horse community, and provides an enjoyable day for networking with other members, guests and the public. This year's conference will be held November 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lexington.
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|Current Standings of a Few National Champion Divisions (as of October 9, 2008)
|Andalusian/Lusitano Halter Horse
||Fandango del Sol
|Arabian English Pleasure/Pleasure Driving Amateur
|Pleasure Driving-Single Pony
|Friesian Western Pleasure
Hackney Pony Amateur
Half-/Anglo-Arabian English Pleasure/
Pleasure Driving-Adult Amateur
Green Working Hunter First Year
|Morgan Western Pleasure Open
||Three K's Titleman
|National Show Horse Five-Gaited
|Roadster Horse to Bike
|American Saddlebred Three-Gaited Amateur
|Welsh Pleasure Up to 12.2 Hands
||Rollingwoods Who Doone It
Dr. Ruth Wilburn
|Western Trail Adult Amateur
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