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|Champions, reserve champions and top tens will be crowned at this year's U.S. Arabian Nationals for the final time in Albuquerque, NM.
Photo by Mike Ferrara
U.S. Arabian Nationals Marks Historic Moment in Albuquerque
The 41st annual U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (U.S. Nationals) is set for one final farewell on October 18-27 at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Since 1967, Albuquerque has hosted the U.S. Nationals 19 times. Beginning in 2008, the U.S. Nationals begins a three-year contract in Tulsa, OK. Marking this last year in Albuquerque, U.S. Nationals celebrates the best of the breed with exciting competition and a line-up of commemorative events and activities.
Notice: The USEF website will be taken down October 27 for scheduled server maintenance.
USET Foundation Announces Jumpers for 2008 Rose Parade—Olympians Margie Engle, Anne Kursinski, Beezie Madden and Melanie Smith Taylor
The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation has announced that show jumping Olympians Margie Engle, Anne Kursinski, Beezie Madden and Melanie Smith Taylor will represent the USET Foundation in the 2008 Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA.
The four show jumpers will join dressage Olympians Sue Blinks, Debbie McDonald, Guenter Seidel and Steffen Peters, and eventing Olympians Darren Chiacchia, Nina Fout, Kim Severson and Karen Stives to comprise a 12-member mounted squad representing the USET Foundation in the 119th Rose Parade on January 1, 2008.
124th National Horse Show and Family Festival is a Go in Wellington
"We are pleased to announce that the 124th National Horse Show (NHS) and Family Festival will go on as planned," reported Mason Phelps, Jr., Chairman of the National Horse Show Association of America, Ltd (NHSAA). "In a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors of the NHSAA decided to move forward with the show in Wellington." The 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival (NHS) will continue as scheduled at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Center on December 5-9, 2007.
First USEF High-Performance Vaulting Team Training Camp to be Held in December
The United States Equestrian Federation is proud to host the first High-Performance Vaulting Team Training Camp, December 8-9, 2007. The training camp will be held in the San Francisco Bay area and will feature German coach and longeur, Alexander Hartl. Hartl is the coach of Ingelsberg and his many achievements include Gold medals at both the World and European Championships with senior and junior teams.
Holder and Courageous Comet, Coleman and Kiki du Manoir Named 2007 Adequan United States Eventing Association Gold Cup Series Champions
Becky Holder will need to make more room on her trophy shelf after becoming “Keeper of the Cup” for a second year in a row—this time winning the Adequan United States Eventing Association (USEA) Gold Cup Series advanced division with her and husband Tom’s Courageous Comet. Holder, who hails from Mendota Heights, MN, and last year won the series’ intermediate division with Ann Bower’s Rejuvenate, was thrilled to hear that she and Comet, an 11-year-old gray Thoroughbred gelding, would be the next pair to have their names added to the perpetual Gold Cup Series Trophy at the USEA’s headquarters in Leesburg, VA.
Lease Announced for Kentucky Horse Park Hotel
Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher announced that the Commonwealth of Kentucky has signed a lease agreement with Bluegrass Equine & Tourism Foundation, Inc., of Lexington to build a resort hotel at the Kentucky Horse Park.
This project marks the first time any luxury resort hotel will be built by a private developer on public land in the Commonwealth.
Combined Driving a Success at the Kentucky Horse Park
The inaugural Lexington Combined Driving Classic, held October 4–7, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, was a resounding success. Fifty-nine competitors braved unseasonably warm temperatures and a bit of rain on the first day of dressage to compete for top honors in 13 classes.
Three years from now, also at the Kentucky Horse Park, the world championships in four-in-hand driving and seven other disciplines will be contested at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010.
At the Show, at Work or at Home, Don’t Miss a Minute of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, October 18-27
No matter where you are, no matter what your schedule, you don’t need to miss a minute of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. The show runs from early morning until well into the evening for 10 days, October 18-27. During those 10 days, more than 1,100 of the best riders and horses of numerous breeds and disciplines will compete, 11 national champions will be named, and $340,000 in prize money will be awarded. Productions East Video and LiveBroadcast.TV will broadcast the entire 10-day show in a live webcast, so even if you can’t break away to attend the show, all the excitement is as near as your home or work computer.
New USDF Business Membership Revamped for 2008
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) has announced the newly revamped business membership available for the 2008 membership year, December 1, 2007, to November 30, 2008. The USDF Business Membership (BM), which previously was divided into two levels, has been combined into one to provide a better value package that is more cost effective to the member. BM dues will now be $175, and benefits will include member discount rates at USDF events, a 10% trade show booth discount, a 15% advertising discount, eligibility to rent all or part of the USDF mailing list consisting of over 30,000 members, USDF Connection, the organization’s members-only magazine, a listing on the vendor resource list hosted on the USDF website, and a copy of the USDF Directory.
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Todd Flettrich and Amadeus Successful in Grand Prix at German National Show in Zierow
Todd Flettrich of Coatesville, PA, and Wellington, FL, competed Amadeus in two grand prix classes at an indoor national horse show in Zierow, Germany, on October 6-7, and successfully finished in the top three on both days. On Saturday, Flettrich and Amadeus contested the short grand prix and finished with 800 points (65.70%), placing third in a field of 14 horses. On Sunday, Flettrich and Amadeus competed in the grand prix, earning 961 points (66.70%) for second place on the roster of 14 contenders. Amadeus is a nine-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Cherry Knoll Farm.
$15,000 High-Performance Hunters Classic at Washington International Horse Show Generates Interest in Growing Discipline
The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) High-Performance Hunter Committee has been hard at work hosting demonstrations and classes this summer and fall, and the horse world is starting to take note. On Saturday night, the Verizon Center and the Washington International Horse Show played hosted to a $15,000 High-Performance Hunter Classic that wowed riders and spectators alike with its natural, rustic obstacles and similarity to a true hunt field.
USEF and Kentucky Equine Education Project Become Sponsors of the Kentucky International Equine Summit
The inaugural Kentucky International Equine Summit 2008 has landed two more sponsors—the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Both will be luncheon sponsors for the summit that will bring together industry leaders to examine the issues facing the future of the equine industry.
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HITS Announces Plans for Thermal Open House, November 10-11
HITS has announced plans for a special open house event, November 10 and 11, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, CA. The event is open to the public and will feature tours of the property to highlight the renovations and refinements that are completed, or scheduled to be completed, for the 2008 HITS Desert Circuit, which begins in early January. Visitors will have an opportunity to see first-hand the new grand prix footing installed by Bart Poels (Footing Specialist for the 2008 Olympic Games), new landscaping, new rings, new paving and much more.
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From the October 2007 issue of EQUESTRIAN magazine:
The Greening of the Horse World
Green. It means the fresh sweet smell of cut grass; it’s the intoxicating aroma that hits you when you ride from sunlight into the moist forest shade; it’s the visual texture of a million different greens on a lush mountainside; it’s horse country.
It’s obvious why “green” has become shorthand for the environmental movement; what’s also obvious is the importance of environmental sustainability to the horse world. Most of us are in horses for the long haul, whether we own horses we want to nurture to ripe old ages or whether we live for our weekly lessons. Some of us just want to look out the kitchen window as they graze contentedly, surrounded by trees and streams, and, yes, green.
Our connection with horses deepens our connection with the earth. It’s a natural inclination, therefore, to want to preserve and protect the earth’s resources so that the lifestyle and wildlife we love can be sustained well into the future. After all, the future of this planet rests in all of our hands.
For the full story in PDF format, click here.
Winner's Circle Scholarship Program to Benefit Equine Veterinary Students
The Race For Education, American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and Platinum Performance have established a one-year scholarship designed to support veterinary students intending to enter equine veterinary medicine. The scholarship will also reward leadership and participation in Student Chapters of the AAEP (SCAAEP). While providing financial aid to students in their fourth year of veterinary school, the Winner's Circle Scholarship will help to offset the escalating cost of veterinary education and minimize debt load at graduation. The Race For Education will administer the scholarship program.
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October 18, 2007