On Saturday evening, five-time Arabian Park Horse Champion Aequus+//, was retired at the age of 20. Aequus+// was in the Top Five of those horses competing for the 2007 Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year Award.
Photo Courtesy AHA Pictures/Amy Train
U.S. Arabian Nationals Makes Its Tulsa Debut
The 42nd annual U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show
(U.S. Nationals) made its debut in Tulsa, OK, at Expo Square, October 17-25. A
total of 1,889 horses were entered in the show that provided 125 classes across
a variety of disciplines that included reining, cutting, working cow, trail,
mounted native costume, pleasure driving, show hack, halter, sidesaddle, park
and English, hunter and Western pleasure.
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA), based in Aurora, CO, produced the nine-day event that reigns as the flagship competition for the Arabian horse industry and the grand finale of the show season. The show follows Youth Nationals, Canadian Nationals and Sport Horse Nationals—also produced by AHA.
The horse show featured a number of special events throughout the week that highlighted the Arabian horse lifestyle. A shopping expo provided every conceivable item for horses, equestrians and fans. The second Saturday included the Saturday Spectacular that showed off Arabians in two Western disciplines with a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Exhibition and a Freestyle Reining Invitational.
Upcoming USEF National Championships
At the UPHA/American Royal National Championship in Kansas City, MO, November 18-22
- USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final-Junior
At Holidays and Horses in Wellington, FL, December 3-7
- Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship presented by Equine Motorcoach
|Valerie Kanavy with King Ali Gold
Photo by Genie Stewart-Spears
Kanavy and McCarty Score Wins in the American Endurance Ride Conference National Championships
Five weeks after Hurricane Ike devastated trails in the Clark State Forest in Indiana, the 100-mile and 50-mile American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) National Championship riders and horses enjoyed excellent weather and trails on October 16 and 18.
“The only reason the ride took place was because of the nearly 300-plus hours in manpower it took to get the trails in excellent condition,” said co-ride manager Cindy Young. “Few people realize what a mess those trails really were and without some key people working diligently on some 35 miles of trails, the championships would probably not have happened.”
For a sport where weather and trails can collude to make for precarious conditions, especially this late in the season, this year’s national championship was nearly perfect. “Trails were excellent, the weather was perfect, and the knowledge and expertise of all the workers helped to make the national championships run flawlessly,” said Young. “It truly was a great event!”
The well-attended ride had 45 starters in the 100-mile event and 114 starters in the 50-mile event.
“The level of competition and the caliber of riders truly made for a national championship on all levels,” said Young. “We had competitors from 26 states as well as Canada, Switzerland, Holland and Namibia.”
More Endurance News
|The USEF Road Show booth offered giveaways during the FFA National Convention.
Photo USEF Archives
USEF Road Show a Hit at FFA National Convention
The USEF Road Show booth was recently exhibited at the Future Farmers of America (FFA) National Convention. The booth was set up as part of the FFA National Agricultural Career Show. The staff manning the booth answered questions from a couple thousand attendees during the three-day period. The questions ranged from “What is USEF?” to “How do I get involved with equestrian sport?”
“This is exactly the type of event for which the Road Show was made. We talked to people who just love horses to people who compete in equestrian events,” said Ian Thornton, one of the USEF staff who manned the booth. The staff also gave out material on the USEF Youth Council and its annual convention, a guide to Equestrian Colleges and Scholarships, mouse pads and t-shirts. The staff also made contacts with several of the universities that were in attendance that had equine programs or equestrian teams.
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|Meredith Darst and All About Me, winners of the Grand Pony Hunter Championship at the Washington International Horse Show.
Photo by Jennifer Wood/PMG
2008 Washington International Horse Show Wrap-Up
The 2008 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) was an exciting and fun event for riders and spectators alike. The six-day competition offered more than $400,000 in prize money, held exciting nighttime sessions full of exhibitions and demonstrations, and hosted some of the best hunter and jumper competition in the country.
The highlight event of the week was the $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, which was won by two-time Olympic Gold medalists McLain Ward and Sapphire. Angel Karolyi of Venezuala and Ron Krise's Sun God finished second as the only other double clear, while Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, and Pavarotti were third.
Ward and seven other riders were clear in the first round to advance to the jump-off over the Richard Jeffrey-designed course. In the jump-off, Karolyi and Sun God were the first to attempt the shortened course. They went for the clear round with a little speed to put pressure on the other riders following. With the exception of a slip in one turn, Karolyi executed his plan beautifully. They finished with no faults in 39.47 seconds.
More Hunter/Jumper News
|Jasper and Diane Kastama in The Netherlands.
Photo Courtesy American Driving Society/Allyn Carman
Diane Kastama Loses Equine Driving Partner
In October 2008, international para-equestrian driver Diane Kastama lost her equine driving partner, Jasper. The 13-year-old Welsh Cob gelding was loved by many. Kastama met Jasper with his tandem and pair mate, Rupert, at the World Championships in 2004. After leasing the gelding for the competition, Kastama found she couldn't leave him in Scotland.
Purchasing the cobs, they came back stateside to take on the combined driving world. Not only was Jasper her competitive partner, but they teamed up for many para-equestrian and driving demonstrations. The gorgeous bay horse dazzled crowds from his home state of California all the way to the audience at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Every person that met Jasper was impressed by both his quiet gentleness and his brilliance. He was a beloved horse who will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune to met him.
Noyes Qualifies for 2008 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final for Young Riders
For the second time in three years, 21-year-old Laura Noyes has topped the United States rankings for the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final for Young Riders. Noyes and her mount Synchro averaged 72.584% in their two best efforts in the FEI Young Rider Freestyle Test in a CDI-Y during the qualifying period (January 1, 2008–October 27, 2008), and have earned themselves an invitation to Frankfurt, Germany for the Final, to be held December 18-21. Thanks to the generosity of the event organizer and sponsor, horse transportation and rider accommodations are provided at no cost to the competitors.
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