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|Kent Farrington and Up Chique
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Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui Win Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championships Presented by Equine Motorcoach; Ward Wins $100,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier
The only clear round in the second leg of the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship presented by Equine Motorcoach wasn’t enough to wrestle the title away from the consistently impressive combination of Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui. They were the fastest of the four faulters on Sunday, but their stellar performance in the first round on Friday compounded into the best score over the two days. Last year’s winner, McLain Ward, riding the stylish nine-year-old Dutch mare Phillipa, was relegated to second place by one point. Ward won the $100,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier (which served as leg two) but the new Rolex watch and the national championship title belong to Farrington.
124th National Horse Show and Family Festival Wrap-Up
The 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival held hunter, jumper and dressage competitions this year from December 5-9, 2007, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.
USEF Names Eventing Winter Training List
The United States Equestrian Federation’s Eventing High-Performance Committee has approved the following horse-and-rider combinations for the Eventing Winter Training List. These riders will have the opportunity to train with Chef d’Equipe Capt. Mark Phillips and Laura Kraut, a member of the U.S. show jumping team, in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games.
USEF Names Riders to Participate in Eventing Developing Riders Program
The United States Equestrian Federation’s Eventing High-Performance Committee has approved the following horse-and-rider combinations to participate in the Developing Riders Program to be instructed by World Equestrian Games Individual Bronze medalist Amy Tryon. The Developing Riders Program is available to riders of any age who aspire to compete at the highest levels of the sport. To qualify, each horse/rider combination must have completed a CCI** or above. Precedence is given to riders without prior team experience. Riders selected to participate in these training sessions will become eligible for the Amanda Warrington Fund Grant. This $5,000 grant will be awarded in the summer to a rider recommended by Amy Tryon and approved by the Amanda Warrington Fund Grant Committee
USEF Presents Two Veterinarian Clinics in 2008
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will present two clinics in 2008 for veterinarians involved with national-level horse shows. These clinics will share information and material to interested show veterinarians, testing veterinarians and senior veterinarian students.
Note: The United States Equestrian Federation offices will be closed December 24-January 1.
Lizzy Chesson Promoted to USEF Director of Show Jumping High-Performance Activities
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that Lizzy Chesson has been promoted to the position of Director of Show Jumping High-Performance Activities. Chesson, 30, is deeply rooted in international equestrian sports. She groomed for her mother and was part of two World Championship driving teams in that capacity, and in 1999 she was selected to drive a pair of horses in the World Pair Championship in Hungary.
USEF Members Encouraged to Participate in Survey to Determine the Needs of Attendees of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is working with organizers of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ to insure event participants and spectators have access to all the products and services they will require during their visit to Lexington, KY. As a member of the United States Equestrian Federation, we are seeking your input on the products and services you need and expect while attending or participating in an equestrian event.
Congratulate Your Favorite Rider, Horse or Trainer!
The March issue of EQUESTRIAN magazine featuring the 2007 Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year award winners is coming soon. Book your space now and receive unprecedented low rates just for USEF members. This is a great opportunity to showcase their achievements with an ad that will be seen by over 90,000 people in this special keepsake issue. But you better hurry! Space closes on January 22. For more information, contact Crissi White at (859) 225-6936 or email@example.com.
Provost Wins Inaugural 2008 United States Hunter Jumper Association International Hunter Derby Class
Tammy Provost of Zionsville, IN, won the inaugural 2008 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby Class on Friday, December 7, at the Lake St. Louis Holiday Series, in Lake St. Louis, MO, managed by Tommy McIntyre. Aboard Daquiri, owned by Penny Cooper, Provost soared to the top against a field of 27. The two-round format consisted of a handy hunter and classic round, which asked competitors to navigate through the challenging courses of bending lines, banks and natural obstacles.
2007 United States Eventing Association Year-End Award Winners Celebrated at Annual Convention
Over 500 members of the United States Eventing Association (USEA) made their way to Colorado Springs, CO, for the 2007 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, presented by Nutrena, held December 6-9 at The Broadmoor. Over the weekend the association proudly honored the recipients of its 2007 year-end awards at the Saturday evening Dinner and Dance, sponsored by Maui Jim Sunglasses.
Grande Gil Becomes First Saddlebred Triple Crown Winner Since 2004
With Grande Gil’s win at the American Royal in November, the five-year-old gelding has claimed the first American Saddlebred Triple Crown since 2004, sweeping the three-gaited open championships at Lexington Junior League, Kentucky State Fair and American Royal—the three shows which comprise the Saddlebred Triple Crown.
HITS Ocala: The Winter Show Circuit in the Heart of Horse Country
HITS is preparing for another banner year at its Post Time Farm facility in Ocala, FL. This marks the seventh season at Post Time Farm. HITS purchased Post Time in 2001 and resurrected this spacious property, and today the 450-acre property has never looked better, often impressing first-time visitors with its thoughtfully designed layout and considerable amenities. Rolling hills, 52 miles of four-board fencing, giant oaks and Spanish moss trees provide a unique and idyllic equestrian atmosphere, creating a perfect backdrop to some of the country's best show jumping.
2007 Group Member Organization Award Winners Announced at the United States Dressage Federation's Annual Convention
The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to congratulate all of the winners of the 2007 General Member Organization (GMO) Awards, which were presented during the Board of Governor’s General Assembly at the 2007 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention at the end of November. These awards are given annually to recognize outstanding GMO newsletter and website layout and design, first person experience articles, general interest articles, and volunteers. Also included are the winners of the inaugural “Grow Your GMO Challenge” and recognition of three grant recipients from the Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund that provides financial assistance for deserving individuals to attend the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention.
Nine Awarded in ASHA Junior Exhibitor Youth Driving Challenge Finals
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Junior Exhibitor Youth Driving Challenge, funded by Elisabeth Goth Chelberg, held its finals in November during the American Royal in Kansas City. Cash prizes, trophies and ribbons were awarded to seven competitors in the Show Pleasure Driving Challenge and to two in the Fine Harness Driving Challenge.
Going Somewhere? Let USEF and Hertz Help You Save Money
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.
Check Your Points Now! You Could be a Champion in the Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year Program
Points for Arabian divisions have closed. All remaining points will close 3:30 p.m. ET on Monday, December 17.
Please check your points and standings in your respective division(s) to see if you may have won. You can check your points 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 (mailed and faxed copies will incur an additional charge), or
- Checking your standings online.
You can now accumulate points in the 2008 competition year. If you haven't recorded your horse in the Horse of the Year Program, now is the time so that you can begin accumulating points.
2007 National Champions in a Few Arabian Divisions
(as of 12/13/07)
|Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open
|Arabian Working Western
|Arabian Sport Horse
||Tracy Ratliff Lord
|Arabian Dressage Training Level
||Trueblue Goldmine ++/
|Arabian English Pleasure/Pleasure Driving Junior Exhibitor
|Arabian Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor
|Arabian Western Pleasure Open
||Highland Pride Arabians
To join the program: It is as easy as filling out an application, which may be found on the USEF website here, or may be obtained at any recognized horse show, or by contacting the USEF office at (859) 258-2472.
AAEP Foundation Research Fellow Scholarship Winner Announced
The American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Inc., recognized Ashlee E. Watts, DVM, of Ithaca, NY, as the recipient of the 2007 AAEP Foundation Research Fellow on December 3 during the AAEP 53rd Annual Convention in Orlando, FL. The scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, emphasizes the importance of equine research and is awarded to a researcher who is completing a residency or graduate program while conducting equine research.
Attention USEF Members!
Remember to take advantage of the USEF MemberPerks Program. USEF MemberPerks offers substantial cost savings on products and services from John Deere, Dodge, Office Max, UPS and many more!
For more information, please call (877) 576-6872 or fax (859) 422-9407, or visit USEF.org's MemberPerks page.
Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search
The Talent Search program is a very demanding show jumping competition, which attracts the nation’s top young riders in head-to-head competition. The qualifying period for the 2008 events began September 1, 2007.
Learn more about the program today.
East Coast Riders
(October 4-5, 2008, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals,
The first rider has now qualifed for the East Coast:
— Michael Desiderio
West Coast Championship
(September 17-20, Los Angeles International, Burbank, CA)
A few riders that have now qualifed on the West Coast:
— Alexandra Carlton
— Jillian Celestino
— Lia Chafee
— Vanessa Cowdrey
From the December 2007 issue of EQUESTRIAN magazine:
Top Breeders Share Their Secrets to Success
The horse industry would not exist without horse breeders, and
the sport horse and show horse industries would not exist without
breeders who are constantly striving to improve the animals that
they produce. This is far more than a matter of breeding any old
mare and stallion, but what goes into running a successful breeding
operation? EQUESTRIAN talked to several breeders of different
types of horses, with different approaches, all with the same
ultimate goal: to produce the finest-quality offspring for their
sport or breed.
For the full story in PDF format, click here.
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