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Margie Engle and Hidden Creek’s Wapino winning the $75,000 Bainbridge Idle Dice Classic.
Photo by Randi Muster

Winter Equestrian Festival Week Four Wrap-up

A near record crowd of 11,784 enthusiastic and animated show jumping fans packed into every available space at the Internationale Arena on Sunday afternoon, February 19, at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

They watched and cheered as their hometown hero, Margie Engle, raced to an electrifying victory in the main event. The Bainbridge Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular CSI***, presented by the Palm Beach Post, wrapped up Week Four of the 34th annual Winter Equestrian Festival.

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Record Turnout, High Energy and Serious Debate Mark 2006 ASHA Saddlebred Summit

The American Saddlebred Horse Association’s 2006 Saddlebred Summit and Annual Meeting concluded Saturday evening, February 18, with its rousing, sold-out Saddlebred Ball at the Keeneland Race Course Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Summit began Thursday, February 16, with a full day of well-attended, open committee meetings and the final meeting of the Association’s outgoing board of directors, followed by the Charter Club Workshop, where the members of the newly formed ASHA Charter Club Council, representing regions across North America and the world, met with other Charter Club leaders and discussed ideas for club growth, marketing and more.

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New ASHA Board Seated; Registry Directors, Nominating Committee Elected

The American Saddlebred Horse Association’s (ASHA) 2006 Saddlebred Summit and Annual Meeting business concluded on February 18 prior to a sold-out Saddlebred Ball, with the first meeting of the newly elected board of directors.

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2006 American Morgan Horse Association Convention a Success

The annual convention of the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) was a resounding success. More than 300 Morgan enthusiasts enjoyed the week-long event held in Lexington, KY, February 15-18. The week was filled with exciting demonstrations and interesting seminars, as well as the AMHA Board of Directors quarterly meeting. The annual stallion service auction, which had more than 70 stallions, brought in nearly $140,000, which will be split between the Association’s 10 regional shows, the World Morgan Futurity and marketing for the Morgan breed.

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David Q. Wright Racks Up Two Big Victories with Step Right Up and Campari During the Gulf Coast Winter Series

Another week of sunshine and pleasant temperatures found owner-rider David Q. Wright’s Step Right Up basking in a victory in the Lucky Sevens Welcome sponsored by the Farm House Tack Store.

Teddy, as he’s known around the barn, is a 15-year-old American Thoroughbred. He exited the ring after a first clean round time of 61.055 seconds, almost dancing as the crowd cheered him. Teddy breezed through the second round clean in a very quick 31.384 seconds for the win.

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Helen Krieble Honored with CHJA Lifetime Achievement Award

Helen Krieble, the Founder of the Colorado Horse Park, received the prestigious Colorado Hunter Jumper Association (CHJA) Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual CHJA banquet. “I am overwhelmed and honored by the support of the hunter/jumper community,” Krieble stated. “The Colorado Hunter Jumper Association and its members have played a key role in the success of the Colorado Horse Park.”

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Ohio Limited Breeders Auction for Saddlebreds Set for February 25

The Ohio Limited Breeders Stallion Service Auction will take place Saturday, February 25, at the Springfield-Clark County Ohio Equine Facility, near Springfield, OH. The doors will open at 5:15 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $15 per person, with tickets available at the door. For reservations, call Claire Messerly at (740) 654-1101.

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Callan Solem and Aaron Vale Battle it Out in Grand Prix Events at HITS Ocala

In an exciting six-horse jump-off, Callan Solem topped Aaron Vale's time by two-tenths of a second to snatch the win in the $25,000 Grand Prix at HITS Ocala on February 16. Riding Mianta, Solem hit top gear to clear the course in 40.36 seconds. Mary Lisa Leffler and Gerona 92 posted the only other clear for third place.

Vale opened the jump-off round with Serval, winner of the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix in Week Two. He cut the corners to finish with a very fast time of 40.59 seconds. Leffler was the next rider to go clear. Her time of 42.88 seconds still left Vale on top.

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USET Foundation Names Beezie Madden as 2006 Whitney Stone Cup Winner

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation gives a special award every year to a deserving horseman. The Whitney Stone Cup is given in honor of the late Whitney Stone, who served as president and chairman of the Board of the USET. Whitney Stone led the USET from 1953 to 1973. He was instrumental in the creation of a civilian team when the Army retired from competitive horse sports after 1948.

The Whitney Stone Cup is awarded annually by the USET Foundation Executive Committee to an active competitor who displays consistent excellence in international competition, high standards of sportsmanlike conduct, while also serving as an ambassador for the United States and equestrian sport.

For 2006, the Whitney Stone Cup is awarded to Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY. Known for style, ability and her gracious manner, Madden had an outstanding year in 2005.

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American Saddlebred Horse Association and the American Saddlebred Registry Announces Year-End 2005 Results

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (AHSA) and American Saddlebred Registry, which conduct their annual meetings in Lexington, KY, this week, announced results for the year ending December 31, 2005.

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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 over 86,000 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.


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February 23, 2006