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Top Dressage Stars Will Vie for USEF National Grand Prix Freestyle Championship and a Spot in World Cup Finals, in Florida March 16-19

The 2006 USEF National Grand Prix Freestyle Championship/U.S. League Finals CDI-W is a dual championship being held in conjunction with the Zada Enterprises, LLC, Winter Equestrian Festival Dressage Classic CDI***/W in Wellington, FL, March 16-19, 2006. It is one competition serving the purposes of crowning the USEF National Grand Prix Freestyle Champion and at the same time serving as the U.S League Final, determining the two horse-and-rider combinations that will go to the World Cup Finals in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 20 -23.

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U.S Show Jumping Team for CSIO Wellington March 8-12 Announced

The USEF has announced the show jumping team which will represent the United States at the CSIO to be held in Wellington, FL, March 8-12.

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Ward and Madden Placed on Short List for U.S Show Jumping Team for 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games

The USEF announced that two horse-and-rider combinations have been named to the Show Jumping Short List for the World Equestrian Games, to be held in Aachen Germany, August 20-September 3. They are as follows:

• McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, with Sapphire, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, owned by owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Harrison’s Double H Farm;

• Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, with Authentic, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by Abigail Wexner.

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USEF Names Stewards General for Each FEI Discipline

In late 2005, the FEI determined that to better serve the sport, and because stewards’ responsibilities have considerably expanded, each of the seven FEI disciplines in a National Federation (NF) should have a Steward General. There will also be one overall Coordinating Steward General for each NF. Previously, just one Steward General for all disciplines was appointed in each NF.

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Don't Miss the Youth Issue of EQUESTRIAN

This is a great time to congratulate your favorite junior rider.   Hurry! Advertising space closes on Monday, March 13. For more information, contact Kim Russell at krussell@usef.org or (859)225-6938.


Polished Performances at Pine Top’s Advanced Event

Without an international championship on the 2005 fixture card for North American event riders, last year was an understandably quiet year. However, with a record number of riders fighting for spots on the team for the FEI World Equestrian Games this summer, the 2006 season is predicted to be exciting.

This excitement was tangible at this past weekend’s Pine Top Horse Trials, where a new cross-country layout, a new course designer, John Williams, and some stunning performances kicked off a great start to the upper-level season. For the first time, the courses ran counterclockwise. This meant that almost all of the fences, new and old, had a fresh look.

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Diamond Anniversary Creates Sweepstakes Excitement at Farnam

Sixty years ago, Farnam Companies, Inc., was a diamond in the rough--a name that was introduced as a small mail-order operation in the Midwest. Since 1946, the Farnam brand has become a premier provider of animal health care and nutritional products. In fact, the Farnam name is as ubiquitous in the equine industry as Nike is in the sports world. To celebrate 60 years of sharing its passion for animals with its customers, Farnam is holding a Customer Appreciation Sweepstakes to award several lucky winners with diamond jewelry.

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McLain Ward and Quick Star II Z Win for United States on Opening Day of CN Wellington Finale CSIO***** at the Winter Equestrian Festival

Show jumping fans from around the world gathered for opening day of the final week of action at the 2006 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington and were greeted with beautiful sunny skies and mild temperatures. The CN Wellington Finale CSIO*****, the last week of show jumping before the festival moves on to Tampa for the final two weeks of competition, got underway on Wednesday at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.

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Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to Offer Veterinary Lectures and Demonstrations During the 2006 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will offer three lectures and a demonstration at no charge to Rolex attendees, April 27-29. The lectures will offer a variety of educational information pertaining to sport horses and their specific health challenges. A demonstration on large animal emergency response techniques will provide horse owners with an understanding of safe and efficient procedures to be used when faced with dangerous situations. All lectures will take place in the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute tent, located near the Sheila Johnson Arena, and the demonstration will be held in the Van Lennep Indoor Arena, located on Kentucky Horse Park grounds.

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ASHA Seeks Membership Recommendations for Kentucky State Fair Board Appointment

The vacated position on the Kentucky State Fair Board of Directors occupied for the last nine years by Mary Anne Cronan, is to be filled at the earliest opportunity by appointment of the Governor of Kentucky from a list of six nominees provided to him by the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA).

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From the February 2006 issue of EQUESTRIAN magazine: The 2006 USEF Annual Meeting

“We’re here to forge a new path into 2006 and beyond,” said USEF President David O’Connor in his keynote address to attendees during the first full day of the 2006 USEF Annual Meeting. And with the energy and enthusiasm that was present for the five-day gathering, held January 11-15, success is certainly in the picture.

Originally scheduled to take place in New Orleans, the aftereffects of the hurricanes that plagued the Gulf region caused the events to be relocated to Cincinnati, OH. The 2006 Annual Meeting not only played host to the usual packed schedule of committee meetings, endless list of rule changes and definitely long hours.

This year, the gathering seemed to serve as a lightning rod, galvanizing forces on many fronts—especially from the backyard of the grassroots member all the way to the playing field of the international arena. There was truly something for everyone, and it was seen time and again, from the various committee meetings to the numerous award presentations and galas.

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Fellers and Spooner Knock Out the Competition for Grand Prix Wins During Indio's Week Five

Rich Fellers became richer after the $30,000 Ariat Grand Prix with Gyro for the ride. The pair weaved through the stiff competition of 64 entries and dismantled Richard Spooner’s five-horse jump-off campaign to take home a second consecutive championship for Fellers.

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March 9, 2006