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Para-Dressage Newcomers Awarded Grants to Fund Ambitious New Dreams

by Ashley Swift | Apr 7, 2020, 10:19 AM EST

Exploring new breeds and disciplines is one of the most fun parts about being an equestrian. As we challenge ourselves to learn a new style of riding or master different training techniques, we inevitably become better athletes and horse people. Newcomers to U.S. para-dressage Meghan Benge (Windsor, S.C.) and Erika Wager (Delmar, N.Y.) are doing just that, and making a splash as they do. Benge and Wager are both veteran competitors in a multitude of other disciplines, including endurance,...

USEF Provides COVID-19 Facts and Resources as Pandemic Changes Equestrian Life

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Mar 31, 2020, 11:39 AM EST

Para leer esta página en español, haga clic aquí . The United States Equestrian Federation continues to receive inquiries about whether members can go to the barn, as well as reports of people not following guidelines from local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a reminder, the USEF recommends that you follow the CDC guidelines, as well as federal, state, and local government recommendations and directives on your movement within the...

For USEF Hunter Jumper Members: Safety Cup Requirements and Compete v. Complete

by US Equestrian Communications | Mar 10, 2020, 1:06 PM EST

The United States Equestrian Federation has become aware of two areas of confusion regarding safety cup requirements for schooling areas and rules surrounding compete versus complete. To help clear up any confusion at hunter jumper competitions, the USEF is providing the following information. Safety Cups – Warm-Up/Schooling Areas As of December 1, 2019, FEI-approved safety cups are mandatory in all Hunter, Equitation, and Jumper warm-up/schooling areas (See the Rule Book’s HU...

Lettering Program Inspires Recognition and Respect for Equestrians

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Mar 10, 2020, 1:04 PM EST

Lake Effect Equestrian's Interscholastic Equestrian Association team has made joining the US Equestrian Lettering Program something of a tradition. Photo: Courtesy of Lake Effect Equestrian Lake Effect Equestrian in Edinboro, Pa., isn’t just teaching kids to ride; they’re also helping them earn junior-high and high-school letters for their commitments to equestrian sport. Lake Effect has a competitive Interscholastic Equestrian Association team that’s open to riders in...

American Equestrians Got Talent Raises Funds for Discover Dressage™ USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 3, 2020, 1:25 PM EST

American Equestrians Got Talent (AEGT), an exciting talent-competition fundraiser for equestrian sport, is taking place Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at the Adequan® Global Dressage VIP Tent, 13500 South Shore Boulevard, Wellington, Florida 33414. AEGT was founded by six-time dressage Olympian Robert Dover as a way to fundraise for US Equestrian programs and highlight equestrians’ non-horsey talents. Money raised from the AEGT Gala Finale will support the Discover...

US Equestrian Announces Heritage Competition Designation for the Del Mar National Horse Show

by Del Mar National Horse Show | Feb 25, 2020, 2:44 PM EST

Rich Fellers on Flexible after winning the 2012 Hermes Grand Prix at the Del Mar National Horse Show. Photo: Patti Newton The Del Mar National Horse Show in California has joined an elite group of US Equestrian-licensed shows, earning the designation of USEF Heritage Competition. The show has brought equestrian excellence to San Diego County for 75 years and stands among the handful of horse shows in the country to reach such a milestone. Over the years, Del Mar has earned its reputation for...

Get Show-Ready with These Five Steps

by US Equestrian Communications | Feb 18, 2020, 3:00 PM EST

The best time to avoid last-minute headaches with your horse show entry is before you ever fill it out. With Photo: Sarah Bennett for Howard Schatzberg US Equestrian’s website, usef.org, it’s fast and easy to take care of pre-show business like renewing your US Equestrian membership and recording your horse for points, so you can focus on competing. Check these things off your list now and enjoy your show season! 1. Join or Renew Your US Equestrian Membership (and Take Required...

Meet the U.S. Jumping Athletes at the Palm Beach Masters Youth CSI

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 14, 2020, 12:16 PM EST

Chefs d’Equipe DiAnn Langer and Anne Kursinski have assembled an impressive group of 20 promising athletes for the 2020 Palm Beach Masters Youth CSI . Langer will lead the U.S. Children’s Jumping Team and both U.S. Junior Jumping Teams, while the two U.S. Young Rider Jumping Teams will compete under the guidance of Kursinski. Get to know more about these rising stars before competition kicks off on Saturday, February 15! Athletes listed in alphabetical order by last name. U.S....

Hoof Abscesses: Tips for Treatment and Prevention

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Feb 10, 2020, 2:00 PM EST

Hoof abscesses can be painful for your mount and cost you time in the saddle. We asked Dr. Luke Fallon of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute for his best tips about dealing with hoof abscesses, including identifying, treating, and avoiding them. Read on to find out the signs that distinguish an abscess from another problem, what to put in your hoof-soaking solution, and what management techniques can help reduce your horse’s chance of getting a hoof abscess. A hoof abscess can look...

Six Ways to Prevent Mud

by Glenye Oakford | Jan 27, 2020, 3:00 PM EST

Mud is hard on human and horse alike, and many a barn manager undoubtedly has wished they could simply wave a magic wand to get rid of it. Reducing mud around the barn and pasture isn’t quite that easy, but there are things you can do to prevent it. We asked Dr. Stephen Higgins, director of environmental compliance for the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Lexington, Ky., for his top mud-prevention tips. “You have to be willing to try things and think...