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Reflecting on the FEI World Cup™ Finals with Debbie McDonald

by Leslie Potter | Apr 4, 2023, 3:00 PM EST

The 2023 FEI World Cup Finals are set to take place in Omaha, Neb., returning to the United States 20 years after the first-ever win by an American dressage athlete. In 2003, Debbie McDonald and Brentina, the 1991 Hanoverian mare owned by Parry and Peggy Thomas, earned the World Cup Final victory in Göteborg, Sweden. Two years later, they had another podium finish when they won third place at the 2005 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nev., thanks in part to their electric musical...

How Do the FEI World Cup™ Finals Work?

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Apr 3, 2023, 10:00 PM EST

The FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2023 will be a thrilling international championship held on U.S. soil. The world’s top athletes in dressage, jumping, and vaulting will compete in Omaha as the culmination of their respective FEI World Cup 2022/2023 seasons to determine the ultimate winners. Since the qualification process and event format can seem complicated, here is an explainer to better understand the prestigious event. Dressage For the 2023 World Cup Final, athletes had from the...

Keeping Your Stable Safe & Secure During Competitions

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 7, 2023, 9:28 AM EST

With show season moving into full swing in many parts of the country, it’s important as a barn owner, stable manager, or exhibitor that you remain vigilant and prioritize safety and security in your stabling area, particularly at a competition. Unintended contamination, trespassing, and stealing are all behaviors or outcomes that can occur if your stables aren’t protected and secure. We’re providing a few tips and recommendations on how to ensure your stable and the horses in...

A Well-Earned Retirement for Sanceo

by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 28, 2023, 3:00 PM EST

On February 19, 2023, U.S. dressage athlete Sabine Schut-Kery announced the retirement of her longtime partner, Sanceo. The pair had an illustrious career together, achieving many top results on the world stage. As a six-year-old, Sanceo competed in the 2012 FEI Dressage World Championships for Young Horses. The pair won the 2014 Markel/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage National Champion title and helped the U.S. Dressage Team claim gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games....

Rewinding the U.S. Eventing Emerging and Development Training Sessions

by Matt Turer/US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 8, 2023, 11:33 AM EST

Over the last month, U.S. Eventing hosted its annual series of training sessions in Ocala, Fla., beginning with the Emerging Training Session from January 16-19 and ending with the Development Training Session and Elite and Pre-Elite Training Sessions from January 30 through February 2. The programs are part of the U.S. Eventing Pathway, which is focused on developing combinations to deliver sustainable success in team competition at the championship level. In total, 24 athletes were named to...

Hear More on Virginia Tech Helmet Lab’s STAR Helmet Rating Project

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Feb 7, 2023, 2:28 PM EST

Want to learn more about how the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab determined its first STAR (Summation of Tests for the Analysis of Risk) helmet ratings and what was surprising about some of the results? In a recent episode of Noelle Floyd’s Equestrian Voices podcast , host Caroline Culbertson spoke with the Helmet Lab’s Director of Outreach and Business, Dr. Barry Miller, and with hunter/jumper rider and current medical student Sydney Moriarty , who assisted with the study. The episode...

Mental Health Resources and Misconduct Reporting Reminders

by USEF Legal Department | Feb 6, 2023, 2:58 PM EST

US Equestrian would like to remind its members of the variety of resources available to assist if you, or someone you know, is in crisis or in need of support: RAINN’s 24-Hour Helpline Call (866) 200-0796 for 24/7 crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. For more information on this helpline please visit . 988 Suicide & Crisis...

5 Development Training Session Questions for U.S. Eventing Emerging and Development Coach Leslie Law

by Devyn Trethewey/US Equestrian Communications | Jan 26, 2023, 2:41 PM EST

Next week, the 12 2023 Eventing Development Program members will gather in Ocala, Fla. to attend training sessions with U.S. Eventing Emerging and Development Coach Leslie Law. The program is a part of the U.S. Eventing Pathway, which is focused on developing combinations to deliver sustainable success in team competition at the championship level. The training session will incorporate the Human and Equine Sports Science program, as well as mounted training with Law. Law has been a vital part...

Words of Wisdom from the 2023 Robert Dover USEF Horsemastership Week presented by Zen Elite Equestrian Center

by Leslie Potter/US Equestrian Communications | Jan 25, 2023, 1:00 PM EST

Each winter, a group of junior and young dressage athletes are invited to learn from top equine professionals at the Robert Dover USEF Horsemastership Week presented by Zen Elite Equestrian Center. In addition to a lecture and demonstration from Dover himself, the athletes receive mounted instruction from clinicians over three days, culminating in a mock competition where they each perform a test in front of a judging panel. This year’s clinicians for the mounted sessions were Katherine...

Get Ready for USEF’s Annual Meeting

by US Equestrian Communications | Jan 5, 2023, 1:53 PM EST

US Equestrian’s Annual Meeting takes place in person Jan. 12-14 at the Lexington Central Bank Convention Center in Lexington, Ky. Check out our online resources, including the event schedule and where to find special content and on-demand video. The full event calendar and profiles of speakers are here . New This Year: “Working Together for Our Future” Workshop The meeting’s theme is “Working Together for Our Future.” That’s also the title of a newly...