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Zone 2, 7, 8 Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant Tests Close Out Season

by Samantha Robinson | Sep 2, 2022, 12:08 PM EST

The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grant Test will be conducted at three remaining United States Hunter Jumper Association Zone competitions for the 2022 competition year. Zones, 2, 7, and 8 will host the testing in September and October. Junior riders competing in pony classes are eligible to participate in this program. Participants are divided into four age groups: eight and under, nine to 11, 12-14, and 15-17. Each participant will take a short, written multiple-choice test on horsemanship,...

Erin Nichols Scores Major Dressage Results While Staying Competitive in the Jumper Ring

by Kathleen Landwehr | Aug 16, 2022, 3:00 PM EST

Erin Nichols and Handsome Rob AR compete at Internationaux de Dressage de Compiègne in Compiègne, France. (Libby Law Photography) Nineteen-year-old Erin Nichols of Yorba Linda, Calif., has achieved impressive results in the dressage ring. She and Handsome Rob AR were FEI North American Youth Championships team gold medalists in 2021, and they are coming off individual and freestyle gold medals and a team silver medal at the 2022 edition of NAYC. Earlier this year, the pair was...

Perrigo’s CPEDI Sponsorship Reflects Vision of Making Lives Better

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Aug 3, 2022, 1:09 PM EST

When Perrigo signed on last year as title sponsor of all U.S. CPEDI para dressage competitions, the company was inspired in part by CEO Murray Kessler’s longstanding interest in promoting the sport of para dressage. But the sponsorship also was in service to Perrigo’s larger commitment through the Valuable 500 initiative to make meaningful progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Dr. Grainne Quinn is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Perrigo and also...

In-Gate Tips with Tom Carlson

by Kathleen Landwehr | Aug 2, 2022, 3:00 PM EST

In-gates at horse shows are busy locations, which is especially at Pony Finals with hundreds of kids, ponies, trainers, grooms, family members, and friends. Tom "Tom Tom" Carlson, an ‘R’ hunter course designer and in-gate worker from Hernando, Fla., is a familiar face at the in-gate at Pony Finals and other horse shows along the East Coast. He offered a few tips to keep in mind at the in-gate and what it’s like to be a course designer. Tom "Tom Tom" Carlson (left) recommends...

American Regent Animal Health: Supporting Athletes from the Fetlocks Up

by US Equestrian Communications | Jul 26, 2022, 5:58 AM EST

With the World Championships right around the corner in August, the United States’ elite para dressage riders gathered recently for the Adequan ® U.S. Para Dressage Symposium in Mill Spring, N.C. The symposium followed the Perrigo Tryon Summer Dressage CPEDI3* and was just one of many events that American Regent Animal Health, maker of Adequan ® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), sponsors in support of equestrian and equine athletes. We took the opportunity to talk to two...

Reflections from Sally Ike on Serving as a Licensed Official

by Sally Ike | Jun 28, 2022, 1:00 PM EST

I remember the first time I served as a licensed official. It was the early ‘90s, and I was the Technical Delegate. I was confident because eventing had been “my" sport since the mid-60s, so I had a lot of experience riding and competing. But when the first horse started, all I could think of was, “Oh no, this is WAY different!” It was in that moment that I realized that, when I rode, my only responsibility was me, and now my responsibility was every rider, every horse....

Nations Cups and European Outings: How Jumping and Eventing Athletes Move Up the Development Pathway

by Leslie Potter | Jun 27, 2022, 4:00 PM EST

For athletes with aspirations to compete at the elite level, there is a long path from competing at the national level to representing the U.S. at international championships. The USEF development pathways for each FEI discipline help bring promising athletes along each step of the way, ensuring the best chance at success. Rebecca Conway and Con Coleur competing in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Madrid CSIO3*. ©Equus Media LC In spring of 2022, developing teams in eventing and jumping both...

USEF Amateur Task Force Completes Work on Amateur Status Rule Updates

by Leslie Potter | Jun 21, 2022, 12:00 PM EST

Since its creation in early 2021, the USEF Amateur Task Force has worked to clarify and update the rules surrounding amateur and professional status for adult competitors at licensed events. US Equestrian is pleased to announce that the Task Force has completed its assignment. ©Leslie Potter/US Equestrian The Amateur Task Force consists of representatives from across US Equestrian-affiliated breeds and disciplines, and through focus groups, member surveys, and comments received through the...

Bryanna Tanase Uses Her Platform as Ms. Wheelchair Florida to Promote Para Dressage

by Kathleen Landwehr | May 31, 2022, 3:00 PM EST

Bryanna Tanase of Trinity, Fla., made the transition from therapeutic riding to para dressage in 2019. Now she’s a Grade I para dressage rider has high aspirations for her riding career. She won the Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2022 title and is using her platform to spread the word about equine-assisted therapy and para dressage. Tanase shared insights on her journey as an equestrian, what people should know about therapeutic riding and para dressage, and what it takes to be a para equestrian...

A Mother’s Day Story: Mom and Daughter Bond Over Paso Finos

by Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department | May 3, 2022, 3:00 PM EST

Equestrians can develop impactful relationships with the people they encounter in the horse industry. The shared passion of horses is something special, and that is especially true among family members. Barbara and Billieanna Miranda are a mother-daughter duo from Summerfield, Fla., who both love horses, in particular Paso Fino horses. Billieanna and Barbara Miranda at a horse show (Courtesy of Barbara Miranda) Mom Barbara first got her taste for horses when her parents took her for pony rides...