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Pippa Funnell Gains Her Third Badminton Title

by By Badminton Horse Trials | May 11, 2005, 2:22 PM

For the third time in four years, British leading lady rider Pippa Funnell dominated the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, leading from start to finish with Primmore’s Pride. An inspiring dressage test put them at the top of the leaderboard on day one. Whilst collecting time penalties on the cross-country, the combination jumped clear to retain the lead. In the show jumping when it mattered most, the pair jumped another clear round to secure the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy and the £50,000...

This Weekend The Jersey Fresh CCI*** Becomes America’s Newest Three-Star Event

by Sarah Evers | May 11, 2005, 12:32 PM

This weekend you can see the precision and grace of dressage, endurance and speed of cross country and the power and agility of show jumping at the Jersey Fresh CCI***/CCI** Three-Day Event, May 11-15, 2005, at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. Attendees will be able to walk the course as the riders do, shop at the many vendors and watch the competitors and horses go through their paces. Become a patron and enjoy special hospitality, parties and box seats for the dressage and jumping...

Dressage at Devon to Host 2005 USEF National Junior Dressage Team Championship

by By Classic Communications | May 11, 2005, 12:28 PM

Twelve of the nation’s most talented junior dressage riders will be invited to enter the venerable Dixon Oval at the 31st Dressage at Devon for the 2005 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Junior Dressage Team Championship. The late September event will be the culmination of a year-long qualifying period in which juniors, ages 14-18, ride to their best scores in international level tests. In this competition, the riders will be divided into three teams; all four members of each team will...

Smart Chic Olena Reaches A New Milestone

by By Carol Trimmer, NRHA | May 11, 2005, 12:01 PM

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce that NRHA Hall of Famer Smart Chic Olena has become an NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Jim Babcock, of Valley View, TX, he joins Hollywood Dun It and Topsail Whiz as the third sire to achieve this distinction. In NRHA competition, Smart Chic Olena's 376 money-earning offspring have reached an earnings total of $3,033,204.60, with average earnings of $4,513.70. Not surprising, his highest money-earning offspring to...

Certified Horsemanship Association Launches a New Youth Program

by By Christy Landwehr, CHA | May 11, 2005, 11:52 AM

The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) just launched TEAM CHA for kids 15 years old and younger. For only $15 a year, youth members will receive one free issue of Blaze Magazine , quarterly newsletters with a lot of fun activities, a membership card and sticker and a chance to win great prizes by just hanging around with horses. Kids, regardless of if they own a horse or not, can earn great prizes by being involved with horses in the Horse Connection Reward Program. Activities, such as...

Fritz Grupe Makes Driving History at 2005 USEF National Pairs Championship

by Sarah Lane | May 11, 2005, 11:30 AM

Lexington, KY – California’s Fritz Grupe made history in the discipline of driving when he won the 2005 USEF National Pairs Championship at the 2005 Garden State CDE at the Horse Park of New Jersey, in Cream Ridge, May 8. Grupe, of Stockton, California, became the first resident West of the Mississippi to claim the Championship title. Final results following all three phases (cones, dressage and marathon) are as follows: 1. Fritz Grupe, Stockton, CA, 127.68 2. Lisa Singer, Chadds...

U.S. Show Jumpers Dominated at La Baule - Winning Multiple Classes in Addition to Super League

by Sarah Lane | May 11, 2005, 8:47 AM

Bloomberg Leading Rider La Baule, France – The U.S. Show Jumping Team arrived in La Baule, France last week, locked, loaded and ready. Not only did they handily win the first Samsung Super League Nations Cup of the season by four faults over Great Britain, but team members also won three other classes and were well placed throughout the show. And at the end of the four days of competition it was the United States’ team member, New York City’s Georgina Bloomberg, 22, who was...

USEF Competition License Procedure Update and FAQ's #5

by By USEF | May 11, 2005, 3:41 AM

This week's question is of vital importance to organizers in planning your future competition dates. Question: Why do my dates move a week forward in 2007? Answer: In 2003, the USEF Board of Directors adopted a rule regarding comparable dates which went into effect January 1, 2005. The rule states as follows: GR110 Comparable Dates. 1. For competitions with a start date of January 1, 2005 and later comparable dates are based on a system of numbering the weeks of the year. a. The first week of...

Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials & CIC** Announces Organizational Changes

by By Chris Stafford | May 11, 2005, 1:46 AM

The Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials & CIC**, which takes place July 21-24, 2005, inVictor, NY, has a new organizer to replace Kyra Stuart King who has taken over the Presidency of the United States Eventing Association (USEA). Stuart was previously the organizer of the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials & CIC** since 1990. Her role as organizer has been taken over by Louisa (Wezo) Pierson who has been involved with the event for many years as a patron and fence sponsor. Stuart is excited about the...

USEF Announces Four Eventers for CCI **** Talent Tour in Luhmühlen, Germany

by Sarah Lane | May 10, 2005, 5:11 AM

Lexington, KY – The United States Equestrian Federation’s High Performance Committee has finalized the list of four horse and rider eventing teams which will represent the USEF in a Talent Tour at the Luhmühlen CCI **** in Luhmühlen, Germany, June 15-20. They are: Becky Holder and Courageous Comet , a 9-year-old grey Thoroughbred gelding, by Comet Shine out of Rosenelli, and owned by Tom Holder Bonnie Mosser and Jenga , an 11-year-old bay English Thoroughbred gelding, by...