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FEI Changes Requirements for Equine Influenza Vaccination

by By the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) | Jan 20, 2005, 10:32 AM EST

Equine Influenza is a viral respiratory disease that is highly contagious to susceptible horses. Outbreaks of the disease are occurring with increased frequency worldwide despite the widespread use of vaccines. The highly contagious nature of equine influenza means that it has the potential to seriously compromise international movement of horses. For a number of years the FEI rules have required an annual booster vaccination, but recent research indicates that, for many vaccines protection...

Equestrian World Tsunami Fund

by By the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) | Jan 20, 2005, 10:26 AM EST

The Equestrian World Tsunami Fund will primarily focus on building schools, orphanages and medical facilities in Aceh (Indonesia). Aceh was selected because it is the worst hit area and more hundreds of thousands have lost everything and tens of thousands of children are now orphans. The Fund will be used for a long-term action besides building and equipping these facilities; in addition, their maintenance and upkeep will be ensured. The Executive Council for the KLGP Equestrian World Tsunami...

American Saddlebred Horse Association Annual Meeting and Youth Conference

by By Reeves Kirtner | Jan 20, 2005, 10:09 AM EST

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Annual Meeting and Youth Conference is set for Thursday through Saturday, February 17-19, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, KY. The Annual Meeting is the one time each year when the membership meets formally and directly with the Association’s leadership. This year’s open forum is titled “Brainstorming the Future of The Saddlebred.” Leaders of the Association and other leading breeders, owners, professionals, experts, amateurs and those with...

Paso Fino Horse Association Convention Wrap-Up

by By Sarah Holt, PFHA | Jan 20, 2005, 10:07 AM EST

The membership of the Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA) elected officers during the 2005 PFHA Board of Directors and Membership Convention held January 14–16, at the Sofitel Hotel in Miami, FL. The officers elected were as follows: President: Robin Ratliff of Lamont, FL Vice President: Sharon Londoño of Covington, LA Secretary: Lee Vulgaris of Marion, MA Treasurer: Tony Coleman of Dade City, FL In addition to the above officers, Charles Minter Jr., of Lexington, NC, was appointed as Director...

Coveted R.W. Mutch Trophy Awarded To Winter Equestrian Festival Equitation Championship Winner

by By Phelps Media Group | Jan 20, 2005, 10:05 AM EST

Entering its sixth year of competition, the Winter Equestrian Festival Equitation Championship for the R.W. Mutch Trophy is a showcase for the season’s top young riders. This year’s championship will be held during the CSIO**** United States – CN Finale on Saturday, March 12, 2005. The competition takes place in the afternoon as the featured event in the Grand Hunter Ring. The R. W. Mutch Educational Foundation sponsors the R. W. Equitation Classic. The trophy is named for Ronnie Mutch, a...

Over The Walls Horse Trials

by By Phelps Media Group | Jan 20, 2005, 10:03 AM EST

On August 5-7, 2005, the Over the Walls Horse Trials will take place in Hardwick, MA. Riders and spectators alike will enjoy the marvelous facilities and beautiful grounds at Great Meadowbrook Farm, the site of the event. With top-notch competition taking place, a trade fair with numerous booths offering an abundance of equine products and gifts for sale, everyone will find something to enjoy. Eventing is the equestrian version of a triathlon: one rider and one horse compete together in...

Ralston Wins USEF Qualifier at the National Western Stock Show

by Sarah Lane | Jan 19, 2005, 5:41 PM EST

Lexington, KY —Aaron Ralston captured the win in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Open Reining Championship Qualifier at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO on Monday, January 10. The International Reining Competition (CRI) was the second in the USEF series, but the first for the Carbondale, CO resident, who defeated a group of veterans on Smart Paul Olena. “It’s amazing to be able to compete with the likes of these guys,” said Ralston. “I...

Safety Rules at USEF Semi-Annual Board Meeting

by gaillardm | Jan 19, 2005, 4:58 PM EST

Rule Changes Address Safety Concerns at Recognized Competitions Lexington, KY – Consistent with one of the primary missions of the United States Equestrian Federation, which is to ensure the safety and welfare of both horses and riders, two important rule changes were approved at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors held in Louisville, Kentucky on January 16th . These changes should significantly contribute to safety at recognized USEF competitions. They involve the operation of...

USEF Board of Directors Approves All Rule Changes Recommended by The Competition Date Task Force

by By Maria Partlow | Jan 18, 2005, 8:59 AM EST

USEF Archive/Geoff Oliver Bugbee (USEF President David O'Connor at the 2005 Annual Meeting.) Lexington, KY – Yesterday at the 2005 Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, the Board of Directors of the United States Equestrian Federation overwhelmingly approved all of the rule changes relating to the recommendations of the Competition Date Task Force. The Task Force has been working for 10 months on a major overhaul of the current “mileage rule” which dictates how competition...

Severson Named Equestrian of the Year; Kappler Awarded Whitney Stone Memorial Cup

by Sarah Lane | Jan 15, 2005, 2:21 PM EST

USEF Honors its Stars of 2004 at Athletes’ Luncheon and Pegasus Awards Dinner Louisville, KY —Friday proved to be a day of widespread celebration at the 2005 USEF Annual Meeting as two special events brought audiences to their feet with thunderous applause and accolades for athletes and honorees. During the Friday Recognition Luncheon in honor of Athletes and Owners, the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation presented the coveted Whitney Stone Memorial Cup to one of the...