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Rule Book Correction – Training Dressage Tests

by jprovost | Dec 9, 2004, 3:51 AM EST

Appendix 2 in the printed version of the USEF rule book incorrectly lists the Dressage Tests for Training Level as Novice C and Novice D. The correct tests for Training Level are Training Level C and Training Level D. A corrected version of the rule book will be available online at For questions or additional information please contact Torri Nahorniak at [email protected] .

Gail Abele of Texas Named 2004 USDF/Dover Adult Medal National Champion

by By Trueman Communications Group | Dec 8, 2004, 10:46 AM EST

Gail Abele of Highland Village, TX, has been named the 2004 USDF/Dover Adult Medal National Champion. Awarded for the first time in 2004, the year-end award is presented jointly by the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) and Dover Saddlery as part of the USDF/Dover Adult Medal program, which is designed to acknowledge and reward adult amateurs riding at Second Level. To be eligible for the year-end award, a rider must win at least three USDF/Dover Adult Medals, which were presented at over...

HRH Prince of The Netherlands Passed Away on December 1

by By the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) | Dec 8, 2004, 10:06 AM EST

Prince Bernhard, the President of the FEI from 1954 to 1964, passed away on December 1, 2004. He was 93 years old. Prince Bernhard, husband of Queen Juliana, who reigned from 1948, and father of the present Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix, was born on June 29, 1911. In 1937 he married the then Princess Juliana. The couple had four children, all girls. One of them, Irene, became a successful jumper rider, competing as a member of the Dutch team at the European Junior Championships of 1956....

FEI Task Force on Doping and Medication Policy Appointed

by By the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) | Dec 8, 2004, 9:54 AM EST

At its recent meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the FEI Bureau decided to establish a task force to reassess the policies necessary for the elimination of abusive and illegal performance enhancing drugs and to review the general medication control of horses. The Task Force will be composed of the following members: Sven Holmberg, Sweden, Chairman Philip Billington, Great Britain Breido Zu Rantzau, Great Britain David Distler, United States Peter Wylde, United States Marco Danese, Italy The...

U.S. Reiners Make History, Winning Gold and Silver at FEI World Reining Masters

by Jamie Saults and Sarah Lane | Dec 7, 2004, 12:13 PM EST

Oklahoma City, OK —Setting the pace for the rest of the world, the two reiners representing the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) made history December 2, winning the first Gold and Silver Medals ever awarded at the inaugural FEI World Reining Masters, presented by Netjets. Bringing home the Gold in the open division, Todd Crawford of Blanchard, OK, and Matt Dillon Dun It (owned by 3 Peaks Ranch) finished with a top score of 220.5. The win entitled the pair to $17,906.25 in...

East Coast League Riders Break for Winter Months; Ward, Frey, Kraut and Hough Leading the Pack in 2004 World Cup Qualifier Standings

by Sarah Lane | Dec 7, 2004, 11:55 AM EST

Wellington, FL —With seven World Cup slots hanging just out of reach, and the possibility of two wild cards factoring in, East Coast League riders hold a collective breath as the latest round of qualifying points is tallied. After eight rounds of competition, the rivalry stays ever close, with McLain Ward emerging the new leader as the group takes a short recess for the Winter months. Closely following Ward’s 92 points are Kimberly Frey with 81, Laura Kraut with 72, and Lauren Hough...

Markel Insurance Signs On as Title Sponsor for USEF Young Horse Dressage Program

by Sarah Lane | Dec 7, 2004, 9:00 AM EST

Lexington, KY —Adding to a legacy of fine tradition, the United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to add the trusted name of Markel Insurance to the 2005 USEF Young Horse Dressage Program. This sponsorship will include the USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage National Championships and the USEF/Markel Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials. Built on more than 40 years of comprehensive equine coverage, the reputation of Markel is unsurpassed in the field of equine insurance. “It was...

Competitors Officially Welcomed at the FEI World Reining Masters Finals

by By Carol Trimmer, NRHA | Dec 2, 2004, 10:44 AM EST

Courtesy NRHA/Waltenberry (Todd Crawford on Matt Dillon Dun It) As the NRHA Futurity & North American Affiliate Championship Show continues, horses and riders showing in the FEI World Reining Masters Finals were officially received for the FEI general horse inspection on Wednesday, December 1. Traditionally, the NRHA Futurity & Championship Show has been the annual meeting ground for reining enthusiasts from all over the world. But this year is even more special. The first-ever $100,000...

USEF Honors Howard B. Simpson with 2004 Sportsmanship Award

by Sarah Lane | Dec 2, 2004, 10:33 AM EST

Lexington, KY —The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) names Howard B. Simpson of Lake Forrest, IL, the winner of the 2004 Perpetual Sportsmanship Award. Given in memory of Walter Bourchier Devereux, III, the Perpetual Sportsmanship Award honors the horseman or horsewoman who “exemplifies the ideal of good sportsmanship through commitment, dedication and service to USEF throughout his or her career.” Mr. Simpson has done just that, spending years promoting good...

USEF Bestows 2004 Pegasus Medals of Honor on Kusner, Price, Topping and Lytle

by Sarah Lane | Dec 2, 2004, 10:15 AM EST

Lexington, KY —Following in the footsteps of exemplary equestrians who have paved the way for decades, Kathy Kusner, Margaret Price, Alvin Topping and Edna Griswald Lytle are the newest recipients of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pegasus Medals of Honor. These Medals are given to individuals “who have exhibited outstanding service to horses and the sport and, who, through their dedication, have attracted people to the sport and contributed to horse sport by...