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Para-Equestrian Dressage Panel Spotlights New USEF Coaching Program

by US Equestrian Communications | Jan 8, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

At a time when the para-equestrian dressage program is gaining momentum, US Equestrian will be looking at the sport’s bright future at a special panel discussion on Friday, Jan. 11, at US Equestrian’s 2019 Annual Meeting. The panel, “Para-Equestrian Dressage: Launch of the Coach Certification Program and Building for the Future,” will take place on Jan. 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Coral Ballroom C at the Hilton West Palm Beach in Florida. Attendees will hear from a range...

Panel Featuring Olympic medalist Kursinski, Acclaimed Director Fox Sheds Light on Safe Sport’s Importance

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 8, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

The panel “Safe Sport: What You Need to Know” takes place at US Equestrian’s 2019 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 8 a.m. in Coral Ballroom ABC at the Hilton West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Fla. The panel, which also will be streamed live on USEF Network, will feature a frank and open discussion about sexual abuse and its aftermath and why survivors often hesitate to come forward, as well as efforts to prevent and report sexual abuse. Panelists will include Olympic...

US Equestrian Announces 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 7, 2019, 12:23 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is proud to announce the selection of the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Stripes and Stars Teams. The Stripes Team will compete at the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational Test Event from July 4-5, in New Orleans, La., against teams from South Africa. The Stars Team will compete at the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational Test Event from October 31 - November 2, in Las Vegas, Nev., against Canada. Following an incredible number of applications received from...

US Equestrian Awards Tessa Divita with 2018 Vaulter of the Year Honor

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 4, 2019, 4:46 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. –US Equestrian is proud to recognize Tessa Divita as the 2018 Vaulter of the Year. Divita, who competed for the U.S. at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018 as an individual, stood out among the applicant pool based on her 2018 competition scores, personal essay, and letters of recommendation. "I am very honored to be the recipient of this award. I remember being a little kid and watching my American vaulting heroes like my sister, Ali Divita, and...

Cheryl Van Deusen and Alex Shampoe Awarded Top Honors in Endurance

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 4, 2019, 10:43 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian (USEF) is pleased to announce the winners of two prestigious awards in the discipline of endurance. Cheryl Van Deusen has been awarded the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award, and Alex Shampoe has been awarded the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy. The Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award is presented to the top U.S. senior endurance rider. This award is sponsored by Gold Medal Farm and Larry and Valerie Kanavy, in memory of Maggy Price. Price was the 1992...

Final Call for Media Credentials: 2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jan 3, 2019, 11:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. - The 2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting will take place for the first time in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the Hilton West Palm Beach, January 9-12, 2019. Members of the media who would like to attend should submit a request for credentials by January 4, 2019. The US Equestrian Annual Meeting hosts committee meetings as well as the Pegasus, Horse of the Year, and Intercollegiate Awards, which wrap up the 2018 competition year across all breeds and disciplines. The 2019 edition will...

Warrior Horses Raise Spirits and Funds to Treat Pediatric Cancer

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Dec 25, 2018, 9:00 AM EST

Ryan Melendez knows a lot about the comfort and strength people derive from their connection with horses. Ryan Melendez (right) with a Warrior Kid meeting her Warrior Horse (Courtesy of Warrior Horses) Ryan, the son of judge and trainer Bill Melendez and rider Kristal Raiger, grew up riding and showing Arabian horses . After he was diagnosed with Very High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2015 at age 17, the younger Melendez found that the equestrians and horses in his life supported him...

US Equestrian Announces 2019 Eventing Training Lists for New Eventing Pathway Program

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Dec 21, 2018, 4:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian recently announced a newly reinvented U.S. Eventing Pathway Program that would launch in 2019, spearheaded by U.S. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander. The program looks to create a “culture of competitiveness” and provide a more clearly defined pathway for eventing athletes in the United States. One change to the program was the reorganization into the Elite, Development Pre-Elite, Development Potential, and Emerging Athlete training...

US Equestrian Announces Updates to U.S. Dressage Elite and Pre-Elite Lists

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Dec 21, 2018, 2:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the updated U.S. Dressage Elite and Pre-Elite Lists for 2019. “In my first three weeks on the job, we have conducted home visits with our Elite and Pre-Elite combinations,” said U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald. “The home visits have provided me the opportunity to see their horses, discuss plans, and set targets. The horses are looking great and 2019 should serve as a great...

US Equestrian Announces 2018 Equestrian of the Year Nominees, Voting Now Open

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Dec 19, 2018, 12:46 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to introduce the 2018 Equestrians of Honor. Voting is now open online through Thursday, January 3 at midnight. The 2018 Equestrian of the Year will be awarded Thursday evening, January 10 at the Pegasus Awards dinner at the US Equestrian Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla. US Equestrian’s Pegasus Awards honor some of the great men and women of equestrian sport. Learn more about the nine 2018 Equestrians of Honor: Victoria Colvin...