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Hoof Help, Part 1: Thrush

by Glenye Oakford | Dec 12, 2017, 4:00 PM EST

It’s a scenario every horse owner dreads: a runny, black, foul-smelling discharge around the frog area of a horse or pony’s hoof sole. That’s the classic sign of thrush, a bacterial infection that involves the frog, including the grooves on either side of it and the cleft between the heel bulbs. “It can affect any part of the frog, but that’s where we see it the most, right where the owner would be using the hoof pick along the sides of the frog and along that...

US Equestrian Names Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 Program Participants for 2018

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Dec 8, 2017, 4:53 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – The US Equestrian (USEF) Eventing Sport Committee has approved the following 15 athletes from a pool of applicants for the Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 program for 2018. This follows the list of athletes named to the Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 program list . Talent Advisors evaluated several factors to determine the Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 program participants including current form, competition results, and potential to make a valuable contribution in team...

US Equestrian Mourns the Loss of Legendary Show Jumper William "Bill" Steinkraus

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Dec 6, 2017, 9:06 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – It is with great sadness that the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) has learned of the passing of esteemed show jumper William “Bill” Steinkraus at the age of 92. A five-time Olympian and U.S. show jumping’s first individual gold medalist, Steinkraus passed away on November 29, surrounded by the comfort of his family. William "Bill" Steinkraus (USEF Archives) “Bill Steinkraus has left a lasting impression on U.S. show jumping and equestrian sport,...

2018 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Chosen After Selection Trials at William Woods University

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Dec 3, 2017, 9:48 AM EST

Fulton, Mo. – After impressive showings at the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Trials, 12 riders were chosen to represent the United States at the 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup. Thirty-two aspiring athletes from 18 states tried out at William Woods University on Saturday. Twenty riders competed in the three-gaited section and 12 riders competed in the five-gaited. Each phase consisted of one rail ride and one pattern ride on an unfamiliar horse. After the Trials, six riders from each section...

AHA’s Tabitha Bell Wins the 2017 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Dec 1, 2017, 4:09 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian (USEF) is pleased to announce that Tabitha Bell is the recipient of the 2017 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award. This award recognizes outstanding youth members for their achievements and identifies potential future leaders in the equine industry. The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) nominated Bell who is actively involved in the Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA). Photo Provided by the Arabian Horse Association Bell (Sandy, Utah) has been riding since...

US Equestrian Announces 2018 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Coaches

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 30, 2017, 10:22 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian is pleased to announce that Jonelle Chovanec and Hilary Wilcox have been named the 2018 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team coaches for the 2018 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup competition in July. Chovanec (St. Charles, Ill.) has been coaching riders in the saddle seat discipline for 13 years. She is the owner, trainer, and head instructor of Landmark Farm Inc., where she manages a sizeable program. Chovanec rode on three international saddle seat teams and won gold in...

Dressage Trainer Jim Koford on Friesians, Freestyles, and Coloring Outside the Lines

by Glenye Oakford | Nov 28, 2017, 3:00 PM EST

Adiah HP just loves to dance. That’s how her trainer and rider Jim Koford puts it. “It’s physical, and it’s exciting, and you have to stay on your game!” Koford said of partnering Adiah in the dressage ring. Adiah HP and Jim Koford during their Grand Prix Open freestyle championship ride at US Dressage Finals earlier this month. Photo by SusanJStickle.com. Their joy in performing is obvious—you can watch their winning performance in the Grand Prix Open...

Road Trip: Preparing Your Horse for Travel

by Sarah Coleman | Nov 28, 2017, 3:00 PM EST

Keeping competition horses healthy before, during, and after transport is key to show-ring success. Whether you’re shipping a competition horse across the city or across the nation, it’s important to do everything possible to ensure he arrives on show grounds in the best possible shape. While many preparations are dependent on the individual animal, some are consistent no matter the breed of horse or the discipline in which he is competing. Vaccines One of the best ways to keep a...

Athletes Gearing Up for the 2018 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Selection Trials

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 27, 2017, 2:53 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. - Thirty-two top U.S. saddle seat riders will converge on William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. on Saturday, December 2, for the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Trials, attempting to earn a spot on the 2018 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team as either a three- or five-gaited competitor. The following is the list of athletes scheduled to attend: Three-Gaited Section Five-Gaited Section Kerrianne Adamek (Murrysville, Pa.) Joan Benjamin (New Orleans, La.) Savannah Adams (San Diego,...

US Equestrian Announces 2018 Eventing Winter Training Lists

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 22, 2017, 11:00 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – The US Equestrian (USEF) Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following athletes for the 2018 Eventing Winter Training List. The US Equestrian High Performance Program is designed to achieve Olympic qualification and medals in the current Games cycle, in addition to building a sustainable foundation for the success of future championships. The Eventing High Performance Program consists of the Elite, Development, and Emerging Athletes Programs. The Elite...