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US Equestrian Mourns the Passing of Ned Bonnie, Legendary Equestrian Attorney, Advocate, and Friend

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 18, 2018, 9:32 PM EST

Ned Bonnie (Photo provided by the BloodHorse Library) Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is saddened by the news of the passing of Ned Bonnie (88), a passionate horseman known for his service and innovative approach to advocating for change within the equine industry, and for the Federation and its members and athletes. Perhaps best known for his role as attorney and legal representation for the first Kentucky Derby winner ever disqualified for a medication positive in 1968, Ned was a true...

New Leaders Emerge Across Two Divisions Following Marathon in USEF Combined Driving National Championships at Live Oak International

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 18, 2018, 1:49 AM EST

Ocala, Fla. - All five divisions of the USEF Combined Driving National Championships faced an intimidating, yet thrilling marathon course at the Live Oak International on Saturday. The course included seven technical, compact obstacles questioning the obedience and athleticism of the equine athletes. This influenced the fluctuation in the top three across all divisions, while two new drivers took the lead in the intermediate single pony and intermediate pony pair divisions. The 14-time advanced...

Thompson, Whittington, and Wright Secure Leads Following Dressage in the USEF Combined Driving National Championships at Live Oak International

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 16, 2018, 10:27 PM EST

Ocala, Fla. – The driven dressage phase wrapped up on Friday at Live Oak International with the three remaining intermediate divisions of the USEF Combined Driving National Championships. Jennifer Thompson currently has the top spot in the intermediate single horse division with 53.84 penalties. Esther “Boots” Wright is in first place of the intermediate pair pony division with 50.64 penalties. Kristin Whittington leads the intermediate single pony division with 57.44...

Adcox and Weber Take Division Leads in the USEF Combined Driving National Championships at Live Oak International

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 15, 2018, 11:04 PM EST

Ocala, Fla. – The USEF Combined Driving National Championships got underway with the first of three phases at Live Oak International. Two of the five championship divisions completed their dressage tests; Scott Adcox takes the early lead in the Intermediate Pair Horse division with a score of 60.88 penalties. Chester Weber tops the leaderboard in the four-in-hand division with a score of 40.11 penalties. USEF Intermediate Pair Horse Combined Driving National Championship Adcox (Myakka...

US Equestrian Announces The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ USA

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 15, 2018, 10:40 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian has named the following combinations to The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ USA. Competition will occur from March 27-29 during the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival at the Equestrian Village. The jog will take place on March 27, followed by the Grand Prix on March 28 and the Grand Prix Special on March 29. Ashley Holzer (New York City, N.Y.) and Havanna 145, Diane Fellows’s 11-year-old Hanoverian mare Olivia...

Five USEF Combined Driving National Championships on the Line This Week at Live Oak International

by From the US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 14, 2018, 11:32 PM EST

Ocala, Fla. – Combined driving athletes will descend upon the majestic Live Oak Plantation this week for a shot at a USEF Combined Driving National Championship title. Live Oak International, running Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18, returns as the host for the USEF Advanced Four-in-Hand Combined Driving National Championship and welcomes four new USEF Intermediate Combined Driving National Championship divisions. The following is a glance at the seasoned, skillful veterans and...

Fire Safety for Barns: Are You Prepared?

by | Mar 13, 2018, 12:30 PM EST

Photo: Ian Thornton If you ask a group of horse owners what safety issue scares them the most, a large number will tell you it’s the threat of a barn fire. There is nothing more devastating than losing horses and other animals in a fire. While there are things outside your control that could cause a fire (like lightning), there are measures you can take to prevent fires or lessen their impact. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, nor will following this protocol ensure you will...

COEs Support Paralympic Equestrian Sport Initiative for Veterans

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 9, 2018, 8:57 AM EST

Lexington, Ky. – In an effort to increase growth and participation of eligible veterans in para-equestrian sport, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has provided grant support for the Paralympic Equestrian Sport Initiative for Veterans. For the past two years, USEF/USPEA International Para-Equestrian Dressage Center of Excellence (COE) Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports, in partnership with the US Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) and the Professional...

Arabian and Half-Arabian Horses Delight Crowds at the 63rd Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 8, 2018, 4:26 PM EST

Photo by Osteen/Schatzberg Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is an 11-day celebration of tradition and history, welcoming over 2,200 Arabian and Half-Arabian horses registered with the Arabian Horse Association to West World in Scottsdale, Ariz. This year marks the 63 rd anniversary for the largest Arabian horse show in the world. From February 15 - 25, 2018, the competition hosted a wide array of classes across six bustling show rings, from native costume to working...

TJ O'Mara Talks: Mixing Horses and College

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Mar 6, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

TJ O’Mara, a 19-year-old Rumson, N.J., native, found much success in the equitation championships during his junior years. In 2016, O’Mara won the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – East and the US Hunter Seat Medal Final and finished third in the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship. He is now a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, where he is an Agricultural Economics major. In addition to his studies, O’Mara also is maintaining a...