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Things We’re Thankful For: Equestrians Helping Equestrians

by Kathleen Landwehr | Nov 21, 2017, 3:00 PM EST

In the wake of major Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and devastating Western wildfires, the equestrian community banded together to help horses in need in a variety of ways, whether by donating to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund or by helping to evacuate or shelter animals. Hurricane-related flooding endangered horses and inspired equestrians around the country to provide help. Photo Courtesy of AAEP. Countless individuals and groups donated to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund to...

Nation’s Top Dressage Riders Leave Their Mark on the 2017 US Dressage Finals Presented by Adequan®

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 21, 2017, 1:22 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – Every year the nation’s top dressage horse-and-rider combinations head east to the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park for the United States Dressage Federation’s (USDF) US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®. Held November 9 through 12, the 2017 event hosted over 390 entries representing nine USDF regions from 38 states. Vying for 30 titles, competitors riding horses of various breeds competed in Training Level through Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix...

Iberian Horses Shine at 2017 IALHA National Championship Horse Show

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 16, 2017, 4:00 PM EST

Katy, Texas – Nearly 80 purebred and Half-Andalusian/Lusitano horses competed for National Championship titles at the 2017 International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Horse Show, October 10-15 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Judges Leslie Connor, Joan Harms, and Richard Petty, joined by dressage judge Peggy Klump and international guest judges Rafael Ortíz Alcalá-Zamora (Spain) and João Ralão...

Filing a Repeat MPA Disclosure Form Online Just Got Easier!

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 14, 2017, 4:13 PM EST

Effective Sept. 1, 2017, the United States Equestrian Federation requires the reporting of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) administration within 90 days before a USEF-licensed competition, and a new form must be filed with each subsequent MPA administration. The electronic MPA Disclosure Form is the fastest, easiest way to file. And if you have repeat administrations to report, that process just got even easier, thanks to a new autofill feature that automatically adds your horse’s...

Six Ways to Prevent Mud

by Glenye Oakford | Nov 14, 2017, 3:00 PM EST

Mud is hard on human and horse alike, and many a barn manager undoubtedly has wished they could simply wave a magic wand to get rid of it. Reducing mud around the barn and pasture isn’t quite that easy, but there are things you can do to prevent it. We asked Dr. Stephen Higgins, director of environmental compliance for the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Lexington, Ky., for his top mud-prevention tips. “You have to be willing to try things and think...

Codeanne Shines and Wins the 2017 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Finals

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 12, 2017, 12:41 PM EST

Kansas City, Mo. – Saturday, November 11, brought a rigorous challenge for the country’s top saddle seat equitation riders in the 2017 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Finals at the United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA)/American Royal National Championship Horse Show. Only 12 of the 21 horse-and-rider combinations in the preliminary ride-offs were called back for the final round of competition by judges Josh Greer (Ky.), Suzy Shiflet (N.C.), and John Whalen (Mass.). The...

Competitors Set for USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 10, 2017, 9:45 AM EST

Kansas City, Mo. – The country’s top saddle seat equitation riders have arrived at Hale Arena for the 2017 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final, which takes place on Nov. 11. As part of the United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA)/American Royal National Championship Horse Show, 21 horse-and-rider combinations will go head-to-head in pursuit of the title. Photo by Howard Schatzberg Open to junior members who have won a first- or second-place ribbon in a qualifying medal...

51st Annual Arabian and Half-Arabian U.S. National Championship Horse Show Hosts Amazing Horses, Chips for Charity Fundraiser, and National Youth Judging Contest

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 9, 2017, 8:43 AM EST

Aurora, Colo. – Nearly 1,800 Arabian and Half-Arabian horses and 7,200 exhibitors, trainers, and support staff made Tulsa Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla., their home for two weeks during the Arabian Horse Association’s (AHA) Arabian and Half-Arabian U.S. National Championship Horse Show . National and Reserve National Champions were crowned across a number of diverse disciplines, from hunter and Western pleasure, to trail and reining, to breeding in-hand and driving classes. This event...

US Dressage Finals Presented by Adequan® Set to Begin at the Kentucky Horse Park

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Nov 8, 2017, 8:40 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. - The prestigious United States Dressage Federation’s (USDF) US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan are set to begin at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park from November 9 through 12. Top dressage competitors from across the country will compete on a national stage, in an event that showcases adult amateurs and open division competitors from Training Level through Grand Prix. Photo Credit: USDF More than 390 entries will represent nine of the USDF regions from 38 states,...

Giving to Honor Human and Equine Veterans

by Glenye Oakford | Nov 7, 2017, 3:00 PM EST

Horses have been veterans, too. During World War I, the U.S. shipped about 1 million horses and mules to Europe to assist the allied war effort. Photo by William Ivor Castle/Wikimedia Commons The military and horses have a long shared history, starting with their partnership on the battlefield. Today, there’s still a deep connection through a number of charities. In advance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we highlight two that bring horses and veterans together and one that honors...