The all new Equestrian Weekly newsletter showcases the best of US Equestrian, including new Learning Center videos, the USEF Network schedule, and original articles. Equestrian Weekly keeps members informed about affiliate news, international competitions, information on rule changes, membership updates, special member offers, and more.

Subscribe to Equestrian Weekly and receive a FREE US Equestrian Fan Membership!

Hay Flying U.S.-Bred Flag in Dressage Ring

by Nancy Jaffer | Nov 5, 2019, 11:34 PM EST

Bridget Hay has a simple reason why she began breeding dressage horses at her Hunterdon County, N.J., farm. Bridget competing on Amy Price’s Fauna, a mare Bridget bred, foaled, and trained (©2018 by Nancy Jaffer) “It started years ago because I could never afford to import horses or buy well-bred horses,” she explained. “So I make them myself and train them myself.” She has quite an array of homebreds at the Rainbow Ridge Equestrian Center, from which she has...

Costume Inspiration from US Equestrian Breed Affiliates’ National Championships

by Kathleen Landwehr | Oct 29, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

With Halloween just around the corner, equestrians are brainstorming or perfecting costumes for themselves and their horses. Several of US Equestrian’s breeds have costumes classes at their national championships that allow competitors to get creative and show their individual style. Costumes ranging from whimsical creatures to native tack and attire acknowledging the breed’s heritage impress the judges and spectators at the national championships. US Equestrian spoke with three...

Future Stars of Eventing Showcased at FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses

by Kathleen Landwehr | Oct 29, 2019, 2:59 PM EST

Each fall, the world’s best young event horses prove their mettle at the Fédération Équestre Internationale World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Le Lion d’Angers, France. The championships test six- and seven-year-old horses in two separate divisions, giving the horses their first taste of world championship competition while their riders guide them through eventing’s three phases. Liz...

Veterans and Mustangs Are Perfect Match at WDAA World Championship Show

by Ashley Swift | Oct 28, 2019, 8:47 AM EST

Marine Corps veteran Jimmy Welch (Woodstock, Ill.) and dressage trainer Patti Gruber (Woodstock, Ill.) competed with two mustangs at this year’s Western Dressage Association of America’s (WDAA) World Championship Show. These World Show first-timers also paid tribute to the flag and all veterans with a Color Guard every evening before the freestyle tests. Welch and Gruber brought Gruber’s five-year-old mustang gelding OWH Pearl Harbor and her eight-year-old mustang mare Little...

Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Opens Doors for Next Generation of Para-Dressage Athletes

by Kathleen Landwehr | Oct 22, 2019, 2:09 PM EST

Therapeutic Riding, Inc. , is one of the United States Equestrian Federation/United States Para-Equestrian Association International Para-Equestrian Centers of Excellence providing up-and-coming athletes with quality para-equestrian sport programs. TRI was founded in 1984 as a therapeutic riding facility in Ann Arbor, Mich., to help those with disabilities experience horseback riding and its many benefits. TRI is celebrating its 35 th anniversary this year, and it shows no sign of slowing down...

Nine-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Awarded First WPCSA Courage Award Presented by Angel Heart Farm

by Ashley Swift | Oct 8, 2019, 12:07 PM EST

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America (WPCSA) recently hosted their national championship, the American National Show, in Tulsa, Okla., where Welsh Pony and Cob enthusiasts competed for top honors. This community is a tightknit group with deep connections to one another beyond their common bond of the Welsh breed. The WPCSA presented the first Courage Award presented by Angel Heart Farm at the 2019 American National in honor of Sophie Dadej, a young competitor who lost her battle with...

Talent Search Finals-East and Beyond for Daisy Farish

by Kathleen Landwehr | Oct 1, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

The history and prestige are palpable at the United States Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., making it an excellent venue for aspiring young jumping athletes hoping to make it to the top of the sport. An impressive field competed in the four phases of the 2018 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East, but it was Daisy Farish who claimed the champion title after delivering superb performances. Farish aims to one day represent the U.S. at the...

Rescued Paso Finos Take Center Stage at National Championship

by Ashley Swift, US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 30, 2019, 10:46 AM EST

The Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA) hosts its Grand National Horse Show every year and welcomes some of the finest representatives of the Paso Fino breed in the U.S. for a chance at a prestigious grand championship title. Newly added to the schedule this year was the Rescue Geldings class, dedicated to Paso Finos who have been rescued and rehabilitated from a variety of circumstances. Eight geldings participated in the inaugural class, sharing their stories of rescue from kill pens,...

Wild Pony Becomes Both Student and Teacher

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Sep 24, 2019, 1:50 PM EST

Bobbidi Boo, nicknamed Noelle, has come a long way since the Jacksonville sheriff's department picked her up as a stray. Photo: Anneliese Murch Hunter jumper trainer Kirsty Wright isn’t sure what possessed her to drive from her base in Odessa, Fla., to Jacksonville, Fla., in April 2018 and bring home an unbroken 13.2-hand mare that took more than an hour to catch in her pasture. The eight-year-old pony had an unusual history. The Jacksonville sheriff’s department had picked her...

American Saddlebred Goes from Rescue to Show Ring

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Sep 23, 2019, 12:01 PM EST

Lisa Gaboury and her husband, Scott, with Ro and Me's Gypsy Moon at the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show. Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Gaboury When the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show ’s Saddlebred Week begins on Sept. 25, at least one competitor in the Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure Championships will feel like a winner before she and her horse even step into the ring. Lisa Gaboury and her American Saddlebred gelding, Ro and Me’s Gypsy Moon, took a slightly unusual...