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Equine Herpesvirus: What You Need to Know

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jul 22, 2019, 2:02 PM EST

Ask horse owners to name their most-feared horse diseases, and chances are equine herpesvirus, or EHV, will be on the list. With the competition season underway, it’s important for equestrians to be vigilant and take preventive measures, from vaccination to biosecurity. A good first stop for information is the Equine Disease Communication Center’s website , which tracks outbreaks and provides disease information and biosecurity protocols . EHV spreads from horse to horse through...

USEF Launches New Online Application for Licensed Officials, Licensed Official Applicants

by Alina Brazzil | Jul 22, 2019, 12:09 PM EST

US Equestrian has launched a new online application system for those interested in applying for a license. The new online system provides applicants with greater transparency, information, and control throughout the licensing process. Sample licensed official application checklist Applicants will be able to view and upload apprentice evaluations, view clinic credit, receive automatic status updates, and view which application requirements are left to complete. The USEF Licensed Officials...

After Fire, Family and Friends Restore Rider's Lost NAYC Medal

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jul 15, 2019, 11:57 AM EST

When the deadly Woolsey Fire swept through more than 96,000 acres of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in California Lisa Takada (left) presented Kelsey Holmes (right) and NZB The Chosen One, aka Squid, with their new 2016 NAYC awards at a clinic at Galway Downs in California earlier this year. Photo: Courtesy of Kelsey Holmes last November, it killed three people, destroyed homes and lives, and prompted the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people, as well as countless animals. Eventing athlete...

Future Looks Bright with Next Generation of Reining Athletes

by Kathleen Landwehr & Lexie Stovel | Jul 9, 2019, 3:04 PM EST

Each equestrian breed and discipline has notable names that stand out due to their remarkable accolades. Flarida and McCutcheon are two such names in the sport of reining. Though Sam Flarida and Cade McCutcheon have had family members precede them in the show pen, they are making their mark on the sport with their own impressive performances. Sam Flarida Sixteen-year-old Sam Flarida of Springfield, Ohio, has followed in his dad’s footsteps in the sport of reining. Sam’s dad Shawn is...

Meet the U.S. Teams for 2019 SVAG FEI Reining World Championships for Young Riders & Juniors

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 9, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

US Equestrian is pleased to introduce the U.S. teams for the 2019 SVAG FEI Reining World Championships for Young Riders & Juniors, which takes place July 9-13 in Givrins, Switzerland. This talented group of young athletes hopes to gain valuable experience under the guidance of Chef d’Equipe Jeff Petska. At the 2017 edition of the championships, the U.S. Junior Team earned the silver medal. This year, both the U.S. Junior Team and the U.S. Young Rider Team hope to finish on the podium...

Your Guide to the NAYC

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jul 8, 2019, 2:31 PM EST

Photo: Taylor Pence/US Equestrian The Adequan® North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North kick off next week with eventing at Rebecca Farm (Kalispell, Mont.) July 24-28. Old Salem Farm (North Salem, N.Y.) hosts FEI dressage and jumping championships July 30-Aug. 4. The NAYC is the pinnacle of equestrian sport in eventing, jumping, and dressage for young U.S. riders aged 12-21. Young riders compete for individual medals in those three Olympic disciplines, but they also ride...

Yes, Equestrians are Athletes!

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jul 2, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Sloan Elmassian and Centurion at the Temecula Valley National Horse Show I earlier this year. Photo: Emma Miller/Phelps Media Group There’s no doubt that 20-year-old University of San Diego student Sloan Elmassian is a serious athlete. A high-level jumping competitor, she devotes six or seven days a week to her sport and her horse, driving 40 minutes each way to practice. Elmassian is an up-and-coming U.S. athlete who has competed at FEI competitions in U.S., Great Britain, and Belgium....

Road Trip: Preparing Your Horse for Travel

by Sarah Coleman | Jul 2, 2019, 9:00 AM 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...

Sampson: Tribute to a Legend

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jun 25, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Sampson stars in a US Equestrian ad celebrating the joy of vaulting. U.S. vaulting athletes and fans are mourning the death of a gentle giant, Jodi Rinard’s 19-hand Percheron, Sampson, who had carried athletes at Mile High Vaulters in Fort Lupton, Co., for 15 years. The iconic gelding died in late May at age 21. An outpouring of memorial posts on Sampson’s Facebook page prompted Rinard to create an informal list of vaulting athletes who had competed on the enormous black-and-white...

Heat Stress: Know the Signs and How to Help

by Glenye Oakford | Jun 18, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Summer’s sultry weather can be more than uncomfortable for your horse or pony; it can be dangerous. It’s important to know the symptoms of heat stress and how to respond to them. Adobe Stock photo Horses that don’t sweat enough or who are engaged in a lot of physical exertion—like three-day eventers, polo ponies, or horses in sports that involve a fair amount of galloping—are most obviously at risk of overheating in hot, humid conditions, says Dr. Laura Werner, a...