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Five Things to Know About Paso Finos

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 17, 2019, 3:03 PM EST

The Paso Fino Grand National takes place through Sept. 21 in Perry, Ga. Photo: Stunning Steeds The Paso Fino Horse Association Grand National Championship Show takes place Sept. 16-21 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga.—watch it live now at USEF Network . Hosted by the Paso Fino Horse Association through Sept. 21, the show will deliver six days of world-class competition, featuring the best Paso Fino horses in the nation exhibited by professionals, amateurs, and young...

Kate Baldino and Maria Muzzio Are Looking Forward to a Fun Young Rider Finale in Italy

by Molly Sorge|Jump Media | Sep 17, 2019, 3:02 PM EST

Four years ago, Kate Baldino and Maria Muzzio were 17-year-old first-timers on the U.S. team at the FEI Endurance World Championships for Young Riders and Juniors. This year, they’re headed to Pisa, Italy, for the 2019 edition of the championships as good friends looking forward to their last competition as Young Riders. In June, Kate, from Marietta, Ga., and Maria, from Clifton, Va., took part in the United States Equestrian Federation Mandatory Training and Evaluation Session for the...

A Talent Search Tale

by Alyssa Bansbach & Caitlin Azevedo | Sep 17, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Since the Show Jumping Talent Search Program began in the 1950s, it has played a key role in the pathway for promising riders to represent the United States in show jumping competition. Familiar names like Beezie Madden, Richard Spooner, Lauren Hough, McLain Ward, and Meredith Michaels (Beerbaum) are just a handful of the previous Talent Search Champions to go on to international show jumping fame. In the case of Lauren Hough, her Talent Search Final win preceded her Olympic debut by only six...

Hoof Help: Thrush

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Sep 9, 2019, 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...

The USEA Foundation Supports Eventers on Their Way to the USEA American Eventing Championships

by Jessica Duffy, United States Eventing Association | Aug 27, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

The impact of the USEA Foundation can be felt throughout the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) taking place Frankie Thieriot Stutes, recipient of a $50,000 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant last year, and Chatwin at The Event at Rebecca Farm in 2018. Photo: Taylor Pence/US Equestrian this week at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. From educational seminars available to all attendees to the very horses and riders themselves, the USEA Foundation plays an...

Ward Inspires New Generation of Hampton Classic Competitors

by Jesse Wasser | Aug 27, 2019, 9:52 AM EST

My daughter, 12-year-old Evangeline Wasser, is a devoted equestrian who loves every aspect of the world of horses. In fact, everything she does is about horses: riding, competing, grooming, education, and the dream of one day owning her own horse. I have rarely seen someone so young who knows what she wants to do with her life and remains so focused day in and day out. Evangeline Wasser Photo: Jesse Wasser In August 2017, I had the opportunity to be in the press room after the $300,000 Hampton...

Riders Welcome American Saddlebred Hunter Country Pleasure Division’s Debut at 2019 World’s Championship Horse Show

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Aug 20, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

The historic World’s Championship Horse Show , which takes place Aug. 17-24 in Louisville, Ky., is already underway. And this year, supporters of the popular American Saddlebred hunter country pleasure division will be celebrating the competition with even more enthusiasm than usual, as the 2019 show marks that division’s debut at the World’s Championship. Phyllis Brannon's champion Harlem’s Sweet Success, ridden by the owner's daughter Caitlin, is among the...

Conquering Obstacles, Overcoming Limitations: The Shetland Ponies That Are Changing Lives

by Ashley Swift | Aug 16, 2019, 2:00 PM EST

The American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC) recently hosted the 73 rd annual National Congress in Lake St. Louis, Mo., where registered Shetland ponies vied for national championship titles in everything from halter to jumpers in-hand to multi-hitch driving. One small but mighty group competing for a variety of championships was the Palas family of Story City, Iowa. Greg Palas, along with his wife and their three children, brought a very special group of Shetland ponies to show in the Conquering...

The Science Behind Your Horse’s Feed

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Aug 13, 2019, 11:54 AM EST

“Research into the equine microbiome and specific probiotics already has affected nutrition knowledge a lot,” Dr. Bill Vandergrift says. Photo: Kim Russell Feeding horses today isn’t just a matter of tossing every horse the same kind of grain and adjusting the amount based on each horse’s weight. Today, thanks to research and advances in equine nutrition, feed works in a more efficient and targeted way. That presents opportunities to pinpoint and address specific needs...

$600 Rescue Pony Makes a Splash at 2019 USEF Pony Finals Presented by Collecting Gaits Farm

by Ashley Swift | Aug 11, 2019, 7:17 PM EST

Eleven-year-old Alpine Griffin (Fort Collins, Colo.) and her mom/trainer Suzanne Cox Griffin attended the 2019 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm with a black and white pinto new to the pony hunter scene and a remarkable background. Always Chipper, Suzanne’s nine-year old pony gelding, is an exhibitor favorite everywhere they go but this is the first year he has competed at Pony Finals. They finished in the top 20 of the Small Green Hunter Pony National Championship and...