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January 2, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

2011 EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award

Molly Sweeney
Molly Sweeney.
Photo Courtsey of the Sweeney Family.
Lexington, KY
 Known as a visionary with an incredible passion for horses and learning, Molly Sweeney, of Hockley, TX, has been chosen as the 2011 recipient of The EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award for her local- and national-level volunteer work for more than two decades in the equine assisted activities and therapies (EAA/T) field.

Sweeney recognized the importance of professional research to support the results from EAA/T. To that end, she gathered like-minded individuals with the intent to create a plan to promote research. It was under her leadership and dedication that the ... 

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Hunter Jumper

Riders Announced for the 2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by USHJA and Adequan 

G Morris logoLexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will ring in the New Year with the sixth annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and Adequan. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, will once again host 12 of the top young riders in the U.S. January 3-7, 2012.
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Alexis Conover. Courtesy of Alexis Conover.
Alexis Conover.
Courtesy of Alexis Conover.

Lexington, KY - Sixteen-year-old Alexis Conover (New Port Richey, FL) volunteered more than 1,300 hours to accrue the most time of all participants in the new United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equestrians in Action volunteer recognition program.

USEF Equestrians in Action tracks youth volunteer hours that are aimed at improving the welfare of the horse or ...
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The Dressage Foundation Awards 10,000 to U.S. Dressage Instructors

Sara Schmitt and Kaboom. Photo: Pics of You.
Sara Schmitt and Kaboom.
Photo: Pics of You.

Lexington, KY - The Dressage Foundation has announced that a total of $10,000 has been awarded to U.S. dressage instructors through the Major Anders Lindgren Scholarship program. Due to the recent restructuring of the scholarship guidelines, to provide up to three scholarships per year for the recipients to train in the United States, interest was very high. This year, the Selection Committee chose the following recipients:

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George Morris eblast  


ASPC/AMHR Crowns 2012 Registry Queen 

shetland logoMorton, IL - The American Shetland Pony Club, Inc., crowned its 2012 all-registry Queen at its recent national convention. Miss Alyssa Palas of Ames, Iowa, will represent the ASPC as well as the American Miniature Horse Registry, the American Show Pony Registry and the National Show Pony Registry throughout the next year.

Alyssa Palas is the 18-year-old daughter of Greg and Barb Palas. She has been involved with ...

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Industry News

Students were awarded ribbons for their efforts during the PBSFA Horse Show hosted by the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. (From left to right) Ms. Nora, Ray S., Garron M. and Stephen A.
Photo: Kendall Bierer/PMG.

Loxahatchee, FL - The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC) held its first Palm Beach School for Autism Horse Show on Tuesday, December 20, 2011. The students have been participating in a recently developed program by the VTRC and the Palm Beach School for Autism (PBSFA) over the last eight weeks, using the therapeutic effectiveness of the horses to assist the children with their sensory abilities.
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AMHAShelburne, VT - The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following individuals will be recognized at the AMHA annual convention, which will take place February 29-March 3, 2012, in Orlando, FL.

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