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January 10, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

Message from the Editor 



Last week I took over for Stephanie Doyle as Editor of this newsletter and as manager of e-communications at the USEF. First and foremost this change means that news and stories you would like to see in the Week in Review should be sent to me at [email protected] for consideration. Please update your contacts and mailing lists if necessary. Otherwise, be they compliments, criticisms, tips, or ideas I want to hear your thoughts about the Week in Review.  

Only twelve days ago my wife and I packed all of our belongings into a U-Haul truck and set off for Lexington, KY from our small brownstone apartment in Philadelphia, PA. Now that I'm in the beautiful Bluegrass State it'll be my job to make USEF Week in Review the informative and engaging equestrian newsletter you want it to be. Do me a favor and open up a dialogue. In return I'll do what I can to make Week in Review the best that it can be. 


I look forward to hearing from you.




Andrew Minnick

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USEF Network

2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Video is now On Demand 


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Riders from the 2012 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session. Photo Courtesy of Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore
Lexington, KY - The legendary horseman and U.S. show jumping chef d'Equipe was under the weather this year but his protégés Anne Kursinski, Kent Farrington, McLain Ward, and Beezie Madden stepped in and kept the clinic entertaining and informative in his absence. The five day training session culminated in a mock Nation's Cup that split riders into four different teams and afforded everyone a valuable opportunity to practice jumping in the Nations Cup format.

If you missed any of the training session, or just want to see it again, the USEF Network is now hosting on demand video of all the morning riding sessions and many of the educational afternoon sessions. 

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Live This Week on USEF Network*
Saturday 1/14 -  Pegasus Awards Dinner
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*all coverage listed is subject to change

Olympic Games   
Two Hundred Days To Go To London 2012
London 2012 Twenty one nations are celebrated their Olympic qualification yesterday, 9 January, which marked the 200-day countdown to London 2012 and 100 years of equestrian sport in the Olympic movement.

Eleven countries have now secured the opportunity to join the nine nations already qualified at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2010 in Kentucky and hosts Great Britain at London 2012 through a series of nail-biting qualifiers held around the world for their Olympic Group.
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World Dressage Masters Palm Beach Announces Change to Line-Up

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. Photo courtesy of British Dressage 

Wellington, FL - Organizers of the World Dressage Masters presented by Axel Johnson Group have been informed that the stallion Totilas and his rider Matthias Rath of Germany will be unable to attend the WDM Palm Beach presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach, which is set to take place January 26th to 28th.

"I received a call this morning from Paul Schockemöhle, one of the owners of Totilas," said WDM Palm Beach organizer Noreen O'Sullivan of Wellington Classic Dressage."I am very sorry to announce that Totilas will not be able to compete in this year's World Dressage Masters Palm Beach. The owners feel the horse has just returned to light work after an injury and would not be ready for this event. We have already invited Totilas and Matthias to our 2013 WDM event. The owners and Matthias were very disappointed they would not be able to attend this year's WDM Palm Beach but also said they look forward to accepting our invitation for next year if the horse is going well." 

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NRHyA Awards Varsity Reining Club Scholarships


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Oklahoma City, OK - The top eight individuals in the varsity level earned $3,500 in scholarships collectively. The title of Varsity Youth of the Year was earned by Amy Stoney who earned 4,244 points by submitting more than 150 activities mainly in her favored area of photography. Stoney also logged participation in youth meetings, creative artwork and recorded her tales of reining horses in the creative writing category. Stoney, 15, is from McClave, Colo. and was named Junior Varsity Youth of the Year in 2010. 

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Industry News

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Lexington, KY -The popular helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets will be hosting the 3rd Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium on January 14th, 2012, at the Hilton Airport Hotel, Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL (International Room), from 8.30am to 5pm. The symposium is being sponsored by  Tipperary,Charles Owen Samshield Ovation One K HelmetsGPAEquine Risk Management Group LLC Equestrian Collections and Point Two. For those who cannot attend the symposium in person, sessions will be available via live feed (details to be announced on the www.riders4helmets.com website shortly)...

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The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF), as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, para-equestrian, reining, show jumping and vaulting, as well as 20 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.




The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its human and equine athletes.



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