January 13, 2013

Brunello, Simon Named USEF Horses of the Year, Madden Equestrian of the Year at 2014 USEF Annual Meeting

Lexington, Ky. - At the USEF Year End Awards Gala Saturday night Abigail Wexner's Simon and Janet Peterson and Liza Boyd's Brunello were named International Horse of the Year and National Horse of the Year respectively. On Friday night Beezie Madden was named the 2013 USEF Equestrian of the Year.


2013 USEF National Horse of the Year - Brunello - For years Brunello has been a star of the hunter ring. His signature style, consistent top finishes, and partnership with rider/co-owner Liza Boyd has made him a distinguished winner and fan favorite. They've been a fixture on the International Hunter Derby scene since the program's inception, and they earned their biggest win to date in August...read more> 


2013 USEF International Horse of the Year - Simon - With rider Beezie Madden, who was named 2013 USEF Equestrian of the Year on Friday, Simon's year was one of top finishes in the U.S., and on the biggest international stages. Simon started the year in Wellington, Fla., where he secured a fourth-place finish in the Adequan Grand Prix at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, and jumped fault free as a member of the victorious U.S. team at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm...read more> 


Equestrian of the Year - Beezie Madden - To cap off a record-setting year, jumping superstarBeezie Madden added one more record to her résumé on Friday night at the United States Equestrian Federation's Pegasus Awards dinner, becoming the second person to ever score the USEF's Equestrian of the Year title three times...read more>  

Watch an interview with Beezie Madden and a whole lot more on-demand video from the 2014 USEF Annual Meeting at www.USEFNetwork.com.
Other Headlines From This Issue

USEF and USEA Announce Revised Eventing 18/Advancing Athlete Program for 2014

Heather Mason and Zar Triumph in FEI Intermediaire Freestyle at Adequan Global Dressage Festival 1 CDI W

check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
FTIWEFThe Women Can't Be Beat in $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes at FTI WEF
The winning women's team (Sportfot)
Wellington, Fla, - January 10, 2014 - The crowds were out in full force at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Saturday night to watch the women's team earn their sixth consecutive victory in the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival's (FTI WEF) $75,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes. PBIEC also hosted a full schedule of competition during the day, with a win for Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio in the afternoon's $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic.

Week one of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club, concluded on Sunday, January 12, with the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix. The FTI WEF, held at the PBIEC in Wellington, FL, features 12 weeks of world-class competition through March 30, awarding close to $8 million in prize money...read more>
EventingUSEF and USEA Announce Revised Eventing 18/Advancing Athlete Program for 2014
Lexington, Ky. - For 2014 the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and United States Eventing Association (USEA) have revised the Eventing 18/ Advancing Athlete program. Riders wishing to participate in the program will be required to complete an application and will be observed at pre-determined eventing competitions throughout the spring and summer of 2014.

The goal of this program is to build a foundation of future horsemen and women that will hopefully go on to represent the United States. U.S. Eventing Coach David O'Connor will oversee the program and teach training camps throughout the year, which will include immersion in all facets of horsemanship...read more>
DressageHeather Mason and Zar Triumph in FEI Intermediaire Freestyle at Adequan Global Dressage Festival 1 CDI W
Heather Mason and Zar (SusanJStickle.com)
Wellington, Fla. - Heather Mason (USA) and Zar finished on top of the FEI Intermediaire Freestyle, presented by Everglades Dressage, with a winning score of 72.275% at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Second place went to Leida Collins-Strijk (NED) and West Side for a score of 71.150% and Austria's Katharina Stumpf rounded out the top three with a score of 67.000% on Nymphenburg's Love.

The FEI Intermediaire Freestyle was on the final day of the first week of the AGDF, sponsored by MTICA Farm and Everglades Dressage. Competition will resume January 16 - 19 with the AGDF 2 Dressage National and Gold Coast Dressage CDI. The feature event of the "Friday Night Stars" is the Wellington Wild West Show, with exhibitions such as trick riders, comedy acts, barrel racing, roping, Roman riding teams, and more for a full western rodeo atmosphere! The AGDF continues for 11 more weeks of top dressage competition through March 30...read more>
Kimery Awarded the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award and the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy
Christine Kimery (Fanny Doublein)
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Christina Kimery as the winner of the two prestigious awards in the discipline of Endurance, the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award and the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy. 2013 is the first time the coveted awards have been won by the same individual.

The Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award, sponsored by Gold Medal Farm, and Larry and Valerie Kanavy, is in memory of Maggy Price, who was the 1992 FEI World Endurance Championship Silver medalist instrumental in the development of international endurance in the U.S. The award is presented to the Endurance Rider Ranking List athlete with the most points earned in the competition year. The Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy is presented to the Endurance Rider Ranking List Junior/Young Rider athlete with the most points earned in the competition year. The Trophy is awarded in memory of Kathy Brunjes, who was a successful endurance athlete and an active supporter of the Junior/Young Rider program...read more>
Mine Road Farm

Overlooking a spring-fed pond, nestled against a knoll in a quiet field, this Pennsylvania Farmhouse has had its foundations buried here for over 200 years. Left for almost two decades to decay, owners Jim and Ali Bruder bought bought the property - which was adjacent to their own 20 acres - to preserve this gem of Pennsylvania architecture history, and contracted Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd. to excavate this diamond in the rough in 2009...read more>

Horse Refuses to Eat Enough Concentrate for Weight Gain 

Q: My horse will not eat enough feed to achieve weight gain, though he readily consumes hay and pasture. What can I do?


A: Getting more calories into a fussy eater is sometimes a challenge..read more>

Western Dressage: Part 2: A Very Different Arena
by Jennifer M. Keeler for the WDAA 
More and more western riders are thinking about trying the exciting new discipline of western dressage. While the progressive training principles of dressage can be a benefit to any horse's development, riders will discover that trotting down the centerline of a dressage arena is a very different experience than they may be used to for a western pleasure or reining show.

The first and most obvious difference is the appearance of the ring. Dressage is ridden in a "small" rectangular arena measuring 20m x 40m (66' x 131') or a larger "standard" arena of 20m x 60m (66' x 197'), often with a low white portable fence as a border.  Seemingly random letters serve as guideposts around the perimeter of the arena to mark where movements start and end. The judge usually sits at the end of the arena opposite the entrance; sometimes officials will also be placed on the long sides of the ring for additional perspective. Differing from the group classes which many exhibitors are used to, dressage tests are completed by a single horse and rider combination at a time, and are judged against an ideal standard rather than having their performance scored relative to other competitors...read more> 

AnnualMeetingUSEF Names Individuals to Restructured Board of Directors and Newly Formed Councils

Lexington, Ky.- In accordance with Bylaws amended at the USEF Board of Directors Mid-Year Meeting the Federation's governance structure has been modified to create  a more agile and efficient organization. During the 2014 USEF Annual Meeting in Lexington Ky., the new structure was populated. The Administration & Finance Working Group, FEI Affiliates Working Group, High Performance Working Group, and National Affiliates Working Group have transitioned to become the Administrative and Finance Council, International Disciplines Council, and the National Breeds and Disciplines Council respectively...read more> 

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Calendar for 2014 Announced

The 2014 calendar for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping series has been announced by the FEI Jumping Committee following its first teleconference meeting of the year.


The number of qualifiers for the 2014 season has been limited to 20, with eight in both Europe Division 1 and Europe Division 2. The North and Central America & Caribbean League now has three qualifiers, including a new CSIO at Coapexpan (MEX) from 7-11 May. The season opens at Al-Ain (UAE), the single qualifier in the Middle East League, with the CSIO5* running from 5-7 February...read more>



2014 Board Members Announced for the American Saddlebred Registry
from ASHA
The American Saddlebred Registry, Inc. is pleased to present the 2014 American Saddlebred Registry Board of Directors: Susan Aschenbrenner, Iowa; Redd Crabtree, Ky.; Brian Curran, Wis.; Chuck Herbert, Ind.; Carl Holden, Ky.; Gail Kline, Ky.; Scott Matton, Wis.; Margaret McNeese, Texas; Karen Richardson, Ky.; Kim Skipton, Ky.; Janet Thompson, Mo.; Judy Werner, Ill.; Kenneth Wheeler, Va. The 2014 Officers are Margaret McNeese, President; Judy Werner, Vice-President; Janet Thompson, Secretary; Carl Holden, Treasurer...read more>
2014 IALHA Membership Renewals
from IALHA
2014 Membership Renewal notices were emailed to IALHA members in November and December 2013.  If you did not receive one, make sure it did not end up in your spam folder. Notices were sent from the Member Services office, [email protected].
Nava and Brown Honored at USEF Annual Meeting
from AMHA

The late Fred Nava and James Brown recently were honored at the United States Equestrian Federation's Pegasus Awards dinner for their contributions to the Morgan breed. The event took place January 11 in Lexington, Ky. 

Nava was honored with the McDevitt Award of Merit, which is awarded posthumously to people who have passed away during the preceding competition year. Bill Whitley accepted the award on behalf of the family. James Brown's name was added to Honor Roll of Distinguished Officials for his service to equestrian competition...read more>




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