January 14, 2013

Women Earn Fifth Consecutive Victory in $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes

The winning women's team (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - Over 3,500 fans packed the stands at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on the opening Saturday night to watch the women beat the men for the fifth year in a row in the $55,000 Nespresso Battle of the Sexes at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington. It was the closest race yet in the three-phase competition between the male and female teams, but the ladies pulled out another victory in the end. 

The women's team was captained by Georgina Bloomberg and also included riders Laura Kraut, Margie Engle, Marilyn Little, Maggie Bracco, Nicole Bellissimo, Debbie Stephens, Brianne Goutal, Candice King, and Schuyler Riley.

Charlie Jayne led the men's team, which included riders Shane Sweetnam, Richie Moloney, Daniel Bluman, Luis Larrazabal, Ramiro Quintana, Steve Schaefer, Darragh Kenny, Alex Granato, and Nick Skelton...read more>

Watch the Battle of the Sexes on-demand at www.usefnetwork.com.

January 19th
6:30pm ET: Pegasus Awards
check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
USEF Announces Election of Endurance Eligible Athlete Committee
Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has elected a new Endurance Eligible Athlete Committee.

Endurance Eligible Athlete Committee

Melody Blittersdorf, Vice Chair
Kyle Gibbon
Carolyn Hock
Suzanne Hayes
Suzanne Hedgecock
Valerie Kanavy, Chair
Joseph Mattingley
Margaret Sleeper, Athlete Representative to the Endurance High Performance Committee
Deborah Reich
Heather Reynolds
Stephen Rojek

For further information regarding the USEF High Performance Endurance Program visit; http://usef.org/_IFrames/breedsDisciplines/discipline/allEndurance.aspx.
USEF Announces Election of Reining Eligible Athlete Committee
Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has elected a new Reining Eligible Athlete Committee.

Reining Eligible Athlete Committee

Casey Hinton, Chairman
Jordan Larson, Vice-Chairman
Pete Kyle
Tom McCutcheon
Tim McQuay, Athlete Representative to the Reining High Performance Committee

For further information regarding the USEF High Performance Reining Program visit; 
Live Oak International Returns with Driving and Show Jumping
Two-time World Driving Championship silver medalist Chester C. Weber of Ocala, FL, won the FEI Four-in-Hand division at the 2012 Live Oak International (www.PicsOfYou.com)
Ocala, FL - Live Oak International, the only equestrian event in North America to feature both world-class driving and show jumping, returns to Ocala, FL, from March 20 to 24, 2013.

For more than 20 years, Live Oak International has been known for its international driving competition. This year, it will offer the highest amount of prize money of any driving event in North America.

While driving has a long history at the Live Oak International, each year improvements are made for the benefit of competitors and spectators alike.  Held in three phases, beginning with Dressage on Thursday and Friday morning, Saturday's Driving Marathon phase is especially thrilling as carriages negotiate complex obstacles, each individually sponsored.  Last year, over 5,000 spectators enjoyed Saturday's Driving Marathon competition, followed by the $50,000 CSI2* Grand Prix for show jumping....read more>
USDF Welcomes 2013 Executive Board Members 
from USDF
Lexington, KY - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to welcome the members of the 2013 Executive Board. Elections for the offices of President, Treasurer, and Region 2, 4, 6, and 8 Directors were held at the Board of Governors General Assembly at the 2012 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA. The incumbent President, George Williams, Treasurer, Steven Schubert, Region 2 Director, Kenneth Levy, Region 4 Director, Lloyd Landkamer, and Region 6 Director, Donna Longacre, all retained their positions, with Debra Reinhardt being elected as Region 8, replacing long time and retired Region 8 Director, Fern Feldman. Sherry Guess was recently appointed as interim Region 9 Director.
The 2013 USDF Executive Board consists of...read more> 


Tips from Top Grooms and Barn Managers is up at www.useventing.tv
from USEA

At the 2012 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, six of eventing's top grooms and barn managers participated in a Q&A session addressing topics ranging from horse nutrition, working students, making it in the equine industry, and how they got to the top of the game. Watch the twelve-part series at useventing.tv.


$30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix Victory Goes to Flaming Star and Charlie Jacobs
Charles Jacobs & Flaming Star Win the Mar-a-Lago Grand Prix
Charles Jacobs & Flaming Star Win the Mar-a-Lago Grand Prix
Wellington, FL - The second week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by The Mar-a-Lago Club, concluded on Sunday afternoon with a win for Charlie Jacobs (USA) and CMJ Sporthorse LLC's Flaming Star in the $30,000 Mar-a-Lago Club Grand Prix. 

Jumping a course set by Eric Hasbrouck, 46 horse and rider combinations contested Sunday's class. Thirteen entries jumped clear to advance to the jump-off, and 10 went double clear. The fastest of those clear jump-off rounds belonged to Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star in a time of 37.163 seconds.

Alvaro de Miranda (BRA) and RD Jumping Higher, Ltda.'s Show Show finished second stopping the clock in 37.413 seconds. Reed Kessler (USA) and Ligist were third with a time of 37.708 seconds...read more>

USEF Accepting Applications to Host East and West Coast FEI Children's Jumping Final
Lexington, KYUSEF is accepting applications to host one East Coast and one West Coast qualifier for the 2013 FEI Children's International Jumping Classic. A qualifier consists of two classes of two rounds each held over two days and judged by an FEI licensed Jumping judge. Qualifiers must be held before October 1, 2013. Organizers interested in hosting a qualifier should contact Jennifer Haydon, Director of Show Jumping National Programs at 859-225-6911 or via email at [email protected] no later than February 1,2013. 
FEI Bureau Withdraws World CupTM Finals 2015 Hosting Rights from Guadalajara
from FEI
The FEI Bureau has this week withdrawn the hosting rights for the FEI World Cup™ Jumping and Dressage Finals in 2015 from Guadalajara (MEX). The organisers have been unable to meet in full the requirements imposed by the FEI Bureau when the Finals were allocated to Guadalajara at its meeting in June of last year.
"The FEI truly appreciates the efforts that the Guadalajara organisers put in to try and meet all the requirements," FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said, "but as they were unable to fulfil them within the agreed timeline, the FEI Bureau was left with no choice but to withdraw the Finals. In spite of this set-back, we hope that the Mexican Federation will consider hosting a major FEI event in the future, as we are very keen to see a world class equestrian event organised in the region."..read more>



Tune in. Tack up.®: Read To Win With Angelea

I'm Angelea Kelly Walkup; animal lover, web personality, writer, and dressage rider. For those of you that know me you're familiar with my USEF Pegasus award-winning work at HorseGirlTV® tag lined, Tune in. Tack up.® and I thank you for watching the series. Still read on as there are free products in store for you plus you just might learn something new about me. For those of you that don't know me yet, you too read on as there are free products in store and hopefully some fun, new entertainment in your near future.

I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas in a rural community spat out from a geyser of the Houston oil boom. Time for me without a love of horses does not exist, therefore, insert horse riding at an early age. At that time, the options in Texas were "You can ride western." or "You can ride western." and when I asked if I could try dressage I was looked upon as if I'd sprouted a second head...read more>
AMHA Seeks Competition Teams for 2013 Equitation Match
Does your collegiate, interscholastic or farm team like to compete? AMHA is seeking U.S. based equestrian teams (five to six members) to compete in an horsemastership competition in 2013. Disciplines could include saddle seat, hunter seat on the flat, or western/stock seat. Teams compete using World Cup rules and a three-judge USEF panel. We are open to your ideas and venues. 

"Team Morgan," is a national and/or international, multi discipline competition program for Morgan youth ages 14-21. This is an opportunity to give youth of all riding styles a chance to show their skills through riding different horses and different breeds in an atmosphere conducive to learning...read more> 
2013 ASHA Convention - Roundtable Discussion
from ASHA
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is excited to announce the topics of this year's Roundtable Discussions at the 2013 ASHA Annual Convention. Each roundtable will rotate every 30 minutes to allow all attendees to listen to all roundtable discussions.

From 1:30-3:30 PM on Friday, February 15, the topics will include "Guide to American Saddlebred Registry Prize Programs and Registry Transactions," "Horse Protection Act/Equine Welfare Issues," and "Updates on the World's Championship Horse Show." From 8:30-10:00 AM on Saturday, February 16, the topics will include "Tax and Business Planning for Horse Owners," "Successful Saddlebred Breeding," and "Strategies for Successful Lesson Programs."

Click here for more information. 
PMC Division Name Changed to COOL Division

It's Official, as passed by the Board of Directors-effective 1/11/2013

by request of the PMC Committee,the PMC Division and all Classes

will now be know as the COOL Division & COOL Classes

(Conquering Obstacles Overcoming Limitations)...read more>




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 Western Dressage: Sin  City Diary
 by Michelle Binder
 Today's post comes from  Sin City, Las Vegas  Nevada. Since I am here  in the region of  Southwest Western  Dressage, I decided to  write the blog as an i  interview with someone  from the Las Vegas  equestrian community  who was doing Western  Dressage. So I opened up  the phone book to call a  local barn. Every barn  number but one was  disconnected or no longer  in service...read more>  

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