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January 16, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

USEF Annual Meeting

Jacob Arnold, Jim Wofford, and Stefen Peters (Pegasus 2012)
Jacob Arnold, Jim Wofford, and Steffen Peters (Geoff Bugbee)
The 2012 USEF Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, OH ended on Saturday night with a Pegasus awards show that was broadcast around the world. Steffen Peters was chosen from a fantastic group of nominees and earned the night's top prize, Equestrian of the Year, for the third time. Opting for a slideshow rather than a speech Peters thanked in pictures Ravel, Weltino's Magic and, among many others, his wife Shannon. James C. Wofford was honored with a lifetime achievement award (you can view a video about his life and achievements here) and Jacob Arnold accepted the award for 2011 Youth Equestrian of the Year.

On demand video of the Pegasus awards, along with pictures and video from Friday's Horse of the Year celebration, is available here on the USEF Network. 
Steffen Peters Named 2011 USEF Equestrian of the Year

Cincinnati, OH
 - To cap off a record-setting year, dressage superstar Steffen Peters added one more record to his résumé on Saturday night at the United States Equestrian Federation's Pegasus Awards dinner. He became the first person to score the USEF's Equestrian of the Year title three times.


Peters (San Diego, CA) won the top honor in 2008 and 2009 based largely on his accomplishments with Akiko Yamazaki's phenom Ravel - but in 2011, Ravel had some help. Peters capitalized on his first trip to the Pan American Games and scored Team and Individual Gold in a tremendous effort with Jen and Bruce Hlavacek's Weltino's Magic...read more> 


Neville Bardos and Sjoerd Named 2011 Horses of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation  


Boyd Martin accepts "International Horse of the Year" honors on behalf of Neville Bardos (Geoff Bugbee)
Cincinnati, OH
 - For the first time ever, the USEF crowned two horses with its highest honor, one from an International Discipline and one from a National Discipline. Neville Bardos and Sjoerd were named 2011 Horses of the Year at [Friday night's] USEF annual Horse of the Year celebration. Honored for their accomplishments in 2011 their roads through the last 12 months, while both exceptional, have been very different...read more> 


Live This Week on USEF Network*
Friday 1/20 -  Pro DerbyCross

*all coverage listed is subject to change

FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

A fine first week of competition at the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL was highlighted by Saturday's exciting and eventful $30,000 Surpass Grand Prix. The event was broadcast live on the USEF Network and seen by more than 2,000 equestrian fans around the world. The atmosphere in the arena and in households alike was tense at times, especially when 2008 Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward fell and suffered a compound fracture of the kneecap, but it ended on a more positive note. Ward's Olympic teammate Beezie Madden, riding in Florida the day after accepting a Horse of Honor award for Coral Reef Via Volo in Cincinnati, won the Surpass Grand Prix with her new mount Simon. Read about the Surpass Grand Prix below and don't forget to visit www.USEFnetwork.com for more WEF coverage.

Wellington, FL - The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) hosted its first "Saturday Night Lights" event [Saturday] evening with the $30,000 Surpass Grand Prix. Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden (USA) and new mount Simon, owned by Abigail Wexner, took home the blue ribbon. Nick Skelton (GBR) and Beverley Widdowson's Unique finished second, while Cian O'Connor (IRL) rode Blue Loyd, owned by Ashkirk Ltd and Cian O'Connor, to third place.


In the first round of the grand prix, Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward fell with Oh D' Eole at the 8b obstacle. Ward was taken out of the ring to an ambulance and transported to Wellington Regional Medical Center, where he is being attended by specialists for a fractured kneecap. Oh D' Eole was examined by veterinarians and is unhurt...read more> 



Schedules, results, course maps, on-demand video and streaming video of this weekends WEF events are available at: 



Equestrian WIR
Collegiate Equestrian
In effort to further advance equestrian to a NCAA championship sport, the entity formally known as Varsity Equestrian has established an association to become the voice for the sport of equestrian within college athletics. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) was founded to be the catalyst for growth of varsity level equestrian competition...read more>



Dressage at Devon Logo Devon, PA - America's most prestigious Dressage Horse Show, Dressage at Devon has continued to grow and evolve over the past 37 years. The show has provided a top show venue for competitors, a unique "Norman Rockwell" style American shopping venue and has benefited various charities over the years. Over the past 21 years, Thorncroft Equestrian Center has been the charitable beneficiary of the Dressage at Devon horseshow. This month Thorncroft Equestrian Center opted to move in a new direction for their fundraising efforts giving Dressage at Devon an opportunity to focus on the capital campaign allocating proceeds from the show to continued improvements at the show grounds and to focus on dressage education...read more>  

Aiken, SC - The Second Annual Salute to Driving fundraising event is pleased to announce that it will once again be held in Aiken, and Windsor SC, February 18-20, 2012, and will feature many exciting new additions. Last year's debut event benefited this country's High Performance Driving programs for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, raising over $30,000. The exciting weekend event will feature a beautiful dinner and auction on Saturday evening, multiple driving clinics with some of the world's top trainers, and a Combined Test Competition for any drivers Preliminary-Advanced on Monday. The Salute to Driving event is being held to help raise awareness and educate different audiences about the discipline of driving...read more> 

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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.




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