January 21, 2013

Flexible, Jersey Boy Named 2012 USEF 
Horses of the Year
Louisville, KY - At the USEF Annual Meeting on Friday horses Flexible and Jersey Boy were named 2012 USEF International Horse of the Year and USEF National Horse of the year respectively. These two winners, determined by a vote that was open to the public, were superstars of their disciplines in 2012 and earned the admiration of voters with big wins and sustained successes.   

Flexible (Cruising x Flex)

1996 Irish Sport Horse Stallion
Owners: Harry and Mollie Chapman
Discipline - Show Jumping

2012 International Horse of the Year: Flexible
2012 International Horse of the Year: Flexible
He's a little horse that wins big and in 2012 he won the hearts of fans all over the U.S. Flexible's victories at U.S. Olympic Team observation events in Del Mar (the $50,000 Surfside Grand Prix and the $100,000 Hermes Grand Prix of Del Mar) and at Spruce Meadows (the $35,000 Husky Energy Cup and $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix) never seemed in doubt and earned him a ticket to London where he and rider Rich Fellers led the U.S. Team. Their 8th place finish in the Olympic Individual Jumping competition made them the highest placing American pair, but it was a performance earlier in the year against Olympic Gold medalists Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Jumping Finals that was the highlight of their 2012 campaign...read more>

Jersey Boy (White Star x Unknown Dam)
2002 Hanoverian Gelding
Owner: SBS Farm
Discipline - Hunter



2012 National Horse of the Year: Jersey Boy
2012 National Horse of the Year: Jersey Boy
Jersey Boy dominates. Describing why he is the 2012 USEF National Horse of the Year is as easy as that. If you're unfamiliar with SBS farm's impressive 11 year-old gelding, his accomplishments in the hunter ring are unparalleled.

For the four years that the USHJA International Hunter Derby has been in existence Jersey Boy has ruled it. He is the leader on the International Hunter Derby lifetime earnings list with a total of $196,640. He has won a total of 20 Hunter Derby classes, and has three series titles to his name. He's been described as the "quintessential Derby horse" and his record proves it. But 2012 was different...read more>  


January 26th
check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
Rich Fellers Named 2012 USEF 
Equestrian of the Year

Rich Fellers, 2012 USEF Equestrian of the Year (Susan J. Stickle/PhelpsSports.com)
Louisville, KY - He was the first American in 25 years to win the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, highest placing U.S. Equestrian at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and winner of all four observation classes he entered. Now you can call Rich Fellers 2012 USEF Equestrian of the Year as well.

Eight equestrians were nominated for the award and Fellers was revealed as the winner Saturday night at the USEF Pegasus Awards in Louisville, KY.

Fellers' successes in 2012 made for a season few fans of show jumping will soon forget. With Harry and Mollie Chapman's small but spectacular mount Flexible (who was named USEF International Horse of the Year on Friday), Fellers was unbeatable for a good portion of the year. Their memorable stretch began in s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands where they bested eventual Olympic Gold medalists Steve Guerdat and Nino de Buissonnets by .64s in a jump-off for the Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals Championship. After returning to the U.S. Rich and Flexible, already on the long list for London, entered four Observation Event classes and won them all. Included in those victories were such prestigious classes as the $100,000 Hermes Grand Prix of Del Mar and the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows...read more>
Reed Kessler and Ligist Win $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix, CSI 2*
Katie Dinan, Reed Kessler, and Brianne Goutal. Photo (Kenneth Kraus)
Wellington, FL - The youngest rider in Saturday night's $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix was the winner as eighteen-year-old Reed Kessler and Ligist jumped to victory during the highlight event of week two at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). With riders representing fourteen different countries competing in the class, the USA took the top seven placings and the young women were one, two and three. Kessler and Ligist topped Katie Dinan (19) and Nougat du Vallet and Brianne Goutal (24) aboard Nice de Prissey.

Luc Musette of Belgium set the course for Saturday night's $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix. The riders were all complimentary of Musette's course for the evening. Goutal stated, "I thought it was amazing. I thought this course was beautifully built and spot on with the number of clears. It didn't kill anyone, it was hard, it was fast, it was exciting. It is the best course I have jumped in a long time, I thought it was wonderful."..read more>

FTI WEF $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix
Watch the jump-off from FTI WEF $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix on USEF Network.

USEF Releases 2013 USEF/FEI Eventing Qualifying Overview
Lexington, KY - Due to significant changes and reformatting of the FEI Eventing Rules in 2013, the USEF Eventing Department has sought to clarify and explain these revamped rules. Among the most significant changes are the FEI Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) for horses and athletes.

To learn more about the 2013 USEF/FEI Eventing Qualifying Requirements click here.
All athletes competing in FEI events are expected to familiarize themselves with the FEI General Regulations, Veterinary Regulations and Sport Specific Rules, please visit: http://fei.org/ for a complete list. 

For further questions regarding current level of eligibility contact Shealagh Costello by email [email protected]  or by phone (859) 225-6923.
Check out the new Introduction to Carriage Driving video sponsored by the ADS 
from ADS
Introduction to the Sport of Carriage Driving
Introduction to the Sport of Carriage Driving


USEF Names 2013 US Saddle Seat Young Rider Team
Lexington, KY - In October 2012, for the very first time, the US Saddle Seat Young Rider Team application process got under way. 60 Applications were received from around the country, and from multiple Saddle Seat Breed members. After an extensive review the following 12 riders were selected to be part of the 2013 US Saddle Seat Young Rider Team.

Caroline Cherry/15/Encinitas, CA
Courtney McGinnis/15/Fishers, IN
Allison Schuh/18/Seymour, WI
Kristen Smith/19/Crestwood, KY
Lila Tatar/16/ El Cajon, CA
Mary Mag Wilson/16/Scottsdale, AZ (alternate)

Katherine Bosworth/16/Greenville,SC
Emily Gutenkunst/17/Pewaukee, WI
Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes/14/Oklahoma City, OK
William Nalty/14/Metairie, LA
Marjorie Townsend/17/Kansas City, MO
Shelby Hader/16/Menomonee Falls, WI (alternate)

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) formed the US Saddle Seat Young Rider Team with the purpose of developing riders for future US Saddle Seat World Cup competitions...read more>


Bromont Bid Team for FEI World Equestrian GamesTM 2018 to Present to FEI Evaluation Commission 
from FEI

The Canadian bid team hoping to host the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2018, will present to the FEI Evaluation Commission next month as part of the bid process prior to a final decision on the host city in June. Canada has nominated Bromont, which staged the equestrian events for the 1976 Olympic Games, as the venue for 2018.


The bid committee, which is expected to include the Mayor of Bromont, Pauline Quinlan, and Equine Canada President Mike Gallagher, will travel to FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) on 26-27 February for meetings with the Evaluation Commission...read more>



Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Celebrates 58 Years 
from AHA
By Arabian Horse Association of Arizona 

The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona's signature event will celebrate its 58th birthday in Scottsdale, February 14 - 24, 2013. The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, largest of its kind the world, draws hundreds of thousands of horse lovers each year, and attracts over 2,400 of the world's finest Arabian and Half-Arabian horses. These magnificent, versatile, user-friendly animals and their owners will gather from around the world to compete for over $1,000,000 in prize monies in more than 640 colorful classes. "This is the most exciting time of the show," said Jay Allen, AHAA president. "All of our show people and their beautiful horses have competed for the right to show and a chance to be declared Scottsdale Champion." Championship Weekend begins Friday, February 19 at WestWorld...read more>
AMHA Offers Online Membership Cards 
from AMHA
If you renewed your AMHA membership in the last month, your card is on its way. But what happens if you lose or misplace your card during the year? Now it's no problem! Just follow these handy instructions and you can print a replacement card at home! 

1. On the AMHA home page, www.morganhorse.com, click the purple button in the right-hand corner. "Member Sign In."

2. Sign in with the username and password you created. If you have never signed in before, please follow the instructions on how to sign in on that page. 

read more at www.morganhorse.com.
2013 ASHA Youth Conference
from ASHA

The 2013 ASHA Youth Conference will be held during the ASHA Convention, with Youth Convention activities beginning the evening of Friday, February 15, 2013. Youth Activities will be held from 6-10 PM, featuring a pizza party, games, and entertainment. The Youth Conference continues Saturday with a field trip to Undulata Farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky and the Louisville Equestrian Center and Rock Creek Riding Club in Louisville, Kentucky. 2012 ASHA Youth Awards will be presented during the lunch hour on the field trip.

For a sneak peak into this year's Youth Conference Field Trip, view our Facebook Album, here


To register for the Youth Conference, click here. For more information about the ASHA Convention and Youth Conference, click here

2013 PFHA Election Results
from PFHA
2013 PFHA Officers

At the PFHA election on January 12, 2013, in New Orleans, LA the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary were elected to serve as PFHA officers for the next two years. The President also appointed the new 3 Year Director. The PFHA Executive Committee is now comprised of...read more>

2013 PFHA Committee Chairs


The following members were appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors to serve as Committee Chairs for the next year. These volunteers have stepped up to lead many important facets of our organization...read more>




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2013, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.


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