January 23, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

World Dressage Masters Palm Beach 
World Dressage Masters Palm Beach Defending Champion Steffen Peters arrives in Florida 

Ravel and Steffen Peters (Susan Stickle)
Wellington, FL - Steffen Peters, Champion of the 2011 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach, arrived in Wellington, Florida on Saturday evening. Ravel, Akiko Yamazaki's 14 year old KWPN gelding with which Peters swept to WDM victory in both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle last March, arrived by air from California on Thursday. While in Florida, Peters is based at Two Swans Farm, the home of WDM Palm Beach Ambassador Carol Cohen. Peters is a familiar face at Two Swans Farm, both as a guest with Ravel during all three previous WDM Palm Beach events, and as a regular clinician.

 

"This is Ravel's and Steffen's home away from home," said Cohen. "When Steffen and his wife Shannon come to Wellington for clinics, we host them here. They are like family to us." Peters has come to Florida on his own this time. Shannon Peters, who is normally her husband's 'eyes on the ground' in training, has remained at home in San Diego...read more> 

 

USEF News

Missy Ransehousen
Missy Ransehousen (Violetta Jackowski)
Capt. Mark Phillips
Capt. Mark Phillips (Shannon Brinkman)
Lexington, KY
 - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has nominated Capt. Mark Phillips and Missy Ransehousen for top coaching honors with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). With this nomination, they have been named USEF Coach and Para-Equestrian Coach of the Year....
 
Capt. Phillips has had a long tenure of medal winning service to the USEF. Beginning in 1993 - he has brought medals home from every championship he has coached, except for one. In 2011 his team made history. They won Pan American Team Gold with all five athletes finishing on their dressage scores...
 
Missy Ransehousen has had a banner year with the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team, coaching two winning teams at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Para-Equestrian CPEDI 3* in Saugerties, NY and at the Saddlewood Festival of Dressage CPEDI 3* in Werribee, AUS. Ransehousen also coached Rebecca Hart to third place honors at the USEF Para-Equestrian CPEDI3* and then on to a double win at the Saddlewood CPEDI3*....  

 

"Captain Phillips and Missy Ransehousen are extraordinary coaches," said James Wolf, USEF Executive Director, Sport Programs. "Both of these individual have dedicated their lives to the training of horses and riders. Their dedication, determination, integrity and work ethic make them both strong candidates for USOC Coach of the Year Honors."read more>
Para-Equestrian  

International Para-Equestrian Competition Begins at Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3*
Mary Jordan (Grade IV U.S.A.) and Sebastian (Photo by Lindsay McCall)
Wellington, FL -As the sun rose over the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL the Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3* commenced. Twenty-three para-equestrian dressage riders from seven countries vied for top scores under F.E.I. judges Carlos Lopes (POR), Hanneke Gerritsen (NED), and Marc Urban (BEL). For two weekends, beginning with the Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3* and ending with the Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge CPEDI3*, para-equestrian dressage riders have the opportunity to earn their qualifying scores and increase their international rankings before the 2012 London Paralympics. For each country the next two weekends will mark the closeout of the team rankings before London. Dueling for the top positions in Friday's Team Test were Canada and the United States. Competition will continue Saturday with the Individual Test, and end Sunday with the Freestyle competition followed by the awards ceremony...read more> 
Live This Week on USEF Network*
 
 

 

*all coverage listed is subject to change

This week's action at the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival was exciting and unique. Friday night's PRO DerbyCross competition featured teams of five riders, three eventers, a show jumper, and a polo player, navigating a hybrid show jumping and cross country course. When the night ended it was Team Guardian Horse Bedding, captained by Karen O'Connor, that emerged with the win. At Saturday night's $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix, CSI 2* a crowd saw Scott Brash and Intertoy Z top a competitive 12 rider jump-off. On Demand video of both events is available at USEFnetwork.com.

Scott Brash and Intertoy Z Top $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix, CSI 2* 

Scott Brash and Intertoy Z (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL 
- A great crowd came out to watch the $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix, CSI 2* at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Topping a full field of competitors and winning in front of more than 4,000 spectators was Great Britain's Scott Brash on Stan Brash's Intertoy Z. Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze (CAN) was second on Torrey Pines & Ashland Stables' Derly Chin de Muze. Eighteen-year-old Katherine Dinan (USA) was third on Grant Road Partners' Vancouver...read more> 


Team Guardian Tops the Field at PRO DerbyCross in Wellington

 

Team Guardian celebrates with their trophy. (Stockimageservices.com)
Wellington, FL - It was an epic night for Team Guardian who dominated PRO DerbyCross at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. 

 

A team event with teams of five made up of three eventing riders, a show jumper and a polo player, jumped a hybrid cross country and show jumping course and the fastest combined score won.

Captain Karen O'Connor's squad was so impressive that she didn't have to jump for a score (one eventing score gets dropped) but she led her team to a dominating effort on Team Rebecca's Veronica - impressing the crowds as the final competitor...read more> 

 

Breed Competition Voting
Dressage 

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the dates and locations of two Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Sessions for 2012. The open training sessions will be a unique opportunity for up and coming talent to have one-on-one sessions with USEF Young Horse Coach, Scott Hassler. The two-day event will include a 45-minute lesson each day with Scott Hassler as well as an evening lecture and discussion for the riders led by Scott. He explains, "I'm really excited about the decision to schedule the open Young Horse Training sessions. They will provide an opportunity for people to better understand the Markel/USEF Young Horse program as well as the correct development required for young horses to advance in the training scale towards the FEI levels."...read more>

 

Equestrian WIR
Other Equestrian News 

Wellington, FL -  On Friday, January 27, 2012, the United States Equestrian Team Foundation will be hosting a benefit event at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. "An English Country Evening" will feature honorary chairs NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer and his wife Annette, an avid equestrian. This year's celebratory evening will feature six unique and extraordinary live auction items for guests to bid on to help raise funds for the USET Foundation to further support the United States Equestrian Team riders as they prepare and compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England...read more>

 

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