January 30, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

World Dressage Masters Palm Beach

The 2012 World Dressage Masters Palm beach presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach was once again a world class show of talent and athleticism. Steffen Peters and Ravel swept the Grand Prix and Gran Prix Freestyle events with record 81.468% and 83.70% scores respectively. Peters called the freestyle ride "the ride of [his] lifetime." You can see the winning ride and more on demand video from the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach on the USEF Network
The USEF Network wishes to apologize to anyone that was unable to watch Saturday night's Grand Prix Freestyle event. The Network has taken action to resolve the problem and prevent any instances of service interruption in the future. For now, please take advantage of the On-Demand video available at www.usefnetwork.com/featured/WDM2012.
Ravel Repeats World Dressage Masters Palm Beach Win

Steffen Peters and Ravel (Shannon Brinkman Photo)
West Palm Beach, FL - The 2012 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI4* presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach ended as it began with American dressage superstar Steffen Peters and Ravel storming to their second consecutive sweep of the event. Their dramatic freestyle was very difficult and they were rewarded by the judges with a score of 83.70% and recognized with a standing ovation from the crowd. It was a narrow victory, Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin gave Peters and Ravel a lot to handle but they held on by 5/100ths of a point...read more> 
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(Left to Right: USA Chef d'Equipe Missy Ransehousen, Dale Dedrick, MD, Rebecca Hart, Mary Jordan, Jonathan Wentz, and Kai Handt (Lindsay McCall)
FL- Over two weeks, Para-Equestrian Dressage riders competed in front of F.E.I. judges Katherine Lucheschi (ITA), Hanneke Gerritsen (NED), Carlos Lopes (POR), and Marc Urban (BEL) at two CPEDI3* events . This was the first time that Noreen O'Sullivan and her staff graciously hosted two consecutive CPEDI3* competitions (Gold Coast Dressage Opener and Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge) at the beautiful Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. For Para-Equestrian Dressage teams this was the last opportunity to raise the F.E.I. world rankings in hopes of being qualified for the 2012 London Paralympics. For individuals this was a chance to gain input from F.E.I. judges, increase World Para-Equestrian rankings for London, and earn a qualifying score for the 2012 Paralympic Selection Trials. As the evening came to a close on Sunday, 28 horse and rider combinations put forward their best competition freestyles. Participation was far reaching including riders from United States, Canada, Ireland, Bermuda, Mexico, Finland, and Japan...read more> 

Heather Blitz, Betsy Juliano, Anne Gribbons, James Kofford on Pharaoh and Steffen Peters (USEF Archive)
Lexington, KY - Continuing with preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games, the United States Equestrian Team Foundation (USET) and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) kicked off 2012 with two training sessions for Dressage Olympic hopefuls. Betsy Juliano graciously opened the doors of her Havensafe Farm South to riders in Wellington, FL, January 6-8. The following weekend, Steffen Peters hosted a session for West coast riders at his Arroyo Del Mar farm in San Diego, CA. Also taking place in California, the first USEF Developing Dressage Clinic of 2012 was held at Epona Farms, owned by Michael and Linda Fowler in Thousand Oaks, CA....read more>

Oklahoma City, Okla. - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors recently discussed major changes to the 2012 NRHA Derby (June 25-30 in Oklahoma City, Okla.). These changes and enhancements for 2012 include massive increases in added money due to the NRHA Nomination Program, an increase in the number of Level 4 and Level 3 Non Pro finalists and granting five- and six-year-olds the ability to compete for Nomination Program added money (excluding Nominator Incentives)...read more> 



Allentown, New Jersey - Mark your calendars for May 10-13, 2012 and hold the dates for the 10th Anniversary of the Jersey Fresh International Three Day Event 

This will mark a new era at The Horse Park of New Jersey with the launch of the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event.  The addition of the Expanded Vendor Village, Equine Expo, and Craft Fair  will make the event appealing to both the non-equestrian and equestrian community...read more> 
Road to London 2012

Tom Tisbo, Jeannie Tisbo, Bruce Springsteen, Hunter Julo, Hunter Harrison, Kaitlin Creel, Keith Creel and Ginger Creel. (Phelps Media Group, Inc.)
Wellington, FL - On Friday, January 27, 2012, the United States Equestrian Team Foundation hosted a benefit event at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. With over 500 guests in attendance, "An English Country Evening" featured honorary chairs NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer and his wife Annette, an avid equestrian. The celebratory evening included award presentations, an elegant dinner, and a lively auction, which helped raise over one million dollars for the USET Foundation...read more>


Introducing the USEF Equestrian College Search
The search for the right college can be a frustrating and overwhelming time for young adults. With all of the options and information available these days it can be difficult for a student to narrow the search to schools that fit them best. For young equestrians this can be particularly difficult. To help make the process easier The United States Equestrian Federation has created the USEF Equestrian College Search to help guide students in making an informed decision about their education. The Search, in addition to asking the usual questions about location, size, and scholarship information, asks equestrian specific questions that will help inform students, parents, coaches, and advisers of equine study and equestrian sport programs that colleges across the country offer.    

The Search is available online at:



Schools interested in creating profiles on the Search should contact Terra Schroeder, National Affiliates Representative, at tschroeder@usef.org or 859-225-6952. 


FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

Nougat du Vallet and Katie Dinan (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - Eighteen-year-old Katie Dinan (USA) and Grant Road Partner's Nougat Du Vallet led the victory gallop in the $50,000 Horseware Ireland CSI 2* Grand Prix [Sunday] afternoon at the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Running through April 1, 2012, the FTI WEF will award more than $6 million in prize money throughout its 12-week circuit. [Sunday's] class concluded the third week of competition, sponsored by Horseware Ireland.


Thirty-seven entries showed in [Sunday] afternoon's grand prix over a course set by Olaf Petersen, Sr. of Germany. Fifteen were able to clear the first round course to advance to the jump-off, and seven finished the class double clear. The lead changed hands several times throughout the jump-off as riders chased the clock, but it was Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet, second to last in the order, who captured the win. The pair blazed through the course in 37.36 seconds for their first major grand prix victory...read more>


Breed Competition Voting

Aurora, CO - Haley Harrington of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. was named Arabian Horse Association 2011 Youth of the Year. An outstanding individual with an incredible record of success at just 18, Harrington made her way into the hearts of the Youth of the Year Committee with her ardent involvement with Arabian horses and her unwavering commitment to her school and community...read more> 
Welsh Pony & Cob

Stephens City, VA - The Welsh Pony & Cob Society is pleased to announce an exciting and historic change for their organization. Effective immediately, the WPCSA will include Part-Bred Welsh into their registry. Dr. Ruth Wilburn, WPCSA President, acknowledges that including Part-Breds in the WPCSA furthers the Society's goal of recognizing the impact of the Welsh breed in all disciplines, while carefully maintaining pedigree information. "We are excited to welcome Part-Bred Welsh into our organization and believe that it will mutually benefit the Society as well as the breeders and owners of animals with Part-Bred Welsh lineage." read more> 

The Far West Show Committee met in mid December and the crew is hard at work making plans for the 55th annual Far West Region 8 Championship Show to take place June 20-23, 2012 at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon...read more>
Equestrian Jobs 
The Paso Fino Horse Association, located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY seeks a part-time employee to help with accounting and office work. Proficiency in QuickBooks and Excel spreadsheets required. Twenty to thirty hours a week, $12.00/hr, no benefits. Please send resume to Don Vizi at dvizi@pfha.org. 
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