February 3, 2013

Mills Wins Sun Circuit Open Concours de Reining
International Non-Pro Sensation Cohen Takes Silver

Matt Mills riding Mia Little Whiz (Kirkbride Photography)
Scottsdale, Ariz. - The first of two remaining qualifying opportunities in the United States, the Sun Circuit FEI Concours de Reining International (CRI3***) offered another day of action-packed Reining on Sunday. 

Sanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation, the United States Equestrian Federation and USA Reining, and offering a valuable and vital qualifying opportunity for U.S. Riders to advance to the Official Team Selection Trial, Matt Mills of Rio Verde, Arizona took the gold medal spot aboard Janice Dickson's Mia Little Whiz with an outstanding score of 149, showing to plus-one maneuver scores throughout the pattern and commanded the attention of the ground jury.

"She is an outstanding and consistent mare that gives me everything I ask, every time," Mills raved about the six-year-old AQHA sorrel mare. "We are thrilled to have had such a great result here in Scottsdale and look forward to an exciting trip to Lexington to ride for a spot on the U.S. Team."..read more>
Other Headlines From This Issue

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Honored as USEF Heritage Competition

Nancy Becker and Gary Garone Named 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Coaches

check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
Saer Coulter and Springtime Own the Clock, Win $50,000 Strongid© C 2X™ CSI-W2* Grand Prix, Presented by Zoetis, at HITS Thermal
Saer Coulter and Springtime (Flying Horse Photography)
Thermal, Calif. - In their first grand prix of the 2014 season, Saer Coulter and Springtime kicked off their year on the highest of notes. They topped a field of 31 in the $50,000 Strongid© C 2X™ CSI-W2*, presented by Zoetis, to highlight World Cup week at HITS Thermal. The class was a qualifier for the 2014 FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon, France this April.

The jumps were big, the time was tight and the field was competitive with six of the original 31 advancing to the jump-off. Course designer Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Muenchen, Germany, kept the promise he made after Thursday's grand prix and built big. "Olaf does a great job setting according to the field that he has," said Coulter, who rides for the U.S. and hails from San Francisco, California. "With six clear, the jump-off was both fun and fair."

Petersen's course included 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts, including a double combination and an oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination. A clear round didn't come until the eighth ride of the order, and most of the faults arose later in the course with the triple at fence seven and a technical outside line that included fence eight, nine and 10...read more>
Team Speak Up For Kids Wins the 2014 Great Charity Challenge

Watch team Speak Up For Kids win the 2014 Great Charity Challenge on-demand at www.usefnetwork.com.

American Driving Society Announces Plans for North American Championship
Cross Plains, Wis. - The American Driving Society (ADS) is pleased to announce plans for a new head-to-head driven North American Championship, in addition to the popular calculated Intermediate Championship offered since 2009. The North American Preliminary and the North American Intermediate Championships will be driven championships, each taking place over a single competition weekend. The original Championship will be renamed The North American Calculated Intermediate Championship and remains open to all ADS Intermediate level drivers.

The host venues will be selected in the next month. The venues will likely change location year after year, moving around North America so drivers in various areas can travel to compete...read more>
DressageFirst USEF/USET Foundation Dressage Pipeline Clinic Hailed as a Success by Riders and Coaches
Participants and Coaches from the USEF/USET Foundation Dressage Pipeline Clinic (USEF Archive)
Lexington, Ky. - The first USEF/USET Foundation Dressage Pipeline Clinic wrapped up January 29th following two successful days of lessons with USEF Dressage Coaches and informative educational sessions. Thirteen of the United States' most promising up-and-coming combinations took part in the inaugural clinic which was held at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Show Grounds in Wellington, Fla., and generously hosted and funded by a gift from USET Foundation Trustee Betsy Juliano and Havensafe Farm.

"Our first annual USEF/USET Dressage Pipeline Clinic was a huge success. The riders were extremely positive and fabulous to work with," said USEF Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor Robert Dover. "It could not have been done without the help, support, knowledge, and passion of our USOC and USEF staff and supporters including Betsy Juliano and the whole Global Dressage Festival team. I am positive that our shared commitment can and will bring the United States not only back to the podiums, but to that highest one where Gold resides."..read more>
USEF Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program Puts Riders on the Right Path for 2014
Avery Klunick goes through a jumping exercise with In It to Win It (USEF Archive)
Lexington, Ky. - Participants chosen for the 2014 USEF Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program took part in training sessions with USEF Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor on both the East and West Coasts to prepare for the competition season. The first sessions took place January 14-17 at Tucolata Creek Ranch in Temecula, Calif., for West Coast-based riders, with the East Coast-based riders participating in sessions running from January 20-24 at Meredyth South in Ocala, Fla. The sessions consisted of mounted lessons and lectures from guest speakers covering topics such as anatomy, farrier care, nutrition, physiology, stable management, and veterinary care.

"The training sessions were very good," commented O'Connor. "I would say we had about 50% new riders and 50% repeat participants. The riders from last year had improved significantly and were riding at a different level which was great to see. The new riders coming in definitely have good talent for the level. It was really educational for everyone and it was great to be a part of."

For the mounted sessions, riders honed their skills on the flat for two days with drill riding and individual lessons with O'Connor. The use of both gridwork and course work helped horse-and-rider combinations test their jumping abilities and find areas to improve upon in the ring before heading out for cross country school on the final day...read more>
BlowingRockBlowing Rock Charity Horse Show Honored as USEF Heritage Competitionstrong>
Lexington, Ky. - The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show in Blowing Rock, N.C. has been honored with the United States Equestrian Federation's designation as a USEF Heritage Competition, the highest honor currently held by any Federation horse show.

The designation of a USEF Heritage Competition is reserved for competitions that have been in existence for a quarter-century or more, promoted and grown equestrian sport, and made contributions to the community outside the gates of the horse show by achieving, maintaining, and promoting the equestrian ideals of sportsmanship and competition.

The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show has a long and noteworthy history as one of the oldest and continuously operated competitions in the United States. Run for the first time in 1923 the prestigious show has run uninterrupted for 90 years. The Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show has had a deep impact on the community having provided generous financial assistance to local charities...read more>
Layla Choate Wins 2014 Sun Circuit Shootout Championship
Layla Choate (gamecocksonline.com)

Scottsdale, Ariz. - University of South Carolina junior Layla Choate won the 2014 Sun Circuit Shootout Championship on Sunday at the Arizona Sun Circuit horse show. Choate defeated opponents from South Dakota State, West Texas A&M, and Baylor to win the title.

"This is a great accomplishment for Layla and we are all thriled for her today," South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. "Layla has proven herself to be one of the best, if not the best reiner at the college level so it's always special when you're able to win at a national show. Layla has a great work ethic and is very focused on being the best she can be, and she's proved it this weekend between the New Mexico State meet on Saturday and the Shootout championship today."


In the opening round, Choate defeated South Dakota State's Ravienne Scott. In the semifinals, she knocked off West Texas A&M rider Marilyn Brandt to advance to the championship. In the championship round, she rolled past Baylor's Katherine Berg...read more>  

Diagnosis and Feed Management for Equine Cushing's Disease

Guidelines for detecting equine Cushing's disease have been updated and refined, allowing veterinarians to give an earlier and more reliable diagnosis for this malady...read more> 



CoachesNancy Becker and Gary Garone Named 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Coaches

Gary Garone (Howard Schatzberg)
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased announce that Nancy Becker and Gary Garone have been named coaches of the 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team. They will coach the team before and during the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup, which will be held July 22-26 at the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show in the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center.

Becker (Nicholasville, Ky.) has supported the Saddle Seat World Cup effort for years, including serving as Executive Director of United States Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup, Inc. from 2000-2005, and as President of the International Saddle Seat Equitation Association from 2006-2010. In 2005, she was presented with the American Saddlebred Horse Association's Gordon Jenkins Award for International Promotion of the American Saddlebred. Two years later, Becker was inducted into the United Professional Horseman's Association (UPHA) Helen K. Crabtree Instructor Hall of Fame. Becker is also a USEF "R" Licensed judge and has officiated on at both National and International level competitions.

Garone (Richmond, N.H.) has been an instructor of Saddle Seat horsemanship for over 30 years and has coached riders to World and National titles. He was the UPHA Chapter 14 Chairman for five years and currently serves as UPHA President. He is a USEF "R" Licensed judge and has officiated at prestigious events including the UPHA Finals, Morgan Grand National, and the Saddle Seat World Cup...read more>

ASHA Annual Award Recipients Announced, Nelson Green to be Honored For Lifetime Achievement
from ASHA
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has announced its annual award recipients, based on ballots tabulated by the ASHA Board of Directors.

Nominees for each award are received from the general membership and committee volunteers, screened by the ASHA Executive Committee, and voted on by the full Board from the candidates selected. The awards are presented at the Annual American Saddlebred Gala, to be held at the Hilton Lexington Downtown, on the evening of Saturday, February 15, 2014.

The complete list of 2014 awards and recipients is as follows..read more>
USEF and IALHA Team Up on 2014 Youth Memberships
from IALHA

USEF is once again teaming up with the IALHA to help promote Youth involvement in our Association.


Until February 14, 2014, funds from a special grant to the IALHA from the United States Equestrian Federation will be used to provide 2014 IALHA Memberships to youth!


All Youth Members who join during this special Youth Membership Drive will not only receive their 2014 IALHA membership free of charge; they will also receive a voucher for one free class and 50% off a stall at the 2014 IALHA National Championships in Fort Worth, Texas October 14-18, 2014!


To take advantage of this time-limited special offer, please contact Debbie at our Membership Services office at [email protected] today!

Fred Herrick Scholarship Recipients Announced
from AMHA
The Trustees of the American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust are pleased to announce the unanimous winners of the Fred Herrick Memorial Scholarship. In first place is Christine Harb of Plaistow, New Hampshire. Second place is awarded to John Essink of Syracuse, Neb...read more>




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