February 6, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world


Chef d'Equipe Missy Ransehousen, Dale Dedrick, MD, Rebecca Hart, Mary Jordan, Jonathan Wentz, and coach Kai Handt, USA Team that earned the needed first place over Canada in Wellington, Florida January 2012 (Lindsay McCall)
Lexington, KY - Coming off of a strong performance at the recent Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge CPEDI3* Team Qualifier for the Paralympics in Wellington, FL USA's Para-Dressage team has earned a spot at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "It's very exciting," says Chef d'Equipe Missy Ransehousen "I was very pleased with not only the team but with the individuals. They are a good group of people, working hard, and going forward with a good plan in mind."

Team USA bounced back from a 2nd place finish at the Gold Coast Opener CPEDI3* and earned an important victory over Canada in the Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge...read more>

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James Koford and Pharaoh (Susan J Stickle)
Wellington, FL
- James Koford, of Wellington, FL, was all smiles as he won the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle in the Wellington Dressage CDI-W,
 presented by Magnolia Farm, on Saturday. Riding Pharaoh, owned by Hannah Hollandshook, Koford won the featured event of the 20120 Global Dressage Festival (GDF) with a score of 73.300%.
Shawna Harding, of Aiken, SC, was second with Come On III scoring 70.575%. Koford's winning attitude did not go unnoticed by Janet Foy, who served as the FEI Judge at the letter "C".  "What I really so enjoyed was Jim's smile during the pirouettes and the piaffe/passage parts of the test," said Foy. "You can tell he enjoys this horse and was really nice to see."...read more> 

Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and Taunus (Flying Horse Photography)
Thermal, CA
Spectators packed into the indoor arena at HITS Thermal to cheer Francie Steinwedell-Carvin of La Cañada, California to an impressive victory in [saturday's] 53,000 Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix CSI2*W, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. She piloted Prentiss Partners' Taunus to the only faultless round of the day to bank a critical early season qualifier for the third annual Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix and the FEI World Cup.

Course Designer Bernardo Cabral of Lisbon, Portugal presented 12 obstacles, including a double and a triple combination to 14 competitors in the first FEI World Cup qualifier of the HITS Desert Winter Circuit. Faults were scattered throughout the course, but it was the time allowed of 74 seconds that posed the most difficult question to both horses and riders. The first round birthed zero faultless rides, but four emerged with only one time fault to advance to the jump-off...read more>

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Live Oak 2012
The Live Oak International Driving Event will celebrate its 20th year in 2012. Over this 20 year period it has been the industry standard for Combined Driving Competition welcoming leading drivers, trainers, coaches and owners from Europe and North America and drawing thousands of people to the area as [the event] again serve[s] the dual purposes of giving the public a chance to enjoy world class combined driving competition while also supporting many non-profit and charity goals. The 2012 Event will host the USEF National Championships for Four In Hand Horses...read more>

Leslie Law and Rehy Lux on their way to winning the Advanced division at the 2011 Pine Top Horse Trials. (Leslie Mintz/USEA)
Pine Top is preparing for two big events in February, and is pleased to report that recent rains have created excellent footing. In addition, fall rains produced good permanent grass coverage on the new earthwork features that were completed in the midst of a very dry summer.

There is a new hollow, a large new mound, a new water jump, and two new coffins. There are also some big new table jumps and new cabin jumps, and several older jumps have been rehabbed. 


In the upper stabling area, fencing has been relocated to provide more trailer parking space and 8 new hookups have been installed there, plus the big show jumping ring has been expanded to 5600 square meters.

The Feb. 10-12 Intermediate event will run 70-80 Intermediate horses, and the Feb. 24-26 Advanced event will run 50-60 Advanced horses. John Williams is the course designer...read more> 


Oklahoma City, Okla - At the most recent NRHA Board of Directors meeting, January 21-22, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the NRHA Hall of Fame Committee recommended a nominee for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame. That nominee was unanimously approved for induction in 2012 - Wimpys Little Chic owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Weatherford, Tex...read more> 
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Nick Skelton and Big Star (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - Great Britain's Nick Skelton and Big Star triumphed in Saturday night's $80,000 Adequan CSI 2* Grand Prix during the fourth week of competition at the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Nineteen countries were represented in the world-class event with a record 81 starters, the largest recorded weekend grand prix field. Riders from Canada, Venezuela, Great Britain, the United States, Ireland, Germany, and Sweden made it to the jump-off with Skelton leading the way...read more> 
NCEA Focus  
No. 2 Georgia Grabs 11-8 Win over No. 7 South Carolina
2/4 - UGA vs NMSU
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Bishop, Ga.
-The second-ranked University of Georgia equestrian team used a strong performance by the horsemanship squad to pull away from No. 7 South Carolina 11-8 on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs moved to 7-1 on the season, while USC [fell] to 3-5. Georgia swept the regular-season series with the Gamecocks, as it won the first meeting 11-9...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.  

USEF News  
Selection Procedures for the 2012 Olympic Games Now Available 

Lexington, KY
- The USEF Selection Procedures for the 2012 Olympic Games are approved are now available on the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) website. The 2012 Olympic Games will be held in London, UK July 27-August 12, 2012. The links to the procedures and more information about each discipline are available here.

USEF Accepting Applications to Host East and West Coast FEI Children's Jumping Final Qualifiers

USEF is accepting applications to host one East Coast and one West Coast qualifier for the 2012 FEI Children's International Jumping Classic. A qualifier consists of two classes of two rounds each held over two days and judged by an FEI licensed Jumping judge. Organizers interested in hosting a qualifier should contact Jennifer Haydon, Director of Show Jumping National Programs at 859-225-6911 or via email at jhaydon@usef.org no later than February 21,2012.

Lexington, KY - The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has announced its annual award recipients, based on ballots tabulated by the ASHA Board of Directors.

ominees 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 Saddlebred Gala, to be held at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, on the evening of Saturday, February 18, 2012...read more>

Shelburne, VTThe American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) is continuing its efforts to search for applicants for Team Morgan 2012. This three-part competition, which will be comprised of hunter seat equitation, saddle seat equitation, and driving, will take place July 4-7, 2012 at the Bluegrass Morgan Classic Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky...read more>


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