February 11, 2013

Ashlee Bond and Wistful Win the Night in the $54,500 HITS Grand Prix CSI-W2*,
 presented by Zoetis
Ashlee Bond and Wistful (Flying Horse Photography)
Thermal, CA - Before the start of HITS Desert Horse Park's $54,500 HITS Grand Prix CSI-W2*, presented by Zoetis, course designer Florencio Hernandez of Mexico said that his goal was to have between one and three clear. He landed on the low side of that projection with no need for a jump-off as Ashlee Bond was the only one to go clean in the first round aboard Wistful.

Riding a California-bred mare owned by her family's Little Valley Farm, Bond of Hidden Hills, California was one among 24 riders to tour the track. Nayel Nasser of Stanford, California, was the only other rider to finish the course with no jumping faults, but one time fault landed him second place with his own Raging Bull Vangelis S.

The track was huge, with 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts set between 1.50m and 1.60m. The scope, combined with some tricky distances and a sequence of very tight turns, was more than most horse and rider teams could master. Many riders had time faults even after the time allowed was adjusted from 77 to 84 seconds...read more>


February 16th
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Gramercy Park, Owned by Lynn Rice, Selected as the 2012 WCHR Hunter of the Year
Gramercy Park (Clip Clip Click)
Lexington, KY - In 2011, the Peter Wetherill Cup debuted as an award to celebrate a current equine athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of a top-class show hunter. This prestigious perpetual trophy is presented annually at the Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular in Wellington, FL, to the owner of the World Championship Hunter Rider Program's Hunter of the Year. The elegant silver cup was donated by the USHJA Foundation in honor of late horseman Peter Wetherill.

The 2012 recipient is a brilliant nine year-old bay gelding named Gramercy Park - Charlie to his friends, whose standout record of nearly 20 Champion and Reserve Champion titles in the green working sections assured his nomination and ultimately his selection as the WCHR Hunter of the Year.

Gramercy's pro rider Thomas Brennan of Charlestown, WV recalls how he and trainer Tony Workman first noticed Gramercy as a Pre-Green hunter at an event in Culpeper, VA. The young gelding made such an impression they interrupted Lynn Rice's vacation to share their discovery...read more>

Watch the $82,000 Adequan Grand Prix on-demand at www.usefnetwork.com

Experienceeventing.com Offers Affordable and Exciting Opportunities through Syndication

Lexington, KY- As the U.S. eventing season is now in full swing, the USEF Eventing Owners Task Force would like to remind all enthusiasts of the sport of experienceeventing.com. This unique website offers information about exciting and affordable event horse ownership options through syndication. With more than 50 syndicates available, and new ones added all the time, there are opportunities for everyone to become involved with the U.S. Eventing Team.


To see available syndicates and learn more about the process visit www.experienceeventing.com.   

Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session at Shannondale Farm Wraps-Up after Two Informative Days
Scott Hassler instructs Sandie Gaines-Beddard and Flairance (Chris Hutchings)
Lexington, KY
 - The first Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session of 2013 wrapped up Sunday at Shannondale Farm in Alpharetta, Georgia. A diverse group of young dressage horses, representing a multitude of breeds and varied levels of experience, were selected for the training session with USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach Scott Hassler.

Hassler commented, "We had another very successful training session in this area. It is always encouraging to see the number of interested breeders, owners and young horse trainers who choose to audit these sessions. It provides the setting to have great discussions. With eight out of the 10 horses bred in the USA, I hope to see quite a few of these horses in the FEI ring in the future."..read more>
Brian Bell & Wimpys Showboat Win Winter Slide CRI3*
Ardmore, OK - Brian Bell of Stephenville, TX and Amy Anderson's Wimpys Showboat won the CRI3* class at the 2013 Winter Slide in Ardmore Oklahoma with a score of 217.00. See full results here.

Applications Now Being Accepted for USEF Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe

Lexington, KY- The Search Committee formed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to assist in hiring the next Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe for the U.S. Dressage Team has approved the job description for the position.

The Search Committee is composed of:

Eric Straus, Chairman
Janet Foy
Catherine Haddad-Staller
Susan Dutta
Anne Kursinski
David O'Connor

The job description can be found here...read more>
Koos de Ronde is Crowned FEI World CupTM Driving Champion 2013 in a Thrilling Finale
By Cindy Timmer for FEI

Flying Dutchman Koos de Ronde drove two impeccable clear rounds in the thrilling final competition of the FEI World Cup™ Driving Final in the fully packed arena in Bordeaux (FRA) last night to become the series' new champion. After four years as the FEI World Cup™ Driving champion, the Australian driver's Boyd Exell's (AUS) dominance has come to an end. He finished second, ahead of IJsbrand Chardon (NED) in third.


Demanding and fast course

The Final on Saturday night was very exciting and the suspense lasted until the very end. International O-course designer Gábor Fintha (HUN) had laid out a very demanding and fast course, which was great to watch for the spectators. It included a technical obstacle and a speed obstacle, inviting the drivers to go fast but to remain careful. It was Fintha's first FEI World Cup™ Driving Final as a course designer and he was very proud of the opportunity to design a course for the world's best drivers...read more>

SMU's Raposa Wins Over Fences, SD State's Violand Takes the Flat at FTI WEF Collegiate Equitation Challenge
Schaefer Raposa and Jet Stream K (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - The fourth annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge, hosted at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), took place Friday evening at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The top riders representing varsity teams from the National Collegiate Equitation Association (NCEA) competed head-to-head in a bracket format both over fences and on the flat.

Schaefer Raposa, a freshman at Southern Methodist University, took home the over fences championship trophy, presented by the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association, with a high score of 92. Megan Violand, a senior at South Dakota State University (SDSU), conquered the flat bracket and was awarded the championship trophy, presented by Alex Jayne and Our Day Farm. Earlier in the night, Raposa was awarded the High Score Award for her first round score of 90...read more>
The Equestrian Weekly Western Dressage Blog:
Western Dressage at the National Western Stock Show

By Pat Van Buskirk
Since 1906, the National Western Stock Show in Denver has been the Super Bowl of livestock shows. On January 24th at this year's show, Cliff Swanson, along with the Western Dressage Association of Colorado, presented a two hour clinic in the basics of Western Dressage. Drawing from his skill set clinics, Cliff was able to demonstrate what he normally teaches in five or six half-day clinics.

Cliff explained the history of dressage, as he began with a demonstration of aids, magnificently mounted on his Morgan stallion "Tuffy". Cliff and Tuffy had been practicing earlier in the arena for their evening performance of "Dancing With Horses". Tuffy, thinking he was entering a dark arena with lights and loud music, was pretty excited when he came through the gate. With his shiny dark coat and high-stepping gaits, he and Cliff were really crowd pleasers...read more>




IALHA & USEF Announce a Special Partnership for Youth
from IALHA
The United States Equestrian Federation and the IALHA are working together on an IALHA Youth Membership Drive to help encourage youth participation at IALHA shows. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the USEF



Youth must be between the ages of 7-18 at the time of application to be eligible.


Application for 2013 IALHA membership must be received by the IALHA Membership Services office by February 28, 2013...read more>

Rakhassa Bey++++// Earns High Point Horse in First and Only Show Season  
from AHA
Aurora, CO - The Arabian sport horse community met, fell in love with, and lost a magnificent mare in 2012. Rakhassa Bey++++// (Sundance Kid V x Bonwood Splendor) earned the coveted top spot in the Achievement Awards program as High Point Horse, in addition to earning her Legion of Masters and Legion of Excellence in her first and only rated show season, a feat never before achieved. Sadly, "Kassie" was lost during colic surgery in October. 

Bought by Bill and Alexis Doughty of Cape Charles, Virginia, in 2011 to be used as a broodmare, the 1999 bay mare nicknamed Kassie made an unexpected impression on Alexis as she came off the trailer. "I was awe struck in love with her and knew I'd have to show her. Of course I show sport horse, but halter and western trainers all loved her too. People noticed her for all the things we love about Arabians," says Doughty...read more>
AMHA Convention Early Bird Deadline Ends Soon! 
from AMHA

Friday, February 15 is the last day to take advantage of the early bird registration rates for the 2013 AMHA Convention. Those who make their registrations before this date save $50! And if you register before February 13, you are eligible for a special early bird drawing! You could win one free complete convention package or a full black and white ad in The Morgan Horse magazine, among other prizes!

Lots of Morgan fun and excitement is planned for the 2013 Annual Convention, which will take place February 21-23 in Portland, Oregon, at the historic Benson Hotel...read more> 

ASHA Receives First Affiliate Grant from USEF
from ASHA
The American Saddlebred Horse Association, Inc. (ASHA) has received their first Membership Incentive Grant from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) in the amount of $6,772.  This new annual grant program is aimed at supporting recognized national breed affiliates with competitive programs, outreach programs, educational initiatives, Youth/Amateur programs, and IT initiatives related to USEF competition member services.

ASHA will dedicate the 2013 funds received from this grant to their Technology Upgrade Project, which will result in new software to administer the American Saddlebred Registry (ASR) horse pedigree database for both registering American Saddlebred horses and tracking their complete show records, and an integrated membership records tracking system...read more> 




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