February 18, 2013

Victoria Colvin Has a One-Two Finish for Third Victory in $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

Victoria Colvin and Ovation (Sportfot)

Wellington, Fla. - World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition peaked on Saturday evening under the lights of the International Arena at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. The country's top professional, amateur, and junior hunter riders went head-to-head to earn top call in the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.

Hunter horses and riders were showcased throughout week six of the FTI WEF in WCHR competition. Riders qualified for the class during competition for their respective divisions throughout the week.

Sixteen-year-old Victoria Colvin topped the class for the third year in a row with champion mount Ovation, who she rode to the 2013 title as well. Ovation, a 14-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, won the class with a score of 89.66 with Colvin in the irons. Not only did Colvin clinch her third title in the Hunter Spectacular, she took the top two spots. She rode Way Cool (the 2012 WCHR Hunter Spectacular winner), a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding also owned by Dr. Parker, to second place with a score of 89.16...read more>


Side by Side: Tori Colvin's Top 2 at the 2014 #HunterSpectacular

Watch Tori's rides with Ovation and Way Cool at www.usefnetwork.com.


Other Headlines From This Issue

Road to WEG: Endurance - From Equestrian Magazine

Wednesday, February 19th - Friday February, 21st
check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 

U.S. Teams Eye Podium Finishes at Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm

The U.S. Team (USEF Archive)

Lexington, Ky.- Top U.S. combinations and rising stars will be on display this week at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla., as two American teams are set to contest the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm. Nine teams from seven countries will line up in North America's only Nations Cup competition that is set to host both Big and Small Tour combinations.


Team medals will be determined by the top three scores from the FEI Grand Prix Test and FEI Prix St. Georges Test for each team, combined with the team's best three scores from the FEI Grand Prix Special Test and FEI Intermediaire I Test. Additionally, a .5% bonus will be added to the team results for each Grand Prix/Grand Prix Special rider per team.


Individual medals will be awarded to the riders with the highest scores in the Freestyle tests (Grand Prix or Intermediaire I). 


USA I Team will be composed of two 2012 Olympic Games' veterans in Tina Konyot and Adrienne Lyle riding in Big Tour competition, while Shawna Harding and Silva Martin look to secure top results in the Small Tour. Additionally, USA I Team has been designated to earn points for the U.S. in the FEI Nations Cup Final standings...read more>

Kent Farrington and Blue Angel Smoke the Competition in $84,000 Salamander Hotels & Resorts Valentine's Grand Prix CSI3*
Kent Farrington and Blue Angel (Sportfot)

Wellington, Fla. - A special $84,000 Salamander Hotels & Resorts Valentine's Grand Prix CSI 3* was held on Friday night at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) with another exciting win for Kent Farrington (USA) and his speedy mount, Blue Angel. The pair has been on fire this season and topped the class almost three seconds faster than second-place finishers Cian O'Connor (IRL) and Carlous Z. Australia's Benjamin Meredith and Bernadien van Westuur finished third.


As the hunters were featured on the main showgrounds at PBIEC, the highlight jumper competition will be held on the adjacent showgrounds at The Stadium at PBIEC. Exciting jumper classes will be held on the beautiful grass derby field at The Stadium, including the $34,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, and the $50,000 Equestrian Sotheby's Jumper Derby at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

On Friday night, Great Britain's Richard Jeffery set the course for 42 starters in the grand prix, held in the International Ring at The Stadium at PBIEC, with eight clear rounds to jump-off. Third to go in the order, Kent Farrington and Robin Parsky's Blue Angel slammed the door on the other competitors, not leaving little room for improvement on their blazing fast time of 36.58 seconds for the win...read more> 

Fresno County Horse Park International Horse Trials: Smith and Brown Win the CIC Divisions
from USEA

There is a restored energy among the competitors at Fresno County Horse Park (FCHP) as event organizer John Marshall has impressed competitors with his first International competition.  For an adult amateur, who events for fun, he has developed a fantastic team to bring back FCHP to what it used to be during Rap Tap's glory days.  The improvements to the courses and the footing have been talked about among all the attendees this weekend.


Tamie Smith had a superb outing on Fleur de Lis in the CIC1*.  She is ecstatic about her ride today, saying, "He was absolutely amazing. He is ready to move up to Intermediate," she says with a squeak of excitement in her voice. "It was a great first run of the season.  I went out with no intention of making time but since the course flowed well and the footing was perfect, I easily came in under time."..read more>

Dr. Midge Leitch 1946-2014
Lexington, Ky.- We mourn the loss of a great veterinarian and personality in equestrian sport in the United States. Dr. Midge Leitch passed away on February 15, 2014 following a long illness.

Leitch was a longtime member of the United States Equestrian Team having served at team veterinarian for numerous dressage and driving teams in addition to lending her expertise to eventing teams. She accompanied many U.S. teams on international trips including medal-winning efforts at Pan American Games, World Championships and Olympic Games...read more>
Historic Asia, Far East, and Oceania Collaboration on Movement of Sport Horses
from FEI

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) today opened a three-day workshop for government veterinary and animal health experts from 20 nations across Asia and Oceania at the Happy Valley Racecourse (HKG), focusing on the international movement of sport horses.


The workshop, which is the first of its kind to be held in Asia, is co-organised by the FEI, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) of the Hong Kong Government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC).


Sessions at the workshop will focus on the extensive global growth of the sport horse industry over the last decade, which has resulted in far-reaching socio-economic benefits for national economies and the horse sport industry, and has significantly strengthened the progression of equestrian athletes competing on the world stage. The sport still faces serious challenges due to inconsistent approaches to the application of health regulations and quarantine on competition horses, leading to excessive and irregular health requirements for temporary importation...read more>

MagazineRoad to WEG: Endurance 

Endurance is a long-distance competition against the clock, testing the speed and strength of a horse and challenging the rider's effective use of pace, thorough knowledge of the horse's capabilities, and ability to cross all kinds of terrain and natural obstacles such as ditches, creeks, and thickly forested hillsides. Although the rides are timed, finishing in good condition is paramount to finishing first. Since the primary objective of an endurance ride is its completion, all competitors crossing the finish line are awarded.

Endurance began as a sport in the United States, where the U.S. cavalry tested its horses on a five-day, 300-mile (483km) ride, with each horse carrying over 200lbs (91kg). It became a competitive sport in the 1950s, when Wendell Robie traced the Pony Express route from Nevada to California in less than 24 hours. The discipline gained international recognition by the FEI in 1978, and the first World Championship event was held in 1986...read more>
Top Three Unchanged in New NCEA Rankings
Waco, Tx. -  There was just one change in the latest National Collegiate Equestrian Association national team rankings, announced on Tuesday by the NCEA Selection Committee. 

South Carolina remains the nation's No. 1 team, followed by No. 2 Baylor and No. 3 Auburn. Oklahoma State and Kansas State flip spots following a 13-6 win by Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Cowgirls check in at No. 4, while the Wildcats are No. 6. New Mexico State rounds out the top-five at No. 5...read more>

Understanding Horse Feeds

Many feed stores offer a bewildering array of feeds for horses, and sometimes the choices can be overwhelming, especially for a first-time horse owner. A clear understanding of a horse's workload and nutritional requirements will make selecting an appropriate feed an easy task...read more>



SSWorldCupFirst Training Session for 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup 
Team a Success

The 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup Team at Cascade Stables for their first training session (Betty Tucker)
New Orleans, La. - In preparation for the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup on July 22-26, 2014 in the United States, the U.S. Saddle Seat Team attended its first training session February 7-9 at Cascade Stables in New Orleans, La. This training session was the first time the riders and coaches could all come together to work and train as a team. It also afforded riders the opportunity to prepare for World Cup competition by riding multiple horses unfamiliar to them, just as they will at the World Cup.

The training session got underway Friday with a trail ride and other team activities. Team practice, led by coaches Gary Garone and Nancy Becker, began early Saturday morning with both five-gaited and three-gaited sections doing rail and pattern work, along with other drills on multiple horses.

"I think the team practice went great," commented Kristen Smith, the three-gaited section Captain. "It is a great group and we all hit it off very well. I had a blast getting to know everyone better and bonding as a team. The coaches were amazing in giving us pointers and pushing us as riders to be the best we could be. Overall, it was a fabulous weekend with an amazing group of riders and coaches working together!"..read more>
ASHA Unveils New Marketing Plan & Logo
from ASHA

On the morning of February 14, 2014 during the ASHA Annual Convention and Youth Conference, Allen Bosworth, Chief Operating Officer of Erwin Penland Advertising and Chair of the ASHA's Marketing Committee, unveiled a new and exciting marketing plan and logo for ASHA.
The new marketing plan includes implementation of programs and initiatives to achieve the following goals:

  1. Increase memberships in ASHAli>
  2. Increase the registration of American Saddlebred Foals
  3. Increase the number of American Saddlebred Lesson Programs & Riding Instructors and the use of American Saddlebreds as lesson horses in every discipline and the knowledge of Saddle Seat as a whole.
  4. Effectively position the American Saddlebred so that we consistently represent the breed to key audiences.

Along with the strategic implementation of the aforementioned goals, the ASHA has unveiled a new logo which was approved by the ASHA Board of Directors in January, and the slogan, "America's Spirited Beauty"... ASB...read more>

It's Here! The 2014 AMHA Annual Convention
from AMHA
After months of planning, the 2014 AMHA Annual Convention is upon us! We hope you will be able to join us for the loads of Morgan fun and excitement we have planned for this event, which will be held Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22 at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Just a short list of some of the fun events and activities that are scheduled to take place during this three-day gathering of Morgan friends include..read more>
2014 ASPC/AMHR Congress Class Schedule Available

The 2014 Congress Class Schedule is available at www.shetlandminiature.com.




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