February 25, 2013

Observation Sessions Wrap Up in Florida and California for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program
Sigrid Wolff and Kodaly, owned by Alex Holland (Cavallis)
Lexington, KY - Two observation sessions for the 2013 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program have taken place in Wellington, FL February 13-14 and Burbank, CA February 22-23. Between the two sessions, USEF Young Horse Coach, Scott Hassler, has been able to observe close to 40 young horses. The majority of riders attended the sessions with their personal trainers, allowing them to develop plans for their horses with the help of Hassler. He has seen great improvements in horse quality and an exciting number of promising combinations.
"We had terrific participation," said Hassler. "2013 looks like a very exciting year with high quality young horses. Several of the combinations have potential to be future international competitors and I am really excited to watch them develop through our pipeline of trainers and programs."..read more>

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Amateurs Top $54,500 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix CSI-W2*, sponsored by Zoetis
Tiffany Sullivan scored her first big win after moving up to 1.50-1.60m competition this weekend at HITS Thermal. She and Tristan topped the $54,500 Purina Animal Nutrition CSI-W2* Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis (Flying Horse Photography)
Thermal, CA -  A grand prix victory is always impressive, but when it's your first, and it's in a 1.60m class, that bumps it into the realm of stunning, and stun the crowd is exactly what Tiffany Sullivan did Saturday night, riding Tristan to the front of the pack in the $54,500 Purina Animal Nutrition CSI-W 2* Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

Competing before an overflow audience for the last of three FEI World Cup qualifying classes at HITS Desert Horse Park, the Los Angeles-based Sullivan rocked the house as the first to go clear in the order of 22 horse-and-rider pairs. "This is my first year competing in the meter-fifties, let alone meter-sixties," said Sullivan after the class.

Sullivan was one of two to go clear and was joined by Nayel Nassar, a 22-year-old student at Stanford, was clear on his own Lordan, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding. After securing a jump-off, Nayel chose to save his horse for future rounds and withdrew, placing him second. He was also third with his 15-year-old stallion Raging Bull Vangelis S. Sullivan entered the ring and received the start signal to earn top placement...read more>
Tori Colvin & Ovation win the 2013 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular at #FTIWEF
Watch Tori Colvin & Ovation win the 2013 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular at #FTIWEF on www.usefnetwork.com.
US Dressage Finals - Entry and Invitation Qualifications Announced
Lexington, KY - The 2013 US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan, will be held on November 7-10, 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park. It will be the first head-to-head competition in Dressage showcasing Adult Amateur and Open riders at Training through GP levels, who are US citizens. The event will include an Open Division at Training through Grand Prix levels and all Freestyles, as well as an Adult Amateur Division with Training through Grand Prix. Horse/rider combinations who qualify through the nine GAIG/USDF Regional Championships, will have the opportunity to compete on the national stage. 

Champions and Reserve Champions who have achieved a minimum score, and filed a "Declaration of Intent" will be eligible to compete. "Wild Card" invitations are also available to high-scoring competitors in the Regional Championships who are not otherwise eligible. To learn more about the official criteria and review the full Entry and Invitation Qualifications document, click here.

For evolving event and competitor information, usdressagefinals.com will be your resource.  

Chester Weber Donates Two Days of Training At Live Oak Stud to "Salute to Driving" USET Fund Raiser
Chester Weber, the nine-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Combined Driving Champion, shown here competing in 2011 at the CAI Altenfelden (Marie de Ronde-Oudemans)
Ocala, FL - Decorated combined driver Chester Weber will donate a package for Two Days of Training at the United States Equestrian Team's "Salute to Driving" Fundraiser.  The benefit is designed to raise funds for the discipline of driving, and Weber invites the winner to bring their own horses to enjoy two days of training at his prestigious Ocala training facility, Live Oak Stud.

The Third Annual Salute to Driving fundraising event will take place March 1-3 in Windsor, South Carolina.  Each year, the event has raised money for the country's High Performance Driving programs for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation.  The weekend will feature a beautiful dinner and auction on Saturday evening, multiple driving clinics with some of the world's top trainers, and a combined driving competition for Preliminary to Advanced level drivers on Sunday.  Also included in the weekend are dressage clinics with Michael Freund and Sterling Graburn, harnessing demonstrations, carriage exhibits, a Driving Blind Cones activity with golf carts, and a mini-quadrille.  The Salute to Driving fundraiser will be hosted by Chateau Log and Courage to Lead Farms in South Carolina...read more>
First Adequan USEA Gold Cup Event Only Two Weeks Away
from USEA

On March 7 in Tallahassee, Florida, the Red Hills CIC3* will kick off the2013 Adequan USEA Gold & PRO Tour Series Season. This year is a big one for the Gold Cup as the format has changed to encompass 11 qualifying events with horses and riders earning the opportunity to compete for $40,000 at the year-end final in the Adequan Advanced Division at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championshipspresented by Bit of Britain.


Eleven events at the CIC3* and Advanced Levels are on the schedule for this year's Gold Cup starting with Red Hills. The winning pair of each qualifying event will earn a spot in the Adequan Advanced Division at the AEC in addition to $500, seven doses of Adequan, Point Two Prize, SmartPak Equine Wellfleet Bridle, a pair of FITS breeches, and $350 worth of Nunn Finer Products...read more>

USEF Names Teams for CSIO Wellington 

Lexington, KY- The following teams and riders have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. in Nations Cup competition during CSIO Wellington, February 27-March 3. On Friday March 1, the Palm Beach International Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL will host some of the best horses and riders from across the globe as they vie for top honors in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm. While, on Saturday March 2, the International Arena will showcase the future of the sport in the $10,000 FEI Young Riders Nation Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm, the $2,500 FEI Junior Riders Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm and the FEI Children's Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm.  

See who's on each of the teams at www.usefnetwork.com.

Historic win for The Netherlands in first leg of Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ at Al Ain, UAE 

From Louise Parkes for FEI


The first leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping series lived up to expectations today when, in a real roller-coaster of a competition, The Netherlands won through and both Saudi Arabia and Qatar qualified for the series final. There were three teams from the Middle East Region vying for the two qualifying spots on offer, but it was the host nation from the UAE that missed the cut when finishing behind Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  


It was a career-defining day for 19-year-old Dutchman, Frank Schuttert, who helped his side to success with one of four double-clear performances over a tough track set by Venezuela's Leopoldo Palacios. And it was a heart-warming day for Dutch Chef d'Equipe, Rob Ehrens, as his mainly youthful team looked so full of promise as they secured their convincing victory. Schuttert was joined by 24-year-old Maikel van der Vleuten and 26-year-old Aniek Poels. Maikel's 49-year-old father, Eric van der Vleuten, also ensured it was a Dutch family affair when adding the essential depth of experience as pathfinder.


Great Britain and Germany tussled for runner-up spot in the closing stages but had to share it in the final analysis, while France finished fourth ahead of Saudi Arabia in fifth, Qatar in sixth and the UAE in seventh place. With 35 first-round faults, Egypt didn't make it into the second round, while Ukrainian chances, already badly hampered by the withdrawal of third-line rider Oleksandr Onischenko, were completely dashed when Ferenc Szentirmai was eliminated to leave them also on the sidelines after the first round...read more> 

No.2 upends No.1 to Headline an Exciting Weekend of NCEA Competition
Senior Stephanie Rucci helped lead No.2 Auburn over No.1 Georgia on Saturday (Sophomore Danielle Long)
No.2 Auburn University  def No.1 University of Georgia 12-8


It was a little closer than last time they met, when Auburn won 13-7, but the Georgia Bulldogs couldn't take advantage of being at home to get a win over the Tigers. Auburn jumped out to a quick lead in this one, and held it.

The western team was the difference this time around, with Auburn taking Horsemanship 4-1 during the meet's first half.

"Overall, I'd say the group rode some of the best I've seen all year," said Auburn Sophmore Stephanie Rucci, who won points in Horsemanship and Reining, and was the Horsemanship MOP. "We all know how difficult it is to win an away meet, especially at the top-ranked school, but we overcame it all."..read more>  



AMHA Announces 2013 Director Election Results 
from AMHA
The American Morgan Horse Association announced at its annual members meeting on Friday, February 22, 2013 in Portland, Oregon, the election of several directors. 

Elected to Regions 1, 2, 9, and Director at Large respectively were: Sara Foy of New Hampshire and Cindy Mugnier of Massachusetts for Region 1; Ann Scussell of New Jersey and Sharon Skelly of New York for Region 2; Linnea Sidi for Region 9; and Ling Fu Wylie was elected Director at Large.   

Former Region 2 Director, Kathy Newcomb, was bestowed Director Emeritus status by the AMHA Board of Directors. 
Mid-America Spring Show Moves to Thursday-Saturday on Easter Weekend
from ASHA
This year's Mid-America Spring Show falls on Easter weekend, and will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but not on Easter Sunday.  Actual show dates are March 28-30. Allison Deardorff of Molalla, Oregon, will judge all classes. 

Mid-America Spring is a great way to start the show season as it's all indoors, under one roof, at the Ledges facility on the Illinois/Wisconsin state line in Roscoe, IL.  Ledges is a fully heated 72,000 square foot indoor facility, with 275 oak sided permanent stalls -- making it comfortable in any weather.


Mid-America Spring offers complete divisions for Saddlebred Five-Gaited and Three-Gaited, Fine Harness, and Park performance horses as well as pleasure classes for Show, Country, Western, Hunt Seat and even Open Pleasure classes.  There also are Hackney Show Pleasure Driving, Road Pony classes and Saddle Seat Equitation age groups plus Good Hands, USEF Medal, UPHA Challenge Cup and Pleasure Medallion qualifiers.  All 14 Academy classes are on Good Friday afternoon...read more>




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