February 25th, 2013

USA I Proves Unbeatable at Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm, USA II Finishes Fourth

The winning USA I Team (SusanJStickle.com)
Wellington, Fla.- The USA I team proved to be unstoppable on Thursday as they won the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm, the only Nations Cup held in North America, by a nine point margin. Held as part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the team competition was held over two-rounds hosting both Big and Small Tour competitors. The USA I team composed of Adrienne Lyle, Tina Konyot, Silva Martin, and Shawna Harding finished the Nations Cup on a score of 423.543 to earn the Gold medal. Canada I earned the Silver medal on a total of 414.488 with Spain occupying the Bronze medal podium on a score of 412.632. While Catherine Haddad-Staller, Shelly Francis, Ashley Wimmer, and Justin Hardin led USA II to a two-day total of 412.053.

The Ground Jury of Anne Gribbons, Gabriel Armando, Cesar Torrente, Lorraine MacDonald, and Bo Jena judged Small Tour combinations, performing the FEI Intermediaire I Test, and saw the Big Tour competitors ride the FEI Grand Prix Special Test (all Big Tour combinations were awarded an added 1.5% to their scores for team classification)...read more>
Team USA I Win The Wellington Dressage Nations Cup

Watch Team USA I Win the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3*
sponsored by Stillpoint Farm on USEF Network
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Getting to Know Clark Montgomery - From Equestrian Magazine

check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
WEFAudrey Coulter Beats the Best in $280,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 4* and $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic
Audrey Coulter and Acorte (Sportfot)
Wellington, Fla. - The 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) concluded its seventh week of competition on Sunday with a fantastic line-up of international show jumping and back-to-back wins for 21-year-old Audrey Coulter (USA) of San Francisco, Calif.

The day kicked off with the $280,000  Adequan®  Grand Prix CSI 4* with a win for Coulter and Acorte. The pair beat out the world's number one and two ranked riders, Scott Brash and Ben Maher of Great Britain, who finished second and third respectively with their mounts Ursula XII and Cella. Coulter then went on to another big win in the afternoon's $84,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic with her mount Victory DA. It was a day the young rider will surely never forget...read more>
Lyle and Wizard Golden in Freestyle Competition at Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm
Freestyle Medalists (SusanJStickle.com)
Wellington, Fla. - The Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm, held in conjunction with the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, came to a conclusion on Friday evening in front of a packed house with riders vying for Individual medals in Freestyle competition. Small Tour and Big Tour combinations went head-to-head, with the Ground Jury of Anne Gribbons, Gabriel Armando, Cesar Torrente, Lorraine MacDonald, and Bo Jena judging all competitors to determine Individual honors. The U.S. had strong representation in the Grand Prix with four of the six entries flying the American flag, while in the Small Tour two up-and-coming combinations represented the United States.

For the third consecutive day Adrienne Lyle and Wizard could not be beaten as they posted a score of 75.8% in the Grand Prix Freestyle to earn the Gold medal. The competition for the top spots on Friday were incredibly close with the top three all finishing within one point of each other. Lyle's teammate from the winning USA I Nations Cup team, Tina Konyot, joined her on the podium, finishing in third place. Splitting the American podium finishes was Juan Matute Jr. of Spain with Don Diego Ymas in the Intermediaire I Freestyle Test on a score of 75.325%...read more>
#AdequanGDF CDIO3* Freestyle Wnners - Adrienne Lyle & Wizard
Watch Adrienne Lyle & Wizard's winning freestyle on USEF Network.

Reminder: Eventing 18 Applications Due March 7, 2014
Individuals interested in being part of the 2015 Eventing 18 Program have until March 7th to submit their applications. There is no fee to apply and the application can be found through the My USEF My Way portal at usef.org.

Applicants must select the event(s) they are planning to attend from the list of pre-determined competitions. Additional events may be added to the application after submission. The riders will be sent a sticker for their cross country pinney holder to help identify them. The list of applicants will be sent to the Talent Spotters before each event they are tasked with watching.

The Talent Spotters will report to the Talent Advisors which will select the best riders to be part of the program by August 8, 2014. Training camp dates and location will be determined by the Eventing High Performance Committee based on the geographic location of riders...read more> 
First 2014 USEF Developing Driver Clinic Set to Begin

Lexington, Ky. - The first clinic of the 2014 Developing Driver Program (DDP) will take place at the Grand Oaks in Weirsdale, Fla., February 28 - March 2, 2014. Thorsten Zarembowicz of Germany, 2010 Singles World Champion and eighth-place finisher at the 2013 Pair World Championships, will teach the clinic. Participants will hone their skills in the dressage, marathon, and cones phases throughout the three-day clinic.

The following drivers have been selected to participate in the clinic:
Catherine Boiler (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
Margaret Cox (Providence, R.I.)
Craig Grange (Morriston, Fla.)
Joni Kuhn (Argyle, Texas)
Doris Leacy (Oro Valley, Ariz.)
Max Montoya (Hebron, Ky.)
Colten Parker (Batavia, Ohio)
Heather Schneider (Palm City, Fla.)
Debra Sparks (Wellington, Fla.) 


Read more at USEF Network.

MagazineGetting to Know Clark Montgomery

Clark Montgomery grew up riding and competing in Texas and, at the age of 18, made the move to the East Coast to train with Karen and David O'Connor in The Plains, Va. For the last 14 years, Montgomery has been finding and producing talented horses, which continually have earned top placings both in the United States and Europe.

At the end of the 2012 season, Montgomery and his wife, Jessica, decided to relocate from their Pennsylvania base to England in order for Clark to gain more experience and immerse himself in European competition. The move has paid off, with Montgomery enjoying an extremely successful 2013 campaign that included his first Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials completion with Jessica Montgomery, Carole Montgomery, Janet Higgins, and Elizabeth Smith's Universe and finished out the year with the Dutch gelding finishing in 10th place at the Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4*. Additionally, he produced a third-place finish at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3* in September 2013 with Jessica Montgomery, Kathryn Kraft, and Holly and William Becker's Loughan Glen... read more>
When He Doesn't Eat Like a Horse: Dealing with the Picky Eater

What if your horse just won't touch the feed you're offering? How can you figure out how to tempt his appetite, keep him properly nourished, and prevent weight loss? Identifying the problem and then correcting it can be a challenge...read more>



ASHA Welcome Input from Members on New Marketing Plan
from ASHA
The American Saddlebred Horse Association invites its members to make suggestions on how to best implement the objectives incorporated in the 2014 Marketing Plan. There are four objectives to the plan. They are:

1. Increase memberships in American Saddlebred Horse Association.
2. Increase the registration of American Saddlebred foals. 
3. Increase the Number of Lesson Programs/Riding Instructors/College Equine Programs using American Saddlebreds, including Saddle Seat, Hunt, Western, and other disciplines.
4. Effectively position the American Saddlebred so that we consistently represent the breed to key audiences.

To make suggestions as to how to effectively implement those objectives, please send an email to [email protected]. Please include the following information in your email...read more>
AMHA Announces Promoter Award Recipient
from AMHA
AMHA is pleased to recognize Margaret Bailey-Miller as the 2013 recipient of the AMHA Promoter Award. The Promoter Award recognizes club members who are diligent supporters of the breed, working hard to bring the Morgan into public arenas. Recipients actively promote the breed at fairs, parades, open barns, equine expos, and other activities...read more> 
HackneyUSEF Announces Roadster Pony and Hackney Roadster Pony Competitions Selected for Heel Measurements

Lexington, Ky. - The USEF Hackney Committee has selected the six competitions at which heel measurements will be required of Roadster Pony and Hackney Roadster Pony Championship classes as defined by USEF Hackney and Roadster Division rules. The mandatory heel measurements will be taken from the first-place and fourth-place ponies in the following competitions in 2014..read more> 




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