March 4, 2013

U.S. Victorious in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm at the 2013 CSIO Wellington
The Winning U.S. Team (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL- The United States produced a spectacular effort in Friday's $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm to win America's only Nation Cup for a fifth time on a total of four faults. Seven countries sent teams into the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center to contest two rounds of jumping over Anthony D'Ambrosio's 12 obstacle track. Earning second and third place were the teams from Canada and Germany on five and nine faults respectively.

Leading-off for the U.S. were Kent Farrington and R.C.G. Farm's Uceko. In the first round the 2011 Pan American Games Team Gold medalists produced a four fault trip with only a rail at the final oxer marring an otherwise lovely effort. Farrington (Wellington, FL) and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding returned to the International Arena later in the evening with an improved performance jumping an effortless clear in round two.

"My horse was a little wild in the first round and got strong at the end," said Farrington. "But I was really happy with the way he came back in the second round." more>
Team USA wins the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Wellington at #FTIWEF
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Future of U.S. Jumping Shines Bright at CSIO Wellington; Young Riders Prove Unbeatable as Juniors and Child Riders Both Claim 
Fourth Place Honors
The U.S. Young Rider Team stood atop the podium (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL- The International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center belonged to the future of the sport as Young Riders, Juniors and Child Riders went to task over beautifully built courses by Anthony D'Ambrosio. The first rounds of the three FEI Nations Cup competitions, which were being held as part of CSIO Wellington, were jumped during the windy afternoon session, with riders returning for a second round under the lights.

The U.S. fielded three strong teams which under the guidance of Chef d'Equipe Michelle Grubb demonstrated the next generation of American jumpers are an exciting and talented group. In the $10,000 FEI Young Riders Nation Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm the U.S. completed a dominating performance to win on home turf with a score of 10. The American Juniors demonstrated consistency as they cruised to fourth place in the $2,500 FEI Junior Riders Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm on a 12 fault total. The Child Riders also displayed tact in a fourth place effort to finishing with a total of 13 faults in the FEI Children's Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm.

"This has been a great week," said Grubb. "This is the start of something really special." more>
Mette Rosencrantz and Finally Cinch Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W Grand Prix Special
Mette Rosencrantz and Finally
Loxahatchee, FL- Mette Rosencrantz, of Topanga, CA, and Finally, a 12-year-old chestnut Hanoverian gelding, snared the win in the Grand Prix Special on a blustery Saturday at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W.

The pair placed 14th in the Grand Prix Friday afternoon, and Rosencrantz was pleased with today's winning ride down centerline at the International Horse Sport (IHS) Champions Park at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, FL. She and Finally, owned by Finally Partners, LLC, scored a 67.875% for the more>
Fellers and Flexible Back on Top, Win the $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix, Presented by Zoetis
Rich Fellers and Flexible rode to the winner's circle at HITS Thermal (Flying Horse Photography)
Thermal, CA - Fifty-three horse-and-rider combinations took the field, but it was the reigning World Cup winners who ruled the day Friday, when Rich Fellers and Flexible rode to victory in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

The rider from Wilsonville, Oregon and the chestnut stallion owned by Harry and Mollie Chapman, laid down a pair of sizzling rounds, although they were chased to the finish by Lane Clarke of Laguna Niguel, California and Horsemanship Unlimited's Kiss the Sky, who finished second. Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Windward Farm's Unbelievable 5 placed third.

"He's coming back into the zone," said Fellers of Flexible, who finished in the money for all three HITS Desert Circuit CSI-W2* World Cup qualifier grand prix last month, scoring as high as third.

The duo presented one blazing round after another on a course well-suited to Flexible's ability to shave time off the turns, turning in six strides where others were putting in eight. Brazilian designer Marina Azevedo's track of 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts was set at up to 1.50m. It included three twisting loops, which was just technical enough to make, "Oh! Just that one rail," a recurring theme from the announcer's booth. Seventeen finished the first round with a single knock-down and eleven were more>

$150,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix Jump Off #FTIWEF
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Nineteen USEF Eventing Competitions Approved as FEI Targeted CNs
Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that 19 USEF eventing competitions have been approved by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) as Targeted CNs. The approval of FEI Targeted CNs comes in response to concerns voiced by National Federations to the FEI regarding Eventing Rules that went into effect January 1, 2013. Among the new rules implemented was the deletion of CNs, often referred as National Horse Trials, in the Matrix of Qualification in order to move up the levels of FEI Competition.

Results achieved at FEI Targeted CNs will be considered equivalent to that of a CIC of the same level, this will only be effective in the 2013 competition more>

Update Regarding EHV-1 in Florida

Lexington, KY - The Florida Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a second horse associated with the Ocala Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) has presented with neurological signs. To date, there have been a total of 7 horses linked to the Ocala outbreak (two neurological cases, and five having tested positive with no evidence of neurologic disease being seen). All positive tests have been reported as Equine Herpes Virus Type 1, the wild strain.

An additional horse (Wellington area and no identified direct or indirect connection to the Ocala show grounds) has been tested and found to be EHV-1 (wild strain) positive. There have been no neurologic symptoms associated with this more> 

Bromont Bid Team for FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 at FEI HQ for Presentation to Evaluation Commission
from FEI

A delegation led by Paul Côté, President of the Bromont Bid Committee, was at FEI Headquarters today to make an in-depth presentation to the FEI Evaluation Commission as part of the final stages of the bidding process for the hosting rights to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2018.


The seven-strong team which presented the official Bromont and Montreal bid book to the Evaluation Commission also included the Mayor of Bromont Pauline Quinlan, President of Equine Canada Mike Gallagher, President of Bromont International Roger DesLauriers, technical advisor Leopoldo Palacios, and President of the Bromont Olympic Park Marcel Bundock. The presentations were led by the Bromont Bid Director Benoit more> 

Texas A&M Stops Skid, Defeats Auburn at Home, and More NCEA Results from the Weekend 
By Andrew Minnick
A couple of top ranked NCEA teams traveled toTexas this past weekend and didn't escape with out scars on their records. Auburn lost its first match of the weekend to Texas A&M, K-State had a rough couple days, Georgia and South Carolina won big in their final home matches of the season, and Fresno State finally added a few marks to the win column. My quick recap of the weekend that was across the NCEA is below.

No.6 Texas A&M University def. No.2 Auburn University

Apparently, the Texas A&M Aggies were waiting for the red hot Auburn Tigers to come into town before winning their first SEC competition. They were on a bad losing streak, and below .500%, but with one good performance they have avenged an earlier loss to the Tigers, gained some crucial confidence heading into championship season, and blurred the national rankings picture a bit.

The Aggies got big 3-1 wins in Horsemanship & Equitation on the Flat that propelled them to the 10-7 victory. Auburn shot out to a 3-2 win in Equitation over fences, but couldn't win another phase. The teams tied 2-2 in more>


Western Dressage: The Canadian Story
Michelle Binder-Zolezzi of
This weeks blog comes to you from beautiful British Columbia, Canada.  I try to bring you news and fun stuff no matter where I am in the world. I have a perfect opportunity to share a Western Dressage story from a reader that has a Canadian link and I think you will enjoy it. Remember, if you would like to share your story, send it to me via email at [email protected]. When the perfect moment comes, I will share your story too!

Dear Ms. Binder, 

In the USEF Weekly Newsletter for 7 January, you solicited replies regarding experiences with Western Dressage.  Since you asked, what follows is my experiences with Western more> 




More than $70,000 Earned at 2013 AMHA/WMF Stallion Service Auction
from AMHA
More than $70,000 was earned at the 2013 AMHA/WMF Stallion Service Auction, which took place on Saturday, February 23 as part of the AMHA Annual Convention. The event was held at The Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon, with Bill Carrington serving as auctioneer and David "Tuffy" Owens reading the pedigrees.

The overall top-winning bid went to Dragonsmeade Axios for $5,900, which went to Margaret Gladstone. Dianne Lentz bid $4,000 for Mizrahi, Gaeton Lorino paid $3,425 for Graycliff Tony GCH, and David Helmuth was the top bidder on Dragonsmeade Icon for $3,300. The cover of the December 2013 issue of The Morgan Horse magazine went to William Haines for $3, more>
ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge Sponsored by Elisabeth M. Goth
from ASHA

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) and Elisabeth M. Goth are pleased to offer the ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge program to promote the sport of driving American Saddlebreds for young enthusiasts.


We hope your show will consider participating this year in the ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge. The Challenge will consist of qualifying classes in two divisions, Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Driving and Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving, at selected shows throughout the year, and each show must offer both classes. This year the shows do not have to be at USEF rated shows, but must be judged according to the USEF rules. Custom medals and ribbons will be provided by more>


2013 Area Shows High Point Amateur Shetland/Miniatures 
The Trainers Committee is giving $100 to high point Amateur for Shetlands and the Miniatures at all of the area shows. The show manager must let the home office know you would like the certificate sent to you .. For more info just email Belinda Bagby.




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