March 10th, 2014

Boyd Martin and Trading Aces Triumph at Red Hills International CIC3* and Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series

Boyd Martin and Trading Aces on their way to winning the CIC3* at Red Hills International ( photo)
Tallahassee, Fla. - Boyd Martin drove away in a brand new Mercedes SUV after winning the Red Hills International Horse Trials CIC3*. Martin and Trading Aces galloped through the finish line and stopped the clock with just 6.40 time penalties to add to his dressage score of 41.4, which was enough to push overnight leader Alexandra Knowles and Last Call into second place.

Ellen Doughty and Sir Oberon (HQ Outrigger/Cher) were clear and just one second slower than Martin, a feat which moved them up to third from eighth. Martin's second ride, Sir Donovan (formerly ridden by Katie Ruppel Frei), made up for his eight faults in the show jumping by putting in the fastest round of the day to move up to fourth. 2013 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champions, Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch, held onto fifth place and Bobby Meyerhoff riding his wife Danica Moore's Utah B jumped into sixth after starting the weekend off in 31st place.

"It's a very satisfying victory," said Martin. "I have been dialed in to winning this from the beginning of the year and obviously I had a few hurdles to cross before we got here, but it has been the yearly plan for the more> 
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Rodrigo Pessoa Wins, Young Americans Make Strong Showing, at $280,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix CSI-W 4*, Presented by The Bainbridge Companies

On Demand: $280,000 CSI4*-W Grand Prix presented by The Bainbridge Companies from #FTIWEF 
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WEFRodrigo Pessoa Wins, Young Americans Make Strong Showing, at $280,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI-W 4*, Presented by The Bainbridge Companies
Rodrigo Pessoa and Citizenguard Cadjanine Z (Sportfot)
Wellington, Fla.- Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa jumped to victory with Citizenguard Cadjanine Z Saturday night but three young Americans were hot on his tail. The class featured a roster of the world's top riders and saw a win for the legendary show jumper and his promising new mount ahead of three young U.S. riders. Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W, Wilton Porter and Paloubet, and Katie Dinan with Nougat du Vallet finished second, third and fourth respectively.

Alan Wade (IRL) set the track for 45 competitors that qualified during the week to compete in Saturday night's World Cup qualifying grand prix competition. Seventeen combinations jumped clear to advance to the jump-off and seven of those were able to clear the second round course without fault. Rodrigo Pessoa and Alain van Campenhoudt's Citizenguard Cadjanine Z blazed to victory in 39.52 seconds.

Twenty-two-year old Jessica Springsteen flew to a second place finish with Stone Hill Farm's Vindicat W in 41.97 seconds. First to go in the jump-off, 20-year-old Wilton Porter set a very fast pace with Sleepy P Ranch LLC's Paloubet in 42.64 seconds to finish third. Twenty-one-year-old Katie Dinan finished fourth with Grant Road Partners' Nougat du Vallet in 43.11 more>

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Preparation Event for Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team to be Held at Great Meadow
Lexington, Ky. - In the lead-up to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games a Preparation Event will be held for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va. July 26-27. United States-based eventing combinations named to the Squad or as alternates will demonstrate their continued preparation, soundness, and ability by competing at the event. Great Meadow has hosted CCI2* events in the past in addition to running the International and the Virginia Gold Cup, polo and Twilight more>
Chester Weber Sets New Record at Kingdom of the Sun CDE
Chester Weber on his way to a record high score in dressage. (
Ocala, Fla. - The Florida Horse Park in Ocala saw ten-time U.S. National Driving Champion Chester Weber write combined driving history at its Kingdom of the Sun CDE, February 19-23, as the Ocala horseman dubbed "Mr. Dressage" set a never-before-achieved score of 30.89 in the dressage phase of the Advanced Horse Team division.       

Then Weber and his team never looked back, holding their lead through the marathon and cones phases to emerge victorious on Sunday with a final 124.81 score.       

Also achieving a personal best (43.20) in his dressage score at Kingdom of the Sun was Weber's Live Oak Driver Apprentice, Jacob Arnold, who competed Ijsbrand Chardon's talented FEI prospect, Wise Guy (aka Whooper) in the Advanced Single Horse division.

Arnold, who is sponsored by Iron Spring Farm and has been competing in the Advanced divisions since 2010, was seeded fourth after the dressage phase, and was fifth overall (125.25) at the end of the three more>
USCNo.1 South Carolina Completes Best Regular Season in School History
University of South Carolina junior Katherine Schmidt finished the regular season with a 21-2-1 hunt seat record, including a perfect 12-0 record in equitation over fences.
Martin, Tenn. - No. 1 ranked South Carolina won 3-of-4 MVPs and overpowered Tennessee-Martin in its regular season finale on Saturday, as the Gamecocks defeated the Skyhawks, 13-4, at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion. South Carolina (11-2 overall, 4-2 SEC) wraps up the regular season with a program best 11-wins.

"Very proud of our team for winning a tough road meet today," South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. "UT-Martin challenged us today and I thought we did a good job of staying focused throughout the meet. It's always hard to win three MVPs on the road, so we're certainly proud of our girls for that. Having 11 regular season wins is obviously a special accomplishment and its something that our whole team made possible. But when we get back from spring break, we're getting back to work and preparing for SECs."

South Carolina opened the meet on Saturday with a 4-1 win by the reining team. After Cody McMillion defeated Samantha Knight, 69.5-65.5, the Skyhawks won the next point to tie the meet at 1-1. Senior Johnna Letchworth regained the lead for the Gamecocks when she edged UT-Martin rider Melanie Aiosa, 69.5-68.5, and Carolina would go on to hold the lead for the rest of the day. One week after winning her first career MVP, senior Jordan Brown was named MVP again, knocking off Laney Hixson, 73.5-72. Junior Layla Choate completed the 4-1 win when she defeated Megan Marie Foley, more>
Hindgut Bacteria Play Role in Laminitis, Colic in Horses

Colic and laminitis, two of the most common equine ailments, can both result from overconsumption of high-carbohydrate concentrates or lush grass. Research has supported this cause-and-effect relationship, but the full story is more more> 

MagazineBrentina: America's Star

When Brentina retired from competition in 2008 at the age of 18, the dressage community, both in the United States and abroad, experienced a void left by one of its most iconic figures. Since that time superstars such as Totilas, Jerich Parzival, Damon Hill, and Valegro have seized the attention of fervent fans while smashing records and earning championships, but no horse has captured the hearts of the public like the chestnut mare affectionately known as "Big Mama." more>
AHCAmerican Horse Council's Time to Ride "100 Day Horse Challenge" to Launch June 1, 2014
Washington, D.C., - Time to Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council, today announced an aggressive grassroots effort designed to engage 100,000 new people with horses in a 100-day period.

The "100 Day Horse Challenge" is a nationwide campaign that will expose at least 100,000 new people to hands-on horse activities while providing $100,000 in cash and prizes to participating stables and organizations. The program will enlist 1,000 stables, horse clubs, venues, organizations, or individuals to register as an official Time to Ride "Host" and compete in the 100-day challenge, which kicks off June 1. Participating hosts will be divided into small, medium, and large divisions by size, and challenged to provide a hands-on, interactive horse experience to as many new participants as possible. Hands-on activities may include riding, grooming, learning about horsemanship, and more. 

"This program incentivizes the segment of our industry that can truly open the doors to a first-ever horse experience for thousands of people," explained Patti Colbert, a Time to Ride spokesperson. "It will also educate our hosts on some best practices in growing their businesses." more>


FEI and World Horse Welfare Formalize Long-Term Collaboration
from FEI

World Horse Welfare, the international horse charity, has become the fourth of the former FEI Associate Members to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FEI.


The FEI has collaborated with World Horse Welfare for over 30 years, developing the FEI Equine Welfare Code of Conduct, funding sport horse development projects through its FEI Solidarity initiative, and working together on animal health projects including reducing journey times to competitions, cooling techniques at events and studies into training and competition surfaces.


World Horse Welfare, founded in 1927, focuses on improving the lives of horses around the world through education, campaigning and hands-on care. HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, who is President of the British Olympic Association and International Olympic Committee member, has been President of World Horse Welfare since more>



Half Saddlebreds May Now Compete in Pleasure Equitation Division
from ASHA

At the recent American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Annual Convention, the ASHA Pleasure Disciplines Committee approved revised specifications for the ASHA National Pleasure Equitation Championship class. Beginning in 2014, riders may also compete on horses registered with the Half American Saddlebred Registry of America in the Pleasure Equitation Division.   


The Pleasure Equitation Finals class will be held at the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show in 2014. The American Saddlebred part of the show will run from Wednesday, September 24th until Sunday, September 28th, more>

Is Your Horse a Grand Champion?
from AMHA
Wouldn't it be wonderful to hear your horse announced as a Grand Champion at your first show of the 2014 show season? If you enter your horse in AMHA's Champion Title Program, your dream might come true!

To become a Champion, a horse must earn 15 points at any USEF rated all Morgan show or in Morgan classes sanctioned by USEF; to become a Grand Champion, a horse must earn 30 more>




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