March 11, 2013

Phillip Dutton Defends His Title in Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour CIC3* at Red Hills
(from USEA)

Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice jump to victory in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour CIC3* at Red Hills (Leslie Mintz/USEA)
Tallahassee, FL - Phillip Dutton kept his crown as the king of Red Hills with another win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour Series CIC3* after an exciting cross-country finish. Last year Phillip drove home from Red Hills in a brand new Mercedes thanks to his win aboard Jim and Arden Wildasin's Mystery Whisper. This year he gets to trade the car in for another new one after winning today's competition with Bruce Duchossois' Mighty Nice, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (ARD Ohio x Sarazen). Phillip and 'Happy' are no strangers to the Tallahassee, Florida event having won the CIC2* in 2011 as well.

"I know Mighty Nice very well, but to tell you the truth a horse like Mystery Whisper is much more suited to a course like this then Mighty Nice," said Phillip. "I didn't actually set out thinking I was going to win although I did have it in the back of my mind when Marilyn had some time on [RF Smoke on the Water] I knew that I could win."

Phillip finished the Hugh Lochore-designed course in six minutes and 34 seconds, eight seconds over the time allowed. Luckily the 3.2 penalties added to his dressage mark of 43 weren't too many to grab the top spot as overnight leader, Marilyn Little garnered six penalties with RF Smoke on the Water to drop down to a score of more>

March 16th
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Legolas 92 Earns Grand Prix Freestyle Win at the Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire
Steffen Peters with Legolas 92 (Lindsay McCall for
Del Mar, CA  - "Now there's an international dressage horse," announced CDI3* commentator Axel Steiner as Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 finished their impressive freestyle at the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI3*. With a final percentage of 78.075%, the duo of Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 captured the Grand Prix championship above Güenter Seidel and Coral Reef Wylea who scored a 74.375%. Following in her trainer's footsteps, Brandi Roenick and Weltino's Magic earned the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle win with a 64.725% completing a successful weekend at the Del Mar Horse Park.

"My freestyle was so exciting for me," commented Steffen Peters. "Out of all of the tests I have done with Legolas, this was the most ride-able as far as relaxation and suppleness." Peters performed a technical, artistic, and conservative freestyle including multiple degrees of difficulty, a steep half pass and two double pirouettes. Peters explained, "Today was exactly what I wanted and I want to build from here. He's been a very difficult horse in the flying changes and those worked out well. Honestly, it was a very conservative test but today was not the test to risk it. I honestly could not be happier." more>
John Pearce and Chianto Make it Two with Another Win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, Presented by Zoetis
John Pearce and Chianto (Flying Horse Photography)
Thermal, CA - Forty-nine horse and rider teams competed for top slots in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, Friday. Seventeen made the jump-off, with times getting progressively faster and building to a bang as the last pair to take the field, John Pearce and Chianto, knocked it out of the park for the win in 42.68 seconds.

Pearce, who lives in Bermuda Dunes, California, and rides for Canada, was able to shave fractions of a second off the ride that immediately preceded his - a tour by Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Windward Farm's Unbelievable in 42.82 seconds, who took second place. Michaels-Beerbaum was also third on Octavia Farm's Malou, in 44.38 seconds.

It was the second SmartPak Grand Prix win this winter for Pearce and Chianto, owned by Forest View Farm and Allison Moore. The duo won the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, on February more>

Watch Daniel Duesser & Cornet D'Amour win the $300,000 Grand Prix CSI5*-W presented by the Bainbridge Companies
Live Oak International Enacts EHV-1 Safety Measures
from ADS
Ocala, FL - Due to recent concerns over the spread of EHV-1 in Florida, the Live Oak International organizing committee is enacting biosecurity measures to ensure the safety of all horses participating in the event, which runs from March 20 to 24 at Live Oak Plantation in Ocala, FL.

"The Live Oak team has been working diligently with our FEI veterinary commission, treating vets, jury members, and our fellow competition organizers to create a comprehensive biosecurity plan to ensure the welfare of every horse entered in our tournament," said Chester C. Weber, Co-President of Live Oak International. "My family has been in the horse business for decades, crossing over many disciplines, and the values of horsemanship run in our blood. It is a great pleasure for our family to welcome our fellow horsemen to the Live Oak International, and we want to do everything we can to maintain everyone's safety."

The following health requirements are mandatory for all horses entering the Live Oak International show more>


USEF Developing Dressage Program Announces Training and Grant Opportunities
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation's Dressage Developing Program, made possible by a generous gift from Akiko Yamazaki and Red Husky Foundation through U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation, has gotten off to a successful start in 2013. The program opened with two observation competitions, at the Gold Coast Opener CDI-W in West Palm Beach, FL, January 17-20 and at the Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI3* in Burbank, CA, February 21-24. Debbie McDonald, USEF Developing Dressage Coach, and at least one other named selector (Lendon Gray, Anne Gribbons, Scott Hassler and Jeremy Steinberg) have attended these sessions in an effort to identify talented, developing combinations with potential for future team and international success.

The next step in the program will be for selected combinations to take part in mandatory training outings. These outings will be with McDonald, who will work alongside riders' personal trainers to observe the combinations' training.  Additional training outings will be held in California and other locations throughout the spring and summer; dates and information will be more>
Belarusians Dominate Central European League Qualifiers, Ryan Wins Pacific League Final
from Louise Parkes for FEI
Australia's Lyndal Oatley will represent the Pacific League at the forthcoming Reem Acra FEi World Cup™ Dressage Final 2012/2013 (FEI/©Jon Stroud Media)

Sviatlana Loika and Katsiaryna Varchenia from Belarus are joint-leaders of the FEI Central European World Cup™ Dressage 2012/2013 League while Australia's Rozzie Ryan won the Pacific League Final in recent months. The Central European qualifying spot for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2012/2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden next month has yet to be decided by results from the regional Final which will take place at Zhashkiv, Ukraine from 29 to 31 March.   


Meanwhile Ryan has opted not to travel to Europe, so the Pacific League qualifying spot will be taken up by European-based Lyndal Oatley.


Central Europe


A total of eight qualifying legs took place in the Central European region, with riders also permitted to take points from the Western European legs at Stuttgart, Germany and Stockholm, Sweden last November.  The series began in Zhashkiv last May, where Austria's Stefan Peter won through with Don Walesko ahead of the Ukraine's Inna Logutenkova who filled both second and third places partnering Vian Stallone and Don Gregorius respectively.  Loika and her top ride, Gulbis, only managed a fifth-place finish this time out to slot in behind Yassine Rahmouni (Floresco NRW) from more> 

SEC Teams Close Out Their Seasons, Kansas State and OSU Both Win
By Andrew Minnick
Auburn finished up last weekend, and now all four SEC equestrian teams are through with regular season competition. Oklahoma State & Kansas State both picked up wins against South Carolina, setting up a season ending clash in Manhattan on Saturday. My quick recap of the weekend's NCEA action is below.

No.8 Kansas State University def. No.4 South Carolina University

Kansas State needed a win. After climbing to No.4 in the rankings, they had lost three straight, including a couple of ugly losses to Baylor and TCU last weekend. On Friday, they found the form that had served them so well during the fall and soundly beat the Gamecocks.

K-State was clearly the stronger Western team. Their reiners began their day by winning 4-1 and the Horsemanship team followed suit with a 4-1 win of their own. The Hunter Seat match was closer, but the Wildcats still managed at 6-4 win, and a convincing victory more>


Why is the WDAA a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit?
by AnnMarie Brockhouse of WDAA
The answer to this question is a simple, but detailed one. The Western Dressage Association® of America chose to pursue and become a nonprofit organization for many reasons, including fulfillment of our educational mission, greater opportunities for private funding and benefits of tax exemption... but the primary motivation was for YOU!

When an organization applies for nonprofit status it states that it is declaring that its association is motivated by other goals then making a profit.  That is not to say a nonprofit cannot make money, but those surplus funds remain within the organization and are applied to charitable purposes. In the case of the WDAA, funds are used to develop educational more>




AHA Signs Agreement with Ranch Sorting National Championships
from AMHA
Aurora, CO - The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and the Ranch Sorting National Championships (RSNC) announced today an agreement to develop joint programs to attract horse enthusiasts to RSNC and AHA competitions. 

Glenn Petty, Executive Vice President at AHA stated, "Ranch Sorting is enjoying immense popularity. The Ranch Sorting organization was only formed six years ago and now has 18,000 members. Ranch Sorting is family-oriented and many Arabian horse owners already participate in this sport." 

AHA will hold a judged exhibition competition at the 2013 U.S. National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, October 18-26, 2013 in Tulsa, more>


2013 Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show Qualifying Point Standings Posted
from ASHA
Point standings for qualifying in Pleasure, Park, and Park Pleasure at the 2013 Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show (WCHS) are now posted on the American Saddlebred Horse Association's (ASHA) website.

There are two sets of qualifying lists: 1) "Pre-Qualified," means that the horses' competition records indicate they have met the minimum qualification requirement of having competed in at least six classes at three or more competitions, and 2) "All Points Data" includes all horses that have competed in one or more classes toward qualifying. Each list is in order of points earned to date, from high to low, as per Kentucky State Fair qualifying requirements.
Exhibitors are reminded that Show Pleasure and Country Pleasure horses entered in under saddle classes at the 2013 WCHS must qualify in under saddle classes, and driving horses must qualify in driving classes. If the driving class at a show does not specify whether it is Show or Country Pleasure the class will still count, but four of the six classes for qualification must be in either Show or Country Pleasure. Park Pleasure driving classes will not be considered as qualifying more>




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