March 12, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper Take Home the First Adequan USEA Gold Cup of 2012
Phillip shows off his Adequan USEA Gold Cup Trophy (Leslie Mintz/USEA)

Phillip Dutton entered the final round of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at the Red Hills Horse Trials with three rails in hand. However, the significant lead was wasted as Phillip and the Wildasin's Mystery Whisper jumped clean around Fuzzy Mayo's course and added only three time penalties to finish on the score of 35.7. Only seven of the twenty rounds (Rachel Jurgens and Ziggy withdrew before the morning's horse inspection) in the CIC3* were completed without poles falling.


"I'm very excited about Mystery Whisper," said Phillip. "It is a bit of a fairy tale to have the horse for a very short amount of time and all credit to Heath Ryan who actually bred the horse, broke the horse, and educated the horse. It's been pretty easy so far to get to know him, and it's fortunate that the Wildasins have allowed me to ride the horse for a while." more>

USEF National Show Jumping Championship Returns to the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
Lexington, KY - Running for the first time since 2008, the USEF National Show Jumping Championship format has been reorganized and will run concurrently with the 2012 USEF Selection Trials for the US Show Jumping Team March 21-24, 2012. This competition will take place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Veteran rider Margie Engle (Wellington, FL) was the last winner of the competition in 2008 and she is expected to return to try to defend her more>
FEI Signs Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport
from FEI
FEI President HRH Princess Haya, 1st Vice President John McEwen and 2nd Vice President Pablo Mayorga signed the agreement for the formal adoption by the FEI of the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport, joining an impressive list of signatories that include the IOC, IPC and numerous International Federations.
The FEI member Federations voted unanimously at the 2011 FEI General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro in support of the FEI becoming a signatory of the Brighton Declaration.
The document was signed during the FEI Executive Board's March meeting and Princess Haya, one of only two female International Federation presidents, used the opportunity to comment on the ongoing commitment of both the FEI and the IOC to promoting women in more>
Donate Now to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund
The duo of tornadic storms that recently devastated the southeast United States left a wake of splintered wood, shattered glass, downed power lines, despair and shock for the residents of towns like West Liberty, Kentucky and Harrisburg, Illinois to clean up and recover from. For some affected residents the physical and monetary burdens of recovery are intensified by the need to care for a horse or horses. It is in times like these that the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) calls on you to aid them by donating to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief more>


It's All About Steffen Peters at the 2012 CDI-W Del Mar
Steffen Peters continues to wield the axe of power at the U.S. West Coast dressage competitions adding four victories to his tally at the 2012 CDI-W Del Mar in California, 8 - 11 March 2012. With Legolas he ruled the CDI-W Tour, while Ravel was brought to the venue to awe in the Special CDI more>
Para-Equestrians Perform Energizing Freestyles on Final Day of 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*
Briana Beckworth (USA Grade II) and Basquewille (Lindsay McCall)
Del Mar, CA -Para-Equestrian Dressage riders concluded the 2012 Rancho Valencia CPEDI3* on Sunday performing their Freestyle routines. With the pressure of earning a qualifying score for the 2012 London Paralympics Selection Trials behind them, riders were able to relax and enjoy their final competition day at the Del Mar Horse Park. Topping the Grade IV Freestyle competition was Lynne Poole (CAN) and her Welsh Cob Frisbee with a 66.167%. In Grade III Briana Beckworth (USA) and Basquewille captured their division title. Earning the blue in Grade II, with a 64% was Ann Arbor resident Sydney Collier (USA) and VPRH Pegasus vom Niehaus-Hof. In Grade Ia, Laura Goldman (USA) took the win with Morgan Webb-Liddle (AUS) following for second just behind Goldman. Ten horse and rider combinations successfully finished the weekend under FEI Judges Hanneke Gerritsen 5* (NED), Marco Orsini 4* (FRA), and Ulf Wilken 5* more>
Chris Pratt Cruises to victory in Friday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Thermal
Chris Pratt and Indigo Farms LLC's Cruise (Flying Horse Photography)
Thermal, CA - As the final days of the 2012 HITS Desert Circuit approached, Chris Pratt of Lake View Terrace, California shifted things into high gear when he and Indigo Farms, LLC's Cruise beat out 54 other starters to take the top prize in Friday's $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. Pratt's victory is his first of the season after he and Cruise finished fourth in the $53,000 Chartis Grand Prix CSI2*-W, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, last week. Friday's win was the launch for the season finale at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California with the festivities for Horsepower Weekend officially underway.


For the third year in a row, the show grounds in Thermal [were] invaded by luxury speed-machines courtesy of sponsor Lamborghini of Newport Beach. Lining the berms of the Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix arena are the very best in sports car technology and design. This year's line-up includes a couple of very sleek McLarens, the Fiskar, which pairs electric technology with the power of a sports car, and a reproduction of a late 1950s Porsche that has the eye of several exhibitors and even members of the HITS more> 

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The No.4 Oklahoma State Cowboys Defeat the No.1 Ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Stillwater.

Stillwater, OK - The Oklahoma State equestrian team defeated the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs, 13-10, at Animal Science Arena Saturday.


"I am very proud of the way we rode today, especially of our seniors," coach Larry Sanchez said. "Georgia is a very good team and are well coached. I look forward to seeing them again at Nationals."


Seniors highlighted the day, winning four head-to-head points and two MVPs in their final competition in Stillwater.


The western team continued to roll as they cruised to an 8-3 win. It was their seventh team victory of the season. Senior Caroline Daniels led the Pokes with a 73-70.5 win in reining, earning MVP honors. Fellow senior Rachel Houchin picked up a 72.5-69 victory, and Katy Krshka and Christy McElreath added points to secure a 4-1 more> 

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FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
Britain's Scott Brash and Sanctos Van Het Gravenhof Shine in $200,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI 4* Presented by The Bainbridge Companies
Scott Brash and Sanctos van het Gravenhof (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - Great Britain's Scott Brash guided Sanctos Van Het Gravenhof to victory in Saturday night's $200,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI 4* presented by The Bainbridge Companies at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). In a suspenseful jump-off, Brash beat out Richard Spooner (USA) and Cristallo, and Kent Farrington (USA) and Voyeur, who finished second and third.

Sponsored by the Bainbridge Companies, week nine will conclude with the $32,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic tomorrow.

Forty-five entries showed in tonight's World Cup qualifier, jumping a course set by Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela. Eleven cleared the first round course without fault and returned for an exciting jump-off. The nations of France, Ireland, Great Britain, Russia, Canada and the United States were all represented. Nine entries cleared the jump-off more>
Classic Equine Equipment Seeks to Drive Charitable Donations through the "Little Bits" Newsletter

Each month Classic Equine Equipment will spotlight an equine charitable organization through their newsletter, "Little Bits," in an effort to increase awareness of those people and groups that give back to the horsing community. Any "Little Bits" reader who submits to Classic Equine Equipment proof of donation to the spotlighted organization within 30 days of newsletter publication will be matched at a rate of 25%. Classic Equine Equipment will donate a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $1,000 each month to the spotlighted more> 


Nearly $77,000 Earned at 2012 AMHA/WMF Stallion Service Auction
from AMHA
More than $76,000 was earned at the 2012 AMHA/WMF Stallion Service Auction, which took place on Saturday, March 3 as part of the AMHA Annual Convention. The event was held poolside at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, with Bill Carrington serving as auctioneer and David "Tuffy" Owens reading the pedigrees.

The overall top-winning bid went to Mizrahi for $6,000, which went to Russell McBain. Susan Carlino bid $3,500 for BKC Valiant Star, and Sara Foy was the top bidder on Dragonsmeade Icon for $2,800. The cover of the December 2012 issue of The Morgan Horse magazine went to William Haines for $6,000 and Dan Kelley won the Maretta Kennedy custom made bronze for his bid of $2, more>
Johnson Notifies ASHA Directors of Resignation
from ASHA
Lexington, KY - Paula Johnson has notified the Directors of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) that she is resigning her position as Executive Director of ASHA, effective March 31. Johnson has held the position since June of 2010.
"We are thankful for the work Paula has done and wish her the best of luck," said ASHA President Tandy Patrick. "Paula came in during a tumultuous time for the Association and she made good decisions regarding the business structure and technology needs that will benefit this Association well into the future." more>

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