March 17th, 2014

U.S. Para-Dressage Athletes Take Home Multiple Blue Ribbons and WEG Qualifying Scores at Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*

USA Para-Dressage Team (Lindsay McCall)
Wellington, Fla. - Over three days, March 14-16, 2014, para-dressage athletes from the U.S. and Canada vied for multiple accolades at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CPEDI3* in Wellington, Florida. For the United States riders this CPEDI3* was the second to last opportunity located in the U.S. to qualify for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG). For developing athletes this international show was an educational experience and a chance to gain remarks from the FEI Ground Jury. Those judges included Kjell Myhre (NOR), Marc Urban (BEL), and Kristi Wysocki (USA). The first day, March 14, was the Team Test competition followed by the Individual Test on March 15. Those two scores were combined for each of the four team members and the lowest score was dropped for a team final score. U.S. Team members, led by Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt, included Roxanne Trunnell and Nice Touch (Grade Ia); Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani (Grade II); Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior (Grade III); and Mary Jordan and Sebastian (Grade IV). Led by Chef d'Equipe Elizabeth Quigg, Canada teammates included Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (Grade Ia); Ashley Gowanlock and Collegiate Sweet Leilani (Grade Ib); Lauren Barwick and Ferdonia 2 (Grade II); and Jody Schloss and Inspector Rebus (Grade Ia). In the final team score the Canadian team pulled ahead with a 418.803 point total. That was 8 points above the USA who earned a 410.536. Despite the team placing, multiple U.S. Para-Dressage riders had exceptional tests overall earning first place in their respective Grades and earning some of their best personal scores in history.

U.S. Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt explained, "I think we had an excellent showing at this horse show considering we had a bunch of very new riders participating in their first CPEDI3*. I think it's the first time we scored that many 70's throughout the whole show and in each grade. I am extremely pleased with our riders and our new talent is turning out to be exceptional." more>
Other Headlines From This Issue

USEF Announces New Roadster Division Requirements

Saturday, March 22nd & Sunday, March 23rd  

Driving and Jumping from Live Oak International

 check during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
AshleeBondAshlee Bond Clarke and Chela LS Win AIG $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal
Ashlee Bond Clarke and Chela LS jumping to the top spot (©Flying Horse Photography)
Thermal, Calif. - Ashlee Bond Clarke admits that she had to keep her nerves and her emotions in check when entering the ring for the jump-off of Sunday's AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach, at HITS Thermal. She was, however, a picture of poise and control to the crowd of 4,000 spectators that looked on as she topped a star-studded field to win the historic event with Little Valley Farms' Chela LS.

"It still hasn't sunk in," she said. "This was the biggest track I have ridden on this mare, but she comes out every day wanting to win. It's been all about finding that partnership for us and I think we have found it."

Bond Clarke purchased the coming-10 chestnut mare from Simon Nizri in July and won the first grand prix of the season at HITS Thermal seven weeks ago. From there, Bond Clarke has seen the highs and lows with her scopey, yet opinionated mount. "She was really strong during the first World Cup week here and it took some time for us to figure it out and get the bridle right. We have been in the ribbons consistently since then," said Bond more>
Up-and-Coming Drivers Learn New Skills at First USEF Developing Driver Program Clinic of 2014
Colten Parker of Batavia, Ohio receives coaching from Thorsten Zarembowicz (Jennifer M. Keeler)
Over the weekend of February 28 - March 2, 2014, combined drivers gathered at the beautiful Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Fla. for the first in a series of clinics to be conducted this year as part of the innovative USEF Developing Driver Program (DDP). After an overwhelming amount of interest from the driving community, nine participants from seven states were selected for this intensive training opportunity with World Champion driver Thorsten Zarembowicz.

"The DDP program is in its infancy, but I'm thrilled with how this weekend went," said clinic organizer and U.S. Team driver Katie Whaley. "The enthusiasm of these drivers is great, and the facility is one of the best in the country. I'd like to especially thank the Grand Oaks Resort and General Manager Tom Warriner for donating the stabling and facilities and helping make this event such a success."

Participants in the clinic included drivers of single horses and ponies, pair horses and ponies, as well as a four-in-hand pony team. Over three days, each driver was schooled in dressage, contested a challenging cones course, and practiced marathon obstacles, all under the expert eye of more>
Lars Petersen and Mariett Enjoy Triumphant Return to #AdequanGDF
Lars Petersen and Mariett (
Wellington, Fla. - Competition for the AGDF 10 CDI W and CPEDI 3* continued on Friday at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival with the FEI Prix St. Georges and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. Germany's Neve Myburgh topped the FEI Prix St. Georges, presented by Mike and Roz Collins, with Joanne Trout's Lexington Star earlier in the day on Friday. Lars Petersen and Marcia Pepper's Mariett clinched yet another first place prize in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI W, presented by Today's Equestrian and GF Enterprise LLC.

Lars Petersen (DEN) and Mariett, a 16-year-old Danish Warmblood mare out of Zendi by Comeback II, handily won the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle with a top score of 79.950%. Second place went to American Tina Konyot and Olympic partner Calecto V for their score of 77.975% and Mikala Gundersen of Denmark finished third with My Lady on a score of 76.500%.

Ashley Holzer of Today's Equestrian, which co-sponsored the class with GF Enterprise LLC, shared her unique perspective of both sponsor and competitor, remarking that she was quite impressed with Friday evening's more>

Watch Friday night's Grand Prix Freestyle from #AdequanGDF on-demand at

NCEA Announces February Riders of the Month
Waco, Texas. - The National Collegiate Equestrian Association on Wednesday announced its February Riders of the Month, recognizing outstanding performances from the fifth month of the 2013-14 collegiate equestrian season.

Baylor's Savannah Jenkins was named the February Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Month. She went 4-0 during the month of February with wins over TCU, Fresno State, SMU, and Kansas State. After picking up an exhibition win over Delaware State, Jenkins earned an 82-74 win over TCU along with an 82-72 win over Fresno State. In her head-to-head against SMU, Jenkins defeated her opponent, 64-59, and closed out the month with a 72-70 decision over Kansas State. This is Jenkins' first semester at Baylor, and she boasts a perfect 5-0 record so far on the more>
Vitamins for Horses
Vitamins are defined as organic substances that are necessary for the proper nutrition of plants and animals. Ingested in minute quantities, vitamins act as coenzymes and precursors of coenzymes in the regulation of many metabolic processes. Some vitamins must be provided by food, while others are produced within the body. Not all animals are able to produce the same vitamins, which is one reason feeds designed for one species are not necessarily suitable for another type of more>
MagazineOhio Party Barn

Though the primary goal was to save a beautiful piece of rural architecture from disappearing into time, the secondary goal was to preserve it's rustic charm and classic finishes, incorporating them into modern more>
RoadsterUSEF Announces New Roadster Division Requirements

Lexington, Ky. -The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) would like to advise all members that participate in the Roadster Division to be aware of a rule change (RD101) that takes effect April 1, 2014, and eliminates the registration requirement. On April 1st, horses showing in the Roadster division will no longer have to submit a copy of their registration papers to the competition secretary. However, all horses competing in USEF licensed competitions must be properly identified. Therefore, if your Roadster Horse is registered you will continue to write the registration number on the entry blank. If your horse is not registered, it will have to have a USEF Horse ID number. A USEF Horse ID number can be obtained in the competition office at no charge, or the form can be found online more> 

Samantha Lam Named Athlete Role Model for Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Samantha Lam (Kit Houghton/FEI)

Hong Kong Olympian Samantha Lam has been named the Equestrian Athlete Role Model for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.


Lam became one of the youngest athletes to contest an FEI World Cup™ Final in 1997, when she competed in Gothenburg's Scandinavium arena in Sweden aged just 18.


She went on to represent Hong Kong at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and in 2009 secured team bronze at the National Games in Jinan, China, where she was also presented with the Sportsmanship Award. In 2010, Lam helped to secure Hong Kong's first equestrian medal, team bronze, at the Asian Games in Guangzhou (CHN) more>



SaddleSeatStep Up to Support the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup Competition

Lexington, Ky. - The United States is hosting the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup competition during the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show in Asheville, NC July 20-25. This is an excellent opportunity for you to volunteer your services, offer a horse for use in the competition, or make a donation to support this prestigious event.


Volunteering at the Saddle Seat World Cup is a great way for equestrian enthusiasts to get involved and find out what the program is all about. You can attend yourself or bring your lesson students and help make this event a success. If you'd like to volunteer, the following volunteer positions are available:
Gate worker
To volunteer, please complete the form available at

Donate a Horse for the Competition

Saddle Seat World Cup riders are required to compete on two unfamiliar horses. That means that as many as 80 horses could be needed. Do you have a horse you would be willing to donate for the event? more>
American Saddlebred Involvement Sought in Campaign
from ASHA
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) encourages all American Saddlebred lesson stables, camps, horse shows, trail rides, events, associations, and businesses to sign up for the American Horse Council's new campaign. 

The Time to Ride web site makes it easy for people to find stables and events to experience horses. The Time to Ride Social Map searches by category to assist in locating trail rides, riding lessons, fairs, and equine events.

Post your stable or event for FREE on Time to Ride by completing the basic FREE LISTING information located on this page and Time to Ride will verify your information and "pin" your business in the appropriate category with listing information for no more>
2014 IALHA Nationals, Oct. 14-19
from IALHA
The IALHA National Championship show returns to the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX for an exciting week of competition and camaraderie October 14-19, 2014! 

Look for Dressage, Dressage Sport Horse Breeding In-Hand, Specialty Halter (judged by international judges), USEF Halter (judged by three USEF judges) Working Equitation (with divisions for both IALHA-registered horses competing for USEF year-end-awards and opportunity, open to all breed), English (hunt, dressage suitability, show hack, dressage hack, country pleasure and saddle seat), Western, Driving, and a full complement of Youth more>
AMHA Offers Monies for Equine Trade Shows
from AMHA

In an effort to market and promote the Morgan horse, AMHA offers equine trade show funding to its clubs each year. These events, which span the country, gives clubs needed resources to promote the Morgan at events which see thousands of people in attendance. 

To date, AMHA has given funding to several clubs across the country at a variety of expos. If you can, try to visit these events and thank these clubs for promoting the Morgan more>




The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its human and equine athletes.



2014, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.


In This Issue
Combined Driving
Equine Health & Nutrition from KER
Equestrian Magazine
FEI News
American Saddlebred




 Rule Book
   Adequan Ad  

VersaTronNEW WIR 3-21-11

Quick Links
The Equestrian Weekly Blog is looking for guest bloggers. Email
 if you would like to contribute  


Do you have ideas, news, or stories for Equestrian Weekly?


  Email Editor Andrew Minnick at

[email protected]