March 18, 2013

Tina Konyot and Calecto V's Elegant Freestyle Takes Top Prize at WEF Dressage Classic CDI3*

Tina Konyot and Calecto V (
Wellington, FL - The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) hosted an entertaining night of equestrian sport at the WEF Dressage Classic, CDI3* presented by Today's Equestrian & Fellows on Friday. The night's schedule included an opening $10,000 Puissance won by Great Britain's Tim Gredley and Unex Valente, which led into the highlight class of the week, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle sponsored by Horseware Ireland. The winning score of 74.625% was put up by Tina Konyot (USA) and Calecto V for their second freestyle win in a row at the AGDF.


Konyot and Calecto V performed their fun and familiar freestyle in front of a crowd of enthusiastic spectators at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The judges scored them with 74.625%. Going last in the order, Jacquline Brooks of Canada and her 2012 Olympic partner D Niro had a spectacular freestyle to a cheering crowd for second place and a score of 71.425%. Mikala Munter Gundersen (DEN) and My Lady were third with a score of more>  

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U.S. and Canada Para-Dressage Riders Execute Successful Individual Tests at 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3*
Mary Jordan and P Sparrow Socks (Lindsay McCall)
Wellington, FL - Para-equestrian dressage competition at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival WEF Dressage Classic CPEDI3* continued on Saturday with the Grade Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV individual tests. U.S. and Canada equestrians contended for both overall team and individual accolades. With the 2014 World Equestrian Games approaching, the 2013 calendar year will define itself as a developing year as well as a refining year for accomplished para-dressage riders. After the team tests on the first day of competition, riders took the remarks from the ground jury and applied them on the second day. Ground jury members included Carlos Lopes (POR), Bo Ahman (SWE), and Hanneke Gerritsen (NED). Top Canadian riders included Lauren Barwick in Grade II scoring a 69.190%, Ashley Gowanlock in Grade Ib, and Jody Schloss for Grade Ia. Ellie Brimmer (USA), from Wayazata, MN, topped Grade III with her own Carino H. Each equestrian's score increased on the second day including top Grade IV rider Mary Jordan's scores. Jordan, from the United States, not only raised her percentages but she earned her qualifying scores for the World Equestrian Games on both Sebastian, owned by Deecie Denison, and her own P. Sparrow more>
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Thrills a Packed House to Win AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Desert Circuit
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Bella Donna (©Flying Horse Photography)
Thermal, CA - With a first-place prize of $350,000 on the line, Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum rose to the occasion, piloting Bella Donna to a paycheck she will not soon forget as winner of the first-ever AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Lamborghini Newport Beach. The best of only two clear rounds, Michaels-Beerbaum and the 10-year-old mare that she co-owns with EOS Sport capitalized on a successful season at HITS Desert Horse Park with the sweetest win of them all.

"California is my home and it was great to come here and ride for this kind of prize," said Michaels-Beerbaum, who was named the Platinum Performance Leading Rider at the conclusion of the HITS Desert Circuit earlier today. "Money like this is more often given away in Europe and it is bringing the American standard to a whole new level. It's a tremendous step and the future of the sport is becoming more and more exciting in this country." more>
Eiken Sato & Espyrante Wins the #FTIWEF$82,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix

Watch Eiken Sato & Espyrante Win the #FTIWEF$82,000
Horseware Ireland Grand Prix on USEF Network 
Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O Are Regal in FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle at WEF Dressage Classic, CDI3* presented by Today's Equestrian & Fellows
Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O (
Wellington, FL - The WEF Dressage Classic, CDI3* presented by Today's Equestrian & Fellows wrapped up competition Sunday at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The highlight class was the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle, with Caroline Roffman (USA) and Her Highness O taking the top prize. The Florida Youth Championships presented by Dressage4kids and sponsored by PanaCavallo wrapped up with awards in four divisions, and the Para-Equestrian competition had their presentations to honor the top teams and individuals. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival continues next with the Wellington CDI 5* presented by Diamante Farms on April 4-7, 2013.

For the FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle, there were seven entries. Winning the class with a score of 75.125% was Roffman and Her Highness O, a 10-year-old Hanoverian mare by Hohenstein x Weltmeyer. Second place went to Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Dio Mio with a score of 74.650%, while Kimberly Herslow (USA) and Rosmarin were third with more>


Live Oak International Set to Begin
Ocala, FL - Live Oak International, the only equestrian event in North America to feature both world-class driving and show jumping, takes place from March 20 to 24 at Live Oak Plantation in Ocala, FL. For the first time, live coverage of Saturday and Sunday's events from the Live Oak International will be available for viewing on the USEF Network,

A total of 14 nations will be represented in the show jumping competition, including 2004 Olympic Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, and 1996 Olympic Team Silver medalists Leslie Howard of the United States. Newly crowned 2012 Olympic Team Gold medalist Ben Maher of Great Britain will also be in attendance, as will Andres Rodriguez of Venezuela, a winner at last year's Live Oak International.

Featured show jumping events include Friday's $5,000 1.30m Waldron Wealth Management Power & Speed competition at 2 p.m. and the $10,000 E2 Show Jumpers Welcome Stake at 4 p.m., Saturday's $50,000 CSI2* Live Oak International Grand Prix at 2 p.m., and Sunday's $33,000 CSI2* Hollow Creek Farm Winning Round at 2:30 p.m. As an added incentive for competitors, G&C Farm will offer a $10,000 Leading Rider bonus while Jerry Parks Insurance Group will reward the Leading Junior Rider and the Leading Amateur more>


Applications of Intent Now Available for USEF Dressage National Championships
Lexington, KY - The applications of intent for eight of the USEF Dressage National Championships are now available on National Championship competition will be held at different venues through the U.S. in 2013. The first championship of the year will be the 2013 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships presented by in August followed by the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by the Dutta Corp. in October.

Applications of Intent are available here;

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Wonderful Will Takes Everyone by Surprise with Super Victory in Last Rolex Qualifier of the Season at Den Bosch
from Louise Parkes for FEI
Germany's David Will pulled off the biggest surprise of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League qualifying series (FEI/Dirk Caremans)

When David Will wakes up on the morning of his 25th birthday next Thursday, he may still be scratching his head about what happened in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands this afternoon.  Because although he is well-known on his national circuit in Germany, and contributed to his country's victories in the FEI Nations Cup™ at Linz, Austria in 2011 and at Wellington, Florida last year, not even he could have expected to leave the elite of the sport floundering in his wake as he galloped to victory in the last qualifying leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2012/2013 Western European League series today.


Following a nonchalant first-round performance he went through to the nine-horse jump-off in which he crushed his considerably more-experienced opponents with another superb cruise around the track.  He has just one top horse, the grey stallion Colorit which owner Klaus Isaak has entrusted to him for the past year, but this bright new star rider has broken into the big league after today's result which left Australia's Edwina Tops-Alexander and the brilliant Itot du Chateau having to settle for runner-up spot while three-time Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping champion, Germany's Marcus Ehning, finished third with Copin van de more> 

Kansas State Upends Oklahoma State to Close Big 12 Season
The Wildcats were looking to prove that they were back on top of their game. It appears as though they are. A huge question mark just a few weeks ago, Kansas State now looks like a team to watch heading into the big 12 championship and NCEA National Championship.

Their 11-8 decision Saturday was vengeance for an early season loss to the Cowgirls, and a confidence booster. It was an even match, but K-State Hunter and Western teams got wins, 6-4 and 3-2 respectively, and earned MOP's in both Hunter Seat Disciplines.

"They just did a fabulous job and it was truly a team effort," said Wildcat coach Casie Maxwell, "just like our Big 12 conference play has been all year. It came down to every single ride and they did a great job." more>
Western Dressage: Maybe Someone Else Will Start It
by Michelle Binder-Zolezzi of
Last week I gave you some wonderful numbers that show the tremendous growth we have seen in Western Dressage over the last year. Almost 200 shows and events are already scheduled for 2013... 200! All those events are the brainchildren of people who want to help develop WD in their area. Most riders start by going to audit or participate in a clinic first or by becoming familiar with different philosophies and approaches to western dressage via the Facebook pages or investigating the websites. Then, to get started in an area, individuals or groups that want to compete, approach their local USDF GMO's, barns, and dressage schooling show organizers about adding western dressage classes to existing show ballots or to create Western Dressage shows of their own. The judge is in place, the arena is in place, competitors pay their entries and away they more> 




Calling All Equine Artists
from IALHA
In conjunction with the 2013 IALHA National Championship Show, the Art Contest is back!

Entry Deadline April 30th ENTRY FORM  


We are looking for equine art that represents the beauty and drama of the Andalusian and Lusitano horse. It may be in any medium you like, but the work chosen will be imprinted on the cover of the program, t-shirts ads and magazines. The "chosen" artist will enjoy the spotlight, with a magazine article, Facebook hightlights and celebration on the website. A print of the work will be framed and prominently displayed at our National Championship Show in mid October. The Silent Auction culminates on October more> 


Club News: Morgan Judges to Conduct Equine Clinic
from AMHA

Four USEF Morgan judges will be the experts at a indoor equine clinic to be held April 6 at the Sharon, Vermont Elementary School, which is located by Exit 2 of Interstate 89. The clinic is sponsored by the Morgan Horse Heritage Foundation.


With an unequaled experience in breeding, foaling, and eventually training will be Steve Davis, the director/trainer of the UVM Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge,Vermont. Anyone seeking answers to breeding problems can turn to him.


Show horse people will have an exceptional opportunity to meet with Luman Wadhams, who is a stellar showman of Morgans, Saddlebreds, and roadsters with Grand National titles in all more> 

American Saddlebred Registry Announces New Board Officers and new Rule Changes
from ASHA

At its annual organizational meeting held on Monday, March 11, 2013, newly-elected Directors of the American Saddlebred Registry (ASR) nominated and elected their Officers. Elected for one-year terms were Dr. Margaret McNeese (Texas) as President; Judy Werner (Illinois) as Vice-President; Carl Holden (Kentucky) as Treasurer; and Janet Thompson (Missouri) as Secretary.


The Board also passed the following rule change proposals effective April 1, 2013:


Half Saddlebred Registry of America Rules - add new Section III. A. 10. to more>  





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