March 19, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

Laura Kraut and Cedric, Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo Named to the USEF Show Jumping Long List for the 2012 Olympic Games

Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Ad Hoc Committee on Selection has approved naming both Laura Kraut on Cedric and Beezie Madden on Coral Reef Via Volo to the Show Jumping Long List for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


The USEF Selectors, in consultation with Chef d'Equipe George Morris and Team Veterinarian Dr. Tim Ober, voted unanimously to name Kraut and Madden, on Cherry Knoll Farm's Cedric and Coral Reef Ranch's Coral Reef Via Volo respectively to the Show Jumping Long List for the 2012 Olympic Games at this more> 

Live This Week on USEF Network presented by SmartPak*
USEF Show Jumping National Championship and Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team
Wednesday 3/21- (1pm)Selection Trial #1
Thursday 3/22 - (1pm)Selection Trial #2
                              (7pm)Selection Trial #3        
Saturday 3/24 - (7pm)Selection Trial #4
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Experience Eventing Website Goes Live
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) in conjunction with the Eventing Owners Task Force (EOTF) has launched Experience Eventing,, to bring the thrill of eventing to a wider audience. Experience Eventing is the first website of its kind that gives riders and potential owners the opportunity to connect. As syndicate ownership has evolved to be more affordable and more inclusive the prospect of owning eventing horses has become appealing and plausible to more and more people. Being part of a syndicate will allow people like these to experience eventing like they never have before, as owners. Many riders now have horses they are looking to syndicate and Experience Eventing strives to introduce these riders to interested more>
FEI News
Francie Steinwedell-Carvin Named "Rolex One to Watch" for March 2012
From FEI
Francie Steinwedell-Carvin ( Flying Horse Photography)

The Rolex One to Watch for March 2012 [was] awarded to Francie Steinwedell-Carvin (USA). Based at Meadow Grove Farm in California, the 51-year-old jumped from 338th to 231st during February - a move up the Rolex Rankings of 107 places.


In recent years, Steinwedell-Carvin has enjoyed successes at a variety of high calibre competitions, taking part in numerous Grands Prix and FEI World Cup events with her many talented mounts, including Splitfire, Twistar and Toldine. 2011 was a successful year for the American rider, who finished third at the CSI2*-W in Burbank (USA) with the 12-year-old gelding, Taunus, in September, before going on to claim victory at the CSI2*-W in Las Vegas (USA) two months later with the same more>


Heather Blitz And Paragon Electrify the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI3* At Global Dressage Festival
Heather Blitz and Paragon (Susan J. Stickle)
Wellington, FL - The last rider to enter the ring, Heather Blitz, rode Paragon to a score of 75.350% to win the Grand Prix Freestyle at the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***, presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute, held March 15-18 at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF)Stadium show grounds in Wellington, FL.

Blitz had a rough day leading up to her win. With her four year old, she memorized the 4 year old FEI test, not the USEF 4 year old test. Then she managed to give the wrong freestyle music to the announcer. The jury allowed her to correct the snafu and return last to complete her test, but even that was not without trauma. Blitz could not find the correct music. Fortunately she had it on her phone, so the announcer was able to access it that way . "Yeah, I guess I learned my lesson," she said more>
United States Hunter Jumper Association Joins Unwanted Horse Coalition
from USHJA
Washington, DC - The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) has joined the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC). 

"Supporting the mission of UHC is totally in line with the USHJA's mission of which a major component is protecting the well being of our participants both human and equine and offering broad based education for our members. We want to do all we can to help ensure that these generous animals have the responsible care that they deserve from all of us," said Shelby French, CEO of the more> 
Mette Rosencrantz Conducts Successful Clinic for Para-Equestrians
Holly Bergay aboard Rubino Bellissimo with Mette Rosencrantz (Lindsay McCall)
Del Mar, CA - As the Del Mar Horse Park began to clear of flower boxes and white arena borders, Para-Equestrian Dressage riders prepared for a hands-on clinic with Mette Rosencrantz. Each rider was given 45 minutes with Mette allowing a large amount of time to work on short-term and long-term goals. During each session riders demonstrated specific parts of their tests that they performed during the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*. With only three months until the 2012 London Paralympic Selection Trials Mette gave insight on what types of goals an athlete should start to focus on.

Clinic duos included: Holly Bergay and Rubino Bellissimo (owned by Violet Jen); Mary Jordan and the Knabbstrupper Stallion VPRH Pegasus vom Niehaus-Hof (owners Patrick and Diane Truxillo); Sydney Collier and VPRH Pegasus vom Niehaus-Hof ; Laura Goldman and VPRH Pegasus vom Niehaus-Hof; Barbara Adside and 1999 Pan Am Gold Medal Winner, Jazzman (owned by Donna Richardson); Allyson Gagnon with her Fresian Stallion Kobi; and Iana Gonzalez and more>


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NCEA Focus
No.4 Oklahoma State wins 11-9 over No.8 Kansas State in Regular Season Finale

Manhattan, KS - The No. 4 Oklahoma State equestrian team defeated the Kansas State Wildcats, 11-9, in the final matchup of the regular season Saturday. The victory guarantees the Cowgirls a first-place finish in the conference and the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Championship.


"The girls have been working hard to finish the season with a win," coach Larry Sanchez said. "They are in a great place mentally heading into the postseason." more>

Intercollegiate Dressage Association's 2012 National Championship Preview
Riders from over 20 colleges and universities throughout the United States will converge at the Centenary College Equestrian Center in Long Valley, New Jersey for the Intercollegiate Dressage Association's10th annual National Championship. Centenary College and their dressage team will host over 100 riders who will compete April 28th and 29th as either part of a 4 member team or as individuals in each of the IDA's four divisions, Introductory, Lower Training, Upper Training and First Level.

The IDA is comprised of approximately 600 student riders representing 55 colleges and universities in the US and Canada, which are divided into 10 regions. The qualifying teams and individual riders earn their way to the Championship by earning points in IDA sanctioned competitions held throughout the academic year within their respective more>


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Nick Skelton and Big Star Repeat Victory in $80,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 3* Grand Prix
Nick Skelton and Big Star (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - The tenth week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) concluded with a day full of jumper competition at The Stadium on the beautiful grass field. Nick Skelton (GBR) and Beverly Widdowson's Big Star earned yet another victory at the FTI WEF in the $80,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 3* Grand Prix. Skelton and Big Star beat out Cian O'Connor (IRL) and KEC Alligator Alley and David McPherson (GBR) and Chamberlain Z in a three horse jump-off. The Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte concluded, and Egypt's Nayel Nassar took the top spot in the overall standings, followed by Charlotte Jacobs (USA), Lydia Ulrich (USA) and Liza Finsness (USA), who was the only clear round in today's more>

USA Darley Champions honored at the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards
Ooltewah, TN  - The Board of Stewards of the Arabian Racing Cup is proud to announce the 2011 Darley Champions, crowned at the 25th Silver Anniversary of the Darley Awards. The Darley Awards, held annually, were founded in 1987 to honor the best in Arabian horse racing. This distinguished ceremony recognizes the most outstanding racehorses, jockeys, owners, trainers and breeders of the Arabian horse racing community in the more>


Educational Trust Launches Website
from AMHA

The Trustees of the American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust (AMHECT) are pleased to announce the launch of a new website dedicated solely to the Trust endeavors at

In 2002 the American Morgan Horse Association formed the American Morgan Horse Educational/ Charitable Trust (AMHECT), a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt organization, to support AMHA educational programs and services, and other charitable organizations. Funds raised are used more> 

American Saddlebred Horse Association Announces Details for Executive Director Position
Lexington, KY - The American Saddlebred Horse Association, a century-old breed association and registry headquartered at The Kentucky Horse Park, seeks a dynamic leader to serve as its Executive Director, who will manage and oversee all operations and staff of the Association and Registry, and work closely with Association and Registry Board position details>



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Welsh Pony & Cob
WPCSA Announces Award Programs for Welsh in Open Competition
The Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America is pleased to introduce the WPCSA Open Awards Program which is a two-part program designed to recognize registered Welsh Ponies, Welsh Cobs and Part Welsh competing in various open disciplines across the country. This program consists of two awards tracks - the WPCSA Year-End Open Awards and the Welsh Medallion Awards program. WPCSA member, Gretchen Aitken of Family Partners Welsh Ponies in Riddle, Oregon, designed the Board-approved program, stating that "this is one way in which our Society can recognize, and encourage others to recognize, the value and impact our Welsh have out there in the 'open' world of competition." Dr. Ruth Wilburn, WPCSA President, more>
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