March 24th, 2014

"They're all as special as the first one" 
Chester Weber Wins 11th USEF National Four-in-Hand 
Championship at Live Oak International

Chester Weber takes his victory lap after winning his 11th USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship (
Ocala, Fla. - The competition came to a close Sunday afternoon for the drivers in the FEI Four-in-Hand division sponsored by Seminole Wellness at Live Oak International. Held in conjunction with the USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship, the division's results were decided following the cones phase. After meeting the challenge put forth by the 720-meter 19-obstacle course designed by Harmut Kaufmann (GER), Chester Weber won not only the division but his 11th USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship. The championship also serves as the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), giving Weber's performance another reason for being a special achievement.

Weber (Ocala, Fla.) smoothly guided his and Jane Clark's team of Royal Dutch Warmblood geldings through the cones course, earning the only double clear round in the division. Adding nothing to his score on the final day of competition, he finished with a score of 116.33.

"They're all as special as the first one," Weber commented on winning his eleventh USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship. "It was one of my big goals this year to attend the national championship. I am pleased to be here and have the opportunity." more>

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 Baylor's Paige Parker Takes The Collegiate Invitational at Pin Oak

Friday, March 28th & Saturday, March 29th

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

 check during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
CarolinaCICMarilyn Little and RF Demeter Make a Steady Climb to the Top with a Fast Run at the Carolina International CIC3*
Marilyn Little and RF Demeter (Allie Conrad)
Raeford, N.C. - Marilyn Little and RF Demeter made a steady, if unexpected, climb to the top of the leaderboard at the Carolina International CIC3* and Adequan USEA Gold Cup/PRO Tour Series.

Little and "Demi" (Rubin-Royal/Patricia) weren't the pair to beat until they clocked one of only two double-clear rounds on Hugh Lochore's cross-country course, where time was of the essence.

"I planned to start the course on both horses [including RF Smoke on the Water] as if I was going for time," Little of Frederick, Md. said. "I was hoping they were fit, and depending on how they were jumping and galloping, reevaluate at three or four minutes and see how they felt." 


Little explained that the 12-year-old mare, who finished on her dressage score of 46.2, had a bit of an unconventional winter this more> 

HoughLauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio Lead the Way in $100,000 Engel & Völkers Grand Prix CSI 4*
Lauren Hough and Böckmanns Lazio (Sportfot)
Wellington, Fla.
 - Lauren Hough led the victory gallop in an exciting top four finish for the women of USA in Saturday night's $100,000 Engel & Völkers Grand Prix CSI 4* at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Hough and Böckmanns Lazio topped a six-horse jump-off over Laura Kraut and Nouvelle (2nd), Lucy Davis and Barron (3rd), Lillie Keenan and Pumped Up Kicks (4th), Ben Maher and Urico (5th), and Kent Farrington and Blue Angel (6th).

Olaf Petersen, Jr. (GER) set the track for 45 competitors that qualified to compete in Saturday night's $100,000 Engel & Völkers Grand Prix CSI 4* with seven entries jumping clear to advance to the jump-off. Seven others finished the course with just one time fault in a very tight time allowed. The jump-off saw four double clear rounds.

Ramiro Quintana (ARG) and St. Bride's Farm's Whitney were the first pair to jump clear in round one, but withdrew from the jump-off, leaving 17-year-old Lillie Keenan (USA) to blaze the trail over the short course. Riding Chansonette Farm LLC's Pumped Up Kicks, Keenan set the time to beat at 49.27 seconds, and eventually finished fourth. Twenty-one-year-old Lucy Davis (USA) jumped next and upped the ante with Old Oak Farm's Barron in 47.13 seconds to earn third place more>
Kathleen Raine Tops Grand Prix on First Day of California Dreaming Productions' Capistrano Dressage International CDI-W
Kathleen Raine & Breanna (Terri Miller)
Burbank, Calif. - An impressive line-up of West Coast riders including some of the top-ranked competitors in the nation gathered at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, Cal. for the first day of competition at California Dreaming Productions' Capistrano Dressage International CDI-W/Y/J/U-25 presented by Hof Kasselmann. As the enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the many on-site amenities including beautifully-decorated arenas and a luxurious ringside VIP tent, they saw past World Equestrian Games Bronze medalist Kathleen Raine score a decisive victory with Breanna in the CDI Grand Prix on a score of 70.260% over second-place finisher Brian Hafner and his Hanoverian gelding Lombardo LHF (by Londonderry) with 68.780%.

After reluctantly scratching from last month's Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI in Burbank due to Breanna's incurring a small superficial wound just prior to the show, Raine was particularly anxious to get back in the ring with her  long-time partner and begin their quest for a position on the U.S. Team and a return ticket to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held in France this summer. "I was thrilled with her, especially with the consistency and relaxation - she felt very solid," said Raine of the 14-year-old Hanoverian mare (Brentano II x World Queen by Weltmeyer). "We haven't shown since the Festival of Champions last fall in Kentucky, so I knew we needed to get back in the arena. Now that we have this first ride of the year under our belts, I feel like we're ready to push on and add more to it, and I feel like this success sets the tone for the rest of the year to come." more>
ADS Announces Host Venues for North American Championships
Cross Plains, Wis. - The American Driving Society (ADS) is pleased to announce the host venues for the new head-to-head driven North American Preliminary and the North American Intermediate Championships. The Preliminary Championships will be held at the Glen Willow CDE, September 5-7 in Avondale, Pennsylvania. The Intermediate Championship will be held at the Katydid CDE, October 30 - November 2 in Windsor, South Carolina. All VSE Championships will be held at the Equestrians Institute CDE, August 8-10 in Ethel, Washington.

Each event will be a driven championship, taking place over a single competition weekend. Host venues will likely change location year after year, moving around North America so drivers in various areas can travel to more>
CollegiateBaylor's Paige Parker Takes The Collegiate Invitational at Pin Oak
Parker & Texas Checkmate (Tricia Booker Photography)
Katy, Texas. - Paige Parker, of Baylor University, rose to the top of the Collegiate Invitational today with three consistent performances on three different horses.

The Invitational was one of the featured events of the concluding day of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show I. The event, presented by Max Bowl and the Boatright, Dougherty and Roberts families, brought eight student athletes together for head-to-head competition on catch rides.

The class followed the current NCEA bracketed format. Riders were paired at random for the preliminary rounds, where they competed head-to-head on the same horses. Each rider with the highest score then moved forward to the second round, and then the top two individuals rode-off on the same horse to determine the more>
Avacados Can Be Toxic to Horses
Horses can safely eat many fruits and vegetables, but in the case of some innocent-seeming produce, the ingestion of even a few pieces can cause a serious toxic reaction. One such fruit is the avocado, a large berry that is found in some southern states as well as in Mexico and other Central American more>
USEF 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 here.

The rule (RD101.1) will now state, "Roadster Horses:  In order to compete all horses must be a Standardbred or Standardbred type. Registration is not required." more>


FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing: French Get Off to Flying Start

The French team scored a convincing win on home ground in the opening leg of FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014 held at Fontainebleau (FRA) over the weekend.


A strong quartet set the standard for the season by leading the Dressage, and were then the only team to produce four clear Cross Country rounds.


Former dual European Champion Nicolas Touzaint finished best of the four in fourth place, followed by Eric Vigeanel in sixth, Maxime Livio, eighth, and Donatien Schauly in more>



Support ASHA While Shopping on Amazon
from ASHA
Lexington, Ky. - American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) members and friends can now support their favorite breed while shopping online anytime at leading online retailer Amazon. 

"AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for American Saddlebred fans to support ASHA every time they shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the American Saddlebred Horse Association," says former ASHA President Judy more>

Be an IALHA Ambassador/Equine Affair Volunteers Needed
from IALHA
Wishing more horse people knew the joy of owning and riding Andalusians and Lusitanos? This year, [IALHA has] grants available for members who would like to represent us at local horse expos, horse fairs, and non-breed specific shows that offer a chance to exhibit with a booth, demonstration, or combination of the two. The grant application form can be downloaded from the Ambassador Program more> 
Arabian Horse Association's Youth Board Gives Back 
from AHA
Aurora, Colo.Making a wish come true for a child is a once in a lifetime opportunity. For many youth members of the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), riding, owning, or showing an Arabian horse is a dream come true. For other kids across America, dreams come in many different forms - from meeting a superstar or receiving a new bike, to spending time with animals, and so much more. On Friday, Mar. 14, the Youth Board at AHA chose to give back to a cause that brings these different wishes to life for children everywhere. 

Gathering in Aurora, Colo. for their March Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA) board meeting, 13 members of the board took a trip into Denver to deliver a gift worth more than words. With delicious donuts in tow, this group of teenagers hand delivered a $5,000 check to Make-A-Wish® more>
Wanted: Open Competition Competitors for AMHA's High-Point Program 
from AMHA
Will you be showing your Morgan at open shows this season? Take that competitive edge one step further by taking part in AMHA's Open Competition Program. There is a division for everyone, and for just $15 a year or $40 for lifetime enrollment, you can keep track of points and earn year-end awards. 

And don't forget, if you are an AMHA Premium member, you can join this program for more>




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