March 11, 2013

Wrigley-Miller Claims First USEF National Pairs Championship at Live Oak International
2013 USEF National Pairs Champion Misdee Wrigley-Miller (
Ocala, FL - The 2013 USEF National Pairs Championship concluded Sunday afternoon at the Live Oak International with the influential cones phase. Under blustery conditions and the threat of severe storms, the field of four went to task in the John Deere Arena.

Misdee Wrigley-Miller (Lakewood Ranch, FL) travelled to Live Oak with her sights set on securing her first USEF National Pairs Championship. The 2011 FEI World Pair Driving Championship veteran did just that driving a near faultless round to add a National Title to her growing list of accomplishments.

"I'm over the moon," said an ecstatic Wrigley-Miller. "I've broken my demon."

A single ball down for three points and an additional 2.61 time faults meant Wrigley-Miller finished on a three day total of more>
Watch the marathon phase from Live Oak International  on-demand on USEF Network.

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McLain Ward and Zander Shine in $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Final
McLain Ward and Zander (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - McLain Ward (USA) and his promising young mount Zander were the winners in Saturday night's $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Final during week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington. The pair led a high-speed jump-off over second place finishers Janne Friederike Meyer of Germany aboard Cellagon Lambrasco and third place duo Pablo Barrios of Venezuela riding Zara Leandra. Great Britain's Ben Maher and Quiet Easy 4 topped the eleven-week series championship standings and were awarded the top bonus following the class.

Week eleven, sponsored by Artisan Farms, concluded Sunday, March 24, with the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, Don Little Masters Classic and $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix all held on the derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the more>   
Watch show jumping from Live Oak International on USEF Network
Wonderful Weekend for Will Faudree in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour Advanced Division at Southern Pines 
from USEA
Will Faudree and Andromaque lead the victory gallop in the Advanced division at Southern Pines (Leslie Mintz/USEA Photo)

The old adage about the home field advantage held true this weekend in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour Advanced Division at Southern Pines as North Carolina residents Will Faudree and Susan Beebee pleased the local crowd with their top placings.


"It's great being so close to home because we have a lot of local people and sponsors here," said Will. "And it's fun when you can deliver to the local sponsors; it makes it exciting."


Will went into the show jumping phase with a pretty good chance of taking home the top prize, but with the pouring rain and tough course designed by Marc Donovan anything could have happened. After Will dropped only one rail aboard Jennifer Mosing's Pawlow, he was guaranteed the blue ribbon on at least one of his mounts, and when he came back into the ring with Andromaque her clear round was just icing on the cake.


"I am very, very excited for both of them," said Will. "I had one down on Pawlow, which was totally my fault. I was really happy with him though - he jumped well." more>
Lars Petersen and Mariett Score Second Sweep at IHS Champions Cup CDI-W
Lars Petersen and Mariett
Loxahatchee, FL - Lars Petersen and Mariett proved they were consistently in the zone for the second time in two weeks when they delivered another one-two punch by taking the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W.  The pair achieved the same laudable results just two weeks ago at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W, also at the IHS Champions Park at Equestrian Estates.

Saturday's Freestyle impressed the judges as the pair racked up a 74.950% to a circus-music themed freestyle to win the Champions Cup. Petersen and Mariett, Marcia Pepper's 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, scored a 73.745% in Friday's Grand Prix to set up the double-header.

"I was very happy with her because she is coming along, but I was not so happy with my canter work," he said after the Freestyle. "It was a little bit against the leg and she had to work today. I think she gets a little shocked because it's a difficult freestyle. Overall I'm very happy with her." more>

Invitation to Attend USEF Town Hall Meeting
Welfare of the Horse in the 21st Century: Meeting the Needs of the Performance Horse in a Changing Environment

Invitation to Attend USEF Town Hall Meeting - March 27, 2013

Winter Equestrian Festival - Wellington Club - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm ET

Equestrian Sport Productions will host the first of seven USEF Town Hall meetings which will be held across the country throughout the Spring and Summer of 2013. On March 27, Federation representatives will join prominent industry owners, trainers, and veterinarians to discuss topical issues contributing to unprecedented public scrutiny relating to medication and treatment of performance horses. Media articles have brought focus to both therapeutic techniques and medication practices in racing, and more recently this national media focus has raised a number of questions about medication use in the show arena.

Prompted by reports across all breeds and disciplines confirming inappropriate use of medication for the purpose of gaining advantage in competition in today's show arena, the USEF leadership, in concert with the USEF Drugs & Medication and USEF Veterinary Committees, is soliciting information from stakeholders. Information gained in these forums will guide industry reform and regulation aimed at insuring the health and well being of the horse in our more>
FEI Nations CupTM Eventing: German Riders Make a Winning Start
from FEI
The German team produced yet another excellent performance to score victory at Fontainebleau (FRA), the first leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2013, and seem to be carrying on their winning ways from last year, when they took four out of six competitions in the inaugural series.
Team manager, Hans Melzer, had again fielded an 'A' team, made up of Olympic, World and European Champion Michael Jung on his second string Leopin FST (they finished third individually), Olympic team gold medallists Dirk Schrade and King Artus, plus Andreas Dibowski (Butts Leon) and 2011 European bronze medallists Frank Ostholt and Little Paint.
The quartet scored an emphatic victory over the host nation, France, and were dominant from the start, even without Jung's top horse, La Biosthetique Sam, on which he scored an individual victory in the CIC3*, and Olympic bronze medallists Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo, who finished more>
UT Martin Skyhawks Down Fresno State and South Dakota, win Inaugural Skyhawk Invitational 
Martin, TN - The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team picked up a victory over Fresno State on Friday and a win over No. 9 South Dakota State on Saturday to emerge victorious in the first-ever Skyhawk Invitational, held at the Ned McWherter Ag Pavilion on the campus of UT Martin.

The Skyhawks tied Fresno State 8-8 but were awarded the win because of the raw points tiebreaker (2359.25 to 2352.25). UT Martin then defeated South Dakota State on Saturday in convincing fashion, posting a 12-4 victory.

"What a great accomplishment this team made to win the first-ever nonconference tournament for our sport," Skyhawk head coach Meghan Cunningham said. "We had solid rides all weekend long with very minimal mistakes. Our athletes stepped up like we haven't seen all year and we came together as a team for this win. While we did not gain any MOP's for the event, it goes to show the consistent rides from every student-athlete." more>
Western Dressage: Let the Games Begin! by Michelle Binder-Zolezzi of

Show season is rolling all over the country. Let the games begin indeed!  Western Dressage tests are being ridden in competitive venues all over, especially in the more temperate areas of the nation. Not the northeast! Riders are already sending test sheets in to the "NAWD Trax" year end award program. IPHDA has already completed 2 cycles of virtual shows with entries due for the March V show on Monday April 1st. USEF Morgan tests have been ridden in the first dressage schooling show of the year at Donida Farm near Seattle Washington. Debbie Beth-Halachmy promises a complete update on what is happening in the Cowboy Dressage arenas for next week and I look forward to attending and reporting on the upcoming Judges Forums and Light Hands Horsemanship weekends. 


We are finally taking this thing seriously and last weekend went to the 4H Tack Swap here and bought three, yes, three Circle Y saddles for the school program. New cinches, rugs, show pads, bridles, reins and bits all went into the cart. Last night I had an Appaloosa stallion, a pinto, and an Arab all in the arena working more>  



The top global honors in Arabian Horse Racing presented at the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival Darley Awards and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards 
from AHA
Carmel, CA - The Board of Stewards of the Arabian Racing Cup announcedthe results of the 26th annual Darley Awards, held March 10th, 2013 at the JW Marriott in Houston, Texas. Dignitaries and guests from the USA and around the world including Arabian race enthusiasts from Canada, Belgium, Egypt, England, France, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Qatar, Turkey, and UAE were present to enjoy and witness this prestigious event. 

Among the highlights of the evening, VALIANT BOY SBFAR, a 4 year old stallion bred by Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and owned by Guy Neivens,was crowned the 2012 Darley Champion Horse of the Year, while Sam Vasquez of Houston, Texas took home the high honor of 2012 Darley Champion Owner for the second consecutive year, and Bill Waldron received the esteemed 2012 Darley Champion Breeder more> 


Is Your Morgan a Grand Champion? 
from AMHA
What do these Morgans have in common:Faragamo, Graycliff Tony, More Apples Please, and Chase Manhattan? They are all enrollees in AMHA's Champion Title Program! 

AMHA's Champion Title Program began as a pilot program in 2011, and since that time, nearly 40 horses have entered the program and have been named a CH or GCH. 

The program enrollment fee is $75 and $15 for each year of competition. The competition year runs November 2-November 1. To become a Champion, a horse must earn 15 points at any USEF rated all Morgan show or in Morgan classes sanctioned by USEF; to become a Grand Champion, a horse must earn 30 more>
2013 ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge
from ASHA

The 2013 ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge Schedule is now available.


The ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge, funded by Elisabeth Goth, was developed to promote the American Saddlebred driving divisions among junior exhibitors. Competitors 17 years of age and under are adding driving to their horsemanship portfolios as horse shows add Driving Challenge classes to their class list. This program was designed with the intention of promoting both good sportsmanship and driving skills with ASHA youth members. All horses winning a ribbon in two official qualifying classes in their division are eligible to compete at the finals. Custom trophies and ribbons are offered in qualifying events, with $10,000 in cash and prizes available at the more>




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