March 26, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

Engle and Kessler Tie for the 2012 USEF National Show Jumping Championship
Reed Kessler and Cylana (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - Both youth and experience prevailed at the 2012 USEF National Show Jumping Championship at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and with three horse/rider combinations tied at the end of the third round - the race for the overall title was wide open. It was standing room only for the second to last Saturday night of the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, and Alan Wade's courses continued to prove influential and challenging in the fourth and final round.

It was a battle between youth and experience between Margie Engle - one of the winningest veterans on the Grand Prix circuit and 17-year-old Reed Kessler who is only eligible to jump in the senior ranks for the first time in 2012. In the end Engle and Kessler were tied at the end of four rounds and decided between themselves not to jump-off to determine a single winner. The result meant that Kessler won her first title and Engle was crowned National Champion for the third more>

A look back at Selection Trials #1, 2 and 3
Live This Week on USEF Network presented by SmartPak*
The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
*all coverage is listed in eastern time and subject to change
20th Annual Live Oak International Ends With Perfect Weather, Great Competition, and a Ninth USEF National Championship for Chester Weber
Chester Weber on his victory lap with wife My at his side. (
Lexington, KY - A picture perfect day in Ocala Florida provided the idyllic backdrop for the conclusion of competition at the Live Oak International Combined Driving Event. Taking the lead the first day and never looking back, Chester Weber and the team he co-owns with Jane Forbes Clark concluded their performance by putting in a solid round in the cones competition, thereby earning Weber an unprecedented ninth National Four-in-Hand Championship title. "It is very nice to have it back" says Weber of the trophy. And, perhaps the win is even more noteworthy given the fact that this was Weber's first competition with this new team. "I am so thankful for Jane Clark's support and participation, and for helping me put this combination together," Weber noted. "I'm really excited about the future." more>
Alix Szepesi and William Repeat Winning Ways at Global Dressage Festival National Classic 2
Alix Szepesi and William (Susan J. Stickle)
Wellington, FL - Alix Szepesi of Hamilton, MA topped the leader board again at the Global Dressage Festival National Classic 2 on Wednesday, the second and final day of the show. Szepesi and William, owned by Margie Kelk, scored 75.541% in the USEF First Level Test 2-Open at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF). Szepesi was not even supposed to compete this week and was a late entry.

"His owner was originally going to compete with William, but sometimes he gets nervous in the warm-up and he was a little naughty, so I decided to show him instead," said Szepesi. "Thankfully management was able to accommodate the changes. We are very appreciative of their efforts."

William was originally slated to be a show jumper and showed exceptional talent, but he did not like Liverpool fences, so Kelk turned him into a dressage more> 

Tampa Equestrian Series Adds New Hunter and Jumper Divisions
Tampa, FL - The 2012 Tampa Equestrian Series is pleased to announce that it has added new hunter and jumper divisions to the lineup for the two-week horse show. Thanks to popular demand by this year's exhibitors, the Tampa Equestrian Series has added Performance Working Hunter 3'6-3'9"and Performance Working Hunter 3'3"divisions, as well as Low Adult and Low Children's Jumper divisions. The Tampa Equestrian Series is scheduled for March 28 - April 7, 2012, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, more> 
USPEA Acknowledges 2012 Dressage Affaire For Exceptional CPEDI3*
Del Mar, CA - For the third consecutive year Kim Keenan Stordahl and Keenan Productions hosted the Para-Equestrian athletes at the 2012 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*. The Del Mar Horse Park in Del Mar, CA created a perfect backdrop March 8-11 for the Para-Equestrians. From the arrival of the horses to the awards ceremony, the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) was delighted and grateful for another top-notch horse more>


Country Music Legend Lyle Lovett to Compete at Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup
Lexington, KY - Four-time Grammy Award winner and country music legend Lyle Lovett will join a world-class field of Reining riders competing in the second annual Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup, April 27-28 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

The Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup (AKRC) is held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, which runs April 26-29. The AKRC features a CRI3*, the only Three Star Reining competition currently scheduled in the United States for 2012, along with the popular $25,000 World Freestyle Championship. It is expected to draw some of the best horses and riders from around the more>


Long List Named for U.S. Show Jumping Team for 2012 Olympic Games
Wellington, FL - Following the conclusion of the USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team, the USEF named athlete/horse combinations to the USEF Long List for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. To see the Long List visit>
FEI News
Germany Triumphs at First Leg of FEI Nations Cup Eventing
By Aimi Clark at
Reigning World and European Champion Michael Jung led Germany to a convincing victory at the first leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing held in Fontainebleau, France.


Jung had three rides and dominated the contest from the outset, finishing at the head of the field with his Badminton entry, Leopin, after adding just two Cross Country time penalties to his first-phase mark of 37.4.


Jung's teammates Andreas Ostholt (Franco Jeas, individual seventh) and Andreas Dibowski (FRH Fantasia, 22nd) and they completed with a healthy margin of 14.8 penalties ahead of The more> 


FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
Victoria Colvin Wins 5th Annual George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championships
Victoria Colvin and VIP Z (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - The 5th Annual George Morris Excellence in Equitation Championships were held on Friday evening in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. A feature event for the junior riders at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, the victory gallop was led by 14-year-old Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL.

The class was held in three rounds with thirty-four riders competing in round one, the top 13 coming back for round two, and the top four returning for the third and final round. The course walk and schooling were the sole responsibility of the riders. Competitors were allowed no contact with their trainers during the class and were responsible for time management, warm up, and schooling of their own horses with the assistance of one more>
Collegiate Equestrian
Texas A&M Senior Lia Chafee Wins Pin Oak Collegiate Invitational
Katy, TX -Texas A&M senior Lia Chafee defeated Fresno State's Holly Elsbernd on Saturday afternoon to win the second annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Collegiate Invitational at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.

Chafee downed Elsbernd 82-80 in the finals to claim the title. She defeated Gabrielle LeBoeuf of LSU 84-68 in the quarterfinals and Baylor's Kara Fergusson 85-80 in the more>

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USEF Competing Equestrian 2012

Connemara Pony

The recent ACPS Current news includes a couple of exciting videos of ponies competing. About the video below  Nicolette Merle-Smith wrote "I just had to let you know that my pony Ganymede (Ballywhim An Luan X Court Hawk) and I competed at Rocking Horse HT II in Florida in one of the Preliminary Rider divisions. We received a 38.2 in dressage, and had one measly rail in stadium... BUT we had a super double clean XC round and there is a helmet cam video of it!" Enjoy it, and find more at


Ganymede XC Helmet Cam Rocking Horse HT II Feb 2012
Ganymede XC Helmet Cam Rocking Horse HT II Feb 2012


New Champion Hackneys
from AHHS
The American Hackney Horse Society and AHHS Foundation have worked together to create a new program which will provide a CH (Champion) prefix for Hackneys with champion show records.  Applications for the program are online. Congratulations to the following Hackneys who have achieved Championship Status:   

CH Dun-Haven Majestic Motion 20977    

CH Thunderation 20984  

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AMHA Announces Team Morgan 2012
from AMHA
The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) is pleased to announce the following five equestrians have been named to Team Morgan 2012 and will take part in an international three-part equitation competition at the Bluegrass Morgan Classic in Lexington, Kentucky, in July.
Sascha Mills, 19, Goldsby, Oklahoma
Kendra Peeples, 18, Oxford, New Jersey
Gaetana D'Alesio-Spina, 19, Mendon, Massachusetts
Lauren Foy, 20, Kingston, New Hampshire
Lauren Bruss, 20, Columbus, Ohio

Ellery Walker, 16, of Marshall, Michigan, has been selected as the team's alternate. Trainer Suzanne Haberek of Broadalbin, New York, has been named as the Team more>
Paso Fino
from PFHA
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