March 31st, 2014

Konyot and Lyle Victorious in Grand Prix Freestyle and Grand Prix Special at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* 
presented by Diamante Farms

Lexington, Ky. - On Friday, U.S. riders again produced top finishes in Wellington, Fla., at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI5* presented by Diamante Farms, as American combinations claimed victory in both the Grand Prix Freestyle and Grand Prix Special. Tina Konyot saved her best performance of the 12 week festival for last as she earned victory in the Freestyle competition, while her teammate from the winning U.S. Nations Cup effort one month ago, Adrienne Lyle, produced an impressive effort to win the Grand Prix Special.

Grand Prix Freestyle

Konyot (Palm City, Fla) teamed up with her 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and 2012 Olympic Games veteran, Calecto V, earning the highest score of the evening to nearly break the 80% mark in front of a packed house. The 16-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion, who is known for strong performances in the Freestyle, did not disappoint as he earned a mark of 79.250% under the lights. With their winning performance on Friday Konyot and Calecto V close out their winter season on a high note after having earned numerous strong finishes over the last three months.

Grand Prix Special

For the second consecutive day, Lyle (Ketchum, ID) and Parry and Peggy Thomas' 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding Wizard earned high marks to claim back-to-back victories on the final weekend of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. On Thursday, the 2012 Olympic veterans topped an international field in the Grand Prix and returned to The Stadium Friday afternoon to earn a score of 75.558% in the FEI Grand Prix Special Test and win the class by more than a six-point more>
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Coudray Awarded Land Rover Grant to Compete at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover 

USEF to Award Three Dressage High Performance Pre-Games Training and Competition Grants

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PinOakMTM Timon Makes It Two after $30,000 Walter Oil & Gas Grand Prix Victory at Pin Oak
Tracy Fenney & MTM Timon (Shawn McMillen Photography)
Katy, Texas - If MTM Timon was impressive in winning the $25,000 Bisso Marine Grand Prix on Thursday at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, he was simply outstanding during the $30,000 Walter Oil & Gas Grand Prix, the featured Saturday night event.

Going early in the 11-horse jump-off, Timon scorched around the shortened course to post a clear round in 32.25 seconds, a time no one could come close to catching. Only Fenney's second ride, MTM Centano, was able to match the pace (31.61 seconds), but a fallen rail cost the victory and relegated them to sixth place.

In the end, it was Timon's night once again. "He recouped after his long travel from Ocala [Florida], and he felt great," said Fenney. "I couldn't have asked him to do anything different. He was amazing. Every turn went fast, he left strides out, angled jumps; I was ecstatic with him." more>

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EventingCoudray Awarded Land Rover Grant to Compete at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover
Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister (Mike McNally)
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that Tiana Coudray has been awarded a Land Rover Grant to compete at the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover. As approved by the USEF Eventing High Performance Committee, Coudray (Ojai, Calif.) will ride Jatial, Inc.'s 2001 Irish Sport Horse gelding Ringwood Magister at the only CCI4* in the Western Hemisphere.

Coudray, 25, has become a top U.S. rider on the international eventing scene in just a few years' time. She first experienced international competition at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North in 2004 and 2008, earning the Junior Individual Silver medal in 2004. As she rose through the ranks, Coudray achieved numerous top placings at CIC and CCI competitions, including wins at the Galway Downs International CIC3* and the Jersey Fresh International CCI3* with Ringwood Magister in more>

Steffen Peters Earns 79.425% in Grand Prix Freestyle on Final Day of California Dreaming Productions' Festival of the Horse CDI 3*

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 at the Festival of the Horse CDI 3*. (Terri Miller)
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. - Steffen Peters and Legolas 92, the number one-ranked Grand Prix rider/horse combination in the country, "wowed" not only spectators but also the judges on their way to dominating the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle on the final day of California Dreaming Productions' Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J/U-25 (presented by Hof Kasselmann) in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Their score of 79.425% gave Peters and Four Winds Farm's 12-year-old Westfalen gelding (Laomedon x Fuerstin by Florestan II) not only the win, but also the highest CDI Grand Prix Freestyle score in the country to date as they look to lead the U.S. Dressage Team to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France this summer. "We were right on the money today, every beat and footfall was right there," explained Peters. "That's how I like to ride freestyles and I think Legolas liked it too. We got clean changes today right off the bat and I felt like I was able to take a deep breath and really enjoy the rest of the test." more>
South Dakota State Makes Surprise Run to NCEA Independent Championship Title
(South Dakota State University)
Broookings, S.D. - Tied at 6-6 with UT-Martin going into the final event of the day, the South Dakota State reining riders swept all four points to lock up the 10-6 win and the 2014 Independent Championship title.

"I was excited to see our student-athletes go into the ring with such confidence this weekend and have such strong performances in every event," head coach Megan Rossiter said. "Mentally, they are in a great place, and this tournament was an important win at the end of a tough season."

The Jackrabbits, who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, improve to 3-9 in the season with the win, while the Skyhawks, the No. 2 seed in the event, fall to more>

Feed Management As a Factor in Treating Heaves in Horses

Frequently compared to asthma in humans, heaves (recurrent airway obstruction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in horses is characterized by overly reactive airways. Affected horses show coughing, forced expiration of air, and a heave line at the base of the ribs associated with muscular hypertrophy caused by the effort of expelling air from the lungs.

Horses with this condition frequently have a nasal discharge. The lungs lose their elasticity as the disease progresses, resulting in heightened respiratory more>
USEFNewsUSEF to Award Three Dressage High Performance Pre-Games Training and Competition Grants
Lexington, Ky. - In the spring of 2014, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will award up to three Dressage High Performance Pre-Games Training and Competition Grants. These grants are open to athlete/horse combinations who have submitted an Application of Intent to compete in the Selection Trial for the U.S. Dressage Team Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and are planning to train and/or compete in Europe prior to the Selection Trial in preparation for the more> 
Qualifications Concluded for the Americas and Caribbean Leagues as Longines FEI World Cup™ Final Line-Up Takes Shape

Last weekend's fixture at Live Oak Plantation in Ocala, Florida brought the final group of FEI World Cup™ Jumping Leagues for 2013/2014 to a close. Riders from both the North America West and East Coast Leagues were eligible to line out at this event, but the League winners had already been decided.


The Central America and Caribbean Islands League has also been concluded along with the South America South League and the South America North League, so the line-up for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final at Lyon, France next month is now in more>



USEF Announces Judges for 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup

Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the officials selected to judge the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup competition. Medal-winning countries from the 2012 Saddle Seat World Cup competition each put forward a judge to officiate this prestigious competition in 2014. The judges are David Brent from Canada, Hugo Visser from South Africa, and Michael Craghead from the United States.

David Brent has been an Equine Canada (EC) judge since 1977. 

Hugo Visser, from Porterville, Western Cape, South Africa, is a Saddle Horse breeder and Amateur Owner trainer. 

Michael Craghead is from Fresno, Calif., and has held a Saddle Seat Equitation "R" license since more> 
ASHA Youth Driving Challenge
from ASHA

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) and Elisabeth M. Goth are pleased to offer the ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge program to promote the sport of driving American Saddlebreds for young enthusiasts.


The ASHA hopes your show will consider participating this year in the ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenge. The Challenge will consist of qualifying classes in two divisions, Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure Driving and Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure Driving, at selected shows throughout the year, and each show must offer both classes. Shows do not have to be at USEF rated shows, but must be judged according to the USEF rules. Custom medals and ribbons will be provided by the more>




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