April 1, 2013

Miss Lucy and Jennifer Alfano Victorious in $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at #FTIWEF

Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy (Anne Gittins Photography)
Wellington, FL - Jennifer Alfano rode Miss Lucy, an eleven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Helen Lenahan, to the top of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on the final day of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The final round of competition was held on the grass derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. Alfano and Miss Lucy were fourth going into the second round of competition for the derby with a first round score of 186. The pair galloped into first place with a round two score of 198.5 for an overall score of 348.5.

Inclusive and Victoria Colvin finished second with a combined score of 382. The pair was in fifth place after scoring a 182 in round one. Colvin and Inclusive's spectacular second round performance earned the pair a 200, which helped them take over the lead late in round two before being succeeded by Alfano and Miss Lucy...read more>


Jennifer Alfano Wins $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with Miss Lucy at 2013 FTI WEF

Watch an interview with Jennifer Alfano, $50,000 USHJA International
Hunter Derby winner at #FTIWEF 2013


April 5 & 6
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Michael Hughes Takes Consecutive Victories in Jumpers For Final Day of Tampa Bay Classic
Micheal Hughes & Zammetje (Emily Riden)
Tampa, FL -  Michael Hughes sped to victory in the North American League (NAL) Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, and he kept right on cruising. Hughes immediately followed up his NAL win Sunday with a blue ribbon in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame High (SJHOF) Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic under the lights of the Covered Arena at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center.

The SJHOF Classic course, designed by Michel Vaillancourt, provided a great test of the horses and riders at the Tampa Bay Classic with only four pairs passing to move on to the jump-off round. The course opened over a single oxer, followed by a turn to the right over another single oxer, then on to a liverpool vertical. Coming off of the liverpool riders were sent around to the left to a single oxer before whipping around a tight right turn to jump a vertical skinny. The second round course concluded over an oxer-vertical in-and-out to a final oxer off the right...read more>

Watch on demand video of the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale
 Grand Prix CSI5* on USEF Network
Bennett-Awad Races To Top Of Galway Downs International Horse Trials
Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin 'N Juice were first in the CIC3* (Sherry Stewart photographer)
Temecula, CA - Hawley Bennett-Awad is no stranger to victory at Galway Downs, and this spring she and Linda Paine's superstar mare Gin 'N Juice have gone perfectly, winning their first two outings of the year. They made it three-for-three by flying to victory (50.1 penalties) in the CIC3* at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials.

Tivoli and James Alliston (55.3) moved in to second behind Bennett-Awad when overnight leader Kristi Nunnink and R-Star added 8.8 time penalties to fall to third (56.1). Alliston also finished fourth on Jumbo's Jake (56.2).

 "This spring has been unbelievable with her," said a beaming Bennett-Awad, who rides for her native Canada but lives in Temecula. "She was a machine-foot-perfect everywhere." Bennett-Awad added only .8 time penalties to grab the top prizes...read more>
USEF Names Teams for 2013 Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm
Lexington, KY- The United States will field two dressage teams for Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm held April 11-14 in conjunction with the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The U.S. teams will be composed of two Grand Prix combinations and two Prix St. Georges competitors.

USA I Team
USA I Team will be composed of the following four combinations.

Grand Prix
Heather Blitz (Wellington, FL) will ride her own Paragon.
Paragon is a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding.

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, FL) will ride Patricia Stempel's Doktor.
Doktor is a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

Prix St. Georges
Caroline Roffman (Wellington, FL) will ride her own Her Highness O.
Her Highness O is a 10-year-old Hanoverian mare.

Kimberly Herslow (Stockton, NJ) will ride Kiroli Enterprises LLC's Rosmarin.
Rosmarin is an eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding.

Read more at www.usefnetwork.com.

United States Equestrian Federation and The Dutta Corporation Enhance Partnership
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and The Dutta Corporation increase their partnership as Dutta Corp. will become the Official Shipper for the U.S. Eventing Team as well as Title Sponsor of the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Festival in the Country and the Dutta Corp. /USEF Three-Star Eventing National Championship.

"The Dutta Corporation has been an outstanding partner as a sponsor of the U.S. Dressage Team," said John Long, USEF CEO. 
"Dutta Corp.'s decision to support the U.S. Eventing Team and Fair Hill International solidifies its commitment to the USEF and equestrian sport."..read more>
High Profile Speakers to Address FEI Sports Forum
from FEI
The FEI has announced the full list of high profile speakers that will address the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne (SUI) in two weeks' time.
FEI President HRH Princess Haya, IOC Executive Board Member Claudia Bokel, IOC Sports and Deputy Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi, Dr. Susanne Münstermann, chargée de mission at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and Dr. Hischam El-Agamy, Executive Director and Founder of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) will be on the panel of speakers at the Sports Forum...read more>
South Carolina Wins Inaugural SEC Equestrian Championship
Auburn, AL - No. 6 South Carolina captured the first-ever Southeastern Conference Equestrian Championship, defeating No. 2 Auburn, 10-8, on Saturday at the Auburn University Horse Center.

The Gamecocks (8-6), the event's No. 2 seed, defeated the top-seeded Tigers (11-3) 6-4 in hunter seat and tied 4-4 in western. South Carolina advanced to the championship round following a 10-7 win against third-seeded Georgia on Friday.

Saturday's SEC Equestrian Championship marked the first new championship handed out in an SEC sport since softball in 1997...read more>


Oklahoma State Wins Big 12 Equestrian Championship
The Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 2013 Big 12 Equestrian Champions (ostatephoto.com)
Stillwater, OK - It was a close match to the end, but the Oklahoma State Cowgirls earned an 8-6 win over the Kansas State Wildcats at the Animal Science Arena in Stillwater, OK Saturday and were crowned Big 12 Conference champions for the second year in a row, and third time ever.

The Cowgirls jumped to a slim 2-1 lead early on after their Hunter Seat team earned a win in Equitation over Fences. The Wildcats answered back with a 2-1 win in Horsemanship however, and the meet was tied 3-3 at the midway point. A 2-2 tie in equitation on the flat meant that the teams were even heading into Reining, the day's final phase of competition.

The Wildcats took the first point, but the Cowgirls went on to sweep the final three points and secure the victory...read more>


What's Happening in Vaulting: Worldwide
by Bree Krebel
FEI World Cup Vaulting Final in Braunschweig, Germany from March 17-19, 2013


Top world champions battled for medals, in what was considered the most fierce competition this year.  Europe is the hot spot for vaulting, where championships are often sold out, and Braunschweig brought an electrifying atmosphere...read more>      


German Champion Vaulters Perform for the Sheiks   


After reaching out to her team, coach Jessica Schmitz told her junior and senior teammates they will be traveling to Doha/Qatar to prepare for the upcoming European championships in August in Ebreichsdorf - Austria. Not only will they be traveling to the Gulf, they are also scheduled to perform in front of the Sheiks and to represent the world-wide vaulting community.

Included in the team of seniors and juniors are world champion vaulters Simone Lang-Wiegele (World Cup Bronze - 2010), Antjie Hill (World Championships Silver - 2010) and Elisabeth Simon (Team European Champion 2011)...read more>  



AMHA Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for Friday, April 26
from AMHA
The AMHA Board of Directors will hold a Town Hall meeting and teleconference on Friday, April 26 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. 

Topics of discussion thus far include a review of AMHA's Star Rating program, a Pathways trail riding program update, Western Dressage Association of America update, and an open question and answer period..read more>
American Saddlebred Prize Money Increased Plus Added Classes at Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
from ASHA

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has added prize money and local pleasure classes to an all-star lineup of American Saddlebred and Hackney/Harness divisions. This year Devon will also have a designated American Saddlebred work area. The 117th year of Devon runs from May 23 through June 2 and benefits the Bryn Mawr Hospital, with proceeds to the Hospital approaching $15 million. Judging Devon this year is Gene Van Der Walt from Shelbyville, Ky., and Bob Moseder will be capturing the winning photos. Come and enjoy the spectacular packed crowds who enjoy seeing a top show horse or pony. 


The Devon Carriage Pleasure Marathon Drive begins at noon, Sunday, May 26, at St. David's Church on South Valley Forge Road and proceeds through the neighboring streets, eventually arriving at the Devon Show Grounds for the final judging and Championship Drive-off. Over 40 carriages with many different breeds of horses are featured for the afternoon. It is a rare sight to behold.


Four-in-Hand Coaching competition runs Monday through Friday and will be judged by Bill Ginns of Leicester, England...read more> 





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