April 2, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

USEF Names 2012 US Saddle Seat World Cup Team
The 2012 US Saddle Seat World Cup Team (Laura Elcock Photography)
Fulton, MO- The US Saddle Seat World Cup Selections Trials saw 32 of the strongest saddle seat competitors in the US vie for an opportunity to represent their country at the 2012 Saddle Seat World Cup Competition. Hosted Saturday, March 31 at William Woods University, 20 three-gaited and 12 five-gaited riders proved their mettle in front of a packed audience.

Held in two phases, each consisting of one rail ride and one pattern, riders were tested on two unfamiliar horses; a format mimicking how they will compete in Parys, South Africa in December. At the end of competition, the lowest ordinal scoring riders were named to the inaugural USA Saddle Seat team under the direction of USEF...read more>


Beezie Madden Secures World Cup Spot With Final Qualifier Victory at Tampa Bay Classic
Beezie Madden and Mademoiselle (Kendall Bierer/PMG)
Tampa, FL - It was the concluding day of the Tampa Bay Classic [Sunday] at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and competition was fierce as the nation's top competitors strived to pave their way to the 2012 World Cup Finals in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. The $50,000 Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 2*-W was the last opportunity for riders to qualify for the impending World Cup Finals, and the battle came down to two as Beezie Madden and Margie Engle fought to the finish. Madden and Mademoiselle emerged the victors, beating Engle's jump-off time by only six-tenths of a second.

[Sunday] afternoon, riders gathered beneath the Covered Arena to compete over courses designed by Michel Vaillancourt of Canada. The first round featured an imposing opening oxer-vertical line, followed by an oxer leading to another vertical-oxer line. Riders were also challenged by a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination, an oxer-vertical double combination and a daunting grey wall. The course tested horse and rider alike, with combinations finding fault in multiple places, including the triple combination, double combination and the final oxer...read more>
Adrienne Lyle And Wizard Capture the Freestyle at the $120,000 5* West Palm Beach
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard (Susan J. Stickle)
Wellington, FL - Adrienne Lyle and Wizard returned to the stadium spotlight and danced away with the win in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle during the Global Dressage Festival (GDF) at the $120,000 5* West Palm Beach, presented by Diamante Farms on Friday evening. Their score of 77.275% placed them well above the competition and earned prize money totaling $25,200. Ashley Holzer of Canada on Breaking Dawn was second with 74.000% and collectd $15,360. Anja Plonzke of Germany on Le Mont d'Or, received 73.600% and $12,000 for third.  

Lyle, 27, an assistant trainer for Debbie McDonald at Peggy and Parry Thomas' River Grove Farm, has the daily riding and training of Wizard (Weltmeyer-Pica, Classiker) and is very pleased with the way her charge is progressing...read more>
James Alliston Lays Claim to Top Two Spots in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at Galway Downs
from USEA
James Alliston jumps with Jumbo's Jake ( Leslie Mintz/USEA Photo)

Despite being halfway across the world from his native Great Britain, James Alliston has proven that he is quite at home in California with back to back wins at Galway Downs' premier events. Last November James rode India McEvoy's 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Jumbo x Lakeland Princess) Jumbo's Jake to the win at the CCI3* and he repeated the feat once again with a wire to wire lead at this weekend's Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3*. In addition to taking home the blue ribbon, James also claimed the red with his and Chuck and Peggy Moore's Tivoli. The ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding who was competing in his first CIC3* added only 7.6 time penalties to his dressage score to finish 10 points behind his stablemate.


"Jake was awesome in all three phases this weekend," said James. "This was a perfect preparation for Rolex. The time was very tight and I think I had a bit of a gap in the scores so I could have gone a bit slower and still won, but I wanted to give him a bit of a fitness work before Rolex and he finished full of running. He was pretty strong going out there which is quite unlike him, so I think that bodes well for Rolex really."..Read more>


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Harding Replaces Kofford in US Line-Up for 2012 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final 
Lexington, KY - Due to veterinary reasons Jim Kofford (Raleigh, NC) has chosen not to compete in the 2012 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final with Hannah Shook and Mitzi Presnell's Pharoah. Shawna Harding and Come On III, the next highest placing pair in the North American League behind Kofford and Pharaoh, will instead represent the United States at the competition held April 18-22, 2012 in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. This will be the pair's second trip to the Finals...read more>
FEI News
Last-Minute Drama in the Countdown to the Reem Acra Final
from Louise Parkes at www.fei.org
With the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2011/2012 now only a few short weeks away, the line-up of riders who will represent North America and Central Europe at 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands from 19 to 22 April has been confirmed.  The USA's Jan Ebeling and Shawna Harding will fly the North American flag, while Poland's Katarzyna Milczarek and Michal Rapcewicz have clinched the two spots for Central Europe.
In total there are four geographic regions in which horse-and-rider combinations battle it out for a place at the annual Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage final, with a variety of qualification formats.  In the Western European League, now in its second season of sponsorship by New York fashion designer Reem Acra, there is a points-for-placings system, while competitors in the Central European and Pacific regions qualify through a league final and in North America, which embraces both the USA and Canada, the result is achieved by averaging the top two results...read more>

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FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
Daniel Bluman and Sancha LS Conquer All-Star Lineup in the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix, CSI 5*
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Daniel Bluman and Sancha LS over the FTI Consulting fence (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - March 31, 2012 - Twenty-two-year-old Daniel Bluman, of Colombia, jumped to an exciting victory on Saturday night in the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix, CSI 5* at the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Over 7,000 fans filled the stands to see the best of the best from the winter circuit compete under the lights in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Bluman and his mount Sancha LS earned the top prize in a three-horse jump-off over Canada's Ian Millar and Star Power and USA's Lauren Hough and Quick Study.

Alan Wade, of Ireland, designed the course for the grand prix and set a challenging track for the 45 qualified entries. Only three were able to jump the first round course entirely without fault to advance to the jump-off, and all three had single rails through the short course, making time the deciding factor...read more>

NCEA Focus
South Carolina Knocks Off Top-Ranked Georgia to Win Southern Equestrian Championship 
from www.gamecocksonline.com
Bishop, GA - No. 6 South Carolina handed top-ranked Georgia its second home loss in program history on Saturday, as the Gamecocks rallied to win the 2012 Southern Equestrian Championship at the UGA Equestrian Complex. Trailing 10-8, the Gamecocks scored the final two points of Saturday's meet, sending the competition to a 10-10 tiebreaker, where the Gamecocks prevailed on raw scores, 4,201-3,859...read more>   


Oklahoma State Cowgirls Win Big 12 Championship 

from www.okstate.com


Manhattan, KS - The Oklahoma State equestrian team claimed the 2012 Big 12 Championship after they defeated the Texas A&M Aggies in tie-breaking fashion, competing to an 8-8 deadlock at Timbercreek Stables on Saturday.

The competition was decided by a raw score tiebreaker, giving the Cowgirls a 3329-3326 advantage...read more>


Western Teams Named for 2012 IHSA National Championships, Berry College Returns to Defend 2011 Title
Fairfield, CTThe Intercollegiate Horse Show Association is pleased to announce that 2011 defending national champion, Berry College, is among the Western teams qualified for the 39th edition of the IHSA National Championships, May 3-6, at the Hunt Horse Complex of the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

IHSA executive director, Robert E. Cacchione, and St. Andrews University coach Peggy McElveen report that the following IHSA Western teams will be going to Raleigh to compete:

Alfred University
Berry College
Michigan State University
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
St. Andrews University
University of Findlay
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
West Texas A&M University

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AHA Names Ambassador Award Recipients
Aurora, CO - Darker N Bey (NV Beau Bey x Spot N The Dark) and Leprachaun SCR (Pachole x Bekkah Ambrielle) were both recently recognized with Ambassador Awards for outstanding achievement in representing the Arabian horse community to the general public. The two geldings achieved unique accomplishments that showcased the breed outside the show ring...read more>


Connemaras Shine at Live Oak
from ACPS
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Allison Stroud and her winning Four-in-Hand (Pics of You)
Connemaras were stars at the Live Oak Combined Driving Event (CDE). The event featured carriages drawn by one, two and four horses in three different disciplines that highlight the skills of both horse and driver. This year's event also served as the USEF Pony and Pair National Championships.


Since 1993, Live Oak has been one of the top North American combined driving events, bringing drivers and their teams from as far away as Europe to compete at Florida's historic Live Oak Plantation... read the rest of this story and more in this week's ACPS Current News>

Paso Fino
2012 Paso Fino Grand National Championships Will be Held at Kentucky Horse Park
from www.kyhorsepark.com
Lexington, KY - The Paso Fino Grand National Championship Show is coming for the first time in its 40-year history to the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky. "Brio in the Bluegrass" is the theme for this year's event, which is estimated to bring 550 horses and 1,500 enthusiasts to Kentucky for a weeklong event October 7-13. Brio is a Spanish word referring to the energy and lively spirit displayed in this breed. The public is welcome to come and participate in the "Ride a Paso Fino" program to experience this vitality and the naturally smooth gait for which the Paso Fino is known...read more>


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