April 8, 2013

U.S. Saddle Seat Young Rider Team wins Double Gold at U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational

The U.S. Saddle Seat Young Rider Team (Laura Elcock)
Fulton, MO - The U.S. Saddle Seat Young Rider Team swept the competition at the U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational over the weekend against international teams from South Africa and Canada. The three teams met for the competition at William Woods University, and the U.S. young riders were excellent during the two days of Three- and Five-gaited competition.

After the first day, the U.S. team led South Africa and Canada in Three-gaited competition, and held a lead over South Africa in Five-gaited competition (there were no Five-gaited riders from Canada). On Saturday, the railwork was fierce and the pattern work was competitive. Both the Canadian and South African teams looked as though they may have been able to comeback, and with the final railwork scores not posted, there was a good deal of suspense leading up to the awards presentation. In the end the U.S. teams proved too much for their international competition, and took home the Three- and Five-gaited gold...read more>

3-Gaited Railwork at the U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational

Watch all phases of the U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational
on-demand on USEF Network
April 12
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Lynn Symansky Locks in a Win at the Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour Series CIC3* at The Fork 
from USEA
Lynn Symansky and Donner won the Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour Series CIC3* division at The Fork (Leslie Threlkeld/USEA Photo)
Norwood, NC - An exciting day of cross-country in the final phase of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series CIC3* at The Fork in Norwood, North Carolina ended with a race against the clock. Tremaine Cooper's cross-country course was challenging enough, but the optimum time was very tight, and riders and spectators anxiously waited for each competitor's results to be announced. Many riders in this division are on their way to the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* at the end of April and therefore were not galloping for time. Lynn Symansky exclaimed at the finish line that she did not mean to make time, but she and her 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Donner cruised around the course in style and finished with nine seconds to spare to take home their first international win as a pair.

"The course was riding a little harder than I had expected so you had to be pretty aggressive out there at some of the combinations," Symansky said. "Donner is a spooky enough horse that he kind of backs himself off. You don't really have to take a pull on the reins. I never pushed him once, but he was so great out there; It was a nice fitness run. I think it's good to give them that kind of ride before you go into Kentucky and not canter around. Set the tone."..read more>
Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 Top FEI Grand Prix at Wellington CDI 5* presented by Diamante Farms
Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 (SusanJStickle.com)
Wellington, FL - Steffen Peters (USA) and Legolas 92 were victorious in the FEI Grand Prix 5*, held Friday during the Wellington CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms. The Wellington 5* is the first of the final two weeks of competition for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), hosted at The Stadium of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

Peters and Legolas 92 finished first with a remarkable 75.085%. Second place went to Lars Petersen (DEN) and Mariett with a score of 73.787%. Ashley Holzer (CAN) and Breaking Dawn finished third with a score of 73.362%.

Watch an interview with Steffen Peters

Peters, of San Diego, CA, and Legolas 92, owned by Four Winds Farm, were also recognized with the Champion Equine Insurance Dressage Style Award...read more>
USEF Announces Outing for the 2013 FEI World Endurance Championship for Juniors and Young Rider Team
Lexington, KY- United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will host an Outing for the 2013 FEI World Endurance Championship for Juniors and Young Rider Team April 18-20, 2013 at McCulley Farm near Jasper, Florida. Pending approval from the USEF High Performance Working Group and USEF Executive Committee, this Outing will serve as a Selection Trial for candidates interested in applying for the U.S. Team.

The Outing will consist of a preliminary examination of horses by at least 2 members of the Veterinary Panel on Thursday, April 18, followed by an 80 Kilometer competition on Friday, April 19. There will be an examination of horses at designated stages throughout the competition and a post -competition evaluation of all horses on Saturday, April 20...read more> 

McLain Ward Takes Third Victory at 2013 $200,000 American Invitational Aboard Rothchild
McLain Ward stands center as the victor of the 2013 Gene Mische American Invitational (V.Valenti/The Book LLC)

Tampa, FL - For over four decades Raymond James Stadium has been home to the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm. The class has made history as a tradition and landmark of the show jumping world, and Saturday was no exception. It was a cliff-hanging night as spectators looked on to the stadium turf, but it was with speed and accuracy that McLain Ward was able to emerge victorious as one of the few riders in history to ever capture three American Invitational victories.

Ward piloted Rothchild to a double-clear effort during a two-horse jump-off. They sped through the finish line in 42.10 seconds after completing a clear short course, while Reed Kessler and Mika captured the second place prize. Sharn Wordley and Derly Chin de Muze were the third place finishers for the evening, taking the honors with only one time fault added to their otherwise fautless first round effort...read more> 

Celebrity Filled Competition to Highlight Kentucky Reining Cup

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Reining Cup, which features World Championship gold medalists and other world-class competitors, is held alongside the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, America's only Four Star Eventing competition, which runs April 25-28.

The Kentucky Reining Cup features an international Three Star Reining competition and the incredibly popular World Freestyle Championship. Action begins on Friday night, April 26 with the CRI3*.

On Friday, four-time Grammy Award winner and country music legend Lyle Lovett will return for a third year to compete in the Kentucky Reining Cup's CRI3*. Lovett will join a world-class field of Reining riders including Shawn Flarida, Tom McCutcheon and Tim McQuay, teammates on the United States' Gold Medal team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games...read more> 

Updated Information Regarding USEF Town Hall Meetings
Lexington, KY - The first of the USEF Town Hall Meetings series was hosted by Equestrian Sport Productions at their FTI Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds on March 27, 2013. Federation representatives joined 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 focus has raised a number of questions about medication use in the show arena. Video of the first USEF Town Hall Meeting can be seen at www.usefnetwork.com/featured/USEFTownHallMeetings.

Member input received since the announcement of this USEF Town Hall Meetings series has called for additional forums to be scheduled in Texas and the Midwest. The USEF is currently exploring appropriate times and locations for additional meetings to be scheduled...read more>
John Long responds to a question about U.S. horse show culture

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FEI Sports Forum Opens with Debate on Olympic and Paralympic Qualification
FEI President HRH Princess Haya addresses delegates at the second FEI Sports Forum ((FEI/Edouard Curchod)

FEI President HRH Princess Haya welcomed close to 300 delegates to the second FEI Sports Forum, which opened at the International Management Development Institute in Lausanne (SUI) today.


Addressing the delegates, the FEI President commented on the broad cross-section of representatives from the equestrian community attending the Forum, which included the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Federations, riders and trainers clubs, event organisers, sponsors, welfare organisations and media. "This diversity means that we will all benefit from different viewpoints and insights during our discussions over the next two days and that is exactly what we sought to achieve when we created the FEI Sports Forum," Princess Haya said.


Following the opening address by the FEI President, the first session of the Forum was devoted to Olympic and Paralympic Games, with National Federations and stakeholders invited to review and participate in open discussions on the quota shift and qualification system for the three Olympic equestrian disciplines - Jumping, Dressage and Eventing - and for Paralympic Dressage for the 2016 Rio Games, as well as harmonisation of the rules across the three Olympic disciplines...read more> 

South Carolina Makes Record Rise to No.1 in Final NCEA Coaches Poll of the Season
South Carolina proved to be the best in the SEC when they won the first ever SEC Equestrian Championship over the weekend. Now they're No.1 in the NCEA Coaches poll rankings as well (Cory Burkarth)
Lexington, KY - South Carolina has made a historic leap to return to No.1 in the NCEA coaches poll. With wins over the top two ranked teams in the country, the Gamecocks won the inaugural SEC Equestrian Championship over the weekend, and voters noticed. Previously ranked No.6, the Gamecocks jumped five spots to finish the season ranked No.1 in the country. The five spot jump is the largest week-to-week jump in the rankings in NCEA coaches poll history. This is the second time that South Carolina has held the No.1 Ranking this season.

Oklahoma State moved up to No.2 after winning the Big 12 Championship while Georgia and Auburn both dropped two places to No.3 and No.4 respectively. Big 12 championship finalist Kansas State dropped one spot to No.5...read more>



Morgan Breed Shines at 2013 Live Oak Competition
from AMHA
The Morgan breed was well represented at the 2013 Live Oak International combined driving event, which took place March 20-24 in Ocala, Florida.   

Taking top honors in the FEI Single Pony division was Suzy Stafford driving TTE Tea Time (Chub Lake Tea Time x Dancer Of The Dance), a 2004 black gelding owned by Wendy O'Brien. Mary Mott-Kocsis drove her Stanhope Express (Atavista Statesman x Ranatha Stanhope) to fourth-place honors.


In the FEI Single Horse division, RG Cowboys Black Cadillac (Teton Black Beauty x Kahlua's Onyx Star) and owner/driver Donna Crookston continued their winning ways, earning reserve honors...read more>  

American Saddlebred Horse Association Names 2013 Committees and Committee Chairs
from ASHA
The American Saddlebred Horse Association has released its listing of Committee appointments and Committee Chairs for 2013. 


"We thank everyone who has agreed to serve on an ASHA Committee during 2013; we have a great group of engaged volunteers that will enhance the ASHA's ability to move forward in the coming year.  I am especially proud of our initiative to include at least one 'young person' (i.e., under age 35) on most Committees," said ASHA President, Tandy Patrick.


All ASHA Committee members must be members in good standing of the ASHA; each Committee includes at least one ASHA Board member, to serve as a liaison to the ASHA Board. Committee news and minutes will appear on the ASHA Web site from time to time throughout the year.


The members of the two joint Committees of the ASHA and the Registry, Standards/Rules and Technology Fundraising, as well as members of the 2013 Charter Club Council and the 2013 Registry Committees, will be announced in the near future...read more>




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