April 9, 2012
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

USEF Names Long List for the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship
Jeremy Reynolds and A Kutt Above (Donna Shifflette)
Lexington, KY - Endurance competition heated up [two weekends] ago at the Priefert Ranch in Mt. Pleasant, TX as 45 of the nation's top horses and riders contested the 160km Selection Trial for a spot on the Long List for the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship. In a close race to the finish Jeremy Reynolds guided A Kutt Above to the win in 8:16:03, narrowly beating out Wendy MacCoubrey and Reach for the Gold (8:16:05) and Becky Hart riding No Repeat (8:16:09).

Over a course designed to replicate the Championship environment, 19 of the 45 starters finished the race. The top finishers were strong all day and recovered well in the vet gates. Reynolds, of San Jose, CA and A Kutt Above (owned by wife Heather Reynolds), also earned the coveted Best Conditioned Award. A Kutt Above has been named to the Long List with both Jeremy and Heather, who finished fourth on Riverwatch. Reach for the Gold was ridden by Proxy Rider MacCoubrey and has been named to the Long List with owner Valerie Kanavy of Fort Valley, VA. Both Kanavy and Hart (San Juan Bautista, CA) will seek a chance to earn another World Endurance Championship title. Kanavy currently has two titles to her name and Hart will seek a fourth, this time with her own No Repeat...read more>


Show Jumping Wraps Up Another Year at the Fork International Horse Trials
from USEA
Allison Springer and Arthur take home the Adequan USEA Gold Cup from the Fork H.T. (Leslie Mintz/USEA)

There were no rails in hand heading into the show jumping phase at The Fork, but that didn't matter to Phillip Dutton, Karen O'Connor, Michael Pollard, and Allison Springer as they all held onto their overnight leads in their respective divisions by jumping clear rounds over the Sally Ike designed show jump course.


Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper completed their fourth event together and they did it in fine style with a win in the CIC3* - their second of the season as the pair won the Red Hills CIC3* not too long ago. However, the final phase of the competition started out a bit rough as Phillip had a bit of trouble with fence two. 


In the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Advanced B Division Allison Springer and Arthur, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Brandenburg's Windstar x Kelly), led from wire-to-wire to finish on their dressage score of 22.7 in the extremely competitive class. The pair had quite a few hard rubs in the show jumping arena, but luck was on their side and all of the poles remained resolutely in their cups...read more> 

Mario Deslauriers and Cella Capture 2012 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational presented by G & C Farm
Mario Deslauriers, Molly Ashe-Cawley and Beezie Madden  (V.Valenti/The Book LLC)

Tampa, FL - It was a night of nail-biting excitement as 32 of the nation's top riders went head-to-head in the 2012 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational presented by G & C Farm at Raymond James Stadium. It was with speed and accuracy that Mario Deslauriers was able to triumph tonight with Cella during a five-horse jump-off. They raced through the finish line in 44.50 seconds after completing a clear short course. Molly Ashe-Cawley posted a speedy time aboard Carissimo, leaving all rails in their cups and capturing the second place prize in 45.81 seconds. Beezie Madden was the third of the double-clear efforts, but her time of 46.31 seconds proved too conservative, taking the third place honors for the evening's event...read more>  

Christopher Hickey and Balissa HTF Take Top Score Twice at Global Dressage Festival National 2 Horse Show
Christopher Hickey and Balissa HTF (Susan J. Stickle)
Wellington, FL - Christopher Hickey of Colora, MD and Hilltop Farm's Balissa HTF took top honors once again at the Global Dressage Festival National 2 Horse Show on Thursday. Hickey and the Hanoverian mare received the highest score of 74.516% in the USEF First Level Test 3 - Open at the Stadium show grounds of the Global Dressage Festival (GDF). The reserve high score was awarded to Jennifer Griger of Wellington, FL on Delhia with 71.081% in the USEF First Level Test 2 - Open. 

Hickey felt that the test was better on Thursday, even though they received a higher score on the previous day.

"The test today had fewer mistakes than yesterday, but she was a little strong and fell out of balance a little bit more," said Hickey. "I think that when this horse is trained she is going to be a powerhouse. She is sensitive and forward-going by nature, but then sometimes she puts herself out of balance. One of the reasons she is such a blast to ride is because she has her own engine, but then because she is so young and such a big horse, it is sometimes difficult for her to balance."..read more>  

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Young Horses and Riders Benefit from Successful Markel/USEF Young Horse Observation Sessions
Scott Hassler evaluates a young athlete/horse combination in San Juan Capistrano (Sigrid Wolff/Cavallis)
Lexington, KY - The Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program wrapped up March with the second of two Observation Sessions held in 2012. Taking place March 3-4 in Loxahatchee, FL, the first session ran prior to the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. The second session was held March 28-29 in San Juan Capistrano, CA, prior to the Festival of the Horse. These two-day Observation Sessions allow USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach Scott Hassler the opportunity to evaluate athlete/horse combinations as they work. He then discusses the horse's status, training and goals for participation within the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program with the rider and/or owner...read more>
FEI News
Star Studded Line-Up Emerges from North American FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifying Leagues
from Louise Parkes for FEI

The 2011/2012 North American FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifying leagues concluded [two weekends ago] at Tampa in Florida (USA), yielding a star-studded selection of contenders for the 34th Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final at 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands which is now only two weeks away. 


Two separate leagues take place on the North American continent. The East Coast league began at Blainville in Quebec (CAN) last July, while the West Coast league kicked off at another Canadian fixture, Langley CSI2*-W, a month earlier. A total of four groups of athletes can qualify from this region - two from Canada, another two from Mexico, three from the USA West Coast League and seven from the USA East Coast series. And many of the riders who have made the cut for this season's decider are big names that are likely to make their presence felt when the action gets underway at the Brabanthalle on 19 April...read more>

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USEF Competing Equestrian 2012

NCEA Focus
Texas A&M, Auburn Get Top Seeds for NCEA National Championships
USEF Competing Equestrian 2012 The National Collegiate Equestrian Association has released brackets for the 2012 NCEA Equestrian Championships in Waco, Texas. The Lone Star State's own Texas A&M University has been granted the top seed in the western bracket while the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, who defeated the Aggies on a raw score tie-breaker to win the Big 12 Championship (the score was 4-4 in the western disciplines), will enter western competition as the number two seed.

The complete NCEA Western Bracket is available here:  NCEA Western Bracket

In hunter competition Auburn University, led by senior and dual hunter seat All-American Maggie McAlary, gets the one seed. The second seed goes to 2012 Southern Equestrian Champions the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The complete NCEA Hunter Seat Bracket is available here:  NCEA Hunter Seat Bracket

The NCEA Championships will be held April 11-14 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas with first match-ups in reining and equitation on the flat begining at 8:30am on the 12th. Visit www.collegiatequestrian.com for a complete schedule.

2012 Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show Qualifying Point Standings Posted
from ASHA
Lexington, KY - Point standings for qualifying in Pleasure, Park, and Park Pleasure at the 2012 Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show (WCHS) are now posted on the American Saddlebred Horse Association's (ASHA) website.

There are two sets of qualifying lists: 1) "Pre-Qualified," means that the horses' competition records indicate they have met the minimum qualification requirement of having competed in at least six classes at three or more competitions, and 2) "All Points Data" includes all horses that have competed in one or more classes toward qualifying. Each list is in order of points earned to date, from high to low, as per Kentucky State Fair qualifying requirements...see standings>

Jon Wolf honored by Black Hawk College East Foundation
Galva, IL - The Black Hawk College East Foundation recently honored professor emeritus Jon Wolf, inducting him into the Wall of Fame. Honorees have provided outstanding service and/or leadership to the foundation and/or the Black Hawk College East Campus as well as the community. 

"There's a building on the hill that stands now as a symbol - not a symbol of a man or a woman who in a moment in time either opened their wallet or who exercised political clout - but a symbol of how one man's disciplined and tireless passion and career grew to become a shared passion among faculty and students for nearly 40 years ... and counting," said Chanda Dowell, vice president for the East Campus, referring to Wolf...read more>


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Grand National Show Class Schedule is Now Available
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