April 14th, 2014

Leslie Berndl Wins Again
Earns USEF National Single Horse Driving Championship
 for Second Year in a Row

Leslie Berndl (PicsofYou.com)
Raeford, N.C.- The 2014 USEF National Single Horse Driving Championship came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday in the cones phase of the Southern Pines CDE. On another beautiful day at the Carolina Horse Park, 2013 Champion, Leslie Berndl, held her nerve to drive a near flawless effort over Richard Nicoll's cones course to retain the title.

Berndl (Newcastle, Calif.) and 13-year-old KWPN gelding Uminco, were the final competitors to tackle the cones course in the championship finishing within the time allowed and only dislodging two balls to add six points to their overall score. They finished on a total of 119.67 on weekend that surpassed expectation for the World Championship veteran.

"It was amazing, just amazing," said the back-to-back Champion of her time at the Southern Pines CDE, "it doesn't feel real,"...read more>
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HallidayHalliday and Payne Awarded Land Rover Competition Grants for Saumur CCI3*
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that two horse-and-rider combinations have been awarded Land Rover Competition Grants to compete at the Saumur CCI3* in Saumur, France, May 22-25, 2014.

The following combinations will receive Land Rover Competition Grants (in alphabetical order):

Elisabeth Halliday (East Sussex, United Kingdom) and Deborah Halliday's HHS Cooley.
HHS Cooley is a 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Doug Payne (Aiken, S.C.) and Larry and Amelia Ross' and his own Crown Talisman.
Crown Talisman is a 2003 Holsteiner/Thoroughbred gelding...read more>
DressageU.S. Para-Dressage Athletes Successful Overseas at CPEDI3* in Deauville, France
Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, FL. (Lindsay McCall)
Deauville, France - As the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage riders prepare for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France, a few American athletes have headed overseas where they are competing among the best in the para-dressage world. Those USA riders include two-time Paralympian and 2010 WEG rider Rebecca Hart (Grade II) , Margaret McIntosh (Grade Ib), and 2010 WEG Indiviudal rider and 2012 London Paralympic U.S. Team reserve rider Mary Jordan (Grade IV).

Rebecca Hart (USA) is riding the 12 year-old Danish Mare Schroeters Romani recently purchased from Straight Horse in Denmark in partnership with Hart's family, Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel. Margaret McIntosh (USA) is riding her own Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar Mare Rio Rio who is 8 years of age. Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine, is riding a new mount Rubicon 75, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center of Loxahatchee, Florida, and formally owned and ridden by Catherine Haddad Staller of International Dressage...read more>
Alexandra Du Celliee Muller Awarded $500 Trip Harting Fund Grant from The Dressage Foundation
Alexandra du Celliee Muller (Kristin Lamberson)

The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that Alexandra du Celliee Muller from Little Rock, Ark, is the 2014 recipient of the $500 Trip Harting Grant. Alexandra plans to use the funds to continue her education in the United States Dressage Federation Instructor Certification Program.

Alexandra has been a member of Pony Club since 1995 and received her Dressage A rating in 2012. Throughout her time in Pony Club, Alexandra has volunteered for the Santa Barbara Chapter of California Dressage Society and taught at her own Club and others, giving ratings, teaching horse management and judging at rallies.


"I am thrilled to have been chosen for the Trip Harting Fund Grant," says Alexandra, "thank you to The Dressage Foundation for creating this fabulous grant and for selecting me as this year's recipient. My goal is to become a certified instructor so that my students, my community, and I can all be confident that I am teaching according to classical dressage principles. I am also aiming to transition from a United States Pony Club Apprentice National Examiner to a full-fledged National Examiner within the next year or so. As I focus on these educational-oriented goals, I also plan to continue working with my own horses with the goal of bringing them up the levels and keeping them willing and happy in their work, both at home and in competition."..read more> 

NCEA Announces March Riders of the Month
Waco, Texas - The National Collegiate Equestrian Association on Thursday announced its March Riders of the Month, recognizing outstanding performances from the final month of the 2013-14 collegiate equestrian season. Go to www.usefnetwork.com to see the March riders of the month.

Dispelling Myths About Feeding Horses Oil

I've heard some commonly fed oils can be dangerous to horses because they decrease absorption of vitamins and minerals. Is this true?


Get the answer at www.equinews.com.

ReiningDouble H Farm: Florida's Paradise


The horses and riders of Double H Farm spend their days in an equestrian paradise while competing at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington, Fla. With locations in Florida and Connecticut, Double H Farm was first started in 2002 with its home base in Wellington. The farm is a stunning, spacious horse-lover's dream, just minutes from the world-renowned Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC).

Owned and operated by the Harrison family, with riders Quentin Judge, Cayce Harrison, Olympic Gold medalist McLain Ward, and German show jumper Daniel Deusser, the horses of Double H Farm show at the best competitions in North America and the world...read more>  

ChrisWeltonUSEF Board of Directors Names Chris Welton as Chief Executive Officer

Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation Board of Directors has voted unanimously to appoint Chris Welton as Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2014. Welton will replace John Long who announced his decision to retire from the position a year ago.

Welton possesses a broad background in sport development and management and has acquired a deep understanding of and experience with the Olympic movement. After practicing law in Atlanta for six years, in 1991 Welton was named Vice President for Corporate Partnerships and Sponsorship for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games where he managed the domestic sponsorship program for the Atlanta Games. Following those Games, Welton founded Meridian Management, and the new company became the exclusive marketing representative of the International Olympic Committee, responsible for managing all sponsorship and marketing activities for the IOC, including the IOC's TOP Program. In 2005, after eight years as Meridian's CEO, Welton joined the international sport marketing consultancy Helios Partners...read more>  

FEI Announces Mission and Structure of Endurance Task Force
from FEI

The composition and remit of the FEI Endurance Task Force, announced by the FEI Executive Board on 8 April, have been finalized.


The mission of the Task Force is to develop practical solutions to ensure horse welfare and a level playing field at Endurance events globally, and to look at deploying modern technology to achieve the goals of equality and integrity in all Endurance competitions.


As part of its remit, the Task Force will review a number of initiatives that can offer a workable solution for varying terrains and climatic conditions to ensure that they can be implemented globally...read more>



ASR Kentucky, Kentucky Amateur & National Three-Year-Old Futurities Stallion & Mare Nominations Due April 25th
from ASHA
The grace period deadline to nominate mares and stallions for 2014 foals is Friday, April 25, 2014.   Nomination forms must be postmarked, faxed or e-mailed on or before April 25. Forms can be downloaded here. Mare owners should check with stallion owners to ensure a stallion will be properly nominated...read more>

Diamond Jubilee Results
from AMHA

Results from the Diamond Jubilee Horse Show are now online and can be viewed here.




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