April 15, 2013

U.S. Teams Finish 1-2 at Wellington Dressage 
Nations Cup presented by Stillpoint Farm
Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin (SusanJStickle.com)
Wellington, FL - Ten teams of international dressage riders met on Friday for a chance to win the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm, America's only CDIO3*. And though there was plenty of good competition, Team U.S.A I (the U.S. was represented by two teams) was clearly the day's best.

Total, seven horse/rider combinations earned scores of 70% or more. Three of them were on Team U.S.A. I. Leading the way were Kimberly Herslow and Kiroli Enterprises LLC's Rosmarin. Their score of 72.079% was more than enough to win in the Prix St. Georges competition, and was the highest individual score of the day.

"It's such a privilege to have a horse like Rosmarin," said Herslow, "he gives me one-hundred and ten percent every time he goes into the ring and today was no exception. It was an honor to ride on this team and I'm so happy to have contributed."

Team U.S.A. I also had contributions from Prix St. George pair Caroline Roffman and her own Her Highness O, and Grand Prix level riders Heather Blitz and Shelly Francis. Francis rode Patricia Stempel's Doktor to a 70.213%, good for second place in the Grand Prix division, and Blitz rode her 2011 Pan American Games individual silver medalist Paragon to a 71.021%, good enough to win the Grand Prix competition...read more>

Watch on demand video from the Wellington Dressage Mations Cup presented by Stillpoint Farm on USEF Network.

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Morgan, Matheson and Stroud Earn National Titles at Southern Pines CDE
Tracey Morgan (Picsofyou.com)
Raeford, NC- The Southern Pines CDE came to a conclusion on Sunday at the picturesque Carolina Horse Park as three pony drivers were crowned 2013 National Champions. In the USEF National Combined Driving Single Pony Championship Tracey Morgan had the trip of day to claim the Single Pony Title for the first time. Jennifer Matheson claimed her third USEF National Combined Driving Pair Pony Championship, with a solid cones phase. The USEF National Combined Driving Pony Team Championship went to Lisa Stroud for the ninth time as she executed a near faultless trip.

USEF National Combined Driving Single Pony Championship

Morgan (Beallsville, MD) drove her own Fuego 88 flawlessly in the cones phase to post the only double clear in any of the Advanced divisions. The 12-year-old German Riding Pony completed on a three-day total of 130.59.


USEF National Combined Driving Pair Pony Championship

Matheson (Aiken, SC) drove the combination of Bax and Cees to a cones score of 8.90 after incurring six faults for two balls down and 2.90 time faults. The 2010 and 2011 National Champion earned her third title on a score of 145.15.


USEF National Combined Driving Pony Team Championship

Stroud (West Grove, PA) drove with great precision to complete the weekend with a cones score of 4.24, one ball down and 1.24 time faults. She earned her record-tying eighth consecutive National Championship on a score of 170.11...read more> 

Reed Kessler Takes Second in Thrilling Jump-Off at Grand Prix Hermès CSI5*
The jump off from the Grand Prix Hermès is available on YouTube
Lexington, KY -  Five American jumpers were in Paris over the weekend competiting against the world's top riders, and preparing for the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, at the Saut Hermes CSI5*. The groups best finish belonged to Reed Kessler and her own Cylana in the Grand Prix Hermès on Sunday. After an impressive fourteen horse jump off, one that included fellow Americans Kent Farrington and Uceko, Reed and Cylana finished in second place, only two tenths of a second behind Ludger  Beerbaum on Chaman.

Full results are online here.  

A video of the jump-off is available on You Tube.
Parra Earns Second-Place Individual Honors at the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm
Cesar Parra and Van the Man (SusanJStickle.com)
Wellington, FL - Cesar Parra (Whitehouse Station, NJ) clinched second-place Individual honors today at the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm riding Michael and Sarah Davis' Van the Man. The combination scored 74.375% in Saturday's FEI Grand Prix Freestyle Test and returned Sunday to earn a 72.208% in the FEI Grand Prix Special. The veteran pair finished with 146.583 to claim the runner-up position.

"I'm very excited to be able to take part in my first Nations Cup and to medal," said Cesar Parra.  "I'm very grateful for the opportunity to represent my country. I'd like to thank my owners, wife, groom, and Katie Riley, my eyes on the ground.  This horse has improved so much.  I love him."..read more>
USEF Eventing 25 Riders Take Top Honors Over the Weekend
Lexington, KY - Two  CCI2* three day events wrapped up Sunday in the U.S., on opposite side of the country, and two Eventing 25 riders came away with top honors.

In Paso Robles, CA Katherine Groesbeck, riding her mother's OZ Poof of Purchase jumped a double clear round in the show jumping phase of the competition to move from second place after Saturday, into first place at the Twin Rivers CCI2*. 
In the CIC3* division, two Eventing 25 riders claimed to the top two places. Mackenna Shea (Tacoma, WA) and her own Landioso led from start to finish adding only a handful of penalties to her dressage score to end her weekend with a 61.0. Zachary Brandt (Thousand Oaks, CA) and his own Cavallino Cocktail had an impressive showing in his first CIC3* to finish in second place with a score of 63.5. 

Read more from Twin Rivers at Eventing Nation.

On the east coast, in Ocala, FL, Lauren Kieffer rode Team Rebecca's Veronica to the top spot in the Ocala Horse Properties International CCI2*. Lauren and Veronica were tied for third after dressage. They were still in third after a clear cross country round, but a double clear show jumping performance helped them to the win. They needed a tie-breaker to beat Buck Davidson and Santa's Keeper, and they got it by being one second closer to the optimum time on the cross country course.

Read more from Ocala at Eventing Nation.
World Champions Highlight Entries for the Kentucky Reining Cup
Lexington, KY - Three members of the United States' 2010 Gold Medal World Championship team and four-time Grammy Award winner Lyle Lovett highlight the list of riders from the U.S., Canada and Italy entered to compete in the 2013 Kentucky Reining Cup which returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 26-27.  The event is held alongside the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover, America's only Four Star Eventing competition, April 25-28.

Tom McCutheon, Tim McQuay and Shawn Flarida, teammates on the U.S.'s Gold Medal World Championship team at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, headline the star-studded field that also includes Lovett, the country music legend who is entered to compete in the Cup's CRI on Friday evening, April 26, for the third consecutive year...read more>

Land Rover Renews Support of the United States Equestrian Federation
Lexington, KY - Land Rover North America and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced today that they will continue their longstanding partnership through 2016. Land Rover, the leader in world-class sport utility vehicles, will remain the official vehicle sponsor of the USEF as well as title sponsor of the Land Rover United States Eventing Team and the Land Rover Competition and Training Grant Program for Eventing Riders.

"The Land Rover brand is distinguished for combining elegance and power, two traits essential to equestrian sport," said United States Equestrian Federation CEO John Long. "We could not think of a better brand partner in the automobile category and look forward to and appreciate their continued support of the United States Equestrian Federation."..read more>
International Equestrians Unite as FEI Solidarity Ambassadors to Develop Global Sport
from FEI

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has today unveiled the eight ambassadors of its global sport development programme, FEI Solidarity, in a specially commissioned composite portrait.


The FEI Solidarity Ambassadors who include Olympic, Paralympic, world champions and national heroes, have formed a unique partnership to promote and develop the global equestrian disciplines governed by the FEI.


The athletes are:  


*    Charlotte Dujardin OBE, British double Olympic Dressage gold medallist

*    Laurentia Tan, Singapore's top medal winning Paralympian

*    Ingrid Klimke, German Olympic Eventing gold medallist

*    Jessica Springsteen, the 22-year-old American Jumping star

*    Maria Alvarez Ponton, the Spanish rider who in 2010 became the first rider to hold concurrent World and European Endurance titles

*    Tomas Eriksson, Sweden's three-time winner of the FEI Top Driver Award 

*    Lior Raz, the Israeli who has been competing in Reining since the age of 14

*    Bongani Mvumvu, the South African Vaulter who also won the FEI World Dressage Challenge Final for Children in Hagen (GER) in 2003

Read more at www.fei.org.

Share Your Western Dressage Journey with the WDAA
by the Western Dressage Association of America
One of the many wonders of Western Dressage is the Journey. This Journey is one of education, growth, fun, friendships and of course, horses. Western heritage commonly references the tales shared out on the trail and around the campfire. These tales could be life changing experiences, important lessons, new knowledge, or just general fun.

The Western Dressage Association® of America is inviting members to share the stories of their Western Dressage Journey. The WDAA is looking for people interested in blogging for their website and social media. Stories could range from a one-time feature, to highlighting or supporting an event, or perhaps even be run as an ongoing series. There are several available categories each relating to a different aspect of this adventure. The topics within categories are open as long as they are reflective of or relating to Western Dressage and the WDAA...read more> 

NCEA Announces All-America Class
The National Collegiate Equestrian Association has selected its 2013 All-America class, it was announced [last week]. The NCEA also announced its Second-Team All America class and the All-America Honorable Mention squad.


Equitation Over Fences: Samantha Schaefer (Baylor), Carly Anthony (Georgia), Elizabeth Benson (Auburn), Olivia Dorey (Georgia). 
Equitation on the Flat: Samantha Schaefer (Baylor), Carly Anthony (Georgia), Meredith Finch (Kansas State), Demi Stiegler (TCU). 
Horsemanship: Katy Krshka (Oklahoma State), Lindsey McMullen (Oklahoma State), Maria Salazar (Georgia), Lauren Halvorson (Oklahoma State). 
Reining: McKenzie Lantz (Georgia), Katy Krshka (Oklahoma State), Indy Roper (Auburn), Laura Dunlavy (South Dakota State)
...read more>




USEF Announces Roadster Pony and Hackney Roadster Pony Competitions Selected for Heel Measurements
Lexington, KY - The USEF Hackney Committee has selected the six competitions at which heel measurements will be required of Roadster Pony and Hackney Roadster Pony Championship classes as defined by USEF Hackney and Roadster Division rules. The mandatory heel measurements will be taken from the first-place and fourth-place ponies in the following competitions in 2013:

* Bonnie Blue National - Lexington, VA (May 8-11)

* Midwest Charity - Springfield, IL (June 11-15)

* Lexington Junior League - Lexington, KY (July 8-13)

* Kentucky State Fair - Louisville, KY (August 18-24)

* All American Horse Classic - Indianapolis, IN (September 3-7)

* UPHA/American Royal National Championship - Kansas City, MO (November 12-16) 

Read more at www.usefnetwork.com.
AMHA Announces Staffing Addition/Change 
from AMHA
AMHA Executive Director, Julie Broadway, announced this week the following staffing changes effective May 1. 

"With our increased focus and emphasis on membership recruitment and retention, we are excited to add a 'Membership Development Specialist' to AMHA's team," stated Broadway. This position will develop strategies to recruit new members and retain existing members including (but not limited to): contacting prospective members, implementing membership processes, including new member mailings, renewal mailings, special appeals; monitoring existing membership for lapsing members and ensure their renewal; and communicating the value and benefits of membership; and expanding relationships with existing members and potentially with partner organizations to develop new leads and referrals...read more>  
ASHA Youth Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching
from ASHA

The ASHA Youth Scholarship Application deadline is Tuesday, April 30,2013. The ASHA Youth Scholarship Application is available on the ASHA website.


Since 1991, the American Saddlebred Horse Association has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to youth involved with Saddlebreds. Each year, ASHA recognizes its members in grade 11 or higher, age 21 and under, on the basis of academic success, financial need, extracurricular activities, including community service, involvement with American Saddlebred horses and personal references. An interview may be included in the selection process, and applicants are asked to write an essay, which includes information about school experiences, special interests, hobbies and ASHA activities...read more>

Create a Logo to Commemorate the AMHR 25th Anniversary National Show
from the AMHR

Are you artsy? Do you draw or are you a master of digital art creation? Then consider contributing an idea for an AMHR National Show 25th Anniversary logo.


Art should be "ready" to use and should be simple; remember, it must be easily reproducible on a ball cap or shirt pocket. If your design is chosen, you'll win a $100 gift certificate from Ozark Mountain MiniTack.com. The winning design will be used in anniversary promotions and on apparel available for purchase. Hurry! Submit your design today. All submissions are due by April 30 to lisa@minitack.com.   




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