U.S. Teams Win and Take Third at FEI Dressage Nations Cup in Florida
Christopher Hickey and Witness Hilltop (Susan J. Stickle)
Two U.S. Dressage teams competed in the Intermediaire I Freestyle Saturday night at the WEF Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO 3* presented by Stillpoint Farm. Both went home with medals. 

Helped by three of the night's top seven scores the first U.S. team beat out their American counterpart, a team from Europe, and two teams from Latin America to capture the FEI Nations Cup crown. The team was lead by Christopher Hickey riding Hilltop Farm's Witness Hilltop. The pair kept their momentum from Friday's Prix St. Georges and scored a competition high 71.425%...read more> 


Message from the Editor 


Coinciding with the release of the latest issue of Equestrian Magazine the USEF Week in Review is now Equestrian Weekly. This newsletter will continue to provide news from the USEF and it's affiliates but there will be editorial and visual changes. My commitment to bringing you a concise picture of the week in equestrian sport, however, has not changed. For now, you'll notice that much about the newsletter is the same. Look for bigger changes (changes for the better) next week and in the weeks to come. Until then, feel free to email any suggestions, comments, or criticisms to aminnick@usef.org.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.


Andrew Minnick

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Graburn Produces Wire-to-Wire Victory to Claim Second USEF National Single Horse Championship
Sterling Graburn (Picsofyou.com)
The USEF National Single Horse Championship concluded Sunday afternoon at the Carolina Horse Park, with the cones phase shaking up the final standings. Time faults and balls down proved extremely costly for competitors all day at the Southern Pines CDE, which hosted the USEF National Championship. Sterling Graburn seized the lead in the Single Horse division during Friday's dressage and refused to relent over Richard Nicoll's challenging marathon and cones courses to produce a wire-to-wire victory...read more>
NBC and USEF Network Will Offer Extensive Coverage of the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone
USEF Competing Equestrian 2012Extensive Coverage of the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone will be available to millions of people around the world. An unprecedented five hours of television coverage of the western hemisphere's only CCI4* will air on the NBC family of channels as the Rolex Equestrian Championships presented by Land Rover.


Thursday through Sunday USEF Network will feature free Live streaming video of the event on computers, tablets and smart TV/Google TV devices in the U.S., Canada and Mexico...read more>    

U.S. Reining Set to Begin for 2012
International reining competition in the U.S. kicks-off in April and will include four senior CRIs and two CRI-Ys for Junior and Young Riders. For the USEF/FEI reining competition calendar click here
USEF Developing Dressage Clinics Wrap Up for the Spring Season
Stacy Parvey-Larsson and Benidetto with Debbie McDonald (Tracy Schlabach)
USEF Developing Dressage Clinics wrapped up for the Spring season last week in Loxahatchee, FL at Walter and Mary Anne McPhail's High Meadow Farm. The clinic schedule began in Thousand Oaks, CA at Michael and Linda Fowler's Epona Farms, January 7-8, and included clinics at High Meadow Farm, January 31-February 1 and April 3-4 and an additional clinic at Epona Farms, March 16-17. Focusing on the development of dressage talent in the U.S., these clinics are led by USEF Developing Dressage Coach Debbie McDonald and have been made possible by a gift from USET Foundation Trustee Akiko Yamazaki/Red Husky Foundation...read more>
The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are just around the corner and some of the nation's top riders are gearing up for the two-week event. The first week of competition, the Kentucky Spring Horse Show CSI3*, May 9-13, 2012, has been designated by the USEF as a 2012 US Show Jumping Team Observation Event. Long Listed riders such as Reed Kessler, Margie Engle, Beezie Madden, Mario Deslauriers, and Christine McCrea will all be at the event to showcase their talent to the Selection Committee...read more>
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FEI World Cup Finals Set to Begin in The Netherlands
Jan Ebeling (Shannon Brinkman)
The U.S. contingent arrives in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands with expectations of strong performances at the 2012 FEI World Cup Finals. In total, 11 riders have travelled to Holland to compete in the most prestigious indoor competition of the year. The United States will be represented by two dressage riders in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final, while nine jumpers will contest the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. The Finals will run April 17-22 at the Indoor Brabant.
...read more>


FEI News
FEI Introduces ID Cards for All Veterinarians at Events
from FEI
The FEI has announced the introduction of an ID card and online exam for veterinarians working at FEI events focusing on the FEI Veterinary and Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations...read more>


2012: A great year to be an equestrian!   

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USEF Competing Equestrian 2012

NCEA Focus
Texas A&M Wins NCEA Championship, Fourth Consecutive Western Championship. Baylor Takes Hunter Seat Title.
USEF Competing Equestrian 2012 Going into Saturday's National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Championship matchups Texas A&M had already clinched the Overall National Championship. That wouldn't mean there was any lack of drama for the day. Both the Hunter Seat and Western finals came down to raw score tiebreakers after hard fought 4-4 ties...read more>

See brackets and scores from the 2012 NCEA National Championship at www.baylorbears.com.
IHSA Launches Service Awards Honoring Teams for Community Service

The story behind the first Community Service Project by an Equestrian Team to be recognized by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association with an IHSA Service Award is all about heart, hope, and horsemanship.Read more about it at www.usefnetwork.com.


McHenry, IL Teen's Heroism in Violent Barn Fire Saves 25 Horses
from AHA
Long time Arabian horse trainer and judge, Richard Wright, was the victim of every horseman's nightmare on Wednesday when a fire broke out in his 64 stall, 25,000 square-foot barn near McHenry, IL. The five-alarm fire ripped through Black Tie Stable shortly after 5 p.m. With no hydrants in the vicinity, at least 21 fire departments were needed to help out, along with tankers, according to McHenry's Northwest Herald...read more> 
USEF Announces Roadster Pony and Hackney Roadster Pony Competitions Selected for Heel Measurements

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. See which competitions they are at www.usefnetwork.com. 

Citrus Cup Regional and Oklahoma Centennial Results Now Online
See the results at www.morganhorse.com.
Paso Fino
First Annual PFHA Youth Leadership Camp Will be Held June 12-15

Explore equine colleges and professions, improve your leadership and team buildling skills, expand your knowledge of the Paso Fino breed, and have tons of fun while you're at it! All PFHA youth ages 10-18 are invited...read more> 

Southern Saddlebred Sales and UPHA Chapter 8 Horse Show Join Forces April 26th - 28th
Southern Saddlebred Sales inaugural event is scheduled for the last weekend in April. The Spring Sale already has consignments from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee. "We currently have around 100 entries, which we feel is a strong first sale, and we are especially pleased with the support we've received from all across the country," said James Hale...read more>


Welsh Pony & Cob
River Valley Welsh Club Offers Judge's Clinic
The River Valley Welsh Club will present an official WPCSA Judge's Clinic, May 12, 2012 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Current as well as prospective WPCSA judges are encouraged to attend this informative and worthwhile event. Individuals who own, breed and show Welsh are welcome to audit the clinic and participate in this great learning opportunity...read more>


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2012, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.


 April 16, 2012 

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Paso Fino
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