April 22, 2013

Auburn Wins NCEA Hunter, and Overall National Championships. Oklahoma State Wins the Western National Championship.

The Auburn Tigers, 2013 NCEA Overall National Champions (Danielle Long)
Elation, after Auburn's thrilling ride-off win. (Danielle Long)
Waco, TX - Despite great performances throughout the season, Auburn was a consistent No.2 in the national rankings...now they are the undisputed No.1, and no one can say that the Auburn Tigers didn't earn the 2013 NCEA Overall National Championship. The Hunter Seat final between Georgia and Auburn could have decided the overal NCEA National Championship. It could have, but a one point swing in Auburn's favor meant that the NCEA National Championship would be decided in a ride-off.  

First up in the ride-off were [Auburn and Georgia's] respective Hunter Seat stars Elizabeth Benson (AUB) and Carly Anthony (UGA) competing On the Flat. Benson took the point 194-188, but Georgia answered back with Paige Stawicki (UGA) defeating Griffin Knight (AUB) 144.5-138 in Horsemanship. Benson added another point in Equitation over Fences (bringing her point total for the day to an astonishingly efficient 6 points) by beating Anthony again, this time 170-110. On the last ride of the night, in Reining, Auburn's Cheyenne Cracraft earned a 143.5 to defeat McKenzie Lantz's 138.5 and boosted the Tigers to the NCEA National Championship. 

In the Western bracket, number one seed Oklahoma State showed their strength and finished off a stellar season with a 6-2 win over Kansas State. The championship match started with Horsemanship and it pretty much ended there. The Cowgirls earned three scores over 150 and the team of Lauren Halvorson, Marissa Dalton, Lindsey McMullen, and Katy Khrska swept that phase of the competition 4-0. Jenna Blumer and Katy Krhska earned points for the Cowgirls in Reining and put the icing on the cake. For a Cowgirsl Western team that finsished 14-2 on the season, and helped OSU earn a Big 12 title, the National Championship was just about the only imaginable ending to an already great season. But that didn't make it any less special...read more>


April 25-28
9:30am ET: Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover
check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
Robert Dover Approved for U.S. Dressage Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor Position
Lexington, KY - The United States Federation's Executive Committee has approved the recommendation of Robert Dover as the next Chef d' Equipe/ Technical Advisor for the U.S. Dressage Team pending the successful negotiation of a contract with John Long, USEF CEO and James Wolf, USEF Executive Director of Sport Programs.

For more information regarding the process of hiring the Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe for the U.S. Dressage Team contact Jenny Van Wieren-Page at (859) 225-6949 or by email [email protected].
Laura Kraut Wins in Hong Kong
Beijing, China - Laura Kraut took home the top prize at the Longines Beijing Equestrian Masters CSI2* Grand Prix in Beijing over the weekend. Kraut and U-Prova (a borrowed horse*) bested a field of 35 mostly Chinese riders for the win.

Nine riders were clear after the first round of competition over an eleven fence course. Kraut, the only American in the class, was joined by three Germans, four Chinese riders, and one representing Hong Kong. Laura guided the KWPN-Stallion U-Prova quickly around the shortened track and ended up 1.51 seconds better than second place finisher Christian Ahlmann. China's Xiaokelatiabayi finished third...read more>
Jordan Larson and Custom Cash Advance win National Reining Breeders Classic CRI3*
Katy, TX - On Friday, April 19th, Jordan Larson and Luga Quarter Horses, LLC Custom Cash Advance earned a score of 228.5 to take the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Classic Challenge and in the process earned CRI3* and USEF Open 1 class wins. Their score as one point better than runner up Andrea Frappani and Star for the Chicks...read more>


Announcing the 2013 U.S. National Para-Dressage Training Symposium "A Team Approach"
Lyman, ME - Join the USPEA for a four day Para-Dressage Training Symposium. World-class trainers and practitioners will be at Carlisle Academy for an educational and interactive program packed with information and training for para-dressage riders, trainers and coaches. 

The Training symposium is presented in two parts, with a theme of "A Team Approach."  

Train the Trainer Workshop~ May 29 - 30
Para Rider Symposium ~ May 30 - June 1

This is a U.S. Para-Equestrian Association sanctioned event and is organized and hosted by Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports, a leading nationally accredited program in Lyman, Maine...read more>


The 2014 Worth The Trust Scholarship Applications are Now Available for Young Adult and Adult Amateurs
from USEA
The Worth the Trust Educational Scholarships reward up-and-coming eventers by helping to fund their training-clinics, working student opportunities, private, or group instruction.  In addition, learning to officiate, working with a Course Designer, Technical Delegate, Judge, Veterinarian, Organizer, etc. are also appropriate uses of the scholarship.*

Applicants must be members of their local eventing club or association and contribute at least six hours volunteer work to either a national or local charitable organization, any minority/disadvantaged group, local Eventing Association or horse trials, et cetera...read more>
Live Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Coverage Begins Thursday!
Live Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Coverage Begins Thursday on USEF Network!

USEF Awards Grants to Ten Dressage Combinations for European Competition

Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that 10 dressage athlete/horse combinations have been awarded training and competition grants to be used in 2013. These grants were awarded in order for the combinations to take part in CDI competitions throughout Europe in preparation for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Grants were awarded based on international competition experience and athlete's prospect of contributing to a Team or Individual medal at 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The 10 combinations that have been awarded grants (listed in Alphabetical Order) can be found on USEF Network...read more>  

Tim Hadaway Joins as FEI Director Games and Championships
from FEI

Tim Hadaway, London 2012 Equestrian Competition Manager at Greenwich Park and the man widely credited for the success of last year's Olympic and Paralympic equestrian events, has joined the FEI staff as Director of the newly created Games and Championships Department.


The new Director's role will be mainly to ensure that all FEI technical requirements for Games and Championships are delivered. He will liaise with the FEI Departments as well as Organising Committees and his priorities at this stage are the FEI World Equestrian Games™, and Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Olympic Games. He will also work on the creation of a best practices handbook for the operational delivery of equestrian competitions. His immediate priority will be to work closely with the organisers of next year's Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy (FRA)...read more>

Western Dressage: Connection, Collection, Confusion
By Michelle Binder-Zolezzi of www.RelationalRidingAcademy.com
Dressage training works to make stock horses more relaxed, rhythmic, balanced and beautiful, in any kind of tack. (Michelle Binder-Zolezzi)
Recently on the NAWD Facebook page, discussion has centered on the terms "connection" and "collection" with riders, trainers and instructors piping in with comments. If you have not checked in with the Facebook discussions on the websites for all the organizations, I encourage you to do so. All of these comments are so valuable! This is a critical conversation and is truly at the root of the discussion that surrounds WD videos that are currently out there. Dressage riders watch WD vids and say things like "That isn't dressage" or worse, "That is just BAD dressage". It is critical to the development of the whole discipline that connection over the topline is encouraged in our WD horses. Without it, there are no lengthenings/extensions, just 'flattenings', 'sprawlings', 'scurries,' 'hurries' and 'losses of balance'. There is no proper collection with rhythm, roundness, balance and true self carriage either, just slower, flatter, hollow, artificially elevated, saggy backs, slack underlines, fake headsets, flashy, flingy front legs, disengaged hind legs, horses behind the contact, overbridled..... all of which we see in dressage as well when proper connection from back to front over the topline is missing...read more> 
First UGA College Eventing Team Challenge a Success
from USEA
The Intercollegiate Team Challenge at FENCE this past weekend was a huge success. Everywhere you looked there were groups of blue, orange, and red. These were the groups of riders and their supporters from the University of Kentucky, Clemson University, and the University of Georgia that gathered to compete in this first such contest in our area. There was so much excitement in the air as the girls, the alumnae, families, and friends rode and cheered for each other, and there were many reasons for each team to cheer! The University of Georgia came away with the trophy, but each team had individual and team wins and placings...read more>



Internship Opportunities at the ASHA
from ASHA

The American Saddlebred Horse Association announces internship opportunities available immediately to work in its Lexington, KY office.


A college intern will work in a variety of departments with both ASHA and the American Saddlebred Registry. Prior office experience is preferred, and business skills and knowledge of the Equine/ American Saddlebred industry are a plus. This is an unpaid internship position with flexible hours. 


To apply for the ASHA intern position, send a cover letter and resume to Scarlet Hall, [email protected]. Please include dates of availability.

UPHA Spring Premiere Results 
Results from the 2013 UPHA Spring Premiere can be viewed by clicking here




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