April 23, 2012

Fellers Ends 25 Year Drought and Wins the 2012 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final for the U.S.
Rich Fellers, 2012 Rolex/FEI World Cup Champion (Susan J. Stickle/ PhelpsSports.com)
s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands - The 2012 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final came to an exciting conclusion Sunday afternoon at the Indoor Brabant in the final competition, held over two rounds. Louis Koninck once again challenged riders over two stiff courses. However, a total of four rounds of competition were not enough to crown a winner of the 2012 Finals. Rich Fellers of the United States and Switzerland's Steve Guerdat remained tied on one fault following the conclusion of the second round. They would need to return to the ring for a final jump-off to decide a winner.

When Fellers (Sherwood, OR) and Harry and Mollie Chapman's Flexible entered the ring as the second combination in the jump-off the U.S. was amidst a 25 year drought of Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals winners.

No more...read about the win on USEFnetwork.com>  

Hear the exciting broadcast commentary from Rich and Flexible's final round. 

Listen to Rich's interview after the win. 

On Wednesday My Boy Bobby and Olympic hopefuls Heather Blitz, Reed Kessler, and Buck Davidson were in New York City representing U.S. Equestrian and helping the U.S. Olympic 
Committee celebrate 100 days till London 2012.


See a video interview with Heather, Reed, and Buck at
Help support the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams, buy a stitch in the flag they take to London. Visit raiseourflag.teamusa.org
Craig Schmersal and Whizs Katrina win First CRI of 2012

The National Reining Breeders Classic hosted the first CRI of 2012 in Katy, TX, Craig Schmersal and Whizs Katrina took home the top prize on a score of 224.00. Schmersal also finished fourth with Bonnies Smart Chic. Martin Muehlstaetter (AUT) and Wimpys Little Buddy were second, scoring 221.50. Rounding out the top three were Pete Kyle and Crome Shiner (219.00). See full results here.


Read about alll the National Reining Breeders Classic classes here.

Barbury Castle Horse Trials to Serve as Final Mandatory Outing for the 2012 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team
The Barbury Castle Horse Trials in Marlborough, England will be the final Mandatory Outing for eventing athletes attempting to claim a spot on the U.S. Eventing Team at the 2012 Olympic Games. The event runs June 28 - July 1, 2012. More information about the competition, which will serve as a final preparation for several international teams, can be found at http://www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk/.
U.S. Riders Produce Up-Beat Freestyles at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final
Jan Ebeling and Rafalca (Susan J. Stickle/ PhelpsSports.com)

The United States' two representatives produced solid, fun Freestyle tests at the Indoor Brabant in the final round of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final. Jan Ebeling and Shawna Harding utilized the lessons learned in Friday's Grand Prix to produced better performances; both riders witnessed improved marks from the Grand Prix to the Freestyle. 


Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) put the mistakes of the previous day behind him and displayed an improved rhythm to score 69.875 for 15th place. Riding Amy Ebeling's Oldenburg mare, Rafalca, Ebeling stayed perfectly in tune with the up-tempo music throughout his ride...read more>

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Another Successful Markel/USEF Young Horse Training Session Takes Place in Texas
Continuing the Markel/USEF Young Horse training and observation session program, Twinwood Equestrian Center in Simonton, TX hosted the fourth session of 2012, April 14-15. Led by USEF Young Horse Coach Scott Hassler, this was the first time a session has been hosted in Texas, an area that has proven to produce a wealth of successful young horses....read more>
Cornelissen and Parzival Clinch Back-to-Back Reem Acra Titles in Style
from FEI
Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, the defending champions from The Netherlands, clinched the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage title for the second consecutive season when topping the Freestyle on home turf in 's-Hertogenbosch (NED). But Germany's Helen Langehanenberg really pressurised the dominant Dutch duo with a spectacular performance that left them a close second, while Italy's Valentina Truppa was a huge hit with the packed stadium of spectators when finishing third with Ermo del Castegno...read more>




The American Connemara Pony Society is now gathering videos and photos of Connemara ponies for use in a television program to promote the Connemara breed. Find out more in ACPS Weekly News


Results from last weekend's UPHA Chapter 14 Spring Premiere Horse Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts, are now available. See them at www.morganhorse.com.
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships will host 25 teams representing the best college hunter seat and Western riders in the United States to qualify to compete in Raleigh, May 3-6, at the Hunt Horse Complex at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. See the list of teams at usefnetwork.com>




The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its human and equine athletes.



2012, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.


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Barn Fire Takes Lives of 21 Horses 


An early morning fire tragically took the lives of 21 horses at the High Plains Stables, the Billings, Montana barn of USEA Area IX Chair, Martha McDowell...read more>


Holger Schmezer

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 Holger Schmezer, national coach of the German Dressage team since 2001, passed away suddenly in the Netherlands. The 65-year-old was found in his hotel room in 's-Hertogenbosch...read more>


Helen Steinkraus 


Helen Ziegler Steinkraus died peacfully on the evening of April 11th surrounded by her family, after a brief illness...read more>


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