April 29, 2013

Madden and Simon Victorious in 2013 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, U.S. Finishes with Four in Top Twelve

Gothenburg, Sweden - The 2013 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final came to an exciting yet familiar conclusion Sunday in front of a packed house in the Scandinavum Arena. In the first of two rounds Course Designer Uliano Vezzani tested 23 horse and rider combinations over a demanding track composed of 12 obstacles that did not yield a single clear round. The number of competitors was then whittled to 17 for the 11 obstacle second round with two riders producing flawless efforts. But for a second consecutive year, four rounds would not be enough to determine a champion and again an American and Swiss competitor would jump-off.

Beezie Madden Holds the Rolex/FEI World Cup Trophy High (Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group)
The United States' Beezie Madden and Steve Guerdat of Switzerland each ended on a four round total of nine-faults. In a replay of the 2012 Final, Guerdat riding his 2012 Olympic Individual Gold medalist Nino Des Buissonnets, would be forced to jump-off against a U.S. partnership that was known for turning in quick and efficient trips. Last year it was Rich Fellers and Flexible but in 2013 Madden (Cazenovia, NY) and Abigail Wexner's impressive a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Simon were looking to keep the title in the United States.

Madden and Simon, the winners of Thursday's Speed Leg, entered Sunday's first round on a single fault in second place and were poised to jump a clear round until just rolling the pole coming out of the double at five. Their four fault round was good enough to move them to the head of the field going into round two. In the second round, the pair again jumped a beautiful round only to be marred by a single rail down (11A) and stand on a total of nine faults...read more>


Listen to Rupert Bell call the jump-off.


Listen to Beezie Madden's Role/FEI World Cup winning reaction.


Watch On-Demand Video from the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover and Kentucky Reining Cup
check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
Nicholson Wins Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover; Davidson Wins Third Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Eventing Championship
Lexington, KY - The final phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover provided an exciting finish to the Kentucky Horse Park's staple event. A sold-out Rolex Stadium crowd witnessed Andrew Nicholson (NZL) win North America's only CCI4* event for the first time. With Quimbo, he held onto the overnight lead, only adding three time penalties to their dressage score, finishing with a score of 41.0. Deboarah Sellar's 10-year-old Spanish Sport Horse gelding sailed over the fences in Richard Jeffery's stadium jumping course, expertly guided by HSBC World Rankings Leader Nicholson.

"To go round and jump the last fence and you have gone clear is a little bit what you expect to do if you ride them half properly when they are that good," commented Nicholson of Quimbo's exceptional jumping style. 
Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM (Shannon Brinkman/USEF photo)
Buck Davidson (Unionville, PA) and Ballynoe Castle RM settled for fourth place after having two unfortunate rails at fences 11 and 13. While he moved down the leaderboard, Davidson won the Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Eventing Championship with Cassandra Segal's 13-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding.

"He has been amazing this weekend as he has been his whole life," said Davidson of his beloved mount "Reggie." "Of course I am bummed to have two down, it sort of fell apart at the end but to be sitting up here with these two guys who are obviously unbelievable, I feel fortunate to be up here. If I have got to lose it is two good guys to lose to."  

The second highest-placed American was Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, VA) with her own Donner who finished in fifth place with a score of 54.8. She rode the 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding with determination around the horse's first CCI4* event, having double clear cross country and stadium rounds to finish on their dressage score...read more>


Andrew Nicholson & Quimbo - Rolex 2013 Cross Country

Watch on-demand clips from every phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover at www.USEFNetwork.com
Roffman Awarded Dutta Corp. Flight to Train and Compete in Europe
Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that Caroline Roffman has been awarded a Dutta Corp. sponsored flight to compete and train in Europe. As approved by the USEF Dressage High Performance Committee, Roffman (Wellington, FL) will ride Hyperion Farm Inc's 14-year-old KWPN gelding Sagacious HF in the FEI U-25 Division at prestigious European CDI competitions.

Roffman, 24, has been quickly gaining a reputation in the United States as a future star in the sport of dressage. She has multiple USEF National Championships and five medals from the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) to her name. Additionally, Roffman has been awarded the Fiona Baan Memorial Trophy for the highest placed rider at the NAJYRC and was awarded the FEI Rising Star Award in 2010. Making her second Nations Cup appearance for the U.S. at the 2013 Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm, Roffman once again helped the U.S. claim victory...read more> 

Spruce Meadows Joins Aachen, Geneva in new Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping
Gothenburg, Sweden -  Spruce Meadows announced today that it will join with two other iconic venues in the sport and create the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Using the occasion of the FEI Rolex World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, representatives from the 3 world-leading venues joined with Rolex to announce and unveil the exciting new concept for international show jumping.

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping continues a decades-long tradition of Rolex to associate itself with some the world's most iconic sporting venues and events; these include the likes of Wimbledon, Augusta, the Open Championship, Formula One and now Spruce Meadows and the Rolex Grand Slam.

"Spruce Meadows is honoured and excited to have this opportunity," said Spruce Meadows President, Linda Southern Heathcott from the announcement in Sweden. "Our association with Rolex spans more than 2 decades and now to be able to work with such storied venues as CHIO Aachen and CHI Geneva in creating the Rolex Grand Slam introduces an exciting and unique concept to our sport."..read more>
Horse Radio Network Features Kristi Wysocki and Gil Merrick on Para-Equestrian Hour
Thousand Oaks, CA - On April 25, 2013 the Dressage Radio Show, featuring regular hosts Reese Koffler-Stanfield and Philip Parks, handed the reins over to United States Para-Equestrian Association's (USPEA)Lindsay McCall and para-dressage rider Susan Treabess. McCall and Treabess had two outstanding guests including Kristi Wysocki and Gil Merrick on the show speaking about topics in the para-equestrian world.

To listen to the show click here.
Flarida Defends Title At Kentucky Reining Cup
Shawn Flarida & Wimps Quixote Cody (Shannon Brinkman)
Lexington, KY - Shawn Flarida earned the winner's share of the $100,000 Kentucky Reining Cup at the Kentucky Horse Park, riding Wimps Quixote Cody to a score of 226.5. Andrea Fappani rode Star For The Chicks to second place (224.5), and Tom McCutcheon rode Pretty Peppy Chec to third place (221.0).

This was the third consecutive year that Flarida, of Springfield, Ohio, has won the Kentucky Reining Cup, which began in 2011.

Flarida's high score propelled the Ariat Boots team to first place (657.5) among the six teams. His teammates were Sam Smith, on Mister Dual Train, and Jose Vazquez, on Moonshine Juice. This was the first time Flarida has been a member of the winning team at the Kentucky Reining Cup.

The Apex Ranch team (Tim McQuay, Mandy McCutcheon and Sean McBurney, 652.0) finished second; the Cosequin team (Tom McCutcheon, Dell Hendricks and Mandy McCutcheon, 650.5) finished third...read more> 
Shawn Flarida & Wimps Quixote Cody - 2013 Kentucky Reining Cup CRI3* Winners

Watch Shawn Flarida & Wimps Quixote Cody winning ride, and more from the 2013 Kentucky Reining Cup CRI3*, on USEF Network.
Mary McCormick wins Mozart Memorial Classic
Mary McCormick, vaulting on Palatine at the 2013 Mozart Memorial Classic in Somis, CA (Kate Revell)
Somis, CA
 - To commemorate Mozart, the world famous vaulting horse, vaulters from all of California gathered for competition at the Mozart Memorial Vaulting Classic over the weekend. With a healthy turnout of top champion vaulters including Mary Garrett, Alicen Divita, Emily Rose, and Emily Hogye the competition showcased high quality and intense performances.

Mary McCormick came out as the clear leader with an overall vaulting score 8.160 combined of round 1 of 8.253 and 8.067 from her 2nd round score. Mary Garrett followed in 2nd place with an overall score of 7.861 (7.894 RI plus 7.827 RII) and close behind in 3rd place was Alicen Divita with an overall score of 7.806 (7.795 RI plus 7.817 RII)...read more>

New Forum Format Announced for USEF Town Hall Meetings

Welfare of the Horse in the 21st Century; Meeting the Needs of the Performance Horse in a Changing Environment

In the face of overwhelming response from its membership and requests to host USEF Town Hall Meetings in many cities around the U.S., Federation staff and leadership have opted to host a Town Hall Meeting to be broadcast LIVE on USEFNetwork.com on Monday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. ET. This interactive broadcast will replace the previously scheduled meetings and provide greater access to more people across all breeds and disciplines nationwide. "This innovative use of technology presents a unique opportunity to share opinions and experiences from every corner of the Federation," remarks USEF President Chrystine Tauber

A panel of USEF representatives, prominent industry owners, trainers, and veterinarians will gather in Lexington, KY, to take questions and suggestions throughout the webcast from a live audience as well as from equestrians tuned into the webcast. Members anywhere in the country will be able to view the webcast at USEFNetwork.com LIVE on Monday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. ET. 

The Reem Acra Dream Comes True at Last for Langehanenberg 
from Louise Parkes for FEI
Having fun on the podium (FEI/Roland Thunholm)
Gothernburg, Sweden
- Germany's Helen Langehanenberg lived up to all the promise she has shown over the last few seasons to clinch the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage title in style today with the fabulous stallion, Damon Hill. She was a lady on a mission from the outset, driven on by the huge hunger she felt after having to settle for runner-up spot at last year's Final before missing out on individual bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games by an agonising 0.03 percentage points.  


Today the 30-year-old rider pushed all that into the past, producing a breath-taking performance that catapulted her into the lead when fourth-last to go of the 17 through to the closing stages. And despite their best efforts, defending champion Adelinde Cornelissen and her Dutch colleague Edward Gal could not do better, having to settle for second and third places respectively.  


Langehanenberg is the eighth German rider to take the coveted trophy in the history of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage series, and the first since Isabell Werth and Warum Nicht FRH in 2007. "It's just a dream come true, it's a great feeling!" she said afterwards, hardly daring to believe what she has achieved. But her success was hard-earned, as this Final was fiercely fought by some of the most polished, talented and experienced riders the sport of Dressage has ever produced...read more>



Team American Saddlebreds is Seeking Homes for 3 American Saddlebreds and One Hackney Pony
from ASHA

In February 2013, an all-volunteer effort launched to assist a local American Saddlebred owner, who suffered the unexpected loss of a loved one who was the primary caretaker for their 10 American Saddlebreds and a hackney pony.


Team American Saddlebreds ("TAS") helped the owner with temporary care for the horses by providing feed, hay and care. TAS has homed seven of the original eleven horses. There are three American Saddlebreds and a hackney pony that require immediate placement...read more> 

Former AMHA Youth of the Year Makes Time Magazine's Top 100 List
from AMHA
Kimberly Blackwell, the 1984 AMHA Youth of the Year, was listed as one of 2013's 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. 

An oncologist at Duke University, Blackwell was profiled in the magazine by Sheryl Lansing, the former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and the founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation. Lansing also is a co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer. She writes, "[Blackwell] is one of the bright young stars in the field. She is developing and improving treatments that target the HER2 protein present in a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer...read more>




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