April 30, 2012

Fox-Pitt Rolls to Win the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone; Springer Scores First Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Eventing Championship 


Allison Springer & Arthur (Photos by Shannon Brinkman)
Lexington, KY - Sunday at the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone proved to be as influential as its predecessor - but the top two placings did not change and Great Britain's William Fox-Pitt rode Catherine Witt's Parklane Hawk to top honors. The lovely New Zealand Thoroughbred made unbelievably light work of Saturday's cross-country course and jumped another phenomenal round in the Rolex Stadium - having just one rail at the first part of the double combination to take home a second Rolex watch for Fox-Pitt, who also won in 2010. They finished on a three day score of 45.3, less than two points clear of the runner-up.

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"I am not sure I can repeat that," said Fox-Pitt about knocking down his one rail. "I thought that was going to be a tricky fence for him. He was just arguing a little bit today. It was a fantastic competition and I was very fortunate to come out on top. It was a serious show jumping track and I am just lucky that Allison took that long route at the third last (on the cross country)."...read more>
See video from all phases of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone at USEF Network.



 Watch highlights of Rich Fellers & Felxible on their way to the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final Championship courtesy of FEI TV.

Follow the U.S. Show Jumping Team at  http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2012Jumping/


Flarida and Wimps Chocolate Chip Run to Victory in CRI3* at the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup


Shawn Flarida & Wimps Chocolate Chip (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)
Lexington, KY - Eighteen of the top reiners from the U.S. and Canada vied for team and individual honors in the CRI3* division of the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup Friday evening. Riding Reining Pattern Number 10, the best in the game went head-to-head in the Alltech Arena. An appreciative audience needed to wait until the final rider of the third and final rotation entered the ring. It was well worth the wait as Shawn Flarida and Wimps Chocolate Chip slid to
a decisive four point victory.


Flarida (Springfield, OH), who won the inaugural CRI at the 2011 Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup, and Rick Clark's seven-year-old Quarter Horse gelding ran to a score of 228 on the strength of great acceleration and phenomenal slides and spins. ..read more> 


Watch free on-demand video of the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup CRI3* here.

Donna Ponessa Triumphs at Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic I & II CPEDI3*
Donna Ponessa (photo by Lindsay Y McCall)

Katy, TX - April 28, 2012- Once again the Houston Dressage Society (HDS) hosted an exceptional CPEDI3*Saturday. For United States individuals, it was the last international competition to qualify for the 2012 USEF Paralympics Selection Trials. Under Ring One at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Para-Equestrians from the United States and Canada competed under the watchful eye of judges Kathy Amos-Jacob(FRA), Kristi Wysocki (USA), and Carlos Lopes (POR)...read more>  


2012 Badminton Horse Trials Cancelled
The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badminton totally waterlogged and partially flooded. Further rain is due this week leaving no chance of the ground drying out. The 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has been cancelled. 

See original announcement here
Saudi Equestrian Fund to Finance FEI Nations Cup Face-Lift
from FEI
Lusanne, SUI - FEI President, HRH Princess Haya, announced today that the Saudi Equestrian Fund will finance the revitalisation of the FEI Nations Cup™ series. Announcing the agreement at the opening of the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne (SUI) today, Princess Haya informed delegates that the Saudi Equestrian Fund will provide full financial support for the 2012 series and has also agreed to a five-year title sponsorship commencing in 2013, once the remodelling process has been finalised. The announcement was greeted with spontaneous applause from the 250 delegates attending the Sports Forum....read more>


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USEF Presidential Modification Given to Morgan Rule

Please be advised that a Presidential Modification in the application of rule reference MO191.1 has been granted for the 2012 competition year. This will allow callers to read Western Dressage tests if supplied by the exhibitor(s)...read more> 
Rebekah "Becca" Chenelle IEA 2012 Leading Hunt Seat Rider of the Year (Ron Schwane)
Syracuse, NY
 - More than 330 of the nation's leading middle school and high school equestrians competed at The New York State Fairgrounds April 20-22 for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals sponsored by Dover Saddlery and the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA). The finalists represented over 100 teams from seven zones throughout the United States. Individuals and teams participated in multiple competitions during the 2011-2012 regular season shows, regional and zone finals to qualify for the IEA National Finals competition.

Riders competed in Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences classes and Equitation on-the-flat classes throughout the weekend. The IEA format requires that riders compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts; therefore, they draw their horses the day of competition and enter the arena after a brief, if any, warm-up...read more>




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