May 6, 2013

Historic Collegiate Cup Tie at 2013 IHSA 
National Championships
By L.A. Pomeroy

(l-r) St Lawrence Univ, Skidmore College, and Stanford Univ (L.A. Pomeroy)
Harrsiburg, PA - "Sharing is better than losing to her," joked Mary Drueding, coach of defending Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Collegiate Cup team, St. Lawrence University, about good friend and even better rival, coach Cindy Ford, whose Skidmore College team turned up the heat in the homestretch like true Thoroughbreds on the first Saturday in May and brought the 2013 Collegiate Cup at the 40th annual IHSA National Championships at the Farm Expo Equine Center in Harrisburg, PA, to a dead heat. 

Each with 22 points overall, St. Lawrence and Skidmore -- high point and reserve respectively in last year's Collegiate Cup -- will share the 2013 honors, marking only the third time in IHSA history that two teams have shared the Collegiate Cup high point team title.  In 1980, Southern Seminary College tied with SUNY Stony Brook, and in 1989, it was shared by Colby-Sawyer College and Pennsylvania State more>

May 12
2:00pm ET: $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix presented by Suncast
check during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
Laura Kraut Starts the GCT Season Strong in Madrid
Laura Kraut & Jubilee d'Ouilly clearing the water during the GCT Grand Prix of Madrid (Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour)
Madrid, Spain - The Global Champions Tour 2013 season started up in Madrid on Friday and right away Laura Kraut was making an impact. With Wotsamillion, Kraut sped to victory in the Trofeo Grupo Arturo 1.45m opening speed class. At 74.70s, their clear jumping round was more than four seconds faster than the next closest clear, delivered by Great Britain's Tim Gredley & Unex Omelli, and earned them victory in the GCT's opening class of 2013.

In the biggest GCT class of the weekend, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Madrid, Kraut put forth another great effort. The Grand Prix took a two rounds plus jump-off format and Kraut, riding Jubilee d'Ouilly, nearly managed to win. After going clear each of the first two rounds, they were joined by seven other combinations, including fellow Americans Richard Spooner & Cristallo, in the jump-off. They were the last to tackle the tricky jump-off course, and finished in blazing speed, but an early rail down meant that they would finish second. Winners Michael Whitaker & Viking were they only pair that jumped all three rounds without a more>
Final Spring Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session at Oak Hill Farm Is a Success
Amy Lewis and Sir Steinerman (David Honor)
Lexington, KY - The final Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session of Spring 2013 wrapped up Sunday at Oak Hill Farm in Lockport, Illinois. The two-day training session featured 11 horses between the ages of four and six and was once again led by USEF Young Horse Coach Scott Hassler.

"We had a terrific training session at Oak Hill Farm in Illinois. There was once again a nice balance of U.S.-bred and imported horses," said Hassler. "It was great to see riders I have worked with in the past with new horses as well as meeting some new professionals. Overall there was nice quality riding and I have a good feeling I will see some of these combinations at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships in August. Participation from the auditors was also very strong which reaffirmed to me that this central area of our country is very dedicated to the development of young dressage horses." more>

Three U.S. Competitors Complete 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Lexington, KY The 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials came to an exciting conclusion Monday with the final show jumping phase. The CCI4* held annually in Gloucestershire, Great Britain boasted one of the strongest fields outside of championship competition. It was New Zealand's Jonathan Paget and Frances Stead's Clifton Promise who collected the winner's spoils in their first attempt at the prestigious competition; they finished on their dressage score of 39.7.

Leading the American charge was Tiana Coudray (Ojai, CA) and Jatial's LLC's Ringwood Magister finishing in 17th place. The pair completed the dressage in equal 10th place with a score of 43.3 and two time penalties on the cross country kept them in 10th heading into the show jumping. Two rails for an additional eight penalties left them in 17th place at their first Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse more>

Announcing the United States Olympic Committee and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Assistance Program for Para-Equestrian Dressage Athletes 
from USPEA

Lexington, KY - The U.S. Olympic Committee supports Paralympic-eligible military veterans in their efforts to represent the USA at the upcoming Paralympic Games and other International competitions.  Veterans who demonstrate exceptional sport skills and the commitment necessary to pursue elite-level competition are given guidance on securing the training, support, and coaching needed to qualify for Team USA and achieve their Paralympic dreams.
Through a partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA Paralympic Program Office helps to provide a monthly assistance allowance for disabled Veterans of the Armed Forces, as authorized by section 703 of the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of more> 

Results from the Biltmore Challenge Endurance Ride
Asheville, NC - Endurance riders gathered at the historic Biltmore Estate over the weekend for a ride around the grounds for 80km, 120km, and 160km. Below are the individual results of each division.

80 km
Young Rider: Rae Shumate-Tysor riding Super Sonnic. Time 5:18:35
Senior: Amy Wallace Whelan riding Mahummad Shazam. Time 5:52:58

Young Rider: Sarah Jack riding FYF  Dutch. Time 8:21:58
Senior: Jennifer Townes riding Best of Kin PW. Time 8:21:58

Senior: Nicki Meuten riding Not Tonight. Time 9:59:03


Applications Now Being Accepted for 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Team Selection Trials
Lexington, KY - Applications are now being accepted for consideration to participate in the 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Team Selection Trials.

The trials will be held at William Woods University in Fulton, MO, on December 7, 2013, with the team being announced that evening.

The Saddle Seat World Cup is a bi-annual international competition that includes both three- and five-gaited sections. Teams from as many as five nations now compete for the coveted World Cup titles. The 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup Competition is scheduled to take place in Asheville, NC in July more>
Formidable French win Furusiyya leg in Lummen
by Louise Parkes
Marc Dilasser and Obiwan de Piliere Jo produced one of the two double-clear rounds that helped secure victory for France at the fourth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 series in Lummen (FEI/Dirk Caremans)
The French swept to a clear and concise victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 leg at CSIO 4* Lummen in Belgium today.  However they were pushed all the way by a highly-competitive and considerably less-experienced Swiss side that had to settle for runner-up spot in the final analysis, while The Netherlands finished a distance behind in third.  


There were four countries seeking points towards qualification for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final which will take place in Barcelona, Spain next September and fourth-placed Finland earned 75 points, while fifth-placed Sweden took 70 and Belgium claimed 66 when slotting into sixth spot.  Great Britain was not in the points race when finishing seventh, so the Norwegian side that finished last of the eight competing nations claimed 64 points for their more>

Western Dressage: A Means to an End
By Elaine Ward for the Western Dressage Association® of America
Jen and Harley. Forward and engaged in the collected jog. (Credit Les Norris)
Although some of you may think Western Dressage is new; when I discovered the Western Dressage Association of America was formed 2 years ago, my first thought was "there is actually a name for it?"

For well over 30 years, I have taught riders the wisdom of dressage to Western riders. Through the years, I have been contacted to resolve issues with horses and riders working on games, pleasure and reining. I have always addressed the issues the same. Learn the basics, understand the basics, and the issues will resolve themselves.

One of my first professional encounters dealing with Western horses came in the early 80's. A gelding was having difficulty maintaining the quality of the jog and lope work. Realistically, it was not the horse that needed work; it was the more>



USEF Cup Incentive Program Points Leaders
from ASHA
Lexington, KY - United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is offering exhibitors in the American Saddlebred divisions the opportunity to take part in the USEF Cup Incentive Program. This program provides an incentive award of $1,000 to the owner of the top horse competing at USEF Cup competitions in their respective division. Additionally, the trainer of each horse will be awarded $500 for their efforts.

With results in for the first USEF Cup Competitions of the year, here are the leading horses:


American Saddlebred






CH Cosmic Sunfire

Judith Ferguson-Gandarillas




Virginia Bergstrom



I'm Something Wicked

Allen Bosworth



High In The Sky

Emma Grubb



Global Scene

Royalee Cleveland



Leatherwood's Colors Up

Coe London



Wild Rose Gray

Holly Henson




Katiepaige Richards




Katherine Singleton



Santa Ana Wind

Stacey Allen Halloran



For more information on how to participate in the program, designated competitions, and current point leaders visit 

AHA to Use WDAA Rules and Tests
from AHA
Aurora, CO - The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and the Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is proud to announce the use of WDAA Western Dressage Tests for 2013 Western Dressage classes. 

The Arabian Horse Association Board of Directors recently voted to use the rules and tests of WDAA for Western Dressage classes starting in the 2014 competition year. AHA and WDAA look forward to offering Western Dressage as another discipline in which the versatile Arabian horse can showcase its versatility and unique more> 
Dixie Cup and Red River Classic Results Online
from AMHA
Results from last weekend's Dixie Cup and Red River Classic horse shows are now online. You can see the winners by going to




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