May 12th, 2014

On Form in Mexico

The U.S. celebrates their second place finish during the Nations Cup victory gallop (USEF Archive)
Xalapa, Mexico - U.S. jumpers earned good results throughout CSIO4* Coapexpan last week. Highlighting those were a Grand Prix win by Beezie Madden on Sunday, and a nail-biter Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup finish on Friday.

Nations Cup: The U.S. put forward a determined effort in Friday's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition at CSIO4* Coapexpan to earn a second-place finish. After round one the Americans stood tied for the lead with the talented Canadian team on a score of five. In the second round both teams were able to produce three clears and remain tied on five faults, necessitating one rider from each team to return for a more>

Gran Premio Veracruz: Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y) and her Team Gold and Individual Silver medal-winning partner from the 2011 Pan American Games, Coral Reef Ranch's 16-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Coral Reef Via Volo proved unbeatable on Sunday to earn the victory in the Gran Premio Veracruz. The 2012 Olympic Games veterans were the only combination to jump double clear in the class that saw 27 combinations head into round one and 15 come back for the second round.

Finishing in third place for the United States was Jon McCrea (East Windsor, Conn.) and Candy Tribble's Special Lux. The 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding produced a fault-free trip in round one and returned with a four-fault effort in round two to stop the timers in 44.60 more>
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Brianne Goutal Wins, Rides 3 Horses to Top Ten in Old Salem Farm Grand Prix

Saturday, May 17th

$10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Sunday, May 18th 
$100,000 Empire State Grand Prix
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BuckA Week of Good Omens for Buck Davidson Ends with Jersey Fresh CCI3* Win
from USEA
Davidson and
 Copper Beech
Allentown, N.J. - When Buck Davidson found his lucky red socks stashed in the corner of his camper the other day, he knew it was a good omen. Then, when he and Copper Beech scored 43 in dressage - the horse's owner Carl Segal's favorite number - he figured he had this event in the bag. Who can argue with fate?

Sunday, Davidson (Riegelsville, Pa.) and the eight-year-old Irish gelding won the CCI3* at the Jersey Fresh Three-Day Event when they finished on 50.8 with a clear round, moving up from second place when overnight leader Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive had a rail down.

Davidson credits working with U.S. Eventing Team show jumping coach Silvio Mazzoni over the winter. "He's worked a lot on my position and used exercises to help the horses gain confidence. This horse has a great disposition and doesn't get too rattled or more>
BrianneBrianne Goutal Finishes 1st, 4th, & 8th in $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix

Watch the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix on-demand at
North Salem, N.Y. -  Jumpers competed on the beautiful grass field on the final day of the first week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Held at Old Salem Farm, the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, Merrill Lynch saw Brianne Goutal of New York, N.Y., take home the win with Nice de Prissey over McLain Ward on Zander and Quentin Judge riding HH Dark de la Hart. Topping the junior hunters for the Grand Junior Hunter Championship was Caroline Dance of Westchester, Pa., on Show Time. Brianne Link and Gabriela Mershad captured major wins in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classics.   

Goutal said of the course, "Guilherme is a very fair course designer. He builds correctly for the level of the field (of horses and riders). For this show on the grass, it's very difficult to ride on, with the changing grade, going up and down a lot. He did a very good job playing with those grades, with verticals going downhill, options uphill. Nothing was too unfair or too big. I think it was right on everywhere." more>
Call for Media Credentials Applications: 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship
Lexington, Ky. - The 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship will take place June 2-5 at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. Members of the media who would like to request credentials to cover the championship should submit an application by May 23, 2014.

The 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship will also serve as the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Para-Equestrian Dressage Selection Trial. Riders from Grades Ia to IV will perform Team, Individual, and Freestyle Tests in hopes of not only receiving a national title but also being named to the U.S. team for the more>

Muzzle It: Correct Fit of Grazing Muzzles on Horses 

Nothing heralds the onset of spring for horse owners more than the retiring of winter blankets, the shedding of a wooly hair coat, and the greening of pastures. While some horses can graze springtime pastures with wild abandon, other horses cannot. Sugar-filled grasses cause problems for many horses, most notably easy keepers that have a predisposition for acute or chronic laminitis or metabolic more>
USEFNewsNew Year of USEF High School Equestrian Athlete Program Starts June 1
Lexington, Ky. - School is almost out, but the new year of the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program is about to begin. If you know a high schooler that rides, remind them to sign up for the 2014-2015 season today. They'll be ready to get recognized for their hard work as equestrians, and they'll save $5 on the application fee if they sign up before June 1.

After June 1, the price to apply will increase to $15. Interested students can log into their My USEF My Way  account and get signed up today.

The USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program is open to equestrian athletes in all breeds or disciplines, who are enrolled in grades 9-12, and are currently USEF members, or become USEF more> 
Sam Griffiths Fulfils His Badminton Dream
by Kate Green for FEI

Popular Australian rider Sam Griffiths produced a superb display of horsemanship in today's Jumping phase to win his first major title, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014, with Paulank Brockagh, the mare that he co-owns with Dinah Posford and Jules Carter.


In a competition of extraordinary twists and turns, Griffiths and the Irish-bred 10-year-old, rose from overnight fifth place with a well-judged four-fault Jumping round that was good enough to win due to the strong influence of Kelvin Bywater's (GBR) course.


Griffiths' fellow Australian, Cross Country leader Paul Tapner on Kilronan, had been left a two-rail advantage to win but even this was too close for comfort in the squally weather and he had four fences down plus time penalties to drop to more>



ASHA Young Adult Trail Ride Fundraiser A Success
from ASHA

The ASHA Young Adult Committee hosted a trail ride FUNdraiser on Sunday, May 4 at the Shelby Trails Park in Simpsonville, Ky.


Forty-five riders saddled up and rode their horses on the beautiful four mile trail, crossing creeks, viewing deer, and trotting, galloping, and/or racking through the grassy lanes. The trail ride benefitted American Saddlebred breed promotion and marketing, raising over four thousand dollars between the sponsor money and the registrations. Each participant received a free t-shirt and goodie bag.


Immediately following the trail ride, the ASHA Youth Committee hosted a bake sale to benefit ASHA Youth more>

AMHA National Service Club Announces $500 Scholarship
The Gaited Morgan Horse Organization (GMHO) is pleased once again to offer the MaryMels Gaited Morgan Scholarship to any AMHA or GMHO members pursuing secondary education at an accredited more> 




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