May 20, 2013

Grand Prix Win in Wiesbaden Catapults Laura Kraut
 to top of Global Champions Tour Rankings 

Laura Kraut & Cedric on their way to winning the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden CSI5* (Noelle Floyd/Global Champions Tour)
Wiesbaden, Germany - Three flawless rounds in front of a packed crowd in Germany have made American Laura Kraut the No.1 rider in the Global Champions Tour rankings. She now has 77 points, two more than second place rider Luciana Diniz of Portugal. A majority of the GCT season still remains, but Kraut has been impressive throughout the season thus far. Saturday was no exception. With Cherry Knoll Farm's Cedric Kraut, who finished 2nd in the GCT Opener Grand Prix in Madrid riding Jubilee d'Ouilly, was dynamic through three rounds on a grass course in the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden CSI5*.

Cedric's clear attempts in the first two rounds made him one of six horses to qualify for the jump-off. The penultimate pair, Kraut & Cedric cleared the course in a blazing 45.12s and bested formidable challengers Hans-Dieter Dreher & Magnus Romeo, who finished third, and runners up Edwina Tops-Alexander & Cevo Itot du Chateau.

"I am very pleased," said Kraut. "It is Cedric's fourth win on the Global Tour and I am very proud of him. We have a long way to go, but I am just pleased to start off as strong as I have." more>

May 23-June 2
The Devon Horse Show
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Federal Legislation Banning Medication in
 Racing Introduced
from the American Horse Council

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representatives Joe Pitts (R-PA), Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) have introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013 to regulate/prohibit substances, methods and treatments that may be used in racing. The legislation is not the same as the bill they introduced in the last Congress.

The bill calls for a new "independent anti-doping organization" to be responsible for "ensuring the integrity of horseraces that are the subject of interstate off-track wagers and the safety of persons involved in such horseraces." The bill gives this anti-doping organization authority to permit/prohibit the drugs and medications that may be administered to a horse in a race subject to an interstate off-track wager and set the withdrawal period for its more> 

Kieffer and Veronica are CHC International CIC3* Winners in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour Series
Carl Bouckaert (left) and Michael Pollard (right) present Lauren Kieffer with her awards for winning the inaugural CHC International CIC3* division as part of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series. (Leslie Threlkeld/USEA Photo)
Fairburn, GA - Lauren Kieffer and Team Rebecca's 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Veronica performed very well in all three phases in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series CIC3* at CHC International in Fairburn, Georgia to claim their third consecutive FEI division win this year. The final phase of cross-country ran in reverse order of go, and Kieffer was still on course when it was announced that current leaders Phillip Dutton and William Penn had picked up a stop at the influential Cavalor Conundrum, fence 12AB in the main arena. All Kieffer had to do was hold her pace and cruise to a clear round.

"She was wonderful. I went out to have a steady clear. I certainly didn't intend to be fast, but she gets into such a nice rhythm and she's just such a quick little horse anyway," Kieffer said. "She's so balanced I don't have to do a ton of work around the gallop fences."

Veronica was started by Kieffer but competed up to Advanced by Karen O'Connor. "Karen did all the work on the mare, now I just get to hop on and have fun. I adore her, we get along really well. She's always been my favorite of Karen's," Kieffer said. "She's a rockstar, and the Broussards are amazing for letting me ride her." more>
Entries Open Through May 30th for the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* June 13-16, 2013
Rancho Murieta, CA - Entries are open through May 30, 2013 for Para-Equestrian Dressage riders interested in heading to California for the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3*. The Golden State Dressage Classic will take place June 13-16, 2013 at the Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, California. All para-dressage riders looking to qualify for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are encouraged to attend this CPEDI3*. For more information about the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* please visit or contact Connie Davenport at

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Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet Stay Clear for Victory in $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by The Kincade Group
Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet (The Book LLC)
North Salem, NY - Three teenagers and a veteran rounded out the jump-off in the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by The Kincade Group, and the first to go in was the one to return to the winner's circle. Nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan of New York, NY, and her energetic partner Nougat du Vallet were double clear to win the biggest class of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, which ran May 7-12 and 14-19. Sunday's competition concluded two great weeks of equestrian sport in North Salem with incredible entries and top horses and riders.

The $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix had 37 competitors, and they rode over a course designed by Anthony D'Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. Riding second in the order, Dinan and "Nougat," a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D'elle, made it look easy as they bounded through the course for the first clear round. They returned first for the jump-off and set a quick pace and the only clear round in 39.898 seconds.

Watch an interview with Katie Dinan

Dinan felt that going early in the class was an advantage in Sunday's rainy conditions. "Going early in situations like this helps a little bit because the footing is only going to get worse, not more> 

Watch the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show on-demand at

USEF Announces Dressage Combinations to Represent the U.S. at CHIO Aachen
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the following four horse-and-rider combinations to the U.S. Dressage Team for the Aachen CDIO5* held during CHIO Aachen in Germany, June 26-30, 2013. Additionally, two Small Tour combinations have been named to represent the U.S. in CDI4* competition. In 2013, the United States will also be represented for the first time in CDI-U25 competition.

The following four combinations have been named to the U.S. Dressage Team for the Aachen CDIO5*(listed in Alphabetical Order):

Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) on Ann Romney, Amy Ebeling, and Beth Meyers' Rafalca
Rafalca is a 1997 Oldenburg mare

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, FL) on Patricia Stempel's Doktor
Doktor is a 2003 Oldenburg gelding

Tina Konyot (Palm City, FL) on her own Calecto V
Calecto V is a 1998 Danish Warmblood stallion

Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA) on Four Winds Farm's Legolas 92
Legolas 92 is a 2002 Westphalian gelding

All four combinations have been awarded grants from the USEF for European competition, with funding for the grants made possible by the USET Foundation. 


See the team members selected to the Small Tour team here.  

Dutch victorious in opening leg of pilot season for FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage at Vidauban
By Louise Parkes for FEI
The Netherlands emerged victorious at the opening leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage pilot season at Vidauban, France yesterday. Pictured on the podium are Katja Gevers, Laurens van Lieren and Stephanie Peters with trainer, Wim Ernes. Photo (FEI/Rui Pedro Godinho)
The Netherlands emerged victorious as the pilot season for the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2013 series got underway at Domain Equestre de Grands Pins in Vidauban, France yesterday. Sweden finished second at this opening event, with the host nation of France in third and Switzerland slotting into fourth place.


Great Britain sent just three riders, but their chances ended before the competition even began when Sarah Millis' HP Frontier did not pass the first Horse Inspection, leaving just four countries to battle it out in the final analysis. The Dutch showed their strength when, with only three in their side, they overcame a strong challenge from the full Swedish team that included star riders Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Minna Telde.


Best Score of the Day


It was Vilhelmson-Silfven who produced the best score of day when posting 70.532 with the 11-year-old gelding, Divertimento. But Holland's Laurens van Lieren and his 10-year-old mare, Hexagon's Welnetta, were only 0.15 marks behind in second place individually, and when this good result was added to 69.234 from team-mate Stephanie Peters with Unlimited, and 67.255 from Katja Gevers and Thriller, then the Dutch had the edge with a winning margin of 0.404 at the end of the day. Only three of the four results count toward each team more>

Insight into WDAA Western Dressage Bitting Rules
By the Western Dressage Association® of America
The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) has designed Western Dressage Rules to be utilized across various breeds that are either affiliated with or operate independently of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). 

Bitting requirements differ across the breed shows and events that host more than just Western Dressage. In order to design a universally inclusive discipline across all breeds and encourage equestrians to explore Western Dressage; WDAA felt obliged to respect the differences in bitting requirements which were already being regulated at breed and USEF competitions. The WDAA Rules Task Force remains very focused on re-evaluating factors like bits on a regular basis. It is continuously making recommendations deeply rooted in the welfare of the more>
Western Dressage: The Rubber Hits the Road
By Michelle Binder-Zolezzi of
It's official. NAWD has applied for recognized affiliate status with the USEF. Supporters have until June 11th to let the USEF know that North American Western Dressage is the right choice of organizations to build the future of Western Dressage.

NAWD President  Jen Johnson states: 

"Western Dressage is coming. Over the past 3 years we have watched it grow at warp speed from the hint of an idea to not just one but three major organizations with very different ideals. Throughout, NAWD has remained true to our mission: "to provide resources for our members to learn how Classical Dressage Principles can help the Western Horse become a better partner and improve performance for all disciplines." more>
Oklahoma State's Larry Sanchez Named NCEA Coach of the Year
OSU Head Coach Larry Sanchez (OSU Photo Archive)
Columbia, S.C. - Oklahoma State head equestrian coach Larry Sanchez has been named the NCEA Coach of the Year, it was announced today. Sanchez was voted the top coach in collegiate equestrian by his NCEA peers at the spring meetings in Indianapolis.

Sanchez, who was voted Big 12 Coach of the Year in April, led the Cowgirls to a Western National Championship at last month's NCEA National Championships in Waco. It marked the fourth Western National Champion for Oklahoma State, as the Cowgirls previously won the Western championship in 2000, 2003, and 2004. Sanchez also guided Oklahoma State to its second straight Big 12 Championship this more>




Points of Emphasis Provides Clarification on American Saddlebred Rule Changes
from ASHA

The Points of Emphasis document has been updated and is now available on the ASHA. This document is reviewed each year by the ASHA/ASR Standards and Rules Committee and is updated to include any important and/or new USEF rule references.


This year the ASR Board of Directors and the ASHA Executive Committee also approved the document before publication and distribution to horse shows.

AMHA Town Hall Meeting Recap
from AMHA
The AMHA Board of Directors held a Town Hall meeting on Friday, April 26 from 3-5 PM ET. More than ten guests join the board for the presentations and discussion. Topics included: 

-    Presentation by Linnea Sidi and Ellen Di Bella on the AMHA/WDAA alliance. AMHA and Western Dressage Association of America are working together to grow Western Dressage and promote the Morgan horse. Actions include sharing press releases, photo, and promoting events. 

-    AMHA Staff Taylor Royals outlined the new and improved Pathways recreational riding program. AMHA has added new awards and expanded the program to include half-Morgans. You can learn more on the AMHA website.  


2013 PFHA Youth Camp

Camp Information: All applications should be submitted with payment by June 24, 2013, to guarantee lodging. Applications submitted after this date will be considered, but space is not guaranteed. Camp registration is $95.


Campers must be 7-18 years old as of the date of camp, with one year riding experience, in order to attend. All campers must be PFHA members (youth membership is only $35) more>




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