June 3, 2013

McLain Ward Wins his Eighth Grand Prix of Devon
by Veronica J. Finkelstein for the Devon Horse Show

McLain Ward & Rothchild (The Book LLC)
Devon, PA - The 2013 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair featured a little of everything. A little rain, plenty of sunshine, record-breaking 90 degree temperatures, light snow, and even Mclain Ward winning a Saddlebred class. But nothing could have been more business as usual as the hours ticked down to the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon. The boxes began filling with spectators armed with picnic baskets and wine and cheese plates from the Garden Café. The rows of benches around the ring were filled with those lucky enough to secure a special yellow wristband for a front row seat. In the gold ring, the schooling was underway. Olympians like Beezie Madden and Kevin Babington shared the ring with aspiring junior riders like Michael Hughes and riders from Australia, Columbia, and Venezuela.

Variety gave way to tradition. The night ended as it has seven times before, with Ward leading the victory gallop. His path to the top of the class of 28 wasn't easy-- course designer Olaf Peterson Jr. planned a difficult course. The bogey fence was the Abba Equine Health Oxer which riders approached both on a bending track as well as a more angled approach. Again and again, horses misjudged the width and the back rail was tipped by a hind hoof and fell. Even the time allowed proved to be a challenge. On Cortes C, Madden missed the time allotted by one tenth of a second and the crowd sighed in disappointment. By the time the first round was through, there were five to jump off-Devin Ryan on No Worries, Callan Solem on VDL Torlando, Andrew Welles on Boo Van Het Kastenjehof, Ward on Rothchild, and Madden on Vanilla...read more>  
McLain Ward & Rothchild win the Grand Prix of Devon

Watch McLain Ward & Rothchild win the Wells Fargo
Grand Prix of Devon on-demand on USEF Network

June 3
6:00pm ET: USEF Town Hall Meeting

June 8 
The Egyptian Event
check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium Energizes U.S. Riders and Trainers
Riders & Trainers at the Symposium
 (Lindsay McCall)
Lyman, ME - One term often used in reference to future medal winning U.S. high-performance equestrians, is the word 'development'. By further educating and integrating the athletes, judges, trainers, and supporters from all levels will help develop and evolve each discipline. The 2013 U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium created the platform to accomplish this task. At the Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports in Lyman, Maine, internationally acclaimed trainers and judges stepped forward to conduct a weekend of Para-Dressage education. From May 29-June 1, equestrians from Grade Ia - Grade IV received classroom training, lectures, video training, and live riding lessons. In addition to equestrian training there was the "Train the Trainer" program and "SmartPak Coaches Forum". Subjects addressed at the symposium included training the coaches, teamwork, and building upon each athlete's current skills. Expert leaders at the symposium were FEI "O" Judge and Olympic Technical Delegate Hanneke Gerritsen of Holland, Gold medal Great Britain Paralympic coach Clive Milkins, international Dressage rider Catherine Haddad Staller, and former USEF High Performance Dressage Director Gil Merrick. Carlisle has partnered with the United States Equestrian Federation, United States Para-Equestrian Association, and SmartPak for the first in a series of educational events across the United States...read more>
Julie Wolfert Wraps Up Double Wins at Colorado Horse Park CCI*
Buenos Dias, Julie Wolfert, and Buenos Aires
Parker, CO - Julie Wolfert, the leader after the first two phases in the CCI* and Open Intermediate divisions at the Colorado Horse Park CCI*, Training 3-Day and Horse Trials, stayed consistent in Sunday's show jumping and claimed victory in both divisions. Solid rounds with Buenos Dias in the CCI* and Buenos Aires in Open Intermediate secured her the double wins.

Wolfert had a single knockdown with each horse, but excellent dressage scores on Friday and strong efforts on Saturday in the cross-country ensured her the first-place ranking in the event's featured divisions.

She started the day off on the right note with a double-clear round on Vindicated in the Novice Horse division, which helped her move up from fourth to second place. Her next ride was on Buenos Dias in the CCI*, and she described the Brian Curry-designed course as a true challenge...read more>
Third Time is a Charm for Todd Minikus and Quality Girl at HITS Saugerties
Todd Minikus and Quality Girl (©ESI Photography)
Saugerties, NY - After two in-the-money finishes last week at HITS Saugerties, Todd Minikus and Quality Girl kicked off Week II grand prix action by topping a ten-horse jump-off in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

Minikus won the Week I $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Saugerties and picked up sixth and eighth-place ribbons in last week's grand prix classes, but his spring circuit reached its pinnacle on Friday when he cashed a $7,500 check.

"She has really matured a lot over the winter," said Minikus of Quality Girl, a ten-year-old Oldenburg mare by Quidam's Rubin x Dobrock. He admits that she started off very green with little hope of making it to the grand prix ring. Her doubters were proved wrong, however, and the young mare has collected her share of successes in recent months. "She has been performing fantastic and between Purina, Vita Flex and Charles Owen, she has what she needs to keep us in the winner's circle."..read more>
Two Top Finishes for Caroline Roffman at Compiegne CDI3*

Compiegne, FR - Talented, young, U.S. Dressage rider Caroline Roffman proved to be a game international competitior over the weekend in Small Tour competition. With her own 10-year-old Hanoverian mare Her Highness O, Roffman placed second in the FEI Prix St. Georges and FEI Freestyle Intermediare I competition at the Compiegne CDI3* with scores of 70.500% and 72.700% respectively. They were beaten in both classes by Denmark's Kristine Moller & Reve En Noir...read more>

USEF Annouces Drivers to Represent the U.S. at CHIO Aachen
Lexington, KY - The following drivers have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. in the CAIO-4 held during the CHIO Aachen in Germany, June 25-30.

The United States will be represented by the following drivers (in Alphabetical Order):

James Fairclough (Newton, NJ)
Chester Weber (Ocala, FL)

Weber will drive Jane Clark's team while Fairclough will drive a team leased from Koos de Ronde.

Follow the 2013 U.S. Driving Team here.

USEF Town Hall Meeting is Tonight at 6pm ET

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 opted to host a Town Hall Meeting to be broadcast LIVE on USEFNetwork.com Tonight, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. ET.


This interactive broadcast replaces the previously scheduled meetings in an attempt to 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.


The webcast can be viewed on USEF Network at


British Win Third Leg of Furusiyya Europe Division 1 on Dramatic Day at St. Gallen
By Louise Parkes for FEI
The British team won the third leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2013 Europe Division 1 series at St Gallen (FEI/Katja Stuppia)

St. Gallen, SUI - The British recorded their first victory in 24 years at St Gallen, Switzerland today where the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ was disrupted by appalling weather conditions.  However good sport won through, and despite the fact that the second round was bypassed in favour of a four-way jump-off between one representative from each of the leading countries, it was a thrilling contest to the very end.


The initial start-list read like a "who's who" of the sport, but, as the heavy overnight rain failed to stop, the star-studded German team decided to withdraw even though this was their first nominated event for points-gathering in the 2013 Furusiyya series.  And other sides opted for alternative horse-power, notably the Dutch who had sent their full London 2012 Olympic bronze-medal-winning side but who fielded a completely different quartet of horses on the day.


It was a tough challenge from the outset as the remaining seven countries battled it out over the rain-sodden track, but Laura Renwick and the aptly-named Oz de Breve sealed it in style for Great Britain with the quickest run against the clock.  Even that was fraught with drama however...read more>

Perspective and Thoughts on WDAA Train The Trainers Program
By Jim Badger, Maine State Affiliate Organizer
I grew up in Maine, the oldest of five, to a father who was in the military and a mother who was a housewife until the youngest of my siblings was in Junior High school. We grew up on the other side of middle-class, OK, we were poor. 

I grew up watching spaghetti westerns in black and white on Saturday afternoons. I always loved the intrigue of being a Cowboy, pushing cattle up the Chisholm Trail, fighting bad guys and Indians. Next to the pony rides we did as kids, I didn't ride my first "real" horse until Junior High and I was hooked.

I had the opportunity to ride friends' horses through High School, however I never really had any formal horse training until later in life. The school of hard knocks was a tough school.

I joined the Navy after high school and got to travel the world. My first experience with what formal training looked like was in Spain. I had the opportunity to meet the bull fighters in Seville, Spain where they fought the bulls from horseback. This is known as "corrida de rejones". I got to see, with an uneducated eye, how Spanish bull fighting horses, such as the famous Merlin, were trained. Since then, I have been seeking the knowledge to strive to ride like those riders of the Spanish Riding School I met and had the honor to watch ride and train in the early 80's...read more>



Fund Established for American Saddlebred Trainer/Breeder Affected by OK Tornadoes
from ASHA
Jim Miller was affected by the tornado that hit Carney, Oklahoma. Thankfully he and his family survived uninjured. His horses are alive with injuries. Most all their assets and buildings were destroyed.  

Jim, at the age of 69, recently moved to Oklahoma from Missouri to be with his daughter and her terminally ill husband. He had planned to retire and help his daughter by moving onto their property in Carney.


Using his truck as collateral he purchased a used mobile home. Due to the recent rains they had not been able to install and strap down the trailer. The mobile home wasn't insurable until it was fully installed. The Insurance payout for the truck will go directly to the bank to cover the mobile home. Jim's truck, horse trailer, mobile home, personal belongings and horse training equipment are gone or have been destroyed. In short the tornado has left Jim with nothing...read more>

2013 IALHA Elections, Nominations Open June 1 - July 1
It is now time to nominate people for elected office in IALHA. Note: there are specific qualifications that must be met for someone to be eligible for office, and per the IALHA Bylaws, these requirements must be met PRIOR TO NOMINATION.


For instance, to be eligible for President, Vice-President, or Treasurer, a person has to have served at least 12 consecutive months on the Board of Directors within the past two (2) years. To be eligible for Regional Director, Show Chair, Registry Board or Audit Board, a person must be a Full member and own at least one Purebred registered with the IALHA. To be eligible for the At-Large Director positions, a person must be a Full member and own at least one Purebred or Half-Andalusian registered with the IALHA. The Show Chair must have served a minimum of 12 consecutive months on the IALHA Show Committee within the past 5 years or have been an IALHA Show Chair at any time in the past...read more>


AHA Hosts National Pedigreed Livestock Council Annual Meeting at Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries
From AHA
Aurora, CO - AHA hosted the 2013 National Pedigreed Livestock Council (NPLC) Annual Meeting, May 6 - 8 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Annual Meeting offers the chance for Executive Officers and Registrars from non-profit breed associations to discuss industry initiatives like marketing, education, and business strategies. 

The NPLC has representatives from the horse and pony, dairy and beef cattle, swine, goat, sheep, llama and alpaca species. The Council works to promote the best interests of breeders of pedigreed livestock throughout the livestock industry. 

"In 2012 we offered to host the 2013 Annual Meeting to show our support for NPLC. We knew the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries at the Kentucky Horse Park would be a perfect backdrop. The Galleries have been a huge success and we are excited and proud to share them with the members of NPLC," says Glenn Petty, AHA Executive Vice President...read more> 
A Message from the USEF Morgan Rules Committee
The following proposals are being reviewed at 2013 AMHA Rules Forums. We encourage you to attend a forum at any AMHA Regional Show and make your voice heard!


It has been a guiding principle for the USEF Morgan Committee that the rules that govern our competitions be understandable and user friendly. Rules should say what they actually mean. Rules are to help us compete our horses safely and fairly and we appreciate your participation in this rule forum to help us achieve that goal. These proposals have been submitted by either individual USEF members or the USEF/Morgan Committee.

Rule 1. MO101
Title: Eligibility

Intent: To remove verbiage which is no longer applicable...read more>

Extension to Rule Change Proposal Deadline

The Rules Commitee has announced a two week extension to the deadline to submit Rule Change Proposals. All proposals must be received in the PFHA office by June 14.


Proposals may be sent:

  • Via email to swalker@pfha.org
  • Faxed to 859-258-2125
  • Mailed to 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Suite 1, Lexington, KY 40511


Click Here to Download a Printable Rule Change Proposal Form


Click Here to Download a Fillable Rule Change Proposal Form 





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