June 4, 2012

Emotional Night as McLain Ward Wins Seventh Grand Prix of Devon in a Remarkable Comeback


Antares F and McLain Ward (Amy Dragoo Photography)
Devon, PA - A small but mighty field of show jumping horses lined up to tackle the penultimate USEF  Observation Event for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. Thirteen combinations from the USEF Show Jumping Long List headlined the field of 16 in the 2012 $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon. 

The Dixon Oval always proves a tremendous venue at the Devon Horse Show and with improvements made over the last few years, the storied competition, though steeped with history, continues to evolve into the modern age. Another chapter in its history was written [Thursday] evening as McLain Ward scored his seventh Grand Prix of Devon title. The win was full of emotion as Ward (Brewster, NY) battled back from a shattered kneecap in January to fight for his spot on his third Olympic Team. 

"Obviously it feels great," said Ward after his win. "I haven't jumped jumps that big in awhile. It's nice to be back - it was a really hard four months."..read more>
$50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake Belongs to Charlie Jayne and Chill RZ at the 2012 Devon Horse Show 
Charlie Jayne and Chill RZ (Amy Dragoo)
Devon, PA - It was another glorious day at the Devon Horse Show and 15 horses lined up for the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake in the storied Dixon Oval at the 2012 Devon Horse Show. Saturday afternoon's class served as the second half of the third USEF Observation Event for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. Fourteen combinations, 13 of which are vying for a trip to the 2012 London Olympic Games, tested Michel Vaillancourt's track and only two horses managed to leave up all of the jumps.

Charlie Jayne (Elgin, IL) cruised to an exceptional clear on Pony Lane Farm's Chill RZ adding just one time fault to seal the victory over the difficult course.  

"I thought the course was big," said Jayne. "I thought the course was as technical as two nights ago. I thought it was hard and that the jumps came up quick. I thought the water came up quick and that lie was very difficult. I thought you needed some stamina, I think it was a big round two nights ago and it was bigger today. By the last line, I think your horse really needed some energy left. I couldn't have asked much more from my horse; he was amazing all week."..read more>

Friday June 8th  
Saturday June 9th 
PFHA Flat Iron Classic Western Championship                          
Sunday June 10th

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Cook and Ulrich Lead the U.S. to a Second Place Finish in CSIOY Reims Nations Cup
2012 Show Jumping European Young Rider Tour Team (USEF Archive)
Reims, France
 - Four members of the 2012 Show Jumping European Young Rider Tour went to task in Nations Cup competition Friday afternoon at the CSIOYJ Reims. The U.S. entered the two-round competition in an enviable position having drawn fifth of six teams to contest the 1.45m track. The team of Alise Oken, Annie Cook, Chloe Reid and Lydia Ulrich capitalized on their strong draw to jump to second place honors.
Leading the U.S. effort in France were Cook and Ulrich who both jumped double-clears in the Nations Cup competition. Cook (Woodside, CA) guided Signe Ostby's Banba to two fault-free efforts as the second U.S. rider in each round. As the anchor rider, Ulrich (Rochester, NY) stared down the face of pressure to also produce a double clear performance with Beth Congel and Up The Creek Farm's Santos Utopia...read more>

Sapphire Retires

Devon, PA
 - McLain Ward's Thursday night began with emotion as he retired the mighty Sapphire, the winningest American show jumping horse in recent history, in front of a packed house. With Ward she has represented her country with amazing success including winning two Team Gold medals at the Olympic Games and placing second at the 2009 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final by the narrowest of margins. She is a legend and her resume also includes multiple wins at the Hampton Classic, the Devon Horse Show, Old Salem, the Winter Equestrian Festival and the American Invitational. She won the $1 million CN International at Spruce Meadows in Canada. 



Athletes Prepare for the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships 
Jonathan Wentz 2011 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion in Saugerties, NY (Lindsay Y McCall )
Gladstone, NJ
 - United States Para-Equestrians from California to New England will be making their way to Gladstone, New Jersey for the 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials and National Championships. The Trials and National Championships will take place at the USET Headquarters June 10-13, 2012. Although the final count of riders is not official at this time, this may be one of the largest attended Selection Trials and National Championships for the Para-Equestrian discipline. Athletes will compete over three days demonstrating their Team, Individual, and Freestyle Tests. The National Championship scores will be calculated using 40% of the Team Test, 40% of the Individual and 20% of the Freestyle Test Scores. With only four spots for the United States Paralympic Team that will head to London, the competition will be tenacious...read more>
Heather Dubois & Every Wish win CCI2* at Colorado Horse Park, Tiffany Lunney & Patent Pending win CCI*


The USEA's Frankie Thieriot interviews winning riders and Colorado Horse Park staff in this video from www.useventing.comVideos from day 1, day 2, and day 3 are also available. Full results can be found here.

Entries Confirmed for the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard (Susan J. Stickle)

Lexington, KY - With six USEF National Dressage Championships and selection for U.S. Dressage Team for the 2012 Olympic Games on the line, the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions promises to deliver excellent competition this year. Running over two weeks June 8-10 and June 14-17, the best dressage combinations from ponies to Grand Prix will be vying for National titles.


The USET Foundation Headquarters plays host to the prestigious event in Gladstone, NJ which is headlined by the Grand Prix National Dressage Championships which also serves as the selection trial for the 2012 Olympic Games.


Returning to vie for the title in the Grand Prix is Steffen Peters. Peters, who won in 2011 with Ravel, will bring his new star, Legolas 92, to defend his title...read more>

The team for Horse of the Year Jersey Boy, includes Susie Schoellkopf; Jennifer Alfano, Rider of the Year, and Jess Litfin, who takes care of the equine star.(Nancy Jaffer)
Buffalo, NY - The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame awarded numerous honors at their annual dinner held at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA, but it was SBS Farms, Inc. who truly shined. Jennifer Alfano was named Hunter Rider of the Year, and her top mount Jersey Boy was named High Performance Horse of the Year and Hunter Horse of the Year.

The NSHHF continues to foster the appreciation of the sport through the establishment and maintenance of esteemed awards. The winners of the yearly and overall awards are carefully selected by the vote of trainers who have had champions in the divisions at the shows that have been nominated for the Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year award. The committee was pleased to honor Alfano with the overall Rider of the Year award, as well as the Horse of the Year Award for three-time winner, Jersey Boy...read more>  
USEF Welcomes USA Reining as FEI Affiliate
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to welcome USA Reining as its newest USEF International Discipline Association. On Monday, May 21, 2012, the USEF Executive Committee reviewed and accepted unanimously the application submitted by USA Reining to be the FEI Affiliate for reining.

USA Reining seeks to foster the sport of reining in the U.S. and provide a pipeline for athletes to progress from national level competition and into FEI and international competition. It is also the goal of the organization to represent its members as a fully compliant USEF Recognized Affiliate for the sport...read more>

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Applications Now Available for 2012 USEF Youth Sportsman's Award
Lexington, KY - The search is underway for nominees for the 2012 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Youth Sportsman's Award. The award recognizes young equestrians who exhibit exceptional leadership potential, serve as positive role models for their peers, demonstrate an ongoing commitment and dedication to the promotion of equestrian sport, are involved in their community, and exemplify positive sportsmanship principles...read more>
Dutch Do it Again at St. Gallen
By Louise Parkes for FEI

A nail-biting last-to-go round from Gerco Schroder and Eurocommerce New Orleans clinched victory for The Netherlands at the FEI Nations Cup™ in St Gallen, Switzerland today.


Germany came into this third leg of the 2012 series as clear favourites following their emphatic success in Rome (ITA) last Friday.  But, just as it did 12 months ago, the Swiss venue provided a classic example of what makes the sport of Nations Cup Jumping so appealing - its utter unpredictability.  And in a repeat of last year's exciting event, it was the Dutch who came out on top once again.


The host nation enjoyed another great day when sharing second place with Great Britain, while team Germany finished fourth ahead of Belgium in fifth and Ireland in sixth, France in seventh and Sweden in eighth place...read more>

AHA Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Youth Nationals
from AHA
Aurora, CO - This year marks the 20th time the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) will offer a championship exclusively for the organization's youth members. Approximately 1,000 of North America's finest Arabians, Half-Arabians, and Anglo-Arabians will descend on Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 21 - 28, 2012. 

The entry deadline for Youth Nationals is June 6. Enter the show online and automatically be entered to win a free stall...read more>
Morton, IL - The American Shetland Pony Club, Inc., (ASPC) established a Super Gelding Program a couple of years ago to promote geldings in all of its registries - the ASPC (American Shetlands), the American Miniature Horse Registry, the American Show Pony Registry and the National Sports Performance Pony Registry. This incentive program rewards those members showing and campaigning their small equine geldings.  For 2012, the Super Gelding Program is expanding and reaching new levels thanks to recent reinvigoration and promotion...read more>




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