Rebecca Hart Wins Sixth National Title at Historic USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship
Gladstone, N.J. - The USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship came to a close on Thursday at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., with Rebecca Hart claiming her sixth National Title in a competition that was widely regarded as the most competitive the sport has ever seen in the United States. The day began under overcast and rainy skies, ultimately clearing at the lunchbreak to finish out the 2014 event with much more pleasant weather. All 24 entries performed their Freestyles, to earn the remaining 20% of their championship score, in front of the Ground Jury of Adrienne Pot, David Schmutz, and Kristi Wysocki.
Rebecca Hart and Schroeter's Romani (SusanJStickle.com)
"The caliber of riding has gone through the roof," said Wysocki of the 2014 National Championship field. "It was very exciting to judge because our riders are so good."
Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and her own Schroeter's Romani, who she has only been riding since November of 2013 after purchasing the mare in Europe, closed out the week scoring 76.917 for her Freestyle to finish on a championship score of 74.642. The two-time Paralympian rode the 11-year-old Danish Warmblood to her familiar "Classical Gas" melody, increasing the level of difficulty by adding lateral moments...read more>
Saturday, June 14th & Sunday, June 15th
The 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp.
|Chester Weber Wins, U.S. Driving Team Takes Third in France|
Saumur, France - Chester Weber took an early lead in Saumur on Friday, and when the cones phase of the CAIO4* ended on Sunday he'd turned that lead into a dominant victory. Weber (Ocala, Fla.) earned the individual Four-in-Hand win over 32 other drivers and was a nearly eighteen points better than his closest competitor. That wide margin of victory helped lead the U.S. team to a third-place finish in Nations Cup competition.
Chester Weber during the dressage test that led to a CAIO4* Saumur win (pixelvisuel.com)
The U.S. Team of Allison Stroud, Weber, and Misdee Wrigley-Miller, earned a Bronze placing and trailed only the Dutch team in first place and the French team in second...read more>
Exciting Victory for Quentin Judge and HH Dark de la Hart in $210,000 CNOOC Nexen Cup
Calgary, Alberta - The Spruce Meadows 'National' Tournament, presented by Rolex came to an exciting conclusion Sunday with the $210,000 CNOOC Nexen Cup 1.50m Derby. Quentin Judge (USA) and HH Dark de la Hart, owned by Double H Farm, sped to victory in the class over Angel Karolyi (VEN) and Indiana 127 and Richard Spooner riding Cristallo. In the $40,000 ATCO Structures & Logistics Cup, Sameh El Dahan (EGY) and Sumas Zorro were far and ahead the rest of the field for the win.
Quentin Judge and HH Dark de la Hart (Spruce Meadows Media Services)
It was an incredible final day of the 'National' Tournament, with a record official attendance for Sunday at the 'National' at 38,962. The total tournament attendance was 87,082.
There were 15 entries in the $210,000 CNOOC Nexen Cup Derby. The course, which was designed by Leopoldo Palacios seven years ago, is the same each year. The test of endurance and stamina asks questions at a variety of jumps, including double liverpools, the table bank, the derby bank, and the Devil's Dyke...read more>
USEF Names Short List For the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team
|Lexington, Ky.- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named 10 horse-and-athlete combinations to the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. The top four ranked horse-and-athlete combinations with serve as the Team and the fifth ranked combination will serve as the self-funded Individual, the remaining combinations will serve as ranked alternates.|
The following 10 horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the Short List (in ranked order)...see the Short List at www.usefnetwork.com.
Kieffer, Davidson, Symansky win at Bromont
Bromont, Quebec - Canada's Jessica Phoenix took the CCI3* division at the Bromont CCI, but Lauren Kieffer and Buck Davidson commanded the tops of the leaderboards in 2* and 1* CCI divisions.
|Lynn Symansky & Donner (USEF High Performance Facebook Page)|
In the CCI2*, Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) finished first and second with Meadowbrook's Scarlett and Landmark's Monte Carlo, respectively. Both horses were clear over the cross country and jumping courses and finished on their dressage scores. Meadowbrook's Scarlett's score was 44.10 and Landmark Monte Carlo's 52.80.
Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) was in second going into CCI2* stadium jumping, but a four fault round over the fences moved he and Captain Jack into third. Buck had no such issues in the CCI1* division, where he led wire-to-wire and finished in first with Be Mine. Over the stadium fences and cross country course they added no faults to a 39.00 dressage score...read more>
|U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp Set to Host 71 Combinations across Six Divisions|
Lexington, Ky.- The 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp will kick off in less than one week, and anticipation continues to grow for the event that will run June 12-15 at the USET Foundation Headquarters. A total of 71 combinations are set to compete across six divisions as $155,000 in prize money will be awarded over the weekend in Gladstone, N.J.
In The Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship, which also serves as the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games US Dressage Team Short List, a field of 16 lines up to perform. Another full division of 17 horses and riders have traveled to Gladstone to stake their claim on The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship. In the USEF Young Adult 'Brentina Cup' Dressage National Championship presented by Dressage Today, a small but mighty field of five is set to contest Under 25 Grand Prix competition...read more>
Final 2014 U.S. Vaulting Selection Trial Wraps Up in California
Menlo Park, Calif. - The last of five Selection Trails for the 2014 U.S. Vaulting Team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy was help over the weekend as part of the Woodside Spring Fest in Menlo Park, California at the Portola Valley Training Center. Team announcements will be made later in June, so the Spring Fest was one last chance for many the U.S.'s best vaulters to impress selectors.
Woodside team vaulters Miki Yang, Rachel Polati, and Siddhartha Kreaden Lynne Owen/ VaultingPhotos.com)
In the women's gold division it was Mary McCormick taking the victory over Mary Garrett in second and Alicen Divita in third.
In the men's gold division Kristian Roberts was first with Patrick Stevens following in second and Colton Palmer in third.
Sisters Kimberly & Cassidy Palmer won the Pas de Deux, and the Woodside Vaulters won the A Team division vaulting to music from The Wizard of Oz...read more>
Gastrointestinal Tract Basics: The Horse's Hindgut
The horse is a hindgut fermenter, meaning that the large intestine is the site of fermentation of ingested fiber. This is in contrast to ruminants, such as cattle, goats, and sheep, that are foregut fermenters with a rumen and multicompartment stomach. Being a hindgut fermenter is a huge advantage to horses because...read more>
Mary McCormick: Vaulting Her Way to the Top
|Mary McCormick began her vaulting career in her hometown of Sonoma, Calif., with the Tambourine Vaulters in 1992. She quickly fell in love with the sport and got her first taste of international competition in 1996 when she joined the Woodside Vaulters A-Team and represented the United States at the World Vaulting Championships...read more>|
|FEI Bureau Allocates FEI World Equestrian GamesTM 2018 to Bromont/Montreal|
The FEI Bureau unanimously approved Bromont/Montreal as host city for the FEI's flagship event, the FEI World Equestrian Games™, in 2018. The decision came after the FEI Evaluation Commission's report was presented at the start of the Bureau's two-day meeting at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) today.
The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, venue for the Montreal 1976 Olympic equestrian events, will be the hub for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2018. Bromont/Montreal is only the second host outside Europe following the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2010 which were staged in Lexington, Kentucky (USA).
Lexington was the other remaining bidder for the 2018 Games. The Bureau felt that both bids were impressive but that Bromont/Montreal was the stronger of the two...read more>
Vote for Your Favorite Saddle Seat World Cup Video
Contestants were asked to film a one minute video answering the question "What would it mean to you to be on a Saddle Seat World Cup team?". Click below to view the ten finalist videos selected by judges and vote for your favorite!
Vote for your favorite video now through June 15. Only one vote allowed per email address. The top three contestants receiving the most votes for their videos will be recognized at the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup in Asheville, N.C...Vote Today!
Spindletop Hall to Celebrate Saddlebred Tradition during Junior League Horse Show
The Club at Spindletop Hall will celebrate the mansion's historic connection to the American Saddlebred during the Lexington Junior League Horse Show on Friday, July 11, 2014, at a luncheon, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, in the Club's famed Saddle Horse Lounge, which includes furniture and design elements original to the 1937 mansion, such as a "starlit courtyard" dance floor.
"Mimosas and Memories: Spindletop's Saddlebred Moments" will feature light summer fare and mimosas. The event is open to the public. The cost is $20, payable at the door. Reservations are advised by calling the Club at 859-255-2777.
In addition to the luncheon, the event will include tours of historic Spindletop Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Artifacts will be on display from Spindletop's historic connection to the Saddlebred -- America's first indigenous breed that was developed in Kentucky -- including trophies, photos, halters, and other items related to the period 1937-1952 when Spindletop Farm was a national leader in breeding, training, and the showing of Saddlebred horses. Elizabeth Shatner's nationally recognized equine art will also be on display...read more>
Scholarships Galore at Youth Nationals
$1,000 to the Champion and $500 to the Reserve Champion in the following classes:
- Arabian Saddle Seat Equitation JTR 13 & Under Championship
- Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Saddle Seat Equitation JTR 13 & Under Championship
- Arabian Saddle Seat Equitation JTR 14-18 Championship
- Half Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Saddle Seat Equitation 14-18 Championship
NEW in 2014 - Markel Insurance Scholarship - $3,500 to the high point and $1,500 to the reserve youth and horse team that compete in equitation, showmanship, and one under saddle class in any division.
| In an effort to unite and strengthen the Morgan community, the American Morgan Horse Association Young Adult Alliance (YAA) is excited to announce the sponsorship of entertainment at select regional horse shows. In its inaugural year, YAA will be sponsoring a mechanical bull at the exhibitor's parties during the Morgan Gold Cup Regional Horse Show, the New England Morgan Regional Horse Show, and the Morgan Medallion Classic Regional Morgan Horse Show...read more>|
PFHA USA Youth Team Update
| This week many Team USA members can be found in Miami's Tropical Park. They are there for the Spectrum show and the last group clinic before they leave for Colombia to compete in the Youth Mundial. Coaches are there to work with the riders on horsemanship, equitation, Confepaso rules, and sportsmanship.|
For coaches and riders alike, it's been 18 months of planning, scheduling, and training while juggling the rest of life as well.
PFHA is into the final push for fundraising. There will be a fabulous colt from the King family ranch auctioned at the Spectrum. There is a silent auction that is going on now for a beautiful show saddle at the Kuda booth. There are beautiful 14 and 18 karat gold jewelry with diamonds, sapphires, garnets, rubies, and gorgeous Tahitian pearls up for silent auction as well.
See other ways you can help support the PFHA USA Youth Team at:
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