June 10, 2013


Weber and Astegiano Dominate at Saumur CAI-A4


Chester Weber Took the Lead after Dressage and Never Let it Go 
(Courtesy of Chester Webber)

Lexington, KY- Drivers from the United States put the world on notice over the weekend in France as they stormed to victory in both the Four-in-Hand and Pony Team divisions at the Saumur CAI-A4. Chester Weber cruised to victory in a world class Four-in-Hand division, finishing on a three-day total of 128.5, while in Pony Team competition Laurie Astegiano ended on an overall score of 145.93 to earn her first Saumur victory.


Weber (Ocala, FL) demonstrated why he is a nine-time USEF Four-in-Hand National Champion and two-time FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championship Silver medalist with his impressive performance in France. Driving a team he co-owns with Jane Clark, Weber scored 36.22 in the dressage to lead the field of 21 from the very start. He once again dominated on Saturday's marathon, posting the best score of the Four-in-Hand division, 89.28, to head into the final cones phase the overnight leader. A single ball down in the cones for an additional three penalties meant Weber scored a wire-to-wire victory on a score of 128.5...read more>


Other Headlines From This Issue
Coleman and Dutton Take Top Honors at the Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event

AMHA Announces New Membership Structures for 2014

Two Years In A Row: Kent Farrington and Uceko Win $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix CSI-W 5*

FEI Welcomes Latest Major Advances on International Movement of High-Level Sport Horses

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EventingColeman and Dutton Take Top Honors at the Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event
Phillip Dutton (left) riding Ben and William Coleman III riding Obos O'Reilly (Cealy Tetley, www.tetleyphoto.com)
Bromont, Quebec - William Coleman III and Phillip Dutton both maintained their leads in the final show jumping phase to win the CCI3* and CIC3* divisions respectively at the 2013 Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three-Day Event, The Todd Sandler Challenge, held June 6 to 9 at the Bromont Olympic Horse Park in Bromont, Quebec.

The Olympic equestrian discipline of Three-Day Eventing is often referred to as the triathlon of equestrian sport, with the phases of dressage, cross country, and show jumping taking place over three consecutive days. While the cross country is considered the most thrilling phase, the show jumping at Bromont held plenty of excitement, as scores were very close among the top contenders in all four International Equestrian Federation (FEI) sanctioned divisions.

William Coleman III of the United States became the winner of the CCI3* division and the Todd Sandler Challenge. Riding Obos O'Reilly, owned by Four-Star Eventing Group Syndicate, Coleman posted one of only two clear show jumping rounds in the CCI3* division. The challenging show jumping course was designed by Mauricio Garcia of Puerto Rico, who was assisted by Canada's Jean Pierre Ayotte...read more>

Fortissimo B and Leonardo Come Out on Top at Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial

Silva Martin and Fortissimo B (Picsofyou.com)
Lexington, KY
- The best young dressage horses on the East Coast delivered top performances at the 2013 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Eastern Selection Trial in Leesburg, Virginia. Held in conjunction with the VADA/NOVA Summer June Dressage Show, these five- and six-year-old horses aimed for a spot to represent the U.S. at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses in Verden, Germany in August, as well as a spot on the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Short List.

Combinations needed to score 8.2 or higher to be eligible to represent the U.S. in Verden, while a score of 7.8 or higher would earn a place on the Markel/USEF Short List. Selection Trial competition had both five- and six-year-olds perform their respective FEI Preliminary Tests which accounted for 40% of the overall score. The remaining 60% of scores was earned in their respective FEI Final Tests...read more>
Boysen, Kimery win CEI3* Divisions at Z-TEC
Ashland, MT - The Z-TEC Endurance Ride was held in Ashland, Montana over the weekend. CEI1*, 2*, and 3* races were contested. CEI1* distances were 80km and 90km, the CEI2* distance was 120k, and the CEI3* distance was 160km. The 2* and 3* races also included Young Rider divisions, and it was Christina Kimery on Rohara Royale+ that finished first in the CEI3* Young Rider Division. Rohara Royale+ was also awarded the Best Condtioned Horse prize for that division. 

At the Senior level Cody Boysen completed the 160km in the lead aboard Viktory. Best Conditioned Horse in the division was awarded to Hot Desert Knight. Hot Desert Knight was ridden by Ellen Olson...read more> 

HJTwo Years In A Row: Kent Farrington and Uceko Win $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix CSI-W 5*
Kent Farrington and Uceko (Spruce Meadows Media Services)
Calgary, AB - The biggest prize money purse on offer at the 'National' Tournament was in today's $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix, CSI-W 5*, and it was Kent Farrington (USA) who took home the winner's share for the second year in a row with Uceko. Reed Kessler (USA) and Cylana finished second, while Charlie Jacobs (USA) and Flaming Star were third. Earlier in the day, Ashlee Bond (USA) sped to victory in the $60,000 TransCanada Parcours de Chasse 1.45m with Cadett 7. In the All Canada Ring, Katie Dinan and Sandro won the $10,000 ConocoPhillips Junior/Amateur Cup 1.40m.

The 'National' Tournament concludes on Sunday, June 9. Tomorrow's highlight is the $175,000 Nexen Cup 1.60m Derby on Sunday, June 9, at 2:30 pm. The Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments continue next week on June 13-16 with the 'Continental' Tournament CSIO-W 5*.

There were 36 entries in the grand prix, but only four were able to clear the first round course set by Werner Deeg of Germany. Fifth place went to Kirsten Coe (USA) and Baronez, who had two time faults...read more>  
Kent Farrington wins the 2013 $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix CSI-W 5 at Spruce Meadows

 Watch an interview with Kent Farrington.
U.S. Vaulters Compete at Krumke CVI3*

Lexington, KY - U.S. vaulters put their skills to the test this weekend in Germany at the Krumke CVI3*, competing in the Individual Female, Male and Pas de Deux divisions.

In Individual Female competition, Alicen Divita (Redwood, CA) vaulted on Julie Divita's Pino del Rio earning third place honors on an overall score of 7.638. While in Individual Male competition, Kristian Roberts (Moss Beach, CA) finished on an overall score of 5.768 in ninth place with the Herrenkrugpark Riding Club's Atoll. Siblings Cassidy and Kimberly Palmer, both of Half Moon Bay, CA, earned second place in Pas de Deux competition with the Herrenkrugpark Riding Club's Sand Diego 99 on an overall score of 6.66...read more> 

United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc Presents Free Para-Equestrian Developing Driver Clinic Sponsored by the USPEA and USEF August 10-11, 2013
Howell, NJ - United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc. (USDFD) will host a free driving clinic at Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship in Howell, NJ on August 10-11, 2013. Sponsors for the Para-Equestrian Developing Driver Clinic include the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The Para-Driving clinic is held in conjunction with USDFD, USPEA, USEF, Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship, and Ann Miles of the Carriage Barn in New Hampshire. The no-cost clinic is for all levels of drivers including beginners and will include clinician Sara Schmitt. It will feature a "try-it-and-see-if-you-like-it" portion for anyone interested in testing out this unique sport...read more>
USEF Announces Vaulters to Represent the U.S. at CHIO Aachen

Lexington, KY - The following vaulters have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. in the CVIO3* held during the CHIO Aachen in Germany, June 20-23, 2013.

The United States will be represented by the following vaulters:

Individual Female
Alicen Divita (Redwood City, CA)
Elizabeth Ioannou (Saratoga, CA)
Mary Garrett (Seal Beach, CA)

Individual Male
Kristian Roberts (Moss Beach, CA)

Pas de Deux
Cassidy Palmer (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Kimberly Palmer (Half Moon Bay, CA)

Follow the 2013 U.S. Vaulting Team here. 

FEIFEI Welcomes Latest Major Advances on International Movement of High-Level Sport Horses
from FEI

The FEI has welcomed two major advances in its ongoing global campaign to improve the international movement of sport horses.


The European Commission and Chinese authorities jointly signed off amended legislation that will allow for the temporary importation of EU horses to Shanghai for the CSI5* Longines Shanghai Masters, just days after the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) had separately passed a resolution that called for the development of new standards and guidelines for the temporary international movement of a specific sub population of high-health, high-performance competition horses and the establishment of Disease Free Zones in its member countries...read more>

Delaware State Wins Inaugural NCEA Sportsmanship Award
Birmingham, AL - From an early age, the importance of sportsmanship has been impressed upon Georgia equestrian student-athlete Carly Anthony.

Her mother, Cara, is the head trainer at Potcreek Meadow Farm in Redmond, Wash., which, for the past 14 years has sponsored the Junior Sportsmanship Award at the Thermal Horse Show, and recently began supporting the award at the World Equestrian Festival.

Anthony felt it would be equally important to bring a similar award to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association. The NCEA presented the inaugural award, donated by Champions Choice Trophy, to Delaware State at the 2013 NCEA Spring Meeting in Indianapolis this past May...read more>
The Journey of the Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA)
By the Western Dressage Association of America
Like the tale of a great cowboy story, a monumental journey began in the kitchen of a house in a small town in Texas. It was there that a gathering of horsemen and women begin to discuss the merits for the use of Dressage for the Western horse; "Western Dressage" emerged. Understanding the need for an organization to provide education and resources for this discipline, the Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) was formed as the first national entity for Western Dressage. In 2010, the application for the WDAA to be a 501(c)(3) educationally based nonprofit was accepted by the Internal Revenue Service. Now a short, three years later, the WDAA has grown from a fledgling group to a movement of riders devoted to being better for their horses with a mission that is being adopted around the world!..read more>

Western Dressage: State of the Union
By Michelle Binder-Zolezzi of www.RelationalRidingAcademy.com


Tuesday June 11, 3013 will be the last day USEF will hear comments via email regarding the choice of organizations that will represent Western Dressage as the official recognized affiliate organization. This is a critical time in the development of the discipline and your input is very important whether you are a western rider, a dressage enthusiast, judge, breeder, trainer, or participant in any aspect of the equine industry. NAWD President Jen Johnson shares the following food for thought:

"With the deadline fast approaching for emails to be sent to [email protected] with your recommendation for a Western Dressage recognized affiliate, I would like to take the opportunity to educate all of you about the business structure of North American Western Dressage. I know, this is not nearly as exciting as whether we should use a curb with one hand or two, but it is very important that the organization that is chosen has a foundation that will stand the test of time and will be able to maintain consistency with the exponential growth that Western Dressage is experiencing...read more>    



Sisters from Wisconsin Share Their Love of the American Saddlebred with Their Local News
Watch the sisters story on Fox 6 Milwaukee

Sisters, Sydney and Ainsley Budzinski, aboard their American Saddlebreds, Royal Tryst and CH-EQOh What A Feeling, along with their trainer, Scott Matton were recently interviewed at Matton's Knollwood Farm in Hartland, WI by their local Fox affiliate.


Matton and the Budzinski sisters beautifully demonstrate and explain the sport of Saddle Seat Equitation, and why they are willing to work so hard for their passion...read more>

MorganAMHA Announces New Membership Structures for 2014
Shelburne, VT - AMHA is pleased to announce that starting January 1, 2014, its membership structure and associated benefits will be modified. 

The changes are a result of a nine-month research project conducted by the AMHA Membership Committee, led by Sara Foy and Mari Sanderson. Three surveys and a series of interviews with nearly 300 people targeting non-members, previous members, and current members were conducted.

Starting January 1, 2014, AMHA will offer one class of membership with the following types: Annual Individual, Annual Youth, Annual Household/Business, Youth Life, and Adult Life...read more> 




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