June 11, 2012

Roenick, Uhlir and Davis Score 2012 National Dressage Championships; Peters Rolls in the Grand Prix


Young Rider National Dressage Champion Brandi Roenick and Pretty Lady (Susan J. Stickle)
Gladstone, NJ -
Day two of the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions produced the first three National Champions of 2012 in the Young Rider, Junior, and Pony Rider Divisions. It also featured the Grand Prix National Dressage Championship which also serves as the USEF Selection Trial for the 2012 Olympic Games - which finishes next Saturday.

Steffen Peters refused to loosen his grip on the Grand Prix title with Legolas 92 - repeating [Saturday's]s winning effort to close out the first half of that championship. Peters' student, Brandi Roenick, who won the 2008 National Junior Dressage Championship with Pretty Lady, returned four years later to take the Young Rider National Dressage Championship with her beloved mare.

Ayden Uhlir won the USEF National Junior Dressage Championships with Sjapoer - holding onto her lead from yesterday. Barbara Davis won the final championship of weekend one, claiming victory in the National Pony Rider Dressage Championship.

All of the rides are available via video on demand at www.usefnetwork.com which is live streaming all next weekend. A full report is available here.

On demand video clips of every ride from the first weekend of the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions (like this one of Steffen Peters & Legolas 92)
are available at www.usefnetwork.com

Dr. Rick Mitchell Appointed to American Horse Council Board
from AHC

International veterinarian, Rick Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, has been named to the American Horse Council Board of Trustees. Dr. Mitchell has been involved in national and international equine competitions as both a rider and veterinarian. This summer's Olympic Games in London will mark his fifth visit to the Olympics as an attending veterinarian for the U.S. Equestrian Team.


Dr. Mitchell will replace David O'Connor, President of the USEF, on the AHC board. "David has been very important to the AHC board and we appreciate his service and counsel," noted Russell Williams, AHC chair. 


"The AHC is very pleased to have Dr. Mitchell on the board," said AHC president Jay Hickey. "Dr. Mitchell has been chair of the AHC Health and Regulatory Committee for several years and provided great advice and experience. He is a real 'two-for' in that he has veterinary expertise in equine diseases and international experience at the highest level of competition. As the equine show world gets smaller, that is the type of experience the AHC is fortunate to have."  

Read more at www.horsecouncil.org.

Thursday June 14th  
8pm ET - The Husky Energy Classic at Spruce Meadows (a 2012 U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Event)
Friday June 15th
Saturday June 16th 
4:30pm ET - The CN Performance Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows (a 2012 U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Event)

check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 

Holling and O'Connor Score Wins at Volvo Bromont Three Day Event
Jonathan Holling of the United States won the Volvo Bromont CCI3* Three Day Event with Downtown Harrison (Cealy Tetley)
Bromont, Quebec - Jonathan Holling of the United States won the 2012 Volvo Bromont CCI3* Three Day Event, The Todd Sandler Challenge, on Sunday, June 10, in Bromont, Quebec. The CIC3* division was won by Karen O'Connor of the United States. It was a clean sweep for the USA, with O'Connor also winning the CCI2* division and fellow American Buck Davidson winning the CCI1* division.

Holling of Ocala, FL, led the CCI3* division from beginning to end riding Connie Holling's eight-year-old Trakehner gelding Downtown Harrison. Of the initial 18 combinations in the division, 12 completed the event which concluded with the show jumping phase. Not one of the horses posted a clear round within the time allowed over a demanding course designed by Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela and built by Mauricio Garcia of Puerto Rico and Canadian J.P. Ayotte...



Strong Field Set to Vie for Top Honors at the National Para-Equestrian Championships featuring the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials
Robin Brueckman and Radetzky at the Veterinary Inspections (Lindsay McCall)
Gladstone, NJ
 - Competition in the National Para-Equestrian Championships featuring the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials is set to begin Monday in five grades. All 24 horses presented at the Veterinary Inspection Sunday afternoon were accepted. Riders will perform three tests over three days of competition held at Pine Meadow which is part of the USET Foundation Headquarters. On Monday, riders will compete in the FEI Team Test in their respective grade, they then return to ring Tuesday to perform FEI Individual Tests. Competition concludes Wednesday as riders showcase their Freestyle Tests.

2012 marks the first time the National Para-Equestrian Championships are being held as a stand-alone competition...read more>
Margie Engle and Royce Win $100,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix at HITS-On-The-Hudson
Margie Engle and Royce won the $100,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix. (ESI Photography)
Saugerties, NY - Olympian Margie Engle and Elm Rock Partners LLC's Royce continued their domination of HITS-On-The-Hudson this weekend when they claimed their biggest victory to do date during the $100,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix on Sunday. The pair posted a double clear effort to top the 27-horse field, racing to the top of the leader board by almost three seconds during the jump-off.

"Royce is still young, but he just keeps getting better and better," commented Engle of the eight-year-old Oldenburg stallion. "He's a very smart horse, and he's got all the quality and all the jump in the world. The rideability in between the jumps has gotten a lot better in the last month, so I am thrilled with the way he is coming along."..

2012: A great year to be an equestrian!   

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Horseware Named "Official Blanket of U.S. High Performance Teams"
Lexington, KY -  An agreement signed on April 12th between the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Horseware Products, Ltd., has made Horseware the "Official Blanket of U.S. High Performance Teams." As part of the relationship, Horseware will provide custom "U.S.A" branded blankets for teams representing the United States and commemorative coolers for U.S. equestrian athletes competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Additionally, the sponsorship grants all USEF Members a 10% discount on Horseware products when ordered through SmartPak...read more> 
Five Confirmed Bidders for FEI World Equestrian Games 2018

The FEI is delighted to announce that five countries are confirmed as bidders to stage the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2018. The five bid cities that have now taken on Official Candidate status are Rabat (MAR); Bromont (CAN); Budapest (HUN); Vienna (AUT) and Wellington (USA).

Under the new bidding process put in place last year by the FEI for the FEI World Equestrian Games™, eight signed Expression of Interest documents were received from the National Federations of Australia, Austria, Canada, Hungary, Morocco, Sweden, Russia and the USA in November 2011.

The Australian, Russian and Swedish applications were withdrawn prior to the start of the official Candidate Phase earlier this year, but the five remaining applicants have moved ahead with their bids...read more> 

Western Dressage: Dressage for Everyone
The first in a series of guest blog posts from Michelle Binder
Jen Johnson, NAWD President, Minnesota Having fun schooling her Friesian Western Dressage horse (Kaija Johnson)
My first pony ride was in 1967. I was 18 months old. It must have stuck with me because I rode horses forever after that. I have been a professional in the equestrian industry since 1989 and my parents have supported my horseback riding activities all my life.  Recently, seeking that formerly ever present support, I shared with my mom my desire to get involved in Western Dressage.  Imagine my surprise when she exclaimed "Western Dressage?  That's an oxymoron!"  As the conversation proceeded, she came to realize that I had actually been practicing a form of horsemanship that is now being described by that moniker for at least twenty years. When dressage principles are properly applied to our everyday western training the result is not circus tricks, it is not a dressage horse wearing a western saddle, it is not a western pleasure horse making circles, the result is unique; beautiful, harmonious and just plain good for western riding horses...read more>


The 2012 IFSHA Friesian World and Grand National Championship Horse Show
This will be the 9th Annual Friesian Finals for the International Friesian Show Horse Association and the second time the event will be held in Del Mar. Show Manager and IFSHA President will oversee the running of the show with his partner IFSHA Executive Director, Nancy Nathanson. This show management team has guided this ever evolving event since 2006 when it was held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the South Point Casino. For the last two years this Show has been voted on by the Friesian Membership of the United States Equestrian Federation to be the "Favorite Breed Competition"for the Friesian Breed in America. Those awards were won for the first Del Mar Show in 2010 and the 2011 show in Lexington, Va.

Horses from all over the United States will compete for over 200 National and World Titles in all disciplines of performance and Halter. ..read more>
from AHHS
The Indianapolis Charity Horse Show each year recognizes an individual that provides outstanding contributions and commitment to the show.  The 2012 recipient is Mindy McIntosh Preston.  Mindy is assistant trainer at McIntosh Stables at Flat Rock Creek Farm.  She is currently associated with numerous Hackney show ring stars.  Among them The Final Contender, Mi Leonardo, Portrait Of A Lady, Bella Donna Fine, Extremely Supreme Star.  Congratulations to Mindy for making a difference...read more>
ASHA to Hold Open Forum for all ASHA Members and Guests
from ASHA
Lexington, KY - The Board of Directors of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to host an Open Forum for all members of ASHA and their guests, to be held on Tuesday, July 10th, from 4:30 until 6 p.m. in the lower level of the Red Mile Clubhouse in Lexington, Kentucky, prior to the Lexington Junior League Horse Show that evening...read more> 
2012 Art Contest Winner Announced
from IALHA
The 2012 IALHA Horse Art Contest winner has been  selected.  Frédérique Lavergne's work "Amazone" is a stunning portrait of an Iberian horse under saddle. Frederique, who lives and works in Paris, is also a rider. Her mother was a designer, and Frederique would   go to the stable with her parents where she learned to draw horses.  Today she is a world renowned equine artist. We are thrilled that Frederique submitted her work to IALHA for the contest and auction this year.   

More than a dozen finalists submitted their works for this year's  2012 IALHA National Championship Show and Foundation Celebration, The final selected work,"Amazone" will grace the show program, as well as other show memorabilia and merchandise.

In late May, members of the IALHA Board of Directors and representatives of the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse voted on the final selections...read more> 





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Richard "Dick" Thompson 1930-2012 


The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Richard Thompson. Known around the eventing world as Dick, he and his wife Vita were some of the most influential owners in American eventing over the past 30 years...read more>


 United States Pony Club Past President James K. Ligon Passes Away   


James K. Ligon, 9/25/1947 - 6/4/2012, United States Pony Club graduate, past Board of Governors President and long-time USPC supporter passed away after a brief battle with cancer on June 4th, 2012...read more> 


James O'Neal: Leader, Innovator, Friend of the Arabian Horse 


Former International Arabian Horse Association (IAHA) President James O'Neal of O'Neal Ranch in Canton, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2012...read more>   



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The International Equestrian Masters Symposium will be held for the first time in the United States at First Class Horse Complex, LTD. In Bristol, Wisconsin September 8 - 9, 2012. The symposium will feature five internationally known Equestrian Master Coaches. Only 300 tickets will be offered for sale...read more> 

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