Steffen Peters Wins Grand Prix and Intermediaire 1
Gladstone, N.J. - The U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp came to an exciting conclusion on the fourth and final day of competition as Grand Prix, Intermediaire I, and Pony Rider Champions were all crowned. In the Grand Prix championship, Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 clinched their third consecutive National Title with their best performance of the week. For the third consecutive test, the top placings remained the same as Peters scored Champion and Reserve honors in The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship. In the USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship, Katrina Sadis kicked off the morning by claiming her first National Title.
Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 (SusanJStickle.com)
The Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship
Peters (San Diego, Calif.) entered the Dick and Jane Brown Arena on Sunday like a man on a mission to not only add another Grand Prix National title to his resume but also to ride a completely clean test. In both the Grand Prix Test and Grand Prix Special, Four Winds Farm's 12-year-old Westphalian gelding displayed quality work but suffered a few mistakes in the two tests. In the Freestyle, the 2012 and 2013 National Champions performed their best test of the week to score 79.700% and win the class on their way to claiming their third consecutive title on a championship score of 76.036%.
Peters will spend the next two months competing in Europe as he looks to represent the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France this summer...read more>
|Watch the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp on-demand at www.USEFNetwork.com|
Land Rover Competition Grant Recipients Martin and Shamwari 4 Jump to Third Place at Luhmuhlen CCI4*
Luhmuhlen, Germany - Clear rounds were at a premium on Sunday in the final phase of the Luhmuhlen CCI4* over Heiko Wahlers' 13-obstacle track. Of the 31 combinations that went forward into the show jumping, only three competitors were able to jump faultlessly. Leading the way for the American contingent were Land Rover Competition Grant recipients Boyd Martin and Shamwari, 4 who continued their climb up the leaderboard, finishing the prestigious German competition in third place.
Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 (Shannon Brinkman)
Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and the Shamwari 4 Syndicate LLC's 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding produced a strong performance in the show jumping, leaving all the rails in place. However, the pair that has only been together since the beginning of 2014 finished just over the 88 second time allowed to collect a single time fault and finish on a score of 48.8.
"In January we got this horse and 10 people got behind him and believed in him and right from the get go I knew he was a class horse," said Martin. "I got here and everything fell into place this weekend, and I'm very happy."..read more>
|U.S. Teams Finish 2nd, 3rd in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Scotiabank at CSIO5* Spruce Meadows 'Continental'|
Charlie Jayne & Chill R Z (Spruce Meadows Media Service)
Calgary, Alberta - Two U.S teams were in Canada at CSIO5* Spruce Meadows 'Continental' Friday for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Scotiabank. Called Stars and Stripes, one team (Stars) was riding for Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final qualifying points, both were riding for a measure of redemption after finishing behind Team Canada at Nations Cup competitions in Florida and Mexico earlier this year.
Overall, seven teams competed at the Meadows on the Green Friday, two from the U.S., two from Mexico, two from Canada, and one from Ireland. Though neither U.S. team was able to secure the win, both were impressive in their efforts. Over an Anthony D'Ambrosio course that yielded little, the Stars team was in it till the end, ultimately finishing in second but punching the U.S. ticket to Barcelona in October. The Stripes team made sure that both teams representing the U.S. Friday had a spot on the podium with a hard earned third-place finish...read more>
|Buffini, Schmidt, and Dagge Claim National Titles at U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp|
Katrin Dagge and Dream of Love (SusanJStickle.com)
Gladstone, N.J.- The third day of the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp hosted a packed day of competition as riders across five divisions went to task in the USET Foundation Headquarters' Dick and Jane Brown Arena. Anna Buffini and Cassie Schmidt claimed their first National Championship crowns in Young Rider and Junior competition on Saturday, respectively. In the USEF Young Adult 'Brentina Cup' Dressage National Championship presented by Dressage Today Katrin Dagge and Dream of Love closed Saturday sealing a wire-to-wire victory.
USEF Young Adult 'Brentina Cup' Dressage National Championship presented by Dressage Today
After earning 64.140% for the their FEI Young Adult U-25 Grand Prix Test, 22-year-old Katrin Dagge and Dream of Love came out on top of the leaderboard in the field of five. The Bonita Springs, Fla., native and her mother Birgitt Dagge's 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion had a nice test, highlighted by quality trot work. The pair claimed the USEF Young Adult 'Brentina Cup' Dressage National Championship presented by Dressage Today title with a final score of 64.404%.
"It went great today," Dagge said. "I thought we had very nice passage and piaffe. I'm so proud of him, I'm so proud of us."..read more>
|Video of every ride from the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp is available on-demand at www.USEFNetwork.com.|
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 it essentially gives them a second chance to process energy from feed that has already passed through the small intestine...read more>|
|Q&A with Chris Welton|
|On April 8, the United States Equestrian Federation named Chris Welton as its new chief executive officer. Welton will replace John Long, who announced his decision to retire from the position a year ago. |
"This is an exciting time for the federation," said USEF President Chrystine Tauber. "The stage is set perfectly for Chris' extraordinary strategic leadership skills. He is a proven leader who has consistently demonstrated the ability to build consensus, develop and implement innovative programs, and utilize his deep connections throughout the international sports movement."..read more>
USEF Names Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named eight horse-and-athlete combinations to the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team. Mandatory Outings will be held for Short Listed combinations at CDI4* Fritzens in Fritzens, Austria, July 4-7, and CDIO5* Aachen in Aachen, Germany, July 15-20.
The following eight horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the Short List (in ranked order):
Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Four Winds Farm's Legolas 92
Legolas 92 is a 2002 Westphalian gelding.
Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades
Verdades is a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding.
Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.) and Beth Meyer, Ann Romney, and Amy Ebeling's Rafalca
Rafalca is a 1997 Oldenburg mare...read more>
|FEI Announces Omaha as Host of 2017 World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals|
| Among a number of Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) championship allocation announcements on Tuesday was the news that Omaha, Nebraska will be the host of the joint Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals in 2017. The FEI press release making the announcement is below.|
FEI announces host cities for major equestrian events
The FEI Bureau has today allocated host cities for a number of major FEI events over the next three years, including the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final for 2015, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals in 2017, and European championships from 2015-17...read more>
Wisconsin Futurity Nomination Deadline Extended
The Wisconsin Futurity, home of the Wisconsin Limited Breeders Weanling Stake, has extended all futurity nominations to June 25, 2014 without penalty.
Wisconsin Futurity is one of the very few state futurities that offers well paying Two- and Three-Year-Old classes in additional to weanling and yearling classes.
The 2014 Wisconsin Futurity Horse Show will be held September 11-14, 2014 in the Big Show Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Wisconsin...read more>
"Name a Future Legend" AHA Launches a Name-the-Foal Contest for the 2014 National Show Season
|Aurora, Colo. - The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) announced today the launch of a 'name-the-foal' contest for their members and horse enthusiasts alike, during the 2014 National Show season.|
Carrying over from a "Hall of Legends" promotion from the 2013 U.S. National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, the contest will be called "Name a Future Legend." AHA members, as well as outside participants will be allowed to submit names for an unborn foal throughout the months of July, August, and September. The winning name will be chosen and announced at the 2014 U.S. National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show in Tulsa, Okla., in October...read more>
Morgan Horse to Compete at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
|The 13-year-old Morgan mare, Collegiate Sweet Leilani (The Bay Of St George x Ultra De-Lite), and rider Ashley Gowanlock are members of the Canadian Para-Equestrian Team and will be competing in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to take place in Normandy, France, August 23-September 7. |
Leilani, who is owned by Kendalyne Overway of Seminole, Florida, recently completed a European tour and are training in Hatbury, England, for the summer before heading to France...read more>
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