June 18, 2012

Steffen Peters Wins Sixth USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship
Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 (Susan J. Stickle)

Gladstone, NJ - Four years ago, Steffen Peters and Ravel, then an inexperienced 10-year-old, won the 2008 Grand Prix National Dressage Championship at the Festival of Champions in California. That performance earned the pair a trip to the Olympic Games where they were fourth. Four years, an FEI World Cup title, a CHIO Aachen victory and two Bronze medals at the FEI World Equestrian Games later - Ravel was granted permission by the USEF selectors to not attend the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions which was also serving as the USEF Selection Trial for the 2012 Olympic Games.

So Peters (San Diego, CA) brought Four Winds Farm's Legolas 92 to the USET Foundation Headquarters instead. The result was the same. The 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, who was imported in December has won his first National Championship. It is Peters' sixth, tying the record previously set by Robert Dover...read more> 

Tina Konyot and Calecto V had the ride of their lives in Friday's FEI Grand Prix when they earned a career high 80.149%. It was also the highest score earned
 at the 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. Video of that ride, and all other rides from the 2012, Festival are available on demand at

Fellers Doubles Up at Spruce Meadows by Winning $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix
Rich Fellers and Flexible (Stockimageservices.com)
Lexington, KY - The fourth and final USEF Observation Event for the US Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games wrapped up a selection process that started with the Selection Trials in March. The $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Calgary hosted 12 Long-Listed American combinations out of the 37 starters who took on Bob Ellis' course. At the culmination of the class, Rich Fellers took top honors again, he was fastest of the seven which jumped first round clears.  

Fellers (Willsonville, OR) effort on Mollie and Harry Chapman's 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion reinforced his win in Thursday's Husky Energy Cup (the first part of the Observation Event). The 2012 Rolex/FEI World Cup champions returned to form after a hiatus from competition since the Del Mar Horse Show in May.

Fellers and Flexible outran 2011 Pan American Games Gold medalist Kent Farrington (Wellington, FL) on RCG Farm's Uceko by more than two seconds with incredible turns in the jump-off stopping the clock at 41.287 seconds...read more> 

  Go to www.usefnetwork.com for on demand video of both U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation classes from Spruce Meadows.

Thursday June 21st - Sunday June 24th  

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

UPDATE: U.S. Dressage Team

Gladstone,  NJ - The following change has been made to the USEF Nominated Entry for the US Dressage Team:

Owner Cherry Knoll Farm and rider Todd Flettrich made the decision to withdraw Otto from the selection process and no longer wish to have him considered for the team.

As a result, the updated ranked order of eligible combinations is as follows:

1/3. Steffen Peters and Four Winds Farm's Legolas 92 AND Ravel*
2. Tina Konyot and her own Calecto V
4. Jan Ebeling and Ann Romney, Beth Meyers, Amy Ebeling's Rafalca
5. Adrienne Lyle and Peggy Thomas' Wizard
6. Heather Blitz and her own Paragon
7. Guenter Seidel and Toyon Farm's Fandango
8. Pierre St. Jacques and his own Lucky Tiger
9. Kathleen Raine and Jennifer Mason and David Wightman's Breanna
10. Shawna Harding and her own Come On III
11. Susan Blinks and the Minnesota Group's Robin Hood
12. Jim Koford on Shirley McQuillan's Rhett 


Read more at www.usefnetwork.com


To see the original list of Nominated Entries click here.

USEF Names Show Jumping FEI Nominated Entries for the 2012 Olympic Games
Gladstone, NJ - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) approved the Show Jumping FEI Nominated Entries for the 2012 Olympic Games. From the Nominated Entries, the team of four and a traveling reserve will be entered on the Definite Entry on July 6th.

The ranked order of the athlete/horse combinations for the FEI Nominated Entries is as follows:

1. Rich Fellers and Mollie and Harry Chapman's Flexible
2. Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Ranch's Coral Reef Via Volo
3. Reed Kessler on her own Cylana
4. McLain Ward and Grant Road Partners' Antares F
5. Charlie Jayne and Pony Lane Farm's Chill RZ
6. Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner's Simon
7. Reed Kessler and her own Mika
8. Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm's Cedric
9. Margie Engle and Greise, Garber, Gladewinds and Hidden Creek's Indigo
10. Kent Farrington and RCG Farm's Uceko
11. Christine McCrea and Windsor Show Stables' Romantovich Take One
12. Lucy Davis and Old Oak Farm's Nemo 119
13. Mario Deslauriers and Jane Forbes Clark's Cella
14. Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partners' Nougat du Vallet


Read more at www.usefnetwork.com.

UPDATED: US Eventing Short List for 2012 Olympic Games
Gladstone, NJ - The following change has been made to the USEF Short List for the US Eventing Team:

Henley House Stables' Remington XXV, ridden by Boyd Martin, was added to the Short List and will ship to the England on Sunday with the 11 horses previously Short Listed by the USEF.

The Updated Nominated Entry and Short List in Alphabetical Order (the shortlisted combinations are designated below in bold type and a star next to their name):
Will Coleman on Jim Wildasin's Twizzel*
Tiana Coudray on Jaital, Inc's Ringwood Magister*
Buck Davidson on Carl and Cassie Segal's BallyNoe Castle RM
Phillip Dutton on Team Rebecca's Fernhill Eagle
Phillip Dutton on Bruce Duchossois' Mighty Nice*
Phillip Dutton on Jim and Arden Wildasin's Mystery Whisper*
Will Faudree on Jennifer Mosing's Andromaque*
Will Faudree and Jennifer Mosing's Pawlow
Sinead Halpin on Carraig, LLC's Manoir de Carneville*
Boyd Martin on the Neville Bardos Syndicate's Neville Bardos*
Boyd Martin on the Otis Barbotiere Syndicate's Otis Barbotiere*
Boyd Martin on Henley House Stables' Remington XXV*
Clark Montgomery on Holly Becker and Kathryn Kraft's Loughan Glen*
Karen O'Connor on the Mr. Medicott Syndicate's Mr. Medicott*
Allison Springer on Carole and William Springer's Arthur*  

Read more at www.usefnetwork.com.

See the original shortlist here.




Hart Scores Fifth USEF National Para-Equestrian Championship Title in Hard Fought Battle
Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger (SusanJStickle.com)
Gladstone, NJ - The 2012 USEF National Para-Equestrian Championships held in conjunction with the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Paralympic Selection Trials came down to the slimmest of margins [Wednesday] afternoon as riders performed their Freestyle tests at the Pine Meadow location of the USET Foundation. Heading to the final test of the championships only a few marks separated the top three riders and the remaining 20% of the final score would be determined Wednesday. Rebecca Hart, Jonathan Wentz and Donna Ponessa all produced their highest scores of the competition in the Freestyle and less than a half of a percentage point would separate them in the final standings.

Hart (Unionville, PA) produced the highest score of the National Championship, a 75.917%, to claim her fifth USEF National Para-Equestrian Championship title. The 26-year-old performed an extremely polished and stylish Grade II Freestyle with Jessica Ransehousen's veteran Lord Ludger accented by a high degree of difficulty...read more>


Young Riders Jump to Second Place in CSIOY Hagen Nations Cup
Hagen, Germany - The four members of the 2012 Show Jumping European Young Rider Tour headed into Saturday's Nation Cup at the CSIOJY Hagen looking to showcase the form that had propelled them to top results throughout the week. The U.S. had their work cut-out for them as the top 11 European Young Rider teams lined-up in the first round, making their task even more difficult they had drawn first. The team of Catherine Pasmore, Alise Oken, Annie Cook and Lydia Ulrich produced a solid effort; jumping to a second place finish for Chef d'Equipe Michele Grubb.

Following the first round the U.S. was tied for the lead with the teams from France and Norway on eight faults. In the second round, the U.S. again produced an eight fault performance, with the French just adding four faults to win the class. The team from Norway added twelve faults for third place...read more> 
Roffman and Hafner score National Titles on Final Day of 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions
Caroline Roffman and Pie (Susan J. Stickle)
Gladstone, NJ - The 2012 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions came to a close Sunday with National Champions being crowned in Intermediaire I and Young Adult "Brentina Cup" competition in the Dick and Jane Brown Arena at the USET Foundation Headquarters. Intermediaire I Freestyles and the FEI Young Rider Grand Prix were presented to the Ground Jury of Lois Yukins, Hilda Gurney, Jane Weatherwax, Axel Steiner and Janet Foy. Caroline Roffman followed up her 2011 Young Adult "Brentina Cup" win with the 2012 National Intermediaire I title. Brian Hafner claimed his first National Championship in the National Young Adult "Brentina Cup" Dressage Championship. 
Read about the National Intermediaire I Dressage Championship here.

Read about the National Young Adult "Brentina Cup" Dressage Championship here.



Dressage was #1 at the USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. Fans had the red foam fingers to prove it. 

Little-Meredith Withdraws RF Rovano Rex; Will Faudree and Andromaque Named to the USEF Short List for the US Eventing Team for the 2012 Olympic Games
Lexington, KY - Marilyn Little-Meredith has withdrawn Raylyn Farm's RF Rovano Rex from the USEF Eventing Short List for the 2012 Olympic Games. The horse has been withdrawn for veterinary reasons. 

"I am incredibly grateful to the USEF Selection Panel for their faith in RF Rovano Rex and myself, and for the honor of our inclusion on the Olympic Short List for 2012," said Little-Meredith. "Unfortunately, I believe it is in the best interest of my wonderful partner to save him for another day, though I wish everyone all the luck on the road to London. The US is so fortunate to have such a talented and driven group of horses and riders to represent our sport in London, and these riders are equally as fortunate to have an unparalleled support system in place as provided by the USEF."..read more> 

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USEF to Host U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Gala
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that it will host the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Gala on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, KY. The event will showcase the Saddle Seat World Cup effort with proceeds supporting the 2012 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team.

This special evening includes an introduction of the 2012 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Teammembers followed by the announcement of the U.S. Saddle Seat Team Captains...read more>
Gallego Takes Title for Colombia at FEI World Jumping Challenge Final 2012
by Louise Parkes for FEI

Colombia's Juan Manuel Gallego claimed gold at the 2012 FEI World Jumping Challenge Final in Caracas, Venezuela yesterday.  The silver medal went to Ecuador's Rodrigo Bermeo Andrade, while Zimbabwe's Charley Crockart pipped the host nation's Emanuel Andrade for the bronze.


The event began at the Lagunita Country Club last Wednesday with the opening ceremony followed by a draw for the pool of horses, and Gallego's first stroke of good fortune came when he was partnered with Carnida Z, who rounded up a superb week by claiming the special award for Best Horse of the tournament.


Competitors from 15 countries - Colombia, Ecuador, Syria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Iran, South Africa, India, Chile, Bermuda, Jamaica, Indonesia, Mauritius and Costa Rica - lined out in the battle for the coveted title...read more>

Asheville ALIVE 2012 Celebrates The 30th Anniversary of The Piedmont Classic Paso Fino Horse Show
Asheville, NC - Piedmont Paso Fino Horse Association will celebrate the 30th Annual Piedmont Classic at Asheville ALIVE 2012 at the Western NC Agriculture Center on June 21 -24, 2012. The Paso Fino Horse eloquently combines Spanish heritage and American tradition to present "Los Caballos de Paso Fino" - the horses with the fine walk. Voted "Best in Breed Competition" for 2010 and 2011 by USEF .

Asheville ALIVE 2012 promises to provide thrilling competition, fantastic entertainment for families, a state-of-the-art facility for riders and premium hospitality and enhanced benefits for Exhibitors, Spectators, Sponsors and Vendors. Asheville ALIVE 2012 promises to be an invigorating and refreshing show of the Paso Fino Horse Show schedule. Live webcast of event will be viewed by national and international audiences everywhere...read more>
Morgan Gold Cup Results Online
from AMHA
Results from last weekend's Morgan Gold Cup Regional are online and can be found here.




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