June 25, 2012

USEF Names Nominated Entry for U.S. Para-Equestrian Team
Rebecca Hart and Lord Ludger top the list of Nominated Entries for the U.S. Para-Equestrian Team

Gladstone, NJ - Following the approval of the USEF High Performance Working Group and the USEF Executive Commitee, the FEI Nominated Entry for the U.S. Para-Equestrian Team for the 2012 Paralympic Games is as follows.

Athletes and horse are listed in ranked order based on the results from the 2012 USEF Selection Trials & National Para-Equestrian Championship:

1. Rebecca Hart and Jessica Ransehousen's Lord Ludger
2. Jonathan Wentz and Kai Handt's NTEC Richter Scale
3. Donna Ponessa and Wesley Dunham's Western Rose
4. Dale Dedrick and her own Bonifatius
5. Donna Ponessa and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center's PG Ganda
6. Jonathan Wentz and Michele Miles' Silvano
7. Mary Jordan and Deecie Denison's Sebastian
8. Rebecca Hart and Jessica Ransehousen's Carlingfords Taldi
9. Wendy Fryke and her own Lateran
10. Elizabeth Pigott and Regina Cristo's One Night Stand
11. Mary Jordan and her own P. Sparrow Socks
12. Robin Brueckmann and her own Radetzky 


Read more at www.usefnetwork.com.

Laura Kraut Takes Second at €200,000 Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam
Laura Kraut and Cedric earned the second place award in the €200.000 1.60m Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam. (Erin Cowgill)
Rotterdam, The Netherlands - The stakes were high on Sunday, June 24, as the Longines GrandPrix Port of Rotterdam got under way. For many of the competitors it was the final opportunity to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. The USA's Laura Kraut and Cedric stole the spotlight as their success continued from their victory earlier in the week in the € 23,000 1.55m Syndicaat van de Rotterdamse Havenbedrijven Prix.Kraut guided Cedric, owned by Cherry Knoll Farm, to the second place finish in the €200.000 1.60m Longines Grand Prix Port of Rotterdam, only .04 seconds behind the Netherland's Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof's Tamino.

The morning saw 50 horse and rider combinations gather at the Concours Hippique International Officiel (CHIO), as they vied for the top finish in the €200.000 Longines Grand Prix. The course, designed by The Netherland's Louis Konickx, saw 20 clear first-round efforts, but his short track proved the most challenging, seeing only six double-clear efforts...read more>

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

Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America Introduces "Welsh of the Year" Award

The Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America is pleased to announce a brand-new awards program that carries with it a title of distinction that will last a lifetime - the Welsh of the Year Award.  This exciting new program is designed to promote ownership, encourage involvement and spotlight the achievements of extraordinary Welsh breed individuals.  Nominations submitted throughout the year will culminate in the selection of the top winner by WPCSA membership to be awarded at the Society's annual meeting in February.

Candidates for the Welsh of the Year Awards are WPCSA registered animals who have made outstanding accomplishments in the current year from a broad range of disciplines such as combined driving, competitive trail riding/driving, demonstrations/clinics/parades, dressage, endurance, eventing /combined training, open breed shows (any discipline), therapeutic riding, vaulting, Welsh shows and working western events...read more> 



Vermont Summer Festival Welcomes Back Young Jumpers
East Dorset, VT - The next generation of grand prix horses will take center stage during the Vermont Summer Festival with the addition of five-year-old, six-year-old and seven and eight-year-old Young Jumper classes.

Returning to East Dorset, VT, for six consecutive weeks of competition, the Vermont Summer Festival runs July 4 through August 12, 2012, and is the richest sporting event in the state of Vermont based on purse, offering more than $750,000 in prize money.  Back by popular demand, the newly added Young Jumpers will be held each Thursday during weeks one, two and three.

"We're very pleased to see renewed interest in the Young Jumpers after limited entries in the past few years," said John D. Ammerman, Manager of the Vermont Summer Festival.  "In response to our exhibitors' requests, we're adding the Young Jumper classes to the first three weeks of our series."..read more>
USEA to Offer Future Event Horse Educational Seminar
from USEA

The USEA is delighted to announce the first of a series of IDHSNA USEA Future Event Horse Educational Seminars will be taking place at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland on October 27-28. If you are interested in promoting U.S. bred event horses then you will want to attend this important seminar. Whether you are a breeder, an exhibitor, a judge, or just passionate about young horses this seminar is for you and the most exciting part is that the seminar is free to all USEA members.


Thanks to a very generous benefactor who wholeheartedly believes in promoting the breeding of event horses here in the U.S. the USEA is in the process of designing and implementing a top quality Future Event Horse judges training program for licensed officials to improve their skills and this seminar will be the first step in that program...read more>

2012 Markel/USEF Young Horse Training Sessions Set to Wrap-Up
The final Markel/USEF Young Horse Training Session of 2012 will take place June 28-29 at Rosebrook Farm in Georgetown, MA. Led by USEF Young Horse Coach Scott Hassler, the session is expected to include ten horse/rider combinations. This training session is open auditors and will include a lecture and open discussion with Hassler. Those interested in auditing should contact USEF Director of National Dressage, Hallye Griffin, at [email protected].

The calendar of the 2013 Markel/USEF Young Horse Training Sessions will be available by November 2012 and posted on www.usef.org

Hagyard Becomes "Official Equine Pharmacy of the United States Equestrian Federation"
Lexington, KY - An agreement signed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute has made Hagyard the "Official Equine Pharmacy of the USEF," "Official Equine Veterinary Services Provider of the USEF," "Official Equine Veterinary Services Provider of the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North," and an "Official Sponsor of the USEF Rulebook." As Veterinary Services Provider of the NAJYRC Hagyard will provide treating veterinary coverage during the event....read more>

USEF CEO John Long Discusses the importance of 
the Olympic Games at www.usef.org.
Germans Rule in Rotterdam
by Louise Parkes for FEI

 With pre-Olympic tension reaching boiling point, Germany grabbed maximum points in the fourth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ 2012 series at Rotterdam, The Netherlands today.  But the eventual winners were pushed all the way to the finish line by the super-cool Swedes who piled on the pressure with four clear performances in the second round.


The French, at last, provided Chef d'Equipe Henk Nooren with an encouraging third-place result, while the Irish slotted into fourth ahead of Switzerland in fifth.  The British were hampered by a difficult day for pathfinder, Tim Stockdale, to take sixth, while the Dutch finished a disappointing seventh ahead of Belgium in eighth place...read more>

2012: A great year to be an equestrian!   

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Change to Post Entry Fees 
from AHA
Don't forget that you can enter without the post entry fee if you are qualifying at an AHA recognized show after the original close of entries on June 29th only if your horse is not previously qualified. If you are submitting an additional class entry after this time and are already qualified then the post entry fee will apply. Remember, there is no such thing as "re-qualifying"...read more>
Hackney Horse Youth Medallion Finals Location Changed

The American Hackney Horse Society Youth Medallion finals have been moved to the Mid America Mane Event Horse Show held at Springfield, Illinois on October 18 - 21, 2012. Any classes after the finals at Mane Event will qualify for the Youth Medallion finals in 2013.

The UPHA/American Royal Horse Show will still offer the AHHS Youth Medallion classes which qualify exhibitors for the 2013 AHHS Youth Medallion Finals...read more>

Jacksonville Extravaganza 2012
Jacksonville, FL -"Extravaganza" is one of the most important shows of the Paso Fino breed during the competition season. This year, 2012, is the 28th Anniversary of the show and for the first time it will be held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Jacksonville Equestrian Center is among the best venues in the Nation and second to none in Florida!  The debut of this show in Jacksonville will accompany the presentation of $10,000.00 in prize money!!!

The Extravaganza show will be judged using the Five Judge "Equuitable™" System where judges will submit their placing through an iPad and once the results are once tabulated, will drop the top/high and bottom/low positions to come up with the final placing...read more>

Mid-America Signature Horse Show To Be Held This Summer
from ASHA
Lexington, KYThe Mid-America Signature Horse Show will be held, Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, is an outdoor show located at Ledges Sporting Horses Stables in Roscoe, Illinois.
Lisa Hillmer of Kearney, Missouri will be the judge. The Ledges outdoor arena has good footing, but an indoor ring is available in case the weather doesn't cooperate. All stabling is permanent in barns with good cross ventilation. 


Again this year, Signature exhibitors may choose whether their wins earn A or B season trophy points on the Mid-America Horse Show Association, American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin and Illinois American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association circuits. In the past, Signature wins earned points toward only A circuit season trophies...read more>
Join AMHA's Half Morgan Competition Program for the 2012 Show Season
Shelburne, VT - The month of June means summertime and show season! If you compete with a half Morgan, consider joining the American Morgan Horse Association's (AMHA) Half Morgan Competition Program (HCMP). This allows horses with a registered Morgan sire or dam to be eligible for awards and recognition from AMHA.

The program, which is in its first year, is divided into five distinct divisions: Open Show, Dressage, Carriage/CDE, Eventing, and Endurance/Competitive Trail. Horses are accepted in the program with an initial enrollment fee, with nominal renewal fees annually thereafter...read more>
Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America Welcomes First Part Bred to the Registry
The Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America is pleased to welcome its first part bred Welsh Pony into its registry.  Doll House Sadie, a 16 year old chestnut pony mare, was bred and is owned by Cynthia and Jim Doll of Doll House Farm in Oakland, Maryland.  Sadie's pedigree includes ponies that have excelled in both the breeding shed and in the show ring.  Her grandsire, Salvandi Calidog, was a purebred registered Section B stallion that stood for many years at Cynthia's farm and sired such famous hunter ponies as Braveheart and Untouchable.  Her granddam was champion at Madison Square Garden in the pony hunters with Sandra Lobel.  Not to be outdone, Doll House Sadie has had much success in both arenas as well, with an outstanding show record from leadline through children's hunter pony...read more>
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Western Dressage: The Birth of a Discipline


  I promised you last week I would share more about the informal surveys that have helped give Western Dressage a voice through NAWD, and given me good stuff to share with you.  While we believe there is much common ground to be found between western and dressage, there are differences between Western Dressage and BOTH parent disciplines...read more>  



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USA Equestrian Trust Awards Nearly $240,000 in First Round of 2012 Grants


In its largest round of grant funding to date, USA Equestrian Trust has awarded nearly $240,000 to 11 equine non-profits that applied by the first of the foundation's two 2012 application deadlines. The $239,780 in grants is an increase of 21 percent compared to 2011. That mirrored the continued dramatic jump in interest in the Trust's grants program, which saw applications rise 38 percent....read more>



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