June  30th, 2014

Team Bronze & Individual Silver for U.S. Para-Drivers 
at World Championships

The Bronze medal-winning U.S. Team (Marie de Ronde-Oudemans)
Sandringham, England - The United States closed out a successful weekend at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England on Sunday by capturing Team Bronze at the 2014 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles and adding Individual Silver to their medal haul.

The team of Bob Giles, Virginia "Boo" Fitch, and Diane Kastama kicked off competition on Friday by driving into third place in the dressage and holding their position the following day over the marathon to head into the final cones phase on a score of 242.00. On Sunday, the U.S. drivers added 6.03 penalties to their overall total score of 248.03 to finish just 3.29 penalties behind the Silver medal-winning Dutch team. Germany earned Team Gold on a three-phase total of 227.07.

In Individual competition Giles (Morriston, Fla.) earned the Grade II Silver medal completing the weekend on a score of 125.21 with Koos de Ronde's Solo. In the dressage the Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient drove the 20-year-old gelding to a score of 43.70 to head onto the marathon in third place. A fourth-place finish there added 75.51 penalties to his score and saw Giles head into the final phase in second place. On the cones course the combination lowered two balls, adding six penalties to their overall more>
Other Headlines From This Issue
USEF Names 2014 Eventing High Performance Summer/Fall Training Lists
The 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp and more On-Demand
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VaultingUSEF Names Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Vaulting Team
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named 26 athletes to the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Vaulting Team. The U.S. will be represented across four divisions of competition...see the short list at
Spooner Scores a Hat Trick at Spruce Meadows
Richard Spooner riding Tuxedo (Spruce Meadows Media Service)
Calgary, Alberta - Competition kicked off in the Chinook Ring Friday morning with the $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m where Richard Spooner (USA) got his third win in a row this week. Held in a faults converted format, the competition saw 30 entries jumping a course set by Manuel Esparza of Mexico. About halfway through the order, Spooner and Tuxedo cleared the course in a time of 66.44 seconds that would hold on for the win. The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Gentleman x Hamilcar) is another brand new mount for Spooner riding for Legacy Stables LLC.

"I don't know what I ate, I don't know what I ran into, but something happened right and I just have to try to figure out what it was," Spooner smiled, commenting on his three-day sweep. He also won Thursday's $33,500 Cargill Cup 1.50m with Cristallo and topped Friday's $33,500 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m aboard Uraguay. Although winning with veteran mount Cristallo is nothing new for the rider, Legacy Stables' Uraguay and Tuxedo are both brand new horses that he has quickly figured more>
YoungHorsesPetersborg's Qasanova, Fashion Designer OLD and Fiderhit OLD to Compete at 2014 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses

Lexington, Ky.- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented by three combinations at the 2014 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses to be held August 6-10, in Verden, Germany. The following five- and six-year-old combinations will compete at the annual championship as self-funded Individuals.

Five-Year-Old Division

Matthew Johnson (Lake Worth, Fla.) and his own Petersborg's Qasanova
Petersborg's Qasanova (Quaterback x Kajana I/Calypso II) is a 2009 Danish Warmblood stallion.

Six-Year-Old Division

Nadine Buberl (White House Station, N.J.) and Martin Sosnoff and Cesar Parra's Fashion Designer OLD
Fashion Designer OLD (Faustinus x Forst-Design/De Niro) is a 2008 Oldenburg gelding.

Cesar Parra (White House Station, N.J.) and Michael and Sarah Davis' Fiderhit OLD
Fiderhit OLD (Fidertanz x Fleur/Sandro Hit) is a 2008 Oldenburg more> 

TrainingListsUSEF Names 2014 Eventing High Performance Summer/Fall Training Lists
Lexington, Ky. - The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following High Performance Summer/Fall Training Lists for the 2014 season. The following riders will participate in Training Sessions with U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor. Training Session dates and locations will be announced at a later more>
Successful Third High Performance Developing Driver Program Wraps-Up
Lexington, Ky. - The third Developing Driver Clinic is over and was a success. The USEF would like to thank Hermitage International Training Center and Steve Wilson for donating the facility and especially farm manager Leslie Cashion and her crew for the setup and hospitality. As always Thorsten Zarembowicz was a true professional no matter the conditions. The participants were so supportive of each other and eager to more>

Selenium Sources and Utilization in Horses

Selenium is an important nutrient for horses and other animals. Along with other functions, selenium supports the development and maintenance of the immune system. Though large amounts of dietary selenium can be toxic, dietary deficiencies can also cause health problems. The selenium content of grains and forage is determined largely by the selenium content of the soil on which the crop is more> 
Linnan Appointed as USEF Steward General of Eventing
Janis Linnan (Photo Provided by Janis Linnan)
Lexington, Ky.- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Janis Linnan as the USEF Steward General of Eventing. In this role, she will be responsible for the stewarding at FEI-sanctioned eventing competitions throughout the United States. Additionally, Linnan will work with USEF Honorary Steward General, David Distler, to implement FEI directives on education and licensing, as well as serve as a resource to FEI Eventing Stewards.

Linnan (Sandpoint, Idaho) has an extensive background as an official in equestrian sport, currently holding licenses as a Level 3 FEI Eventing Steward, an FEI Eventing 3*/4* Judge, a Level 2 FEI Dressage Steward, and Level 1 FEI Para-Equestrian Steward. Additionally, she has officiated at many of the world's most prestigious competitions, including the FEI World Equestrian Games, FEI World Cup Finals, and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day more>
FEI Nations CupTM Eventing: Germany Back in the Winning Groove
from FEI
The German team at Strzegom (Leszek Wojcik/FEI)

A powerful German team cruised to an easy victory in the fourth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ 2014 held at Strzegom, the Polish venue which is still in celebratory mode after being awarded the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships earlier this month. 


The winning team included three of the world's best combinations, notably Michael Jung (GER) who had his Olympic, World, and European (2011) champion La Biosthetique Sam back at his very best to lead from the outset.


Sandra Auffarth's Opgun Louvo, European Team Gold and Individual Silver medallist in 2011 and Olympic Team Gold medal list in 2012, is also back from a spell on the sidelines and finished second, and Dirk Schrade was third on his 2013 European team gold medallist, the delightful chestnut Hop And more>



ASR Futurity Weanling Payments and Foal Registration Grace Period Deadline Approaching
from ASHA

The grace period deadline to submit ASR Futurity weanling payments and foal registration applications (for foals showing at the World's Championship Horse Show) is Tuesday, July 1, 2014.


Weanling payments for all three ASR Futurities - Kentucky, Kentucky Amateur and National Three-Year-Old - are due by Tuesday, July 1 to maintain future eligibility, even if a weanling is not showing this year.  Payments must be e-mailed to, faxed to 859.259.1628 or postmarked on or before July more>

Grand National 2014: Prize List Has Been Mailed
from AMHA
The prize list for the 2014 Grand National has been mailed with the June issue of The Morgan Horse magazine. 

If you are not a subscriber and would like a copy, contact AMHA at or (802) 985-4944 ext. 203 with your name and address. 

The complete prize list can also be downloaded from
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