July 1, 2013

U.S. Dressage Team Storms to Third Place in Lambertz FEI Nations Cup at Aachen CDIO5*

The U.S. Dressage Team 
(Shannon Brinkman)
Aachen, Germany- The U.S. Dressage Team emphatically marked their resurgence with a podium finish in Wednesday's Lambertz FEI Nations Cup at the Aachen CDIO5*. The U.S. Team of Steffen Peters, Tina Konyot, Jan Ebeling and Shelly Francis earned a third place finish on a team total of 217.298. 

"Our Nations Cup riders came here for a medal and they did not disappoint. Each of them showed why they are among the best in the world," said Chef d'Equipe Robert Dover. "Led by Steffen Peters who is, in my opinion, one of the greatest show ring riders of all time; Legolas 92 was simply fantastic, placing 5th overall, a great feat for such a young horse. Tina Konyot and Calecto V looked elegant and composed and are one hundred percent on the road toward a huge score, very soon. The same must be said for both Jan Ebeling riding the great mare, Rafalca and Shelly Francis on her Doktor."

Peters (San Diego, CA) rode in his familiar position as anchor for the U.S. Team and, as he has done so many times, delivered when the stakes were at their highest. Riding Four Winds Farm's Legolas 92 the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games dual Bronze medalist scored a 75.298% in the FEI Grand Prix Test to finish in fifth place individually in the Preis der Familie Tesch...read more> 
Other Headlines From This Issue
U.S. Young Riders Win Double Gold in New Orleans 

Syracuse International Results Online 

Spooner and Cristallo Win in Monte Carlo as GCT Rankings Race Tightens 

Lovrein and Marks Claim National Titles at 2013 USEF National Youth Reining Championships  

Watch on demand video from The Devon Horse Show, Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover, and a whole lot more.
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JumpingSpooner and Cristallo Win in Monte Carlo as GCT Rankings Race Tightens
Richard Spooner and Cristallo (Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour)
Monte Carlo, Monaco - Richard Spooner and Cristallo electrified Monte Carlo Saturday night winning the Riviera Grand Prix for the third time in a record triple.

In a spectacular jump off in front of a full house the U.S. rider left William Funnell on Billy Congo in second place and Edwina Tops-Alexander on Guccio in third and shook up the rankings for the 2013 Longines Global Champions Tour series.

In a dramatic shift, the leaderboard has narrowed sharply with the world's leading riders closer than ever on points, setting up a tense and extremely high caliber battle as we enter the second half of the season starting in Estoril next weekend...read more>


Chester Weber Takes Third at CAIO-4 Aachen
Chester Weber (Shannon Brinkman)
Aachen, Germany - After a trying final phase of individual CAIO-4 competition Saturday, Chester Weber (Ocala, FL) once again proved to be one of the world's foremost four-in-hand drivers. Behind a team he co-owns with Jane Clark, Weber steadily and successfully navigated the Wohnwelt Pallen Marathon course in Aachen on his way to a third place overall finish.

A stunning first place dressage test on Thursday, a fifth place finish in Friday's cones phase, and a 14th place finish Saturday earned Weber a spot on the podium with an overall score of 125.78. Leading the pack was reigning FEI World Champion Boyd Exell of Australia on a score of 118.46, and in second was The Netherland's Koos de Ronde with an overall score of 124.81...read more>
Roffman Second in CDI-U25 Freestyle, Peters Eighth in Grand Prix Special, and Francis Tenth in CDI4* Small Tour at CHIO Aachen
Caroline Roffman and Sagacious HF 
(Shannon Brinkman)
Aachen, Germany - U.S. dressage riders had top performances against stiff competition at the 2013 CHIO Aachen. Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 were the top U.S. pair in the CDIO5* Grand Prix Special with an eighth place finish. Caroline Roffman and Sagacious HF had an impressive showing in the CDI-U25 Grand Prix Freestyle claiming second place honors. In the CDI4* Small Tour Shelly Francis and Danilo were tenth in the Intermediaire I Test. 


Caroline Roffman (Wellington, FL) and Sagacious HF performed a wonderful Grand Prix U25 Freestyle for the Preis der Liselott und Klaus Rheinberger Stiftung class. The pair did a daring compilation of movements timed well to their music, especially the piaffe and passage. With Hyperion Farm, Inc.'s 14-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding, Roffman executed two tempi flying changes around the corners and along the short sides of the arena, as well as one-handed two tempi flying changes on the centerline. The pair was rewarded with a 76.275% to finish in second place...read more>
Gieschen Takes Top Prize at CVI Lexington
Kathryn Gieschen on Revlon (Mike Tomlinson)

Lexington, VA - In the senior division at the CVI1* in Lexington, VA it was Kathryn Gieschen who, over two rounds of compulsory and freestyle competition, earned first place finishes at the U.S. East Coast's first ever CVI. With a first round overall score* of 7.618 and second round overall score of 7.572 Gieschen, vaulting on Revlon and lunged by Alison Gieschen, came away with wins in both rounds.** Coming in second in round one was Kristy Nicolo with a score of 7.029, and in round two Leah Coe with a 7.425.


The winner of both rounds in the Junior division was Annie Young vaulting on Moses and lunged by Dusti Hausman...read more> 

ReiningLovrein and Marks Claim National Titles at 2013 USEF National Youth Reining Championships
Hannah Lovrein and Quick Resolve (Waltenberry Photography)
Oklahoma City, OK - The Adequan Championship Arena at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City showcased the bright future for reining in the U.S. as more than 20 competitors demonstrated their best in USEF Youth Reining National Championship and CRIJY NAJYRC Selection Trial competition. In the 13 & Under Championship Hannah Lovrein seized her first National Title, while in the 14-18 Championship Kaylan Marks dominated on Saturday afternoon.

USEF National Youth Reining 13 & Under Championship

In the hotly contested 13 & Under division of the 2013 USEF National Youth Reining Championships a single point separated the top three places. Lovrein (Jonesboro, AR) defied her experience and rode like a veteran twice her age to earn top honors. Riding her own eight-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Quick Resolve, the talented young rider set the tone from the start with a bold entrance and dramatic slides to score 135. 
USEF National Youth Reining 14-18 Championship

In the USEF National Youth Reining 14-18 Championship, Marks (Yorktown, TX) proved unbeatable with her own Tagged My Chic. The dual Bronze medalist from the 2012 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North and her six-year-old Quarter Horse mare left nothing to chance as they went all out throughout their pattern. Their daring changes of speed and accurate spins helped them to earn a score of 146.5 to claim the National Title by a full three points...read more>

Coudray Finishes in Tenth, Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Is Seventh in Aachen CICO3*
Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister on their way to a tenth place finish (Shannon Brinkman)
Aachen, Germany - Cross country day proved to be influential at the Aachen CICO3* at the 2013 CHIO Aachen. Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister tackled the final phase with determination and finished in tenth place in a field of world-class horses and riders. The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team finished in seventh place after unfortunate results plagued them throughout the day. Though a disappointing end, the horses and riders come away with valuable experience that will serve them well when they next contest an international competition on such a grand stage. 

Coudray (Ojai, CA) and Ringwood Magister had a stellar round over Rüdiger Schwarz's cross country course with 35 jumping efforts. The pair made light work of the extensive, challenging course. Adding 14.8 time penalties to their dressage score, she and Jatial Inc.'s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding finished in tenth place with a score of 57.8...read more>

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SaddleSeatEqU.S. Young Riders Win Double Gold in New Orleans

New Orleans, LARiders from South Africa and the United States braved the Louisiana heat over the weekend for international team saddle seat equitation competition at the U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational II. The U.S. was represented by the 2013 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Rider Team while South Africa sent their 2013 Junior Team and the Impondo Mining Senior Protea Team.

Duplicating their success from the first Saddle Seat Invitational of the year, the U.S. Young Riders swept the competition by winning gold in both the three- and five-gaited sections.

Fifteen riders total, riding on unfamiliar horses, took the gate on Friday starting with two segments of the three-gaited section then two of the five-gaited. After intense competition the first day, the U.S. had a comfortable lead in the three-gaited section with South African Senior Team and the Junior Team in second and third respectively. The five-gaited section was a little closer with the U.S. still in the lead, but with the South African Senior Team close behind...read more> 

Saddle Seat Invitational II - Saturday Three-Gaited Railwork - Section A

Watch the U.S.Saddle Seat Invitational II on-demand on USEF Network.

FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing: Germans Are Invincible in Aachen Again
from FEI
It was a case of déjà vu in Aachen (GER) as the German team repeated their achievement of 12 months ago with an emphatic win in their home leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing and Australian star Christopher Burton again took the individual honours.


The German team riders held their nerve in the final dramatic reverse-order Cross Country phase. All four went clear, despite the rain-soaked conditions on Rudiger Schwartz's (GER) influential course, and they finished an impressive 48 penalties clear of Great Britain.


Having won the opening leg of the series, at Fontainebleau (FRA), and finished second behind Britain at Houghton Hall (GBR), Germany retains the lead at this midway stage of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing season.


Their team manager Hans Melzer described it as "an incredible performance". He added: "Aachen is an absolute must for the eventers, which is why we brought our best team with us. In the end, the result was closer than we expected."


Burton, who led the Australian team to fourth place, was the only rider to achieve the optimum Cross Country time of seven minutes and to finish on his Dressage score. In a fairytale result, he announced that this would be Holstein Park Leilani's last competition as the 17-year-old mare is to be put in foal...read more>

Western Dressage: Riding and Training  
By Michelle Binder-Zolezzi of www.RelationalRidingAcademy.com 
Thanks to everyone who took the time to send emails to USEF and for sharing your thoughts and feelings about the direction Western Dressage should take. It is so important to hear and listen to different ideas from all directions as the discipline develops. At this point all there is to do is continue to ride and train and show, and most important, to have fun with our horses. 

With another show coming up this weekend for us, I have put a lot of thought into the questions the last show brought up for me regarding riding and training our western dressage horses. There is no doubt that western horses should jog. There is no doubt that dressage horses should trot. Ultimately, the western dressage horse should have both wonderful ground covering, relaxed, sittable jog and lope, as well as trot and canter that promise to help us develop our horses through the progression of training that leads to the upper levels of dressage. In my mind, that makes the job of the western dressage horse more difficult than either discipline alone, as both expressions of the gaits should be asked for in the upper levels of the discipline...read more>



ASHA Youth Activities Scheduled During 2013 Lexington Junior League Horse Show
from ASHA
Junior exhibitors showing at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show are cordially invited to join Elisabeth Goth and the ASHA Young Persons' Committee for an afternoon fiesta.  

The event will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in the Historic Round Barn at the Red Mile Racetrack, immediately following the morning horse show session. Food will be served, and fun activities are planned. This is an event you will not want to miss! Please RSVP to Germaine Johnson at [email protected]

Super Saver for National Championship Show
from IALHA
Save a bundle on the IALHA 2013 National Championship show fees. Show in as many classes as you'd like for one low fee! Completing and submitting this reservation form with entry fee by the dates indicated entitles the horse on the form to be entered in as many IALHA classes at the National Championship Show as the owner desires (exception:futurity classes). The show is scheduled for Oct. 15-19, 2013...read more>
Modern Arabian Horse Recognized by American Horse Publications Assoc.
from AHA
Aurora, CO - The American Horse Publications (AHP) Association announced the winners of the 2012 Annual AHP Awards contest at their banquet on Saturday June 22, 2013, at the J.W. Marriott in Colorado Springs. Modern Arabian Horse received three awards: first and second place in the category of Feature Single Article circulation 10,000 to 20,000 (print) with first place going to "Joy Unspeakable" about a Khemosabi++++ granddaughter rescued by a Colorado family, written by Faye Ahneman-Rudsenke. The second place winner was "Pritzlaff Bloodlines in Distance Horse of the Year" by Marsha Hayes, which tells how an endurance rider and breeder has continued the bloodlines of the late Richard Pritzlaff, a reclusive New Mexico breeder of Egyptian horses. In the category of Editorial Design circulation 10,000 to 20,000 (print), the story "Cowboy Dressage-The Best New Thing," designed by AHA Graphic Designer Liz Bilotta, won third place...read more>
MorganSyracuse International Results Online 
from AMHA

Results for the 2013 Syracuse International Horse Show are now online and can be viewed here.




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