Will Connell Named as USEF Director of Sport Programs
Lexington, Ky. - United States Equestrian Federation Chief Executive Officer Chris Welton announced today the culmination of an expansive search for the USEF Director of Sport Programs by naming Will Connell to the post.
Will Connell (teamgb.com)
"The addition of Will Connell to our team as Director of Sport should be seen as a clear indication of our intent to provide our athletes every possible opportunity to excel at all levels of our sport," states Federation CEO Welton, "Will's accomplishments in building and sustaining championship caliber teams are without parallel. His success arises from his ability to create and implement a plan for bringing together all of the elements required for success in equestrian sport - from riders and horses, to owners, coaches, and trainers. We are thrilled to have Will on board to lead our efforts to ensure that all of our athletes have the opportunity to perform and achieve to the best of their ability."
In his new role with the U.S. Equestrian Federation, Connell will be responsible for the administration of all aspects of sport programming across the eight international disciplines, nine national disciplines, and eleven breeds recognized by the USEF...read more>
Monday, July 7th - Tuesday, July 8th
2014 US Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast
|U.S. Riders Close Out CDI4* Fritzens with Strong Performances in the Grand Prix Freestyle and Grand Prix Special|
Fritzens, Austria - The United States closed out a strong showing at CDI4* Fritzens on Sunday as seven members of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team went to task in Grand Prix competition. In the Freestyle, Steffen Peters led the U.S. effort that saw the Americans take three of the top four placings, while, in the Grand Prix Special Laura Graves was the top placing of four U.S. riders within the top seven.
Laura Graves and Verdades (Maximilian Schreiner)
"Fritzens was a fantastic show for our American squad and we are all so grateful to Klaus Haim and Evelyn Haim-Swarovski for everything they did to make it so. I could not be more proud of all our riders and horses and thank them, the grooms, supporters, and of course, Dr. Rick Mitchell and Jenny Van Wieren-Page for their tremendous efforts on behalf of the Team," said U.S. Chef d'Equipe Robert Dover. "Super results prove again that the USA is on the march toward excellence."
Grand Prix Freestyle
Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Four Winds Farm's Legolas 92 produced another solid effort in Austria to capture their second second-place finish of the weekend. On Sunday the 12-year-old Westphalian, who has won three National Titles with Peters, scored 78.925% to earn reserve honors...read more>
Hurd and Marsh Earn National Titles at 2014 Adequan/USEF Youth Reining National Championship
Lexington, Ky. - The top youth reiners in the U.S. went head-to-head on June 28 at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., to stake their claim on coveted National Titles in the Adequan/USEF Youth Reining National Championship. At the competition held in conjunction with the NRHA Derby, Amanda Hurd claimed top honors in the 14-18 division, while Emmy-Lu Marsh earned the 13 & Under crown.
Amanda Hurd (Waltenberry)
Hurd (Wilmington, Del.) and Mark Hurd's 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Whale of a Whiz cruised to a score of 140.5 to claim the National Title by a half point. Additionally, the horse that served as a reserve for the U.S. Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games helped the 18-year-old win the Junior U.S. Team Selection Trial for the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North...read more>
|Kent Farrington and Voyeur Victorious in $210,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows|
Calgary, Alberta - The 'North American' Tournament CSI5* at Spruce Meadows featured the $210,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday with an exciting win for USA's Kent Farrington and Voyeur. With an incredible resume of wins, this was Farrington's first time winning the prestigious competition. He finished ahead of Paulo Santana and Taloubet, and Quentin Judge (USA) and HH Copin van de Broy, who finished second and third, respectively. The $85,000 TD Cup 1.50m winning round competition was also held on Saturday with a win for McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z.
Kent Farrington and Voyeur (Spruce Meadows Media Service)
Course designer Leopoldo Palacios set a big challenge for the horses and riders in Saturday's $210,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup. The competition was held in a two-round format with a final jump-off if needed. Thirty-one entries jumped in round one with 14 clears to advance over the second round course, but a jump-off was not necessary as none of the competitors were able to finish round two without fault. Kent Farrington took the win with one time fault in 77.40 seconds aboard Amalaya Investments' Voyeur, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Tolano van't Riethof x Goodwill...read more>
Watch Monday's Classic Rounds at the US Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast
on-demand at www.USEFNetwork.com.
|R. Bruce Duchossios 1950-2014|
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation mourns the loss of horseman R. Bruce Duchossios, who passed away on July 2, 2014 following a long battle with cancer.
Bruce Duchossios (center) at the 2008 Olympic Games (USEF Archive)
"We will all deeply miss Bruce," responded USEF President Chrystine Tauber at the news of his death. "He contributed so much as a competitor, an owner, a supporter, and was perhaps one of equestrian sports' greatest enthusiasts."
A popular competitor in the amateur hunter ranks, Duchossios was involved in many aspects of equestrian sport. With lifelong ties to the thoroughbred industry, he kept in active interest in racing. Additionally, Duchossios owned many of America's top sport horses, including Phillip Dutton's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event winner and 2008 Olympic Games partner Connaught...read more>
Nutritional Help for Very Old Horses
I feel like we're taking appropriate care of our two very old Arabians, but both are very skinny. Please help.
Read the response at www.equinews.com.
Czech Republic Reigns Supreme in Europe Division 2 Furusiyya Qualifier at Budapest
from Louise Parkes FEI
On a day full of surprises, the Czech Republic pipped Norway for pole position in the fifth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2014 Europe Division 2 League at Budapest in Hungary. The 13 teams in the first round were whittled down to just eight by a challenging track designed by Germany's Werner Deeg, and the Norwegians and Czechs slogged it out when going into the second round as joint-leaders.
There was drama right to the end, with big scores for the second-line riders on both sides threatening their chances and only a single fence separating the two teams in the final analysis. And there was great joy in the Czech camp as they celebrated their first-ever Nations Cup victory. "We are so very happy!" said Czech pathfinder Zuzanna Zelinkova whose double-clear with the fabulous stallion Caleri ll was pivotal to the result. "Today was a big and special day for us, it is historic because it is the very first win for a Nations Cup team from Czech Republic and we are all very proud!" she added...read more>
Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund Offers $6,000 for Kentucky-Breds at Lexington Junior League
This year, a total of $6,000 will be offered from the Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund, for Kentucky-bred American Saddlebreds competing in the Three-Gaited Junior Championship class, at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show, July 7-12, 2014.
The top placing Kentucky-bred will be awarded $6,000, with the current owner, breeder, and stallion owner receiving equal shares of $2,000 each. The additional prize money will be paid by the State of Kentucky during the first quarter of 2015. To be eligible, a horse must meet certain criteria, including being foaled in Kentucky, sired by a stallion standing in Kentucky at the time of service, and bred by a Kentucky resident...read more>
Arabian & Half-Arabian Youth National Championship Horse Show Returns to Albuquerque
| Aurora, Colo. - Youth competitors of all ages will return to Albuquerque to compete for the top honors in the country on Arabian and Half-Arabian horses. Celebrating its 14th year in New Mexico, the annual Youth National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show will be held at Expo New Mexico, Saturday, July 19 through Saturday, July 26, 2014. Admission and parking are free to the general public.|
Join the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) for 8 days of family fun. With fun activities and events for the kids and a great shopping expo for the adults, this event is more than just a horse show. However, be sure to catch some of the competition during the class sessions beginning at 8 AM, 1 PM, and 7 PM respectively each day...read more>
2014 Illinois State Fair Qualifies for Grand National
| The American Morgan Horse Association is pleased to announce that the Morgan division of the Illinois State Fair Society Horse Show has received a Three-Star Rating for the 2014 show. The Illinois State Fair Society Horse Show Second Session will take place August 13-16, 2014.|
This rating provides several benefits to the Morgan exhibitors. Exhibitors placing first or second in the Morgan classes will qualify for Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® in October in Oklahoma City...read more>
PFHA Youth Team Celebrates Success at Youth Mundial
Congratulations to Team USA for their success in the Youth Mundial that took place July 4-7 in Colombia! Everyone did a fantastic job and and the team came home with two gold, a silver, two bronze medals, and six finalist placings. Shown at left are Alison Crooks and Kaycee Gracia after earning bronze and silver, respectively.
A very special PFHA thanks to all those who helped the youth team succeed: Head Coach Sharon Londono; Coach Sarah King; Coach Javier Suarez.
PFHA Youth Committee Chairs, John Ocasio and Annette Crooks John Pelaes, Carlos Figueroa, Luis Torres, Jaime and Jorge Suarez, who worked directly with the young riders and who were instrumental...read more>
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