July 9, 2012

2012 U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team Preview

Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) named its 2012 Olympic Teams in Dressage, Eventing, and Jumping. The USEF will field three full teams in the disciplines of Dressage, Eventing, and Jumping. These teams are comprised of a mix of veterans and rookies, men and women from across the country with 17 Olympic Games between them. Seven men, six women. Eight geldings, three mares, two stallions.




Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) on Amy Ebeling, Beth Meyers, and Ann Romney's Rafalca
Tina Konyot (Palm City, FL) on her own and John Byrialsen's Calecto V
Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA) on Four Winds Farm's Ravel

Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, ID) on Peggy Thomas' Wizard



Will Coleman (Gordonsville, VA) on Jim Wildasin's Twizzel
Tiana Coudray (Ojai, CA) on Jatial, Inc.'s Ringwood Magister
Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) on Jim and Arden Wildasin's Mystery Whisper
Boyd Martin (Cochranville, PA) on the Otis Barbotiere Syndicate's Otis Barbotiere
Karen O'Connor (Ocala, FL) on the Mr. Medicott Syndicate's Mr. Medicott


Rich Fellers (Sherwood, OR) on Mollie and Harry Chapman's Flexible
Reed Kessler (Lexington, KY) on her own Cylana
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, NY) on Coral Reef Ranch's Coral Reef Via Volo
McLain Ward (Brewster NY) on Grant Road Partners' Antares F

Traveling Reserve: Charlie Jayne (Elgin, IL) on Pony Lane Farm's Chill R Z

Learn more about each member of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team here.

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

Stars and Stripes Shine in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows
Lieutenant Governor Col. The Honourable Donald S. Ethell, John Ell, president ATCO Power, General Walt Natynczyk, presenting the Queen Elizabeth II Cup trophy to Beezie Madden. (Spruce Meadows Media Services)
Calgary, AB - The sun and the stars and stripes were shining, and 38,110 people came out to Spruce Meadows to enjoy International-level sport and a celebration of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee with the ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup, on the Saturday of the 2012 Spruce Meadows 'North American' Tournament... 

...In celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Spruce Meadows in 1990, 44 horse/rider combinations saddled up to take home the $200,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the third leg of the CN Precision series. After losing by a nose to Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Hickstead last year, Rich Fellers (USA) and Flexible set their sights on finally taking first place. It just wasn't meant to be, with fellow Olympic teammate, Beezie Madden (USA), posting three clear rounds, and a jump off time of 37.58 to win first place...read more> 

More from Spruce Meadows "North American" Tournament 
Lauren Hough wins Youngsters Cup in Aachen
Lexington, KY - The Sparkasse Youngsters Cup is a series of two qualifier classes and a final. After the qualifiers Hough (Wellington, FL) & her own Ohlala were tied with Germany's Hans Dieter Dreher & Canberra R in the overall standings. Hough and Ohlala finished behind the German pair in the first qualifier and outran them by less than one tenth of a second to finish first in the second qualifier.

When Dreher failed to qualify for the the jump-off in the finale the window was opened. Hough guided Ohlala through it with a speedy 46.37 fault free round. That was one second faster than runners up Philipp Weishaupt  & Chico 784 and good enough for a win on the day, and in the final standings.

See final Sparkasse Youngsters Cup standings  here.  

Read more at www.usefnetwork.com.



USDF/Platinum Performance FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Dressage Championships Teams Announced
from USDF
Lexington, KY - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) announced today the riders selected to represent the U.S. in the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior/Young Rider Dressage Championships (NAJYRDC) at the 2012 Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham North, at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The championships will be held July 17-22, 2012.  A total of 55 juniors and young riders will represent each of USDF's nine regions.  

See a list of representatives from each USDF Region at www.usdf.org.
Cover Girl 27 Picture Perfect in $30,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City
Alison Robitaille and Cover Girl 27 (Weinberg Harris & Associates)
Traverse City, MI - Ideal conditions and a bright blue sky set the stage for the $30,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City today at Horse Shows by the Bay in scenic Traverse City, Michigan. Series I came to a close [Sunday] afternoon reading like a textbook edition of stellar competition with the last chapter highlighting an amazing performance by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone's Cover Girl 27 and Alison Robitaille.

A field of 21 competitors challenged the first of four Grand Prix events to be hosted by the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival held at the magnificent Flintfields Horse Park throughout the month of July. Both Chris Brandt's inviting first round and jump-off showcased courses that flowed, tested rideability and gave riders several options to show off.  Eleven horse/rider combinations vied for the week one title in the jump-off...read more> 
Talented Young Horses Participate in Final Markel/USEF Young Horse Training Session 

Lexington, KY
 - Finishing up the Markel/USEF Young Horse training and observation sessions for 2012, Rosebrook Farm in Georgetown, MA hosted the final scheduled session of the year on June 28-29. Scott Hassler, the USEF Young Horse Coach, once again led the session in the eastern region with a wealth of successful young horses. 

"I was particularly excited to come to this area of the country because it is such a strong, active region. There is also a tremendous amount of enthusiasm towards Young Horses with a great mixture of breeders, riders, and enthusiasts. I really enjoyed being able to show the basics with the four-year-olds but then work on more advanced collection work with the six-year-olds. This was also great for the auditors to see," said Hassler. "As we approach the time of the year for the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships, it is really a pleasure to see how the horses are maturing and I think we will have a terrific Championship next month."..read more> 
International Equestrian Masters Symposium to be held September 8-9, 2012
The International Equestrian Masters Symposium will be held for the first time in the United States at First Class Horse Complex, LTD. in Bristol, Wisconsin September 8 - 9, 2012. The symposium will feature five internationally known Equestrian Master Coaches (Denny Emerson, Lynn Palm, Gail Lampe, Richard Shrake, and Carolyn Kakuska). They will coach and school eight riders from the disciplines of Dressage, Three Day Event, Western, and Saddle Seat as a panel. Only 300 tickets will be offered for sale. A lunch will be provided each day to ticket holders and there will also be special booths showcasing top artisan and equestrian products.  Tickets are $225.00 for the weekend or $175.00 for one day.

A portion of the proceeds from the symposium will be donated to the United States Equestrian Federation Junior and Young Rider Program.

To purchase tickets on line go to www.firstclasshorsecomplex.com or 
www.internationalequestrianmasters.com.Please call 262-857-7348 or email [email protected] for more information.
Wellington, FL Withdraws from FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 Bidding

Wellington (USA), which had been confirmed as an official candidate to stage the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2018, has withdrawn from the bidding process.

Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), the company that had put together the US bid for 2018, informed the FEI today that it was officially withdrawing from the process, due to a change in local government.

ESP President Michael Stone, expressed his regret that Wellington was withdrawing from the bid process. "We are fully aware of the massively positive economic impact the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 had on Kentucky", he said, "but we have a responsibility to the local community, equestrian sport, and the FEI World Equestrian Games not to waste the time, effort and resources of all parties involved in the international selection process."..read more>

2012: A great year to be an equestrian!   

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Board of Directors and Officer Candidates Prepare Statements
from IALHA

Nominations for elected positions have completed.  The nomination window ran from June 1 - July 1, 2012. Thanks to all who Nominated others or themselves.


Next, the Elections Committee will send each candidate an Acceptance Form and ask for a Candidate Statement. This year, as in recent years, form submission will be posted through Google. Once confirmed, statements will be available online for all members to review.  All Candidate Acceptance Forms and Candidate Statements must be uploaded by Midnight, EST, August 1st...read more>  

Two Excellent Educational Opportunities Available at Youth Nationals - Open to the Public 
from AHA
Aurora, CO - The Youth National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, July 21-28, 2012 at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque will open and close with two exceptional educational opportunities for youth, not offered in one place anywhere else. First, the Arabian Professional & Amateur Horseman Association (APAHA) will host a free clinic, Thursday, July 19, from 2 - 5 p.m. Then, for the last three days of the show, July 26-28, The Arabian Cutting Horse Association (TACHA) will host a cutting clinic, which includes a "test-drive" of a finished cutting horse, a practice round, and a cutting exhibition for prizes at only $100 per participant...read more>
Circle J and Bluegrass Show Results Online
from AMHA
Results from the Circle J Regional Morgan Horse Show can be found here.

Results from the Bluegrass Morgan Classiccan be found here. 
Karen Winn Named Executive Director of the American Saddlebred Horse Association
from ASHA
Lexington, KY - The Board of Directors of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) announced today that Karen Winn has been named as the Executive Director of ASHA.

Karen is highly regarded in the equine industry. She comes to ASHA from the United States Pony Club, where she served over 14 years in a variety of roles including Activities Director, Finance & Administration Director, Interim Executive Director, and most recently as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to her tenure at the Pony Club, Karen served as the Business Manager for the American Hanoverian Society for 5 years, where her duties included registry functions...read more>

WPCSA Expands High Score Awards at 2012 Pony Finals
The successful High Score Awards presented by the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America at Pony Finals have been expanded this year to include registered part bred Welsh ponies in addition to registered purebred and half Welsh ponies recognized in past years.  Earlier this year, WPCSA voted to register part bred Welsh and these animals are now competing at rated Welsh shows alongside half Welsh.  Part bred Welsh are animals with at least one registered half Welsh parent...read more> 





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2012, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.


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Welsh Pony & Cob

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Western Dressage Attire


  Last week I poked a little fun at what western dressage riders are wearing for both schooling and show.  This week I want to bring you the reality of the situation from manufacturers who give us the products that will ultimately be seen in rings around the country.  Last week I showed you the proposed North American Western Dressage rules for WD show attire.  Since the requirements state that riders must wear a long-sleeved shirt with a collar and pants of conservative style and color, I wonder where dyed-in-the-wool western show girls will be able to "bling it up" a little?...read more> 



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