July 16, 2012

Kristen Smith Takes Top Honors at the USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final
Kristen Smith, the winner of the 2012 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final, riding Who Needs Mama (Howard Schatzberg)
Lexington, KY - Kristen Smith of Smithfield, KY rode Stephens College's Who Needs Mama through heavy downpours to the championship win in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final, under the tutelage of Zubrod Stables. The Final took place Friday the 13th as part of the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show at the historic Red Mile Race Track in Lexington, KY.

"It was very wet, but definitely worth it in the end," said Smith, a member of 2012 U. S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team heading to Parys, South Africa in December. She added, "It was really important to me to do well in the class. I felt very rewarded after the hard work I put in to receive such a high honor."  

A very talented group of riders from across the country performed on the rail as a group and completed an individual pattern created by the judges...read more>

Thursday, July 19 - Sunday, July 22 
check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
USEF Names Squad and Alternates for U.S. Endurance Team

Lexington, KY - Following the approval of the USEF High Performance Working Group and the USEF Executive Committee, the squad and alternates for the U.S. Endurance Team for the 2012 World Endurance Championship is as follows.

Squad (In Alphabetical Order)

John Crandell III on John Crandell Jr's Heraldic
Becky Hart on her own No Repeat
Valerie Kanavy on her own Reach For The Gold
Nicki Meuten on her own Not Tonight
Heather Reynolds on her own and Jeremy Reynolds' Riverwatch
Jeremy Reynolds on his own and Heather Reynolds' A Kutt Above

Alternates in Ranked Order

1. Margaret Sleeper on her own Syrocco Reveille 
2. Melody Blittersdorf on her own Synthetic 
3. Kim Tilson Orr on Nicki Meuten's FYF Dutch
4. Jan Worthington on her own Golden Lightening
5. Ellen Olson on Jeremy Olson's SA Belshazzar
6. Cody Boysen on Roxi Welling's Viktory Banner
7. Jennifer Stevens on Meg Sleeper's Syrocco Cadence
8. Kelsey Kimbler on Kirsten Kimbler's Cody Canuck

The four athlete/horse combinations comprising the team and two combinations competing as individuals will travel to England to compete in the 2012 World Endurance Championship.

Follow the U.S. Endurance Team here. 



Tied & True: Weber Breaks Record at 2012 CAIO Aachen and Shares the Win for the Prize of the Martello Immoblienmanagement
Weber's individual dressage score of 33.54 set an Aachen record and put him in the lead during the first and second phases of the CAIO Aachen. (Franz Steindl)
Aachen, Germany  - The 2012 CAIO Aachen was a rollercoaster of ups and downs for US driver Chester Weber, who with a team of horses owned by himself and Jane Forbes Clark is competing on the European tour this summer with his sights set on the World Championships in Reisenbeck.  Despite an excellent start, Weber met with a string of unfortunate events combined with moments of brilliance during his tour at Aachen, from record-breaking dressage scores to his horse putting a leg over a trace and an emergency in his immediate family.  

Weber began by putting in his now trademark dressage test during the individual competition, scoring only 33.54 penalty points in the opening phase.  In so doing he broke the Aachen record and secured himself a comfortable lead going into the cones...read more>
Ken Berkley Wins $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix in Vermont
Ken Berkley and Waminka claimed victory in the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix on Saturday, July 14, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.(David Mullinix)
East Dorset, VT - Kenneth Berkley of Flemington, NJ, captured victory in the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix held Saturday, July 14, during the second week of the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.  The six-week equestrian competition is running at Harold Beebe Farm from July 4 through August 12, 2012.

Hot off his win in Thursday's $10,000 Five Seasons Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, Berkley returned to the grand prix ring on Saturday with the unenviable task of being the first rider on course from a starting field of 27...read more>
Kristi Nunnink and R-Star Rock the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at Rebecca Farm
from USEA
Kristi Nunnink and R-Star jump to the win in the CIC3*. (StockImageServices.com)

The final phase at The Event at Rebecca Farm proved to be a test for many riders, but in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* it did not change the overnight standings one bit. After the final horse crossed the finish line of Richard Jeffery's show jumping course it was Kristi Nunnink who came out on top with her 11-year-old Holsteiner mare R-Star (Riverman x Marisol).


"It has just been kind of magical actually," said Kristi. "She has been really good in all three phases - I couldn't be happier. It's been great and my little Prelim horse won also, so it has been an awesome weekend."

"I felt really comfortable coming into today," continued Kristi. "The jumps didn't seem that big to me. I had seen some rough goes, but I wasn't really too concerned as she really is a good show jumper."


"The weather turned great - everything was wonderful, we had beautiful arenas, beautiful footing, it was a great event."..read more at www.useventing.com.


Watch highlights from Cross-Country at 
Rebecca Farm at USEventing.com

Triple Gold for Van Lierop as Dutch Dominate Juniors, Young Rider Double for Denmark's Dufor 
by Louise Parkes for FEI

Dana van Lierop was the show-stopper as The Netherlands scooped all gold in the Junior division, while Denmark's Cathrine Dufour recorded a Danish double in the Young Riders at the FEI European Dressage Championships for Young Riders and Juniors 2012 which drew to a close in Berne, Switzerland today. 


Germany, so dominant when claiming five of the six titles on offer in 2011, took just a single title this time around when topping the Young Rider Teams.


The Championships were staged at The National Horse Centre of Switzerland, a green oasis in the heart of Berne with stabling for over 200 horses, outdoor and indoor arenas, and facilities for a wide range of equestrian activities including Driving, Jumping and Eventing.  The Centre previously played host to this same fixture 18 years ago...read more> 

2012: A great year to be an equestrian!   

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SmartPak™ Joins AMHA and Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® as Official Sponsor
Shelburne, VT - The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) and the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® are pleased to welcome its newest sponsor, SmartPak Equine Inc. The company will serve as the organizations' "Official Supplement Feeding System" for 2012 and 2013...read more>
American Shetland Pony Club, Inc.'s, Historic National Congress Set to Roll into Tulsa, OK
Morton, IL - The 2012 American Shetland Pony Congress will take place August 7-11 at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK.  The Congress is the longest continually running show of the American Shetland Pony Club, Inc., one of the oldest breed registries in the United States.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of this historic pony championship.  What better location for such a noteworthy event than the Pavilion, the historic art deco arena at Expo Square?

The Pavilion in Tulsa will play home to more than 400 classes for small equine during the historic Congress.  This Congress is the official national championship for all divisions of the American Shetland Pony, for the American Show Pony (ASPR) and for the National Sports Performance Pony Registry (NSPPR). Competition will range from beautiful halter to majestic fine harness to thrilling roadster and will include classes that highlight the versatility of ponies such as halter obstacle, under saddle and costume as well...read more>




The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its human and equine athletes.



2012, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.


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Tipperary Equestrian becomes The Official Helmet & Body Protector of NAJYRC


Tipperary Equestrian, an international equestrian market leader, is proud to sponsor FEI Adequan North American Junior Young Riders Championships (NAJYRC) being held in Lexington, KY July 17th -22nd.

As the Official Helmet & Body Protector of the NAYRC, Tipperary Equestrian is uniquely poised as a North American manufacturer to support this prestigious event at the Kentucky Horse Park...read more>



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