July 23, 2012

Reed Kessler Heads to London with GCT Win in Chantilly

Chantilly, France - The youngest rider to be selected for the 2012 Olympic Games clocked up a victory at the 5* GCT in Chantilly Sunday.

Reed Kessler, only 18 years old, rode a stylish, fast clear on 57.71 in the early morning Prix Vicomte Arthur over 1m45 fences beating experienced show jumping stars, including fellow American Mclain Ward.

After the win on her horse Ligist - she will be riding Cylana at the London Olympics - Reed said: "It is my last show before I go to the Olympics so it is a great feeling to win here. It has been a dream. It has been without a doubt the best year of my life."

Speaking about her forthcoming Olympic debut she said: "Our team has done really well here, Beezie Madden and Mclain Ward. I feel it is an amazing team of riders and horses. It is a lot of pressure to prove I deserve my slot. It has been a long trial process since about March. But I ride better when under pressure and there is no room for any mistakes. I have been riding my whole life. I started doing FEI  when when I was old enough and this is my first year that I am allowed to do these classes. It has been a long time waiting for this year to be finally old enough."..read more> 


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Today, July 23 - Saturday, July 28 

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2012 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Riders Championships Wrap-Up
Watch Highlights from MAJYRC at www.usefnetwork.com or read about all the action by clicking on one of the headlines below

U.S. is Golden with Young Riders & Juniors in SmartPak Reining Championships; Eventing and Show Jumping Start Competition


United States Region 5 Takes Dressage Young Rider Team Gold Medal for Third Consecutive Year; Canada/Quebec Wins Dressage Junior Team Gold 



Mary McCormick Wins at CVI 3* in Kentucky
Mary McCormick & Palatine (MacMillan Photography)
Lexington, KY - Sixteen vaulters from around the U.S. visited the Kentucky Horse Park over the past weekend to compete in the CVI Kentucky and North American Young Riders Vaulting Challenge. CVIJ 2*, CVI 2*, and CVI 3* competitions were all held.

In the 3* competition a familiar face finished atop the women's division; Mary McCormick (Woodside, CA) scored 8.041 (she was the only vaulter to score above 8) on the Sydney Frankel owned horse Palatine. It was a good finish for the pair as they prepare to head to Le Mans, France for the World Vaulting Championships August 13-19.  The men's individual event was won by world championship alternate George Joseph Gadd on Sydney Frankel's Cheval.

At the 2* it was Ruthann Goodrich (Wilmore, KY) on Cheval who bested Stephanie Harris (Chantilly, VA) to win the Female individual competition. The 2* event also featured a squad competition won by USA Pack on Bordeaux Imperial. USA Pack was made up of six vaulters representing four states and was coached by Lisa Zielenske.

The Junior 2* event was a family affair for Kimberley and Colton Palmer. The sister and younger brother won the female individual and male individual classes respectively on their horse Highwater Bay...read more>


Beezie Madden takes Second in Thrilling GCT Grand Prix at Chantilly

Chantilly, France - The race for the overall Global Champions Tour 2012 championship intensified Saturday with three top riders closing in on series leader Edwina-Tops Alexander. The dramatic finale to the Grand Prix in Chantilly was a dramatic display of top-level show jumping in front of a huge crowd only days before the start of the Olympic Games.

The competition was a testament to the exceptionally high calibre of GCT events with many riders bound for the Olympics choosing to make their final public appearance in Chantilly to prepare for the Games.

Hans-Dieter Dreher of Germany, riding his dark bay stallion Magnus Romeo, eventually triumphed after a Grand Prix full of exciting twists and turns. Dreher was up against a brilliant time of 39.15 set by Beezie Madden of the USA and despite a small slip after one of the last verticals he still managed to gallop home in 38.82...read more>

Para-Equestrian Dressage Athlete Mary Jordan Leaves Lasting Impression at Official USA Olympic Day
Mary Jordan speaking to campers at USOC Olympic Day Photo courtesy Saco Parks & Recreation Department in Saco, Maine
Saco, ME - As the London Olympics/Paralympics approach athletes have been promoting and creating awareness of this spectacular event. On June 29, 2012, the Official USA Olympic Day occurred where hundreds of Olympians and Paralympians participated around the country in interactive and informative public speaking events. Created by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), there were more than 700 events taking place across the United States including multiple locations in Maine. U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage rider Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine traveled to Saco, Maine where over 400 campers were awaiting her arrival. 

As Jordan described and showcased Olympic and Paralympic athletes around the world, the previously hot and tired campers became captivated by Jordan. "The children were fascinated when they saw a Paralympic Swimmer without legs winning the gold for their country. They asked so many wonderful questions and two hours flew by as if it were 20 minutes," noted Jordan...read more>
Olympian and USDF Hall of Fame Inductee, Hilda Gurney, Signed as Clinician for 2013-2014 Nutrena/USDF Adult Clinic Series
from USDF

Lexington, KY - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that two-time Olympian and 2007 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame Inductee, Hilda Gurney, has been signed as the clinician for the 2013-2014 Nutrena/USDF Adult Clinic Series.  The series will be begin in the spring of 2013 and run through the end of 2014, with a clinic in each of USDF's nine regions. 


Hilda Gurney is an FEI "I" Judge and large "R" Dressage Sport Horse Breeding judge, as well as a decorated competitor.  Hilda has had an enormous positive impact on US dressage over the past several decades...read more> 

Greenwich Park Footing Passes Final Review

A final assessment has been carried out on the all-weather footing at Greenwich Park, and given approval by the FEI.

Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sport, who was present at the assessment, commented: "With support from the FEI, the contractors and our own team have done a great job to get the make-up of the surface right, and we now believe this will be a world class surface for the equestrian athletes in a stunning Olympic venue."

The surface was changed after last year's test event following feedback from officials and riders. The assessment took place on the main arena, and involved two high-level competition horses which worked on the surface and jumped fences. The surface mixture of sand and fibre has been further improved by the addition of a binder. Approximately 8,500 tonnes will be used at Greenwich Park...read more> 

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From the ACPS Current News
*Murvey Inver Lor
Peotone, IL - Jessica Downes writes, "On June 30th Windy Isles Farms in Peotone, IL , held the Midwest Connemara Pony Show. Performance, dressage, and in-hand classes were offered. Madeleine Beckman of Carnaby Connemaras in Sweden was the in-hand judge. The Supreme Champion was Blue Rock Connemaras' *Murvey Inver Lor (Currachmore Cashel X Murvey Cara [by Boden Park Finnard]).  

*Murvey Inver Lor represents 9 generations of the Keaney family's breeding. Inver Lor's daughter, Blue Rock Juliet, ( by Wildwych Wily Casanova) won the foal class. Reserve Supreme Champion was the Windy Isles stallion *The Quietman (Moy Hazy Cove X Blaithin Chonamara [by Cloonisle Cashel]). Junior Champion was Blue Rock Liam (*The Quietman X *Grey Pearl [by Earl of Newbridge]).  

Read more from the ACPS Current News at www.acps.org.
World Morgan Futurity Show Entries Due August 1  from AMHA
If you're planning to show your youngster in the World Morgan Futurity classes at the Grand National this October, don't forget to send in your Show Entry Form and Fees by August 1, 2012. Forms are available for immediate download at www.worldmorganfuturity.com
under the "Forms" link.

Entries also need to be made in these classes on your official Grand National Entry Form and sent to the Grand National Show Secretary...read more>




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Western Dressage: Cowboy Hat or Helmet? 


When on a horse, I wear a riding helmet.  My students wear riding helmets.  I ride and show western and dressage. The helmet/hat quandary, style vs. safety, the tradition or common sense conversation is therefore a subject near and dear to my heart.  On March 22, 2012, I went into the hay barn to get a bale of hay to feed lunch in the barn.  To make a long story short, despite my usual care in tipping bales, as I turned to leave the barn, a 90 pound bale fell from twelve feet up and struck the back of my head.  I have spent the last 4 months recovering...read more> 


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