July 28th, 2014

Double Golden Again!

The Victorious U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team (Rachel Kelley)
Fletcher, N.C. - On Friday, July 25 the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup concluded with the United States repeating their 2012 performance, sweeping the top podium positions in the competition, and taking home Gold Medals in both the Three-Gaited and Five-Gaited sections.

Throughout the competition, held Tuesday, July 22 - Friday, July 25 as part of the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show, riders performed rail and pattern work in front of the judging panel made up of David Brent (CAN), Michael Craghead (USA), and Hugo Visser (RSA). Three-Gaited riders rode on Tuesday and Thursday, with Five-Gaited sections competing on Wednesday and Friday.


The U.S. Three and Five-Gaited sections were stellar with their rail work, that momentum carried over to their pattern work which also produced very good scores. Though the team was confident after strong performances all week, and hopes were high that both the U.S. Three- and Five-Gaited sections would bring home the Gold medals, they had to wait until the official announcement on Friday afternoon...read more> 

On-Demand Video From the Summer's Top Horse Shows
 check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
Squad and Alternates for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Complete Successful Preparation Event at Great Meadow 
Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice (Tony Gibson Photography)

The Plains, Va.- A successful weekend at the  Preparation Event for the Squad and Alternates for Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games wrapped up Sunday morning with 11 U.S. combinations completing David O'Connor's cross country. Crowds of 3,500 people came from throughout the United States to watch many of the best combinations in North America compete at the renovated Great Meadow on a beautiful Virginia weekend. 


On Saturday, all combinations performed their dressage tests in front of Sandy Phillips and returned in the evening to jump Richard Jeffery's show jumping track. As a testament to the strength of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team all combinations finished Saturday's course without jumping faults.

The weekend was used to for horses and riders to prepare for next month's World Championships in Normandy, France...read more>

Americans Dominate at International Bromont CSI-W
Todd Minikus (Parc Équestre Olympique de Bromont Media)

Bromont, Canada - The 2014 International Bromont's final event,  the World Cup Qualifier, ended with American riders dominatin,  as they took seven of the top ten places, including the Top 5. 

Victory for Todd Minikus

Designed for testing both the technical and athletic abilities of participating riders, the course created by Venezualian Leopoldo Palacios, comprised 13 obstacles for 16 efforts in a time allowed of 93 seconds. Only five pairs entered successfully made it to the jump-off, including the winners of the July 20th Grand Prix, Denise Wilson and Winter...read more>

U.S. Dressage Combinations Named for Hickstead CDIO3*
Lexington, Ky. -  The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the horse-and-rider combinations that will represent the U.S. at the Hickstead CDIO3*. The competition will run July 31-August 3 in Hickstead, West Sussex, United Kingdom. 

The following combinations have been chosen to represent the U.S. at the Hickstead CDIO3* (in alphabetical order):

Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Jane Clark's Wellnetta

Susie Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) and Tim Dutta Inc.'s Currency DC

Brian Hafner (Penngrove, Calif.) and his and Rebecca Hafner's Lombardo LHF.

Lisa Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Betty Wells' Denzello

Read more at www.usefnetwork.com.

Differences Between Grasses and Legumes as Forage for Horses

As horses graze through a pasture, they are likely to encounter a mixture of grasses, legumes, and weeds. This variety is not a problem for the horse, who is likely to sample at least a taste of most of the available forage plants...read more>
Double-Gold for Great Britain; Austria, Germany, Norway, and Sweden also Top the Podium at European Childern, Junior, and Young Rider Championships
by Louise Parkes for FEI
(FEI/Stefano Secci)
Medals were hard-earned at the FEI European Jumping Championships for Children, Juniors and Young Riders 2014 at Arezzo Equestrian Centre in Italy where it wasn't just the fences that tested competitors. A tremendous rain-storm seriously disrupted the schedule last Thursday, resulting in major flooding and alterations to the programme of events and the poor weather continued over the following days. However both the organisers and athletes held their nerve to ensure a tremendous conclusion by Sunday afternoon.


There were 91 horse-and-rider combinations battling for the Individual honours and 56 teams in action.  A total of 25 countries were represented including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and Turkey...read more> 



ASHA Involvement in the 2014 World's Championship Horse Show
from ASHA

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to offer new features and added events at the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show, held Sunday, August 17, through Saturday, August 23, 2014.


New this year, the ASHA will have an ASHA booth located in the North Wing located close to the Saddlebred Café, where Saddlebred enthusiasts can pick up the American Saddlebred Daily results publication, relax, socialize, and watch the live feed of the horse show on a big-screen TV. The booth will also give ASHA members an opportunity to chat with ASHA Board members and staff, learn more about the ASHA programs and initiatives, and sign up as an ASHA volunteer. The booth will also serve as a promotional/marketing venue for all State Fair attendees who visit the North Wing; visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the American Saddlebred breed, pick up promotional materials, and receive a free introductory riding lesson at one of the over 100 American Saddlebred riding lesson stables in the ASHA database. There will also be daily events and contests at the ASHA booth; more information about these activities will be contained in the American Saddlebred Daily publication...read more>

International News
Golega Horse Fair is the largest horse show in Portugal. It is a show full of amazing performances, equestrian games, working equitation, presentation classes, driving, and more. Golega has a number of loyal attendees from the states who return to Portugal to visit the Golega Horse Fair year after year. This year, the Golega Horse Fair is being held November 7-16, 2014 (in Golega, Portugal)...read more>
One Month Left on Morgan Horse Transfer Sale
from AMHA
Is your registered Morgan in your name? Have you forgotten to transfer your Morgan into your ownership? For one time only, AMHA is holding a summer sale on Morgan horse transfers...read more>
American Shetland Pony Club, Inc. Announces 2014 AMHR National Show T-Shirt Design Winner
Morton, Ill. - The ASPC/AMHR/ASPR youth committee would like to congratulate Danielle Helbig for winning the 2014 AMHR National's T-shirt design contest...read more> 
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