July 29, 2013

Prohibited Practice Rule Changes, Board of Directors Restructure, and Western Dressage all Receive Yes Votes at USEF Mid-Year Meeting

Lexington, KY - At the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors mid-year meeting on Monday, July 22nd, some significant rule and bylaw changes were brought to the table. The changes concerned horse welfare, the structure of the USEF Board of Directors, and the discipline of western dressage. Each of the changes brought forth received a majority vote to approve and a summary of each change is detailed below.

Horse Welfare Changes

Two important Proposed Extraordinary Rule Changes were introduced in March of 2013 by the USEF Veterinary Committee. Following extensive feedback from USEF Technical Committees, Working Groups, and from attendees at USEF Town Hall Meetings held in Florida in March, and via interactive webcast in June, the USEF Board of Directors has approved two changes. GR 414 Prohibited Practices and GR 843 Mandatory Reporting & Cooperation of Horse/Pony Collapse.

USEF Board of Directors Restructure

In an effort to make a more agile and efficient organization, the Board of Directors voted to amend Bylaws to restructure the Federation's governance structure.

USEF Planning Committee Chairman Bill Moroney presented an extensive Bylaw rewrite that facilitates the reduction in size of the USEF Board and empowers a council structure consistent with a Restructure Concept Document approved earlier this year at the January USEF Annual Meeting. 

Western Dressage Chapter Added to Rule Book

The USEF Board of Directors voted to add a new discipline to the Rule Book and in the process welcomed a new Recognized Affiliate. Effective December 1, 2013, Western Dressage will be removed from the Morgan chapter of the USEF Rule Book and become an independent discipline with it's own chapter. With that change the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) will become the USEF Recognized Affiliate for Western Dressage. 

Further detail about each of these changes is available in the full article, published at www.usefnetwork.com.
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UPHA and ASHA Announce Support of Amendments to the Horse Protection Act

Popular Trailer Raffle Returns as AHYA Fundraiser

On-demand highlights from NAJYRC, The Devon Horse Show, The U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational II, and more.
check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
JumpingKent Farrington & Voyeur Win Telefonica Grand Prix at La Coruña CSI4*, Lucy Davis Finishes Third
Twelve horses from a field of 48 returned to jump off in the Telefonica Grand Prix at the La Coruña CSI4* in Spain. Their riders included such worldwide show jumping stars as Daniel Deusser, Kevin Staut, and John Whitaker, and it was the U.S.'s own star Kent Farrington that led Amalaya Investment's Voyeur to the top of the leaderboard. With a clean jump-off round in a speedy 47.15s, after a fine first round over Javier Tranor's 13 obstacle course, Kent and Voyeur proved to be the best...read more>  
Jorst and Vitalis to Represent the U.S. at 2013 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that Charlotte Jorst (Reno, NV) and Vitalis will represent the U.S. at the 2013 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses. The annual championship will once again be held in Verden, Germany, August 7-11.

The combination will compete against many of the best up-and-coming dressage horses in the six-year-old division.

Vitalis (Vivaldi x Tolivia/Donnerschwee) is a 2007 Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Skagen Holding.

For the first time, the USEF has also invited five participants on a tour of the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses. Learn more about the tour here.

Watch Kelsey cross the finish line.

Kelsey Russell and Valerie Kanavy's mare My Wild Irish Gold were the first U.S. pair across the finish at the FEI World Endurance Championship for Juniors and Young Riders. They finsihed in 5th place overall. To see how the rest of the U.S. team fared check out the complete results here.
EventingKristi Nunnink and R-Star Win the CIC3* at Rebecca Farm 
from USEA
Kristi Nunnink & R-Star after winning the Event at Rebecca Farm CIC3* (USEA)
Kalispel, MT - R-Star has done it again. For the second consecutive year, this grey Holsteiner mare by Riverman, has won the CIC3* at The Event at Rebecca Farm rising from fifth after cross-country to first with an accurately ridden round over the Marc Donovan designed show jumping course. Katie Ruppel and Houdini took down just one rail to move up to second ahead of Katie Groesbeck and Oz The Tin Man who moved down to third with one rail and some time penalties.

"R-Star's forte is her jumping so I feel very confident and relaxed in the ring, and if anything she is jumping better than ever," said Kristi. "We have been making some slight adjustments to the way I ride her and I think we are on the right track with the changes in dressage, but I rode her cross-country in a different bit and that was not a good change. She can get very strong and I had some control issues which caused time penalties."..read more>
USEF Announces Partnership with Multi Radiance Medical
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Multi Radiance Medical have signed an exclusive provisioning agreement that makes Multi Radiance Medical the newest Sponsor and Official Supplier to the USEF. Under the Direction of Kent Allen, DVM, chair of the USEF Drugs & Medications Committee and Vet Committee, Multi Radiance will provide MR4 ACTIVet Laser Systems to attending vets for all of the equestrian competition disciplines under USEF. In addition, all active USEF members will be eligible for an exclusive 15% discount on the purchase of an MR4 ACTIVet Laser System...read more> 
UAE takes individual honours, and France reigns supreme in teams on home soil at World Endurance Championships for Young Riders and Juniors
from FEI
Host nation France stormed to team gold at the FEI World Endurance Championships for Young Riders and Juniors 2013 in Tarbes at the weekend (27 July), with 14-year-old Khalifa Ali Khalfan Al Jahouri (UAE) and Niac Armor clinching the individual title.  

Riders, horses, and crews from 28 nations were tested in hot and humid conditions at the venue in the foothills of the Pyrenees, close to the world-famous pilgrimage site of Lourdes, where July temperatures are usually a moderate 24ºC. On the day of this year's Championships, they peaked at 34ºC - just four degrees below the highest recorded temperature in Tarbes, but thanks to good horse management and sensible riding there was close to a 60% completion rate...read more>

Western Dressage: Vaquero Style
Michelle Binder-Zolezzi of www.RelationalRidingAcademy.com
As you know I occasionally receive a story from a Western Dressage rider and this week I would like to share with you the story behind a beautiful magazine cover photo that appeared recently in Paint Horse Journal and which featured coverage of Western Dressage. The photo was of Katrina Sanders and her Paint horse Pirate. Here is what Katrina shares with western dressage enthusiasts this week:

"Thank you so much for offering to feature my photo in your blog!  I am honored and so grateful :-)  The article in the Paint Horse Journal featured interviews with a few other people. I was in good company with the likes of Lynn Palm! I was contacted about a month and a half ago from the editor...read more> 



SaddlebredUPHA and ASHA Announce Support of Amendments to the Horse Protection Act
from ASHA

The UPHA and the ASHA have announced that both organizations are in support of the 'Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013' proposed federal legislation that was introduced in April 2013 and has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This legislation is intended to strengthen the Horse Protection Act, by increasing fees and penalties for the soring of horses.


The boards of directors of both organizations unanimously pledged their support for this legislation during board meetings held during the week of the Lexington Junior League Horse Show. UPHA President, Gary Garone, noted that "none of the breeds represented by the UPHA, namely American Saddlebreds, Morgan horses, roadsters and Hackneys, have ever been cited for violations of the Horse Protection Act". ASHA President, Tandy Patrick, added that "the ASHA is opposed to any inhumane treatment of horses, including soring"...read more> 

Registry Rule Change Concerning Registered Prefixes & Suffixes
from IALHA
Due to the ever-increasing number of horses in the IALHA Registry and the growing number of prefixes and suffixes being used by breeders, the Registry Board proposed a rule change to SECTION 24 REGISTERED PREFIXES, SUFFIXES of the Registry Rules. This rule change was approved by the Board of Directors at the May 2013 meeting...read more>
ArabianPopular Trailer Raffle Returns as AHYA Fundraiser
from AHA
Aurora, CO - Shadow Trailer has generously donated a two horse, bumper pull Pro series trailer, with a $15,000 value, to be raffled off for the benefit of the Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA). Only 300 tickets will be sold; get your ticket for $100 and a 1 in 300 change of winning a new trailer! 

AHYA makes up about 10% of the AHA membership and provides an educational platform for youth interested in Arabian horses. AHYA mirrors AHA in that there is a peer-elected Board of Directors that uses the democratic process to govern AHYA activities. AHYA provides an abundance of other ways for youth to pursue their interests in the realm of Arabian horses, including a Regional Youth Team Tournament, a Creative Contest, an Arabian Horse Judging Contest and more..read more> 
Grand National 2013: It's Time to Let the Memories Begin!  
from AMHA
The Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® has been around for more than 40 years. Through those years, you have created a lot of GREAT memories and we want to HEAR your favorite memories. It could be that special ribbon you won or an exciting class you saw. It could even be something you experience while in Oklahoma. Call us and tell us the memory that is the most special to you...read more>




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