July 30, 2012

U.S. Olympic Eventing Team Rises to Fifth Place Following Cross Country

Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper over the last fence. (Shannon Brinkman)

Greenwich, UK - The U.S. Olympic Eventing Team climbed into fifth place with three strong cross country rounds around Sue Benson's testing cross country course against the stunning backdrop of Greenwich Park. Germany continues to lead the team effort on a score of 124.7 followed closely by Great Britain (130.2) and Sweden (131.4). New Zealand is on a score of 133.4 in fourth and the USA's score of 155.2 has them comfortably in fifth ahead of the Australians.


The sellout crowd was incredible and cheered every horse every step of the way.


Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) continues to lead the American effort with the best score of the three scores to count. Riding Jim and Arden Wildasin's Mystery Whisper, Dutton added just 2.8 time faults to his dressage score and lies 12th individually on a score of 47.10. It is incredibly close however, Germany's Ingrid Klimke on Butts Abraxxas and Sweden's Sara Algotsson Ostholt on Wega lead the way, tied on a score of 39.30. New Zealand's Mark Todd sits third, unforgiving himself for the 6/10th of a second which cost him 0.4 time penalties and the lead. A mistake at the last fence was the culprit...read more> 


More U.S. Eventing Team Updates from the 2012 Olympic Games

Follow the U.S. Olympic Teams, see photos from every event, and watch highlight videos at the USEF Network "Live from London" page 
watch every event live at www.nbcolympics.com

check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
USEF Names Four to U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation has named the team for the 2012 Paralympic Games. The four athletes representing the U.S. in London turned heads at the Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial held in Gladstone, NJ in June.

The following two U.S. team veterans and two rising stars will compose the team:

Rebecca Hart (Unionville, PA) and Jessica Ransehousen's Lord Ludger
Jonathan Wentz (Richardson, TX) and Kai Handt's NTEC Richter Scale
Donna Ponessa (New Windsor, NY) and Wesley Dunham's Western Rose
Dale Dedrick (Ann Arbor , MI) and her own Bonifatius 
Read more at www.usefnetwork.com.




USEF Approves Nominated Entry for FEI World Endurance Championship

Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation has approved the nominated entry for the U.S. Endurance Team for the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championship as follows in alphabetical order.

Melody Blittersdorf on her own Synthetic 
Cody Boysen on Roxi Welling's Viktory Banner
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
Ellen Olson on Jeremy Olson's SA Belshazzar
Heather Reynolds on her own and Jeremy Reynolds' Riverwatch
Jeremy Reynolds on his own and Heather Reynolds' A Kutt Above
Margaret Sleeper on her own Syrocco Reveille
Kim Tilson Orr on Nicki Meuten's FYF Dutch
Jan Worthington on her own Golden Lightening 


Read more at www.usefnetwork.com.

Three in a row for Laura Chapot at HITS-on-the-Hudson after a win in Sunday's $75,000 Chartis Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health
Laura Chapot and Umberto on course in the $75,000 Chartis Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. (ESI Photography)
Saugerties, NY - HITS-on-the-Hudson has been dubbed The Chapot Show as Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, New Jersey won her third Grand Prix in a row when she produced the only double-clear ride in Sunday's $75,000 Chartis Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. Last Sunday during HITS-on-the-Hudson IV, Chapot won the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, riding Quointreau Un Prince to close out the show. She followed that up on Friday with a victory aboard Umberto in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, and came back strong to claim victory for the third time on Sunday afternoon.

"I've had him a year and a half now," said an ecstatic Chapot after the class. "He's a very careful, very speedy horse. We've really started to come together this year. I think now he understands my rides and I understand how he rides because he's a little bit different than some of my other horses. He doesn't have as big of a stride, so I can't rely on just leaving out strides to beat everyone but he's quick."..read more>

United States Para-Equestrian Driving Team Prepares for 2012 World Driving Championships
As the United States looks forward to the 2012 Paralympics for the United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team, the Para-Equestrian Driving Team will be preparing for the 2012 Para-Equestrian World Driving Championships, scheduled August 30-September 2, 2012 in Breda, The Netherlands.   
The 2012 USEF Para-Equestrian Driving Team for the World Driving Championships include Diane Kastama, Grade 1, from Arroyo Grande, CA; Pam Johnson, Grade 2 from Pleasant Hill, MO; and Karen Gorham, Grade 2, of Burnet, Texas...read more>
USDF Sport Horse Seminar to be Held in Florida in August
from USDF
Lexington, KY (July 26, 2012) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that the annual USDF Sport Horse Seminar will be held August 31 - September 2, 2012 at Pennock Point Sport Horses in Reddick, FL. Comprised of both classroom lecture portions and hands-on evaluations, the sessions will provide valuable insight into four major areas: ideal movement and conformation of a sport horse, considerations when selecting breeding stock, and show ring strategies, as well as competition rules and judging guidelines.  Noted USEF 'S' and DSHB 'R' Judge Kristi Wysocki will be the seminar instructor at this great educational event. She has a long list of judging credentials and will impart her vast knowledge in this personalized format...read more>

Dedicated Young Equestrian Athletes Receive Grants Through USEF High School Equestrian Athlete Program
Lexington, KY - Sarah Hood is not your typical high school cross country runner. On torrid Georgia afternoons, after classes are over, she joins her teammates for practice and runs for miles. After that, most of her teammates head home. Sarah Hood heads to the barn.

"As my teammates and l left every day, drenched in sweat and exhausted," she says, "many complained about being tired and couldn't wait to go home and crash. I just smiled as l left, knowing that I had horses waiting to be ridden, and stalls to clean, before I could call it a day."..read more>


FEI Honorary Vice President Tsunekazu Takeda (JPN) Elected to International Olympic Committee 
from FEI


Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and FEI Honorary Vice President, was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the 124th IOC Session held in London prior to the Olympic Games.
Takeda, who served as an FEI Bureau member from 1992 to 2002, competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Jumping events. Following his retirement from competition, he continued to pursue his passion for sport as a coach and administrator,  leading the Japanese equestrian teams at the Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games...read more>  

2012: A great year to be an equestrian!   

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USEF Competing Equestrian 2012


APSL Revision at Nationals

APSL Revision at the IALHA National Championship Show!


The tentative date is 18th of October.


Please see the following requirements to participate.
Th Owners of eligible APSL horses should send in the APSL Request for Revision form to [email protected], and to the IALHA office by Sept. 15th as it needs to be sent to Portugal for approval...read more>

Canadian Nationals in Hospitable Wheat City an Exhibitor Favorite
from AHA
Aurora, CO  - The Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba will once again host the Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show, August 13 - 18, 2012. This will be the second year Canadian Nationals will take advantage of Brandon's facility, which is finely tuned for horse shows, easy to access from four interstates and situated in central Canada. Brandon is a rural community, known for its acres and acres of surrounding wheat fields and is host to major agricultural expositions and shows each year...read more> 


Mares Designated for Weanling Class of 2012
See the list of designated Mares here. 
Oregon Morgan Classic Results Online from AMHA
Results from the 2012 Oregon Morgan Classic Horse Show are now online and can be viewed here
Saddlebreds Included in This Year's Alltech National Horse Show
Lexington, KY - American Saddlebreds will be included in the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky from October 31 through November 4.

Continuing a rich tradition of American Saddlebreds showing at the National Horse Show, Saddlebreds will again be included in this year's prize list. The Saddlebred division at the Alltech National Horse Show will include an Open and Amateur qualifier and championship for the Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited, and Fine Harness Divisions. There will also be an Open qualifier and championship for the Park division...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.


In This Issue
Andalusian & Lusitano

SmartPak Ad 




Adequan Ad



Western Dressage: Progressive Training 


Before we learn to read we must learn the ABC's.  William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle (1593-1676) suggested an analogy between the education of a child and horse trainers who made unrealistic demands on young horses.  Centuries ago he asked, 'I would fain ask such stupid people, whether, by beating a boy, they could teach him to read, without first showing him his alphabet?'...read more>


Land Rover 2012   

Ritchie 2012 AD 

Saddlebred World Loses Betty Petit 


Beloved wife and mother, Marion Elizabeth "Betty" McKenzie Petit died at the age of 92 in La Canada, California...Betty Petit will best be remembered by the horse show world as an avid and able equestrienne on board her champion American Saddlebred horses well into her eighth decade. ..read more>



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