August 4th, 2014

U.S. Jumpers Win Nations Cups In Hickstead & Gijon

The winning U.S. Team in Hickstead 
(FEI/ Action Images)
Over two impressive and unprecedented days this weekend U.S. Jumping teams were unbeatable in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition. First a team of veterans, all of them on the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Short List for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, out classed some of the world's best teams at CSIO5* Hickstead. On Saturday, a team of rising stars won at CSIO5* Gijon and earned the U.S. back-to-back Nations Cup wins.

Hickstead: "They were brilliant as a team, no other way to describe it," was cCef d'Equipe Robert Ridland's summation of his team's performance in England. The team of McLain Ward, Reed Kessler, Margie Engle, and Beezie Madden finished on an overall total of four faults after two rounds of jumping over Kelvin Bywater's 12-obstacle track. In round one, the U.S. came out firing on all cylinders to finish round one on a clean sheet and maintain its top form to add only four faults in the second more>

Gijon: "They were so fantastic, they all came together so well," said Chef d'Equipe DiAnn Langer of her team. She brought a team of rising stars to Gijon's Nations Cup and Ashlee Bond-Clarke, Catherine Pasmore, Quentin Judge, and Georgina Bloomberg delivered with strong performances throughout the day over Avelino Rodríguez Miravalles' demanding track to finish on a two round total of eight faults after finishing the first round on four more>


Other Headlines From This Issue 


Madden Speeds to Historic Win in The Longines King George V Gold Cup at CSIO5* Hickstead

McCormick, Roberts, Woodside Squad among Winners at USEF/AVA National Championships

2015 Saddle Seat Young Rider Teams Announced 


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BeezieMadden Speeds to Historic Win in The Longines King George V Gold Cup at CSIO5* Hickstead
Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' (Jon Stroud Media for Shannon Brinkman Photography)

Hickstead, United Kingdom - Beezie Madden added another coveted title to her extensive resume on Sunday when she rode Abigail Wexner's Cortes 'C' to victory in the The Longines King George V Gold Cup at CSIO5* Hickstead. In doing so she also made history as the first women ever to win the prestigious Grand Prix.

Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding were one of 14 combinations to jump Kelvin Bywater's 12-obstacle track faultlessly and qualify to return for the jump-off. The pair, which had jumped double clear in Friday's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines, had the advantageous position of returning as the final competitors in the jump-off and seized the opportunity with both hands jumping clear and stopping the timers in 46.01 to seal their win by more than a full second.

Making the two-time Olympic Gold medalist's win all the more impressive, is that she only recently returned to competition after breaking her collarbone in more> 

Laine Ashker Makes It Two in a Row at Millbrook Horse Trials
Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch take the top prize for the second year in a row (Brant Gamma photo)
Millbrook, N.Y. - Laine Ashker downplayed her chances of a winning the Advanced at Millbrook Horse Trials for the second year in a row all weekend, but she and Anthony Patch remained cool under pressure and rode a beautiful show jump round to defend her title in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup/PRO Tour Series. With less then two points separating Ashker from Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn, she knew she needed to jump a clear round to win, as Dutton had flawlessly piloted both Fernhill Cubalawn and Fernhill Fugitive around the course.

"I was definitely nervous," said Ashker of Henrico, Va. "But I was able to control my nerves and Al was amazing." Ashker is planning to take the 15-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred to the Adequan Gold Cup Final at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships in Texas, where she also took top prize last year, and hopes her back-to-back success will more>
VaultingMcCormick, Roberts, Woodside Squad Among Winners at USEF/AVA National Championships
Kristian Roberts on Sir Charles (Lynne Owen/

Eugene, Oregon.The USEF/AVA Vaulting National Championships were held from July 31 - August 3 at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene. It was the first time that the National Championships were held in the Pacific Northwest and, at the highest levels, featured athletes that could be representing the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy (WEG) in just a few weeks.

In the Individual Women's Gold Division Mary McCormick (Woodside, Calif.), top ranked Individual Female on the Short List, finished with a final score of 8.464 vaulting on Sydney Frankel's Sir Charles and lunged by Carolyn Bland. McCormick earned the National Championship over Mary Garrett (Mountain View, Calif.) and Elizabeth Ioannou (Saratoga, Calif.), second and third on the Short List, respectively. 

Kristian Roberts (Moss Beach, Calif.), top ranked Individual Male on the Short List, narrowly won the Individual Men's Gold Division with a 7.564 on, less than a tenth of a point more than second-place finisher Patrick Aaron Stevens (Martinez, Calif.), who finished with a 7.500 total. Roberts was also lunged by Bland and vaulted on Sir Charles. Third in the Individual Men's Gold Division was Geoffrey Woolson (Tujunga, Calif.), who finished with a 7.002 total more>   

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U.S. Finishes Fourth in CDIO3* Hickstead's FEI Nations Cup, Wilcox Second in Grand Prix Special
Lisa Wilcox and Denzello (Peter Martin-Turner/Spidge Photo for Shannon Brinkman Photography)
Hickstead, United Kingdom - The United States produced improved performances in the Grand Prix Special on Saturday at CDIO3* Hickstead to earn a fourth-place finish in FEI Nations Cup competition. The team of Lisa Wilcox, Brian Hafner, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, and Susie Dutta finished on score of 414.611 in the competition that combined scores from the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special. 

Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) led the U.S. on Saturday with Betty Well's 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Denzello, finishing second place overall. The pair had marked improvement over the Grand Prix posting a score five points higher after earning 71.608% in Grand Prix Special.

Hafner (Penngrove, Calif.) and his own and Rebecca Hafner's Lombardo LHF earned a score of 70.275%. The 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding finished the Grand Prix Special in 11th more>
USEF Accepting Bids to Host 2015 and 2016 US Junior Hunter National Championships
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is now accepting bids to host the 2015 and 2016 US Junior Hunter National Championships. Anyone interested in requesting a bid packet does so with the understanding that the bid will be for the 2015 and 2016 competition years, to be hosted at the same location and under the same licensee/management.

Please contact Lori Nelson, at (859) 225-6957 or via email at [email protected] for a copy of the bid packet. Bids will be due in the office by the close of business Friday, August 29, 2014. Any request received after this time will not be more>

Fat Horses and Grazing Muzzles: Why "Giving Him a Little Break" Is a Bad Idea 

You have an overweight horse, and you're using a grazing muzzle any time he's in the pasture. It seems to be working because the weight tape indicates he's actually lost a few pounds. Should you give him a short period of free grazing? more>

FEI Nations Cup Eventing: Germany Closes the Gap
from FEI

Sweden's premier Eventing site at Malmö is proving a lucky venue for Germany. Having swept the medals table at last year's FEI European Eventing Championships, Germany triumphed impressively in the sixth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014 held there this weekend.


It was Germany's third consecutive win this season, following victories in Strzegom (POL) and Aachen (GER). As a result, they are closing in on series leader Great Britain, who were absent for the first time this year. Germany now lies in third place in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014, two points behind France and three adrift of Great Britain, with three more legs to more>



SaddleSeat2015 Saddle Seat Young Rider Teams Announced

Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is proud to announce the selection of the 2015 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams. A total of 63 applications were received from around the country. For 2015, athletes were selected to compete on teams for two international competitions. The Travel team will compete in an Invitational in South Africa and the Home team will compete at an Invitational in the United States.

After an extensive review the following 24 riders were selected to be part on the 2015 US Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams...see the 2015 Saddle Seat Young Rider Teams at
Deadline to Submit Declaration of Intent to Show For 2014 ASR Futurities
from ASHA

The deadline to submit a Declaration of Intent to Show for the 2014 ASR Futurities is 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2014.


Nominated horses entered to show in the ASR Futurity classes at the 2014 World's Championship Horse Show, must have a signed Declaration of Intent to Show and the starting fee paid by the above-mentioned deadline. Advance payment for declarations may be e-mailed to [email protected], faxed to 859.259.1628 or postmarked on or before Wednesday, August more>

APSL Inspection News
from IALHA
Lusitano owners wishing to have their horses inspected, please send the APSL request for inspection form to [email protected] plus the IALHA office in Birmingham, and the inspection fee to IALHA 4 weeks prior to more>
IFSHA World Show Schedule Now Online
from IFSHA
IFSHA is proud to introduce the 2014 World Championship Class Schedule. It can be found on the IFSHA website or at
AMHA to Acquire and Operate National Museum of the Morgan Horse
from AMHA
Shelburne, Vt. - Through a series of transactions between the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA), American Morgan Horse Institute (AMHI), and American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust (AMHECT), the AMHA will acquire and operate the National Museum of the Morgan Horse (NMMH) effective August 1, 2014.

AMHA Board President Jeff Gove stated, "We are pleased to continue the legacy of the Museum under the AMHA banner. This is a unique opportunity for 'all things Morgan' both past and present to come together." AMHA Executive Director Julie Broadway added, "The NMMH is the guardian of the Morgan's rich history and we are honored to have them become part of the AMHA family and the opportunity to work with Middlebury College in preserving that history. We see this as a strategic business move to more closely align and integrate all facets of the Morgan community under one umbrella." more>
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