August 5, 2013

United States Jumps to Top Finishes in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Competitions

The winning U.S. Team (Alex Warriner/USEF Archive)
Lexington, KY- The U.S. jumper's showed their depth Friday as they earned top results in two hard-fought Furusiyya FEI Nations Cups. A team of rising stars headed to Bratislava, Slovakia and produced spectacular rounds to earn an American victory at CSIO3* Bratislava's Furusiyya FEI Nations  Cup. While a team of Nations Cup veterans jumped at the CSIO5* Hickstead, earning a second place finish in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines.

CSIO3* Bratislava

The U.S. team of Catherine Pasmore, Quentin Judge, Megan Nusz, and Kirsten Coe, led by Chef d'Equipe Kent Farrington headed into Bratislava's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup with their sights firmly set on a podium finish. Over two rounds of jumping a testing track designed by Edward Petrovic, the talented squad proved unbeatable to finish on a total of four faults and earn victory over 12 other nations.


CSIO5* Hickstead


The United States sent a formidable team into Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines to jump two rounds of Kelvin Bywater's difficult course. Led by Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland, Richard Spooner, Reed Kessler, McLain Ward, and Beezie Madden used their experience to propel the U.S. to an equal second place finish on a score of 12 faults.


Read more about both Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competitions at 

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U.S. Dressage Team Scores Second Place Finish in CDIO3* Hickstead's Nation Cup

Hickstead, England - The U.S. Dressage Team continued to show their resurgence on the international stage, cruising to a second place finish in FEI Nations Cup competition at the CDIO3* Hickstead. Sunday's competition utilized a new format using the Freestyle to determine Nations Cup results rather than the traditional Grand Prix Test.


Leading the U.S. was Kathleen Raine (Murrieta, CA) and Markel/ USEF Young Horse Dressage Program graduate Breanna. The combination who were awarded a USET Foundation funded USEF Grant demonstrated their growth helping the U.S. to earn a second place finish in Hickstead's Nation Cup. Jennifer Mason, David Wightman and Raine's 13-year-old Hanoverian mare scored 75.650% in Sunday's Freestyle to finish in third place more>

U.S. Pairs Driving Team Finishes 4th in Riesenbeck

The pairs driving competition at CAIO Riesenbeck finished up on Sunday with the cones phase of competition. The U.S Team of Misdee Wirgley-Miller, Scott Dancer, and Rachael Blanchard finished in 4th place behind Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Dancer, with the team of Redfordt and Wimbeldon 44, was the top American through the cones with 8.94 total penalties, but it was Wrigley Miller with Sam and Clemens that was the top U.S. driver of the more> 

JumpingMargie Engle and Indigo Top an Intense Jump-off to Win $100,000 Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix
Margie Engle and Indigo jump their way to a win in the $100,000 Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties (ESI Photography)
Saugerties, NY - Margie Engle of Wellington, Florida and Indigo, owned by Garber, Griese, Hidden Creek & Gladewinds share a storied career together, most recently highlighted by a win in Sunday's $100,000 Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties. The duo topped 35 on their way to the blue, piecing together the puzzle that was Bernardo Cabral's jump-off track.

"Indigo felt great today," said Engle of the 12-year-old Dutch gelding. "We have been resting him while waiting for this class and he felt nice and fresh - maybe a little too fresh in the first round! But he settled and came back just right for the jump-off." more>
A Novice Three Day is a Chance to 'Chase' Success at Any Age
from USEA

Peggy Moore and Mallory Hogan don't have much in common.


Moore is a middle-aged adult amateur that owns and runs a boarding and training facility, Graceland Equestrian Center; Hogan is a 12-year-old trying to balance schoolwork with riding her pony. Aside from being eventers, there are few personal similarities between these two.


However, both made the trek to Kalispell, Montana to compete at The Event at Rebecca Farm, July 24-28 to compete in the Novice Three Day (N3D), part of the SmartPak Equine USEA Classic Series. And both, mounted on a 13.2 pony and a 16.1 warmblood, took home blue ribbons and armfuls of more>

ParaApplications Now Being Accepted for USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe
Lexington, KY - The Search Committee formed by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to assist in hiring the next Technical Advisor/Chef d'Equipe for the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dessage Team has approved the job description for the position.

The Search Committee is composed of:

Eric Straus, Chairman
Janet Foy
Catherine Haddad-Staller
Connie Davenport
David O'Connor

The job description can be found more>
British Make it a Double on Home Ground at Hickstead, but Dutch Take Pilot League Title
by Louise Parkes for FEI
Great Britain won the fourth and last leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2013 pilot series at Hickstead Sunday. But they had to settle for third place, behind Sweden, in the final rankings as The Netherlands claimed the series title. Germany finished on the same final scoreline as the British at the end of this trial season, but a double of wins gave today's host nation the nod for third place on the final leaderboard.


The British were pushed hard by a highly competitive US side whose combined score left them less than one point in arrears, while Germany finished almost two points further adrift. The Dutch team slotted into fourth ahead of Sweden in fifth, while France, Ireland and Spain, each fielding only three-strong sides, finished in sixth, seventh and eighth places more>

Western Dressage: Sharing Strides - Two Minds, One Journey 
by Deb Herbert & Karen Abbattista for WDAA
Welcome to a different kind of blog from WDAA! The purpose of this post is to allow the reader "into the heads" of both a trainer/judge/competitor, Karen Abbattista and her student, Deborah Herbert, a Florida WDAA member. We would like to share with you some moments in Deb's journey as she pursues her riding goals with her AQHA mare "GenuineArcticSpring", barn name "Belle". 

Please enjoy as you follow along with these posts that we consider interesting or challenging moments on their journey with Western Dressage.



You might not know it by looking at my house these days, but I prefer things to be neat and organized.  That's one of the reasons why I love dressage so much. It's a systematic, progressive method of training whose classical principles can enhance and improve the natural way of going of the Western horse. These principles are illustrated in the Pyramid of Training (the Training Scale). It's so essential to the correct schooling of the horse that we have it hanging on the outside of Deb's barn, facing the dressage arena. more>  



SaddlebredASHA Nominating Committee Seeks Board Candidates
The ASHA Nominating Committee is seeking interested ASHA members to serve on the board. ASHA Nominating Committee Chair Betsy Boone reports that this Committee is now seeking candidates for the 2014 ASHA Board of Directors.  

The Nominating Committee is looking for individuals with a variety of skills to join this active and engaged board, including American Saddlebred breeders, trainers, Saddle Seat instructors, judges, horse show organizers, and Charter or Youth Club supporters, as well as individuals with particular expertise in finance, marketing, communications, and organization. The Nominating Committee also seeks to identify candidates from various regions of the United States, as well as candidates from different age more>

Legislation to Eliminate Soring Introduced in Senate  
from AMHA
There are now bills in both the House and Senate to amend the Horse Protection Act to eliminate soring. On July 31, just before breaking for the August recess, Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013. The bill is intended to strengthen the Horse Protection Act (HPA), which was enacted in 1970 to prohibit the showing, exhibiting, transporting or sale at auction of a horse that has been sored.

The Senate bill is the same as the legislation already introduced in the House, which now has 137 more>
VAPPFHA Introduces New VA Bred Program
from PFHA
The Virginia Presidential Paso Fino Horse Association (VAPPFHA) introduces the VAPPFHA Virginia Bred Program at their August 23-25, 2013 show! Cash Awards to the top six horses in each class that were foaled in Virginia.


Sponsored in part by a grant from the Virginia Horse Industry Board (VHIB) more> 




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