August 6, 2012

U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team Finishes Sixth; Fellers and Ward Advance to Individual Final

Beezie Madden and Via Volo (Shannon Brinkman)
Greenwich, UK - Hard luck continued for the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team as they rallied for a sixth place finish in the Team Championship at Greenwich Park. American anchor rider Rich Fellers said "Clear rounds win medals" and Monday that proved true as Great Britain won Team Gold for the first time since 1952. They did it in classic style in front of a home crowd of 20,000 fans, jumping off with Holland for the Gold medal. It was a masterful effort by the home team. Saudi Arabia won Bronze.


Bob Ellis' track proved incredibly tough and scopey and only eight of the 51 starters managed clear rounds. The water line, from fences three to five proved very influential. The best American effort was turned in by Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, NY) who rebounded back from a rough start to the Olympic Games on Via Volo to fault at the third to last fence, a massive more> 


More U.S. Show Jumping team updates from the 2012 Olympic Games 

U.S. Olympic Dressage Team in Fifth Place After First Half of Team Competition

Steffen Peters and Ravel led the U.S. team with a score of 77.705% (Shannon Brinkman)
Greenwich, UK - Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA) returned to the Olympic Games with Ravel and proved that the 14-year-old KWPN gelding still has what it takes to be competitive at the highest level of the sport of dressage. Four years after they were fourth individually in Hong Kong at the 2008 Games, Peters and Ravel scored 77.705% in Greenwich Park's main arena to lead the U.S. Team to fifth place at the conclusion of the first half of the Team Competition.

"I can't explain the feeling you get from Ravel when he's on but today was one of those days," said Peters. "I'm just thrilled that Ravel is still the same horse after all those years."


Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro set the mark and lead the British effort as they look to win their first Team Gold in dressage. Their score of 83.663% was never in danger of being touched. Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival are second for The Netherlands on 81.687% and Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill are third for more>  


More U.S. Dressage team updates from the 2012 Olympic Games

O'Connor Leads American Olympic Games Effort, Germany Sweeps Gold
Karen O'Connor and Mr. Medicott (Shannon Brinkman)
Greenwich, UK - The German Olympic Eventing Team was in a class of its own as history was made at Greenwich Park. Michael Jung led a charge that finished with him winning Team and Individual Gold in a flawless effort on Sam. They were the only combination to finish the entire competition without adding anything to their dressage score. That score of 40.6 meant that Jung is the first person ever to be the reigning European, Olympic, and World Champion simultaneously.

Sara Algotsson Ostholt led after the cross country with Wega for Sweden but her Gold medal turned to Silver when they impossibly dislodged the front rail of the last fence of the individual show jumping round. It appeared to happen in slow motion. Sandra Auffarth bookended the German effort, picking up Bronze on Opgun Louvo. Just 4.2 faults separated the top three more>


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U.S. Showcases Emerging Talent in the 2012 FEI World Dressage Championships for Young Horses
Verden, Germany - Competition came to a close at the FEI World Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany with the final championship tests. The lone entry to compete for the United States on Sunday was Jennifer Hoffman and Florentinus V, competing in the six-year-old championship. In Sunday's International Final, the Prize of Privatbrauerei Wittingen, the pair finished a valiant 13th after a long week of competition.

In Friday's Prize of Mrs. Madeleine Winter-Schulze, a qualifier for Sunday's final, Florentinus V (Florestan-Lady in Red by Londonderry) barely missed automatically qualifying. The Westphalian stallion and Hoffman (San Diego, CA) placed 13th in the class but only the top 12 would move on. Saturday's Small Field Final; the Prize of the company ZEDAN provided Florentinus V and Hoffman one last opportunity to earn a spot in the more>


US Pony Finals Set to Begin Tuesday

Lexington, KY - More than 500 of the very best ponies in the U.S. are in Lexington, Kentucky right now to compete at the 2012 US Pony Finals. Starting Tuesday they will be ridden into competition at the Kentucky Horse Park by youth riders from around the country.

Over the next six days riders will take aim at the US Hunter Pony Championships presented by Sallee Horse Vans in Small, Medium, and Large Regular Hunter and Green Hunter sections and at an overall Regular and Green Hunter championship.  Starting Wednesday and continuing through Friday pony jumpers will go after Team and Individual jumping championships. On Sunday, August 12th the week will end with the awarding of the Equisport Insurance/US Pony Medal Championship.


Read more here.

The full 2012 U.S. Pony Finals schedule is available here. 



USEF Names Drivers for FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championships

Lexington, KY - The following drivers have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. in the 2012 FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championships, in Reisenbeck, Germany, August 15-19, 2012.

The United States will be represented by the following drivers:
James Fairclough (Newtown, NJ)
Chester Weber (Ocala, FL)
Joe Yoder (Zwartewaal, The Netherlands)

Ed Young will serve as Chef d' Equipe.

Follow the 2012 U.S. Driving Team here. 

Blythe Marano and Urban Lead $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix Victory Gallop at Kentucky Summer Classic
Blythe Marano and Urban won the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix at the Kentucky Summer Classic. (Kendall Bierer/PMG)
Lexington, KY - The applause and excitement could be heard resounding throughout the Kentucky Horse Park [yesterday night] as the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix got underway in the Rolex Stadium. It was the fifth day of the Kentucky Summer Classic, and the nation's top riders gathered to show under the bright lights of the stadium for a share in the prize money, and the desired $8,000 SSG 'Go Clean for the Green' Digital Riding Glove promotion bonus. Out of 33 entries only five were able to ride the first course clear, and progress into the arduous jump-off. It was Blythe Marano and Urban who wowed the crowd, taking the top earnings and the bonus money. Aaron Vale piloted Palm Sunday to the second place finish as the only other rider to go double more>

Vaulters Take Center Stage in Lexington, KY as Ten National Titles are Awarded
Mary McCormick, winner of the Gold Individual Female Championships (Lynne Owens/
Lexington, KY - Top vaulters from throughout the U.S. flocked to the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park to stake their claim on 2012 USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championship honors, August 2-5, 2012. A total of 10 national titles were on the line, as Gold, Silver and Bronze sections were held in Individual Female and Male Championships. Additionally, National Championship competition was contested in A, B and C Team sections and Pas de Deux. The USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championships were held in conjunction with the National Festival hosting 291 vaulters from 21 states and 3 countries. Adding excitement to the weekend, the rising stars of the sport had the opportunity to vault alongside the best in the more>
The Dressage Foundation Awards Continuing Education Grants To Five Dressage Instructors

The Dressage Foundation's Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Fund, established by Maryal Barnett, has awarded grants to five individuals to attend the United States Dressage Federation's Instructor Certification Program. 

Kalli Bowles (CA), Megan Dischler (WI), Heather McCullough (NC), Colleen Reid (CA) and Alejandro Salazar (CA) each received a $1,250 grant to further their education as instructors.

"The Grant Selection Committee felt that these applicants were well qualified, and The Dressage Foundation is very pleased to help them continue their education," said Jenny Johnson, Administrative Director.  "Many thanks go to Maryal for creating this fund and providing this important financial support." more> 

New IHSA Website Launches
Fairfield, CTJust in time for the start of a new semester, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) has announced the launch of its revamped website at:

"We are updating the design and navigation to make things simpler and fresher.  This new site will also be much more mobile-friendly," says 2012 IHSA Oregon State national champion team assistant western coach, Carrie Hertel.  The all-volunteer IHSA Website Committee consists of Hertel, Lori Cramer, Jen Earles, and Elena more>

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USEF Announces Date and Location for the 2012 Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championships and Opens Bidding for the 2013 Championships

Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that the 2012 Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championships will be held at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic, August 30-31, in Tulsa, OK.

For information regarding the championships please visit or contact Leah Oliveto, USEF Sport Programs Assistant, [email protected].


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Andrew Nicholson Takes Over Lead in HSBC Rankings After London 2012
New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson takes over lead in HSBC Rankings. Image: (Kit Houghton/FEI)
Andrew Nicholson (NZL) has taken over as world number one in the HSBC Rankings after the London 2012 Olympic Eventing competition in Greenwich Park.

Nicholson, captain of New Zealand's bronze medal-winning team at London 2012, is now 46 points clear of William Fox-Pitt (GBR) who had led the HSBC Rankings since April. London 2012 is Andrew Nicholson's sixth Olympic Games.

New Zealand's Jonathan Paget (29), who began riding aged 18 and competed in his first CCI4* in 2010, has moved up to third in the HSBC Rankings, 21 points clear of fourth-placed Boyd Martin (USA) more> 

Two Andalusians Compete in the Olympic Grand Prix Special Tuesday
from IALHA

All Andalusian and Lusitano fans are thrilled this week a two Andalusian horses have qualified for the dressage Grand Prix Special taking place Tuesday, August 7th.  Rubi, a Lusitano, competed earlier in dressage, as well.  


Selection for the Grand Prix Special is a great honor, as it is more difficult than the Grand Prix. Over the course of Thursday and Friday, all 50 horse-rider pairs performed a grand prix test ( Rubi, below, competed then with a great score of 71.52.) The top seven teams and the top 11 individual riders after the grand prix go through to the grand prix special on August 7, Tuesday. This decides the team medals. The grand prix special also serves as a qualifier for the Aug. 9 freestyle where the leading 18 horse-rider pairings - a maximum of three per country - contend for individual Olympic more> 

C-Fair Charity Results Online
from AMHA

Results from last weekend's C-Fair Charity Horse Show in Monroe, Washington are now available. You can check them out here.   




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