August 11th, 2014

Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team Lifts the Aga Khan
Young Stars Take 4th in Bratislava

The Victorius U.S. Team in Dublin (Laurence Dunne/Rockmountainstudios)

Lexington, Ky. - The full spectrum of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team's talent was on display Friday as mixture of veterans and young stars claimed the third CSIO5* Nations Cup victory for the U.S. in one week at CSIO5* Dublin, while a group of rising talents gained valuable experience at CSIO3* Bratislava.

CSIO5* Dublin

Four members of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games headed into Dublin's Furusiyya FEI Nations presented by Longines looking to secure top honors for the United States. Led by Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland, the team of Charlie Jayne, Jessica Springsteen, Katie Dinan, and Beezie Madden did just that as they jumped to an impressive victory to claim the prestigious Aga Khan Trophy following two rounds of jumping over Alan Wade's demanding track on Friday.

"We haven't won the Aga Khan in a very longtime and I'm very happy," said an excited Ridland. "To see our next generation of riders step up like this is amazing." more>

Tuesday - Thursday
USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship

Friday - Saturday
USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship
 check during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
St. Jacques Claims Gold Medal in Marshall & Sterling/US Pony Medal Finals to Close Out 2014 US Pony Finals
Taylor St. Jacques, winner of the 2014 Marshall & Sterling/US Pony Medal Finals (Shawn McMillen Photography)
Lexington, Ky. - A week of competition at the 2014 US Pony Finals came to a close Sunday with the most coveted award of the championship. The Marshall & Sterling/US Pony Medal Finals took place in the Alltech Arena with 159 riders vying for top honors in front of judges Karen Healey and Stacia Madden. After riding Finders-Keepers to the Regular Medium Hunter Pony Championship title the day before, Taylor St. Jacques earned a Championship title of her own on Sunday.

In round one the riders were tested over a demanding course designed by Richard Jeffery, including a bending line, a line where riders had to trot and pick up the counter lead between fences and a two-stride combination. Twenty riders were called back for round two over a more difficult track to test their equitation skills. Fences taken at the hand gallop and trot as well as a one-stride in and out were part of round two course. After round two, four riders, two from the Small section and two from the Medium section, returned to the ring to be tested on the flat. St. Jacques, Alexandra Pielet, Ericka Koscinski, and Camryn Halley entered the Alltech Arena to determine the top placings of the Marshall & Sterling/US Pony Medal more>

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USEF Names 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Endurance Team

Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named five horse-and-athlete combinations to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Endurance Team. Additionally, four horse-and-athlete combinations have been named as alternates.

The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Endurance Team (in alphabetical order):

Ellen Olson (La Motte, Iowa) and Farzad Faryadi's Hot Desert Knight
Hot Desert Knight is a 2000 Arabian gelding.

Heather Reynolds (Dunnellon, Fla.) and her own Chanses
Chanses is a 2005 Arabian gelding.

Jeremy Reynolds (Dunnellon, Fla.) and his own RR Gold Dust Rising
RR Gold Dust Rising is a 2006 Arabian gelding.

Kelsey Russell (Williston, Fla.) and Valerie Kanavy's My Wild Irish Gold
My Wild Irish Gold is a 2003 Anglo Arab mare.

Dr. Margaret Sleeper (Frenchtown, N.J.) and her own Syrocco Reveille
Syrocco Reveille is a 2000 Arabian more> 

Petersborg's Qasanova Improves to 12th at 2014 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses
Matthew Johnson and Petersborg's Qasanova (Karl-Heinz Frieler)
Verden, Germany - The Five-year-old Championship of the 2014 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses continued on Friday in the WM Arena. Matthew Johnson and Petersborg's Qasanova performed once again on the international stage as the sole U.S. representative, earning a 12th-place finish in the Small Final for Five-year-old Championship, the second qualifying opportunity for the Final. 

Johnson (Lake Worth, Fla.) rode Petersborg's Qasanova (Quaterback x Kajana I/Calypso II) to an overall score of 7.52, an improvement from Thursday, from the Ground Jury of Ghislain Fourage, Andrew-Ralph Gardner, Kurt Christensen, and Dr. Dietrich Plew. The Danish Warmblood stallion earned the highest trot score of the class with a 9.3, as well as received an impressive 8.8 for his canter mark. He received 7.5 for his rideability and 7.0 for his final impression, 

The pair gained valuable experience on the world stage with much positive feedback on the talent of the combination for the more>

Assessing Sweat Loss and Electrolyte Needs in Horses 

It's a hot, sunny summer day and you've just had a great ride. You know that the sweat glistening on your horse helps keep him cool during exercise. Considering a horse can be dripping with sweat after even a moderate workout, how much water and electrolytes have been lost? more>
Seventh Edition of Alltech FEI World Equestrian GamesTM Promises A Fabulous Feast of Equestrian Sport
by Louise Parkes for  FEI
All roads lead to Normandy in France where the much-anticipated Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 begins in two weeks' time. The seventh edition of the FEI's flagship event is the biggest in its 24-year history, and with a massive increase in entries, and visitors already flying into northern France from all around the globe, it promises to be the greatest showcase for equestrian sport to date.


Staged at the halfway point between each Summer Olympic Games, the FEI World Equestrian Games™ brings together the World Championships for all FEI disciplines.  Previously these had been held in different locations, but, strongly supported by then FEI President Prince Philip, the concept that had been floating around for quite some time became a reality at the first edition held in Stockholm, Sweden in more>



ASHA Youth Events Planned for the World's Championship Horse Show
from ASHA

The ASHA's Youth Committee has planned many exciting events this year for junior exhibitors, including Barn Bingo, Golf Cart Decorating Contest, Junior Judging, and a new Cash Cart Competition. Great prizes will be awarded for all of these events: details appear below:


AMERICAN SADDLEBRED BINGO Dates: Monday, August 18 - Friday, August 22. Who can participate: Any youth 17 and under. Obtain an American Saddlebred Bingo card from the Saddlebred Center and visit different barns, vendors and "Saddlebred Celebrities" for stickers and complete a BINGO. There will be a different card each day. The first youth to complete a BINGO each day and turn it in at the Saddlebred Center will receive a prize. All youth who complete a BINGO will be entered in a drawing for a gift basket. A different gift basket will be given away each day.


GOLF CART DECORATING CONTEST Dates: Sunday August 17-Thursday August 21 Who can participate: Any youth age 10 & Under or 11-17 (2 age divisions) Judging will take place on Thursday afternoon. A $20 entry fee is required and all proceeds go towards the ASHA Youth Scholarships. There are ten different categories to enter and prizes awarded to the winners in each more>

strong>AMHA Youth Council Seeks Candidates for Election

Calling all youth who want their voice to be heard, demonstrate leadership, and make a difference. 

The AMHA Youth Council is composed of members devoted to the breed who strive to adhere to the following three goals: 

-To perpetuate and promote the Morgan's long standing history of excellence, athleticism, intelligence, and willingness.
-To attract equine-minded youth nationwide to AMHA Youth Programs by developing diverse, interesting, and effective campaigns and programs to increase youth involvement.
-To offer guidance to other AMHA youth and serve as an exemplary role models. Members of the Council are not only representatives of their region, but more>

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