August 12, 2013

Woodson Wins US Pony Medal Final to Close
 Out 2013 US Pony Finals

Olivia Woodson (Shawn McMillen Photography)
Lexington, KY- The final day of the 2013 US Pony Finals was dedicated to equitation and the US Pony Medal Final. A total of 193 riders headed into the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena to demonstrate their skill and proficiency in front of the judging panel of Bill Moroney and Julie Winkel.

In round one Bobby Murphy tested riders over an intricate course which featured a two-stride combination as well as a trot jump and called for riders to halt before continuing on in the canter over a vertical. Twenty-five riders were called back for a second round which again tested their equitation abilities. This time riders were asked to once again trot a single vertical, negotiate a one-stride line as well as perform a change of lead in the middle of a line. Following the second round, four riders; three from the Medium section and one from the Large section, were called back for a test on the flat.

Olivia Woodson, Emma Kurtz, Emma Lemke and Charlise Casas would return to the Alltech Arena for a third time in order to determine the outcome of the 2013 US Pony Medal more> 
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5:00pm ET: USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship

Saturday, August 17th
3:00pm ET:
USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship
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Roberts Repeats, Ioannou Takes Women's Gold Division at USEF/AVA National Championships
Kristian Roberts repeated as Men's
Gold Division National Champion in Denver (Lynne Owen/
Denver, CO - Seven USEF National Championships were awarded at the National Western Complex on Sunday when competition in all six individual divisions and the open Pas de Deux  division wrapped up. The day saw Kristian Roberts repeat as Male Gold Division National Champion, Elizabeth Ioannou get the best of a three-time defending champion to take top prize in the women's division, and the Palmer sisters stake their claim as USEF Open Pas de Deux National Champions.

Women's Individual Championships

Coming into the individual competition in Denver, the story was Mary McCormick looking for a fourth consecutive title in the Gold division, but it was clear from the beginning that she would have competition. The best of that competition came from Mt. Eden Vaulting Club's Elizabeth Ioannou. Ioannou (Saratoga, CA) was coming off a team championship on Saturday, and a strong first round individual score of 8.558, before ensuring herself a National Championship with a fluid freestyle effort in round two, and an overall more>
U.S. Jumps to Third Place in CSIO5* Dublin's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines

Dublin, Ireland - The United States produced a hard fought effort in CSIO5* Dublin's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines to finish in a tie for third place on a score of 16 faults. Eight teams went to task over Alan Wade's scopey track, with the team from Great Britain finishing on eight faults to lift the Aga Khan Trophy. Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland led the U.S. effort in Dublin which was bookended by two-time Olympic gold medal winning teammates McLain Ward and Beezie Madden; they were joined on Friday by Katie Dinan and Kent Farrington.

Ridland believed all his riders gained valuable experience jumping on Dublin's historic grass stadium and believes it is important to compete on all types of surfaces.

"Jumping on the grass here I think is a great experience," said Ridland. "And all of our riders will have learned a lot today." more> 

Vitalis and Jorst Complete Final Test at 2013 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses
Verden, Germany - Charlotte Jorst and Vitalis finished a respectable 13th on Sunday in the Final of the six-year-old division at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses. The Championship held annually hosts the world's best up-and-coming dressage talents and often serves as a preview for horses that will represent their countries on the international stage.

Skagen Holding's Vitalis (Vivaldi x Tolivia/Donnerschwee) was a bit unsettled in Verden's championship atmosphere on Sunday, but Jorst (Reno, NV) was able to still show quality work. The Dutch Warmblood stallion scored 7.0, 8.5, and 8.2 for his walk, trot, and canter gaits, respectively. His excitement was reflected in the rideability score of 6.7 but the stallion was still rewarded with a 7.8 for his overall impression.

The pair finished Sunday with a score of more>
Sleeper and Hekfer To Represent U.S. at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Test Event
Lexington, KY- The United States will be represented by two horse-and-rider combination at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Test Event, August 16, 2013. The CEI2* will be held at Sartilly in Manche, France.

Dr. Margaret Sleeper (Frenchtown, NJ) will ride Sandra Fretelliere's 10-year-old mare Tikis Twistyr.

Marcia Hekfer (Raton, NM) will ride Cecile Dumas' 11-year-old gelding Ouadad Al Jahid.

To learn more about the 2013 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France visit;


AEC Entries Open Tomorrow! Enter Early for a Chance to Get FREE Gas!
from USEA

Entries for the 2013 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery (September 26-29 at the Texas Rose Horse Park) open tomorrow, August 13.


The first 100 competitors to enter will be part a drawing to win one of ten $20 fuel gift certificates courtesy of Kidd-Jones Oil Company, with gas stations conveniently located in close proximity to the Texas Rose Horse Park.


Want to carpool? Consult the USEA Ride Share page to see a list of folks who either have or need a spot on a trailer! more>

USEF Names Team for 2013 FEI Pair World Driving Championships
Lexington, KY- The following horse-and-driver combinations have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. at the 2013 FEI Pair World Driving Championships in Topolciansky, Slovakia, August 28-September 1.

The three following combinations will represent the U.S. in Topolciansky:

Rachel Blanchard (Upperville, VA) will drive Belle Grey Farm, LLC's de l'Amour, Belle Grey Farm, LLC and Heather Briggs' Taksi and Thomas Blumschein's Tara 14.
de l'Amour is a 2007 Oldenburg mare.
Taksi is a 2000 KWPN mare.
Tara 14 is a 2002 Austrian Warmblood mare.

Scott Dancer (Woodside, CA) will drive Daniel and Dennis Schneiders' Eppo 10, and his own and Kathrin Dancer's Redford and Wimbledon.
Eppo 10 is a 1997 gelding of unknown breeding.
Redford is a 1999 Hessian gelding.
Wimbledon is a 2003 KWPN gelding.

Misdee Wrigley-Miller (Lakewood Ranch, FL) will drive her own Beau, Sam and Sarasko.
Beau is a 2006 KWPN gelding.
Sam is a 2002 KWPN gelding.
Sarasko is a 2002 Hessian gelding.
This team recently finished fourth at the CAIO Reisenbeck

Chester Weber will serve as Chef d' more>
Six-Year-Old Sa Coeur Makes it Two-in-a-Row While Scara Boa Takes Five-Year-Old Title
By Louise Parkes for FEI
Eva Moller and Sa Coeur (FEI/Karl-Heinz Frieler)

Eva Moller and Sa Coeur became one of an elite group of double champions when adding the Six-Year-Old title to last year's victory in the Five-Year-Old category at the 2013 FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany today. And it was Lena Stegmann and Scara Boa who topped yesterday's Five-Year-Old division when earning an overall score of 9.6 including a perfect 10 for submissiveness. These Championships were marked by the determination of the judges to reward good training, good riding and the cooperation and obedience of the horses.   


"It was more or less a perfectly organised Championships, providing the best possible conditions for young horses to show themselves in the best way. It wasn't  necessarily the most spectacular horses who came out on top, it was well-trained horses with good basic gaits and submissiveness who were the medal winners" explained FEI Director of Dressage, Trond more>

"Many Roads Lead to Rome" Western Dressage: Sharing Strides - Two Minds, One Journey #3
By Deb Herbert & Karen Abbattista for WDAA
Welcome to the third installment of 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.

Many roads lead to Rome



Had an early lesson today with Deb and Belle. Deb wasn't feeling that well, and Belle took advantage of the opportunity to be less than motivated. Not bad, just not as freely forward as she can more> 



Save the Date: 2013 ASHA Convention - New Location
from ASHA

ASHA is pleased to announce that 2014's ASHA Convention is moving to a new, exciting location: the Hilton Lexington/Downtown in Lexington, KY. The 2014 ASHA Convention will be held Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15, 2014, with the theme "Mission Possible."


"I'm really excited about coming together at the 2014 convention and meeting the challenges that we face as an industry. We are bringing in experts to lead our educational forums on Friday, followed by hands-on workshops and "adult" field trips to put those ideas into action on Saturday," said ASHA Convention Planning Committee Chair, Jackie more>

Sport Horses Nationals Settles into Lexington, Virginia in Mid September  
from AHA
Aurora, CO - The Sport Horse National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show (Sport Horse Nationals) will be held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. on September 18 - 22. This breed-specific sport horse show is the only one of its kind in the country and highlights the versatile athletic ability of Arabians, Half-Arabians, and Anglo-Arabians.

Sport Horse Nationals hosts a variety of sport horse classes that include dressage, working hunter, hunt seat over obstacles, sport horse show hack, sport horse in-hand, jumper, hunter hack, carriage pleasure driving and more. The 11-year-old show attracts sport horse enthusiasts from all over the country with a relaxed, yet competitive atmosphere that celebrates the breed's natural sport horse more>
New AMHA Membership Level: Associate 
from AMHA
As you may have seen in recent weeks, AMHA recently announced that it will offer a new membership structure and associated benefits starting in January 2014. For annual individual and annual household/business, there will be three levels: Associate, Standard and Premium. 

In the past few issues of the "AMHA Weekly News Brief" we've focused on the Premium and Standard levels, but if you need just the basics, then the Associate level might be right for you! The Associate Membership level, which costs $40 per calendar year, includes the following more>




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