August 13, 2012

Ravel Makes His Final Competitive Appearance as Equestrian Competition at the 2012 Olympic Games Wraps Up

Steffen Peters & Ravel (Shannon Brinkman)
Greenwich, UK - The equestrian competition at the 2012 Olympic Games ended Thursday and the U.S. medal drought continued. Steffen Peters and Ravel carried the weight of a nation into main arena for the Freestyle, which would determine the Individual medals, and the most consistently clutch combination in U.S. Dressage history didn't have the day they were hoping for.

Great Britain did.

Charlotte Dujardin scored a historic 90.089% on Valegro to win Individual Gold on the heels of the Team Gold she scored earlier in the week. That Gold was the first dressage medal ever won by Great Britain, Dujardin and teammate Laura Bechtolsheimer (on Mistral Hojris), who won Bronze, tripled that count in one afternoon. Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival scored Silver for The more>

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Top Ten Individual Finish for Fellers at 2012 Olympic Games

Rich Fellers and Flexible (Shannon Brinkman)
Greenwich, UK - Rich Fellers and Flexible put in a valiant effort in the Individual Show Jumping Final at the Olympic Games and came up with a top 10 finish on just five faults. Swiss rider Steve Guerdat put forward an immaculate effort to take Gold on Nino des Buissonnets while Gerco Schröder's clear jump-off round meant he takes Individual Silver home to Holland with the appropriately named London. Irishman Cian O'Connor would have stopped the clock quicker in that jump-off on Blue Lloyd 12 but had the very last fence down to settle for Bronze.

The United States was represented by both Fellers (Sherwood, OR) and McLain Ward (Brewster, NY) in the Individual Final. Ward rode Antares F to a 12-fault effort in Round A, putting a foot in the water in addition to lowering the heights of two of the fences on Bob Ellis' track. Five faults was the cut off for the top 20 who qualified for Round B, so only Fellers returned to the more>
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Lucy Deslauriers and Center Field win 2012 EquiSport Insurance/US Pony Medal Finals

Lucy Deslauriers won the Gold Medal at the 2012 EquiSport Insurance/US Pony Medal Finals with Center Field. (Kendall Bierer/PMG)
Lexington, KY
-The Alltech Arena was alive with action as the morning fog began to settle over the Kentucky Horse Park. It was the conclusion of the US Pony Hunter Championships presented by Sallee Horse Vansand the EquiSport Insurance/US Pony Medal Finals that brought the 2012 US Pony Finals to a bittersweet finale. It was Lucy Deslauriers and Center Field who rode to the top of the leaderboard and garnered the championship prize with two solid rounds and a fantastic final test.

The top 25 riders returned for the second round including 15 medium ponies, five small ponies, and five large ponies. Today's courses were designed by Bobby Murphy and consisted of an in-and-out, short lines, rollbacks, a halt, and a trot jump, all set in the format of a serpentine with twists and turns to test pony and rider alike. The four top riders of the second round were welcomed back into the ring for a test phase, where they were asked to take the first vertical at a canter and then come to a halt. They immediately picked up the counter canter and took the second obstacle at the far end ofthe ring, continuing into a left rollback over a white vertical. This was where pace became the name of the game. Riders spurred on their mounts with an open hand gallop, taking the final natural oxer, and returning to the sitting trot as they exited the more>

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Past Winners Return to AEC to Defend their Titles
from USEA
Logan Elliott and Cady O'Daly Michael during their 2011 AEC Victory Gallop (Emily Daily/USEA)

With the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships only one month away, three of last year's winners are returning to the 2012 AEC to try and defend their titles.  19 year-old Logan Elliott from Mt. Airy, Maryland won the Junior Beginner Novice division last year at the AEC, aboard Cady O' Daly Michael, a Connemara gelding.  She will return to the AEC this year and compete in the Novice Amateur division riding "Michael" once again. 


According to Logan, her experience at Chattahoochee Hills last year could not have been better.  She and Michael started out the event strong with a dressage score of 28.1.  The pair then finished up with a double clear trip in both show jumping and cross-country, finishing in first place.  However, the tremendous victory was not the only thing that Logan remembers about the AEC. 

"My experience at the AEC last year can only be described as awesome," Logan said.  "Last year, the American Eventing Championships was the biggest show I had ever done with any of my horses. Just being able to compete at this competition was incredible." more>

Victory in $75,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix Goes to Candice King and Kismet 50 at The Jumper Classic®
Candice King and Kismet 50 (Tammy Hardy Photography)
Hampton Falls, NH - More than 5,000 spectators came to watch the final day of The Jumper Classic®, presented by Fidelity Investments® and Audi of America. Held at the Silver Oak Equestrian Center, The Jumper Classic had their two final highlight classes of the week. In the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix, Candice King and Mark Bellissimo's Kismet 50 took first place. In the opening class of the day, the $15,000 Equine Insurance Speed Stake presented by Great American Insurance Group, Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2 were fastest for the win.

Located in the beautiful town of Hampton Falls, NH, The Jumper Classic is New England's premier equestrian event. This elite level competition attracts the country's top riders, past Olympians and local equestrians. The Jumper Classic ran from August 8-12, 2012, with top jumper more>

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Klimke Triumphs at Third Leg of FEI World Cup Eventing Series
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Germany's Ingrid Klimke with Trakehner Tabasco 70 win third leg of the FEI World Cup™ Eventing in Malmö, Sweden. (Lotta Gyllensten)

Less than two weeks after netting Olympic team gold, Germany's Ingrid Klimke triumphed in the third leg of the FEI World Cup™ Eventing held in Malmö, Sweden.

Riding the 12-year-old Trakehner Tabasco 70, her winning mount at this year's Luhmühlen CIC***, Klimke added just one knockdown in the Jumping to her first-phase score of 42.6.


Only Clayton Fredericks (AUS) earned a better Dressage mark from the Ground Jury of Gillian Rolton (AUS), Mercedes Campdera (MEX) and Anne-Marie Taylor (GBR), with Bendigo III recording the sole sub-40 score to lead the first phase. However the Australian's hopes were dashed when his 13-year-old gelding picked up jumping penalties on Cross Country day.


There was compensation for Fredericks, though, in the shape of fifth and sixth places for Walterstown Don and Brookleigh respectively, while Sara Algotsson-Ostholt (SWE) and Mrs Medicott were best of the host nation in third, less than half a penalty ahead of her husband Frank (GER) and Little more>

First Dale and Debbie Harvill Foundation Scholarship Winner Announced
from AHA
Aurora, CO - Megan Vincent of Janesville, Wisconsin, has been awarded the first $5,000 Dale and Debbie Harvill Foundation scholarship to pursue her studies in biology at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and seek a career in a health-related field. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic ability, leadership and equine involvement. 

This deserving youth has competed actively with Region 10 in showmanship, western pleasure and Team Tournament activities and has also earned a showmanship Top Ten at Youth Nationals and a Canadian National Championship in showmanship Vincent credits her involvement with the Wisconsin AHA, FFA and 4-H where she is both a participant and mentor with teaching her hard work and more>
Hanson Inducted Into Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame
from AMHA
The late Merton Bud Hanson was inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada on August 11, 2012 for his contributions as a builder in the equestrian sport.

An induction ceremony takes place every two years, and Hanson was one of 12 new members to enter the Hall of Fame as the Class of more>
American Saddlebred Events Added to 2012 Alltech National Horse Show
Lexington, KY - The Alltech National Horse Show announced today that this year's show has added a variety of exhilarating American Saddlebred events to the agenda for the 2012 show, joining the top flight show jumpers and world-class hunters classes already on the schedule.

Following a successful debut last year, the second edition of the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, is set for October 30 through November 4, 2012. The show will once again be held at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse more>




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Western Dressage is a new and growing discipline in the horse world.  People are talking about it everywhere.  At North American Western Dressage we answer questions every day about what it is, how you do it, what you wear, what your horse wears, bits, reins, helmets, levels of  tests and competition, movements and how you do them and a myriad of other things.  Answering these questions could be a full time job for any one of our volunteers!  One question that keeps coming up is "Why do we need so many rules?" more>



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