August 19, 2013

Liza Boyd and Brunello Named 2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Champions
Liza Boyd, Brunello and Boyd's father and trainer Jack Towell sharing a moment following her win 
(Emily RIden)
Lexington, KY - Liza Boyd and Brunello have consistently been top contenders at the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, but they have always come just short of the victory. Saturday night at the Kentucky Horse Park Boyd and Brunello made the shot when it really counted, finally securing the win and earning the title of 2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Tier I Champions. With a huge smile on her face, Boyd led the victory gallop in the Rolex Stadium with reserve champion Kelley Farmer following aboard Mythical.

"I don't know where to start," Boyd said following her win. "I'm really happy with the horse. He was third one year and second last year. He really deserves it; he's amazing." 

Rounding out the top four in this year's prestigious USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show were Kelsie Brittan on Argentum and Shawn Casady aboard Ascot. Their finishes also earned them the top two spots in the overall Tier II more>
Other Headlines From This Issue

O'Brien and Whaley Secure Top Ten Results at Minden CAIP-B4

High Point Standings Now Posted on ASHA Website

Dawson and Frederick Score National Titles at USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals
Brunello and Liza Boyd - #HunterDerbyChamps Classic Hunter Round

Watch Liza Boyd and Brunello's winning handy hunter round at

August, 15th - 24th
Full Coverage of the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show 
check during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
HunterHunt Tosh Dominates the $157,990 Inaugural USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship
Crisp and Hunt Tosh (Shawn McMillen Photography)
Lexington, KY - Owner Douglas Wheeler said what may have been on many people's minds at the conclusion of the inaugural $157,990 Pre-Green Incentive Championship, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

"Hunt's instincts as a horseman and a rider are fantastic. He's very patient with the young ones, and his riding talent is second to none," said Wheeler.

And on August 15 that statement was particularly true as Tosh rode the Wheeler family's Crisp and Betsee Parker's Casanova to co-championship honors with equal scores of 177 points. 

"The tie today-that was actually really cool," said Tosh. "I knew they both went well, and when the second one went I didn't know what would happen. But the fact that they were tied, that's just special." more>
Hunt Tosh Pilots Co-Champions at USHJA #PreGreenChamps

Watch Hunt Tosh pilot co-champions Crisp and Casanova at the
USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship
DressageDawson and Frederick Score National Titles at USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals
Alexander Dawson and Mickayla Frederick (
Lexington, KY- Over the weekend, the Stanley Park Fairgrounds in Estes Park, Colorado, played host to 25 of the top junior dressage riders for the 2013 USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals. Held in conjunction with the Paragon Dressage CDI, the annual championship hosted elite equitation competition in 13 & Under and 14-18 age divisions. In the 13 & Under division, Alexander Dawson topped the field of 13 to claim championship honors, while in 14-18 competition Mickayla Frederick earned her first National Title. All entries rode in front of the expert panel of Janine Malone, Joan Darnell, and Jane more>
USEF National Eventing Championships Announced for Fall of 2013
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced dates and locations for the USEF National Eventing Championships to be held in the fall of 2013. A total of eight National Titles will be on the line as championship competition is held at three prestigious venues.

The USEF National Open Horse Trial Championship for the Jack Le Goff Trophy will be held September 26-29 in conjunction with the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships. Competitors will vie for the National Title at the Advanced level at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas.

The third week of October hosts the remainder of USEF National Eventing Championship competition as The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Festival in the Country will host the Two and Three Star Championships and the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge hosts the One Star more>
DrivingO'Brien and Whaley Secure Top Ten Results at Minden CAIP-B4

Lexington, KY - U.S. Pony Drivers, Wendy O'Brien and Katie Whaley drove like women on a mission over the weekend at the Minden CAIP-B4 in Minden, Germany to score two top 10 finishes for the United States.

O'Brien (Aiken, SC) drove to a ninth place finish in the Pair Pony division which hosted 35 competitors. The 2012 USEF National Champion drove her own talented ponies to a fourth-place finish in the dressage and then produced competitive marathon and cones phases to complete on a three-day total of 143.87. 

Whaley (Paris, KY) drove Mia Allo's team to a tenth-place finish in a field of 24 in the Pony Team division. A score of 53.18 in the dressage and strong marathon phase followed by a clear effort in the cones left the U.S. competitor on an overall total of more> 

USEF Accepting Proposals to Host 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp

Lexington, KY-The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is now accepting proposals from organizing committees/parties interested in hosting the 2014 US Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp. Competition will once again be held in six divisions; Grand Prix, Intermediaire I, Young Adult "Brentina" Cup, Young Rider, Junior and Pony Rider. The event will also feature the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The date of the event is currently scheduled for June 5-9, 2014. All locations will be considered.

Interested parties should contact Jenny Van Wieren-Page at (859) 225-6949, or via email at [email protected], by the close of business September 6, 2013. 

Test events for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 kick off with Endurance
Winners HE Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (left) and Nikos, with HE Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum and Yamamah pictured in front of the iconic Mont Saint-Michel (Photo: Philippe Millereau KMSP)

The test events for next year's Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ opened with Endurance in the Basse-Normandie village of Sartilly today, and it was HE Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and Nikos who took the honours for the United Arab Emirates.


Bahrain's Raed Mahmood, deputising for HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa who was sidelined by injury, was three minutes 28 seconds behind for the runner-up spot with Sandine Phoenix, while Oman's Ahmed Al Hamdani and Raffale de la Fageole were some distance behind the two leaders to claim third, fractionally ahead of Spain's Jaume Punti on Ramses de la Rotja.


A total of 58 horses representing 35 countries set out at 6.30am on the four-loop 129.3 kilometre course designed by Jean-Louis Leclerc (FRA), who skilfully incorporated the naturally occurring challenges of the Normandy countryside, including hills, forests and beaches. The scenic track wound past iconic landmarks, including the island commune at Mont Saint-Michel and the beautiful Abbaye de la Lucerne.


Sheikh Hamdan, who was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Kentucky (USA) and at last year's world championships in Euston Park (GBR), was in the leading pack throughout today's ride. Team mate HE Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum and Yamamah headed the front-runners until the Australian mare was vetted out for lameness at the final vet gate, leaving Sheikh Hamdan out on his own to claim a classy victory with the 12-year-old gelding, Nikos, returning to the land of his birth after training in Dubai for the more>

"Mission imPOSSIBLE" Western Dressage: Sharing Strides - Two Minds, One Journey #4
By Deb Herbert & Karen Abbattista
Mission ImPossible - Karen:

Text from Deb:  "She is sooooo stiff right. I desperately need a lesson with you. She's been off too long!"

Glossary of Judging Terms

Inability (as opposed to unwillingness) to flex the joints or stretch the musculature to the degree and in the way required to perform the task at hand. The opposite of Suppleness (defined as range of motion of joints, pliability, and flexibility).

A horse's suppleness is largely determined by genetics but may over time be improved or negatively impacted through training.

So, where does Suppleness fall on the Training Scale? Good question. Way down there at the foundation, it's that important. When we talk about Suppleness, we are referring to the horse's ability to bend laterally, from side to side. We are also referring to his ability to lengthen and shorten his frame, his elasticity or longitudinal more>



SaddlebredHigh Point Standings Now Posted on ASHA Website
The 2013 ASHA High Point standings are now posted here and include results for all registered American Saddlebreds in the Registry database that are competing during the current program year. The standings update daily as new results are posted.   

The ASHA High Point Awards Program recognizes competition achievement by registered Saddlebreds and Half-Saddlebreds in a wide range of categories and disciplines, at all levels, not only in the "traditional" Saddlebred show ring, but also in open breed competition (such as open English pleasure, etc.) and international (or sport horse) disciplines. The highest placing horse owned by an active ASHA member in each category is named High Point champion. The program awards High Point winners in ten regions and Europe as well as overall national winners. The specific categories recognized in each region vary depending on regional availability and more>

Morgan Medallion Results Online 
from AMHA
Results from last weekend's Morgan Medallion Classic are now online and can be viewed here.




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