August 26, 2013

Vitalis, Wakeup, Zandor, Fashion Designer O.L.D., and Rebellienne HVH Earn National Titles at the 2013 Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships presented by

Wayne, IL
- The first three of five 2013 Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships presented by National Titles were awarded Saturday at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, in Developing Grand Prix and Four- and Five-Year-Old divisions. In the Markel/USEF Developing Grand Prix Horse Dressage National Championship presented by, Zandor earned his first National Championship. In the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Five-Year-Old National Championships presented by, Fashion Designer OLD impressed the crowds and judges to head the field. The day came to a conclusion with Rebellienne HVH earning top honors in the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Four-Year-Old National Championships presented by more>  

The Championships came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday with two newly minted National Champions. Top Six-Year-Olds and Developing Prix St. Georges horses put their best efforts forward in Lamplight Equestrian Center's Championship Arena in front of the judging panel of Lilo Fore, Anne Gribbons and Sandy Osborne. In the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Six-Year-Old National Championships presented by Vitalis earned his first U.S. National Title while Wakeup stormed to top honors in the Markel/USEF Developing Prix St. Georges Horse Dressage National Championships presented by more>
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Chester Weber Wins WEG Test Event at CAI-Caen

Boyd Martin and Trading Aces Take Top Honors at Richland Park CIC3*

USEF Names Team for 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final at CSIO5* Barcelona

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DrivingChester Weber Wins WEG Test Event at CAI-Caen
Chester Weber finished first in Friday's dressage at CAI Caen on his way to an overall victory. (Madeleine Augustsson/CAI Caen)

Caen, France -  With Sunday's cones complete, Chester Weber has won the WEG test event at the Caen CAI-4A. 

Weber (Ocala, FL) led a team made up of his own seven-year-old KWPN gelding Boris W, 13-year-old KWPN gelding Boy W, and 16-year-old KWPN gelding Para, along with Jane Clark's 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Splash, and Koos de Ronde's 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Ultra to a final score of 108.24. That put him well ahead of the second place finisher, Ludwig Weinmayer of Germany, who ended with a 125.54.

"I was very impressed with the facilities and the organisation of these three days,"said the winner Chester Weber, after the awards ceremony. "I enjoyed the Marathon with a technical and fast path." more> 

JumpingUSEF Names Team for 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final at CSIO5* Barcelona
Lexington, KY - The following horse-and-rider combinations have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. at CSIO5* Barcelona in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona, Spain, September 26-29, 2013.

The following combinations will represent the U.S. in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona at the CSIO5* Barcelona:

Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, NY) will ride Abigail Wexner's Cortes 'C' and Simon
Cortes 'C' is a 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding
Simon is a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding

Reed Kessler (Lexington, KY) on her own Cylana
Cylana is a 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare

McLain Ward (Brewster, NY) will ride Sagamore Farms' Rothchild
Rothchild is 2001 Warmblood gelding

Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, FL) on Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc.'s Cedric
Cedric is a 1998 Holsteiner gelding

Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, CA) will ride Old Oak Farm's Barron
Barron is a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding    

EventingBoyd Martin and Trading Aces Take Top Honors at Richland Park CIC3*
Boyd Martin and Trading Aces over the table at fence 19 (Hannah Bennet/USEA)
Richfield, MI - All the action at the Richland Park Horse Trials CIC3* came to a roaring climax Saturday as the horses and riders galloped through the cornfields across Ian Stark's massive cross-country test. Time was a major factor due to the twisting nature of the course, and not one pair was able to avoid the sting of time penalties.

This weekend was also a part of the exciting Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour series, meaning that all the riders that completed the CIC3* division at Richland Park will now be qualified for the finale at the American Eventing Championships, where they will battle it out for a chance at $40,000 in prize money.

Course designer Ian Stark set up a serious cross-country test for those brave enough to take it on, and it proved to be every bit what a 3* test should be. Several pairs had issues with a corner to keyhole to corner combination at the end of the course, which resulted in refusals and run-outs. "There were some disappointments here and there. There was a very hard combination at the end. I'd say the first-year horses went around it, which was correct, and then it was a bit of a fight," said eventing team coach David O' more>
Hassler and Pape to Conduct Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum
Lexington, KY - Scott Hassler, USEF National Young Dressage Horse Coach, and Ingo Pape, one of Germany's most respected breeders and horsemen, will conduct the USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Program, presented by Dressage at Devon, a USDF Education Partner, and supported by Hassler Dressage. This forum will be held September 14-15 at Apple Knoll Farm, in Millis, MA. The forum will focus on a correct, fundamental system for starting sport horse prospects. This new educational event is intended for trainers, owners, and breeders nationwide, with the goal of developing a consistent training foundation for all sport horse more>
United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc Free Para-Equestrian Developing Driver Clinic a Success
Lisa Miller driving Quakers, owned by Elle Weisfeld (Diane Kastama)
Howell, NJ - United States Driving for the Disabled, (USDFD) hosted a successful free driving clinic at Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship in Howell, NJ on August 10-11, 2013. Sponsors for the Para-Equestrian Developing Driver Clinic included the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The Para-Driving clinic is held in conjunction with USDFD, USPEA, USEF, Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship, and Ann Miles of the Carriage Barn in New Hampshire. The clinic was for all levels of drivers and included clinician Sara Schmitt. 

The clinic provided instruction in driven dressage, hazards and cones and lessons were adapted to the skill level of each more>
Dujardin Makes it Individual Double Gold with Fabulous Freestyle Victory 
By Louise Parkes for FEI
Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro claimed their second individual gold medal of the week at the Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championships (FEI/Kit Houghton)
Olympic double gold medallists, Charlotte Dujardin and the wonderful gelding Valegro, produced another magical performance to win Freestyle gold at the Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championships 2013 in Herning, Denmark Sunday. It has been quite a week for the 28-year-old rider who began by breaking the world record Grand Prix score to help the British to team bronze on Thursday, before coming out the following day to clinch the individual Grand Prix Special title.


The build up to this afternoon's Freestyle was an emotional one, and expectation was at an all-time high. It certainly didn't disappoint, with quality work from all 15 of the qualified riders and a breath-taking winning ride from Dujardin during which she and her wonderful horse held everyone under their more>
Western Dressage: WD by Cyberdyne
By Michelle Binder

Last week I posted a virtual show entry video from an amazingly brave woman who continues to allow me to use her material for examples in this blog. Her courage and generosity inspire me and I hope that her open heart and willingness to be visible inspire you too. I hope that some of you readers are able to identify with her as a peer, a rider struggling to understand riding and training her stock horse and that you professionals at least respect her courage. Reaction to the video has been interesting as I hear from professionals and amateurs alike. Criticisms abound of course from the "bouncing" of her seat to "inconsistent" rein contact and losses of balance. I told you it was not perfect. But for some, the video has done the job she and I were hoping for; that some readers would come away from watching it thinking "Hey!  I can do that!" more>



SaddlebredCH Callaway's Annabel Allison wins Five-Gaited World's Grand Championship, CH The Daily Lottery Wins Amateur Five-Gaited Grand Championship at #WCHS

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Cal Poly Pomona to Celebrate 75 Years at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
As a part of Cal Poly Pomona's 75th Anniversary Celebration, the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center will be holding a weekend of festivities for friends, supporters and alumni. Plans have been set for this once-in-a-lifetime event that will be held on Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6, 2013 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Planned events include a "Santa Maria Style" Dinner, dancing and entertainment on Saturday, October 5, 2013, including a "Roast and Toast" for everyone to share their memories.  Pictorial and video presentations featuring some of Cal Poly's leading horses and riders will be shown at the Arabian Horse more>
USEF Cup Incentive Program Points Leaders
from AMHA
United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is offering exhibitors in the American Saddlebred and Morgan divisions the opportunity to take part in the USEF Cup Incentive Program. This program provides an incentive award of $1,000 to the owner of the top horse competing at USEF Cup competitions in their respective division. Additionally, the trainer of each horse will be awarded $500 for their more>




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Applications for 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Team Selection Trials Due by September 3rd 

Lexington, KY
 - Applications are now being accepted for consideration to participate in the 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Team Selection Trials.

The trials will be held at William Woods University in Fulton, MO, on December 7, 2013, with the team being announced that more and apply>