August 27, 2012

2012 USEF National Dressage Championships 
Vaughn, Somer Hit, and Her Highness O Win Final Championships of 2012 USEF National Dressage Championships

Genay Vaughn (
Wayne, IL- The 2012 USEF National Dressage Championships came to a conclusion Sunday at the Lamplight Equestrian Center with champions crowned across three divisions. Intermittent rain could not dampen spirits as final competition was held in the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals presented by Dressage Today, the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships
,and the USEF National Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage Championship presented by The Dutta Corp. and Performance Sales International. In the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals presented by 
Dressage Today Genay Vaughn clinched her first equitation National Title riding in the 14-18 division. Alice Tarjan and Somer Hit claimed the final Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championship of the weekend; winning the six-year-old division. In the final championship class of the weekend Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O earned a decisive victory in the Developing Horse division. 


Pikko del Cerro HU, Regalo, Hemmingway, and Patterson Clinch National Titles 
Michael Bragdell and Hemingway (
Wayne, IL - Champions were crowned in four divisions Saturday at the Lamplight Equestrian Center as the Developing Horse Grand Prix, Five-Year-Old , Four-Year-Old and 13 & Under equitation competition wrapped up. In the USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship supported by Hilda Gurney and Carol Lavell, Lisa Wilcox and Pikko del Cerro HU proved unbeatable as they cruised to victory by a decisive margin. Claiming the 2012 Five-Year-Old title was Lientje Schueler and Regalo, while Michael Bragdell and Hemingway won the Four-Year-Old crown. In the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals presented by Dressage Today 13 & Under division Emma Patterson won the exciting equitation championship.


Wednesday, August 29th - Sunday, September 2nd

Sunday, September 2nd
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U.S. Team Finishes Fourth and Sleeper 11th as an Individual at the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship
Meg Sleeper and Syrocco Reveille (Merri
Newmarket, UK - Saturday, August 25 started out pleasant at Euston Park, but throughout the day the weather deteriorated into heavy downpours and severe thunderstorms. Due to the extreme weather, officials had to call the race off for the safety of the horses and riders. In an unusual finish to an endurance race, several riders were placed based on the position they were in at the time that the race was called, but the majority of the riders finished the sixth and final loop.

The U.S. Team made quite a showing against stiff competition finishing in fourth place with a combined time of 24:45:00. Valerie Kanavy (Fort Valley, VA) was the first member of the team to finish with Reach For The Gold in 20th place with a time of 08:00:06. Jeremy Reynolds (Dunnellon, FL) and A Kutt Above were right behind her, finishing in 21st place with a time of 08:00:09. Heather Reynolds (Dunnellon, FL) and Riverwatch finished in 36th place with a time of 08:44:45. John Crandell III (West River, MD) was unable to finish the race when Heraldic did not pass the mandatory re-check at Vet Check more>
Equestrian USA: Landed in London
Helen Murray's first blog post from the 2012 Paralympic Games in London
So I have been in London for about five hours or so and it is everything I was expecting and more.

To rewind a bit I spent last Wednesday-Sunday at the 2012 USEF National Dressage Championships at the picturesque Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL. After spending the better part of the last week watching the best up-and-coming Young and Developing Horses in the U.S. as well as juniors demonstrate fabulous equitation skill the future of the sport certainly seems very bright.....

...The flight was pretty uneventful but I was fairly convinced I had not slept much until we landed and I realized I had only read about 15 pages of my book and watched about an hour of a movie. So I think it's safe to say I was awake for about an hour and a half and slept close to seven-hours.

I am more than happy to be wrong about the amount I slept!

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Becky Holder's Tops the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Leaderboard with a Win at the Richland Park CIC3*
from USEA
Becky Holder won first and second on Can't Fire Me and Courageous Comet in the Adequan USEA CIC3* at Richland Park. (Leslie Threlkeld/USEA Photo)
Becky Holder started and finished on top in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series CIC3* at Richland Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan riding Tom Holder and Phil and Melissa Town's 13-year-old grey Thoroughbred gelding Can't Fire Me. They scored a 36.3 in dressage, added 4 time penalties on cross-country, and pulled one rail in show jumping to win a slew of prizes and a sparkling tiara! After dressage, Becky was third on Tom Holder's experienced campaigner Courageous Comet, who at 16 years of age added just 1.6 time faults on cross-country. One rail down in show jumping tied the pair up with Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM, but Comet was one small second closer to the optimum time on cross-country, winning the tiebreaker and finishing second behind Can't Fire Me. Becky now sits atop the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Leaderboard with Can't Fire Me and is third with Courageous Comet. The Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Bit of Britain, and the Twin Rivers Advanced Horse Trials are the final Gold Cup series events this more>
Ashe-Cawley Victorious In Hampton Classic's $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Bridgehampton, NYMolly Ashe-Cawley, of Wellington, Fla., rode Kennzo to first place in both rounds of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, to earn the blue ribbon on the first day of the Hampton Classic.
Their total score of 373.5 edged out teenage sensations Victoria Colvin on Inclusive (368.75) and Lillie Keenan on Monterrey (368.0). Colvin also finished 11th on Listen  (271.0) and 12th on VIP Z (268.0) in the 35-horse field.

This was first time that the USHJA International Hunter Derby has been held in the Hampton Classic's Grand Prix Ring, but Ashe-Cawley, an accomplished grand prix rider, felt right at home. Kennzo, a 10-year-old Finnish warmblood owned by Kristen Abbatiello-Neff, felt at home too, because he used to show as a jumper, until he made it really clear that he disliked water more>
Get Your Calendars Ready, the Wellington 2013 Dressage Show Season Schedule is Here
Wellington, FL - Great dressage is a sure thing in Wellington and Palm Beach County when the 2013 winter season rolls in, thanks to the jam-packed show schedule Wellington Classic Dressage (WCD) has created.

Not only are these 16 weeks of shows a chance for riders to compete with some of the best dressage riders in the world, they are a spectators' and shoppers' paradise. WCD played host to more than 2,600 horse/rider entries with more than 6,500 rides during the 2012 season. The events brought thousands of spectators as well as vendors from the U.S. and abroad to Wellington and Palm Beach County and the 2013 season promises to be even more more>

2012: A great year to be an equestrian!   

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Nominations for USEF Lifetime Achievement Award and Pegasus Medal of Honor Award due by September 21st

Lexington, KY - The deadline to nominate individuals for the 2012 United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) Lifetime Achievement Award and the Pegasus Medal of Honor Award is fast approaching.  Any current USEF members may submit nominations for these prestigious awards, but the nominations must be received by the USEF on or before September 21st.


The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented with the Jimmy A. Williams trophy at the 2013 USEF Annual Meeting. This award recognizes the horseman or woman whose lifetime experience and accomplishments exemplify uncommon devotion to the sport of competition with horses whose equestrian career and horsemanship have continually elevated the sport's excellence. The nominee must be living and retired from actively competing in equestrian sport.

The recipient(s) of the Pegasus Medal of Honor Award will be presented with the Gold Pegasus Medal at the 2013 USEF Annual Meeting. This award recognizes individuals who have exhibited outstanding services to horses and the sport, and who, through their dedication, have attracted people to the sport and contributed to horse sport by advancing its popularity. The nominee must be living and be retired from actively competing in equestrian sport.


Both awards will be presented during the Pegasus Awards Dinner. The dinner will again be broadcast live at in 2013.

Nominations can be submitted in writing or via email to:

Awards/Trisha Watkins
4047 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511
Fax: (859) 231.6662 

Karin Donckers is 2012 FEI World Cup Eventing Champions
from Kate Green for FEI

Karin Donckers, Belgium's leading lady rider, can add the 2012 FEI World Cup™ Eventing title to her long list of honours after scoring three top 10 places in a highly successful raid at Haras du Pin (FRA), the final leg of the season.


She was third on the 12-year-old thoroughbred Lamicell Charizard, a horse Donckers bought as a two-year-old at a racing sales in Germany, and eighth and ninth on two eight-year-olds, Lamicell Unique and Extebaria Van't Verahof.


The first rider to win the FEI World Cup™ Eventing title, worth €9,000 this season, through scoring all points in just one outing, Donckers finished just two points ahead of Swiss rider Felix Vogg, who had headed the leaderboard after Malmö (SWE) earlier this more> 

Region 4 Show, Sept. 8, 2012
from IALHA
Attention, Region 4 members ~ it's time to show! Please join the Rocky Mountain Iberian Horse Show & Fiesta of the Iberian Horse, an IALHA  National Championship Qualifying Show on September 8, 2012 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado. For more information, please visit the Rocky Mountain Iberian Horse Club website at:
Sport Horse Nationals Marks 10 Year Milestone
from AHA

Aurora, CO - The Sport Horse National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show at the Idaho Horse Park in Nampa, Idaho, September 19-22, features the breed at its athletic best. The youngest of the four national shows produced by the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), Sport Horse Nationals celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year as the only breed-specific sport horse national show in the country. Marking their appreciation for the amateur majority that makes up exhibitors, the Sport Horse Nationals Show Commission will offer daily opportunities to win prizes via a more>  

Former AMHA Youth of the Year Does Good!
from AMHA
The 1988 AMHA Youth of the Year, Lydia (Jenkins) Netzer is now a popular author! Lydia is the author of Shine, Shine, Shine, a book that has received wide acclaim in The New York Times, is a People magazine "People Pick," and was an Amazon Spotlight Book for July! This is Netzer's first novel. 

You can read an excerpt and learn more about Netzer by clicking here.
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2012 Hagyard Challenge Series Needs Thoroughbred Entries 


Calling all Thoroughbred Jumpers!!!! The 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series features a $10,000 high point Thoroughbred Award. Following the final event, a $10,000 prize will be presented to the Thoroughbred accumulating the most points participating in the Series. To be eligible for the Thoroughbred award, horses must be registered with the Jockey Club or have a verifiable lip tattoo.


The Hagyard Challenge Series consists of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2012 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park and with only 1 classes left there currently have not been any Thoroughbred entries. The remaining event is:


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