September 2, 2013

U.S. Storms to Fourth Place at 2013 FEI World Driving Championships for Pairs

Rachael Blanchard (Rinaldo de Craen/
Topolcianky, Slovakia- The 2013 FEI World Driving Championships for Pairs came to a conclusion Sunday with the cones phase, as Team and Individual medals were on the line. The United States produced determined, polished efforts in the final phase to climb the leaderboard and finish in fourth place in the team standings. The U.S. completed the week on a final score of 303.25 to finish five points out of Bronze medal position. Additionally, all three American drivers finished the championship in the top half of the standings.

Leading the way for the U.S. was Misdee Wrigley-Miller (Lakewood Ranch, FL) in her second World Championship appearance. Driving her own team, Wrigley-Miller had four balls down and incurred 8.23 time penalties on Sunday for a cones score of 20.23. The 2013 USEF National Pairs Champion finished in 17th place overall with a score of more>
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AMHA Region 6 Adds Grand National Qualifying Show

Farrington Victorious In $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix At The Hampton Classic

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ReiningBell Earns 2013 Adequan/USEF Opening Reining National Championship Title
Brian Bell and Wimpys Showboat (Waltenberry)
Tulsa, OK - The Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic hosted the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship Friday afternoon as many of the best in the game went head-to-head for the 2013 National Title. When the final pattern had been ridden in the Ford Truck Arena it was Brian Bell and Wimpys Showboat that emerged victorious.

Bell (Marietta, OK) and Amy Anderson's seven-year-old stallion slid their way to a score of 221 to top a six horse field that hosted many of the most prestigious names in U.S. reining. Additionally, Bell was awarded the Don Burt Award as the highest placing restricted rider.  

Bell has many prestigious reining accolades to his name but with his win on Friday evening he secured his first USEF National more>
JumpingFarrington Victorious In $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix At The Hampton Classic
Kent Farrington rode Zafira to win the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix, the finale of the 38th Annual Hampton Classic. (ESI photo)
Bridgehampton, NY - For the second straight year, Kent Farrington stopped the jump-off timers faster than anyone else in the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix, this time on Zafira. He won the event in 2012 on Voyeur.

Farrington's time of 38.51seconds defeated Richie Moloney on Slieveanorra (40.00 seconds) and Georgina Bloomberg on Juvina (44.03 seconds). Moloney was going for his second grand prix victory in two days, having won the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday with Carrabis Z.

Moloney, of Riverhead, N.Y., also rode Slieveanorra to second place in Friday's $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier, and those three performances propelled him to the top of the $30,000 Longines Leading Rider Challenge, with 229 points. Brianne Goutal earned 177 points to claim second, and McLain Ward earned 169 points to claim more>
George Morris Teaches Eventers: Solid Basics, Precision, and Simplicity of Training Are the Foundation in Any Discipline
(Amber Heintzberger)

This week, Boyd and Silva Martin hosted a training session with show jumping legend George Morris at their farm, Windurra, in Cochranville, PA. Local event riders included Boyd Martin, Caitlin Silliman, Lauren Keiffer, Sharon White, Kaitlin Spurlock, Will Coleman, Lauren Kieffer, Lillian Heard, Erin Sylvester, Kevin Keane, Sawyer Gilker, and Dominic Schramm. Beth Lamont, who worked with Morris in the 1970's, also joined the clinic on her talented jumper. USEF High Performance coach David O'Connor attended the clinic on Saturday to watch the riders, and joined a lively discussion with Morris, clinic participants and auditors during dinner at the farm that evening.


Held over two days, Morris put the riders through their paces on the flat and over fences, enforcing the basics and demanding perfection in the sense that "Perfect practice makes perfect - not practice makes perfect", an oft-repeated "George-ism" that was drilled into riders' consciousness. Riders were expected to listen and make adjustments as necessary, though Morris told them not to expect perfection from their horses, as that can take months to more>

HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships 2013: Magnificent Jung Makes it Another Golden Day for Germany
By Kate Green for FEI
The victorious German team (Kit Houghton/FEI)

Malmö, Sweden - The spectators at Malmö (SWE) burst into noisy celebrations as Michael Jung (GER) produced yet another brilliant piece of riding to retain his individual title at the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships and lead his German team mates to a second consecutive gold medal.


"I feel wonderful," said Jung simply. "And the best thing is that I have a truly great horse for the future."

The Germans arrived at Malmö (SWE) as clear favourites and they more than justified it, showing fantastic horsemanship over the four days of competition to win team gold by 20 penalties from the host nation, Sweden.


France took team bronze, with Nicolas Touzaint their highest placed rider in 11th place on the stallion Lesbos.


Ingrid Klimke (GER), one of the most delightful personalities in Eventing, was a popular winner of the individual silver medal and William Fox-Pitt salvaged British pride with individual bronze on the handsome stallion Chilli Morning.


Jung had already set a new record when he became the first rider to hold Olympic, World and European Championship titles simultaneously. And today he set another standard by becoming the first rider to win four individual gold medals in more>

World's Grand Champions Crowned at Kentucky State Fair
Watch: CH Callaway's Annabel Allison Wins the 5-Gaited Grand Championship at #WCHS
Watch: CH Callaway's Annabel Allison Wins the 5-Gaited Grand Championship at #WCHS

On Saturday evening, August 24, 2013, the three American Saddlebred World's Grand Champions were crowned in Freedom Hall during the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show in Louisville, KY.


The first World's Grand Champion crowned on Stake Night was Wild Carrissima, who won the Fine Harness title for the third year in a row, driven by Bret C. Day for owner, Robert L. Pugh LLC. The 2005 bay gelding is by Rare Perception and out of Mia Carrissima and was bred by Skyview's Mane Event/E. Lopez.


Sir Silver Knight was the second World's Grand Champion crowned. The 2006 liver chestnut stallion by Sir William Robert and out of R.R. Silver Lady was ridden by Melinda Moore for owner, Annika Moriarty Bruggeworth. He was bred by Dena Tanner Lopez.


The final World's Grand Champion was crowned in the final class of the evening, the Five-Gaited World's Grand Championship. CHCallaway's Annabel Allison topped the field with owner and trainer, Debbie Foley. CHCallaway's Annabel Allison is by CHCaramac and out of Callaway's Love Lucy. She was bred by Callaway Hills more>

USEF Andalusian/Lusitano Committee Shares Pad Rule Proposal
The USEF Andalusian/Lusitano Committee has received a request for a proposed rule change related to the use of therapeutic hoof pads at USEF Andalusian/Lusitano shows. Because of precedent with this particular rule, the USEF AL Committee requested that the IALHA Board of Directors send the rule change proposal to the membership for a formal vote. The Board of Directors is currently considering this request at an Emergency Board Meeting, set for Wednesday evening, August 28th.

The specific rule change proposal that the USEF is considering can be found below here.
2014 Grand National Show Looking for Manager 
After the 2013 World Show in Virginia, IFSHA will be looking for a Manager for that event in 2014. Please send all questions to Nancy Nathanson at for bidding on this contract.
MorganRegion 6 Adds Grand National Qualifying Show
The Sooner State Morgan Horse Association is sponsoring a USEF-rated show, which will allow competitors to qualify for the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show®.

The Fall Showcase will take place September 28 at Majic Stables in Norman, Oklahoma. Entry deadline is September 18 and post entries will be accepted. Classes may be purchased for a sponsorship for $50. Sooner State Morgan Horse Association members also are given reduced entry more>






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