September 3, 2012

Chrystine J. Tauber Elected USEF President
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation Board of Directors assembled in Lexington, Kentucky on August 27th for the 2012 USEF Mid -Year Meeting.  The election of a new President, to take office in January 2013, topped the agenda. Olympic Gold Medalist David O'Connor has served as the USEF President since 2004.

The President ultimately presides over the volunteer leadership structure of the Federation. Since 1917, only 12 individuals have served in the presidential role and the process for election of a new President had been carefully developed by the USEF Planning Committee in anticipation of this historic moment. In recent months the USEF Nominating Committee received nominations and conducted interviews with candidates for the office. Georgie Green, Chairman of the USEF Nominating Committee presented the Committee's report naming Chrystine J. Tauber as the Committee's recommendation for the office. The nomination was not contested and Chrystine J. Tauber was elected unanimously to serve a four year term commencing in January 2013. 

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2012 Paralympic Games


Hart and Wentz Storm to Top Five Placings on First Freestyle Day of the 2012 Paralympic Games

Jonathan Wentz and NTEC Richter Scale finished fifth in Monday's Grade1b Freestyle (Shannon Brinkman)
Greenwich, UK - The United States spent much of Monday on the edge of their seats as riders produced top class performances throughout the day at the 2012 Paralympic Games. American riders came within slim margins of vaulting themselves onto the medal podium as they earned their best scores of the week.

Both Rebecca Hart and Jonathan Wentz rode their best tests of the Games to jump to the top of the leaderboard, then saw their totals eclipsed by the final rides in their divisions. Both finished their respective Freestyle Championships in fifth place. 

Grade II

Hart (Unionville, PA) entered the main arena on Monday morning with redemption on her mind. The Grade II competitor was determined to earn higher marks then she had in the Individual Test, a performance she had higher expectations for then her 11th place more>

U.S. Team Finishes Seventh at 2012 Paralympic Games
Donna Ponessa and Western Rose (Lindsay McCall)
Greenwich, UK - Sunday saw the conclusion of the Team Championship as well medals awarded for individual performances in Grade IV, III and 1a competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games. The host nation took medals by the handful claiming two Individual Silvers, an Individual Gold and Team Gold. This is the fifth time Great Britain has earned the top spot on the team podium since 1996 when Para-Equestrian Dressage was first included in the Paralympic Games. Claiming Silver behind Great Britain was the team from Germany with Ireland earning Bronze.

The U.S. team put in determined efforts in both the Team and Individual Tests and finished in seventh place.


Donna Ponnessa (New Windsor, NY) was the only American to ride on Sunday and gained valuable experience in Greenwich's impressive Stadium. Ponessa finished in sixth place in the Grade 1a Team Test with Wesley Dunham's Western more> 

Halpin and Springer Produce Top Ten Finishes at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials
Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville (Shannon Brinkman)
Stamford, UK - The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team showed that the future is bright claiming two spots within the top ten at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Sunday proved to be an influential day of Show Jumping as the leaderboard saw a huge shake-up from top to bottom. Sinead Halpin and Allison Springer put a summer's worth of training in England, thanks to Land Rover Competition and Training Grants, to the test producing classy efforts throughout the week to claim second and sixth places respectively. 

Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) entered Burghley's main arena as the overnight leader with Carriag LLC's Manoir De Carneville but three unfortunate rails left them in runner-up position. The 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding collected twelve faults after lowering the oxer at three, the third element of the triple and the out of the double to finish on a score of 48.3. 

"He warmed-up beautifully and certainly was a bit tired but I feel like we were as prepared as we could have been going into that situation," said Halpin following her round. "So it was disappointing but I'm still proud of him." more>



U.S. Team Finishes Fourth at the FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles
Breda, The Netherlands - With the cones phase complete the FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles has come to a close at the Outdoor Brabant. There was little movement in the standings for the U.S. team or individuals, but it was a good experience for America's top para-equestrian drivers.

Once again leading the U.S. squad was Diane Kastama (Arroyo Grande, CA). She picked up 12 penalty points and 0 time faults to finish with 12 on cones and a total score of 171.55. Driving the de Ronde's KWPN Ruby R Van Stalle De Maurik, Kastama finished the competition in 14th place overall.
Farrington Tops $250,000 FTI Grand Prix At 37th Hampton Classic
Kent Farrington and Voyeur, winners of the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. (Shawn McMillen)
Bridgehampton, NYKent Farrington set the pace as the first rider to go in the decisive jump-off for the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, and it was a pace his two competitors couldn't match.

Riding Voyeur, Farrington, of Chicago, Ill., was the first starter in the jump-off, and they kept all eight jumps standing as they sped to a time of 47.53 seconds. Farrington won $82,500 and added to the lead he was already holding in the North American East Coast League of the FEI World Cup.


Irish rider Shane Sweetnam just brushed the front rail of the oxer in front of the packed grandstand on Amaretto D'Arco to finish with 4 faults in 48.04 seconds. Molly Ashe-Cawley and Carissimo slipped badly on the 180-degree turn to the same oxer before leaping awkwardly and demolishing the jump. They regrouped, though, to cross the finish line with just those 4 faults in a time of 55.19 more> 

Donna Struve's Sabrina Named 2012 Sallie B. Wheeler/US National Hunter Breeding 
Sabrina, 2012 Best Young Horse East Coast and Sallie B. Wheeler/US National Hunter Breeding Champion, and handler Bucky Reynolds. (Susan M Carter)

Lexington, KY - The tallies are in and the Overall Grand Champion has been crowned at the 2012 Sallie B. Wheeler/US National Hunter Breeding Championship.


The east coast's Best Young Horse Champion has won the Overall title for the sixth time in the Championship's two phase history as Sabrina, a chestnut Hanoverian filly, was selected as the winner.


Sabrina (Cabardino x Tapestry) is owned and bred by Donna Struve and was handled by Bucky Reynolds. Because of Sabrina's win, Struve also took home the J. Arthur Reynolds Memorial Trophy as the breeder of the Overall Grand Champion. In addition to the J. Arthur Reynolds Memorial Trophy, Sabrina also won the Dave Kelley Perpetual Trophy donated by Nokomis Farm for being the Overall Grand more> 

USEF Introduces Elite Youth Dressage Training Sessions
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce the addition of USEF Elite Youth Dressage Training Sessions in the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013. These sessions will be led by USEF Youth Coach Jeremy Steinberg and will be a unique opportunity for up and coming youth athletes to hone their riding and horsemanship skills. These training sessions have been made possible through a generous donation from Kristen McDonald and the Marquis George MacDonald Foundation.

The training sessions will be by invitation only and will include two mounted sessions for each individual as well as group lecture and discussion sessions which will focus on media training, long term strategic planning, and horse management. The dates and locations of these sessions will be based on population surveys from the NAJYRC and USEF Festival of Champions Junior and Young Rider entrants in an effort to provide convenient opportunities for growth amongst the top U.S. dressage more>
Shawn Flarida Rides His Way to National Championship Title
Tulsa, OK - The 2012 Adequan/USEF National Reining Championship lived up to its billing on August 31 as six of the top riders in the nation went head-to-head for the title of 2012 Reining National Champion.

The class, held at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic, had some of the top names in the sport with two of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold medalists in attendance. In the end, one of those riders would take home the National Championship title as Shawn Flarida and Rosanne Sternberg's Shiners Chic scored 223 for the victory.

"Shiners Chic is a full Brother to Shine Chic Shine," Flarida said. "Roseanne Sternberg asked me to compete the horse, and I was honored." more>

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HSBC FEI Classics 2012: Nicholson Takes Fox-Pitt to the Wire at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials
from Kate Green for FEI

In an extraordinary finale to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR), the evergreen New Zealander Andrew Nicholson seized his third victory in 17 years at this popular venue while William Fox-Pitt's third place was good enough - by just one point - to win him a third HSBC FEI Classics™ title.


Fox-Pitt (GBR), riding Parklane Hawk, had two fences down and Nicholson (on Avebury) one on an influential Jumping track. Between them, they handed the overnight leader Sinead Halpin (USA) a two-fence margin, but to the disbelief of the crowds in the packed stands, the ever-smiling American, who has won many admirers in Britain this week, hit three rails on Manoir de Carneville and finished second.


"It's a few years since I've won a CCI4*, but it just shows you have to keep going in this sport," said an overwhelmed Nicholson, 51. "I've had Avebury since he was a foal and there have been days when he's let me down and days when he probably thought I let him down, so this is very satisfying." more>

AMHA Town Meeting Scheduled for October 11
from AMHA
The AMHA Board of Directors will hold a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, October 11 at the Morgan Grand National in Oklahoma City following the morning session in the Barn 3 Sales arena.

Several topics will be presented and the Board will address questions from the audience. A list of topics will be made available in the next few weeks.
Saddlebred World Loses Ann Marie Brickzen
from ASHA

Lexington, KY - Ann Marie Brickzen, 55, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 27, 2012 with family at her side. 

She was born October 16, 1956 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of the late Arthur H. Schwichtenberg and Marian Frances Marx Schwichtenberg. She was a graduate of Lester Praire High School in Minnesota and was a member of Middletown United Methodist Church. 


It was her passion of horses at a young age that led her on the road to Kentucky, the Saddlebred Capital of the World, where she has been a resident since 1992. Ann Marie's successful show horse career resulted in seven World's Championships from 1991-2012. She is a member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association and the United States Equestrian more>




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