September 10, 2012

2012 Paralympic Games


Ponessa Closes Out 2012 Paralympic Games for U.S.

Donna Ponessa and Western Rose (Shannon Brinkman)
Greenwich, UK - The Para-Equestrian Dressage portion of the 2012 Paralympic Games came to a close on Tuesday with Freestyle Test being ridden in Grades IV, III and 1a. Donna Ponessa was the lone U.S. representative on the day, performing her Grade 1a Freestyle in front of the Ground Jury of Kjell Myhre, Lilian Iannone, Gudrun Hofinga, Sarah Rodger and Freddy Leyman.

Ponessa (New Windsor, NY) closed out the 2012 Paralympic Games for the U.S. in fine style scoring 70.75% with Wesley Dunham's Western Rose. The pair upped the difficulty in their test by including trot work. Ponessa also showed her New York roots selecting a medley of Broadway show tunes to complement the 9-year-old Oldenburg mare's more>
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USEF National Advanced Horse Trials Championship Honors Go to Holder and Courageous Comet
Becky Holder and Courageous Comet (Hannah Bennett/USEA Photo)
Fairburn, GA - The Merial Advanced division at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Bit of Britain wrapped up [Saturday] with the show jumping phase at Chattahoochee Hills. Mark Donovan's tough course had riders incurring numerous jump and time penalties with just five double clear rounds in the division. Becky Holder (Palmetto, GA) and Courageous Comet had one rail down but held onto their lead to win the Merial Advanced division held in conjunction with the USEF National Advanced Horse Trials Championship with a score of 27.7. Holder had a stellar weekend with her and husband Tom Holder's 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, taking top honors at this year's Championship as they did in 2010 Land Rover USEA American Eventing Championships. 

It was a fitting way to end Courageous Comet's illustrious career as Holder confirmed this was his last upper-level more>  

U.S. Scores Strong Results in Spruce Meadows; Three Riders Jump into Top Five in CN International Grand Prix and U.S. Team Finishes Fifth in BMO Nations Cup
Leslie Howard and Utah (Cealy Tetly)
Calgary, Canada - The 2012 Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament had great significance for U.S. riders, as it was their final competition under the guidance of legendary Chef d' Equipe George Morris. The prestigious competition is always a destination event for not only the best in North America but also draws top competitors from Europe. The signature classes of Spruce Meadows would once again draw a packed house of spectators, as horses and riders competed for top individual honors in Sunday's CN International Grand Prix. While just 24 hours earlier team's jumped for bragging rights in the BMO Nations Cup.

CN International Grand Prix

The United States closed out the 2012 Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament on Sunday with a solid showing in the final class, the CN International Grand Prix. Thirty-three of the world's best riders would start in the influential first round over Leopoldo Palacios intricate course. The top 12 combinations from that first round would move onto the decisive second round, which saw the height of fences raised over a shorter track. The U.S. had strong representation in that final round as Beezie Madden, Leslie Howard and Reed Kessler would vie for top more>

BMO Nations Cup

The United States was one of nine teams that lined up to claim top honors in the BMO Nations Cup held on Saturday afternoon. Clear rounds were at a premium over Leopoldo Palacios demanding track, with only Daniel Deusser of Germany producing a double clear. For the U.S. team of Ashlee Bond, Brianne Goutal, Kessler and Howard Saturday's class had added significance as they would be the final team Morris would lead into Nations Cup more>



Distance Nationals in Conjunction with AERC Championships
from AHA
Aurora, CO - The Arabian Horse Association's (AHA) Distance Nationals, September 20-24 at the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, N.C., is in conjunction with the AERC National Championship Ride and honors what Arabians do best - go the distance. Awards include ribbons, trophies, coolers, blankets and more. 

Exhibitors who enter by the September 12 deadline will be entered to win a Go-Pro HD Hero Camera and helmet mount. Click here for information.   

Horse and rider teams competing in Distance Nationals have the opportunity to participate in three races, the 100-Mile Endurance Championship, 50-Mile Endurance Championship and the 70-Mile Competitive Trail Ride Championship. Distance Nationals as a joint championship with the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) Championships gives riders the opportunity to win multiple national championships at one event - two entry fees, one race and the chance at two more>


Save the Date! Everything's Coming Up Roses for the 2013 AMHA Annual Convention
Shelburen, VT - The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) is pleased to announce the dates for its annual convention. The 2013 annual gathering of Morgan members and enthusiasts will take place February 20-23 at the famed Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

While planning is still in its infancy, three noted speakers already are confirmed to give presentations.

Mark Bollender: Mark is a nationally recognized horseman and instructor and is also the country's leading expert in Mountain Trail, Extreme Trail, and Competitive Trail. He will give two presentations: Extreme Trail and Course and Course Building.

Dr. Lisa Metcalf: Board-certified in theriogenology, the specialty practice of animal reproduction, Dr. Metcalf is the owner of Honahlee PC in Sherwood, Oregon, the first private practice dedicated solely to equine reproduction. She will offer useful tips for increasing pregnancy rates, from both a stallion and mare perspective.  

Miriah Stuart: has been studying anatomy, horse massage, and equine exercise physiology since 2002. She will demonstrate thermal imaging, an infrared camera that assists is finding areas of inflammation and pain in an animal.

Go to for more information.

If you are interested in entering your stallion for this year's Stallion Service Auction at the Grand National Show, please contact Andy as soon as possible at 859-825-6004 or [email protected].


Stallion service donors will receive 25% of offspring winnings in Breeders' Sweepstakes classes, one free nomination to Breeders' Sweepstakes classes, and additionally a free initial nomination to the Fabulous Futurity program if service is purchased in first two phases of SSA.


Get your stallion's name listed among the premier stallions in the breed.

North Carolina State Championship Horse Show News
from ASHA

Lexington, KY - Show manager Bill Whitley has added several classes to an action-packed week at the upcoming North Carolina State Championship Horse Show.


This always exciting event will be held Wednesday, September 12 through Saturday, September 15, at the Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is preceded this week by the North Carolina State Charity Classic on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8.


The classes that have been added are Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited (Friday morning), Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited (Thursday morning), Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure (Friday afternoon), Walk and Trot Country Pleasure for Riders 17 Years and Under (Wednesday morning), and Walk and Trot Country Pleasure Championship for Riders 17 Years and Under (Friday afternoon).


Also of note is the competitive $1,000 Groom's more>

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USEF Competing Equestrian 2012


USEF Accepting Bids to Host 2013 US National Junior Hunter Championships
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is now accepting bids to host the 2013 US National Junior Hunter Championships. To request a bid packet please contact Lori Nelson at (859) 225-6957, or via email at [email protected]. Bids will be due in the office by the close of business Monday, October 15, 2012. Any request received after this time will not be considered.
Charlotte Dujardin Becomes First Briton to Lead World Dressage Rankings
from FEI

Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and the 10-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Valegro, double Olympic gold medallists at London 2012, have taken over as world number one in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings and are the first British combination ever to top the world rankings.


With 2,867 points, the combination have moved up from second place to claim the top spot, 107 points clear of former world number one and London silver medallists Adelinde Cornelissen (NED) and Jerich Parzival, the Dutch pair that have led the rankings since July 2011.


The British combination moved up from fourth to second in the rankings list published just before the Olympic Dressage Grand Prix, the first team qualifier on 2 August, and it was their performances at the London Games that have boosted them to the top of the more>

Animal Planet's R.O.A.R. Campaign Selects EQUUS Foundation to Help Horses Have the Loudest ROAR!

Westport, CT - The EQUUS Foundation is the newest member of Animal Planet's non-profit initiative, R.O.A.R, which stands for Reach Out. Act. Respond, and one of only seven charities selected to participate in the R.O.A.R Matching Campaign. 

From September 1 through October 31 only, Animal Planet will provide each participating partner with money based on the donations that they receive in association with the R.O.A.R. eight-week Matching more at




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Western Dressage: Growing Wildly


Every day I field calls from people wanting to know more about Western Dressage. What is it?  How do I find out more about it? Can anyone do it? Is it hard? Who teaches Western Dressage? Are there shows?  
Last weekend a few of our riders were invited to do a Western Dressage demonstration at the local dressage show.  What struck me was the feeling of being out of place amongst my dressage friends because we were wearing our western show clothes!  I felt like I could sing the song from Sesame more>



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