September 17, 2012

Laura Kraut and Cedric Capture First-Ever Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Switzerland Victory
Lausanne, Switzerland - The GCT championship race intensified dramatically [Saturday Night] with only five points between Edwina Tops-Alexander and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson after one of the most electrifying Grand Prix of the season.

American rider Laura Kraut won the first-ever Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Switzerland on the 14-year-old grey Cedric, owned by Cherry Knoll Farm of West Grove, PA - even beating her partner and Olympic gold medalist Nick Skelton in the jump off. Laura admitted she was "over the moon" and the jump off had a nail biting twist with Australian rider Edwina facing a tough challenge for the No.1 ranking spot from Swedish rider more>

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U.S. Shows Great Improvement Finishing Sixth at the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles

Lezirias, Portugal - On Sunday all three U.S. drivers completed the cones phase of the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles, securing a sixth place team finish. This strong finish demonstrated a marked improvement for the U.S. Driving Team after having placed 11th at the 2010 World Championships. Leading the U.S. individually was Sterling Graburn, who completed his second World Championship in 22nd place.

Germany claimed the Team Gold medal, while Switzerland grabbed Silver and The Netherlands took Bronze. Top Individual honors went to Germany's Christoph Dieker, with Silver and Bronze going to Michael Barbey of Switzerland and The Netherland's Wilbrord Van Den Broek more> 




Taylor and Parra win CDI Grand Prix Classes at NEDA Fall Festival
Saugerties, NY - Americans took two of three CDI Grand Prix classes at the NEDA Fall Festival over the Weekend in Saugerties, New York.

Riding her own Schumacker Solyst, Melissa Taylor rode a fun freestyle to music from classic cartoons, like
Inspector Gadget
, and earned the win with a 70.3% score. One day earlier it was Cesar Parra riding Van the Man to the top of the standings in the CDI Grand Prix. They topped a strong field of 17 international riders by earning a 69.745%  

For full results from the NEDA Fall Festival go to or check the announcements page of the USDF website.
$200,000 American Gold Cup Title Goes to Peter Leone and Lincourt Gino
Peter Leone and Lincourt Gino fly into The American Gold Cup Winner's Circle.
North Salem, NY - Peter Leone, aboard Lincourt Gino, sailed to the win as the only double clear horse and rider combination in the starting field of 29 at the $200,000 American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY, on Sunday.

The day dawned cool with fluffy clouds dotting the sky, while the wind billowed the tents dotting the show grounds. The weather throughout the week in North Salem has been ideal for riders and spectators alike.

Leone's clean round (44.050 seconds) placed him ahead of Kent Farrington, who came in second riding Voyeur with a time of 41.630 seconds with four faults in the second round. McLain Ward, riding Antares F, claimed third place with a time of 42.00 seconds with four faults in round two, while Beezie Madden, riding Cortes C, earned the fourth place ribbon with a time of 43.140 seconds, also with four faults in the more>
Rusty Stewart And Bristol Are Simply Perfect in the $50,000 Blenheim World Cup Grand Prix
Rusty Stewart and Bristol
San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Blenheim Indoor Arena was bursting at its seams this [Saturday] evening during the $50,000 Blenheim World Cup Grand Prix, presented by Summit General Insurance Agency. Spectators filed in by the bus loads and with standing room only, equestrian fans of all ages got to witness the veteran rider Rusty Stewart and his incredible 10-year-old mount Bristol ride a perfect round and win his second consecutive World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix. The pair has been on a roll all season but it takes the perfect pair to stay on their game and post back-to-back World Cup Qualifier victories. Stewart proved his mount was credible just two weeks ago in Del Mar when they posted the only double clear effort in the $50,000 Showpark World Cup Grand Prix. Stewart knew Bristol was just as good indoors and could without question perform just as well. Stewart was right on the more>
2012 Spalding Labs USEA Young Event Horse Championships Qualified Horses

The West Coast Spalding Labs USEA Young Event Horse Championships are right around the corner with the East Coast not too far behind. The West Coast YEH Championships will be taking place once again at Twin Rivers H.T. in Paso Robles, CA on September 20 while the East Coast YEH Championships will be at the Fair Hill International H.T. on October 18 in Elkton, MD.


In order to qualify to compete at these prestigious championships a horse must earn a score of 70 percent or higher at two qualifiers or a score of 75 percent or higher at one qualifier. Qualified horses will be allowed to participation in one championship only. 


Click here to see the horses that have already qualified for the Championships.

FEI President HRH Princess Haya Named OIE Goodwill Ambassador
from FEI

FEI President HRH Princess Haya has been appointed to serve as the World Organisation for Animal Health's (OIE) first Goodwill Ambassador to help raise worldwide awareness of its missions and activities.


"We are very pleased that HRH Princess Haya has generously agreed to give her time and energy to support OIE's objectives," said OIE Director General, Dr Bernard Vallat. "I know she will make a persuasive advocate for our goal of promoting animal health and welfare worldwide."


HRH Princess Haya said that she was honoured to become the OIE's first Goodwill Ambassador. "The OIE's role in establishing the standards and approach taken to improve animal health globally is crucial, and especially at a time when the world faces the challenges of climate change, globalisation and an ever-growing population to feed," explained HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein. "I am very honoured that the OIE has given me this opportunity to play an active role in supporting its efforts to create a better, healthier world for our animals." 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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Local Military Families Honored at 2012 Grand National
from AMHA
Local military families are invited to join the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® and American Morgan Horse Association Youth (AMHAY) on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:45 PM when they honor and recognize veterans and U.S. military men, women and families. The Morgan horse has a long and rich history as cavalry horses, caisson horses, and companions with the U.S. Military. 

Youth representatives from AMHA will be on hand to present stuffed animals, provided by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne, Vermont, to the children of military families to thank them for their support and sacrifice. Families are invited to tour the horse show barns while attending the more>
Saddlebred Rescue Announces Renewal of Grant
from ASHA

Lexington, KY - Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. is pleased to announce the renewal of its challenge grant from the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for a second term.


President Mark McCracken received the good news shortly before Saddlebred Rescue held its Louisville Luncheon fundraising event on Thursday, August 23 at the World's Championship Horse Show.


McCracken expressed his gratitude to the Foundation saying, "Our concern and objective is to operate the rescue successfully for the long term.  We can only do that with a good funding base.  This continuing endorsement by the Gaylord Foundation gives us a seal of approval for others to feel comfortable to support us." more>




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In This Issue




Western Dressage:

Going to Bat


With growth comes 'growing pains.'  The situation surrounding Western Dressage becomes more complicated with each passing day.  More and more shows are offering WD classes with tests from several sources.  YouTube watchers see a huge variation in the WD videos presented there.  At least three different rulebooks now grace cyberspace and you can read articles and letters to the editor in national and local magazines. The truth is that by the time you read something in a print magazine, the article may be three or more months old and Western Dressage has grown, changed and developed significantly during that more>



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