September 23, 2013

Olivia Champ is Champion in Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search West
Los Angeles, CA - After placing second in last year's Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West, 15-year-old Olivia Champ (Karen Healey and Michelle Morris, trainers) came back to win it all this year. "This is the most fun day at the horse show and the most amazing final in the entire country," Champ remarked. "This final is really important to me because it really tests you as a rider and it's all about how you can ride a jumper course. Since I want to continue in jumpers and maybe eventually ride for the U.S. team, winning this final was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had."

It is often said that consistency wins medal finals, and Champ demonstrated that throughout the final on Lamont (Catherine Boettcher, owner). She led the Flat Phase with a score of 90 and held the lead through the Gymnastics Phase. "My dressage training really helped me, especially in the flat and the gymnastics," Champ commented. "It's all about the flat work." As the leader, she had the opportunity to go last in the jumping phase on the grass field and watched as 31 other riders went before more>

Olivia Champ Wins the Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West

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Other Headlines From This Issue

Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville Win Plantation Field International CIC3*

No.3 Gamecocks Dominate No.5 Kansas State 15-5 on NCEA Opening Day

Reminder: Cal Poly Pomona to Celebrate 75 Years at the W.K.Kellogg Arabian Horse Center

Friday, September 27th - Sunday, September 29th
Dressage at Devon
check during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
EventingSinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville Win Plantation Field International CIC3*
Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville (Jenni Autry)
Unionville, PA - The sixth annual Plantation Field International Horse Trials weekend concluded today with an exciting finish in the CIC3*, as Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville smoked the course to finish double clear and 13 seconds inside the time. Halpin led wire-to-wire all weekend, and she won the event on a very impressive dressage score of just 37.8.

While Halpin said Saturday she didn't intend to go for time Sunday and planned to be about 10 seconds over the optimum time of six minutes and 42 seconds, an overnight rain in Unionville left the footing ideal for a quick rider, and she found that a faster pace came more>
Kent Farrington and Blue Angel Claim the 16th Annual New Albany Classic
Kent Farrington & Blue Angel (Curtis Wallis)
New Albany, OH - In front of a sellout event the 16th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. proved to be a nail biter as 31 horse-and-rider combinations vied for the $125,000 purse and the Authentic Cup on the John G. McCoy Show Field.  Named by the North American Riders Group as the #1 Specialty Equestrian Event in 2012, The Classic drew more than 20,000 people and raised over $1.7 million to support the work of The Center for Family Safety and Healing, an organization supporting family violence initiatives founded by Abigail Wexner, the host of The Classic in New Albany, Ohio.

U.S. rider Kent Farrington of Wellington, Florida bested nine riders in the jump off to claim the Authentic Cup aboard Blue Angel, an 11-year-old AES Mare, owned by Robin Parsky of Rancho Santa Fe, more>
Blitz Scores Hat Trick at NEDA Fall Festival
Medfield, MA - U.S. Team Dressage Gold Medalist Heather Blitz completed the NEDA Fall Festival show at Saugerties in upstate New York with two wins and a second on Oak Hill Ranch's five-year-old Approved Danish Warmblood Stallion Ripline (Hotline x Blue Hors Cavan - Rambo) this weekend. The young stallion proved invincible and was all business throughout the three days of Third Level competition, which began with a 69.024% on Thursday in a field of 20. The following day Ripline produced a test that was worthy of 75.641% to finish second among 23 starters and on Saturday he beat a field of 15 to win again with a score of more> 
FEI Proposed Rule Changes
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The FEI has updated their rules according to their four year cycle. Please see for a short description by Merridy Hance, Combined Driving Committee Chair with included links to the FEI's proposed changes to the Combined Driving Rules and General Regulations as well as a link to a red-lined document mapping these new rules to the old rules with ADS modifications included. (many thanks to Simon Rosenman for this work) more>
ColoradoHorsesHelp Horse Owners in Flood Ravaged Colorado!
Lexington, KY - Historic flooding across Colorado has destroyed thousands of homes and farms. Thousands of horses have been displaced or are stranded across 4,500 square-miles of flood-ravaged terrain. This area is densely populated with horses, including many large breeding and training facilities all along the Front Range. Hay and feed are being airlifted to hundreds of stranded farm owners and delivered to hundreds more in dire need of feed for their horses. Recovery from a disaster of this magnitude will be arduous and ongoing, but not impossible. We need to remember that when the flooding stops, the recovery is only beginning. In times like these, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) calls on you to aid fellow horse owners by donating to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief more>
FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing: Britain Closes In On Germany at Montelibretti
By Kate Green for FEI
The winning British team at Montelibretti (ITA), left to right: Nicky Roncoroni, Dani Evans, Emilie Chandler and Paul Sims. (Massimo Argenziano/FEI)

Great Britain has closed to within two points of Germany in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2013 after a convincing victory at Montelibretti (ITA) this weekend.


Britain finished nearly 40 penalties ahead of the host nation, Italy, with a three-man German team taking third.


The British quartet, all of whom were competing in their first FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competition this year, finished first, second, fourth and sixth, with Nicky Roncoroni leading from the start to take individual honours on the Irish-bred Trig Point.


Emilie Chandler was second on the impressive nine-year-old Coopers Law and Paul Sims was fourth on Calador. Dani Evans, who has just graduated from the Young Rider ranks, slipped from third to sixth after incurring 18 Jumping penalties on Raphael ll when the horse became a little "free" over what was described as an up-to-height track with plenty of related distances. All four achieved clear Cross Country rounds inside the optimum more>

IntercollegiateNo.3 Gamecocks Dominate No.5 Kansas State 15-5 on Opening Day
Blythewood, S.C. - No. 3 South Carolina opened the college equestrian season on Friday in dominating fashion, as the Gamecocks defeated fifth-ranked Kansas State, 15-5, at One Wood Farm. The Gamecocks are now 1-0 on the season, while the Wildcats are 0-1.

South Carolina got a balanced attack on from its veteran lineup, as the hunt seat team cruised to an 8-2 victory, while the western team picked up a 7-3 win.


"I'm extremely proud of everybody for how well we did today, and I was happy to see all of their hard work pay off against a tough Kansas State team," South Carolina head coach Boo Major more> 

Western Dressage: What Is Going On Here? 
By Michelle K. Binder-Zolezzi

More showing chronicles. Not to bore you or to toot our horns, but to make you think. To ask questions. To reflect. Dressage training should make our horses more rideable, more comfortable in their bodies as riding horses, better in their minds, and keep them sound longer as our partners. At least that is what my trainers have taught me.Our rescue organization takes in horses, some with long histories of lameness, and through proper training, conditioning and development over time, return them to a useful life working in the lesson program. In many cases these horses are candidates for euthanasia following performance careers that have left them in the condition in which they come to us. Many trainers and judges are railing against today's riding and training practices but is the competitive world actually listening? Western Dressage is relying on USDF/USEF dressage judges to build its future with every organization (except IPHDA ) recommending and even requiring that the tests be judged by qualified dressage more>  



ArabianReminder: Cal Poly Pomona to Celebrate 75 Years at the W.K.Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
As a part of Cal Poly Pomona's 75th Anniversary Celebration, the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center will be holding a weekend of festivities for friends, supporters and alumni.  Plans have been set for this once-in-a-lifetime event that will be held on Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6, 2013 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Planned events include a "Santa Maria Style" Dinner, dancing and entertainment on Saturday, October 5, 2013, including a "Roast and Toast" for everyone to share their memories. Pictorial and video presentations featuring some of Cal Poly's leading horses and riders will be shown at the Arabian Horse Center.

Tours of the Kellogg Mansion, the brand new W.K. Kellogg Arabian horse library, the original Kellogg stables and the Arabian Horse Center will also be available on more> 
Inaugural Baroque Equestrian Games a Huge Success 
More than two dozen horses and riders from throughout the United States and Canada participated in the first official Baroque Equestrian Games (BEG) and Gala held at the Virgina Horse Center on August 30-31, 2013.  The event's sponsor, the Baroque Equestrian Institute, conducts clinics and other education events aimed at preserving the ancient wisdom and classical horsemanship principles of the Baroque masters. The Baroque Equestrian Games are organized around four sections:  ground work, classical schooling, mounted maneuvers, and musical presentation. The mounted sections include four progressive phases of more>
AMHA partners with PATH Intl.
Shelburne, VT - In the spirit of promoting the discipline of therapeutic horsemanship and the Morgan breed, AMHA has partnered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) as its newest discipline colleague.

This partnership is mutually beneficial to each organization, PATH Intl. will be recognized as a partner in support of the AMHA Therapy Horse of the Year Award, which is given each February as part of the Annual AMHA more>




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