September 24, 2012

Samantha Harrison Wins 2012 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West

Samantha Harrison was crowned the winner of the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West (Flying Horse Photography)

Los Angeles, CA - After three days and numerous tests, Samantha Harrison (La Canada, CA) found herself leading the victory gallop of the 2012 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West. The win was made even more sweet for the Oklahoma State University junior and member of the NCEA Equestrian team. "Winning means so much to me because every single year I've gone in on Santika, something has gone wrong. It was a really big accomplishment to go out there and be consistent in all three phases."
br />Samantha (Karen Healey, trainer) was particularly happy to win on Santika, who also won the Best Horse Award, as the pair has been together for many years. "I've had her a really long time. We've had a connection ever since I got her, and we've only gotten to know each other even better. We've really learned to figure each other out over the years," Samantha more>  

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Lad's Night Out Lands Victory in 2012 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series
from USEA
Bea Di Grazia and Lad's Night Out jump a clean show jumping round to take home the win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Division. (Frankie Thieriot)
Bea di Grazia and her own Lad's Night Out led the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series Advanced division at Twin Rivers from start to finish. After a terrific performance throughout the weekend, the duo secured their victory by adding no jumping faults to their dressage score and only two time penalties. 


With James Alliston and his long time partner Parker putting in a clear round prior to Lad's Night Out entering the ring, the pressure was on, but Bea di Grazia's level of experience showed through as she seemed to casually walk into the ring with her striking grey gelding and take in the scenery, completing the course with ease. Di Grazia joked following her round that luck must have been on her side as one scary rail danced in the cups but stayed up when all was said and more>

Steffen Peters and Scott Hassler Headlining Succeed/USDF FEI-Level Trainers' Conference 
from USDF

Lexington, KY - The United States Dressage Federation announced today that the Succeed/USDF FEI-Level Trainers' Conference will feature Olympian Steffen Peters and USEF National Young Dressage Horse Coach Scott Hassler.  The conference will be held January 21-22, 2013 at Mary Anne McPhail's High Meadow Farm in Loxahatchee, Florida.  During this year's conference, Peters and Hassler will engage qualified attendees in a peer-to-peer format focused on identifying each horse's strengths and weaknesses and improving attendees' problem solving skills, allowing them to make better training decisions.  Peters will be hands-on with FEI-level horses, spending time in the saddle as he demonstrates and conveys his training techniques aimed at achieving a direct improvement in each horse's performance. Peters and Hassler will also engage selected participants in thought-provoking training scenarios as they more>  

Meg O'Mara Finesses the Course to Secure the ASPCA Maclay Regionals at Southeast Medal Finals
Meg O'Mara and Vancouver
Jacksonville, FL - The highly-anticipated third and final day of the first Southeast Medal Finals featured the ASPCA Mclay Region Three Finals. A group of 37 skilled riders determined to master Alan Rheinheimer's course competed for today's top prize.

Traveling away from the in gate, the course opened with a bold oxer to oxer line. The track turned to the left and over a vertical on the far short end of the arena. From here the riders were asked to rollback to fence #4, a vertical on the diagonal, followed by two options for fence #5 and fence more>

Over the weekend the Kentucky National Horse Show took place at the 
Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The highlight class
was an FEI World Cup Qualifier inside Alltech arena. 
Get results, and see more photos from the event, at

USEF to Offer Frangible Technology Grants
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is proud to announce the debut of the Frangible Technology Grant Program. The Program will allow organizers of USEF licensed eventing competitions to apply for assistance in the implementation of frangible devices. 
In June of 2008 the USEF began supplying frangible pins at no cost to organizers of USEF licensed eventing competitions. Over the past four years, at the encouragement of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), a number of new frangible technologies have entered the more>
FEI Nations Cup Eventing: Spain Triumphant With First Win
from FEI
Spain wins fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing (left to right): Dr. Mark Lucey (Team Vet), Carlos Diaz Fernandez, Marti Sala Bayes, Albert Farras Hermoso and Maria Pinedo. (Lorenzo/FEI)

Spain, who have really embraced the concept of this inaugural FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, have now moved up into second place in the overall rankings after an emphatic win at Montelibretti (ITA), the fifth leg of the series.


The Spanish team riders dominated the final placings in second, fifth, sixth and eighth from a total of 11 out of the 30 starters that completed the competition.


Three nations fielded teams for Montelibretti, which is held at the Centro Militare di Equitazione (Military Equestrian Centre) on the outskirts of Rome and is the southernmost event of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing more>



No. 6 Baylor Picks up 3 Wins, 5th Straight Willis Invitational Title
The Baylor equestrian team brought momentum earned at the end of last season, one in which they won a Hunter Seat National Championship and were 3rd overall, to the Willis Invitational, the opening event of their 2012/2013 campaign. The Bears were host to three teams, Delaware State, New Mexico State, and a combined Miami (Ohio)/Ohio State, and handed each one a loss of six or more points. 
Baylor began with a 12-4 victory over Miami (Ohio)/Ohio State. They dispatched of Delaware State 13-2 in a match that started Friday and continued Saturday, then capped off their victorious weekend with a hard fought 11-5 win over New Mexico State. 
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High Point Award Competition Results Due
from IALHA

Reminder for Participants in the 2012 year IALHA High Point Awards Program:


The deadline for submitting your "Competition Result Reports" to the IALHA office is October 4th  - in order for those results to count toward the 2011/2012 competition year (Oct 1, 2011 thru Sept 30, 2012).   This deadline ensures that point tabulations can occur in time to announce the High Point Award Program winners during our 2012 National Championship Show.


Participants have several options to submit their "Competition Result Report" forms to the IALHA more>

Hanson Inducted Into South Stormont Sports Hall of Fame
from AMHA
The late Merton "Bud" Hanson was inducted into the South Stormont Sports Hall of Fame on September 22, 2012 for his contributions as an athlete and builder.

Hanson was one of eight new members to enter the Hall of Fame for the class of 2012 during an induction ceremony. He was inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in August 2012, and the Hall of Fame of the American Morgan Horse Association shortly after his death in November more> 
Save the Date-- ASHA Annual Convention 2013
from ASHA

Lexington, Kentucky - Make plans now to attend the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Annual Convention and Youth Conference. Thursday, February 14th through Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa in Lexington, more> 




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Andalusian & Lusitano






Western Dressage: Two Worlds Collide 


The last several weeks I've talked about how to get started in western dressage.  If you are curious, you've checked out the website, taken advantage of the free basic membership by becoming a member, read the rules, reviewed the tests, read the articles, participated in the Forum discussions, found WD groups on Facebook, visited YouTube and chatted with your friends about it.  Maybe you've contacted your local barns or your local USDF GMO and they are interested in adding Western Dressage classes to their current show class list or show more>




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