October 7, 2013

Weber Wins Unprecedented 10th USEF National Four-In-Hand Championship, Leslie Berndl Wins First National Singles Championship

Chester Weber, Ten Time USEF National Four-in-Hand Driving Champion

Lexington, Kentucky - Rain fell for most of Sunday morning at the Kentucky Classic CDE, it fell so hard that Competition would eventually be stopped, but not before two individual drivers hit career milestones. Leslie Berndl earned her first USEF National Single Horse Driving Championship, and Chester Weber made it an official decade of dominance with his impressive and unprecedented tenth USEF National Four-in-Hand Driving Championship.


Weber (Ocala, Florida) held a sixteen penalty lead heading into Sunday's cones phase. By guiding he and Jane Clark's team of Dutch Warmbloods deftly through the obstacles he emerged from the ring with 9.06 penalties, and his tenth USEF Four-in-Hand National Championship...read more>

Leslie Berndl held a double digit lead entering the cones phase of the Kentucky Classic CDE Sunday. She and Uminco held onto that advantage and emerged from the rain as USEF National Single Horse Driving Champions. Berndl (Newcastle, California) earned an 11.00, good for third place in the phase, and finished with a 141.53 total score. She was second in the dressage phase, second on the marathon, and the most consistently good single horse competitor over the entire weekend...read more>
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USEF Names Team for 2013 FEI Pony World Driving Championships

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JumpingHughes Cruises to Victory in the 2013 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East
Watch Michael Hughes Win the Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East
Watch Michael Hughes Win the Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East
Gladstone, New Jersey 
- On Sunday, riders returned to the Dick and Jane Brown Arena at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Headquarters for the final day of the 2013 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East. For Phase III judges Ronnie Beard and Anne Kursinski set a demanding track that would determine which four riders would come back to contest the final phase. After showcasing their skill and poise throughout the weekend Michael Hughes, Mattias Tromp, Charlotte Jacobs, and Allison Toffolon were called back for the final phase to determine the 2013 champion.

At the conclusion of Phase IV, Hughes was announced as a very popular winner after demonstrating phenomenal equitation and potential for future success at the highest level of the sport...read more>
The U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp begins Tuesday. Get everything you need to follow every step with USEF Connect.

Rosen Victorious In Woodside International Horse Trials
Woodside, California - Debbie Rosen and The Alchemyst overtook Lauren Billys and Ballingowan Ginger to win the CIC3* at the Woodside International Horse Trials, presented by Professional's Choice, Equine Insurance of California and Sunsprite Warmbloods. Rosen incurred 4.0 time penalties, for a final tally of 58.5, while Billys finished with 8.4 time penalties, for a final tally of 59.4, to relinquish the lead she'd gained in the first two phases on Friday.

Helen Bouscaren rode Ben to the day's fastest time (1 second slow, for .4 time penalties, to claim third place (62.7).

The CIC3* victory was worth $3,000, but it meant more to Rosen than the prize money.

"Without crying, I don't know if I can say what this means" said Rosen, 52, of Calabasas, Calif. "It means just don't give up. When everybody else tells you you can do it, and you're the only one who thinks you can't, get your head right."..read more>
DriversUSEF Names Team for 2013 FEI Pony World Driving Championships
Lexington, Kentucky - The following pony-and-driver combinations have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. at the 2013 FEI Pony World Driving Championships in Pau, France, October 31-November 3.


See the combinations at www.USEFNetwork.com.

Great Britain and USA Join Canada in Bid to Host FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018
from FEI
The FEI has received formal Expressions of Interest from Great Britain, the USA and Canada to host the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018, after re-opening the bidding process on 1 July 2013.

The USA has identified two potential host cities - Wellington (Florida) and Lexington (Kentucky) - and Great Britain will have to confirm the proposed host city with the FEI before the 15 November 2013 deadline for receipt of Bid Applicant Questionnaires...read more>

Western Team Leads TCU to Season Opening Win Over Baylor
Springtown, Texas - It was a tale of two teams in Texas on Saturday as No.7 Baylor and No.8 Texas Christian met in an early season in-state clash. TCU had the better western team, and Baylor was the dominant hunt seat team. But the TCU reining team was the only squad able to secure an outright, 5-0, sweep. In doing so they made the difference in a hard fought 11-9 win.

Baylor won equitation on the flat 3-2 and TCU edged out an equal 3-2 victory in horsemanship. TCU was able to pick up one point in equitation over fences and it was that one point, leading to a 4-1 Baylor win rather than a 5-0 sweep, that was ultimately the difference in the match...read more>



Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show Modifies Qualifying Rule
from ASHA

Many horse shows are adding TBA (to be announced) classes to their schedules. The current Kentucky State Fair qualifying rules prohibit TBA classes from counting.


Management of the Kentucky State Fair has determined that if the following criteria are met, then TBA classes will count for Park and Pleasure qualifying at the World's Championship Horse Show.  The specific class(es) that will be held must be determined at least two (2) weeks in advance of the horse show...read more>

Celebrate the Morgan Breed in Oklahoma City
Shelburne, Vermont - The 2013 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® is shaping up to be another monumental event in the show's 40-year history. More than 1,000 of the world's finest Morgan horses from across the United States, Canada, and overseas will meet in Oklahoma City, October 12-19 to compete for $250,000-plus in prize money.

Since 1973, this show has represented the pinnacle of achievement in the Morgan horse world. Matt Kwapich of Bernalillo, New Mexico, joins as the show's manager, and this year, Sherry Cole of Sheridan, Indiana, serves in the capacity of show chairman...read more>
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