October 8, 2012

Rising Star Jacob Pope Wins 2012 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East

Jacob Pope Won the 2012 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East. (Rebecca Walton/PMG)

Gladstone, NJ - The country's top young riders were on display Sunday during the 2012 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East. Leading an exceptional group of 92 entries, 17-year-old Jacob Pope of Columbia, MD scored an exciting victory during the prestigious event at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Pope's scores were at the top of the leader board following the head-to-head final four jump-off where he showcased his skills on all four mounts during his debut at the event.

This weekend's competition began with three phases including flat work, gymnastics and jumping...read more>

Continuing through October 13th

Continuing through October 13th

October 11th-21st
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Fairclough, Stroud, O'Brien and Maye Clinch National Titles
Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Classic CDE came to an exciting conclusion Sunday with the final cones phase. Additional accolades were on the line as competitors in the Pair and Ponies divisions vied for National Titles. The leaders following the marathon refused to yield, driving accurate final phases to clinch coveted USEF National Championships...read more>
Celebrations Abound and Final Champions Are Crowned on Last Day of California Dressage Society Championships 
Small but mighty: pony "Donar's Diablo" won the CDS Training Level Open Horse of the Year title, with rider Kelly Phillips and owner Kim Crandall. (Jennifer M. Keeler)
Burbank,CA - Final championship ribbons were presented Sunday in Burbank, CA for the 45th Anniversary California Dressage Society Championship Show Presented by HorseShow.com, held in conjunction with the CDS Young Horse Futurity (including the Cal-Bred Futurity), the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 7 Dressage Championships, and the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeders Championships West Coast Series Final.  In an event which organization officials report as the largest championship show in CDS' 45-year history, riders, owners, and spectators enjoyed four days of spectacular dressage, camaraderie from across the region, and special anniversary celebrations marking four and a half decades of CDS service to its members and the sport.  

Having spent the summer in Europe for the 2012 Olympic Games, U.S. Team and CDS member Jan Ebeling still made time to come to the Championships, an event which he has attended for more than twenty years....read more>
Alliston Swaps The Lead At Woodside International Horse Trials
Woodside, CA - James Alliston survived a bittersweet day at the Woodside International Horse Trials, presented by Equine Insurance of California and Professional's Choice. It was a day of both exciting victory and disconcerting defeat for him.

Alliston, of Castro Valley, Calif., did win the CIC3*, but with Tivoli (52.6), not with Jumbo's Jake, the horse who'd been leading after the first day's dressage and show jumping. And he also won the CIC2* on Mojo. 

Jolie Wentworth finished second in both the CIC3*, aboard GoodKnight (58.9), and in the CIC2*, aboard Man On A Mission II (55.7).  McKenna Shea rode Landioso to third place (69.6) in the CIC3*...read more>
Scott Stewart Rides to Fifth All-Time Win in WCHR Professional Finals
Scott Stewart and VIP Z. (Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.)
Upper Marlboro, MD - The best six hunter riders in the country this year  - Peter Pletcher, Scott Stewart, Elizabeth Boyd, Kelley Farmer, Hunt Tosh, and John French - competed in the WCHR Professional Finals sponsored by the John R. Ingram Fund. The head-to-head unique competition saw Scott Stewart ride four different horses for his fifth win, the most of any rider in the 19 year history of the class. In the afternoon session, Annie Finch was honored as the winner of the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals sponsored by ARIAT International.  

It was a great night for Stewart, who led the class from the very start when he rode his horse VIP Z to a score of 91.33. In the second round, he and Winnetou had another fantastic round and the judges rewarded them with a score of 90. The third round had Stewart up on Capilan 2, and he received his highest score of the night, a 91.66. The final round was a handy hunter class, and Stewart rode Savvy to another high score of 90. Stewart finished with a total of 362.99, almost eight more points that the second-placed rider, Peter Pletcher...read more>

USEF Names Jumping Team for CSIO-W Buenos Aires
Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named four athlete/horse combinations to represent the U.S. at CSIO-W Buenos Aires in Argentina. This CSIO will take place November 6-11, 2012.

The United States will be represented by the following combinations:

Charlie Jacobs (Boston, MA) on CMJ Sporthorse's Flaming Star and Deeridge Farms' Leap of Joy.
Flaming Star is a 13-year-old Irish gelding
Leap of Joy is an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding

Quentin Judge (Wellington, FL) on Double H Farm's HH Carotino.
HH Carotino is a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding

Catherine Pasmore (Wellington, FL) on Pasmore Stables' Z Canta.
Z Canta is an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare

Alison Robitaille (Upperville, VA) on Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone's Cover Girl.
Cover Girl is an 8-year-old Wurttemberger mare 
Read more at www.usefnetwork.com. 


Dobrev Claims Gold for Bulgaria at FEI Balkan Eventing Championship
from FEI
Bulgaria's Ivan Dobrev and Nikita tackle the water complex on Pierre Michelet's Cross Country course en route to individual gold at the FEI Balkan Eventing Championship in Eskisehir (TUR)

Bulgaria's Ivan Dobrev claimed individual gold at the FEI Balkan Eventing Championships 2012 staged at Eskisehir, Turkey from 21-23 September. The city of Eskisehir lies in the heart of the Anatolian region, and over 200 miles to the south-east of Turkish capital city of Istanbul. Competitors from three nations - Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey - battled it out for the honours, and each country took home a medal.


Silver went to the host nation's Simge Ozaltindere and bronze was claimed by Romania's Calin Nemes, while Bulgaria's Todor Korov and Miroslav Iliev finished just outside the medal placings...read more> 



No.2 South Carolina Narrowly Defeats No.3 Auburn 10-9, improves to 2-0.
Blythewood, SC - The Gamecocks trailed only once during their victory over conference foe Auburn, but the meet was just as close as the score suggests. South Carolina came out strong in Reining and earned the 3-2 win, but a 2-2 tie in Equitation over Fences and 3-2 Tiger win in Horsemanship kept it very close throughout the day. On the strength of a 3-2 Equitation on the Flat win the Gamecocks were able to emerge the victors in their first ever official SEC matchup and improve to 2-0 on the season. Despite losing as a team, Auburn individual riders were named Most Outstanding Player in all four disciplines...read more>

Watch highlights from the South Carolina vs. Auburn meet at www.gamecocksonline.com.

 More NCEA results from the weekend

Riding is a Family Affair for Hunter Chancellor - 2012 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Member
People always ask me at what age I started riding horses.  I guess the true answer is, "since before I was born." My mom showed American Saddlebreds long before I was around, and continued to ride in the early stages of her pregnancy.  Not only did my mom show Saddlebreds, my brother did as well. And now, my sister, my cousin, and I all show American Saddlebreds. One could definitely call horse riding  "our family sport."  

I got my first horse, a miniature pony named Moonbeam, when I was two years old. Although I did not begin competing until the age of ten, after getting Moonbeam I spent almost all of my days at the barn.  Whether it was at our barn or my Aunt's barn, Santiago Stables, I could always be found around the horses. 

I've been lucky enough to travel the world with my parents, and I've had the chance to ride horses in Spain, England, France, Italy, Romania, New Zealand, and Botswana...read more>

2012: A great year to be an equestrian!   

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2012 Grand National Results: October 6-7
From AMHA 
Below are results from the 2012 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show®, which is currently taking place in Oklahoma City. These are results from Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7.

2012 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show®
Dates: October 6-13, 2012
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Judges: Ellen Beard, Robin Bode, Terry Jones Brennan, Kathy Callahan-Smith, Michael Craghead, Michael Damianos, Gary Garone, John Greenall, Missy Hanover, Brent Jacobs, Gayle Lampe, Pierre Loiselle, Shirley O'Gorman, Anita Owen, Phil Price, Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez, Jennifer Sommers, John Wich, Jay Wood, Richard Wright

2. POWERPOINT, Hartell, Patricia
3. JMF MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, Caruso, Kimberly  DVM
4. CEDAR CREEK ZEPHYR, Rosier, Elaine C
5. LPV TOWN FLIRT, Miller, Carol & Earl

Get all of the results at www.morganhorse.com.

Watch all three arenas at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show on USEF Network.




The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its human and equine athletes.



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Western Dressage: The Buffet is Open


In an attempt to acknowledge the current diversity within the discipline, show organizers have started offering exhibitors the opportunity to ride ANY test they want to ride, from any organization that has published tests.  A buffet of western dressage is now available with something for everyone. The show organizers want to meet the needs of the competitors and in so doing really have taken the first step toward acceptance and cooperation. Since USEF will not be licensing Western Dressage for some unknown duration of time, show organizers at all levels are free to choose any of the tests and rules that are currently offered on the WD smorgasbord, including but not limited to, the Basic and Primary Level USEF Morgan Breed Division Western Dressage tests...read more>




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