October 15, 2012

Meg O'Mara Wins the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals Presentation. (Al Cook)
Harrisburg, PA Meg O'Mara of Rumson, NJ, bested a field of 257 junior riders to win the prestigious Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals, presented by Randolph College, at the 67th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Sunday. It was an emotional time for O'Mara. The announcer just finished naming Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, the Reserve Champion. When she realized that the Championship title was hers, the 18-year-old put her hand over her face to hide her tears.


"I never thought that I would be here," said O'Mara. "So to be able to win it - I am still in disbelief."


Judges Bill Moroney and Geoff Teall called back the top 28 riders for the second round and the top four riders were tested further to determine the medal winning positions. The test consisted included a hand gallop, a halt and back, two counter-cantered fences, and a trot fence. The final four were
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Dana Scott Gets Gold in the USEF National Junior Jumper Individual Championship

Dana Scott and KM Whatever RV (Al Cook)
Harrisburg, PADana Scott of Wilton, CT, captured the Gold medal riding KM Whatever RV in the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual Championship at the 67th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Saturday evening. The 17-year-old rider was nearly perfect finishing with a score of only two faults.


"I got a little lucky," said Scott. "Everyone here has a really fantastic horse, everyone here has a fabulous team behind them and everyone here is a fabulous rider. So really anyone could pick up the win this week and it ended up being my lucky week!"


The week began on Thursday with Phase I of the Championship and on Friday with Phase II. The top 60% were eligible for the Phase III, which yielded a field of 17 competing in reverse order of merit
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The Zone 5 Team Wins Gold in the Randolph College/USEF Prix de States Team Championship

Abigail McArdle of the Zone 5 Team on Cosma 20. (Al Cook)

Harrisburg, PA - The Zone 5 team captured the Gold medal in the Randolph College/USEF Prix de States Team Championship at the 67th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Friday evening. The team members were: Kalvin Dobbs of Carmel, IN riding Winde; Abigail McArdle of Barrington Hills, IL on Cosma 20; Lillie Ross of Wheaton, IL aboard Pako; and Catherine Tyree of Chicago, IL on Wetter.


Following a modified Nations Cup format, the teams jumped the same course twice with one drop score permitted from each round. At the conclusion of the first round, the challenging Alan Wade designed course yielded only three clear trips. The team from Zone 1-8 was on top...read more>
Harrison Shure Named Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for September 
Lexington, KY - Harrison Shure of Charlottesville, VA has been named the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for September.

Shure competes in the East Conference Amateur-Owner Division of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series aboard Valentino. The month of September was successful for Shure and his riding partner, as they won the Show Jumping Hall of Fame class held at the Devon Fall Classic, and came in ninth at the Kentucky National...read more>
Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Jumps Two Places and Finishes Sixth at Boekelo
Boekelo, The Netherlands - Every member of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team that entered the show jumping arena at the Military Boekelo CCIO3* Sunday leapt up the leaderboard and helped the U.S. team improve to 6th place in the final Nations Cup standings. Leading the way for the Americans were Jonathan Holling and Downtown Harrison.

Holling (Ocala, FL) and Constance Ann Holling's Trakehner/Thoroughbred gelding were just shy of a double clear round. They jumped flawlessly, but came in just over time and ended with 1 fault. "I was really thrilled with [Downtown Harrison]," said Holling, "other than possibly shaving a second off a turn, he was pretty exceptional out there today." Downtown Harrison's performance helped Holling jump up the leaderboard twenty-five places and finish the Event in 31st position overall...read more> 
Gribbons Will Not Continue as Technical Advisor to the U.S. Dressage Team
Lexington, KY - Anne Gribbons, the Technical Advisor to the U.S. Dressage Team since December 2009, has informed the USEF she does not wish to be considered for the position after her contract expires November 30, 2012.
"It has been a privilege and my pleasure to spend the past three years working with the greatest of our American dressage athletes," stated Gribbons. "I wish them all the best of luck and much success in the future." 

Gribbons served as Technical Advisor to the U.S. Dressage Team at three international championships during her tenure with the USEF. At the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Gribbons guided the U.S. to a fourth place team finish and assisted Steffen Peters in winning two Individual Bronze medals with Four Winds Farm's Ravel. At the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico the U.S. Dressage Team had a historic medal sweep of all three Individual medals in addition to winning Team Gold. In the summer of 2012, Gribbons led the U.S. to a sixth place finish at the 2012 London Olympic Games...read more>

USEF CEO Assembles Blue Ribbon Panel to Map Future Strategies for High Performance Programs
Lexington, KY - United States Equestrian Federation Chief Executive Officer John Long has announced the development of a Blue Ribbon Panel that will assemble to evaluate the performances of the USEF's High Performance teams within the global landscape of Olympic level competition. The Panel will consist of representatives from each of the Olympic disciplines, leadership from the USEF High Performance Program, the USET Foundation, and a member of the United States Olympic Committee NGB Council.

Long formed the Panel in an effort to review every aspect of the U.S. Olympic teams, including development and training programs, selection procedures, incenting greater owner participation, and all factors contributing to better positioning the United States in a changing global sport landscape.  Long views the outcome of the recent U.S. Olympic effort as "a wake-up call," and an opportunity to grow from the experience in London...read more> 
Germany Triumphs with First FEI nations Cup Eventing Series Win 
Victory in the final leg at Boekelo (NED) clinched the overall win for Germany in the first FEI Nations Cup Eventing (left to right): Michael Jung, Bettina Hoy, Julia Krajewski and Ingrid Klimke with Chef d'Equipe Hans Melzer (Jon Stroud/FEI)

The German team produced yet another first-rate performance to win at Boekelo (NED), the final leg of the inaugural FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, and rounded off what has been an outstanding year for the country's senior riders with a comfortable victory in this new series.

Germany's talented squad, which included two members of the Olympic gold medal winning team in London - Michael Jung and Ingrid Klimke - beat the chasing New Zealanders by just 6.6 penalties.

Boekelo, which is always a great favourite with riders for its end-of-season atmosphere, drew a record-breaking 12 teams for the last leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing series...read more> 



No.7 Kansas State Downs West Texas A&M for 4th Straight Win
Since losing their season opener in a tiebreaker to SMU, the Kansas State Equestrian team has reeled off four consecutive convincing wins. The latest came on the road at West Texas A&M. The Wildcat team dominated in both Hunter Seat and Western competition, taking 7-1 victories in both disciplines. It was a tough day for the West Texas A&M Buffaloes, but they did have one shining star in junior Sammi Gallagher, who earned Most Outstanding Player honors in Reining. The other three MOP awards of the match Saturday went to Kansas State's Rachel Webster (Equitation on the Flat), Madison Wayda (Equitation over Fences), and Kelly Bovaird (Horsemanship). 

With that win, and a 12-3 victory over No.9 New Mexico State on Friday, the Wildcats are now 4-1 on the season...read more>
Equitation has Delivered Life Lessons to Nick Maupin - 2012 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Member
Nick Maupin is a 19-year-old student at the University of Wisconsin majoring in Business Marketing and plans to graduate in 2015. From Sussex, Wisconsin, he is on the five-gaited section of the 2012 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team.


It would not surprise any member of the Saddle Seat world to hear me say that the discipline is generally, along with Saddle Seat Equitation, a female dominated sport. Quite possibly the only time one will see a male majority in a class is in the Open divisions. Not one year in my equitation career have I ever competed with more than a single other male rider in the coveted USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final; meanwhile, thirty or more female competitors populate the class consistently. No doubt, the boys are at a premium in Saddle Seat Equitation competitions.

I've heard some people say that seeing men in equitation is not traditional. Although I am always thrilled to see tradition gleaming through the discipline still today, I could not agree less with that view. Equitation is a true discipline in all sense of the word, and one I see as fundamental for any Saddle Seat rider, whether they're a man or woman...read more>

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2012 Grand National Championship Show Results are Online!
Sota de Copas, ridden by Alei Ortiz, the 2012 Performance Mares Grand National Champion (Larry Williams)
Results from the 2012 PFHA Grand National Championship Show in Lexington, Kentucky are now up at www.usefnetwork.com.

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2012 Grand National Results are Online!
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The complete 2012 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® results are available online and divided by division. You can find them here.
Journal of the American Saddlebred Introduced from ASHA

Lexington, KY - After much thought and preparation, the Board of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) announced the association will produce a hardbound book known as the "Journal Of The American Saddlebred" that will be distributed free to its 6,000 plus members. The Journal will be an expanded version of the Reference Guide, which has been published for the past several years as a tool for breeders.


"The Journal will be much more encompassing of the entire American Saddlebred industry," said board member Randy Cates who has helped spearhead the project. "In addition to the invaluable breeding statistics and focus on the bloodstock of our industry, the Journal will feature historic articles by Lynn Weatherman and other noted equine journalists as well advertising opportunities for the current year's World's Champions, Futurity and Sweepstakes Champions, horses that earn their CH status, Hall of Fame Broodmares, ASHA National Pleasure Champions, and other association awards. We are also really excited about featuring a section for our First Time participants at the World's Championship Horse Show...read more>




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Western Dressage: Everywhere


Last weekend we attended the second Western Dressage classes held here in the Inland Northwest.  We rode the NAWD tests through Level 4.  The tests are wonderful and the dressage spectators were very interested in how the WD tests are both similar and different from the USEF tests ridden in the USDF shows.  The judge was super and even though the day was very long for her, very positive about the work saying "I enjoyed judging the WD for the first time.   I was impressed how well most of the riders I judged, rode good 20 meter or smaller circles!  All were appropriately turned out and rode tactfully." ..read more> 




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