October 22, 2012

Burnett and Husain Win National Titles at Dansko Fair Hill International on the Strength of Clear Jumping Rounds

Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot (Shannon Brinkman)
Elkton, MD - The Dansko Fair Hill International CCI wrapped up Sunday as National Titles were awarded in both two and three-star competition. Competitors tackled Sally Ike's challenging show jumping courses under uncharacteristically sunny, beautiful skies. Hannah Sue Burnett held her nerve to win the CCI3* National Title with Harbour Pilot to win her third Fair Hill crown (the 26-year-old has two CCI3* victories and one win in the CCI2*). In the USEF National Two-Star Eventing Championship, Connor Husain jumped a beautiful clear round on Piece of Hope to rise from second and earn his first Fair Hill victory.


USEF National Three-Star Eventing Championship

Burnett (The Plains, VA) and Jacqueline Mars' nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding entered the arena the picture of poise and determination. Harbour Pilot jumped effortlessly around Ike's 12 obstacle track to produce an immaculate clear round and finish on his dressage score....read more> 


USEF National Two-Star Eventing Championship

Husain (Great Falls, VA) defied his 19-years and jumped a brilliant clear round with his own and his parents Leslie and Najaf Husain's Piece of Hope to clinch his first USEF National Title and his second CCI2* victory of 2012. The 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood geldin...read more> 

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Selena Pape Named USEF National One-Star Champion at Hagyard Midsouth CCI1*


Selena Pape and Vanity (Kathleen Landwehr/USEF)
Lexington, KY - Three national titles were claimed at the USEF National One-Star Eventing Championships held over the weekend at the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge at the Kentucky Horse Park. Selena Pape (Louisville, KY) had a stellar weekend leading the field from start to finish claiming not only the USEF National One-Star Championship but also the USEF National Amateur One-Star Championship title. With her seven-year-old Holsteiner mare Vanity, Pape finished on a score of 46.2, going double clear on Derek di Grazia's cross country course and adding four faults for knocking down the A element of the triple on Nori Scheffel's stadium course...read more> 


Kent Farrington and Uceko Soar to Victory in The $85,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix de Penn National
Grand Prix de Penn National Kent Farrington and Uceko (Al Cook)
Harrisburg, PA - Kent Farrington and Uceko, owned by RCG Farm, thrilled the crowd with a lightning fast ride in the jump-off to win the $85,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix de Penn National at the 67th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Saturday evening. It was the third win in the prestigious event for Farrington, but the Wellington, FL resident went early in the line-up and was not convinced that his clear round time of 37.95 seconds would stay on top of the leader board.

"He's actually kind of a slow horse in the air, he jumps very high and a little bit in slow motion," said Farrington. "With this horse I never really know. I ride him as fast as I can go and even then sometimes it's still not enough to win." 
Fortunately, it was enough, which was no surprise to Katie Dinan of Wellington, FL. The 19-year-old rider came close to overtaking the leaders...read more> 

You can watch nearly every ride from the 2012 Pennsylvania International Horse Show, including Kent Farrington & Uceko's grand prix winning jump-off round, on the USEF Network You Tube page.


Michael Poulin and Ravel Named 2012 Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame Inductees
Lexington, KY- The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Michael Poulin and Ravel will be inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame (HOF) at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, on December 8, 2012, during the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA. Induction into the HOF is an honor bestowed on horses and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the sport of dressage in the United States...read more>

Watch video from the Fair Hill at www.useventing.com
Suzy Stafford Upgraded to Silver Medal for 2011 FEI World Driving Championships for Combined Ponies
Suzy Stafford at the 2011 FEI World Driving Championships for Combined Ponies. (Marie de Ronde)
Lexington, KYSuzy Stafford (Wilmington, DE) represented the U.S. at the 2011 FEI World Driving Championships for Combined Ponies in Lipica, Slovenia held September 21-25, 2011. She drove her Morgan-Arabian Cross mare Josephine to an impressive finish in the cones phase and was awarded the Bronze medal in the Singles Pony Championship. Stafford has been notified by the FEI that the Swedish single pony driver Susanne Ankermark driving Windy Boy Rocket has been disqualified.  The results of the competition have been updated, now awarding Stafford and Josephine the Silver medal, adding to her already remarkable resume...read more>


The USEF Will Field a US Saddle Seat Equitation Young Rider Team in 2013
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the formation of a US Saddle Seat Equitation Young Rider Team in 2013. The purpose of this team is to develop riders for future US Saddle Seat World Cup competitions. During years that the Saddle Seat World Cup competition is not held, members of the Young Rider Team will be eligible to represent the United States in other international competitions.

The USEF is currently seeking twelve young equestrians, five riders and one alternate in both the three- and five-gaited sections, for the 2013 US Saddle Seat Equitation Young Rider Team. These twelve riders will, potentially, represent the U.S. in an international invitational with South Africa that has been tentatively scheduled for April 4-6, 2013, at William Woods University in Fulton, MO...read more>


Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2012/2013 - Round 1, Odense
from Louise Parkes for FEI
Defending champion, The Netherlands' Adelinde Cornelissen, steered Jerich Parzival to win the opening leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2012/2013 series at Odense, Denmark today. Pictured with the winning partnership are: (L to R) FEI Dressage Director, Trond Asmyr; Hanni Toosby Kasprzak; HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Bo Kristoffersen, Odense Show Director ( FEI/Annette Boe Østergaard)

Dutch riders claimed the first two places in the opening leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2012/2013 series at Odense in Denmark today where defending champions, Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, scored a convincing victory. 


Edward Gal, series champion in 2010 with Totilas, lined up second with Blue Hors Romanov while Danish riders filled the next two places.  Anna Kasprzak, at 22 years of age the youngest competitor in today's Freestyle, pipped the considerably more experienced partnership of Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby when slotting into third, while Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello lined up fifth for Sweden...read more>



Equitation isn't Just "Sitting Pretty," says Emily Chapman - 2012 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Member
Emily Chapman is an 18-year-old from Tucson, Arizona who will be attending the University of Kentucky in the Spring of 2013. She is a member of the three-gaited section of the 2012 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team.

There is a misconception that equitation is easy, and that the riders who show in this division simply "sit pretty" on a horse. So people often ask why I chose to compete in the equitation division over other divisions. Well, because one of the primary goals of equitation is to make our riding look flawless and effortless, we equitation riders take that as somewhat of a compliment.


Even so, this is an incorrect perception of the equitation discipline. That is why the Saddleseat World Cup Team is such an amazing opportunity for equitation and performance riders alike. It allows riders to show their skill and ability in riding and performing workouts on unfamiliar horses, thus demonstrating a great deal of horsemanship. It gives us something to work towards beyond shows, in hopes of being able to represent our country in competition...read more> 

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Congratulations to the 2012 Youth of the Year Winners!
From AMHA 
Ellery Walker
Results of the AMHA Youth of the Year Contest were announced at a ceremony at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® on the evening of Saturday, October 13. AMHA is pleased to announce Ellery Walker of Marshall Michigan, as the 2012 AMHA Youth of the Year winner!
Ellery is the lucky recipient of a $2,500 custom designed awards package, generously sponsored by the Cynthia Elaine Epperson Trust Fund. She qualified for the national contest by winning the contest at the Michigan All-Morgan Horse Show. Ellery is a senior at Olivet High School and Science Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. She plans to study architecture at the University of Michigan.
Taking Reserve Youth of the Year honors this year is Rebecca Jones of Birmingham, Alabama. Rebecca was the winner of the Southern States Regional Youth of the Year Contest...read more> 




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Western Dressage: What Kind of Horse is That?


Which breed indeed?  We hear one frequently asked question: "What breed of horse should I ride for Western Dressage?"  The answer really is virtually any breed or combination of breeds might produce a good candidate for the discipline.  Not only is there a possibility of bridging the gap between the two disciplines, there is the possibility of crossing the boundaries between the breeds with Western Dressage. I want to share with readers this excerpt from the NAWD Mission Statement..read more> 





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