October 29, 2012

Reed Kessler and Cylana Capture Victory in $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W
Cylana and Reed Kessler. (Shawn McMillen Photography)
Washington, D.C. - Eighteen-year-old U.S. Olympian Reed Kessler added yet another accolade to her impressive year with a win in the $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC, at the 54th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS). An FEI World Cup Qualifier, Kessler topped an impressive list of international competitors aboard her phenomenal mare Cylana to win in her first time competing in the class. Brazil's Paulo Santana and Taloubet finished second, while Australia's Matt Williams and Watch Me VD Mangelaar were third...read more>

Watch a Jennifer Wood Media recording of Reed 
and Cylana's winning round on YouTube.


Saturday, November 3
check www.usefnetwork.com during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
Lane Clarke and Casseur de Prix Win Big in the CSI 2*-W Grand Prix at the Del Mar Fall Equestrian Festival

Lane Clarke and Casseur de Prix (Captured Moment Photography)
Del Mar, CA - A zombie flash mob couldn't stop Lane Clarke and Casseur de Prix from putting down two spectacular clean rounds in Saturday night's Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar, presented by California Horsetrader. 

The pair was one of only four horse and rider combinations to make it to the jump-off in course designer Olaf Peterson's big, technical course.

For full results go to www.usefnetwork.com


First USEF Elite Youth Dressage Training Session of 2012 Takes Place in Georgia
USEF Dressage Youth Coach Jeremy Steinberg with Rebecca Cohen at the training session. (Carol Cohen)
Lexington, KY - The first of two USEF Elite Youth Dressage Training Sessions for 2012 wrapped up last Sunday at Shannondale Farm in Alpharetta, Georgia. The two-day training session, made possible by a generous donation from Kristen McDonald and the Marquis George MacDonald Foundation, was led by USEF Dressage Youth Coach Jeremy Steinberg. The invitation-only session included eight of the top youth dressage riders from the East and Central U.S., and was an opportunity for Steinberg to work directly with a core group of promising riders. The training session included two days of instruction as well as lectures and discussions on long term strategic planning, media training, championship selection procedures, and USEF rules...read more>
Three Olympians and The Defending Champion: Ready For Galway Downs International Three-Day Event
Temecula, CA - A decorated field of riders and horses will be vying for the top prizes at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event Nov. 1-4, with three Olympians competing in the CCI3*, as well as the 2011 defending champion and a Pan Am games gold medalist.

Two-time team gold medalist Phillip Dutton, of West Grove, Pa., and Olympic alternate Buck Davidson, of Riegelsville, Pa., will lead the contingent of riders who are bringing horses from the East Coast to compete at Galway Downs.

Michael Pollard, a member of the U.S. gold-medal team at the 2011 Pan Am Games, is also coming from Chatsworth, Ga. And two-time Canadian Olympian Hawley Bennett, who lives in Temecula, will be riding Gin 'N Juice, the mare she rode in the 2012 London Olympics...read more> 

USHJA Youth Leadership Award and USHJA Nominee for USEF Youth Sportsman's Award Announced  
from USHJA
Hannah Bentz (Photo courtesy of Steve Bentz.)
Lexington, KY- Each year, USHJA recognizes a junior member between the ages of 12 and 15 who demonstrates the potential of being a future leader in the equine industry. The ideal candidate exhibits a commitment and dedication to the USHJA through their promotion of equestrian sport by exemplary sportsmanship and serving as a role model to their peers. USHJA is proud to announce Hannah Bentz of Boca Raton, FL as the 2012 USHJA Youth Leadership Award recipient.

A model student at Spanish River High School, 15 year-old Hannah exemplifies the spirit of the Youth Leadership Award in and out of the horse show community. She is Captain of the school's IEA Team, has been on the Honor Roll since middle school and in 2010 was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society...read more> 


The 2012 USHJA Nominee for the USEF Youth Sportsman's Award is Henley Adkins of Moorpark, CA.  


Henley Adkins (Photo courtesy of Henley Adkins)
Henley's recommendation letters shared a common theme, her dedication to and love of equestrian sport, as well as being a natural role model of sportsmanship. A trainer from the stable where Henley rides shared how a young import with great equitation potential arrived to the barn in need of special attention, and that it was an equally young Henley who put in years of patience and kindness to develop him into a top ranked equitation horse, on which several other riders achieved numerous accolades. Henley's instructor of College Prep Chemistry stated the 17 year-old possesses an innate ability to master abstract concepts, exceptional leadership skills in the lab groups and ranks among the top three percent of the class...read more>

Nicholson Crowns a Great Year with Victory at Pau
from Kate Green for FEI
Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Nereo, triumphant at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the first leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ 2012/2013. ( Kit Houghton/FEI)

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) crowned perhaps the best season of his long and distinguished career when he won Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the first leg of the 2012/2013 HSBC FEI Classics™, on Libby Sellars' talented chestnut Nereo.


The only rider to complete on his Dressage score, Pau was Nicholson's fourth consecutive international victory this autumn, following Burghley, Blenheim and Boekelo, and his fourth CCI4* triumph in a career that has spanned some 30 years.


"This is what it's all about," said the hard-working New Zealander as he was congratulated afterwards. "Winning one CCI4* in 10 years is pretty good and to win two in two months feels amazing...read more>



Texas No.4 A&M Sweeps Friday Meets VS. No.10 SMU, No.8 TCU
(Texas A&M Athletics)
The Texas A&M Aggies took on two state rivals Friday and showed why they are the number four ranked team in the country. The meet began with a morning Hunter Seat matchup between the Aggies and the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Mustangs. The Mustangs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in Equitation over Fences, but they never held the lead again. Lead by MOPs Shelby Lawson and Haley Buchmiller respecitvely, the Aggies took Equitation over Fences 4-2 and Equitation on the Flat 5-1 for a 9-3 victory....read more>

The Texas A&M Western team started out strong in their meet against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs and held on for a 5-4 win. In horsemanship MOP Laura Brainard helped the Aggies to a 4-1 lead. TCU did not back down though, and nearly managed a comeback with a 3-1 Reining win. It was Reining MOP Ashley Skold's 67.5-67.0 win that gave the Aggies their only reining point and secured the overall victory...read more>


Western Dressage: 2013
2012 is nearly over. Show season is winding down and Western dressage organizations are gathering feedback from judges and competitors alike about tests, rules, shows and all things western dressage. Late fall is time for annual meetings for everyone and WD is on agendas all over the country. NAWD and WDAA are busy analyzing data and perfecting tests and rulebooks before the 2013 show season starts so more news will be coming from these fronts very soon. USEF and USDF will have more information regarding the future of WD as an independent discipline and some state level organizations will have determined if WD will be offered as a discipline at that level as well.

This week's blog is my call to NAWD, WDAA, CD, and IPHDA to tear down fences and begin to work together better with USDF and USEF in 2013 to develop Western Dressage as a unique discipline that will ultimately emerge as a respected discipline in the whole equestrian world...read more> 

2012: A great year to be an equestrian!   

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Morgan Horse Wins in North American Equitation Championship 
from AMHA
(Casey McBride)
Morgan rider Melissa Ocello is a volunteer mounted deputy for the Eaton County Sheriff's department in Charlotte, Michigan, with 21 years of service. With her horse, Northern Betraer (Samuel North x Hobby Acres Jeanine), the duo recently competed in the North American Police Equestrian Championship 2012 (NAPEC). 

Held in Gaithersburg, Maryland, all mounted police units in North America are invited to participate the competition. It is divided into three events, the Uniform and Equitation classes and the obstacle course. 

When all the scores were tallied, Betraer and Melissa were crowned the Auxiliary Expert Equitation Champions of North America...read more>
The American Saddlebred Museum's Young Adult Committee is sponsoring an Art Contest    
from ASHA
Lexington, KY - The American Saddlebred Museum's Young Adult Committee is sponsoring an Art Contest!  The Contest will be divided into two divisions, prizes being awarded in both divisions.  Divisions are for Youth (18 and under) and Young Adults (19 - 35).  Categories for artwork for each division include:  Drawing and Painting; Sculpture; Photography; and Mixed Media (i.e. digital, paper, needlework, mosaic, jewelry, etc.).  

Rules are as follows:


1)  All work must be original and be completed by the entrant.


2)  Works must be Saddlebred-related in theme.


Read the rest of the rules at www.asha.net.

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