November 5, 2012

Emotional Victory for McLain Ward and Antares F in $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at Alltech National Horse Show

McLain Ward and Antares F (Rebecca Walton/PMG)
Lexington, KY - It was a very emotional night at the Alltech National Horse Show as McLain Ward piloted his top mount Antares F to victory during the Alltech $250,000 Grand Prix, benefiting the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. The win came just days after the passing of his father, Barney Ward, who had been Ward's most important supporter. Ward rode through his grief to beat six others in the jump-off, as the first to compete on his speedy partner.

Christine McCrea followed in second place aboard Romantovich Take One with the only other double clear effort, while the third place award went to Candice King and Whistler with a single time fault over the speed more>



Watch McLain and Anatres F's winning jump-off ride, and all other 

rides from both rounds of Saturday's Alltech Grand Prix, 

as free on demand video on USEF Network


check during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
Alliston Triumphs Again at Galway Downs International Three-Day Event
James Alliston and Tivoli (Amy McCool)
Temecula, CA - Start calling James Alliston "Mr. Galway Downs."

The Galway Downs International Three-Day Event has offered a CCI3* for the last three years. Alliston finished third in 2010, finished first and seventh in 2011, and this year he finished first, second and sixth.

Alliston, of Castro Valley, Calif., rode Tivoli to first place (53.4) Jumbo's Jake, the horse he won with in 2011 and finished third with in 2010, to second place (56.6). And he also rode Parker to sixth place, one position higher than he finished in 2010 or in 2011.

Michael Pollard, of Dalton, Ga., rode Schoensgreen Hanni to third place (57.2)

"I like this place. I seem to do well here, and I've been on a bit of a roll," said Alliston, 27, with understatement. Alliston collected $12,250 of the $21,000 prize money in the CCI3* more>



Watch a recap of the Cross Country at Galway Downs at

Second USEF Elite Youth Dressage Training Session Concludes at W Farms
Participants in the USEF Elite Youth Dressage Training Session (USEF Archive)
Lexington, KY - The second and final USEF Elite Youth Dressage Training Session for 2012 concluded Sunday in Chino Hills, California. The two-day intensive training session was made possible by a generous donation from Kristen McDonald and the Marquis George MacDonald Foundation. The gracious hosts of the Western U.S. session were David and Alisa Wilson, owners of W Farms.

The invitation-only training session served as an opportunity for top youth riders from the Western U.S. to work directly with USEF Youth Dressage Coach Jeremy Steinberg to fine-tune their riding skills and also discuss long term strategic planning, media training, championship selection procedures and rules. Each rider's personal trainer attended the session, as more>
Jacob Pope Wins 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championship Title at Alltech National Horse Show
Jacob Pope won the coveted ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals (Rebecca Walton/PMG)

Lexington, KY - It was another fairytale day for Jacob Pope of Columbia, MD, during the 2012 Maclay National Championship for the ASCPA Alfred B. Maclay Horsemanship Classes. The Alltech National Horse Show, 129th Edition, welcomed 152 riders for the prestigious event. At the end of the day, it was 18-year-old Pope whose horsemanship outshined the rest to capture the coveted winning title after four challenging rounds of competition.

"I am still in shock that I won," smiled Pope after the victory gallop. "It is unreal, and being on the trophy with such legends such as George Morris, and everyone else that is on the trophy. I just can't believe it." more>

FEI Co-Sponsors Conference on Concussion in Sport  
from FEI
Top international sports experts representing the IOC, FIFA, FEI and several other international sports federations met at the Home of FIFA in Zurich (SUI) on 1 and 2 November 2012 for the Fourth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport.
The FEI joined the IOC as one of five co-sponsors of the Fourth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Zurich (SUI) this week. The two-day conference, which was held at the FIFA headquarters on 1 and 2 November, was also sponsored by FIFA, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Rugby Board (IRB).
IOC President Jacques Rogge welcomed delegates to the conference via a video message, before the official opening by FIFA Executive Committee member Michel D'Hooghe and IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
Delegates attending the conference represented a number of sports, including football, rugby, ice hockey, American football, Australian football and boxing, as well as equestrian more>


United States Equestrian Federation and Georgetown College (Georgetown, KY) Announce $10,000 Scholarship Opportunity
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation and Georgetown College are excited to announce a long term strategic partnership that will combine the academic and facility resources available at Georgetown College with the membership of the largest multi-breed and discipline organization in the United States. To kick off the partnership, Georgetown College will offer USEF members, employees and their children an opportunity to receive a $10,000 annual scholarship upon admittance as a full-time more>



Gamecocks Outride Bulldogs in Clash of NCEA's top Teams
Watch video interviews with Audrey Jewell (above), Kelsey Urban, and coach Boo Major  at
The No.2 South Carolina Equestrian team earned a win over No.1 Georgia Friday in what was a hard fought competition between the NCEA's top teams. The Gamecocks (3-0, 2-0 SEC) jumped out to a 4-1 lead in Equitation over Fences and rode that lead to an eventual 11-8 upset win. Going into Friday, Georgia (2-1, 1-1 SEC) was 50-1 all time in regular season home matches.    

Led by senior captain Audrey Jewell the Gamecock Reining team took three of five points and gave the SC team a 7-3 cushion going into the final two phases. They needed it. After Equitation on the Flat the Bulldogs cut the lead to 9-6 and Maria Salazar started off Horsemanship with a win that made it 9-7. But back to back wins by freshman Kelsey Urban and redshirt junior Johnna Letchworth secured the more> 
Alexandra Lawson - 2012 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Member - Has Seen the World Because of Saddle Seat Equitation
Alexandra Lawson is a 19-year-old freshman at Purdue University from North Salem, Indiana. She is a member of the three-gaited section of the 2012 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team.

I've spent most of my life in the small farm communities of Danville and North Salem, Indiana. My parents and maternal grandparents are grain farmers - farming about 5,000 acres in the surrounding area. When you grow up in farm country, you just naturally get involved with FFA and 4-H, and it was through 4-H that I was introduced to and fell in love with Saddle Seat Equitation.

If it wasn't for Saddle Seat Equitation - I may have never left the quiet comforts of North Salem and Danville - and discovered the challenges, frustrations, failures, and successes that life can bring  if you just live it to the more>

2012: A great year to be an equestrian!   

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2012 National Championship Show Results

Get a pdf of the 2012 IALHA National Championship show results here. 
AMHA Announces Youth of the Year Contest Winners
AMHA Youth of the Year Ellery Walker (Howard Schatzberg)
Shelburne, VT - The 2012 American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Youth of the Year Contest took place at this year's Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show®, held October 6-13 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. It is with great enthusiasm that AMHA honors Ellery Walker of Marshall, Michigan, as its 2012 Youth of the Year winner, and Rebecca Jones of Efland, North Carolina, as the reserve champion.

The contestants participate in a rigorous four-part test throughout the course of two days. Included are a written exam, an oral presentation and interview, a ridden or driven horsemanship pattern, and a judging division with a reasons portion. The winner of this prestigious contest earns a custom-designed awards package valued at $2,500 and is generously sponsored by the Cynthia Elaine Epperson more> 
American Saddlebreds Create Excitement at the Alltech National Horse Show
David Rudder and Phind the Treasure (Brooke Jacobs with Jacobs Photography)
Lexington, KY - Saturday night at the 129th Edition of the Alltech National Horse Show, the American Saddlebred Divisions concluded their amateur division championships of Three Gaited, Park Horse and Five Gaited. The return of the Saddle Horses to the Alltech National Horse Show at the Alltech Arena in Lexington, KY has been met with much enthusiasm.

Kentucky is a hub of some of the most celebrated trainers in the American Saddlebred world and it is only natural that with the move of the Alltech National Horse Show to the area, that the American Saddlebreds return to the fold of the tradition rich more>

 Watch all three Saddlebred classes from Saturday at the 
Alltech National Horse Show on USEF Network.

Watch live from Kansas City on USEF Network




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Western Dressage: Changing Faces 


This week is all about news, news and more news.  Never a dull moment in Western Dressage! 
This just out via a press release from WDAA: 
"The WDAA has been guided throughout by the leadership, strategy, and policies of its Board of Directors and Advisory Board, both of which are volunteer positions and provide their services without funding. Each are comprised of distinguished professionals..." read more>  




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