November 5, 2013

Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet Win Alltech Grand Prix

Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet (Shawn McMillen Photography)

Lexington, Ky. -  The demanding coursework required of a Harvard University student is enough to keep anyone busy. Now imagine adding competing at the international grand prix level to that schedule. Juggling the two is hectic, but for Katie Dinan it is paying off in a big way.

Dinan flew in for the Alltech National Horse Show on Wednesday, and by Saturday she was at the top of the leader board. After piloting her veteran mount Nougat Du Vallet to a flawless double clear effort in the challenging Alltech $250,000 Grand Prix CSI-W 5* presented by LIFEFORCE ELITE, Dinan will return to Harvard with a big check and valuable points in the World Cup standings. 


Thirty-six of the world's top horse and rider combinations took center stage in the Alltech Arena this evening as the highlight event got underway. Course designer Conrad Homfeld challenged riders with large fences and technical lines that led to a four-horse more> 



307 Nougat Du Vallet, Katie Dinan, Jump Off

Watch Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet's winning jump of ride on the
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Other Headlines From This Issue

Lillie Keenan Lights up 2013 ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships

USEF Announces Dates and Locations for 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp

Friday, November 8th - Saturday, November 9th
check during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
EventingDavidson Claims CCI3* at Galway Downs International Three-Day Event with Petite Flower
Buck Davidson and Petite Flower, winners of the CCI3* at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event. (Amy McCool photo)
Temecula, Calif. - Almost nothing about the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event worked out like Buck Davidson expected. Except that he came here from Pennsylvania to win the CCI3*, and he did, on Petite Flower, scoring 59.2 penalties.

Jolie Wentworth rode GoodKnight to second place (59.7) and Liz Halliday-Sharp rode HHS Cooley to third place (61.6). Davidson also finished eighth on The Apprentice (77.9).

Davidson had long planned to bring his other two horses, The Apprentice and Absolute Liberty, but he didn't decide to bring Petite Flower until about a week before the event started, after she'd not finished the Fair Hill CCI3* in Maryland three weeks ago. And then the three horses' performances in the three phases sometimes made Davidson feel as if he was riding on a rollercoaster.

"Nothing really happened like I expected this weekend," said Davidson, 37, shaking his head and savoring the win, his second career CCI3* victory. "But I do know that Petite Flower is world-class. I know that beyond a shadow of a doubt, and it's my job to bring it out in her." more>
U.S. Finishes Seventh at 2013 FEI Pony World Driving Championships
Wendy O'Brien (Mary

Pau, France - The 2013 FEI Pony World Driving Championships came to a conclusion Sunday with the cones phase and saw the United States secure a seventh place finish on a total of 452.1. The Netherlands capped off a banner weekend earning Team Gold on a score of 332.3, with Germany claiming Silver on 365.9, and Hungary cruised to a Bronze medal on a score of 388.3.

In the Single Pony Championship, Tracey Morgan (Beallsville, Md.) led the way for the U.S. finishing in 13th on a total of 132.95. On Sunday, the 2013 National Champion and her own Fuego 88 added 9.57 penalties to their score in the cones. Paul Maye (Fairfield, Va.) and Harmony Sporthorses' Markus also represented the U.S. in the Single division. The pair leaves France with a 17th place finish to their name after adding 4.80 penalties to their score in the cones to finish the weekend on an overall total of more> 

KeenanLillie Keenan Lights up 2013 ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships
Lillie Keenan piloted Clearway to the 2013 ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals Championship at the Alltech National Horse Show (Shawn McMillen Photography)
Lexington, Ky. - In many ways, it came as no surprise when the champion of the 2013 ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Finals was announced as Lillie Keenan of New York, NY. The young phenom has been at the top of the sport since she was a pony rider, and this has been an exceptional year for her career. It began with the 2013 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships Show Jumping Gold Medal, followed by her first grand prix victory at HITS-on-the-Hudson and a win in the USEF Junior Jumper Individual Championship. Just a few short weeks ago, she won her second big equitation championship, the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal. Today, after three rounds of competition, presented by C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery, at the Alltech National Horse Show, she earned her third major title, all before turning 18 years old.

"For a really long time I wanted this, along with wins at other finals, more than anything," expressed Keenan. "I am glad to say that I do know the history of this class, and every rider on the trophy is extremely well respected and extremely successful. Being on a trophy with them, I am over the moon, but also what that entails for my future is very exciting. I am at a loss for words." more>
Lillie Kennan wins the ASPCA Maclay Finals at #AlltechNHS

Watch Lillie Kennan win the ASPCA Maclay Finals at #AlltechNHS

Final Preparations Underway for Inaugural US Dressage Finals Presented By Adequan®
Adult amateur rider Krista Nordgren & "Schando" will be competing this weekend for a national title at the inaugural US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan. (Photo courtesy of Krista Nordgren)

Lexington, Ky. - Final entries are in and horse vans have already begun arriving at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY for the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, the first national head-to-head competition of its kind showcasing riders and horses competing for top honors at all dressage levels from Training to Grand Prix as well as musical freestyles, to be held November 7 - 10, 2013. With exhibitors attending from as far away as Maine, Florida, Idaho and California, competition will be fierce across 24 championship classes. More than 300 entries were received representing all nine United States Dressage Federation (USDF) regions and including riders from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels, including adult amateurs, professionals, and High Performance riders.


Adult amateur rider Krista Nordgren is traveling from her home in South Portland, Maine to compete her 17-year-old Danish Warmblood "Schando" at Prix St. Georges and Intermediate I. "I had heard about the Dressage Finals and declared on a whim before the Region 8 Championships," Nordgren said. "It was a huge surprise when I qualified! I talked it over with my husband and coach, and they encouraged me to go, calling it 'the experience of a lifetime'."Nordgren's friends and family will also attend the event to cheer her on, including her parents, coach, husband, and young son. "I have no expectations, but for me it's not about winning anyway," she explained. "My joy will be in fulfilling a dream of competing at the Horse Park, and competing on a championship stage that few amateur athletes will be as fortunate as me to experience. I can't wait to get there." more> 

Para-Reining at AQHA World Show Announces Featured Cross-Over Riders
Frederick Win in 2011 Saugerties CPEDI3* (Lindsay Yosay McCall)

Oklahoma City, Okla. - USA Reining, together with the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) are pleased to announce that several established and well-known Para-Dressage athletes have signed on to cross over to the sport of Reining for the inaugural Para-Reining event at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, November 14 & 15.

Included in the ranks are a two-time Paralympian, an American disabled veteran and a host of other dedicated riders, all hoping to give Reining a try as the sport works for full inclusion in the Para-Equestrian movement. Additionally, seasoned western riders from the NRHA and AQHA ranks will step into the stirrup for the discipline of Reining at this kick-off more> 

USEFNewsUSEF Announces Dates and Locations for 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that the 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp will be held June 5-8 at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. The event will also feature the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games US Dressage Team Short more> 
Decisions Taken by the FEI Bureau
from FEI
Monday, 4 November, the FEI Bureau held an in-person meeting in Montreux (SUI) prior to the FEI General Assembly 2013. The main decisions taken by the Bureau are outlined


2013 USDF IALHA All-Breeds Winners
from IALHA
Congratulations to all the owners, riders, trainers, and horses participating in the 2013 USDF IAHLA All- Breeds Awards program! To view a report of all the IALHA results, click on the link below. To learn more about the USDF All-Breeds Award Program, visit             

Morgans Win Big at Garden State CDE 
from AMHA

The Morgan breed was well represented at the recent Garden State CDE, which took place October 25-27 in Allentown, New Jersey. Of the five Morgans competing, three walked away with a championship and one with a reserve! 

Dwayne Pash and Heyday Vermont Spirit had a substantial lead to win the ADS Advanced Division and LBF Spiderman and Stacie Hoffman won the Intermediate Single Pony division. In the Preliminary Horse division, Morgans were one-two, with LR Ami Sahib and Brooke Tadlock winning and Whippoorwill King Jubilee and Henry Tarryk in reserve. Wilson Groves drove Derawnda Ricardo to a respectable third place in the Intermediate Single Horse more> 

Jennifer Alfano and Stephanie Sedlacko Steal Show in American Saddlebred Hunter Challenge Victory at Alltech National Horse Show
Stephanie Sedlacko and Jennifer Alfano rode to the first place finish in the American Saddlebred Hunter Challenge (Brooke Jacobs)
Lexington, Ky. - It's not every day that you see riders compete over their first hunter course during a national championship, but when four world champion American Saddlebred trainers take the reins of a hunter and grand prix and professional hunter riders take the reins of an American Saddlebred, it makes for a night of fun and excitement. It was a game-changing exhibition at the Alltech National Horse Show as riders traded places for their shot at the night's championship. Professional hunter rider Jennifer Alfano teamed up with Stephanie Sedlacko to steal the night's victory as the first place winners in the swap.

Six obstacles were set in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, while riders donned a different set of clothing. Paired up by disciplines, the English riders worked alongside their American Saddlebred counterparts to help direct them through the series of 2'6" more>






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