November 11, 2013

"I think this show exceeded all of my expectations"

Celebrations Conclude on Final Day of Inaugural US Dressage Finals Presented By Adequan®
Akiko Yamazaki celebrated her success aboard "Matrix" in the Prix St. Georges Adult Amateur Championship (
Lexington, Ky. - Emotions ran high as the final six champions were crowned Sunday at the inaugural US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® in Lexington, KY. Riders who traveled to the Kentucky Horse Park from coast to coast celebrated their championship experience with memorable rides and victory laps while cheered on by friends and family.

Adult Amateurs at the Prix St. Georges level were the stars of the day in the Alltech Arena, and one of the riders who traveled the farthest to compete was rewarded with a national title. Akiko Yamazaki of Woodside, CA (Region 7) is widely known as the owner of U.S. Dressage Team horses "Ravel" and "Legolas 92" for Steffen Peters, but this weekend was her turn to be in the saddle. Yamazaki became the first recipient of the Janine Westmoreland Malone Perpetual Trophy for winning the Prix St. Georges Adult Amateur Championship with a score of 67.895% earned aboard her Danish Warmblood gelding "Matrix," a horse she successfully returned to competition after being out of action for two years due to injury. "Here is a horse I thought at one point I might have to retire," she said."But he rose to the occasion, and I was really happy with how my ride went today." Attending the Finals with her entire family, Yamazaki was pleased with her experience. "I think this show exceeded all of my expectations, right from the get-go," she noted. "All the information was provided in such a timely and organized manner, so I already felt well-taken care of before I even arrived. And then once I was here, everything ran so smoothly and was just great. Congratulations to the show organizers - I think this has exceeded everyone's expectations and I'll be returning home and spreading the word in California that we have to come back en masse." more> 

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Five Equestrian Heroes Receive Honors at FEI Awards Gala 2013 presented by Longines; Kessler wins Longines Rising Star Award

Vote Now for 2014 ASHA Board of Directors Candidates

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JumperMcLain Ward Wins Hickstead Grand Prix at the Royal Horse Show
McLain Ward and Rothchild charge over the GroupBy oxer to take the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World CupTM Grand Prix (Ben Radvanyi)
Toronto, Ont. -  In a masterful display of horsemanship, America's McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) and Rothchild blazed a path to victory Wednesday night in the Ricoh Coliseum, taking top honours in the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup Grand Prix presented by GroupBy for the fifth time in his career.

"The Hickstead class" as it is now known, was renamed to honour the great horse Hickstead, following his passing in 2011. Hickstead carried Canadian Eric Lamaze to an Individual Gold medal, and Team Silver in jumping at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Harrie Smolders of The Netherlands finished second aboard his firecracker of a mare, Regina Z.

Of twenty-four horses to tackle the initial round of sixteen jumping efforts on course, just seven were able to advance to the jump-off designed by 1976 Olympic silver medalist, Michel more>
Saturday Was A Full Day of Championship Freestyles at Inaugural US Dressage Finals Presented By Adequan®
Lexington, Ky. - Horses and riders danced the day away in the Alltech Arena in six freestyle championship divisions during the inaugural US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Despite facing some of the best horses and riders in their divisions from across the country, competitors rose to the challenge in their quest for national titles while also gaining the experience of a lifetime.

In the Third Level Freestyle Championship, Region 1 rider Emily O'Neill of Conestoga, Pa. danced to the win with Elaine Warner's Friesian gelding "Sir Lancelot" (Sierk x Marge by Oege) on a score of 71.778%. "My ride was thrilling, that arena is amazing, and my horse was right on - he's a showman," said O'Neill, who admitted being initially anxious about the Finals atmosphere. "I was a little intimidated at first by all the amazing horses and riders here, but this was a really special experience and an honor to be at the Finals." A score of 70.878% gave Jennifer Roth of Magnetic Springs, Ohio. (qualified in Region 4) the Reserve Championship on her own Hanoverian gelding "Reebok" (Royal Prince x Andromache by Arrian, bred in the U.S. by Jack and Diane Vickery) for their "Game of Thrones"-themed freestyle. "I felt like my horse would walk through fire for me today," said Roth. "He could not have been more perfect." more>
KesslerFive Equestrian Heroes Receive Honors at FEI Awards Gala 2013 presented by Longines; Kessler wins Longines Rising Star Award
FEI Award Winners 2013 (FEI/Edouard Curchod)
Montreux, Switzerland - HRH Princess Haya, President of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) led the applause as the five winners of the FEI Awards 2013 went on stage in Montreux, Switzerland to receive their honours.

Master of Ceremonies Jonathan Edwards, Olympic Gold medalist in Triple Jump and the current world record holder, described the accomplishments of the recipients of the FEI Awards to more than three hundred guests, including representatives of the 132 Member Federations of the FEI - the world governing body of horse sport - journalists, VIPs, friends of the winners and FEI staff.

The winners of the FEI Awards 2013 are:

Longines Rising Star Award
Reed Kessler (USA)

Reem Acra Best Athlete Award
Charlotte Dujardin (GBR)

Best Groom Award
Carmen Thiemann (GER)

Development Award
National Army Riding School "Grito de Asencio" (URU)

Against All Odds
Joann Formosa (AUS)

Road to WEG Part 1: Vaulting 
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SaddlebredVote Now for 2014 ASHA Board of Directors Candidates
from ASHA

At meetings held on October 29, 2013, in Lexington, KY, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) voted to approve the slate of candidates for election to the ASHA Board in February of 2014. The Board is honored to present a qualified group of individuals with strong American Saddlebred backgrounds, as well as complimentary business and marketing skills. The slate is as follows:

  • Bret Day, Versailles, Ky.
  • Kathie Dunn, Foothill Ranch, Calif.
  • Bob Funkhouser, Franklin, Mass.
  • Tracy Garcia, Odessa, Fla.
  • David Mount, Simpsonville, Ky.
  • Lori Nelson, Paris, Ky.
  • Tandy Patrick, Louisville, Ky.
  • Susan Shepherd, Paris, Ky.
  • Matt Shiflet, Asheboro, N.C.
Notice of Annual Meeting of Members 
from AMHA
The Annual Meeting of Members of the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., will be held at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills 4100 Main at North Hill St, Raleigh N.C. on Friday, February 21, 2014  at 3:00 p.m. local time, for the following purposes:
To elect the following:

*    Two Regional Directors for a term of 3 years from Region 3, which includes Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia
*    One Regional Directors for a term of 3 years from Region 4, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee
*    One Regional Director for a term of 3 years from Region 5, which includes Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin 
*    One Regional Director for a term of 3 years form Region 10, which includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia
*    One Director-at-Large for a term of three years;

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