November 12, 2012

U.S. Cruises to Victory in FEI Nations Cup at CSIOW Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina- The U.S. jumpers had to wait an extra day to take part in FEI Nations Cup competition at the CSIOW Buenos Aires after the class was delayed due to rain on Friday. The four Americans proved the wait was well worth it as they stormed to victory finishing on a two round total of four faults.

Leading off the U.S. effort were Charlie Jacobs (Boston, MA) and Deeridge Farms' Leap of Joy. Jacobs utilized the experience he earned last year at CSIO Buenos Aires to jump two faultless rounds with the 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding. They were one of only three combinations to produce a double clear effort on Saturday...read more>


November 13-17
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FEI Awards Courtney King-Dye the Against 
All Odds Award
Courtney King-Dye at the FEI Awards 2012 (Photo courtesy FEI Fédération Equestre Internationale)
Istanbul, TUR - The equestrian world celebrated its heroes Thursday night at a glittering gala evening in Istanbul, Turkey.

HRH Princess Haya, President of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body of horse sport, congratulated the winners of the FEI Awards 2012, addressing an audience of more than 300 guests, including representatives of the FEI's 132 member federations, FEI sponsors and Turkish VIPs. 

Courtney Kin-Dye was honored with the Against All Odds Award for her perseverance after a very difficult situation. She was honored alongside award winners Michael Jung (Reem Acra Best Athlete Award), Thomas McDermott (HSBC Rising Start Award), Shumbashaba-Horses Helping People's Sharon Boyce (Development Award), and Celia Rinjtjes (Best Groom Award)
Read more about the awards, and about Courtney King-Dye at USEFnetwork.com.
IDHSNA USEA Future Event Horse Educational Seminar Review
by Jaynelle M. Taylor for USEA

I was lucky to be able to attend the first IDHSNA USEA Future Event Horse Educational Seminar recently held at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland on October 27-28, 2012.  Lucky for several reasons: First, that Susan Graham White mentioned it to me when I scribed for her at The Dressage at Stone Tavern Show Labor Day Weekend, second, it was within daily driving distance of where I live in Central New Jersey, and third, the information covered was so interesting and captivating.


The seminar was scheduled over two packed days.  Saturday started with a conformation power point presentation by Judy Wardrope. Judy has over 30 years' experience observing top-performing horses in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, jumping, and eventing...read more at www.useventing.com.

Pete Kyle Takes CRI3* at the AQHA World Championship Show
The final American CRI of the year was held Friday, November 9th in Oklahoma City and it was Pete Kyle with Gimme Major Bucks that bested the field of 11 horse/rider combinations. With a score of 217.5 Kyle and John Mcelreath's Sorrel Gelding were a mere .5 better than Casey Hinton on Play Dual Rey and Shane Allen Brown on Houston Shine. They finished in second and third place respectively, both on scores of 217.0. 

More than just a CRI, the competition at the AQHA World Championship Show was the first qualifier for the U.S. selection trials for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. 
For complete results click here.
USDF Congratulates 2012 GMO Award Winners
from USDF
Lexington, KY - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to congratulate all of the winners of the 2012 GMO Awards, which will be presented during the Board of Governor's General Assembly at the 2012 Adequan/USDF Annual Convention, presented by SmartPak, in New Orleans, LA.  These awards are given annually to recognize outstanding achievement within USDF's GMO community.  Recognition is given in the following categories: GMO amateur photograph, website user experience, and newsletter first person experience and general interest articles.  USDF also recognizes outstanding volunteers at the regional level along with the recipient of the Ruth Arvanette Memorial Fund grant.

See who this year's winners are at www.usdf.org.


Kent Farrington wins the Ricoh Big Ben Challenge and Leading International Rider Title at the Royal Horse Show
Kent Farrington and Uceko speed to victory (©BenRadvanyi.com)

Toronto, ON - America's Kent Farrington (Wellington, FL) took top honours for the second night in a row at the 90th Royal Horse Show, closing out the International jumper division with a win in the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge. Farrington was awarded the prestigious Leading International Rider title at the end of the night.

In front of a capacity crowd of 6,500 in the Ricoh coliseum, eight horse and rider combinations of the original twenty were able to master the test and advance to a jump-off. Unfortunately the eight did not include a single Canadian rider, all of whom did no better than four faults in the opening round...read more> 

Featured on the American Driving Society Frontpage: the Blackhorse 4 Heroes Program

Brad Bartele (CT) talks about the Blackhorse 4 Heros program that uses carriage driving in a therapy program to help veterans with PTSD. Find out more at www.blackhorse4heroes.wildapricot.org/ 





Moya Turns on the Magic in Verona
by Louise Parkes for FEI
Spain's Sergio Alvarez Moya and Zipper won the fourth leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2012/2013 series in a thrilling 12-horse jump-off at Verona, Italy. (FEI/Kit Houghton)

On an afternoon of pure magic in the jumping stadium at Verona, Italy, today Spain's Sergio Alvarez Moya produced a stunning victory in the fourth leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2012/2013 Western European League. This competition was special for a number of reasons, not least because the Spaniard was riding a horse that was just eight years old, and because Italy's Luca Moneta was so proud and yet so humble when filling runner-up spot. 


The excitement generated during the 12-horse jump-off was electrifying as horses and riders rose to the occasion to produce a piece of pure theatre that had spectators gripping their seats. As third-place finisher, Sweden's Malin Baryard-Johnsson said afterwards, "the sport was amazing, I haven't competed in a class as exciting as this in a very, very long time!"...read more>  



No.3 Auburn deals No.1 Georgia Second Straight Loss
It's been a tough two weeks for the Georgia Bulldogs Equestrian Team. After dropping a close home meet to No.2 South Carolina last week they were dealt a 13-7 loss by the Auburn Tigers on Friday. Though the meet was tied 5-5 halfway through, Auburn (3-1, 2-1 SEC) won Equitation over Fences 3-2, Georgia(2-2, 1-2 SEC) won Horsemanship 3-2, the Tigers reeled off consecutive 4-1 wins in Reining and Equitation on the Flat to earn a decisive victory. Read more about it at www.auburntigers.com.
Western Dressage: Meet Centered Riding™  
by Michelle Binder
It was an exciting weekend for western dressage in the Pacific Northwest November 2-4. On Friday the Washington State Horsemen (WSH) voted to add Western Dressage as a new discipline on the roster of events offered by the organization statewide. WD has been added as a sub-category of dressage and will utilize NAWD Official Rules and Tests for the 2013 show season so WD classes may now be added to any WSH approved Dressage show anywhere in the state. Western Dressage joins the other disciplines in which riders may compete for year-end awards at each of North American's six competitive levels. Many thanks to the forward thinking board members at WSH for recognizing the growth and development of this sport and for bringing NAWD Rules and Tests into the state's competitive environment. So exciting!...read more>


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AMHA Youth Council Announces Election Results
from AMHA
This year, the AMHA Youth Council voted on a structure change to be implemented for 2013. New positions to be filled for the AMHA Youth Council include President, Vice-President of Finance, Vice-President of Public Relations, Vice-President of East Region, Vice-President of Central Region, and Vice-President of West Region.  These positions were voted on and announced at the Annual Youth Council meeting at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on October 13, 2012.

Go to www.morganhorse.com to see who was voted to the 2012-2013 Executive Committee of the AMHA Youth Council.
PFHA Hires New Executive Director 
from PFHA
Sally Walker has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Paso Fino Horse Association. After a nationwide search, the Search Committee voted unanimously for her selection. Final negotiations of employment have been finalized and Sally Walker will start on December 3rd, 2012.   

Walker comes to PFHA with extensive leadership experience in the nonprofit, corporate and private business worlds. She is also a lifelong horsewoman...read more>


Drew Taylor Hewitt Nominated for USEF Youth Sportman's Award
from ASHA
Lexington, KY - Drew Taylor Hewitt from Bermuda Run, North Carolina is the American Saddlebred Horse Association's (ASHA's) nominee for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Youth Sportsman's Award.


Drew Taylor was awarded the ASHA Frank Ogletree Youth Sportsmanship Award winner in February.  Currently she is a member of the 2012 USEF Saddle Seat World Cup Five-Gaited Team that will be competing in Parys, South Africa in December.  She also competed last year as member of the 2011 USA Saddle Seat Invitational Team in South Africa, and she has won numerous World's Titles competing with her own Saddlebreds and "catch-riding" many others...read more>

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