November 19, 2012

Hunter Chancellor Claims USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final Title
Hunter Chancellor, winner of the 2012 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final, riding Imagine My Surprise. (Howard Schatzberg)
Kansas City, MO - In an extremely competitive USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final at the United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) American Royal National Championship, Hunter Chancellor (Evansville, IN) demonstrated precise equitation skills in her rail and pattern work on Steven Chancellor's Imagine My Surprise to take the Championship title. After earning Reserve Champion honors in 2011, Chancellor received the Gold medal from the judging panel comprised of Michael Craghead (Fresno, CA), Marilyn Mac Farlane (Simpsonville, KY), and Nancy Troutman (Salem, VA).

For taking top honors, Chancellor's name will be engraved on the Adrian Van Sinderen Trophy and the Helen K. Crabtree Perpetual Bronze. She also received a USEF custom leather travel bag, USEF medal, rose bundle, Triple Crown Custom/Horseware Ireland cooler, and an engraved stable halter for her more>


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Saer Coulter Named The Rolex One to Watch for November 2012
Saer Coulter with bay gelding, Springtime, during their performance in the Double H Farm $75,000 Open Jumper class at the CSI4*-W 2012 Alltech National Horse Show (Shawn McMillen Photography/Rolex)
The Rolex One to Watch for November 2012 was awarded to Saer Coulter (USA), who trains at Copernicus Stables LLC, California (USA).  During the month of September, the 21-year-old jumped from 294th to 209th - a move up the Rolex Rankings of 85 places.

Coulter was born in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA), although she was brought up in San Francisco, CA where she lives. She is currently enrolled at Stanford University, CA (USA) where she is Majoring in Art History. Riding is a family affair with Coulter's younger sister, Audrey also actively competing in the Jumper ring. The sisters are currently trained by Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and her husband, Markus more> 
Cook Beats The House In The $50,000 Fisker Automotive World Cup Grand Prix
Karl Cook and ASB Conquistador
Las Vegas, NV - The $50,000 Fisker Automotive World Cup Grand Prix was the pinnacle of the Las Vegas National beginning with a fiery opening ceremony act. Welcoming the local crowds, fans and competitors was a one-of-a-kind fire infused performance that set the stage for some hot competition. Thirty-five rounds of international talent prepared to take on German course designer, Olaf Petersen Jr.'s World Cup Qualifying test. From an early stage it looked as if the young stars were taking control of the class.

Petersen (GER) set a track that was not intimidating as riders perused the course, however it proved to be more difficult than many had anticipated. "After the course walk, majority of the riders told me it was an easy course," Petersen added, "I built a technical track and I think they noticed that once they rode it." A tough time allowed caught up with the first five rounds, however even after an adjustment, time was still one of the many challenges. The sixteen effort track featured three verticals set at 1.60M and a very wide triple bar spread. Many riders found themselves questioning their game plan as they approached the oxer-vertical-oxer combination. After clearing the oxer, the middle element came up quickly, causing four faults for a large group of more>
Trenna Atkins Named 2012 USDF Volunteer of the Year 
from USDF
Lexington, KY - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Trenna Atkins has been named the 2012 USDF Volunteer of the Year.  This award recognizes a USDF member who, through consistent and cumulative volunteer activities, has demonstrated exceptional commitment towards carrying out USDF's mission.  As the winner, Trenna will be presented with a perpetual trophy, established by Lisa Gorretta, which is permanently on display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, will be featured in the yearbook issue of USDF Connection, and will receive a "keeper" trophy.  

Trenna, of Coupeville, WA, is an "S" Judge and a 3* Para Equestrian Judge and has made major contributions as a volunteer to dressage on the national, regional, and local more>  

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Langehenberg and Damon Hill Secure Impressive Victory at Stuttgart
from Louise Parkes fro FEI
FEI Director of Dressage, Trond Asmyr, presents the Reem Acra Trophy to Germany's Helen Langehanenberg, winner of today's third leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup (FEI/Karl-Heinz Freiler)

Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW recorded an impressive victory in the third leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League series at Stuttgart, Germany where the host nation dominated the line-up. 


With a smooth Freestyle performance that oozed confidence and teamwork, the winning partnership finished more than four full marks ahead of German counterparts Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH in second place. And it was a big day for Italy's Valentina Truppa. She registered runner-up spot at the previous leg in Lyon, France two weeks ago, but although she had to settle for third with Eremo del Castegno this time around, she has risen to the top of the Western European League table with a significant margin of advantage after the more>



Texas A&M University's Carey Nowacek rides off AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge 
by Tara Christiansen for the AQHA Journal
Texas A&M University's Carey Nowacek rides RA Undisputed, owned by Diana Davidson, to the very first AQHA College Horsemanship Challenge championship. (AQHA Journal photo)
Nostalgic for some, overpowering for all, the Gateway of Champions loomed over the nation's top four collegiate horsemanship riders. As they walked through the dark tunnel, the weight of their university's good name rode on their shoulders; the chance to be called 'the very first' was right within reach. Then, they emerged in the Jim Norick Arena, where nothing but two cones, a wide open pen and a worthy adversary stood between them and the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge championship.

The nation's top-four collegiate horsemanship riders showed their mettle aboard unfamiliar horses November 15 in the very first AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge. Held in conjunction with the 2012
AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, the challenge kicked off at 7 p.m., sandwiching the senior western riding finals and concluding before the start of the junior western pleasure finals.  

The final four were narrowed down from 16 riders invited to the inaugural event - eight from theIntercollegiate Horse Show Association and eight from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association. Rounds 1 and 2 were November 14 in the Performance more>
Western Dressage: What's the difference?  
by Michelle Binder
As this blog has progressed, I have tried to bring awareness about Western Dressage to the equestrian community at large. Now I am going to encourage you to do some research on your own. By now you know that there are several organizations promoting the development of the sport.  At this point the question we hear most often from people all over is:  "What is the difference?"  To some it seems that the differences that exist between the organizations are vast gulfs that can never be bridged but to others those differences are so subtle they wonder why there are multiple groups trying to be heard.  Over the next few posts I will try to shed some light on the differences between the organizations, their philosophies, rules, tests and visible expressions of the discipline.

When an organization is formed, one of the first tasks that must be taken on is the development of a mission more>


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Carinas Story: Versatility is Just the Beginning  
From Kay Laake via IALHA
"Cindy and Carina at the oxer"
When we purchased Carina as a three-year-old, we always suspected that she was a filly that could both compete, and succeed, in many disciplines.  Although her dressage training started almost immediately upon her arrival, we waited six months before we started her over fences.  However, within a year, she was not only excelling in dressage; she was jumping three foot courses, and jumping them with the confidence that has become her more>


AMHA Announces 2013 Regional Shows
from AMHA
The AMHA Board of Directors recently approved the following shows to be Regional Shows for the 2013 show season.

Region 1: New England Morgan Horse Show, July 21-27, Northampton, Massachusetts

Region 2: New York Regional, September 11-14, Syracuse, New York

Region 3: Morgan Gold Cup, June 12-15, Columbus, Ohio

Region 4: Citrus Cup Regional, April 10-13, Newberry, Florida

Region 5: Jubilee Regional, August 28-31, Springfield, Illinois

Region 6: Wheat State Regional, June 6-9, Valley Center, Kansas    

Region 7: Morgan Medallion Classic, August 14-17, Santa Barbara, California

Region 8: Far West Regional, June 19-22, Redmond, Oregon

Region 9: Circle J Regional, July 3-6, Denver, Colorado

Region 10: Southern States Regional, May 22-25, Raleigh, North Carolina


Walker Joins Paso Fino Horse Association as Executive Director
Lexington, KY - President Lee Vulgaris announced this week that the Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA) has officially named Sally Walker as its new Executive Director. The association president stated that Walker was chosen to serve as the organization's Director from over 70 candidates elicited through a nationwide search.

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


Most recently, Walker served as the Executive Director of conservation organizations in New York and North Carolina, where she was tapped for regional and statewide roles representing the industry on television and radio, and at community and civic events. During Walker's land trust tenure, protected lands tripled, support more than doubled, and many key alliances were built that enhanced protection strategies, education, and more>  




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