November 19, 2013

Wuesthofen Wins USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final

Jessica Wuesthofen, winner of the 2013 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final, aboard CH EQ Chanti's Prayer (Howard Schatzberg)
Kansas City, Mo. - A talented field of competitors entered the Kemper Arena on Saturday, November 16, in hopes of winning the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final at the United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) American Royal National Championship. The judging panel comprised of Kim Cowart (Statesville, N.C.), Sandra Currier (Bellville, Texas) and Cecile Hetzel Dunn (Weirsdale, Fla.) unanimously declared Jessica Wuesthofen the champion. The Verona, Wis., native received the Gold medal after demonstrating her excellent equitation skills aboard Michelle Werry's CH EQ Chanti's Prayer both on the rail and during pattern work. By winning the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final, she claimed the Saddle Seat Equitation Triple Crown after winning the National Horse Show "Good Hands" Final in October and the UPHA Challenge Cup earlier last week.

As the 2013 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final Champion, Wuesthofen will have her name engraved on the Adrian Van Sinderen Trophy, alongside a prestigious list of prior winners dating back to 1937, as well as, the Helen K. Crabtree Perpetual Bronze.

Nadine Van Zomeren (Leighton, Iowa) claimed the Reserve Champion title with Mark and Renae Van Zomeren's Heirronic. With a solid performance in front of the judges, Van Zomeren was awarded the USEF Silver more>
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USEF Names 2014 Eventing High Performance Winter/Spring Training Lists

Langer Named U.S. Show Jumping Young Rider Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor

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VaultingPalmer Sisters Win FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Pas de Deux Qualifier in Stuttgart
Leon, Wolfgang Renz, and the Palmer Sisters (Photo from the Stuttgart German Masters Facebook page)
Stuttgart, Germany - The 2013 USEF Open Pas de Deux National Champions made a statement on the world stage this weekend by winning the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting qualifier at the Stuttgart German Masters on Sunday. The Pas de Deux qualifier series is new this year, and the Stuttgart leg was only the second ever held. With the win, 20-year-old Cassidy and 18-year-old Kimberly put themselves in good position to qualify for the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Final in February.

Here's the full recap from the FEI's Daniel Kaiser:

American sisters Cassidy (20) and Kimberly (18) Palmer secured a pas-de-deux victory at the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting 2013/2014 leg at the Stuttgart German Masters. From Half Moon Bay in California, the sisters vaulted to the first American win in FEI World Cup™ Vaulting more>
Andrew Ramsay Returns to Stake His Claim in the $50,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix CSI-W
Andrew Ramsay and Adamo van't Steenputje (McCool Photography)
Las Vegas, N.V. - Saturday at the Las Vegas National was a spectacular display of show jumping at its finest, plus some sky-high entertainment. The first of two highlight events was the $10,000 SmartPak Winning Round Classic, with 47 entries and the top ten returning for a lightning fast second round. Later in the evening, the $50,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix CSI-W had 42 entries with eight pairs going clean, resulting in a nail-biting jump-off.

In a unique format, the $10,000 SmartPak Winning Round Classic brought back the top ten for the second round in reverse order of score from round one. All ten were clean, so time was the determining factor. As round one was coming to an end, time was of the essence as one rider after another edged out the previous competitor by fractions of a second. Last to go, Joie Gatlin on The Flying Ham (Haley Farms, LLC, owner) made the top ten going clean in 71.800, just beating Karl Cook and Banba's time of more>
EventingUSEF Names 2014 Eventing High Performance Winter/Spring Training Lists
Lexington, Ky. - The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following High Performance Winter/Spring Training Lists for the 2014 season. The following riders will participate in Training Sessions with U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor. Training Session dates and locations will be announced at a later date.

See the lists at
Para-Reining Debut at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show Proves Successful for the Discipline's Future
U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins and Gallo del Poco Tivio (Lindsay Y. McCall)
Oklahoma City, Okla. - November 17, 2013- The 2013 American Quarter Horse (AQHA) World Championship Show featured 3,401 entries, a total purse more than $2.4 million, riders from 49 states and seven countries, and the best Reiners in the business. From November 8-23, equestrians competed in halter, english, and western disciplines. For the first time in history, on November 15, the Para-Equestrian discipline Para-Reining was demonstrated in the Performance Arena at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. USA Reining and the United States Para-Equestrian Association, in cooperation with the AQHA and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) made the unprecedented Para-Reining demonstration possible. Debuting the discipline were three Para-Equestrians that have made their mark in the Para-Dressage world. Those athletes included two-time Paralympian Rebecca Hart, U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins, and Para-Dressage rider Frederick Win. Alongside these equestrians was experienced AQHA rider Reyna Nicole Taylor. All four riders were judged by FEI 4* Reining judge Joe Carter from Canada. The Para-Reining demonstration was a chance for spectators, organizers, and current and potential athletes to experience Para-Reining on an international platform. This event was the launch pad for the 2014 development year and 2015 and beyond international Para-Reining more> 
LangerLanger Named U.S. Show Jumping Young Rider Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor
DiAnn Langer (USEF Archive)
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Federation's High Performance Working Group has approved the recommendation of DiAnn Langer as the U.S. Show Jumping Young Rider Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor. Both the Search Committee, chaired by Eric Straus, and the USEF Show Jumping High Performance Committee recommended Langer for this new position. Langer  is tasked with developing and implementing a pipeline for the USEF Show Jumping discipline and will begin her new role in December 2013.

"The creation of this new position is a further demonstration of this year's expanded mandate, and signifies more than anything else our clear and unambiguous commitment to the next generation of U.S. show jumping stars," said U.S. Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor Robert more>
Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 Tickets Go Public
from FEI

Tickets for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 went on general sale Monday (18 November). This second sales period - the first was reserved for National Federations and their members - is for grouped tickets in the form of passes allowing access to several events. In total, 15,000 passes will be on sale from today until 3 March 2014.


Tickets for all seven FEI disciplines at the Games - Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining - are available as a selection of Sensation and Discovery Passes. Sensation Passes, which are geared towards equestrian enthusiasts, offer connoisseurs the choice of one or several disciplines, including the Final. Discovery Passes are ideal for non-specialists, enabling spectators to experience different disciplines over the course of one or two days. Both types of pass ensure access to the Games Village for the period covered by the more>

Road to WEG Part 2: Driving 
By Helen Murray

Driving is always one of the most anticipated competitions at the FEI World Equestrian Games, as much for the excitement of the marathon as for the tradition and majesty the sport invokes. It is nearly impossible to deny that seeing a four-in-hand team adorned with glistening leather harnesses including the most intricate of details and a driver turned-out in immaculate formal attire does not channel an image of past generations. However, once the teams enter the field of play a new perception is gained, as the four powerful sport horses must work together perfectly in tune over the course of three vastly diverse phases guided only by the drivers voice, reins, and a touch of the whip.

At the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, both Team and Individual medals will be up for grabs as the best drivers in the world try to secure top honors for their nations and add a World Championship title to their more>



Reminder: Renew Your ASHA Membership for 2013
from ASHA
Your 2014 ASHA membership has many benefits including receiving the 2014 Journal of the American Saddlebred, showing at USEF rated shows, the ASHA High Point Awards program, and much more>




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