November 26, 2012

Something New for the Holidays from the USEF

Hi everyone,

Because it's "Cyber Monday" I'm giving you all a sneak peek at the USEF's newest publication, Equestrian 2012. We no longer publish a print magazine, but we've taken some of the best photographs from the Equestrian digital magazine in 2012, added some more from throughout the equestrian world, paired them with articles from Equestrian magazine staff writers and contributors, and turned out this 128 page, hardbound, look back at the highlights of the year in equestrian sports. It's not available quite yet, but click on the image below to see a quick flip through the pages, or check it out on, and check back in the coming days to secure your copy of Equestrian 2012.
 All the best, and have a happy holiday season.
Andrew Minnick
Equestrian Weekly Editor


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Don Burt 1930-2012


Don Burt (Geoff Bugbee/USEF)
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation mourns the loss of a great innovator, ambassador and leader in equestrian sport with thepassing of Don Burt on November 25, 2012. Burt served the discipline of reining and equestrian sport as a whole within the U.S. and abroad for over 50 years.  Known for heading the effort to secure the approval of reining as the FEI's first Western discipline, Burt served on the USEF Reining and High Performance Reining Committees.

Burt also served as President of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2004.


His influence reached outside the reining and Quarter Horse circles as Burt showed and judged in almost every major breed division.

For his decades of services to the equestrian industry, Burt was awarded the USEF Lifetime Achievement Award and the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy in 2007. He was also added to the Honor Roll of Distinguished Officials in more> 

Zone 1 Wins the Inaugural Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals
from USHJA
Gurnee, IL - The inaugural Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals, presented by Sweet Briar College, was held in conjunction with the Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session Nov 16 - 18, with 28 competitors qualifying for Zone and Individual competition. 

The Finalists each took a written exam, and the top four zone teams (comprised of three competitors) and the top four individuals with the highest scores advanced to the hands-on practicum of 30 minutes that included handling a horse and horse-related equipment in a mock trial ride scenario. USHJA Youth Committee member Lilli Biedermann judged the practicum and was assisted by Vice Chairman Elaine Schott.

"The scores in the Finals practicum were outstanding. This speaks volumes for the thirst for knowledge these young riders have for becoming all-around horsemen. Their enthusiasm demonstrates the importance of providing a deep knowledge of hands-on horsemanship for our students." Mary Babick, Chairman of the USHJA Youth more> 
Learn from the Best at the Annual Ocala Symposium: David O'Connor, Linda Zang, and Yogi Breisner
from USEA

2013 Ocala Symposium,
presented by the USEA Instructors' Certification Program


Yogi Breisner, Linda Zang, and David O'Connor!
February 18-19 (Monday and Tuesday), 2013
Longwood Farm South - Ocala, Florida

"My aim is always that rider and horse should learn, achieve, improve, and develop." - Yogi Breisner


The U.S. Eventing Association's Instructors' Certification Program invites event riders, instructors, horse owners, and other friends of the sport to attend the Ocala Symposium, Monday and Tuesday, February 18 and 19, at Longwood Farm South in Ocala, Florida.  Please join us on both days. Attendance of ICP-certified instructors will earn them ICP Continuing Education credit...find out more>

Craig Barrett and Sandhills Brillaire Make History in Adelaide 
from Anna Sharpley for FEI
Craig Barrett wins second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ in Adelaide with Sandhills Brillaire and takes home the HSBC Training Bursary as the highest placed rider never to have previously completed a 4* event. (Jenny Barnes/FEI)

New South Wales professional Craig Barrett, leader after the Cross Country in Adelaide (AUS), produced a classy performance with Mr and Mrs Keith Osborne's Sandhills Brillaire in today's final Jumping phase to clinch the title at the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ 2012/2013.


This was Craig's first 4* event, for which he earned the HSBC Training Bursary, which is awarded at every leg of this prestigious series to the highest placed rider never to have previously completed a 4* event. It is the first time that the winner of the HSBC Training Bursary has been top of the line-up.


The mare Sandhills Brillaire and its parents were also bred and produced by the Barretts. Craig bred the sire, Staccato by Salute out of a Thoroughbred mare by King of Babylon, and Craig's wife, Prue Barrett, Australia's Eventing coach, bred the dam that is by Galveston. Twenty-year-old Staccato, a former number one WBFSH/FEI Eventing Stallion has now sired two Adelaide 4* winners, including last year's winner Panamera. "I don't know if that has ever been done before", commented Craig. "I have a paddock full of them; I'm not sure if they are as good as Brillaire, but we have to look at purpose breeding horses." more>



Western Dressage: Spreading the Word 
by Michelle Binder
With the Holiday, I have just a short newsy blog for readers this week.  I for one am looking forward to what the New Year brings in all areas, especially video submissions for the virtual shows. It is an exciting and challenging time for everyone involved on all fronts, a time that requires courage, flexibility, willingness to share and learn from one another, as well as patience as WD emerges over time. Like Edison with the light bulb, we must continue to try if we are to succeed with Western Dressage.

The lights are being turned on all over the place as time goes on.  I have just returned from a great weekend on the Washington coast sharing NAWD philosophies, rules and tests at the USDF Region 6 mini-Convention. Great questions came up and the attendees were very receptive to the material presented.  They kept me talking nearly an hour! NAWD presentations are scheduled for California, Minnesota and Texas over the next few weeks so word is spreading!  Of tremendous help in conveying the idea of North American Western Dressage was the picture Powerpoint I used so North American is working on new video presentations to help bring awareness of what it means when it refers to Western Dressage as a discipline.  In addition, Jen Johnson recently worked with Wayne Williams of Speaking of Horses, an online radio and TV show and we are looking forward to seeing the story air on the show soon.  So much is happening as we prepare for  2013! more>


Be an IALHA Ambassador 
Here is a great opportunity to be a part of IALHA's goal to promote Andalusians and Lusitanos in the horseworld and public in general. Some of us have regularly represented IALHA at Equine Expos, regional horse shows, and State Horse Fairs, and others might enjoy promoting the association and breeds in other creative ways. It can be costly to rent a booth or AV equipment or to present at an equestrian celebration. The Ambassador Program helps to support these more>


Morgan Horse Featured in the Fifth Beloved Horses Book 
from AMHA
A Morgan horse who overcame a severe injury and defied death is featured in Beloved Horses From Around the World by children's author, Sharon Miner, of Tampa, Florida. This fifth book in the series describes equines from Aruba, England, Canada, Switzerland as well as the United States. Besides a variety of horse breeds, there are stories about mules, donkeys and zebras.

The collection of true short stories describes equines who demonstrate their wisdom, their talent, their will to live and their unconditional love. They fulfill dreams, outshine the competition, build confidence and overcome physical more>
ASHA Candidates for Election to Board of Directors
from ASHA
ASHA Candidates for Election to Board of Directors As previously announced, the ASHA Executive Committee and Board of Directors have unanimously approved the proposed slate of candidates for election to the ASHA Board in February of 2013. The Board is honored to present such a qualified, diverse group of individuals who are willing to serve. The Board is also very pleased to be able to offer online voting for the first time; online voting is greatly preferred, although paper ballots will still be permitted. Voting will be available online starting December 19, 2012, and continuing through January 5, 2013; paper ballots, as well as information on the 2013 ASHA Convention (including the annual meeting), will be mailed out to ASHA members on or around December 19, 2012. 
Read about all the candidates at




The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its human and equine athletes.



2012, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.


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