December 3, 2012

U.S. Riders Ready to Compete at Saddle Seat World Cup 


The U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup team in South Africa (R. Millin)

Parys, South Africa - Ten riders and four coaches will represent the U.S. at the Saddle Seat World Cup in Parys, South Africa on December 5-8. The team made up of two sections, Three-Gaited and Five-Gaited, will compete against four other countries as they vie for top honors in saddle seat equitation.


The Three-Gaited section is made up of team members Brooke Boyer (Johnston, IA), Emily Chapman (Tucson, AZ), Brooke Jacobs (Georgetown, KY), Alexandra Lawson (North Salem, IN), and team captain Abigail Muturx (St. Louis, MO) more> 

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George "Joey" Gadd Wins the 2012 USEF Youth Sportsman's Award

George "Joey" Gadd on his way to winning the Kentucky CVI3* Individual Male division (MacMillan Photography)
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce George "Joey" Gadd as the winner of the 2012 USEF Youth Sportsman's Award. Seventeen-year-old Gadd was selected from an outstanding group of youth representing their respective recognized breed and discipline affiliates from across the country. An avid vaulter from Saratoga, CA, he was nominated by the American Vaulting Association (AVA).

Gadd has demonstrated a commitment to the sport of vaulting as a nine-year member of the AVA and Mt. Eden Vaulting Club. He has attended numerous national competitions, competing for a second year at the Gold level, and earning wins at the Chilliwack and Kentucky CVI competitions. Gadd has attained the necessary scores to compete at the FEI 4* level and was honored to be named the Individual Male alternate for the 2012 FEI World Vaulting Championships this year in Le Mans, France. Gadd hopes to compete in the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France as an Individual Male and possibly also on the more>


Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet win $50,000 Holiday & Horses FEI World Cup Qualifier
Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet (© ManciniPhotos)
Wellington, FL - Nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan (USA) and Grant Road Partners' Nougat Du Vallet earned an exciting victory in Saturday night's $50,000 Holiday and Horses FEI World Cup Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. American riders took top four honors in the eleven horse jump-off. Dinan beat Todd Minikus and Macoemba and Margie Engle and Royce, who finished second and third respectively.

More than 4,000 spectators were at PBIEC Saturday to partake in an evening full of activities, including watching the FEI World Cup Qualifier and the drawings of charities for the 2013 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, as well as the Wellington Chamber of Commerce WinterFest sponsored by International Polo Club Palm Beach, The Wellness Experience, Equestrian Sport Productions/PBIEC and LED more>
USEF Announces Dates and Location for 2013 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions
Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that, pending approval from the High Performance Working Group and the Executive Committee, the Kentucky Dressage Association's bid to host the 2013 Dressage Festival of Champions has been accepted. These annual championships will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY October 10-13, 2013.

The 2013 Dressage Festival of Champions will again hold six National Championship divisions- USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship, USEF National Intermediaire I Dressage Championship, USEF National "Brentina Cup" Young Adult Championship, USEF National Young Rider Dressage Championship, USEF National Junior Dressage Championship and USEF National Pony Rider Dressage more>
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Dates and Location Announced for 2013 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North Pending Final FEI Approval
Lexington, KY - Pending final FEI approval, the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) will once again be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The annual competition will be held July 17-21, 2013. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has received preliminary approval for these dates and location and is awaiting final allocation from the FEI Bureau.

In 2013, the NAJYRC again hosts championship caliber competition across five disciplines. In the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping as well as the Western discipline of reining, champions will be crowned in both Junior and Young Rider divisions. Endurance, which is included as a championship for the third time, offers an FEI championship for Young more> 
Programme of FEI Sports Forum for 2013 Unveiled  
from FEI
Full details regarding the event are outlined in this video
Qualification systems for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, career progression of athletes in the business world, and international movement of horses will be the discussion topics at the second FEI Sports Forum, which will take place on 8 and 9 April 2013. Round table sessions on Driving, Dressage, and Jumping will also be organised within the framework of the event.
The Forum will be held in Lausanne (SUI) at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), a top-ranked business school that develops global leaders through high-impact executive education. Recent speakers at the school include former USA President Bill Clinton and Jamaica's six-time Olympic champion Usain more>



Western Dressage: Are you still confused? 
by Michelle Binder
I began this Western Dressage Blog specifically as a blog for NAWD to help raise public awareness about WD groups other than WDAA. I saw a need for publicity specific to that organization. I also saw a need for a forum that presented the reality that other organizations with different missions and goals regarding WD existed. USEF has not licensed Western Dressage as an independent discipline so at this time there is no officially recognized governing body for WD, hence the surge in test and rulebook production from all four organizations. Both NAWD and WDAA are only "General" affiliates while IPHDA and CD have chosen not to affiliate with USEF. It is my understanding that WDAA tests are USEF approved for use in the Morgan breed division as part of western competition, and that they have been used at other breed shows as well. Breed shows may offer open classes as well as breed classes in any WD division but those classes may not be USEF recognized. NAWD tests are in use at the state level as part of dressage competition, by USDF GMO's and local schooling shows. IPHDA and CD tests are in use at shows specific to those organizations, though CD tests are available for public use in any venue. I have researched and prepared a simple document that compares the three main organizations in three areas. To receive a copy, email me at, or contact Jen Johnson via the website at more>
South Carolina Holds Onto Top Spot in Mid-Season NCEA Coaches Poll
Lexington, KY -  The final coaches poll of the fall NCEA season was released Wednesday and, despite two losses heading into the winter break, South Carolina (4-2, 3-0 SEC) managed to hold onto the top spot. The Gamecocks started the season red hot by earning wins over Oklahoma State, Auburn, Georgia, and Texas A&M. It was that victory over Auburn (3-1, 2-1 SEC), on October 4th in Columbia, that likely gave South Carolina the edge with voters. Six of eleven first place votes went to the Gamecocks with the Tigers finishing second. Fellow SEC teams Georgia and Texas A&M  are tied for more>


Diablo Arabian Horse Association takes home Club of the Year for Third Consecutive Year
From AHA
The AHA Club Excellence Award program recognizes and rewards clubs for efforts in four different categories, Breed Promotion and Community Involvement, Club Projects, Communication, and Membership Recruitment and Retention. A panel of judges evaluates each entry for the prize of $500 per category and then picks an overall winner from the category winners for Club of the Year, winning another $500.  

The Diablo Arabian Horse Association from Region 3 won the 2012 Breed Promotion and Community Involvement category and then went on to win Club of the Year for the third consecutive more> 
CH Courageous Lord Announced as ASHA Horse of the Year 
from ASHA
Lexington, KY - The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) Board of Directors is pleased to nominate CHCourageous Lord for 2012 USEF Horse of the Year honors. This 11-year-old chestnut American Saddlebred gelding, by Roseridge Heir and out of Lord Have Mercy, made the remarkable transition from his previous domination of the professional ranks in the Open Five-Gaited division to carrying a new rider to outstanding success in the Amateur Five-Gaited division in 2012.


CHCourageous Lord's big-moving trot, bold slow gait, and electric rack had led him to the winner's circle in the American Saddlebred's most prestigious class, the Five-Gaited World's Grand Championship at the Kentucky State Fair, with back to back wins in three consecutive years--2009, 2010, and 2011, while shown by Merrill Murray. All three years he also won blues at the Lexington Junior League Horse show, another jewel in the American Saddlebred Triple more>




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