December 9, 2013

Saddle Seat World Cup Team Chosen after Selection
 Trials at William Woods University

Fulton, Mo. - After impressive showings at the Saddle Seat World Cup Team Trials, 12 riders were chosen to represent the United States at the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup. Thirty-two aspiring athletes, twenty in three gaited competition and twelve in five-gaited, from twenty-six states tried-out at William Woods University on Saturday. They rode two  phases in a chilly but snow and ice free atmosphere. Each phase consisted of one rail ride and one pattern ride on unfamiliar horses. After the trials were complete five riders and one alternate for each section were selected to the 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team in both three-gaited and five-gaited. The riders on 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team more at

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Lillie Keenan Named Junior Equestrian of the Year

Linda Bibbler, Larry Langer, and Armand Leone to Receive Pegasus Medals of Honor

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BartzKeith Bartz to Receive 2013 USEF Lifetime Achievement Award
Keith Bartz (USEF Archive)
Lexington, Ky. - Keith Bartz of Naples, Fla., has been a leading figure in the American Saddlebred industry for many years. Bartz's influence spans the entire scope of the sport, as he has served as a competitor, trainer, administrator, and leader. For his undying support and incredible legacy, Bartz has been awarded the 2013 USEF Lifetime Achievement Award and will receive the Jimmy A. Williams Lifetime Achievement Trophy at the Pegasus Awards gala.

Bartz has spent his entire life devoted to the promotion of the American Saddlebred. For 27 years he and his wife, Carol, owned and operated Hollow Haven Farm, where they helped many amateurs and juvenile riders reach success in the show ring. Bartz also served as an active American Saddlebred Horse Association judge for 11 divisions until his retirement in 1998. He has shown his dedication to the American Saddlebred by serving as the Director of the American Saddlebred Museum for more than a decade as well as serving on the Board of Trustees. For his outstanding sportsmanship, Bartz was the recipient of the USEF's Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award in 2003.


Bartz's influence on the American Saddlebred sport and the entire equestrian industry expands beyond the show ring, as he has dedicated significant time and effort to governance, including serving many years on the Board of Directors, Budget & Finance Committee, and Admin & Finance Working Group and as an Officer of the more> 

LillieLillie Keenan Named Junior Equestrian of the Year
Lillie Keenan (©
Lexington, Ky. - At just 17 years old, Lillie Keenan is already epitomizing the dedication, skill, poise, and sportsmanship that are required to reach the top of equestrian sport. A junior at the Spence School in New York, N.Y., Keenan actively participates in hunter, jumper, and equitation classes. For her talent, integrity, and contributions to the equestrian world, Keenan will be awarded the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2013 Junior Equestrian of the Year.

With her unprecedented success over the last 12 months, Keenan now stands among the most decorated junior riders in history. In the hunter ranks, she was named the Grand Junior Hunter Champion at the Devon Horse Show, in addition to earning Reserve Champion honors at the US Junior Hunter National Championships - East. Keenan also made a huge splash in the jumping ranks, winning many of the most coveted titles offered annually in the United States. In July, she earned Team and Individual Gold medals at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North before capturing Team Silver and Individual Gold at the Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper Championships. She also earned her first Grand Prix victory in June by topping the $125,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix presented by more> 
PegasusMedalsLinda Bibbler, Larry Langer, and Armand Leone to Receive Pegasus Medals of Honor

Lexington, Ky. - The Pegasus Medal of Honor was created as an annual award to recognize individuals who have exhibited outstanding service to horses and equestrian sport. These dedicated individuals have engaged the community in their passion for horses through their work in the industry. This year's winners, Linda Bibbler, Larry Langer, and Armand Leone have all dedicated years of service to equestrian more>  

"FEI TV On The Go" iPhone App Launched on St. Nicholas Day
from FEI

The FEI has launched its free FEI TV on the Go iPhone application to mark St Nicholas Day.


The new app, available for download here, allows users to access a wealth of high quality video-on-demand content, including competition highlights, interviews with top-riders and equestrian lifestyle features, as well as stay up-to-date with the latest FEI news, including event previews, competition reports and rider rankings on their phone.


Subscribers to FEI TV, the FEI's official video service, can also watch premium content and live-streamed coverage of the world's most prestigious equestrian competitions, events and more>

Road to WEG: Dressage
Photo: Shannon Brinkman

Dressage is considered the most artistic of the equestrian sports and can be traced as far back as ancient Greece. It was originally developed as a method for training military horses, used to increase the maneuverability and obedience of cavalry mounts with some of the very advanced movements being taught specifically as battle techniques. The specific purpose for dressage is to develop a horse's natural athletic ability while fostering harmony between horse and rider. 

Competitive dressage is recognized as one of the three equestrian Olympic disciplines. Currently, there are nine progressive levels of competition, open to any breed of horse and available for all levels of riders, in which the horse and rider perform at a walk, trot, and canter, and all tests are ridden from memory in compulsory exercises. Special classes such as musical freestyle offer creativity and individual expression for the exhibitors and have become spectator more>


Nutritional Support of the Immune System in Horses

by Kentucky Equine Research Staff

Mature, idle horses on a sound nutritional program are likely to be getting everything they need to keep their immune status strong enough to protect them against disease. However, some groups of horses are at increased risk of illness because of challenges to their immune systems. Young horses, weanlings, senior horses, undernourished or starved equines, horses in heavy training, those that travel frequently, and those that are exposed to various other types of stress may need some help in avoiding infections. For these horses, certain nutrients can give the immune system a boost. Among well-known supporters of immunity are zinc, selenium, and omega-3 fatty more> 

Riders Announced for Eighth Annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by the USHJA
Lexington, Ky.- The United States Equestrian Federation will ring in the New Year with the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by the USHJA. In its eighth year, this prestigious clinic will again be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., December 31-January 4.

The following 12 riders will participate in the five-day training session which is sponsored by Active Interest Media and Equestrian Sport more>
2013 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention: That's a Wrap!
from USEA

The USEA Annual Meeting and Convention for 2013 wrapped up with the Board of Governor's meeting on Sunday morning. Diane Pitts led the meeting as the new USEA President, and several committees reported that their work was alive and well. A few notable points:


Chrystine Tauber of the United States Equestrian Federation reported that the USEF Board of Governors is cutting down in numbers by about half and the executive committee will no longer exist, which will serve to streamline the work of the USEF. Mike Huber made another plug for a 3'5" division that would bridge the gap between the Training and Preliminary levels which is being highly considered. He reminded the BOG that it wasn't that long ago that a similar conversation was had in regards to adding a level below Novice. Now, the Beginner Novice level is one of the most frequently entered levels in eventing, and has brought more horses, riders, and money into the more>

Out Like a Lion
from the USDF Convention Blog
It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Lexington's Triangle Park [Saturday] night (Jennifer Bryant)
The 2013 Adequan/USDF National Convention came in like the proverbial lamb, with balmy temperatures that perhaps lulled us into a false sense of security. But you know what they say -- and so Sunday, the final day of the convention, the iceman cometh to Lexington, the (teensy bit of) snow fell, and that was all she wrote.

Actually, Lexington has been spared the worst of it. Flights to destinations from Midwest to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic canceled like dominoes today, and all day those of us who are still here -- including yours truly -- have been swapping snow-and-ice horror stories related by the folks at home. Here are mine: My trainer, attempting to head home after a weekend riding in the Debbie McDonald clinic at Hassler Dressage in Maryland, got 15 minutes from Chesapeake City, turned the trailer around, and went back. As I write this, the horse is happy and snug in the beautiful barn and my trainer and the horse's owner are spending the night in the Hasslers' guest house. Meanwhile, some friends who drove down for the day to audit the clinic are having a helluva time driving home on that snow-covered parking lot known as more>



ASHA Announces New Charter Clubs
from ASHA

The American Saddlebred Horse Association is proud to welcome the Southern New England Saddlebred Association (SNESA) and the American Saddlebred Versatility Association (VERSA) as newly recognized Charter Clubs for 2014.


The Southern New England Saddlebred Association was formed to promote and encourage American Saddlebred activities throughout the New England area. SNESA supports all Saddlebred and Half-Saddlebred owners and horses in the Saddle Seat, Huntseat, Western and Driving divisions as well as offering an Open Pleasure division for any breed being ridden in the Saddle Seat discipline. For further information, please contact them at [email protected] more> 

Watch for Your AMHA Ballot
from AMHA
The ballot for AMHA's 2014 election will be in the mail in the coming weeks. Be sure to look in your mailbox for your paper ballot and your email box for your electronic ballot!

Please note, you may receive more than one ballot via email for the election if your email address is shared with multiple people in your family. These aren't duplicate emails, so be sure to look for the AMHA member number on each more>




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