December 10, 2012

U.S. Claims Both Gold Medals at 
Saddle Seat World Cup

The U.S. Five-Gaited Section Gold medalists (R. Millin)

Parys, South Africa - On Saturday, December 8, the Saddle Seat World Cup sponsored by Impondo Mining and Live 2 Learn concluded with second round performances from the Three-Gaited sections of the Saddle Seat World Cup teams. After a stellar presentation of rail work, the U.S. Three-Gaited team set the stage for leading pattern work scores in both groups. With strong performances all week, hopes were high that both the U.S. Three- and Five-Gaited sections would bring home the Gold medals.  


The official results were announced at the Closing Ceremonies that evening, and since the rail work scores had not been posted, there was much anticipation of who would claim the Saddle Seat World Cup titles. The U.S. riders claimed the Gold medal in the Five-Gaited section, solidifying all of the hard work and support the riders had received over the past year. 


The dominance of the U.S. riders was evident as the U.S. Three-Gaited section also claimed the Gold more>  

The U.S. Three-Gaited Section Gold medalists (R. Millin)


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USEF Announces Fargis, Chancellor, and Zang to Receive Year's Highest Equestrian Honors at the 2013 Pegasus Awards

Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the names of three equestrians who have been selected to receive the year's most coveted awards. Awarded by the USEF, the Lifetime Achievement Award, Junior Equestrian of the Year, and the Pegasus Medal of Honor will be presented during the Pegasus Awards gala on Saturday, January 19, at The Henry Clay in Louisville, Kentucky. The winner of the Equestrian of the Year Award will be announced at the Pegasus more>  

Lifetime Achievement Award - Joe Fargis (USEF Archive/Tish Quirk)
Joe Fargis of Middleburg, Virginia has been a leading figure in the sport of jumping for more than 40 years. Fargis' 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. Fargis has been awarded the 2012 USEF Lifetime Achievement Awarded and will receive the Jimmy A. Williams Lifetime Achievement Trophy at the Pegasus Awards gala.

Fargis has a long list of accomplishments in the competition more>

Junior Equestrian of the Year - Hunter Chancellor  (Howard Schatzberg)
At just 17-years-old Hunter Chancellor is already epitomizing the dedication, skill and sportsmanship that are required to reach the top of equestrian sport. As a junior at Mater Dei Catholic High School Chancellor, an Evansville, Indiana native, actively participates in American Saddlebred competitions
 while maintaining a 3.99 GPA. For her talent, integrity and contributions to the equestrian world, Chancellor will be awarded the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2012 Junior Equestrian of the Year.

Chancellor already boasts an extensive resume that includes 145 career wins and 26 World Championship more>   

Pegasus Medal of Honor - Linda Zang (
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 winner, Linda Zang, has been inspiring and educating for more than 30 years.  

Zang, of Davidsonville, Maryland, has been a prominent figure in the sport of dressage in the U.S. and Europe. As a competitor, she rode on U.S. teams at the 1978 World Championships, 1979 Pan American Games, and 1980 Alternate Olympic Games. As an official her influence has been far more> 
USEF Announces Appointments of Eventing High Performance Committee, Eventing Active Athletes Committee and Eventing Selection Committee
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has seated three new eventing committees. The Eventing High Performance Committee and Eventing Selection Committee are both pending approval of the USEF Executive Committee. The election for the Eventing Eligible Athletes has been finalized. 

Click on the committee name to see the full list.

 - Eventing High Performance Committee (Pending approval of the USEF Executive Committee)

Eventing Eligible Athletes Committee   


- Eventing Selection Committee (Pending approval of the USEF Executive Committee

Riders Announced for 2013 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by USHJA and Adequan
Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation will ring in the New Year with the seventh annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by USHJA and Adequan. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL will once again host the prestigious clinic January 2-6.  

To see the list of riders go to
Susan Hancock Awarded the 2012 USDF Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award
Susan Hancock of La Vernia, Texas, received the fourth annual "USDF Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award" at the Great American/USDF Region 9 Championships held in Katy, TX, November 1-4, 2012.  She received a $5,000 award for demonstrating adherence to sound dressage principles and the ability to communicate these principles so that students develop themselves and their horses in a logical, progressive and humane way up through the levels.

"The methods that Susan used to weave dressage theory into her lessons, along with guidance on the rider's position, was one of the main reasons that Susan's application was selected [by the National Selection Committee]," said Meg Flemming (TX), originator of the more>

FEI World Cup Vaulting - Cavallaro and Klouda do the Double in Salzburg   
by Daniel Kaiser for FEI
Italy's Anna Cavallaro and Harley, lunged by Nelson Vidoni, winners of the second leg of FEI World Cup™ Vaulting in Salzburg (AUT). (Daniel Kaiser/FEI)

Anna Cavallaro (ITA) and Lukas Klouda (CZE), winners of the opening leg of the FEI World Cup™ Vaulting 2012/2013 series in Munich, both made it a double by claiming a second leg win in Salzburg (AUT) at the weekend.


The vaulters, both 28-years-old, treated spectators at the Pappas Amadeus Horse Indoors event to dazzling freestyle-to-music rounds and their wins were greeted with great enthusiasm by the crowd.


Another one-two for Italian females


Italy's eight-time national champion Anna Cavallaro and her 19-year-old training partner Silvia Stopazzini, Junior Champion in 2011, repeated their one-two finish from Munich at the second leg of this prestigious series with outstanding performances.


Silvia Stopazzini led the field after the first round with 8,819 points, 60 points clear of Anna Cavallaro. But in the second round, Cavallaro convinced the judges with her complex gymnastic moves on the 15-year-old Harley, lunged by Nelson Vidoni, to Luciano Pavarotti's "Time to say Goodbye", completing with the winning score of 8,785 more>



Western Dressage: Why?
by Michelle Binder
North American Western Dressage receives all kinds of questions at the website and on our FaceBook page. Last week Jen Johnson shared the following in a post and it generated a huge amount of material for consideration.

She posted:
"I received an email last night from a **** judge who had the following concerns about Western Dressage.....
"The problem is that the western horse is going to have to be much quicker in gait, quicker behind in order to EVER lighten the forehand. Western riders do not want to do this. And western riders cannot sit the green "western dressage" horse's trot and would have to "post."
Why do you want a western horse to engage? Why don't you just get a dressage saddle and do Quarter Horse dressage and breed the Quarter Horse to be an athlete? That would make more sense to me. "

To date, there are 133 posts in the thread that more> 



Sshameless++ Honored as Arabian Horse Association 2012 Ambassador
from AHA
Aurora, CO - The Arabian Horse Association recently announced its 2012 Ambassador Award winner, Sshameless++ (Fame VF+ x Armira), owned by Lisa Shover of Scottsdale, Ariz. According to Shover, her stallion brings "the storybook legend of a beautiful white horse, representing all that is good," to life. Standing 16.0 hands, Sshameless is the epitome of a gentle giant with an incredible heart and a stellar show record. 

Representing the longevity of Arabians, in 2010 at age 18, Sshameless took home two Reserve National Championships, one in Arabian Stallion Breeding and the other in Arabian Western Pleasure Select. His performance at U.S. Nationals, 15 years after he earned his first Reserve National halter Championship as a three-year-old, implies not only physical longevity, but a champion's more> 
New Documentary Film on the Morgan Horse to Begin Production
from AMHA
The Bronx County Historical Society and independent filmmaker, Doug Lazarus, are developing a documentary on how the Morgan horse helped build America. This connection and the stories surrounding it are the subject of an upcoming documentary titled "A New Horse for a New Country: The Morgan Horse in America's History." 

"The contribution of the Morgan is pervasive in American history," says Lazarus. "What we think is going to be of interest to people, even non-horse folks, is that the story of America can be seen through the eyes of this remarkable breed."

Julie Broadway, AMHA Executive Director, and Harry Sebring, AMHA President, stated that, "This an independent project, not connected to AMHA, and we wish them well in their endeavors. Any views expressed in the film are not necessarily those of AMHA but are those of the producer, Doug Lazarus." more>




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