December 16, 2013

Horse of the Year and Equestrian of the Year 
Voting Now Open to the Public

Lexington, Ky. - To reach the highest level of excellence in equestrian sport requires talent, perseverance, a tremendous spirit and often, unwavering courage. In 2013, six horses have shown the world these qualities and more. On January 11, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will bestow two of them with the prestigious title of Horse of the Year, the highest honor the USEF awards a horse. Again this year, both a national and international horse will be crowned...see the Horses of Honor and more about voting at
Voting is now open for the coveted 2013 USEF Equestrian of the Year award. Following decades of tradition, the winner will again be announced when the horse world meets at the United States Equestrian Federation's annual Pegasus Awards gala. This year's gala will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Lexington in Lexington, Ky., and broadcast live on the USEFNetwork presented by Smartpak...see the Equestrians of Honor and learn more about voting at
Other Headlines From This Issue


Jeremy Reynolds, Southeast Team B Win North American Endurance Team Challenge

AMHA Provides Safety Net for Morgan Horses

check during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 

Kent Farrington Wins Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland - Kent Farrington and Amalya Investment's 10-year-old KWPN Gelding Willow were the big winners at CHI-Geneva on Friday night. With two clear rounds, the second a speedy jump-off in 33.89s, Kent and Willow beat out world No.2 Scott Brash of Great Britain on Cella and Ireland's Dermott Lennon on Loughview Lou-Lou in the Credit Suisse Grand Prix, a qualifier for Saturday's Champions' Challenge presented by Rolex and for the Rolex Grand Prix, part of the Rolex Grand more>
EnduranceJeremy Reynolds, Southeast Team B win North American Endurance Team Challenge
Jeremy Reynolds and RR Gold Dust Rising (Becky Pearman Photography)
Bronson, Fla. - After dark in northern Florida Friday night Jeremy Reynolds and RR Gold Dust Rising were first across the finish line of the 160km USEF North American Endurance Team Challenge Race. They finished their ride through the Goethe State Forest in 8hrs 20minutes 22seconds, or 19.39kpm.

The individual race was an FEI CEI3* competition. Nicki Meuten and Not Tonight were 2nd. Young Rider Kelsey Russell was 3nd on My Wild Irish Gold.


The team competition, a friendly competition with teams from around the U.S., Canada, and Mexico was won by Reynolds and Meuten's Southeast Team more>  

USEF Announces Dates and Locations for 2014 High Performance Eventing Winter/Spring Training Sessions

Lexington, Ky. - The USEF has designated the following dates and locations for USEF Eventing High Performance Training Sessions to take place with U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor throughout the Winter and Spring of 2014. All sessions taking place in Ocala, Fla. will be held at Meredyth South, sessions in Aiken, S.C. being held at Stable View Farm and sessions in Temecula, Calif. will be held at Tucalota Creek Ranch or Galway Downs as designated below. The Southern Pines, N.C. session will be held at the Carolina Horse Park and/or Gavilan Farm. The UK location is being more>
USEF Announces Dates and Location for 2014 Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial
Lexington, Ky.- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to join with HorsePower, Inc. and Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), in announcing that the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship will be held as part of the Kentucky Reining Cup which is being run in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover, April 24-27, 2014 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The Reining championship will also serve as the Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Team.

Produced by HorsePower, Inc., the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup will also feature a World Championship Freestyle class and offer $120,000 in total prize money. The Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial will be a CRI3* event held in two rounds over three days, April 25-27 in the Horse Park's Alltech more>
Legolas Named Adequan/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year
from USDF
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) would like to congratulate the eleven-year-old, 17.0 hand, Westfalen gelding, Legolas, owned by Akiko Yamazaki's Four Winds Farm LLC, and ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, California, for being named 2013 Adequan/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Legolas' median score of 75.926 percent made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level and the recipient of USDF's highest honor for the second year in a more>
Lillie Keenan
Photo: : Diana DeRosa and Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

At just 17-years-old, Lillie Keenan has already earned herself an impressive riding resume. This year alone, she came home with Champion ribbons in some of the biggest classes from shows around the country including the Devon Horse Show, Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and most recently the Alltech National Horse Show where she won the prestigious ASPCA Maclay equitation finals.

How does your preparation differ in getting ready for a jumper class vs. an equitation class vs. hunters?

When I prepare for an equitation class I do similar excercises that I practice with my hunters and jumpers, but with more emphasis on the possible tests asked for in an equitation class. I practice a lot of flat work and some grid excercises with all my horses to maintain balance and coordination. The hunters will also sometime practice over the equitation courses to get ready for handy hunter class and more>

Switching Horses to New Grain and New Forage

Q: What's the best way to switch horses to a new grain and a new grazing situation?

Find the answer at
Final Call for Media Credentials: 2014 USEF Annual Meeting
Lexington, Ky. - The 2014 USEF Annual Meeting will take place January 8-12 in Lexington, Kentucky, at the Hyatt Regency Lexington. Members of the media who would like to request credentials should submit a request by December 20, more>
Boyd Exell (AUS) Secures Ticket for Bordeaux Final with Victory in Genevab>
By Ciny Timmer for FEI

Four-time FEI World Cup™ Driving Champion Boyd Exell (AUS) has secured his ticket for the FEI World Cup™ Driving Final with victory in Geneva (SUI), sixth leg of the 2013/2014 season. IJsbrand Chardon gave (NED) everything he could, but one knockdown dropped him to second ahead of Stockholm winner Tomas Eriksson (SWE) in third.


Dutchman Johan Jacobs, O - and World Cup Course Designer, replaced his colleague Falk Böhnisch who retired last year. Jacobs treated the eight drivers in Geneva to a nice course with fluent and technical parts, including the exciting and unique water obstacle.


Despite the early hour on Sunday morning, the stands in the Palexpo hall were filled with enthusiastic spectators, who enjoyed this 'small final' as the competitors described the competition in Geneva. The time difference between the top three drivers after the first round was less than two seconds, resulting in a thrilling Winning Round that demanded the most of the drivers' more>



ASHA Welcomes New Directors for 2014
from ASHA

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Directors, who will join the Board starting in February of 2014 at the ASHA's Annual Convention. 


David Mount, Susan Shepherd, and Matt Shiflet were elected to the ASHA Board of Directors for a term of three years, starting in 2014. Also re-elected were current ASHA board members Bret Day, Bob Funkhouser, and Tandy Patrick. 


ASHA offered its members the opportunity to vote for new Directors either electronically or by the traditional paper ballot during the month of November 2013. The ballot count was ratified by members of the ASHA Board for accuracy, and approved by the ASHA Executive Committee on December 9, more>

PATH International and ACTHA to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Together 1,000 ACTHA Events During March 2014
from AHA
Orlando, Fla. - At their annual international conference in Orlando, Fla., last week, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) announced to its 850 North American Centers, that it plans to embark on their largest fund raising project ever. In partnership with The American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA), PATH Int'l hopes to raise $1,000,000 for its centers throughout the month of March 2014, with a special focus on the weekend of March 15-16, more> 
MorganAMHA Provides Safety Net for Morgan Horses
from AMHA
In 2012, AMHA established Full Circle, a program that encourages individuals to help horses they bred, owned, trained, drove, cared for or just admired. At no charge, Full Circle allows anyone with interest in a particular Morgan to record his or her name and contact information with AMHA. If that horse should ever become unwanted, the individual with custody of the horse at that time can contact the AMHA Registry Department to see if the horse has been enrolled in Full Circle. 

Recently, AMHA has begun publishing the horses in the program at This list, which will be continuously updated, allows individuals and rescue organizations the ability to see if a horse they know in need is on the rescue more>




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