December 17, 2012

Happy Holidays from the USEF!


This will be the last Equestrian Weekly of 2012, and I'm wishing you all a happy holiday season by sharing this USEF Holiday Card video. Enjoy it, and lookout for the next Equestrian Weekly newsletter on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2012.

Happy Holidays,

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(Andrew Minnick - Editor)

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Vote for Horse of the Year and Equestrian
 of the Year 

USEF Announces 2012 Horse of the Year Candidates; Voting is Now Open!
Lexington, KY - To reach the highest level of excellence in equestrian sport requires talent, perseverance, a tremendous spirit and often, unwavering courage. In 2012, six horses have shown the world those qualities and more. On January 18, 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 win.

The six champions have earned their places on the elite list as USEF Horses of Honor, and each will be recognized at the USEF Horse of the Year Awards gala and dinner in January - part of the USEF Annual Meeting - at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky.
See the Horses of Honor and Vote for your favorite here.


USEF Announces the 2012 Equestrian of the Year Nominees; Voting Is Now Open! 


Lexington, KY - Voting is now open for the coveted 2012 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 Saturday, January 19, 2013 at The Henry Clay in Louisville, Kentucky and broadcast live on the USEFNetwork presented by Smartpak.

Known as the USEF Equestrians of Honor, eight stars of equestrian sport across breed and discipline recently received a unique competitive trophy. Just one of them will win the distinguished grand prize and be named the "2012 USEF Equestrian of the Year".


See the Equestrians of Honor and Vote for your favorite here.


Reynolds and Kimbler to Receive Top Endurance Awards at 2013 USEF Annual Meeting
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the winners of two prestigious awards in the discipline of Endurance, the Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award and the Brunjes Junior/Young Rider Trophy. The awards will be presented at the USEF Horse of the Year Awards gala and dinner on Friday, January 18, 2013 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky.

Heather Reynolds (left) riding Riverwatch at the 2012 Longines FEI World Endurance Championship (Merri Melde)
Heather Reynolds
Dunnellon, FL


Heather Reynolds had a remarkable year claiming top honors at numerous endurance races in 2012. She began her year with a win at the Goethe Benefit Challenge CEI2* aboard her own Ta Tiran. Reynolds finished first with her husband Jeremy Reynolds' Stirgess at the FITS 160 km race and came in fourth a month later at the CEI3* USA Team Trial riding her own Riverwatch. At the Zone Team Endurance Challenge, she finished first in two races on her own horses - in the CEI2* with Bound for Honor and the CEI3* with Chanses. Reynolds finished out her year of strong performances by representing the U.S. aboard Riverwatch at the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship, where the U.S. team claimed fourth place. 


McCamey Kimbler (

McCamey Kimbler
Aberdeen, SD


Seventeen-year-old McCamey Kimbler had a stellar year, starting off with a win in February at the FITS CEIJY2*, riding Jeremy Olson's Noslo's Banjara. Her success continued with an impressive showing at the CEI3* USA Team Trial, finishing in 19th place on Samantha Sandler's Elliptic among the nation's top endurance riders. Kimbler had additional wins at the Spruce Woods CEIJY2* on Kelsey Kimbler's HV Cimmarons Goliath and at the Zone Team Endurance Challenge CEIJY2* on Kirsten Kimbler's more> 

USEF Announces Appointments of Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee and Para-Equestrian Eligible Athletes Committee
Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has seated two new para-equestrian committees. The Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee and Para-Equestrian Eligible Athlete Committee are both pending approval of the USEF Executive Committee.
Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee (Pending approval of the Executive Committee)

Dale Dedrick
Barabara Grassmyer, Elected Eligible Athlete
Hope Hand
Rebecca Hart, Elected Eligible
Mary Jordan, Elected Eligible Athlete
Kim Kelly
Sandy Rafferty
Melissa Ransehousen
Sharon Schneidman
Lynn Siedemann
Hardy Zantke 

See the Para-Equestrian Eligible Athlete Committee and

USEF Announces 2013 Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program and Combinations for California and Florida Training Sessions
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and its Eventing High Performance Department is proud to announce a redesigned Developing Riders/Eventing 25 Program beginning in 2013. In 2013, a Developing Rider will be defined as a rider (maximum age of 25) who has achieved a qualifying result at the CCI2* level. Chef d'Equipe David O'Connor will lead the Developing Riders/Eventing 25 program and coach the accepted athletes. In addition to lessons under saddle, there will be a classroom component to this program. Topics will include theory, training and course design. There will also be presentations by guest speakers on subjects including veterinary care and stable more>
USEF Announces Appointment of Show Jumping High Performance Committee and Election of Show Jumping Eligible Athletes Committee
Lexington, KY- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has seated two new show jumping committees. The appointment of the Show Jumping High Performance Committee and the election of the Show Jumping Eligible Athlete Committee have been finalized.

Show Jumping High Performance Committee   

Will Simpson, Chair
Norman Dello Joio, Vice-Chair and Elected Athlete
Ronnie Beard
Jane Clark
David Distler
Kent Farrington
Laura Kraut
Anne Kursinski
Beezie Madden, Elected Athlete
Christine McCrea, Elected Athlete
Katie Prudent
Robert Ridland, Non-Voting Advisor
Frank Chapot, Member Emeritus
George Morris, Member Emeritus 

See the Show Jumping Eligible Athletes Committee and read more at

USEF Announces Plans for 2013 USEF Dressage Developing Program
Lexington, KYThe United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce plans for the 2013 USEF Dressage Developing Program.  The Dressage Developing Program is made possible by a generous gift from Akiko Yamazaki and Red Husky Foundation through U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation. Debbie McDonald returns in 2013 as USEF Developing Coach, as the program seeks to identify talented, developing combinations with potential for future team and international success. The first step in this process will be to observe horses and riders at pre-determined observation competitions.  From the observation competitions, combinations will be named to take part in mandatory outings, e.g., training sessions and/or clinics with Debbie McDonald.  The end of the year goal for the program is to provide funding for these developing combinations European training and competition more>  

USEF Announces Sponsors and Schedule for Seventh Annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session

Lexington, KY - Many of the rising stars in equestrian sport will assemble in Wellington, Florida January 2-6, 2013 for the seventh annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by USHJA and Adequan. The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will once again host 12 up-and-coming talents at the five day training session.


The USEF is pleased to have the support of many of the top equine organizations in the industry. The United States Hunter and Jumper Association (USHJA) and Adequan return as title sponsors in 2013, while SmartPak, Practical Horseman, and Equestrian Sport Production have signed on as event more>

FEI World Cup VaultingTM - Andreani and Sneekes Win in Paris
by Daniel Kaiser for FEI
World Champion Nicolas Andreani (FRA) with Just A Kiss, lunged by Marina Joosten Dupon, won the third leg of FEI World Cup™ Vaulting 2012/2013 in Paris (FRA). (Photo: Eric Malherbe/FEI)

World Vaulting Champion and local hero Nicolas Andreani was greeted with rapturous applause by spectators at France's biggest equestrian event, the Salon du Cheval de Paris, when he made his entrance into the FEI World Cup Vaulting™ 2012/2013 series last weekend.


The 28-year-old winner of the FEI World Vaulting Championships 2012 in Le Mans (FRA) left the judges in no doubt about his world-class abilities. His performance in two outstanding freestyle-to-music rounds on the 15-year-old chestnut gelding Just A Kiss, lunged by Marina Joosten Dupon, gave him a final score of 9,271 points.


"I'm so happy to have made such a good start in the FEI World Cup Vaulting 2012/2013 series," said Andreani. "I'm looking forward to replicating my performance at the leg in Leipzig next month, then again in Bordeaux in February and in the Final in Braunschweig." more> 




Ideas for Adding an Equine Touch to Your Holiday Decorations 
by Mary Cox
As an interior designer and avid equestrian, I thought it would be fun to take a few simple tack items (items from the lists below), the ones that that all of us have too many of (come know you do!) and come up with creative solutions to incorporate them into your Holiday Décor.

The "I have way too many of these" List:
Stirrup Leathers
Braided Reins
Stirrup Irons
Horse Ornaments

The From Your Kitchen List:
Glass vases

The From the Yard (If not yours...somebody else's) List:   
Cedar & Fir Boughs
Pine Cones 

See what idea's Mary has come up with on the EqW Blog at
Hope Springs Eternal+/ Surprises Jumper World, Wins AHA Open Competition Award
from AHA
Aurora, CO - Hope Springs Eternal+/ (Allience+// x Pajarito Esprit), a 2000 purebred bay mare, owned by Lynn, Kyle, Margaret and Laura McAlister was recently named the AHA 2012 Open Competition Award winner. 

Nominated as a jumper, "Hope" competes at the Open USEF International level in California's zone 10. With Kristin Hardin in the irons, Hope has won at the Santa Barbara National Show, Oaks Summer Classic, and the Showpark Summer Tournament, all USEF zone 10 AA rated shows and all deeply competitive. After having a foal in 2011, Hope picked up right where she left off. 

One nominator, Beth Thomas said, "this mare has taken on classes of 50 or more Warmbloods and beat them at their own game. She 'turns and burns' with the best, nailing clean and fast jump offs to take home the blue, time and time again!" more> 
2012 AMHA Awardees Announced
from AMHA
The AMHA Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following individuals will be recognized at its annual convention, which will take place February 21-23 in Portland, Oregon.

Congratulations to all!

Man and Woman of the Year Awards honor those individuals for their continued support of the breed. This year's honorees are Mike Goebig and Kathy Newcomb

John Green will be awarded the Cecil Brown Memorial Sportsmanship Award, which is given to a Morgan exhibitor who has displayed outstanding sportsmanship.

Inducted into AMHA's Hall of Fame are Rollie BowersEllie Mason, and Fred more> 




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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 Western Dressage:  Meeting USDF 

 by Michelle  Binder


 Happy Holidays!  Tis the  season and all my best to  everyone. This time of  year we are especially  grateful for all the  perfections we find our  lives are blessed with.  Wishing all of you the  very best of holiday  seasons. Thank you for  reading and supporting  the development of  western dressage.

 It was a very exciting time  for representatives from  North American Western  Dressage to attend the  USDF Annual Convention  in New Orleans December more> 


 New WDAA Western  Dressage Rules &  Tests for 2013! An  Interview with Cliff  Swanson

 by Pat Van Buskirk


 This is a truly thrilling time  to be a part of Western  Dressage and the  Western Dressage  Association® of America!

 I recently had the  opportunity to chat with  Cliff Swanson, who has  been instrumental in many  facets of the program,  including authoring and  editing the new tests,  working with the Rules  Committee, developing the  Train The Trainers™  Program and conducting a  wonderful series of Skill  Set Clinics. Cliff also sits  on the Advisory Board for  the WDAA. more>



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