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December 18, 2008



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Note: The United States Equestrian Federation will be closed
December 22-26 and January 1-2 for the holidays.


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USEF Announces Top Five Horses in 2008 Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year; Vote Online Now

This year’s USEF Horses of Honor have been decided and your vote will be an integral part of deciding which of the nation’s leading equines will be named the Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year.

With the 2009 USEF Annual Meeting around the corner, all heads are turning to five finalists in anticipation of which horse will be adorned with the title of Horse of the Year—one of the most prestigious awards the USEF bestows. This year’s winner will join dressage superstar Brentina (2005 winner) jumping superstar Authentic (2006 winner) and the late eventing great Theodore O’Connor (2007 winner).

All of the finalists for Horse of the Year will be recognized during the Horse of the Year gala at the USEF Annual Meeting on Friday, January 16, with the Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year Award topping off the evening. The Annual Meeting will be held January 14-18 in Cincinnati, OH. For more information about the Annual Meeting, visit www.usef.org and click on the “2009 Annual Meeting” link near the bottom of the homepage.

Any USEF member can vote for the Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year. Voting is now open so go to www.usef.org and scroll down to the end of the page where there will be a Horse of the Year voting link on the bottom left corner of the homepage. Voting for Horse of the Year will close on January 9, 2009, at 5 p.m. EST.



USEF Announces 2008 Equestrians of Honor; Vote Online Now

As the year comes to a close, the United States Equestrian Federation® (USEF) is pleased to announce the 2008 Equestrians of Honor. Of these seven honorees, one will be selected as the 2008 USEF Equestrian of the Year, one of USEF’s most prestigious awards. All of the Equestrians of Honor will be recognized during the Annual Pegasus Awards Dinner at the USEF Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 17. The Annual Meeting will be held January 14-18 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, OH. For more information about the Annual Meeting, visit www.usef.org and click on the “2009 Annual Meeting” link near the bottom of the homepage.



Submit Your Best Competition/
Show Photo to Win a Moxie Jacket before December 20th.

Visit ClubEquestrian.com to enter the Best Competition/Show Photo Contest through December 19. Then the voting begins. The photo with the most votes before the end of the month wins a Moxie jacket.

We hope you will visit ClubEquestrian.com December 20-31 to cast your vote for your favorite image.

Blog Update
Deaf Intercollegiate Rider Denied Interpreter; Maryland EHV-1 Update; Peppers Pride's Perfect Streak

And an update on the equine herpesvirus situation in Maryland that I mentioned on December 10th—a horse from the quarantined barn now has a fever, but has initially tested negative for EHV-1. A second test will make sure that was not a false positive. Another horse has tested positive, but shows no signs of illness.


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List Your Equine Business/Organization in a New Online Directory for FREE

The United States Equestrian Federation would like to invite you to list your equine business in its new online Professional Directory at ClubEquestrian.com. The listing is FREE. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your name out there to those who may need your products or services. To make sure your business is listed, visit www.usef.org/prodir.


Dr. Cesar Parra
Photo by SusanJStickle.com/PMG

Dr. Cesar Parra Sworn in as U.S. Citizen and Looking Forward to Representing America on U.S. Dressage Team

In a ceremony held at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Newark, NJ, on Friday, December 12, dressage rider Dr. Cesar Parra took the Oath of Allegiance for Naturalized Citizens and was sworn in as a United States citizen. Dr. Parra, who represented his native Colombia at Olympic Games, FEI World Equestrian Games, Pan American Games and FEI World Cup Finals, will now focus on representing the U.S. in international dressage competition.

"I'm very happy," beamed Dr. Parra. "This is a dream. We've been waiting for this for many years. I have to do all the paperwork to switch the citizenships, and I've already contacted USEF—they are very happy about it. I'm working on my U.S. passport so I have it and am ready to fly!"

Dr. Parra, with his wife and their two children, has resided in the U.S. for nine years. Dr. Parra's son, Federico, age 15, automatically received his citizenship on December 12. Dr. Parra's wife, Marcela, and their 18-year-old daughter, Nicole, are eligible for citizenship and will likely take the oath within the next three months.


More Dressage News

Elizabeth Osborn performing an arabesque on Lorino with trainer Krista Poppenberg at the USEF/AVA Selection Trials, Moorpark, CA, May 2008.
Photo by Susie Bors

Elizabeth Osborn Honored as USEF Vaulter of the Year; Isabelle Parker Named Coach of the Year

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced that Elizabeth Osborn of the Woodside Vaulters equestrian vaulting club has won the prestigious title of Vaulter of the Year. Osborn’s coach, Isabelle Bibbler Parker, was named USEF Coach of the Year. Osborn and Parker will receive their awards on January 16 at a ceremony during the USEF’s Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, OH.

Osborn is the 2008 USEF/American Vaulting Association (AVA) Gold Level Reserve National Champion. During the 2008 National Championships, she also earned an AVA Gold Medal with Honors, achieving the highest level of recognition in the sport in the U.S. by earning top scores from two international judges on her compulsory exercises and freestyle moves.

Parker, Head Coach of Woodside Vaulters, commented, “I am very proud of Elizabeth for winning this award. Her achievements this year were very impressive. She consistently performed at a high level during a long and demanding competition season in the U.S. and Europe. In particular, at the 2008 World Vaulting Championships in Brno, Czech Republic, in August, she was the highest scoring vaulter on the U.S. team, which placed first in the compulsory round.”



USEF Annual Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

For more information on sponsorships, please contact Scott Carling at [email protected].

The United States Equestrian Federation's 2009 Annual Meeting will take place January 14-18 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, OH. Registration for this year’s annual meeting is $55 per person. This includes all breakfast and lunch functions as well as registration materials. The deadline to get the discounted registration rate of $55 is December 19. Should you want to register on site, registration will be $80. Please note: registration will close at the end of business on December 19 and reopen on site January 13 at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets for the Pegasus and Horse of the Year Awards Receptions and Dinners are also available. Please note that these events have switched dates. The Horse of the Year Awards will now take place on Friday and the Pegasus Awards will take place on Saturday.

For more information on the schedule, hotel, travel, directions and other details, please visit the USEF website at www.usef.org.


USEF Partners with Moxie Equestrian as “Official Awards Cooler” for 2009

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announces a new partnership for 2009 with Moxie Equestrian, Inc., as the “Official Awards Cooler of the USEF.” Custom-made Moxie coolers will be awarded at all USEF National Championships and to all Horse of the Year Grand Champions. Moxie’s coolers are unique in their use of high-performance fabrics that provide absolute functionality.



Piroplasmosis Protocol Developed for 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

After years of research and planning, a much-awaited plan that allows piroplasmosis positive horses to compete in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) was announced at November’s FEI General Assembly, by the World Games 2010 Foundation in coordination with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The Games will be held in Lexington, KY, at the Kentucky Horse Park September 25-October 10, 2010.



Register Soon for USEF's Two Combined Judges' Clinics

This is a reminder that the United States Equestrian Federation will be conducting two Combined Judges' Clinics for Saddlebred, saddle seat equitation, Hackney and Roadster judges and applicants. The first clinic will be held in conjunction with the United Professional Horsemen's Association Convention on January 7, 2009, in Hilton Head, SC. Space is still available for your registration, but please send your application in soon to avoid being shut out! The second clinic will be held at William Woods University in Fulton, MO, on February 28, 2009, which will include live demonstrations as part of the curriculum. The only 2009 clinic for National Show Horse judges will also be held at William Woods on March 1. For further information and registration application, please visit our website or contact Charles Walker at [email protected] or call (859) 225-6970.


American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention Draws Thousands to San Diego

The American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) 54th Annual Convention united equine practitioners across the globe in San Diego, CA, December 6-10. As the world’s largest meeting for equine veterinarians, the convention provided quality education to 3,201 veterinarians, students and veterinary technicians. Total convention attendance was 6,579.


Chef d'Equipe George Morris
Photo Courtesy of Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament

Horsemastership Training Session in Wellington, FL, Free to Auditors

Auditing is free at the 2009 George Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by Bates Saddles, January 5–9 at the South Grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Grand Prix Ring in Wellington, FL. An unparalleled learning opportunity for session participants and auditors alike, U.S. team riders Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Anne Kursinski and Robert Dover will take turns presenting the clinics since U.S. Chef d'Equipe George Morris, the usual clinician, will be out of the country. Ward, Kraut, Madden and Kursinski will also act as mentor grooms on the session's first day.

The riders invited to participate are: Jessica Springsteen, Chelsea Moss, Victoria Birdsall, and Jacqueline Lubrano (all based on their Bates Equitation rankings); high-ranking West Coast riders Shelby Wakeman and Sophie Benjamin; USEF National Junior Jumper Individual Champion Taylor Land; and Matthew Metell, a "wild card" choice based on his performance.


More Hunter/ Jumper News

Submit Saddlebred Record Applications Before February 2009 Fee Adjustment

The American Saddlebred Registry has announced a change in the fee required for submitting Saddlebred Record Applications. The current application fee of $50, which has remained without increase for well over 10 years, will be adjusted to $75, effective February 1, 2009.


More Saddlebred News

Make Plans Now for the 2009 United Professional Horsemen's Association and American Hackney Horse Society Convention

The 2009 United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) and American Hackney Horse Society Annual Convention will be held at the Westin Resort and Spa in Hilton Head Island, SC, Thursday, January 8, through Saturday, January 10, 2009. A special room rate of $99 is available per night ($119 for an ocean view) with reference to the convention. Visit www.uphaonline.com/resources/2009_convention/convention_registration.pdf for the convention registration and schedule of events. To download the hotel reservation form, visit www.uphaonline.com/resources/2009_convention/westin_hillton_head_resrv_form.pdf.

For more information, contact Karen Richardson at the UPHA office at (859) 231-5070, or visit the UPHA Web site at www.uphaonline.com.

WTP MemberPerks

Give the Gift of Peace of Mind this Holiday Season!

USEF partners with USRider in an effort to further enhance the safety of USEF members who travel with horses.

USRider provides emergency roadside assistance and towing services for horse owners. Unlike other travel assistance programs, USRider will arrange towing services for a loaded trailer and arrange stabling for horses, if necessary, while a vehicle is being repaired.

USEF members who join USRider will receive an exclusive $10 discount on USRider’s roadside assistance plan’s annual membership fee.

To kick off the new relationship, in addition to the annual membership savings, USRider will discount the activation fee by $10 (from $29 to $19) for USEF members who join USRider from December 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009.

For more information about the USRider Equestrian Motor Plan, visit online at www.usrider.org or call 1-800-844-1409 and use promo code USEF09.




Fifth International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot Announced

Mark your calendars and register early for the Fifth International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot (ILC), November 6-8, 2009. Registration, program, presenter information and exhibitor information is available online at www.laminitisconference.com.



FEI Clean Sport Commission Moves Ahead

FEI Anti-Doping and Medication Commission Chair Arne Ljungqvist, FEI First Vice President Sven Holmberg and FEI Secretary General Alexander McLin met on December 16 to plot the way forward for the Commission recently established by the FEI General Assembly.

The subject matter to be addressed by the Commission’s members is vast and falls into the broad categories of policy, legislation, education, communication, prevention, evidence, prosecution, adjudication, and financing.



Attention all USEF Members

Good news awaits when you renew your membership online for 2009! If you were an amateur, professional or junior member in 2007 or 2008, you will be able to renew online using our new Quick Renewal. Just sign in to your My USEF My Way My Account and select the Quick Renew option. All of your membership information will be there. All you have to do is review it; edit it, if necessary; submit payment; and print out a copy of your 2009 card.

In addition, the membership process has been further streamlined by doing away with the breed/discipline dues. The new USEF Competing Equestrian Membership due for all Senior Active and Junior Active members is $55. With that, you will be able to participate at all USEF Licensed Competitions, as well as receive automatic insurance and MemberPerks.

There are also two new member categories for individuals not participating in USEF Licensed Competitions. The USEF Equestrian ($35) includes the automatic insurance and access to the MemberPerks program, while the Club Equestrian ($15) includes access to MemberPerks.

If you have any questions about the new memberships, please call one of our Customer Care Agents at (859) 258-2472.


Please Read—Important Information about Your Membership Card

Once your membership has been processed you will be sent a membership card as well as key fobs. You are required to present proof of current USEF membership in order to compete in USEF Licensed Competitions. If you do not have your membership card, a key fob, or a copy of your membership card, you will be required to pay a $30 non-refundable non-member fee. You can print a copy of your card from www.usef.org. Please note, effective 12/01/08 you will no longer be able to sign a membership affidavit in lieu of paying the non-member fee.

Your USEF membership also verifies your amateur status. If you wish to compete in amateur classes and you have not presented proof of USEF membership with Amateur Certification, you will also be charged the non-member amateur fee of $30.

Competitions that are also recognized by an Affiliate organization may require membership in the Affiliate organization to be eligible to compete. You may be required to show proof of membership in the Affiliate organization, e.g. USHJA, USDF, USEA, AHA, AMHA, ASHA, IALHA, AHHS, IFSHA and others.

USEF Membership information can be verified online, however, should the competition office not have the opportunity to verify your membership information online, you will be assessed the relevant non-member fees.


Check Your Points in the Farnam®/Platform™ USEF Horse of the Year Program

Do not wait until the end of the year! Your points are already online.

Please check your points and standings in your respective division(s) by:

  • Calling the Horse Report Hotline at (859) 258-2472, or
  • Ordering a copy of your horse’s point report via e-mail or mail (faxed copies will incur an additional charge), or
  • Checking your standings online.
Current Standings of a Few National Champion Divisions (as of December 18, 2008)
Andalusian/Lusitano Youth Centello H Jessie Shields
Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open C.A. Napostar Shelley Sutter
Pleasure Driving Single Pony Smoke Sherri Dolan
Friesian Saddle Seat Jolmer Fan Tusken De Dobbin Friesian Thunder
Hackney Roadster Pony Amateur
Regal's Star Attraction LF Jeoff Bodenhorst
Half-/Anglo-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open
Crackerjack NA Brianne Parsons

Green Conformation Hunter

As Always

Becky Gochman

Six-Year-Old Jumper Da Vinci Robert Castro
Morgan Hunter Pleasure Open Be My Rocky Mount Barbara Nesse
National Show Horse Five-Gaited Major Good Rosemarie Pelfrey
Roadster Horse To Bike Mr's Bones Charles Jones
American Saddlebred Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor She's Fancy Free Rachel Vetter
Welsh Pony Adult Hunter Glynhafan Hermione

Elizabeth Hofer

Trail Junior Exhibitor Lucky Charm Shannon Lana Vuillemot
Joining the program is as easy as filling out an application, which may be found on the USEF website here, or may be obtained at any recognized horse show, or by contacting the USEF office at (859) 258-2472.


Take a holiday from interest payments!

Leave the interest payments behind this holiday season, with the United States Equestrian Federation Visa ® Platinum Card, now offering 0% APR for 12 billing cycles*! Wrap up great holiday memories with this unique card, knowing you’ll pay no interest until next winter. The United States Equestrian Federation Visa is perfect for holiday shopping, but you need to switch now to save. Plus, you’ll benefit our organization and earn great rewards with every purchase!

0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 billing cycles*

The United States Equestrian Federation Visa ® Platinum Card alsoprovides great benefits, including:

  • No annual fee
  • Your choice of benefits and rewards
  • A percentage of every purchase goes directly to the United States Equestrian Federation

This Visa Platinum card issued by U.S. Bank is now the only card that supports the United States Equestrian Federation. Upon receiving your new card, we receives a payment from U.S. Bank and then we will continue to receive a percentage of each net purchase you make on your card. This helps us continue to fund important programs and activities.

Click here to apply today or call 1-800-853-5576, x9244.

Hurry, offer ends December 31, 2008.

*Click product name for terms and conditions: Signature, Platinum, Cash Rewards, Select Rewards. The 0% introductory APR does not apply to Cash Advances or the College Rewards Visa Card and is valid for the first twelve billing cycles on Purchases and Balance Transfers. Thereafter, the APR may vary, and as of 9/30/08, the undiscounted variable APR for Purchases and Balance Transfers is 9.24%-20.24% (depending on your credit history).The variable APR for Purchases and Balance Transfers or any Delinquency Rate then in effect will apply to any outstanding balances after the promotional period ends. For updated rate information, call 1-866-322-7989.The variable APR for Cash Advances is 21.24%-26.24%. We apply your payments to balances with lower APRs first. There is a variable Delinquency Rate APR of 29.24% if your payment is late or you are over the limit. Cash Advance Fee: 4%, $10 minimum. Convenience Check Advance Fee: 3%, $5 minimum. Overdraft Protection: Advances posting as Overdraft Protection are subject to a fee of $10 per occurrence. Cash Equivalent Fee: 4%, $20 minimum. No Balance Transfer Fees for balances transferred with this application. Thereafter 3%, $5 minimum. There is a $2 minimum finance charge where interest is due and a $2.50 Closed Account Management Fee if you voluntarily close your account with a balance. Foreign Transaction Fee: less than or equal to 3% of the amount of your transaction in U.S. dollars. The Late Payment Fee is $19 for balances less than $100, $29 for balances of $100–$250, and $39 for balances of $250 and higher.

The creditor and issuer of the Visa Platinum card is the U.S. Bank National Association ND.


The United States Equestrian Federation®, Inc. (USEF), as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 20 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 90,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.


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.

©2008, United States Equestrian Federation®, Inc.
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