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December 19, 2011
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

USEF Offices will be closed December 26-January 1 in observance of the holidays. There will be no Week in Review next week.

2011 Lifetime Achievement Award

James "Jim" Wofford.
Photo Courtesy James Wofford.

Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is proud to announce the names of five equestrians who have been selected to receive the year's most coveted awards. Presented by the USEF, the Lifetime Achievement Award, Junior Equestrian of the Year, and the Pegasus Medals of Honor will be presented during the Pegasus Awards gala on Saturday, January 14, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Additionally, the Equestrian of the Year Award will be announced at the Pegasus Awards.

Read More and Meet the Junior Equestrian of the Year, and Pegasus Medals of Honor> 

2011 Equestrian of the Year

McCutcheon 2010 wins
Tom McCutcheon, 2010 Equestrian of the Year, at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Photo: Shannon Brinkman.

Lexington, KY - Voting is now open for the coveted 2011 USEF Equestrian of the Year, which, following decades of tradition comes at the end of the 2011 competition year and is announced when the horse world meets at the United States Equestrian Federation's annual Pegasus Awards celebration in January. Known as the USEF Equestrians of Honor, eight stars of equestrian sport -across breed and discipline - each recently received a unique competitive trophy.

Meet the Equestrian of the Year Nominees>

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2011 Horse of the Year

Gunners Special Nite (Shannon Brinkman/USEF).
Double Gold Medalist Gunners Special Nite Named 2010 Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year Photo: Shannon Brinkman/USEF.

Lexington, KY - To reach the highest level of excellence in equestrian sport takes talent, perseverance, a tremendous spirit and often, unwavering courage. In 2011, six horses have shown the world those qualities and more. And on January 13, 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. This year - a change from years past - both a national and international horse will win.The six champions have earned their place on the elite list as USEF Horses of Honor, and each will be ...

Meet the Horse of the Year Candidates> 

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The Gold United States Para-Equestrian Team (Pictured Left to Right: USEF Director Pam Lane, Chef d'equipe Missy Ransehousen, Rebecca Hart, Erin Alberda, Mary Jordan, and in front, Donna Ponessa).
Photo: Lindsay Y McCall.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - When the United States Para-Equestrian Team flew Down Under for the 2011 Melbourne CPEDI3* (held at Werribee Park National Equestrian Center), they were prepared to give it their all. This competition was not just about top scores but it was an opportunity to earn team spots for the 2012 Paralympics held in London, England. With outstanding performances each day, the United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team captured their third Team Gold within a four-month period. The impressive Gold Para-Equestrian Dressage Team consisted of ...
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Wellington, FL - Coaches representing the four main governing bodies of collegiate riding will host seminars for the young riders at this year's College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) Horse Show. Representatives from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), American National Riding Commission (ANRC), Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA), and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), will all be on hand. Presenting its second annual event, the 2012 CPI will be held January 13-15 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. 

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Weanling Trophy
The All American Cup pays through 16 places - the most places ever paid in any Saddlebred competitions.

Shelbyville, KY - The Ninth Annual All American Cup (AAC) Stallion Review and Auction will be held at Claudia Sanders Restaurant in Shelbyville, KY, on Saturday, January 21. Dinner and festive activities are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. A total of 175 stallion services are set to be auctioned by Walt Robertson starting at 6 p.m. The list of stallions, reservation forms, and absentee bid forms are available at ...
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Leibler and Watson 108 Second in Freestyle at the FEI Young Rider World Cup Dressage Final in Germany

Isabelle Leibler and Watson 108 National Young Rider Dressage Championships.
Photo: SusanJStickle.com.

Lexington, KY - Isabelle Leibler and Watson 108 came in second in Sunday's B Final in the Freestyle, representing the U.S. at the FEI Young Rider World Cup Dressage Final in Frankfurt, Germany. Leibler (Greenwich, CT) scored 68.700 on the 14-year-old Westphalian gelding, just behind Simona Aeberhard, representing Switzerland.

Leibler and Watson 108 were invited to represent the U.S. at the 2011 Finals after ...

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Hunter Jumper

New Point Increment System Highlights the USHJA Annual Meeting

USHJANew Orleans, LA - After decades of discussion, debate and consternation, the current increment system-the way points are calculated when a horse places in a class at a rated competition-was successfully revamped.

"It's something that's not happened in our lifetimes," noted United States Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney. "This is a massive change. The beauty of this system is how easily it's understood. This rule change had unanimous support, too; it's what the sport wants." 

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Industry News

Courtney King Dye Eaby
Courtney King Dye.
Sharon Packer/HorseSportsPhoto.

Lexington, KY - The popular helmet awareness campaign, Riders4Helmets, is pleased to announce that an eBay store to raise funds for 2008 U.S. Olympian Courtney King Dye's Medical Fund is now open. The store will operate for one week only and all proceeds will be donated to the King-Dye Medical Fund. King-Dye suffered a traumatic brain injury in March 2012 following an accident while riding without a helmet, and is now an avid supporter of the Riders4Helmets campaign, having been vocal in support of helmet wearing since the accident. A moving video of the Olympian opened the 2nd Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium held this past July at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. The video, which is available at ...

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AMHAShelburne, VT - The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) is pleased to announce the inception of a new pilot program, the Champion Title Program, where Morgan horse champions can apply to receive the status of CH (champion) or GCH (grand champion). The program, which begins with the 2012 competition year ...

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