December 31, 2013

Live USEF Network Coverage of the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by USHJA
 Has Begun

USEF Network is in Wellington, Fla. for the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session. It's a new year tradition, and an outstanding way to learn from the best. Watch twelve of America's top young equestrians learn from George Morris, Anne Kursinski, and others about riding, stable management, and veterinary and farrier care. It's a chance to learn a little, or get a refresher as the 2014 show season begins...and enjoy the colorful teachings of the legendary horseman and former U.S. Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe, George Morris.

Watch live today through Sunday at
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FEI Introduces New and Revised Dressage Tests Effective January 1, 2014

Blog - Western Dressage: A Classic Sport Wears a New Hat

Tuesday December 31st - Saturday January 4th
check during the week for further information and for broadcast times. 
JumpingUSEF Names Phase I Short List Show Jumping Athletes for 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Lexington, Ky.- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named four show jumping athletes to Phase I of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In accordance with the Selection Procedures for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Show Jumping Team, the four highest ranked athletes on the December 6, 2013 Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Average Ranking List have been named to the Short more> 

Furnas Replaces Severson on USEF Eventing Selection Committee, Dawson Named as Substitute Selector

Lexington, Ky. - The USEF Executive Committee and the High Performance Working Group have approved a replacement recommended by the Eventing Eligible Athletes and the Eventing High Performance Committees to the Eventing Selection Committee. Kim Severson will be replaced by Deborah Furnas on the committee, while Phyllis Dawson has been named as a substitute selector.

Following a fifth-place finish at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*, a USEF Selection Trials for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Severson plans to contest the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover. In November, she was named to the National List with her own Fernhill Fearless and will take part in High Performance Winter/Spring Training Sessions with U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O' more> 

DressageFEI Introduces New and Revised Dressage Tests Effective January 1, 2014
Lexington, Ky. - The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced revised and new dressage tests that will come into effect January 1, 2014. The FEI has revised its Intermediate II, Grand Prix, and Grand Prix Special, which will be applied at the start of the 2014 competition season.

Additionally, a Medium Tour has been announced to assist horse-and-rider combinations transition from the Small Tour to the Big Tour. The Medium Tour will utilize the newly introduced Intermediate A and B Tests and may be offered at either CDI Events and/or USEF/USDF Dressage Competitions.

These new and revised tests will impact USEF and USDF programs and championships as outlined here.
Road to WEG: Para-Equestrian Dressage
Photo:Shannon Brinkman

The Basics

Para-equestrian dressage is the only equestrian discipline that is included in the Paralympic Games, where it has been a fixture since 1996. With the idea of creating opportunities for all people with disabilities to compete and achieve their goals in equestrian sport, athletes are classified according to the level of their disability/impairment, so as to provide for meaningful competition. In 2006, the Para-Equestrian sport joined the ranks of the other seven disciplines regulated by the FEI. 

All rules and regulations with regards to competition venues and testing are governed by the same principles as other disciplines. The formula for the shows is the same as dressage shows with Freestyle tests and also tests where the athletes follow a set more>

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BlogWestern Dressage: A Classic Sport Wears a New Hat
By Jennifer M. Keeler for the WDAA

A five-part series to learn more about the exciting new discipline of Western Dressage

Part 1:  What is Western Dressage? 


When most equestrians think of "dressage", they envision the graceful harmony of beautiful horses with riders clad in top hats and tails, dancing together through musical freestyles in an Olympic stadium. But now, an increasing number of competitors entering dressage arenas will be wearing Western hats and boots with their horses outfitted in stock saddles. What's going on?

"Western Dressage" may be the hottest new discipline in equestrian sport, but it's based on concepts which are centuries old. Commonly translated from a French term meaning "training" of horses, some principles of classical dressage date back to ancient Greece. Today, in addition to modern dressage competition, these principles continue to be widely applauded as a foundation of training for horses competing in almost every sport; some disciplines such as combined driving and eventing even include dressage as part of their multi-phase more>

Heritage Gloves and USEF Renew Partnership
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Heritage Gloves have signed an agreement ensuring that Heritage will remain the USEF's officially endorsed glove manufacturer. Heritage Gloves will continue to be the "Official Riding Gloves of the United States Equestrian Federation" and USEF members will continue to benefit from the support of a premier equestrian more>
Deusser and Cornet d'Amour Turn on the Magic at Mechelen
By Louise Parkes for FEI

Germany's Daniel Deusser produced a fabulous performance from Cornet d'Amour to win the sixth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2013/2014 Western European League series at Mechelen, Belgium Monday. From a starting field of 40, only four horse-and-rider combinations found the key to Lucien Somers' tough first-round track. But the 32-year-old rider and his graceful grey gelding were smooth as silk when earning their spot in the jump-off, and they went on to clinch victory in the finest style with a thrilling run against the clock.


Runner-up was Sweden's Jens Fredricson with his veteran partner, Lunatic, while Spain's Pilar Cordon finished third with Nuage Bleu. Last to go against the clock, 2000 Olympic champion Jeroen Dubbeldam from The Netherlands retired after lowering a fence with Zenith, but this nine-year-old gelding is clearly one for the future. Australia's Edwina Tops-Alexander did well to play the percentage game with Ego van Orti whose single first-round time penalty was good enough for fifth place ahead of the fastest of the four-faulters - Great Britain's Joe Clee and Diablesse de more>



Volunteers Needed for ASHA Riding Instructor Council
from ASHA

The ASHA Riding Lesson Committee is in search of volunteers for the new Riding Instructor Council.


Volunteers are needed from each USEF Region to act as a support council for new riding instructors in their area, as well as collecting information that can help increase American Saddlebred lesson programs and promotion of the breed.


The deadline to volunteer is January 5, 2014, and final members of the council will be chosen by the ASHA Riding Lesson Committee. For more information and to volunteer please contact, Michelle Krentz Partridge at

2014 Ballot Correction
from AMHA

In spite of our best efforts, a clerical error was inadvertently sent out on your 2014 Annual Election Ballot.

The errors on the ballot include the following under bylaws 4.5:

  1. The 'A' at the beginning of the second sentence is underlined to indicate that it is an addition to the sentence.
  2. An 'A' with an underline was omitted at the start of the last (third) sentence and the word 'Director' was shown as the plural form ("Directors").

Amendment of Article IV, bylaw more> 




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