January 2012

  • Dressage News Notes Brought to You By Back On Track

    Written by Elizabeth Ruggiero

    Dressage News Notes for the week of January 23-27, 2012. The World Dressage Masters CDI5* this weekend at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center is a sell out for general admission tickets as the American dressage fans are eager to see our North American stars go at it with some of Europes finest including two favorites for the team Gold in London! Speaking of the Olympics, the U.S. riders are gearing up for the selection trials to be held in Gladstone in June and the Para-equestrians are also looking ahead to their own selection trials for the Paralympics to be held after the London Olympic Games. Sweden's Patrik Kittel has a new ride and wait to you see who it is! The Bechtolsheimers have lost their former Olympic horse Giorgione at the ripe old age of 30!

  • Para Normal Activity in Palm Beach Continues at Wellington Dressage Sunshine Classic Challenge January 27-29, 2012

    Written by Holly Jacobson
    Finland's Katja Karjalainen paired with Margie Engle's former Grand Prix champion jumper Hidden Creek Jones on loan from the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center
    Finland's Katja Karjalainen paired with Margie Engle's former Grand Prix champion jumper Hidden Creek Jones on loan from the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center

    Wellington, Fl - Para means parallel and para dressage riders from the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Finland, Mexico and Japan competing alongside their able-bodied counterparts for the first time in Wellington at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, is not only giving riders a boost to compete in the equine epicenter but is giving the dressage community an eye opener to what is possible as well. "It's not sad, it is sport," insists FEI5* judge Hanneke Gerritsen. Para dressage is high stakes competition as individuals riders seek qualifying scores for selection trials and team scores for the London Paralympics later this year, where Para Dressage is the only equestrian discipline on the Games. American and Canadian teams will again contest top honors this week. With wheelchairs and canes left ringside, once on their horses, para riders join the ranks of normal competitors: focused, skilled, striving for accuracy and consistent harmony with their partners.

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  • Wellness Wednesday - Fit not Fat: Balancing a Healthy Weight in Performance Horses

    Written by Tigger Montague, Formulator (BioStar EQ)
    Photo: Rebecca Arnold
    Photo: Rebecca Arnold

    A couple of years ago a European dressage judge who was judging for the first time in the US, looked out to the warm up arenas and commented to the scribe: “there are a lot of fat dressage horses in America.” The number of fat horses in the US is increasing; whether they be dressage, pleasure, or show hunters, according to the Maryland Cooperative Extension at the University of Maryland. Horses with a high body fat percentage are at greater risk for laminitis, hyperlipidemia, heat stress, oxidative stress, increased stress on joints and connective tissue, and decreased athletic performance.

  • Extraordinary Passion Was the Theme at the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program

    Written by Dr. Jenny R. Susser, Sport Psychologist
    Dr. Jenny R. Susser, Sport Psychologist
    Dr. Jenny R. Susser, Sport Psychologist

    The Emerging Dressage Athlete Program (EDAP) is an amazing new program developed by Lendon Gray and Robert Dover to improve the quality of our Young Riders to impact the future success of US Dressage. Modeled after the US Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Athlete Program, EDAP fills an incredible void in the US Dressage community. Robert Dover has been calling this program a “game changer” and after spending some time with this program, he is right! I was fortunate enough to be invited to participate in the weeklong Robert Dover Horse-Mastership Clinic in Wellington. I have been involved in Dressage4Kids, Lendon’s program for riders under the age of 21 and with a mission to create riders that are true horsemen.

  • Texan Young Dressage Rider Shares The Highlights at The Robert Dover Horsemanship Week

    Written by Ayden Uhlir

    One of the auditors selected to attend the first annual Emerging Dressage Athlete’s Program was 16-year–old Ayden Uhir from Texas.Uhir was invited to attend by Lendon Gray after she participated in a clinic in Region 9, Texas. Here is Ayden account and some photos of her week, December 26-January 1, in Wellington, Florida
    My first days at the Emerging Dressage Athletes Robert Dover Mastership Clinic were like a roller coaster ride; full of extreme highs and big curves. I remember arriving in sunny Wellington on Christmas Day. My mom and I had spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day driving in from Texas. I was a little sad about missing the holidays but we tried to make the journey festive by hanging dozens of paper snowflakes to make it look like it was snowing inside our car! After 23 hours in the car together we were happy to arrive at Jennifer Baumert’s home. She had agreed to let us stay with her family and even included us in their family holiday festivities. When she told me I would be sleeping in Courtney King-Dyes’ old room I was elated.

  • The Dressage Connection Presents Must-Have Equestrian Fashion On The Catwalk During Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Equestrian of the Year Celebration

    Written by Jan Westmark
    Charles and Lisa Tota of The Dressage Connection on the catwalk
    Charles and Lisa Tota of The Dressage Connection on the catwalk

    Wellington, FL (January 24, 2012) – Watch out New York and London, there’s are a new group of supermodels strutting their stuff on the catwalk. The talented and dazzling supermodels showed off their fashionable side at the Player’s Club recently, taking part in a fashion show for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Equestrian of the Year” Celebration. The Dressage Connection, a premier Wellington dressage store owned by Charles and Lisa Tota, presented the fashion show with a group of well-known dressage riders serving as their models. “We had a great evening at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s ‘Equestrian of the Year’ Celebration, and the fashion show was fantastic,” said Lisa Tota. “Our glamorous supermodels, who all double as talented dressage riders, really got into the spirit of the evening and swirled and glittered their way down the catwalk. The audience loved it and each supermodel was absolutely radiant.”

  • World Dressage Masters Palm Beach: European Horses Arrive at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

    Written by Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
     John Flanagan, organizer of the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach, greets Anja Plönzke and Le Mont d'Or who just arrived on the grounds for the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach.
    John Flanagan, organizer of the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach, greets Anja Plönzke and Le Mont d'Or who just arrived on the grounds for the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach.

    Be sure to watch Live Coverage of the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach CDI5* on the USEFNetwork.com! Coverage on Saturday includes the Grand Prix Special at 2pm (EST) and the Grand Prix Freestyle at 7:30pm (EST)! January 23, 2012 - Wellington, FL- Four European horses arrived at the venue for the 2012 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach on Sunday afternoon, following their release from quarantine in Miami. Charlotte Dujardin's Valegro (GBR), Carl Hester's Wie Atlantico (GBR), Anja Plönzke's Le Mont D'Or (GER) and Minna Telde's Deinhardt (SWE) all came off the transport truck looking eager and well rested. Transport of the WDM horses from Europe and California was provided by The Dutta Corp. International Horse Transport. For Valegro, the flight to Miami was his first time on an airplane.

  • Don't Miss It! USPRE Featured on Doversworld with Robert Dover Tonight

    Written by USPRE
    Photo: Cealy Tetley
  • Equestrian Sport Productions Welcomes Generous Sponsors To the 2012 Global Dressage Festival

    Wellington, FL - The Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world's largest international and national dressage circuits. It features five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations' Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events beginning February 2 through April 15, 2012. Throughout the season, management group Equestrian Sport Productions will thank and promote the GDF sponsors, as the success of this event would not be possible without their generous support. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome these sponsors.

    Founding Sponsors:
    Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family
    Diamante Farms, Wellington, FL, The Kane Family
    Janet Richardson-Pearson and William F. Pearson of Chesapeake Dressage Institute, Annapolis, MD
    Magnolia Farm, Wellington, FL, Joseph and Gaye Scarpa
    Stillpoint Farm, Wellington, FL, The Page Family
    United States P.R.E. Association (USPRE), Fruitport, MI
    Wellington Equestrian Realty, Rob and Chris Desino and Matt Varney

  • Canada Prevails Over USA at Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3*

    Written by Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
    Champion Canada Team (L to R) Chef d'Equipe Elizabeth Quigg-Robsinon, Madison Lawson, Lauren Barwick, Ashley Gowanlock, and Jody Schloss
    Champion Canada Team (L to R) Chef d'Equipe Elizabeth Quigg-Robsinon, Madison Lawson, Lauren Barwick, Ashley Gowanlock, and Jody Schloss

    Wellington, FL -January 22, 2012 - For dressage enthusiasts there is not a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than watching F.E.I. level freestyle competition. As was the case at the final day of the Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3* where para-equestrian dressage riders exhibited their energizing freestyles and where team and individual awards were presented. Capturing the title of 2012 Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3* was the Canadian Team followed by The United States Team in second. Topping each Grade division overall was Jody Schloss (CAN) and Inspector Rebus in Grade Ia, Ashley Gowanlock (CAN) and Ferdonia 2 in Grade Ib, Lauren Barwick (CAN) and Off to Paris in Grade II, Eleanor Brimmer (USA) and Carino H in Grade III, and James Dwyer (IRE) with Orlando in Grade IV.

World Equestrian Games 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:06
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Team USA had nothing but good things to say about the WEG Prep Trials in the press conference following cross country at Great Meadow, and Kim Severson went so far as to declare this the best final outing the team has ever had. “If I was still a selector, I’d be very pleased with today,” Kim said, which is high praise coming from a rider who has...
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:00
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM turned in the fastest time of the day on cross country at Great Meadow, picking up just .4 time penalties with a cracking round. But it wasn’t quite enough to catch Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice, who ultimately clinched the win in the WEG Prep Trials with a clear trip and 1.2 time penalties to win by just .2...
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 16:50
Helen Murray, USEF
The Plains, VA -  A successful weekend at the  Preparation Event for the Squad and Alternates for Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games wrapped up Sunday morning with 11 U.S. combinations completing David O'Connor's cross country. Crowds of 3,500 people came from throughout the...
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 15:29
Helen Murray for USEF
The Plains, VA - Great Meadow is set to host elite eventing combinations July 26th and 27th as the Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and alternates take part in their official Preparation Event. The U.S. combinations will be joined Canadian horses and riders as they too will use the...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:12
Sidelines Blogs - Lauren
We’re at the half-way mark, hump Wednesday, en route to the return of world-class eventing to Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia, the spectacular setting for this weekend’s Great Meadow World Equestrian Games Prep Trial, July 26-27. Great Meadow’s brilliant showcase of 15 stellar horses and riders features the members of the Land Rover US 3-Day...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:43
On July 26th and 27th Great Meadow will host the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team (USET) 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Prep Trials, along with an exclusive VIP Dinner the evening of July 26th to benefit Great Meadow and the USET Foundation. The prep trials will serve as the final groundwork for the upcoming Alltech FEI WEG in...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:21
Sidelines Blogs - Lauren
This is so cool!!! We are tickled red, white and blue for the USA 3-Day WEG team and alternates and their magnificient horses who will be showcased July 26 & 27 at Great Meadow, The Plains, VA, in the mandatory final outing before they go to Normandy, France to compete in the 2014 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games.

Best of all,...

Eventing

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:06
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Team USA had nothing but good things to say about the WEG Prep Trials in the press conference following cross country at Great Meadow, and Kim Severson went so far as to declare this the best final outing the team has ever had. “If I was still a selector, I’d be very pleased with today,” Kim said, which is high praise coming from a rider who has...
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:00
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM turned in the fastest time of the day on cross country at Great Meadow, picking up just .4 time penalties with a cracking round. But it wasn’t quite enough to catch Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice, who ultimately clinched the win in the WEG Prep Trials with a clear trip and 1.2 time penalties to win by just .2...
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 16:50
Helen Murray, USEF
The Plains, VA -  A successful weekend at the  Preparation Event for the Squad and Alternates for Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games wrapped up Sunday morning with 11 U.S. combinations completing David O'Connor's cross country. Crowds of 3,500 people came from throughout the...
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 15:29
Helen Murray for USEF
The Plains, VA - Great Meadow is set to host elite eventing combinations July 26th and 27th as the Squad for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and alternates take part in their official Preparation Event. The U.S. combinations will be joined Canadian horses and riders as they too will use the...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 16:00
Lynndee Kemmett
College was initially on David Ziegler’s mind when he graduated from high school. Only problem was he couldn’t figure out what to study. He changed his mind about his major on a weekly basis, which led his frustrated mother to give him this advice: “Just go ride and figure it out.” David took his mother’s advice and as he put it, “and here we...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:38
FEI Communications
Tommy Brennan, the legendary Irish Olympic event rider and championship course designer, has passed away after a short illness. He was 74.
 
Tommy Brennan was born in Kilkenny on 29 January 1940 and grew up on the family farm at Dunnamaggin, where his love of horses started at an early age. He hunted with the local Co Kilkenny...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:12
Sidelines Blogs - Lauren
We’re at the half-way mark, hump Wednesday, en route to the return of world-class eventing to Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia, the spectacular setting for this weekend’s Great Meadow World Equestrian Games Prep Trial, July 26-27. Great Meadow’s brilliant showcase of 15 stellar horses and riders features the members of the Land Rover US 3-Day...

Reining and Western Riding

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 13:11
Louise Parkes
The Italians proved unbeatable for gold at the FEI European Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 2014 which drew to a close at Givrins in Switzerland yesterday. Last year they scored a hat-trick on home ground in Manerbio, but this year they went one better and swept all before them. The Championships took place at the state-of-the...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 11:14
USEF Communication
Lexington, Ky. - The top youth reiners in the U.S. went head-to-head on June 28 at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., to stake their claim on coveted National Titles in the Adequan/USEF Youth Reining National Championship. At the competition held in conjunction with the NRHA Derby, Amanda Hurd claimed top honors in the 14-18 division...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 06:19
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, -166 of the nation's leading middle school and high school equestrians competed at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 26-28, 2014. The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) student-riders competed in the Western discipline during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. The...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 16:06
Wellington, FL - Hundreds of spectators gathered at Polo West on Saturday for a night of fast-paced barrel racing as Horse Show By Appointment (HSBA) and PoloGear® teamed up for the second of five events in their summer exhibition series. While watching more than 60 barrel racers of all levels battle it out for the quickest time, visitors could...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 05:04
AQHA News
The American Quarter Horse Association, - Take Me Riding, the world’s most revolutionary effort to introduce children to a wonderful world of horses, is now available. Take Me Riding is an all-breeds “edutainment experience” for children ages 5 to 9 found online at www.TakeMeRiding.com. “It’s refreshing how leaders in the horse industry have...
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:18
HorseCity.com
Amy Bell, of Dennis, Texas, died suddenly and unexpectedly Friday morning, May 16, in a Tulsa, Okla., hospital, a few hours before she expected to compete with two of her horses at the ongoing Breeder’s Invitational cutting. Bell, the 33-year-old daughter of Larry and Ellen, of Midland, Texas, managed the family-owned Kalpowar Quarter Horses...
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 13:47
Equine Canada
Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Reining Committee is thrilled to announce the appointment of the highly coveted and internationally experienced coach and judge, Lyne Laforme of Mont St Hilaire, QC as the Chef d'Equipe to lead the Reining Team heading to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, FR. "The CRC is proud to announce the...

Driving

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 16:12
By Andrew Minnick
Aachen, Germany - A fantastic four-in-hand driving season for American star Chester Weber got even better on Saturday with a hard-earned win at CHIO Aachen. The CAIO4* field full of international talent and former world champions, and the crowd of spectators at the historic show, made the weekend's win one of the biggest of Weber's career. With...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:35
Aachen, Germany – In keeping with his nickname “Mr. Dressage,” Chester Weber and his team of KWPN geldings owned by himself and Jane Forbes Clark took an early lead at the prestigious CAIO4* in Aachen. Weber topped the Individual Driven Dressage with a score of 35.67, the only score below 40. Due to inclement weather at Aachen over the past...
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:19
Exciting competitions, an excellent atmosphere and top world-class sport – that is the most apt description of the vaulting competitions at the CHIO Aachen. The Saturday (July 12th) and the Sunday (July 13th) are both completely sold-out and there are only a few tickets left for today (July 11th). For those, who can't make it to the Albert-Vahle...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 15:22
Cindy Timmer
Sandringham Estate (GBR), the much-loved country retreat of HM The Queen, provided the gorgeous backdrop for the ninth FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships which took place last weekend. Germany was the strongest nation taking home the team title as well as individual gold in Grade II thanks to the 27-year old Alexandra Röder. Jacques...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 13:52
Suzy Stafford
Coatesville, PA – Champion carriage driver Suzy Stafford is prepared for a busy summer of doing what she loves best—competing in driving competitions and passing her remarkable skills on to others. With a record of victories that includes winning a FEI Live Oak International CDE and the title of World Champion in both Morgan Carriage Driving and...
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 13:30
USEF Communication Department
Sandringham, England- The United States closed out a successful weekend at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England on Sunday by capturing Team Bronze at the 2014 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles and adding Individual Silver to their medal haul. The team of Bob Giles, Virginia "Boo" Fitch, and Diane Kastama kicked off...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:11
USEF Communication Department
Lexington, Ky. - A team of three U.S. drivers and two individuals are set to take on the challenge at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles. Taking place at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England, the championships will run from June 27-29. Virginia "Boo" Fitch, Bob Giles, and Diane Kastama will represent the U.S...

Show Jumping

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:40
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Lexington, KY - June 27, 2014 - As EL Raymond finished his first round course in today's $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, Leslie Campbell could be spotted ringside doing a happy dance and cheering enthusiastically. With Molly Sewell in the irons, her horse had just turned in a beautiful round...
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:29
Alexandra Hill Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Bromont, Quebec - July 27, 2014 - The 2014 International Bromont's final event, the World Cup Qualifier, ended with American riders dominating, as they took seven of the top ten places, including the Top Five.

Designed for testing both the technical and athletic abilities of participating riders, the course created by Venezuela's...
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:23
HITS E-News
Saugerties, NY (July 27, 2014) – Of the six jump-off contenders in Sunday’s $75,000 HITS Grand Prix presented by Zoetis, four boasted the colors of Ireland. Ronan McGuigan, Darragh Kerins, with two horses, and Jonathan McCrea made their home country proud as they bested a field of 29 starters. Try as they might, ultimately neither Kerins nor...
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 09:43
Jessica Rodrigues, R&B Presse
This brilliant edition of the International Jumping of Chantilly comes to an end on a beautiful story, that of Cameron Hanley and Antello Z, winners of the Masters Airbus Group

Two years ago Cameron thought he could never ride again. In 2011, as his career was really taking off with Antello Z, Cameron was victim of a knee injury. Not...
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 17:14
Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications

East Dorset, Vermont — Kathryn Callaghan of Long Island, NY, and Gentle Red won the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Jumper Classic on Sunday, July 27, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.  Callaghan posted one of four double clear rounds over the track set by Canadian course designer Peter Holmes.  Second...
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 17:03
Horse Shows By The Bay

The legendary Happy Z wins her 60th grand prix where it all began and heads into retirement.

Traverse City, MI - July 26, 2014 - Sometimes fate has a way of turning dreams into reality. And today, July 26, Happy Z and Wilhelm Genn lived that dream. On July 31, 2005, Happy Z took home the blue ribbon in the $25,000 Cherry...
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 16:39
HITS E-News
Saugerties, NY (July 26, 2014) – When McLain Ward climbed down from the tack of Dulien Van De Smeets after winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix presented by Zoetis, he didn’t look for congratulations, but marched straight to the mare’s owner, his godmother. Susie Heller stood clutching a winner’s trophy and was scooped up by Ward’s embrace....

Para Dressage

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:44
Ottawa, ON, - The Canadian Para-Equestrian Team were in the top placings on the first day of competition at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* held July 9-11, 2014 in Gloucester, ENG. Riding Double Agent, her seven-year-old Anglo-European Studbook mare, Roberta Sheffield of Lincolnshire, UK won her Grade III team test with 69.000%, and finished in second with Evelyn Little's eight-year-old gelding Dutch Warmblood, Bindro T, with a score of 68.211%. Three-time Paralympian Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC and Equine Canada's 13-year-old Oldenburg mare, Off to Paris, finished in second place in their Grade II team test, scoring 68.824%. Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC and Collegiate Sweet Leilani, M. Kendalyne Overway's 13-year-old Morgan mare, earned a score of 66.360% for seventh i...
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 05:37
Susan and Kamiakin (Photo by SusanJStickle) Kamiakin is the first Spanish Horse ever to have the honor to represent the United States in an international competition. He and his rider Susan Treabess have been selected for the US Para-Equestrian Team that is going to the WEG in Normandy, France. Kamiakin is a P.R.E. Horse bred right here in the United States by Ami McHugh of Crown J Ranch. He is owned by Susan in partnership with American, Katie Hill, who now lives in Holland, and registered with The IALHA, The P.R.E. MUNDIAL and with ANCCE. The Problem: Due to budget cuts at USEF, Susan and Kamiakin need to raise about $15,000 more to be able to attend the games. Some donations have already been sent but it is not enough to get their team to France. Now is the time for all of us, the m...
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 09:38
Written By: USPRE
Susan and Kamiakin (Photo by SusanJStickle) WELLINGTON, FL - USPRE member Susan Treabess has officially broken the glass ceiling for the PRE horse and PRE riders in the United States – she made the US Para Dressage Team for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France with the PRE stallion Kamiakin, owned by Susan in partnership with Katie and Scott Hill. This is an exciting achievement for the PRE horse and for US breeders and USPRE President Kim Boyer is excited about what this could mean for the future of the PRE horse in the United States, she comments, "The PRE Horse is much loved in the United States, especially in the Dressage Community. It is nice to see one rise to distinction and represent our country, and we expect this to be the start of an irreversi...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 05:26
Written By: Lindsay McCall
Gladstone, NJ - On June 6, 2014, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) named the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. The top four ranked horse-and-athlete combinations will serve as the Team and the fifth ranked combination will serve as the self-funded Individual. The costs to travel to Normandy, France for the U.S. Para-Dressage Team are considerable. The United States Para-Equestrian Association 501(C)(3) (USPEA) has created a tax-deductible fund to support the U.S. Para-Dressage Team headed to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. These funds will be used for travel for the riders, grooms and trainers. Those travel expenses include airfare, trains, rental cars, vans, etc. As a USEF International Discipline Association, the USPE...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 05:55
Written By: Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Gladstone, NJ -As Para Dressage riders are training and preparing for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage continues to gain momentum and bring in new pledges, having raised $585,000 towards the $800,000 goal. The United States Equestrian Team Foundation announced the new fundraising initiative in April, which has been made possible through the generosity of Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation. The purpose of this Challenge is to establish a base of funding for each of the next four years, which will provide for a High Performance program that will include training sessions, coaching and international competition opportunities leading up to and including the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. D...
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 14:43
Written By: Lara Oles Para Equestrian
Cambry Kaylor and Donnewind Heber, Utah- Lara Oles and Cambry Kaylor, Utah’s only internationally classified Para Equestrians competed at the Sage Creek Equestrian II Dressage Show on Saturday. Both rode well and earned high scores towards their United States Equestrian Federation ranking. While Oles competed on her other horse last year, this was her first time showing the FEI Grade III Para Dressage tests on her new horse, a Canadian Warmblood mare named Bella. Her highest score of the day was a 68.2%, which was good enough to win the high point championship for the adult amateur division. Kaylor made her debut as a Grade 1B Para Dressage rider, but this was not her horse’s first competition. Kaylor’s horse, Markgards Donnewind, a Danish Warmblood, had competed in many Para Dressage...
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 17:58
Written By: From the USEF Communications Department
Rebecca Hart and Schroeter's Romani (SusanJStickle.com) Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named 10 horse-and-athlete combinations to the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. The top four ranked horse-and-athlete combinations with serve as the Team and the fifth-ranked combination will serve as the self-funded Individual. The remaining combinations will serve as ranked alternates. The following 10 horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the Short List (in ranked order) Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and her own Schroeter's Romani. Schroeter's Romani is a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch. Nice Touch is a 1995 Dutch Warmblood mare. Sydney...
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 10:09
Written By: Helen Murray
Rebecca Hart and Schroeter's Romani (SusanJStickle.com) Gladstone, N.J. - The USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship came to a close on Thursday at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., with Rebecca Hart claiming her sixth National Title in a competition that was widely regarded as the most competitive the sport has ever seen in the United States. The day began under overcast and rainy skies, ultimately clearing at the lunchbreak to finish out the 2014 event with much more pleasant weather. All 24 entries performed their Freestyles, to earn the remaining 20% of their championship score, in front of the Ground Jury of Adrienne Pot, David Schmutz, and Kristi Wysocki. "The caliber of riding has gone through the roof," said Wysocki of the 2014 National Champion f...
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 22:40
Written By: Lindsay McCall
Susan Treabess and Kamiakin (PRE), owned by Scott and Katie Hill, earned the top Grade IV position with a 69.444%. Photo: SusanJStickle.com Gladstone, NJ- The weather began beautifully for the athletes at the Dressage National Championship/ Selection Trial for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) but as the afternoon came and Ashleigh Flores-Simmons was halfway through her test on Verite SF a downpour began. Flores-Simmons maintained a steady pace and clean test as the rain continued to drench the arena. As the weather changed an alarm went off signaling lighting right as the last ride of day, Marsha Cullen, entered the arena. After two movements Cullen was given a weather delay but the storm did not look like it would stop. After completing Grade Ia, Ib, III, and IV, Grade II...
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 05:31
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall Gladstone, NJ- In less than a week the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship and World Equestrian Games Selection Trials will occur June 2-5, 2014. Para-Dressage athletes from around the United States will meet at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ, for their opportunity to represent the United States in Normandy, France. Over the year equestrians have prepared by traveling around the world to multiple Para-Equestrian Dressage competitions. One of those athletes includes young rider Sydney Collier (Grade Ib) of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Collier participated in the 2012 USEF National Championships but was unable to compete for the London Paralympic...
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