January 2012

  • Dressage News Notes - Brought to You by Back on Track Products

    Written by Elizabeth Ruggiero

    Dressage News Notes for the week of January 9-13, 2012! Lots of news this week in International Dressage! The World Dressage Rankings are out and the top spot is held by Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival! The World Dressage Masters Palm Beach is approaching and the line up is ever changing! While the competition has lost both Totilas and Salinero, other stars are headed to sunny Florida including our own Steffen Peters and a couple of Great Britain's superstars! Tinne Vilhelmson is developing a new freestyle with mega composer Cees Slings and you can see a video including helmet cam! Dressage4kids is hosting its 10th Annual Weekend Educational Program with great speakers, lectures and opprotunities.

  • FEI Signs Off Improved Footing for the London 2012 Equestrian Events

    Written by FEI

    The FEI has today given final sign-off on the footing that will be used for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian Events at Greenwich Park. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) conducted footing tests at a site near Preston in the north of England on 20 and 21 December 2011. The mix for the footing is now composed of non-waxed sand, felt and fibre.

  • In Memoriam: Christopher Schofield

    Written by FEI
    Christopher Schofield, who has died at the age of 90, was a loyal supporter of British Eventing’s Young Rider squad. He is pictured presenting the young rider trophy to Claire Bowley and Fair Share at Bramham Horse Trials in 1989. (Photo: Kit Houghton)
    Christopher Schofield, who has died at the age of 90, was a loyal supporter of British Eventing’s Young Rider squad. He is pictured presenting the young rider trophy to Claire Bowley and Fair Share at Bramham Horse Trials in 1989. (Photo: Kit Houghton)

    Christopher Schofield (GBR), former Chairman of Great Britain’s Young Rider Selectors programme, passed away on 4 January at the age of 90. Many young British Eventing riders enjoyed success during his leadership of the Young Rider Selectors programme, including William Fox-Pitt, Tina Cook and Pippa Funnell. Jane Holderness-Roddam, who secured team gold in Eventing for Great Britain at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, remembers Christopher Schofield as "a truly great character, he was always incredibly enthusiastic and supportive and was always thrilled to hear how the Young Riders were getting on, even in more recent years. He was always there with wise words of advice for us all." Legendary junior and young Eventing trainer Gill Watson worked alongside Christopher as team trainer from 1981: "He was the backbone to all the British Young Riders success and really set the ball rolling,” she said. “To me, he was the most amazing supporter and friend."

  • Watch the Video - Christoph Hess Works With 5-Year-Old Young Dressage Horses

    Written by Mary Phelps-Hathaway
    Iron Spring Farm stallion Sir Sinclair  with rider Dorie Addy Crow as a 5 year old (by Lord Sinclair X Flemingh)
    Iron Spring Farm stallion Sir Sinclair with rider Dorie Addy Crow as a 5 year old (by Lord Sinclair X Flemingh)

    As the new year starts in full swing, the 2012 Markel Young Horse Program gets underway with many young horse hopefuls planning their training and competition schedule to qualify for the 2012 Markel/USEF Dressage Young Horse Championships which will be held once again at the beautiful Lamplight Equestrian Center, in Wayne, Illinois, August 22-26. To inspire young horse owners and breeders exciting news is about to be announced in support of this program, so stay tuned to DressageDaily! Check out this video posted from the USDF 2004 National Symposium with Christoph Hess featuring the Iron Spring Farm stallion Sir Sinclair  with rider Dorie Addy Crow as a 5 year old (by Lord Sinclair X Flemingh) Sir Sinclair went onto win the 2005 USEF/Markel FEI 6 Year Old Championship, and has enjoyed an illustrious breeding career at ISF.

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  • Wellness Wednesday - Antibiotic Use in Factory Farms

    Written by Tigger Montague, Formulator (BioStar EQ)

    The FDA announced in Dec 2011 that the agency will now ban the agricultural use of cephalosporins, a class of antibiotics used in humans to treat pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections as well as urinary tract infections. In horses it is used to treat bacterial strains of Streptococcus equi ssp that cause lower respiratory tract infections. Concerned that routine use of this antibiotic will push pathogens to develop resistance, the FDA cited this as an important step to reducing factory farm antiobiotic abuse.

  • Diana Mukpo and Pascal Kick Start 2012 with Grand Prix Win at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge 1

    Written by Holly Jacobson
    Diana Mukpo and Pascal (Dutch Warmblood gelding by Julius (Voltaire) out of a Burggraaf mare) win the FEI Grand Prix de Dressage Open class at the 2012 Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge 1 (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)
    Diana Mukpo and Pascal (Dutch Warmblood gelding by Julius (Voltaire) out of a Burggraaf mare) win the FEI Grand Prix de Dressage Open class at the 2012 Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge 1 (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)

    Diana Mukpo couldn’t be happier that her first win of the new year came aboard her favorite partner, Pascal, in the FEI Grand Prix de Dressage Open GAIG/USDF Qualifier with a score of 66.4%. Aside from the win, their relationship is the cherished highlight for Diana. “I enjoy this horse tremendously on a moment to moment basis. I love riding him and that is the most important component. This horse has never once said no to me. He can be a bit hot in his work ethic but he has never once shown any resistance in his daily work in the six years I’ve owned him. He always tries his heart out,” she beamed.

    Sent to Diana as a sale prospect in 2005, without much education as a nine-year-old, the handsome bay Dutch Warmblood gelding by Julius (Voltaire) out of a Burggraaf mare was clearly not amateur material. “He was hot, never naughty but as an over-achiever in wanting to work, and that’s where problems sometimes came up because he would try so hard in his work.”

  • Attention those in Wellington - Don't Miss This Event January 11! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Equestrian of the Year” Celebration

    The Dressage Connection, a premier Wellington dressage store and upscale mobile tack unit, will host a fashion show complete with dressage riders strutting their stuff on the runway during the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Equestrian of the Year” Celebration, Wednesday, January 11th at the Players Club Restaurant in Wellington. (Photo courtesy of Gregory Ratner, RatnerImages.com)
    The Dressage Connection, a premier Wellington dressage store and upscale mobile tack unit, will host a fashion show complete with dressage riders strutting their stuff on the runway during the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Equestrian of the Year” Celebration, Wednesday, January 11th at the Players Club Restaurant in Wellington. (Photo courtesy of Gregory Ratner, RatnerImages.com)

    Wellington, FL The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Equestrian of the Year Celebration is an annual fundraiser designed to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Dressage Connection hosted a fashion show during last year’s event that not only showed off the latest in dressage clothing but also raised over $14,000 for the fundraiser. “The theme for this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is ‘From the Stable to Stepping Out!’ which is the perfect theme for The Dressage Connection. We have a great group of riders who will be our models, showing how it easy it can be to go from the stable to stepping out – whether it’s out to dinner or walking the catwalk! Dressage riders are known for being fashionable and during the fashion show we will show everyone the latest trends and the finest couture available. We will also help everyone who attends the fashion show learn how to go from the stable to stepping out in style,” said Lisa Tota.

  • Dressage4kids Announces The Tenth Annual Weekend Educational Program

    Dressage4kids, Inc is pleased to invite everyone interested in horses and riding to their Tenth Annual Weekend  Educational Program. The program will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 21/22, 2012 at Nonnewaug Regional High School, 5 Minortown Rd, Woodbury, CT. There will be lectures dedicated to Dressage Riders, Pony Clubbers and Event riders as well as those geared to instructors, adult amateurs and youth of all levels and ages. There will be lectures on subjects of interest to everyone involved in horses including vet care, stable management,riding theory. There will be peer roundtable discussions for parents, for professionals, and for youth heading toward the North American Junior/Young Rider Dressage and Eventing Championships.

  • Windsor Equestrian Donates Halters To Students At Robert Dover’s Horsemastership Clinic In Wellington

    The young up-and-coming dressage riders who took part in Robert Dover’s Horsemastership Clinic in Wellington show off their beautiful new halters donated by Windsor Equestrian. A supplier of high quality dressage tack and equipment, Windsor Equipment helped sponsor the clinic. (Photo: PhelpsPhotos.com)
    The young up-and-coming dressage riders who took part in Robert Dover’s Horsemastership Clinic in Wellington show off their beautiful new halters donated by Windsor Equestrian. A supplier of high quality dressage tack and equipment, Windsor Equipment helped sponsor the clinic. (Photo: PhelpsPhotos.com)

    Wellington, FL  – Windsor Equestrian, a supplier of high quality dressage tack and equipment, is a strong supporter of the equestrian community and also donated a horse, along with Willow Tree Farm, to the clinic. “These young dressage riders are the future of dressage in America and we were thrilled to sponsor them,” said Mette Larsen, President of Windsor Equestrian. “In addition to presenting each of the 10 riders with halters, we loaned a horse, United We Stand, to the clinic. It felt great to be part of a program developed by Rober Dover, Lendon Gray, and Courtney King-Dye with the generous support of other great equestrians like Anne Gribbons, Kathy Connelly, Katherine Bateson Chandler, Gary Rockwell, Arlene White, Allison Brunelli, Palm Beach Equine, Mary Beth Gordon, sports psychologist Dr. Jenny Susser, personal trainer Bob Gutowitz, and Dr. Rick Mitchell.”

World Equestrian Games 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 13:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:36
Grand prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein has represented Israel in major international competitions in 2014, from Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark in Canada to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  Upon returning to the United States, the dual US and Israeli citizen has been invited to compete in the Central Park Horse Show,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 11:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:47
Louise Parkes
 made it double-gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy today when adding the individual title to last Thursday’s team victory for The Netherlands. He made his way into this afternoon’s top-four Jumping final thanks to a horse that he admitted was inexperienced at this level of the sport and which clearly surprised him...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 21:30
In sport, time is often the difference between victory and defeat, and in a display of supreme individual horsemanship, the Netherlands Jeroen Dubbeldam today sealed a growing reputation within the sport of Show Jumping by claiming the Individual World Champion title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy by less than half a...

Eventing

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:35
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
Grant and award recipients were honored at the USEA Annual Meeting...
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:37
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee approved Coach David O’Connor’s 2015 plan for the team in a meeting yesterday, and he outlined his goals for the season in today’s third and final session with the High Performance riders at the USEA Annual Meeting...
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:39
USEF Communications
Lexington, KY - The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the Eventing 25 Program participants for the 2015 season. Training Session dates and locations will be finalized and announced upon the hiring of the USEF Eventing Developing Rider Coach at the end of December. The following 14 riders have been selected for the Eventing 25...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:21
Classic Communications
2015 Winner to Receive $100,000 plus a Rolex Timepiece Lexington, Kentucky - November 24, 2014 - Equestrian Events, Inc., producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover, is increasing the prize money for America's only Four Star Event to $300,000, an increase of $50,000 over last year. Known as the "Best Weekend All Year...
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 12:13
Sally Spickard for Eventing Nation
Mary King is teaching a clinic hosted by Kelly Gage of Team EnGaged Clinics at Morven Park this week, imparting wisdom coming from many years as an international competitor. Mary did some work with younger horses and riders competing at varying levels yesterday, working on quality of gait and adjustablity with each student. Friend of EN Valerie...
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 13:51
Anna Sharpley, FEI Communications
Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Manson withstood the pressure applied by Olympian and former Adelaide champion Megan Jones, posting a super clear round aboard her 13-year-old Australian Stock Horse, Legal Star, to win the second leg of the FEI Classics™ at the Australian International 3 Day Event.
 
Manson set up her victory yesterday by...
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:42
USET Foundation
Gladstone, NJ - November 13, 2014 - The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded the 2015 Amanda Warrington Grant to Eventing rider Kurt Martin of Middleburg, VA. The Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant is awarded through the USET Foundation Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund. Earlier this year, Martin and his...

Reining and Western Riding

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:26
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Jackson, MS -  When Jordan Kiker and her mare Twist would show up at barrel racing events no one wanted them there. The mare was reckless, dangerous, and what many considered to be a liability and risk to their safety. Kiker was even offered money not to run the mare, and she was about to throw in the towel and find a new barrel horse. Then a...
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 14:12
Lara Oles Para Equestrian
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Lara Oles of Heber City won the inaugural Para Reining Championship at the 2014 National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma. She rode Western Wiz, a 12 year old quarter horse owned by Bob Thompson of Alberta, Canada. The Para Reining class featured physically disabled riders from all over the United States and...
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 14:37
NRHA News
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 11:31
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is now accepting bids to host the 2015 Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and USEF Youth Reining National Championship.  Bid applications for the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship are available here: https://www.usef.org/documents/highPerformance/reining/...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:16
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Tampa, FL - The quality of a horse show's footing can make or break an exhibitor's experience and determine whether they elect to compete at the venue again. At the Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Shows, competitors are returning in droves for the 2014 circuit, to be held December 27-31, thanks in part to the ESI International All Weather...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:08
Kendall Bierer for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Oklahoma City, OK - The atmosphere was electrifying at the 2014 American Quarter Horse World Championship Show. On Nov. 15 the Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park welcomed not only the best reiners in the business, but also six high performance para-equestrians to demonstrate the developing discipline of para-reining, including two-...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 09:32
Larri Jo Starkey for The American Quarter Horse Journal
Oklahoma City, Ok - Para-reining returned November 15 to the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show as a demonstration sport. Six high-level para-dressage riders changed saddles and took a spin on American Quarter Horses in the Jim Norick Coliseum at Oklahoma State Fair Park. Along with a standing ovation from the crowd of reining enthusiasts in...

Driving

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 15:14
Revolution Sports
An exceptional line-up of equestrian athletes are set to compete at this year’s Olympia, The London International Horse Show which takes place on 16-22 December, including the three FEI World No. 1s in Dressage, Show Jumping and Carriage Driving. The definite entries, which were published today, reveal Dressage supremo Charlotte Dujardin, Show...
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 12:37
Cindy Timmer, FEI Communications
Reigning FEI World Cup™ and world champion Boyd Exell (AUS) won the third leg of the FEI World Cup™ Driving held in Stockholm (SWE) last night leaving home driver Fredrik Persson and young Belgian Glenn Geerts behind.
 
The new Friends Arena in Stockholm was packed with enthusiastic equestrian fans. It was the first time that the Sweden...
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 13:50
Cindy Timmer, FEI Communications
Dutch driver Koos de Ronde won his first FEI World Cup™ Driving qualifier of the season in Budapest (HUN) today. Thanks to his wonderful fast and clear round, De Ronde put fellow countryman IJsbrand Chardon, who was just under two seconds ahead of him, under pressure. Chardon recorded the fastest time in the Laszlo Papp Arena, but had two...
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:51
Cindy Timmer, FEI Communications
Reigning FEI World Cup™ Driving champion Boyd Exell (AUS) won the series first qualifier of the season in the packed Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart (GER) after performing two thrilling rounds. IJsbrand Chardon (NED) was the runner up while third place was claimed by home driver Christoph Sandmann.
 
Too Confident
Exell drove his very...
Monday, November 3, 2014 - 07:20
Yellow Horse Marketing
The popular and innovative USEF Developing Driver Program (DDP) held its final clinic of the year on picturesque Hillcroft Farm in Paris, Ky., October 24 - 26, 2014.  Whether drivers were wrapping up their show year or getting ready for the 2015 Florida season, this intensive clinic offered up-and-coming High Performance drivers a special...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:13
Sarah Evers Conrad
In October, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, sees a lot of action. Thousands of people and horses come for the United States Mounted Games Association’s Bluegrass Finale, the Octoberfest Horse Trials, the Battle in the Saddle Celebrity Team Penning Event, the Certified Horsemanship Association’s International Conference, the Kentucky...
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:14
Revolution Sports
30 October 2014 - This year’s Olympia, The London International Horse Show takes place from 16-22 December and  boasts a star-studded equine line up, including a Medal Parade from the GBR Equestrian Teams, an appearance from record breaking racehorse, Kauto Star and Dressage Masterclasses from British riders, Michael Eilberg and Laura Tomlinson...

Show Jumping

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:00
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:56
LEG Up News
Langer Equestrian Group is pleased to announce the 2015 schedule of shows for its three California venues: Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, Los Angeles Equestrian Center, and The Horse Park at Woodside. For 43 years, LEG has been producing quality shows with choices for all levels of riders. Events range from weekend shows ideal for those who want...
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 10:17
Rolex Grand Slam PR
The "Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping" is returning to the foot of the Alps. As traditionally scheduled during the pre-Christmas period, the CHI Geneva is the third and last Major Show of the year. The most famous show-jumpers in the world meet up here at Palexpo, the legendary arena of huge dimensions, to see who will be crowned as the best of...
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 15:14
Revolution Sports
An exceptional line-up of equestrian athletes are set to compete at this year’s Olympia, The London International Horse Show which takes place on 16-22 December, including the three FEI World No. 1s in Dressage, Show Jumping and Carriage Driving. The definite entries, which were published today, reveal Dressage supremo Charlotte Dujardin, Show...
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 14:06
Véronique WASA (Point Virgule)
At 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon when the Gucci Grand Prix began there was not a seat to be had up in the Gucci Paris Masters grandstand, nor in the Masters Club, where Salvatore Sirigu, Charles Berling, Anthony Delon, Vincent Pérez and Karine Silla, Céline Sallette, Philippe Etchebest and Karine Ferri could be seen, as well as HRH the Princess...
Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:42
Celine Pardo, Gucci PR
The speed experts had a field day this evening in the fastest class on the circuit, cheered on by the enthusiastic spectators. “The stands were jam packed, which is amazing for a Friday evening”, gushed Christophe Ameeuw, organiser of the Gucci Paris Masters. “Seeing these 7,000 people on their feet, cheering on all the riders and experiencing...
Friday, December 5, 2014 - 16:32
Revolution Sports
Geneva, Switzerland, 11-14 December 2014 – The mark of a truly global sport is that it never sleeps. As the international tennis circuit moves around the world and from outdoor to indoor tournaments, so does the demanding world of top-level Show Jumping. It builds to an annual peak at CHI Geneva. The Swiss indoor show, situated in Rolex’s...

Para Dressage

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 06:30
Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani rode to the high score of 78.382% during the Polar Express Show at White Fences. Wellington, FL - Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani shined Saturday afternoon during the Polar Express show held at the White Fences Equestrian Center in Loxahatchee, Florida. The talented duo rode to the score of 78.382 percent for the FEI Para Team Grade II test during the national show, kick starting their season as they prepare for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in CPEDI3* in January 2015.Hart traveled to Florida in early December to work with Wellington-based international dressage trainer Todd Flettrich out of Cherry Knoll Farm, which is also a partial owner of Romani. Hart and Flettrich have worked consistently on warm-up and preparation with Romani after takin...
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 17:41
Sydney Collier riding Willi Wesley (Photo: SusanjStickle.com) Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Sydney Collier as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Seventeen-year-old Collier is a talented Para-Equestrian who competed at the international level in 2014, including the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., she was diagnosed at the age of seven with a rare congenital birth defect called Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. In spite of this challenge, Collier pursued her love of riding and has become a top equestrian athlete. A prime example of courage, sportsmanship, and dedication, Collier will be awarded the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Having her biggest year to da...
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 06:53
Trainer Wes Dunham and WEG athletes Sydney Collier's mount Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* horse inspection . (Photo: Lindsay McCall) Wellington, Florida - November 26, 2014 - Entries are now being accepted at www.equestrianentries.com through December 22, 2014, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes kick-off the show season with their their first international show of the year January 7-11, 2015, in Wellington, FL, in the Van Kampen covered arena. This show will include FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. Thursday, January 8, is the Horse inspection at approximately 5:30 PM. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FEI P...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 06:18
  We salute our veterans this Veterans Day. Thank you for protecting our freedoms. On this day we ask you to take a moment to think about those that have served our country. We would like to salute our disabled veterans who are part of not only the equestrian sport but all Paralympic sports. Thank you, - USPEA. We too, at DressageDaily, would like to take a moment to thank all veterans who have served our country to protect our liberties and rights. We truly appreciate all past and current members of our military for all that you do! History of Veterans Day - From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: World War I - known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versaille...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 05:59
  Gladstone, NJ - As the end of year draws near, The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage has raised $615,000 towards its $800,000 goal, however in order to have the funding needed to implement the Para Dressage High Performance program, it needs more support from those in the equestrian community that want to see our Para Dressage riders have the opportunity to achieve competitive excellence in international competition.  The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge is an exciting fundraising initiative that was launched in April thanks to the incredible generosity of Margaret H. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation. Duprey and The Barnfield Foundation have each pledged up to $200,000, matching dollar for dollar, gift commitments of $4,000 and above, payable over...
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 07:38
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
U.S. WEG Team Athlete Sydney Collier and her dog Journey. Journey became a media sensation at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com Lexington, KY - November 4, 2014 - The United States Para-Equestrian Association  (USPEA) would like to thank the United States Equestrian Federation ( USEF) for their support of the Para-Dressage Young Rider Program. As a USEF International Discipline Association the USPEA fosters the Para-Equestrian sport from the grassroots to the high performance level. The USPEA was recently awarded a USEF Affiliate Grant. Through this awarded USEF Affiliate Grant, the USPEA is able to further support the discipline at the young rider level. Offering high-level opportunities to young rider para-dressage athletes benefits not only...
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 04:27
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Mary Jordan and Rubicon 75 at the USDF Region 8 Championships presented by New England Dressage Association September 18-21, 2014 (Photo: ©Amy E. Riley/STUDIO EQUUS) Lexington, KY - 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) athlete Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine is headed to the 2014 U.S. Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® scheduled for November 6-9, in Lexington, KY. Jordan qualified with Rubicon 75 (Royal-Hit x Edelkarin/Absinthe) at the GAIG/United States Dressage Federation Region 8 Championships presented by New England Dressage Association (NEDA) September 18-21, 2014. Unprecedented, this horse and rider combination is the only Para-Equestrian Dressage duo to win an able-bodied Regional Championship to go to the Finals. Jordan earned her invitation when the pair won the 3rd Le...
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 13:23
Written By: FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA). The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal with her mare Royal Delight ahead of British Paralympic and reigning world champion Sophie Christiansen and Singapore's most-decorated Paralympic athlete Laurentia Tan. Morganti, who also won Individual Grade 1a silver at the Games in Normandy, beat five champions to the top spot in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) poll from the worlds of canoeing, athletics, swimming and sailing following a bumper month of global para-sport.   Since her internationa...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 09:16
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier Aachen, Germany  -  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Con...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 09:16
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier Aachen, Germany  -  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Con...
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