Mary Phelps and Tracey Scharf Visit Markel

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Written by Mary Phelps-Hathaway

Prior to leaving on her 2003 Euro-Tour, Mary Phelps flew to Richmond, VA, together with her personal assistent Tracey Scharf for a two-day training seminar at the Markel Headquarters. Mary documented this trip and tells her story:
"Since announcing our move to Markel Insurance Corporation in April, we have hit the ground running, having one of the most successful months ever in equine insurance premiums, in our very first month working for the company. I have been to the Richmond Virginia Headquarters a few times, but Tracey Scharf, our office (and life) manager, joined me on our latest trip, where we spent 2 full days training and working with the management team responsible for our success.

This was a particularly special occasion for Tracey, as her 3 year old son was recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, throwing her life into a whirlwind of doctors, medications, and a frantic search for a day care who would take him. With Hayden in the capable hands of Tracey’s Mom, she had the chance to get away for a couple of days getting the first full nights’ sleep in her own comfortable hotel room provided by Markel."

Our immediate success has been a team effort, here at our home base in Florida, and with the support network at Markel Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. In the past two months we have accomplished an amazing amount of work, and it has been fun doing so. That is because the “Markel Style” is about “hard work and a zealous pursuit of excellence while keeping a sense of humor. I have always been a pretty independent type, marching to my own drummer, shunning corporate commitments. However, accepting this position with Markel has given me a true sense of what a corporation done right, can achieve. There is a feeling of camaraderie, and family at Markel. One senses this atmosphere immediately when entering the building. Markel is the only equine insurance company which has been around for 40 years.

Getting Down to Business
We met the folks in charge of Horse Mortality, and Farm Owner and Liability, housed on the 4th floor of one of 4 buildings owned by Markel and its associate companies. The marketing department, headed up by Linda Crook-Lee, whose twin and younger sister as well as a cousin and her mother all have worked for the company a collective 50 years.

Reviewing Equine Mortality and Medical/Surgical Coverages
Kelly "Do it with a smile" at MarkelDawn Denzler-Trace is the Mortality Operations Manager, who oversees the Mortality Team consisting of 9 mortality underwriters. (Dawn has been with Markel for 18 years!) Monday morning we reviewed mortality coverages. Linda Crooks and Dawn were joined by Mary Ann Kean, Director of Mortality Underwriting. Also present was Kellie Chambers, our assigned liaison at Markel for managing our clients. Mary Ann Kean has been in love with horses her entire life. As Director of Mortality Underwriting she has been employed by Markel for 15 years. With her Virginia roots in the hunter jumper and foxhunting world, she is also has been a licensed steward for USAE for 10 years. In addition, her presence at many of the major APHA, NRHA and AQHA functions is in support of Markel's successful involvement as the official insurance company of each of these associations.

The latest technologies are constantly being addressed and updated, with the support to make it work. With the assistance of the team at Markel, we now provide easy access to all applications, as well as an informative insurance tour on, which explains mortality coverage, and allows us to respond with a personal quote in a timely manner. We will soon be able to bind coverage on-line through, and continue to be able to facilitate the application process for our clients by having all applications in a PDF file, easily attached to an e-mail. As we got to meet many of the fine people in this department, we were welcomed with friendly smiles. Office cubicles are spacious and comfortable, and an array of photos, of family, horses and friends decorates each space. With everyone we meet, there is instant recognition. Rudy Mitchell, who works with the Mortality Team inputting new business, recognized me right away, before we were even introduced. I asked how he knew me and he replied “I’ve been seeing your name all day long on paperwork, keep it coming!”

As an agent who is on the road and on the scene, covering over 30 events in both the United States as a photographer and journalist, the support we get at Markel is the strategy that makes the Markel Equine Insurance Specialist program work. With Tracey managing our home office in Florida, and our corporate team in Virgina, there is always a a real person behind every aspect of taking care of our clients.

Markel Equine Insurance Specialist Training
John Seger, Director of Agent Development, put together a “Grass Roots Strategy” over a year ago, selecting and nurturing a small but dedicated and involved group of Insurance Agents active in the sport horse community. As a former Vice President of American Bankers Insurance Group who moved on prior to the company’s withdrawal from the equine mortality marketplace, Seger understands the need for knowledgeable agents in the equine world who are out at the shows, working, showing, volunteering and getting involved.

Markel has supported this strategy both in spirit and financially. It is not easy to get a property and casualty license, and it requires continuing education courses to keep it. It’s a good thing though, and it’s important to keep learning. What better way to continue to learn your job, than to work with smart, happy fun and sincere people. I have been a licensed agent for 15 years, and have learned more about the equine mortality and liability business in the last two months, than in all the time I have been in this business, those grueling continuing education courses included!

Farm Owner and Liability
While Tracey went on the tour of the company meeting many of the people we work with, I sat down with Chris Heavrin Markel’s Property and Casualty Underwriter, and Vice President Don Faison, to review the somewhat complex process of filling out Farm Owner and Liability applications. For those who choose a career in the equestrian world, liability is a part of the cost of doing business. Insurance is really risk management, and there are serious risks and consequences. A trained equine insurance agent not only helps you to protect your interests, but when it’s done right it is the best form of cost effective risk management you can find.

As an employee for the company, I work with the full support of this department behind me, making sure applications and coverages are thoroughly addressed. Once again, having the experience within the industry is critical to properly servicing one’s clients. Liability can be a complex issue, and coverages can be compromised if not fully disclosed and examined. What is critical is that should there be a claim, which in liability often means dealing with a lawsuit; the client has access to the finest legal protection and defense they can get, in a timely manner.

Tracey’s Birthday Surprise
In the mortality department at Markel, employees pull a name out of a hat, and are then responsible for the birthday celebration of whomever it is they get. Linda Crooks assigned herself to Tracey who’s birthday was the day following our visit. While Tracey was working the phones with Kellie, a huge ice cream cake arrived in the conference room, and about 40 employees gathered to surprise her, sing Happy Birthday, and share some cake.

What a great way to meet even more people who are part of the team behind our efforts. We are already making plans to come to Richmond for the company Christmas party, and look forward to a visit at our home office in Florida from some of the key people working with us. While we focused on two full days of a full agenda, we had fun working together and accomplished all we set out to get done.

Thank You to Our New Corporate Family
As Tracey and I headed back to the airport to return to Florida, it was with a deeper knowledge and understanding as a part of our new “family” at Markel, we were already looking forward to our next meeting. We worked hard, but we had fun, also an important part of the Markel style. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who made us feel so welcome, and so much a part of the team for the time and energy they continue to provide.

We are in touch daily, through the magic of the internet, but to visit our corporate headquarters, have deepened our role and commitment to the success of the opportunity we have before us. It is an honor to be a part the only company which has provided an uninterrupted protection for horses and horse related risks in the United States as well as internationally for 40 years, and we are dedicated to living up to that honor.

The Markel Style
Many companies have a mission statement, some have a vision or creed. We live the "Markel Style". Authored by our Chairman, Alan Kirshner, through the years the Markel Style has served to provide a constant rudder to employees and management alike. Markel has a Commitment to Success. We believe in hard work and a zealous pursuit of excellence while keeping a sense of humor. Our creed is honesty and fairness in all our dealings.

The Markel way is to seek to be a market leader in each of our pursuits. We seek to know our customers' needs and to provide our customers with quality products and service. Our pledge to our shareholders is that we will build the financial value of our company. We respect our relationship with our suppliers and have a commitment to our communities.

We are encouraged to look for a better way to do things…to challenge management. We have the ability to make decisions or alter a course quickly. The Markel approach is one of spontaneity and flexibility. This requires a respect for authority but a disdain of bureaucracy.

At Markel we hold the individual's right to self-determination in the highest light, providing an atmosphere in which people can reach their personal potential. Being results-oriented, we are willing to put aside individual concerns in the spirit of teamwork to achieve success.

Above all, we enjoy what we are doing. There is excitement at Markel, one that comes from innovating, creating, striving for a better way, sharing success with others…winning.

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World Equestrian Games 2014

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,...
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 15:44
Kathleen Landwher, USEF
Aachen, Germany - Five members of the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games qualified for the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen on Sunday and the U.S. horses and riders held their own with some of the best in the world. Kent Farrington led the way with a double clear aboard Voyeur. In the jump-off, he and...
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 15:47
When Steffen Peters was sent to the hospital in Germany near Aachen with pleurisy and pneumonia, it was a painful and scary. “I had no idea what Pneumonia is all about., said Peters. “It was a scary lesson in a foreign hospital.” But the USET Team Dr. Mark Hart, Robert Dover team Chef d’Equipe, and USEF Director of Dressage Jenny Van Wieren Page...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 11:49
Vinceremos has a package for two available, which includes tickets to the Show Jumping Championships as well as airport transfers from Charles de Gaulle to your accommodation in Rouen for three nights. Sightsee on the secluded Mont St. Michel and walk along the Normandy Beaches before heading to Lisieux for seven nights! Daily breakfast and...
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 11:49
Horse and Hound UK
Jock Paget is set to line up with Sir Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson and Tim Price for the New Zealand team at this summer’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG). However, Jock’s participation is subject to the final ruling from the FEI tribunal.

The eventer was suspended from competition for 8 and a half months after his ride...
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 11:30
Equine Canada
Ottawa, ON - Endurance Canada is pleased to announce the team for the Endurance Championship at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

The team in alphabetical order:
Rider / Home town / Horse Kathy Irvine / Blackfoot, AB / Nightwinds Savannah, 16-year Canadian Arabian mare owned by the rider Jessica...
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 11:20
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named 20 athletes to the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Vaulting Team. The U.S. will be represented across four divisions of competition.

Individual Female - The following athletes have been named to the Short List for the Individual...


Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:34
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
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This is the only FEI Championship held annually in North America, and the...
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,...
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 00:00
FEI Communications
Germany had two of their Olympic gold medal horses back at their brilliant best to spearhead a third successive team victory at their showpiece home event. The DHL Preis at Aachen (GER), fifth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014, was the most competitive so far, with eight nations fielding teams.
As Sandra Auffarth and her...
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 11:45
Eventing CCI1* (Junior) and CCI2* (Young Rider) riders started their journey to the medal podiums today with the dressage phase of the USEA North American Junior and Young Riders' Eventing Championship. The CCI2* riders finished their dressage tests in the evening with Canada/Ontario jumping into the lead for Team standings on a score of 165.1...
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 09:40
Equine Canada
Hanna Bundy of Toronto, ON; Lauren Clark of Uxbridge, ON; April Simmonds of Uxbridge and Jamie Kellock of Cedar Valley, ON of Team Ontario's CH-Y** are leading after dressage with a score of 165.1. United States Area V & VI are in second with 171.9. Currently leading the CH-Y** division is Ziegler riding his second horse of the competition...
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...
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 15:57
FEI Communications
A powerful German team cruised to an easy victory in the fourth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ 2014 held at Strzegom, the Polish venue which is still in celebratory mode after being awarded the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships earlier this month.
The winning team included three of the world’s best combinations, notably...

Reining and Western Riding

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 13:11
Louise Parkes
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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
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 16:06
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 05:04
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 “It’s refreshing how leaders in the horse industry have...
Friday, June 6, 2014 - 09:18
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...


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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:29
Revolution Sports
Aachen, GER: Germany’s Christian Ahlmann today produced a faultless display of riding to win his first Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen, and in so doing, became the new live contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

Riding his stallion Codex One, who has only recently returned to top flight competition following a long...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:08
Saugerties, NY (July 21, 2014) – David Oliynyk has spent six years in the tack of Lori Gaudet’s Generous and their lengthy time together is paying off in high scores and dollar signs. Boasting a second-round score of 92, Oliynyk and the 11-year old Dutch Warmblood gelding topped a field of 35 starters to win the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:45
Saugerties, NY (July 21, 2014) – Todd Minikus knows when the likes of McLain Ward, Ronan McGuigan and Laura Chapot follow him in a jump-off, winning will be no easy feat. He proved twice-over, however, that while a fight against some of the greats is a challenge, he is up to the task. Minikus bested a star-studded order on Sunday to collect...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:34
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
The FEI North American Championships for Juniors and Young Riders celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with a total of 216 young athletes from five countries lining out in four disciplines at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, USA from 15 to 20 July.
This is the only FEI Championship held annually in North America, and the...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:26
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Lexington, KY - July 22, 2014 - The five weeks of the Kentucky Summer Series will be getting underway tomorrow, Wednesday, July 23. Held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, the events begin with the Kentucky Summer Horse Show July 23-27, 2014, and will be followed by the Kentucky Summer Classic, scheduled for July 29-August 3,...
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:57
Lexington, KY-Brothers Lucas and Wilton Porter came out on top at this year's Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Show Jumping Championship, presented by the United States Hunter Jumper Association, winning individual gold in both the Junior and Young Rider divisions. Ending on a score of 0.65 faults, Lucas Porter of Bartonville,...
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:07
Anli Kelly-Durham for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Parker, CO - Hunter Holloway and Caitlin Boyle are two of the country's most well respected junior riders, and they both decided to spend part of their summer competing at Summer in the Rockies at the Colorado Horse Park. Holloway has had great success in Grand Prix classes both here in the United States as well as abroad, and Boyle has earned a...

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 ( 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 ( 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: 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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