January 2012

  • Emerging Dressage Athlete and Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic Adds Needed Support to Dressage Youth in America

    Written by Mary Phelps-Hathaway
    Robert Dover coaching young rider talent at the Robert Dover Horsemanship "Mega" clinic held Dec 26-31, 2011 in Wellington Florida. (Photo: Jennifer Keeler)
    Robert Dover coaching young rider talent at the Robert Dover Horsemanship "Mega" clinic held Dec 26-31, 2011 in Wellington Florida. (Photo: Jennifer Keeler)

    For six-time Olympic Dressage competitor and trainer Robert Dover described the last week of 2011 “one of the highlights of my professional career.” Combining forces with fellow USA Dressage Olympians Lendon Gray and Courtney Dye in the final clinic of the 2011 Emerging Dressage Athletes Program, Dover introduced the inaugural Robert Dover Horsemanship Week, modeled after the successful program for Young Jumper Riders Emerging Athlete Program and the annual George Morris Horsemanship Week. It was not just a highlight for Dover, but for all other participants: riders, auditors, parents, lecturers, trainers and sponsors and host families. From the superstars of American Young Riders ranks to the emerging talent hand picked by Gray from clinics and shows throughout the USA, America’s future stars and medalists were given the attention they deserve and need in the inaugural program developed to support the future of the US Dressage program. And what a week it was!
    American Young Rider Superstars Gain New Insights, Guidance and Support

  • Steffen Peters Named 2011 USEF Equestrian of the Year for an Unprecedented Third Time

    Written by USEF Communications
    Steffen Peters and Ravel at Aachen 2011
    Steffen Peters and Ravel at Aachen 2011

    Cincinnati, OH - To cap off a record-setting year, dressage superstar Steffen Peters added one more record to his résumé on Saturday night at the United States Equestrian Federation's Pegasus Awards dinner, and this after a one-two win on Friday in California on Ravel (80.426) and placing a close second in his first Grand Prix on Akiko Yamasaki's new mount for Peters, the 10 year old Westfalen gelding Legolas 92 with an 80.213%. Peters became the first person to score the USEF's Equestrian of the Year title three times. Peters (San Diego, CA) won the top honor in 2008 and 2009 based largely on his accomplishments with Akiko Yamazaki's phenom Ravel - but in 2011, Ravel had some help. Peters capitalized on his first trip to the Pan American Games and scored Team and Individual Gold in a tremendous effort with Jen and Bruce Hlavacek's Weltino's Magic. From California to Aachen, Germany Peters was undefeated in 2011 with the now 9-year-old Westphalian gelding.

  • Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire Gears Up For Important California In March with New Sponsor Support

    Jan Ebeling  Ralfalca put in a near perfect test to secure the top honors in the Grand Prix CDI at the Dressage Affaire in 2011
    Jan Ebeling Ralfalca put in a near perfect test to secure the top honors in the Grand Prix CDI at the Dressage Affaire in 2011

    Del Mar, CA - The Dressage Affaire is very happy to announce the addition of Rancho Valencia to its name for 2012, the Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI 3*** W/Y/J and CPEDI 3***, March 8-11, Del Mar California . Thanks to the assistance of the San Diego Horse Show Alliance, KP Events and the Rancho Valencia Resort has what hopes to be an ongoing relationship, in the San Diego community. The Resort will be closed for renovations through the Spring of 2012 but a highly anticipated Grand Re-opening is scheduled for July 2012! Rancho Valencia will host a Welcome Exhibitor Party on Thursday March 8th at 5pm and be presenting Sponsors of both the $7,500.00 Rancho Valencia Grand Prix Freestyle and the $2,500.00 Rancho Valencia Olympic Grand Prix Special.  Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire offers qualifying opportunities for the Olympic Games and all other major Championships including the Para Equestrian, where for the first time a Para Judges' clinic and symposium will be held. What better way for emerging judges in the US Program to enjoy Southern California and broaden their horizons!

  • Neville Bardos and Sjoerd Named 2011 Horses of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation

    Written by USEF Communications
    Horse of the Year Neville Bardos (Photo: Courtesy of USEA)
    Horse of the Year Neville Bardos (Photo: Courtesy of USEA)

    Cincinnati, OH - For the first time ever, the USEF crowned two horses with its highest honor, one from an International Discipline and one from a National Discipline. Neville Bardos and Sjoerd were named 2011 Horses of the Year at tonight's USEF annual Horse of the Year celebration. Honored for their accomplishments in 2011 their roads through the last 12 months, while both exceptional, have been very different.
    Videos of all of the Horses of Honor are available here.
    Neville Bardos - Eventing
    Horse of the Year Neville Bardos (Photo Courtesy of USEA)
    He shouldn't have lived. But he did. He shouldn't have returned to his life as an event horse. But he returned better than ever. Trapped in a burning barn for 45 minutes, Neville Bardos made a miraculous recovery from injuries sustained in a fire that claimed the lives of six other horses at his rider Boyd Martin's barn in West Grove, PA. The now 13-year-old Australian Thoroughbred gelding won the USEF National CCI3* championship in 2009 and was 10th at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games - leading the U.S. effort. But his life changed dramatically in the early hours of Memorial Day in 2011.

  • Time Flies! Top 5 Time Management Tactics for Professional Equestrians

    Written by Elisabeth McMillan

    When it comes to investing in your horse business, your time investment is every bit as important as your financial investment. Like financial investments, high value activities can be identified by their ROI (return on investment). This year, consider taking an investment approach to how you manage your time. Here are five activities that typically deliver the highest return on investment for horse professionals.
    1. Invest Time in You
    Your expertise is a valuable business asset. It is the foundation that your horse business is built on. Your level of expertise and ability to produce results largely determine your pay scale, career trajectory and ultimately the longevity of your business. Your health and expertise are of paramount importance to your business. Investing time in activities that build your skills and expertise, as well as taking time to rest and refuel, is a smart bet.

  • Saturday Night Live : The 2012 Pegasus Awards on USEF Network

    Written by Mary Phelps-Hathaway

    While many of us are easing into the new year, people who work in all aspects of equestrian sport converge at the United States Equestrian Federation Annual Convention, where rules are voted on, decisions are made, progress is reported, and year end and lifetime honors presented. The USEFNetwork.com, will be broadcasting live the 2012 Pegasus Awards, live from the USEF Annual meeting Saturday Night, January 14, 2012 beginning at 7:30 pm ET. With that and photos of the Horse of the Year Champions Dinner held on Friday, USEF shares with the world the wonderfully produced, historical record of equestrian sport in America, and those being honored including disciplines, breeds, luminaries, sponsors, organizers and officials and staff who work hard to contribute so much to the growth of equestrian sport.

  • The 10 Most Watched DressageTrainingOnline.com Training Tutorials of 2011

    DressageTrainingOnline.com's Founder Reisa Bonetti-Sullivan and Piper
    DressageTrainingOnline.com's Founder Reisa Bonetti-Sullivan and Piper

    A well known Australian Dressage rider, trainer, judge recently did a feature on the virtues of DressageTrainingOnline.com, a web partner with DressageDaily for many years. We have known the value of this incredible website which for a reasonable monthly subscription delivers the best on line video training and educational content on the internet for the sport of Dressage. We have worked exclusively with the owner Reisa Bonetti-Sullivan because we have the utmost respect for not only her passion for dressage but her ethics and dedication to doing a great job. So when you are hunkered in for the next few winter months keep inspired and keep doing your Dressage homework with the best service of its kind out there DressageTrainingOnline.com. - Mary Phelps-Hathaway

  • Elizabeth F. Searle a Leading Force in American Dressage Passes Away

    Lazelle Knocke and Elizabeth F. Searle hard at work at a USDF Convention.
    Lazelle Knocke and Elizabeth F. Searle hard at work at a USDF Convention.

    American has lost another luminary and USDF Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Elizabeth F. Searle, a leading force in dressage and equestrian sports in the United States, passed away January 8th after a long illness. With the loss of her good friend Lazelle Knocke on Christmas day, and USDF founder Lowell Boomer in November, it is the end of an era where those who did so much to lay down the foundation for the success American Dressage. Searle, a resident of San Juan Bautista, California, served as vice president of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) for nine years, as program faculty for the USDF “L” dressage judge education program, and as chair of the USDF judges committee for eight years. Searle was known as a key player in Dutch Warmblood (KWPN) breeding in the U.S. A well-respected FEI judge, Searle participated in the Olympic, Pan American, World Championship, and World Cup events as a judge. In 2003, she received the USA Equestrian Pegasus Medal of Honor. She also earned the USDF Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Carl Hester to Compete Bigwood's Wie Atlantico at 2012 World Dressage Masters Palm Beach

    With the dropping out of Anky Van Grunsven and Salinero and Mathias Rath and Totilas, the 2012 World Dressage Masters' star-studded cast took a hit although VIP tables and tickets continue to sell with the promise of three days of top notch competition, entertainment, food and drink in the intimate setting created at the popular Palm Beach County Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. The WDM organizers have put in an extra effort to convince #2 World Ranked Dressage star Carl Hester (GBR) to compete Uthopia there as well, but Hester decided to bring Fiona Bigwood's Wie Atlantico instead.

Dressage World Cup Finals 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 08:14
“Premier Equestrian” Adreinne Lyle (center) with Mark Neihart (left), CEO of Premier Equestrian, and Heidi Zorn (right), President of Premier Equestrian, at Premier’s booth at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals Las Vegas, Nevada – From the red carpet to centerline, “Premier Equestrians” were in top form as Las Vegas welcomed the finest dressage and jumping riders in the world for the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Premier Equestrian, which provided the world-class dressage arenas and flower boxes for the prestigious event, also rolled out a red carpet for visitors and competitors with its own exceptional cast of welcoming stars, known as “Premier Equestrians.” The lineu...
Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 09:56
Custom Saddlery rider Steffen Peters (center) took photos with his fans, including Custom Saddlery saddlefitters Sarah Boothe (left) and Hillary Boothe (right), at the USEF booth at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage and Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals Las Vegas, Nevada - A highlight of the World Cup for Custom Saddlery was the “Selfies with Steffen” event that Custom sponsored at the USEF booth on Thursday, April 16 - directly after Steffen Peters’s amazing third place finish in the Grand Prix aboard Legolas 92 with a 76.843 percent. Hundreds of enthusiastic show attendees lined up to snap a photo with the Olympic athlete, who is sponsored by Custom Saddlery and calls Custom saddles “simply the best dressage saddles on the market.” Peters also signed Custom Saddlery visors...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:30
Written By: Mary Phelps
Edward Gal and Glock's Undercover Photo: © Mary Phelps "This is where dressage becomes art," is what Axel Steiner, retired O judges and official commentator for the 2015 Reem Acra/FEI World Cup Final, Las Vegas, while watching Edward Gal (NED) and Glock's Undercover N.O.P. The sensitive 14-year old KWPN gelding by Ferro out of a Donnerhall mare and owned by Ghpc Holding Bv. Masterfully ridden by Gal, finishing second place to the unbeatable Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle with a stunning result of 84.696. Former World and FEI World Cup Champion Edward Gal of The Netherlands made his third trip to Las Vegas to compete in his ninth FEI World Cup Final. Gal and Glock’s Undercover, won team Bronze medals at both the 2014 World Equestrian Games and the 201...
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 22:00
Written By: Mary Phelps
View the image gallery of the greatest dressage horse of all time, Valegro and his pilot, Charlotte Dujardin.Photo: © Mary Phelps DressageDaily's Mary Phelps was on the scene at the Reem/Acra FEI Dressage World Cup Final 2015, Las Vegas. Over the next two weeks we will be sharing image galleries of all participants, starting with Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain and the iconic horse, Valegro. Valegro, the 13 year old KWPN gelding by Negro/Gerschwin is owned by Carl Hester, Mrs. Roly Luard, and Mrs. A Bar. It was impossible to take a bad photo, and difficult to choose what to publish so here are 60+ images to enjoy! Charlotte and Valegro are the undisputed greatest dressage combination of all time. As the reigning Olympic, World, European and FEI World Cup champions, Dujardin and the p...
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 07:19
Written By: Kelly Sanchez
Viva Las Vegas! Elvis (Guenter Seidel) and one of his "showgirls" Elizabeth Ball (Photo: © Mary Phelps) If he ever decides to forego dressage, Guenter Seidel might have a career in show business. Dressed as Elvis, the three-time Olympian brought down the house in a “Viva Las Vegas” quadrille featuring his three “showgirls”: Elizabeth Ball, Michelle Reilly and Sarah Christy at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final Dressage Showcase. California-based fashion and costume designer Melanie Sommer worked for two months to put together the elaborate fire-engine red costumes, which had tall feathered headdresses, bustiers and red sequined boots. The midday showcase kicked off with an Intermediare I Freestyle featuring Sabine Schut-Kery riding Alice Womble-Heitmann’s expressive Hanoveri...
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 08:11
Written By: Louise Parkes
Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin holds the new Reem Acra trophy aloft after making it a back-to-back double of victories with the amazing Valegro at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015 Final (FEI/Dirk Caremans) The sensational British duo, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, secured their second consecutive title when winning the Freestyle at the Reeem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015 Final at the Thomas...
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 17:42
Written By: Astrid Appels - Eurodressage.com
The 2015 World Cup Finals' podium: Edward Gal, Charlotte Dujardin, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl There was no surprise and no challenge for Charlotte Dujardin to reclaim her world cup title as she cruised to victory in the Kur to Music at the 2015 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas on Saturday 18 April 2015. After earning her first World Cup title in 2014 in Lyon, Dujardin extended the honour this year and shared the World Cup podium with Dutch Edward Gal and German Jessica von Bredow-Werndl. Charlotte Dujardin put in an immaculate ride to her much beloved music based on the Disney animated movie How to Train Your Dragon. Valegro is a very lightfooted mover despite being a musled athlete. Read the full story on Eurodressage.com!
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 09:06
Wizard in his offical retirement with rider Adrienne Lyle (Photo:(c) McCool Photography) Dressage was the main attraction at the Thomas...
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:17
Written By: Kelly Sanchez
Charlotte Dujardin and Valergro, Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final 2015 Photo: © Mary Phelps On a day that saw many of the world’s top horses and riders go head to head at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final, defending champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (Negro x Gerschwin) shrugged off the pressure that comes with being the world’s number one combination and did what everyone expected them to do. They handily won the Grand Prix, with the 13-year-old Dutch gelding showing little evidence of the jet lag that had affected him after his arrival in Las Vegas. Their score of 85.414 percent was a few points shy of their world record-setting score of 87.460, but Dujardin was pleased nevertheless. “It’s just a mass of excitement for me to come here and take part,” she said....
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 08:58
Written By: Louise Parkes
Defending champions, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, lived up to expectations winning the Grand Prix on the opening day of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final (FEI/Dirk Caremans) Defending champions, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, lived up to expectations when winning the Grand Prix on the opening day of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Final at the Thomas...

Eventing

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 14:28
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the Team and Alternates for the U.S. Pan American Eventing Team for the 2015 Pan American Games. The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the U.S. Team (in alphabetical order): Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Thomas Tierney and Simon Roosevelt's...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 16:00
John Strassburger & Heather Bailey
Woodside, CA May 19, 2015 - When the horses gallop over Ian Stark's redesigned cross-country courses at the Event At Woodside on May 22-24, it will be a brand-new experience for them as well as for him. That's because it will be Stark's first Event at the Horse Park. In fact, the former British Olympic rider had never been to the Horse Park at...
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:18
John Strassburger & Heather Bailey
Woodside, CA - The seventh annual Woodside Preliminary Challenge will be the highlight of the Event At Woodside on May 22-24. The popular competition, which climaxes with show jumping in the Grand Prix Arena on Saturday evening, will offer $15,000 in prize money and additional $15,000 in prizes for the two divisions. The Woodside Preliminary...
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 14:09
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
“There are going to be a lot of disappointed people on the day the team is named” — that’s been the overarching theme of the U.S. Pan American Games selection process for the past eight months, ever since Team USA’s bid for Olympic qualification breathed its last on a muddy cross country day in Normandy at the World Equestrian Games. That...
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:12
Equine Canada
Ottawa, Ont., May 13, 2015 - Colleen Loach and Waylon Roberts put in impressive performances to earn top 10 results aboard multiple mounts at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, held May 6-10 in Allentown, NJ. Both riders contested the CCI 2* division, which acted as a Canadian Eventing Team qualification trial for the TORONTO 2015...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 09:41
Lexington, KY - May 11, 2015 - Equestrian Events, Inc., producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, has announced that next year's event will take place April 28 - May 1, 2016, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.  Tickets for the 2016 event will be available for sale starting November 2, 2015. One of...
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 16:50
Kate Green, FEI Communications
William Fox-Pitt (GBR) re-wrote the record books when he became the first rider in history to win a CCI4* on a stallion, jumping a magnificent clear round in today’s final phase on Christopher Stone’s Chilli Morning to capture the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015.
 
The popular German...

Reining and Western Riding

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 08:55
The Western Dressage Association® of America is excited to announce that the Western Dressage Association® of Illinois will sponsor a Train the Trainers™ clinic and seminar in O’Fallon, Illinois on August 1 and 2, 2015. The purpose of the Train the Trainers™ program is to educate professionals who want to learn how to train, hold clinics and...
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 11:38
Holly Jacobson
The spotlight focused on true teamwork as Midway College of Midway, KY stepped up to offer their horses, guidance and a capable student support crew for a trio of para-reiners competing at the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup. Pulling off a catch rides calls for adaptability and experimentation, something para athletes are well acquainted with but the...
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 21:57
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the continuing partnership of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), the Official Joint Therapy of NRHA, title sponsor of the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) and the named sponsor of the Adequan® Championship Arena during the NRHA-owned events. ...
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 21:53
Attendees of the Certified Horsemanship Association’s International Conference in 2014 were thrilled to have the chance to participate in mounted educational sessions with instruction from experienced horsemen and horsewomen, and one of the most popular riding options was the National Reining Horse Association’s Ride a Reiner program. Now, the...
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:27
Alden Corrigan
The 5th annual Kentucky Reining Cup held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event was one for the record books.  Attendance at the event increased by a whopping 50% over the previous (a World Equestrian Games qualifying year), while the online broadcasts via USEFNetwork.com and iEquine.com were seen by over 50,000 viewers from all...
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 11:04
Simona Diale
Kreuth,Germany - Draw eight in the second section of the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Open finals on Saturday night in Kreuth were the go-round Level 4 Open winners: Cody Sapergia and Made In Walla, a gelding by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Miss Chilly Chex owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, European nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses. The...
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 10:53
Simona Diale
Kreuth, Germany – Winning the NRHA Youth 13...

Driving

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 14:11
London, England- It was a royal redux at England's Royal Windsor CAI3* as HRH Queen Elizabeth again congratulated Chester Weber, of Ocala, Florida, on his second consecutive victory in the four-in-hand division. The 11-time USEF National Champion and three-time World Equestrian Games Silver medalist returned to the 2015 Royal Windsor Horse Show...
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 14:26
Revolution Sports
The fifth and final day of Royal Windsor Horse Show 2015 saw an unprecedented number of people walk through the Windsor gates for their last chance to watch the equestrian extravaganza in the private grounds of Windsor Castle. The crowds were treated to a thrilling finale in the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix with last year's...
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 13:46
London, England - Chester Weber’s 2015 European competition tour is underway, and he already achieved a win in day one. Fresh off his victory on US soil at the Live Oak International CDE, Weber headed to Europe and drove his team to the top of the leader board on Thursday at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in London, England— with a win in the...
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 22:42
To celebrate the grand opening of the new CAA Headquarters building, we invite you to bring your restored carriages and sleighs, and in-use vehicles to the CAA Carriage Festival (in the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena) for the 2015 Carriage Showcase. There will be classes for professionally and amateur-restored vehicles, in-use carriages and...
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:58
Revolution Sports
May 6, 2015 - World class riders from 24 nations around the globe will descend on the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show next week for top class competition across four disciplines over five days, from 13-17th May, in front of an expected crowd of over 50,000 people. There will be a bevy of British competitors riding alongside international...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:39
After a season of presenting the Horse Gym USA® Top Equine Athlete Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Horse Gym USA® brought the award to the celebrated combined driving event Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida. The Horse Gym USA® Top Equine Athlete Award went to Allison Stroud’s four-in-hand team for their admirable fitness....
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 23:18
Bromont International Driving will be a 2015 qualification for both Equine Canada and the USEF for the FEI World Driving Championships for Pairs (September 2015, HUN) and for the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies (September 2015, NED). The Bromont International Driving presents its 14th edition from June 19th to 21st and will host the...

Show Jumping

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 09:44
Lexington, KY - At promptly two o'clock on a cool May day in Lexington, the first official happening at the inaugural Split Rock Jumping Tour was underway, the FEI Horse Inspection.  Forty-eight horses representing thirteen countries jogged in The Limestone Jumping Arena to kick off the anticipated event.   The Split Rock staff was dressed in...
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 15:01
Mill Spring, NC - Competition was underway at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TEIC) today with the start of Tryon Spring 6, the sixth installment of the 2015 Tryon Spring Series. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL, finished in first and second in the $1,000 Adequan® 1.30m Open Jumper piloting Dejan Krunic's Belle Clara DKS to first and Loretta...
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 13:41
"This was such a moving experience," said Braun after the visit. "These kids have such courage to battle their illnesses the way they do and I really want to thank Reed and Denise for taking the time to join me in visiting with them and giving back a little bit to our Lexington community." Kessler came home to Lexington for the Split Rock event...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 15:56
Brian Hennessy
The battle to grab a coveted place at the 2015 Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show has begun, with the first qualifier for the Connolly’s RED MILLS 7...
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:26
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Devon, PA - May 19, 2015 - The rich history, style, and ambiance of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair are unmatched. The show began in 1896 as a one-day show, but today it is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. The show is internationally recognized and globally respected. In addition to its horse show...
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:11
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Littlestown, PA - May 17, 2015 - Andrea Torres Guerreiro's show jacket, stirrups and saddle pad are already an eye-catching blue, but following a successful week at the Blue Rock Classic Guerreiro is going home with even a bit more blue. She earned the victory in Friday's $5,000 Speed, and on Sunday she rounded out the horse show at Swan Lake...
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 10:37
Lindsay Brock for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
North Salem, NY – May 17, 2015 – Rising beneath the pressure of big prize money in front of a packed house under picture-perfect weather conditions, Mclain Ward and HH Carlos Z, owned by Double H Farm, were flawless to win the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group. The event capped two weeks of exciting competition at...

Para Dressage

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 11:40
  Lexington, Ky. - With a little under two months before the Opening Ceremonies at the 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior...
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 04:43
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
U.S. Chef d’ Equipe Kai Handt at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with rider Roxie Trunnell and horse Touche. The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF) is pleased to present a 2 ½ day Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium at the Golden State Dressage CPEDI3*, Rancho Murieta, California on June 14-16, 2015, 8AM-5PM. Designed as a "Develop the Coach" format, select U.S. High Performance and developing Para Equestrian Dressage riders and coaches will benefit from lectures and ride feedback by 5* FEI Para Equestrian Dressage Judge Carlos Lopes, supported by USEF Para Equestrian Dressage Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt. Topics include Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, quality of horse, freestyles, and preparation for international competition. Demonstrations on para-dressag...
Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 05:48
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
Sydney Collier Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. (Photo: SusanJStickle.com) Allentown, NJ - The 13th Annual 2015 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, presented by B.W. Furlong...
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 10:24
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt works with Paralympic Dressage Trainer Wes Dunham. (Photo: Lindsay Y. McCall) Lyman, ME - Carlisle Academy in Lyman, Maine, a Premier Accredited PATH Center and national leader in grassroots development for para-equestrian sports, is coordinating a Para-Equestrian Pipeline Training Camp May 26-30, 2015. Expert international para-equestrian clinicians, seasoned medalists, therapists, and coaches with their riders will congregate for training and education in this growing sport. The primary focus will be on para-dressage but demonstrations and information will be available for emerging para-equestrian disciplines such as para-driving and para-reining. The United States Equestrian Federation and United States Para-Equestrian Association are in support of these...
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 06:20
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Kjell Myhre talks to riders at the 2015 USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington, FL, January 12-13. (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Following the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* select U.S. Para-Dressage athletes and coaches had an opportunity to attend the USEF High Performance Southeast Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium. This symposium took place January 12-13, 2014, at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, Florida. Over two days U.S. High Performance and developing Para-Dressage coaches and riders were immersed in the international equestrian discipline of Para-Dressage. Topics included Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, para-dressage test riding, quality of horse, freestyles, preparation...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 05:46
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
USA Team (Left to right): Sydney Collier, Annie Peavy, Rebecca Hart, U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt, and Roxanne Trunnell (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Thirteen Para-Dressage horse and rider combinations made their way to Wellington, Florida, this January for the first CPEDI3* of the 2015 show season. Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV, competed at the spectacular Global Dressage venue in the Van Kampen Arena. FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA) were on hand to offer their expertise for each Para-Dressage duo. This CPEDI3* is one of the qualifiers for the 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National C...
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 10:29
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (Photo: SusanJStickle.com) Ottawa, ON. - On the final day of competition at CPEDI3* Global Dressage Festival I presented by Adequan, Robyn Andrews won her test for the second day in a row for Canada. The competition was held at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., Jan. 9-11, 2015. Andrews of St. Johns, N.L. secured the victory in the Grade Ia Freestyle test riding her 2014 World Equestrian Games mare 14-year-old Fancianna, a Friesian-Andalusian cross, to a score of 67.917%. "I was pleased with Fancy today," said Andrews. "I was a bit tired, but we pulled it off. Many thanks must go to the Global Dressage Festival for putting on a great show. Special thanks to my coach, Amanda Kalvoda; chef d'équipe, Elizabeth Quigg; Pa...
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 06:31
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt jogs Rubicon 75, ridden by Mary Jordan, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (Photo (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes from around the North American continent have landed in Wellington, Florida, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. This is the first CPEDI3* event for the 2015 calendar year. Thirteen horse and rider combinations presented their mounts in front of FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA). Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States will compete January 9-11, in The Van Kampen covered arena at the Global Dressage Festival. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FE...
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 08:52
Kai Handt and Wes Dunham showcase collaborative coaching at the Northeast Symposium in 2013. Rider Sydney Collier aboard her own Wentworth works on gaits. (Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF), is excited to announce a two-day Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium to be held at Global Dressage, Wellington, Florida, January 12 & 13, 2015, 8 AM-4 PM. Select U.S. High Performance and developing Para- Equestrian Dressage riders and coaches will be attending the symposium. Auditors are welcome to attend for $75. Pre-registering as an auditor is not required. Please contact Laureen Johnson at USEF at lkjohnson@usef.org if you are interested in audit...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 06:00
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Nora Grassmyer, Mibis, Barbara Grassmyer, and Bob Grassmyer. (Photo: (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) El Dorado Hills, CA - On December 19, 2014, the Dressage Community lost friend, volunteer, and parent Nora Grassmyer after a three year battle with bladder cancer. Nora was heavily involved with the Dressage and Para-Dressage disciplines both internationally and at the national level. She was also a longtime volunteer at the California Dressage shows managed by Connie Davenport. Nora was a driving force behind her daughter and Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer. She was there at every moment for Barbara including when Barbara served as an alternate for the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2000, competing in Sydney, Australia; in 2001 and 2002 when Barbara was the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion;...
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