Peters Maintains His Lead in the I-I National Dressage Championship; Leibler Cruises to National Young Rider Dressage Championship; and Cyprus Wins Inaugural National Pony Rider Championship at 2011 Collecting Gaits/USEF Dressage Championships

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Written by Joanie Morris

Steffen Peters and Weltino's Magic (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)
Steffen Peters and Weltino's Magic (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)

Gladstone, NJ - The third day of the 2011 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions meant the second day of the USEF Intermediaire I National Dressage Championship. The results remained unchanged as Steffen Peters won his third class in a row taking the top spot in the Intermediaire I test on Weltino's Magic with a score of 76.421%. He fought back from a couple of mistakes early on and overcame a couple of misunderstandings to duplicate his win in yesterday's Prix St. Georges. "It wasn't quite as easy," said Peters. "There were a couple of misunderstandings. When I asked for the left half-pass he thought extended trot. In the two-tempis one of the changes felt short behind. Where I think we won it was with really good pirouettes and the walk."

Peters explained that when things aren't going to plan in the test, he tries not to let it distract him from the task at hand.

"He's a pretty straightforward horse," said Peters. "If I don't screw up, he doesn't screw up."

The Intermediaire I Championship also serves as the USEF Selection Trials for the 2011 Pan American Games, and Peters, despite being an Olympic and World Championship veteran and medalist, has never ridden on a Pan American Team. He and Jen Hlavacek's 9-year-old Westphalian gelding have been winning at a record pace not only on the West Coast but they also swept the small tour in Aachen this summer. Peters has been nearly invincible with this horse and with Ravel in the Grand Prix and lead a dressage resurrection in the United States.

His quest for improvement is never-ending.

"You can never rest on the scores you had the day before," said Peters. "It's much easier to be the underdog."

The Prix St. Georges counts for 40%, the Intermediaire I counts for 45% and the Freestyle on Sunday counts for 15% of the championship total.

Heather Blitz was close to tears at the end of her test, because despite the fact that Paragon has been winning at nearly every turn, this test was one of the highlights of their lives together. They scored 74.684% in an effort that spoke volumes about the strength of their partnership.

"I did go for it more today," said Blitz. "I could, because yesterday he told me he was ready. He did absolutely everything for me, he was very honest. We were completely on the same page today."

Blitz was there when Paragon was born, and standing 18 hands now, he was a big foal eight years ago. She says that their relationship since day one helps them in the ring.

"I know everything about him," said Blitz about her 8-year-old Danish Warmblood.

Rounding out the top three was the defending Championship from 2010. Cesar Parra (Whitehouse Station, NJ) rode Grandioso, owned by Sarah and Michael Davis. The 10-year-old Westphalian had a couple of mistakes today that Parra believes were because of improvements they are making to the overall quality of the work.

Grandioso broke to trot during the flying changes.

"We are doing some minor adjustments to get him a little longer in the neck for eights," said Parra. "He thought I was giving a half halt to trot."

Grandioso was the 2007 6-year-old Champion at the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships and was then third in 2009 at the Developing Horse Championships, formerly ridden by Jason Canton. Parra represented Colombia in 2003 at the Pan American Games where he finished fourth individually, he is looking forward to the opportunity to represent the United States after becoming a citizen in 2010.

Isabelle Leibler and Watson 108 Hang on to Win the USEF National Young Rider Dressage Championship

Isabelle Leibler and Watson 108 (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)
Isabelle Leibler and Watson 108 (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)

Isabelle Leibler was the only rider to pull off two scores over 70% in the Young Rider Championship and by doing so she claimed the top spot just like she did at the 2011 Adequan/FEI Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) in July. There they helped their team to Team Bronze, but swept the Individual medals.The 16-year-old from Greenwich, CT, rode with poise and determination and Watson 108 delivered for her over both days. They scored 70.158% in Saturday's Young Rider Team Test to ensure that their two-day average was over 70, at 70.211%

Leibler had a hugely successful pony career, and spent a significant amount of time competing them in Europe last year as well as being fortunate to find Watson while she was there. She struggled to find her groove with the 14-year-old Westphalian gelding, but this summer they have hit their stride.

"It's pretty unreal to have a summer like this," said Leibler. "I've had him for a year and we've had a lot of confidence issues between the two of us. For the first season there was something missing, we didn't click. But the whole team helped us find our stride and I'm really thankful that it came together at the right moment."

Leibler would like to return to NAJYRC in 2012, but she is going to let Watson define his role in life.

"Watson's really good at his job and he loves it," said Leibler. "He's a small tour horse...he's definitely going to stay at this level."

Brandi Roenick (Scottsdale, AZ) wasn't going to let Leibler get away easily - she gave her a serious run for her money, winning the Young Rider Individual on a score of 71.579% to finish the two-day effort on 69.790%. Pretty Lady has returned from an injury in 2008 and after rebuilding their partnership - today it all came back together.

"Lady and I have had a struggle getting back into the arena since 2008," said Roenick. "Today I felt the horse and rider combination from back in 2008. It feels really great to have my horse back and connect with her."

Pretty Lady and Roenick have come up through the ranks together, they won Team and Individual Gold at the Junior Championships at NAJYRC in 2008 and Team Gold and Individual Silver in 2011. Roenick is 16 and she got the 14-year-old Dutch mare as a 10th birthday present.

"She was a 5-year-old redhead and I saw her and said, 'That's my partner.'"

Katie Lynne Foster (Hazelhurst, WI) and Sacramento moved up to third overall after a third-place effort in the Young Rider Team Test. They are also NAJYRC veterans, but they excelled at Gladstone, and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood has been a very dependable horse for his 19-year-old rider.

"I was really happy with my ride today," said Foster. "Yesterday I made some mistakes...and today I was determined to nail my pirouettes and keeping our trot quality where it needed to be."

Foster, 20, does a lot of training on her own in Wisconsin. She is a Junior at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Allison Cyprus Wins First USEF National Pony Rider Championship on Maple Lane Kero

Allison Cyprus and Maple Leaf Kero (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)
Allison Cyprus and Maple Leaf Kero (Photo: SusanJStickle.com)

Maple Leaf Kero made Allison Cyprus' trip from Texas worth every mile by sweeping the inaugural USEF National Pony Rider Championship. An 8-year-old Welsh Cob, Maple Leaf Kero was obedient and forward, and scored 64.632% on Saturday to break open a close competition from Friday. 

"It was really exciting," said Cyprus of riding in the first Championship. "'Peaches' was really good today, I just wanted to cry."
The emotion in the ring was evident to the spectators and Cyprus felt the sense of occasion of riding at the USET Foundation Headquarters.

"I was extremely nervous yesterday," she said. "But after I went I wanted to go in the ring again. But I was nervous again this morning."

Cyprus rides at Yellow Rose Dressage in Montgomery, TX, with Nancy Hinz. "(Nancy) told me to go out there and have fun and breath," said Cyprus. Cyprus got Peaches, who is a Cremello, as a Christmas present in 2009 and they have come up to the FEI level together.

Barbara 'Bebe' Davis was disappointed with Bohdjan's performance today but she is looking very much forward to returning to the Championship in 2012 with her Dutch Sport Pony. They scored 57.632% today; Bohdjan was never settled in the atmosphere. Davis put the disappointment behind her and enjoyed the opportunity.

"I knew it would be small," said Davis of the division. "But I was surprised at the fans out to watch our 8 a.m. rides. It was a good experience definitely. It was fun, I really enjoyed it. I am hoping the ponies will grow for next year. It was fun, these are beautiful grounds." 

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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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 13:24
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of eventing competition grants for Aachen CICO3*, Burghley CCI4*, Blenheim CCI3*, and Boekelo CCIO3*. Grants are awarded based on the USEF grant application process. The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been awarded, through the USET...
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:22
FEI Communications
Lausanne - Michael Jung (GER) is back as world Eventing number one after his brilliant third-place finish with La Biosthetique Sam FBW at last month’s Luhmühlen CCI4* (GER) presented by DHL, fifth leg of the FEI Classics™. Jung (32) jumped to the top of the FEI World Eventing Rankings in May for the first time in his career, breaking the one-year...
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 17:20
Parker, CO - The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) and Colorado Equestrian Partners are pleased to host the United States Eventing Association's CCI1*/CIC2*, Training 3-Day and Horse Trials coming up August 13-16, 2015. The opening date for entries is this coming Tuesday, June 30. Classes offered include: CCI1*, CIC2*, Training and Novice 3-Day, Area IX...
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 16:50
Classic Communications
The Plains, Virginia- Despite a night of rain and thunderstorms, the final day of the Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan® went off without a hitch. With a top finish in Sunday's cross country phase after earning the leading Dressage and Show Jumping scores, Jennie Brannigan rode Cambalda victory in the CIC3*. Lauren...
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 09:53
Kate Green, FEI Communications
Ingrid Klimke (GER) rode brilliantly to produce a clear round under huge pressure to win her home CCI4* at Luhmühlen (GER), presented by DHL, for the first time and set up an unassailable lead in the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. In a thrilling finale, her flawless round on the spring-heeled 11-year-old Hannoverian mare FRH Escada JS denied New...
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 11:34
FEI Communications
Ingrid Klimke (GER) is on course to win her second CCI4* of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015 after a breathtakingly bold Cross Country round on FRH Escada JS at Luhmühlen (GER), presented by DHL. “Escada was super fit and she jumps so big that she goes over the top of the hedges,” said a delighted Klimke, who remains on her Dressage score of 32.7. “...
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 09:58
Classic Communications
The Plains, Virginia - Lauren Kieffer and Jennie Brannigan lead their respective divisions after the Show Jumping phase of the Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan®. Kieffer took the lead after riding clean on Meadowbrooks Scarlett for a two-phase score of 43.3 in the final preparation trial for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing...

Reining and Western Riding

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:40
Simona Diale
Oklahoma City, Okla. – The 2015 NRHA European Affiliate Championship (EAC 2015) will take place for the second time in a row at le Petit Far West, in Le Pin, near Paris, this coming Tuesday, July 7 through Saturday, July 11. Nearly 180 horses and more than 140 riders are entered to compete with all entries coming from France, Belgium, Netherlands...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:53
Oklahoma City, Okla.- The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby not only saw successful sires compete in Oklahoma City last week who also participate in the legendary NRHA Sire...
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 15:20
USEF Communications Department
Oklahoma City, Okla. - Rising stars in reining came to the 2015 USEF Youth Reining National Championships on Saturday, June 27 with the goal of claiming a national title. Held in conjunction with the NRHA Derby at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., Emmy-Lu Marsh earned the USEF 14-18 Youth Reining National title and James Belden, Jr....
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 09:41
Oklahoma City, Okla. - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby held an electric Non Pro finals today, including live commentary for the audience at home of the $183,000* est. Non Pro added money (added money is subject to change based on nominations). Probably the best story from the exciting evening of competition was that the...
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 08:16
Oklahoma City, Okla. – The NRHyA Art...
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 07:45
Wellington, Colorado- There were a total of 4,608 excited and energized teams of Ranch Sorting competition at this year's RSNC World Finals. It was held June 8th through 13th in Fort Worth, Texas at the Will Rogers Memorial Center Complex. This was the third year for the Finals of the Ranch Sorting National Championships at this prestigious...
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 10:03
The deadline of the 2015 AustrianRHA Futurity...

Driving

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 14:45
Mary Phelps
Here is the first photo tour of our summer dog and pony show was off, on a tour that would cover 5 states in three weeks full of fun, competition, training, exploration, visits with friends and family. We loaded up three ponies, 2 carriages, 3 dogs, and 3 humans. We set off from our home base farm in south central Kentucky, on a relatively short...
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 13:11
Mary Phelps
Kentucky is the place to be in October for the sport of Combined Driving as well as other related driving activities, and now there is one more event added to the roster. Two time Pony Driving World Champion, Bram Chardon (NED) will be coming to The Gayla Driving Center, October 9, 10, and 11, for a mega clinic and symposium covering all three...
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:31
At the 2015 American Horse Publications Awards Banquet many outstanding equine publications were recognized for various achievements throughout the year. Driving DigestMagazine walked away from the banquet with two awards. Competing against publications such Equus, Western Horseman, and American Quarter Horse Journal, the magazine owned and...
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 14:17
Alexandra Hill Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Bromont, Quebec - American driver James Fairclough is still leading the FEI2* Horse Four-In-Hand Division after the marathon phase at the Bromont International Driving, held June 19 to 21, 2015. After the dressage phase on Friday, James Fairclough was in first place with a total of 55.21 penalty points, ahead of Kentucky's Misdee Wrigley-Miller,...
Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 11:47
Alexandra Hill Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Bromont, Quebec - The Bromont International Driving launched its 14th edition yesterday at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park where all teams competed in the first leg of the event, the dressage phase. In the FEI2* Four-In-Hand Division, driver James Fairclough (NJ) is in first place after the dressage phase with a total of 55.21 penalty points...
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 14:45
Create a Great Halt - June 18th-If you were in on the “Building a Half-Halt” and “Transitions” classes, this is a great followup class! It’s easy to overlook the importance of the humble halt, but if you understand how much this move effects the rest of your work, you’ll really appreciate this class. We’ll go into to detail about how to get your...
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...

Show Jumping

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 14:02
Lindsay Brock for Jump Media
East Dorset, Vermont – Amanda Flint of Long Valley, NJ, took the top two spots in the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix, presented by Johnson Horse Transportation, on Saturday, July 4, winning with Superbad and placing second with VDL Wittinger at the Vermont Summer Festival. For the second year in a row, Flint rode Superbad, an 11-year-...
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 13:49
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Lexington, KY - Renowned Olympian and show jumper Laura Kraut has become an official advocate for Brooke USA, the American arm of the world's largest international equine welfare organization, the Brooke. A prominent horsewoman and competitor on the global stage, Kraut is no stranger to advocating for a better world. While she has used horses to...
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 12:24
Parker, CO — Three equestrians and their four-legged partners jumped to first place in the Premier Equestrian 1.10m Training Jumper Division during the first few weeks of the 2015 Summer in the Rockies show series at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. Premier Equestrian is proud to congratulate winners Stacey Swink, Phillip...
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 12:13
Emily Riden, Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Devon, PA - On Sunday, Tori Colvin was earning major jumper victories in Tryon, North Carolina. Fast-forward less than 24 hours and one drive through the night with her mother, and the 17-year-old from Loxahatchee, Florida was winning every class she was entered in at the 2015 U.S. Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast, hosted by the...
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 14:47
Mill Spring, NC - Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, continued her hot streak today with a win in the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix aboard BetterTimes, owned by Heritage Farm, at the conclusion of the Tryon Summer 2 show at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Colvin and BetterTimes finished the jump-off with a time of 46.824 seconds,...
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 12:31
Classic Communications
Lake Placid, New York - Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ won the $75,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Prix to culminate the second week of the 46th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC. Her win capped a phenomenal week which saw her win several classes and came fifty years to the week after her...
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 11:03
Lindsay Brock for Jump Media
East Dorset, Vermont – Katie Tyler of Old Lyme, CT, riding Seattle 6 was the fastest of two jump-off contenders to win the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Dr. Robert Barber and Team Barber, on Sunday, July 5, at the Vermont Summer Festival.  Tyler and Seattle 6, her 14-year-old Holsteiner...

Para Dressage

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 09:49
  Überherrn, Germany - Rebecca Hart and Schroeter's Romani earmarked a page in history over Independence Day-weekend. Representing the United States overseas, Hart and Romani broke their personal records, riding to their first European scores over 70 percent at the CPEDI3* Überherrn 2015, celebrating the holiday weekend in a unique style. "I am super excited that Romani has brisked the situation and done her job super well," Hart said. "It meant a lot to have all of our hard work show during our tests, and to break a 70 percent during European competition, that was really exciting." On the opening day of the competition, Hart kicked off the Grade II test in top form, riding Romani to the score of 73.137 percent for the second place. The Ground Jury consisted of Marco Orsini (GER), Jacque...
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...
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