Friday, December 30 2011 by Editor
Paige Johnson named event chairperson [Wellington, Fl] With philanthropist and equestrian, Paige Johnson, as event chairperson, the 2 nd annual Jump for HomeSafe will be entertaining hundreds of people Saturday, January 28, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the Winter Equestrian Festival’s Nepresso $55,000 Battle of the Sexes. Proceeds of the event will support HomeSafe, a non-profit organization helping victims of domestic violence and child abuse. Each year HomeSafe serves more than fifteen-thousand infants, children and families in Palm Beach County and South Florida. Jump for HomeSafe is a fun, energetic cocktail party taking place inside the newly expanded Wellington Tent at the PBIEC. Attendees will enjoy a three-hour cocktail party, including hors d’oeuvres, open bar, silent auction, entertainment, special guests, reserved outdoor seating to watch Battle of the Sexes, and horseless jump competitions (with awards) for children. “I am honored to host this charity event for HomeSafe, and hope to bring awareness to as many people as possible about the overwhelming presence of child abuse and domestic violence in this country,” said Paige Johnson, chairperson for Jump for HomeSafe . “We’re truly ecstatic to have Paige Johnson as the chairperson of HomeSafe’s charity equestrian event,” said Matthew Ladika, CEO of HomeSafe
Friday, December 30 2011 by Editor
[December 27, 2011] Equine Canada and Dressage Canada are taking an industry-wide leadership role by requiring all dressage riders to wear helmets in competition. Commencing in 2012, a national rule change will require all riders to wear helmets for all levels of Equine Canada sanctioned dressage competition. The rule for January 1, 2012 is SAFETY HEADGEAR All riders, regardless of age or level or competition, must wear ASTM/SEI or BSI/BS EN approved protective headgear at all times when mounted at any EC-sanctioned Dressage competition at the event location. “I am very proud of our Dressage Committee for taking this step,” said Equine Canada president Michael Gallagher. “I believe we are the first national federation in the world to introduce this rule across all levels, and I can guarantee we will not be the last.” This change for 2012 is a modification to the rule that was put in place in May 2011 where all riders competing in Fourth Level and below, FEI Young Horse Tests, Material and equitation classes at Bronze, Silver and Gold shows had to wear helmets. This rule also included non-competing riders as well. “Helmet use is an important step and component in the safety for all our members,” said John Harris, chair of Equine Canada Board’s Task Force on Safety.
Wednesday, December 14 2011 by Editor
Lexington, KY – The first of six pre-Olympic Games Dressage Clinics kicked off at beautiful Epona Farm in Thousand Oaks, CA. These clinics, a joint effort by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the USET Foundation will help prepare horses and riders for the 2012 London Olympic Games
[Lexington, KY] The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce approval by its Board of Governors of a US national dressage championship beginning in 2013. This championship will be a head to head competition showcasing Adult Amateur and Open riders at Training Level through Grand Prix. With invitations to be extended to competitors who have qualified through the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships, the inaugural championship (exact name TBD) will take place in the fall of 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) in Lexington, KY. The KHP was the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. It also hosts the annual Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. According to USDF President George Williams, the first formal discussions within the USDF, regarding a US national championship, started almost 20 years ago.
Monday, November 21 2011 by Editor
Lexington, KY - The USEF Eventing High Performance Training Lists have been revised for the upcoming 2012 season. Athlete/Horse combinations will be invited to participate in training sessions this winter with U.S. Chef d’Equipe and Technical Advisor Capt. Mark Phillips. Preparation for and success at the 2012 Olympic Games were the Eventing Selectors and the High Performance Committee’s highest priorities in developing these lists. A List Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) and Bruce Duchossois’ Mighty Nice Mighty Nice is a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) and Carriag LLC’s Manoir de Carnville Manoir de Carnville is an 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding Boyd Martin (West Grove, PA) and the Neville Bardos Syndicate’s Neville Bardos Neville Bardos is a 12-year-old Australian Thoroughbred gelding Boyd Martin (West Grove, PA) and the Otis Barbotiere Syndicate’s Otis Barbotiere Otis Barbotiere is a 9-year-old Selle Francais gelding B List Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, VA) and Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot Harbour Pilot is an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Jan Byyny (Purcellville, VA) and her own and Jo and Richard Byyny’s Inmidair Inmidair is a 12-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding Will Coleman (Gordonsville, VA) and Jim Wildasin’s Twizzel Twizzel is a 15-year-old Westphalian gelding Tiana Coudray (Ojai, CA) and Jatial Inc.’s Ringwood Magister Ringwood Magister is a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Buck Davidson (Ocala, FL) and Sharon Will’s Absolute Liberty Absolute Liberty an 8-year-old Thoroughbred x Oldenburg Mare Buck Davidson (Ocala, FL) and Carl and Cassandra Segal’s BallyNoe Castle RM BallyNoe Castle RM is an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Buck Davidson (Ocala, FL) and Sherrie Martin’s The Apprentice The Apprentice is a 7-year-old Oldenburg gelding Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) and Nina and Tim Gardner’s William Penn William Penn is a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) and Team Rebecca LLC’s Ben Ben is a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding Will Faudree (Hoffman, NC) and Jennifer Mosing’s Pawlow Pawlow is a 12-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding Will Faudree (Hoffman, NC) and Jennifer Mosing’s Fernhill Gloster Rebel Fernhill Gloster Rebel is a 10-year-old Irish Thoroughbred Gelding Becky Holder (Palmetto, GA) and Melissa and Phil Town, and Tom Holder’s Can’t Fire Me Can’t Fire Me is a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Shannon Lilley (Gilroy, CA) and The Lilley Group’s Ballingowan Pizazz Ballingowan Pizazz is an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Marilyn Little-Meredith (Frederick, MD) and Raylyn Farm Inc.’s RF Rovano Rex RF Rovano Rex is a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding Boyd Martin (West Grove, PA) and Boyd Martin and Faye Woolfe’s Ying Yang Yo Ying Yang Yo is a 15-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Clark Montgomery (Fairburn, GA) and Holly Becker, Kathryn Kraft and Jessica Montgomery’s Loughan Glen Loughan Glen is an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Karen O’Connor (The Plains, VA) and The O’Connor Equestrian Syndicate’s Mr Medicott Mr Medicott is a 12-year-old Irish Sport horse gelding Julian Stiller (Thatcham, Berkshire UK) and her own and Jules Delvecchio’s Chapel Amble Chapel Amble is a 14-year-old Hanoverian mare Jolie Wentworth (Martinez, CA) and Tracy Bowman’s Good Knight Good Knight is a 9-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding It is anticipated that training sessions will be held in California, Florida, and South Carolina; dates will be finalized and published in December.