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Steffen Peters Dressage Demonstration Added to Longines Masters of Los Angeles Program

July 27, 2015 By: Editor Category: General

STEFFEN PETERS DRESSAGE DEMONSTRATION ADDED TO LONGINES MASTERS OF LOS ANGELES PROGRAM
EEM and Olympic Dressage Rider Will Bridge the Gap Between Disciplines During Longines Masters of Los Angeles CSI5* Show Jumping Competition
 
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Photo Credit Joseph Newcomb

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 27, 2015) – EEM is proud to announce a world class dressage demonstration at the upcoming American leg of the Longines Masters series in Los Angeles, October 1-4. Local California Olympian and recent Pan American Games individual and team Gold medallist Steffen Peters will showcase all that the sport has to offer, teaching fans and spectators about another discipline of equestrian sports.

 
“Though we both share our competition rings with equine athletes, Dressage and Show Jumping are often considered completely separate,” said Peters. “I am thrilled to be taking part in the Longines Masters of Los Angeles to show fans the balance, strength, flexibility and accuracy of this sport, and show that we are united by more than our mutual passion for these beautiful animals.”
 
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Photo Credit Joseph Newcomb

The Dressage Demonstration by Steffen Peters will take place on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd and will feature a presentation explaining the sport, his approach, and his movements with the horse. The description will be brought to life with a Kür Grand Prix Freestyle to give spectators an example of Dressage competition.

 
“We strive to offer the best of our sport at the Longines Masters,” said EEM Founder and CEO Christophe Ameeuw. “With the addition of this program, we are delighted to welcome not only top-ranked international Show Jumpers, but also one of the most successful American Dressage riders of our generation. We are thrilled that Steffen Peters will be joining us to shed light on this amazing sport to our public.”
 
DETAILS

WHAT: Dressage Demonstration by Steffen Peters
WHEN: Friday, October 2, 2015 and Saturday, October 3, 2015 
WEBSITE: http://www.mastersgrandslam.com/en/longines_masters_los_angeles 
TICKETING: Tickets are available at http://www.mastersgrandslam.com/en/ticketing

 

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Photo Credit Joseph Newcomb

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ABOUT THE LONGINES MASTERS
Established in three of the biggest cities—Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong—the Longines Masters series is recognized by the FEI Fédération Equestre Internationale and is one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions worldwide. Created by EEM, the concept of the Masters was born in 2009 with the first edition of the Gucci Paris Masters, now renamed the Longines Masters of Paris. Inspired by the Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, the circuit rapidly developed abroad, with the Longines Masters of Hong Kong in 2013 and the Longines Masters of Los Angeles in 2014.
The world’s best riders and horses will compete for one million dollars in prize money at each leg of the series. In addition, any rider who consecutively wins the Longines Grand Prix in Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles will be rewarded with one million euros Master Grand Slam Bonus.  For two successive victories, the rider will be awarded €500,000, and winners of two non-successive victories within a series of three Longines Grand Prix will receive a €250,000 bonus.
EEM’s objective is to create emblematic events that showcase the magic of show jumping and put equestrian sport in the international spotlight. These events are broadcast in more than 120 countries and reach almost 550 million viewers. Every edition of the Masters is a monumental event that brings together sports enthusiasts, amateurs, celebrities and corporate decision-makers from around the world, who come to enjoy a unique experience, boasting exceptional sport, entertainment, glamour, gastronomy and contemporary art.
  • Longines Masters of Los Angeles October 1 to 4, 2015
  • Longines Masters of Paris December 3 to 6, 2015
  • Longines Masters of Hong Kong February 19 to 21, 2016
For more information please visit: www.mastersgrandslam.com
 

Qualifying for Pony Finals

July 10, 2015 By: Editor Category: General

By Sydney Flashman

The email that I received informing me that I had qualified for the finals on my pony jumper, Lizzie McGuire.

The email that I received informing me that I had qualified for the finals on my pony jumper, Lizzie McGuire.

Qualifying for Pony Finals is difficult, whether you’re a pony hunter or a pony jumper.

To qualify in the hunters, one must be champion or reserve champion in an A or AA rated show. Oftentimes, it can take multiple tries to earn high enough placings in one show to be champion or reserve. To earn either qualifying title, one must jog within the top three in pretty much every single class—sometimes, a rider can jog lower to be reserve, but often the difference between champion and reserve is just a few points, sometimes even half or a portion of a point. One point could make you or break you—it could be the point deciding whether a rider is reserve, qualifying for Pony Finals, or just missing the qualification title. As long as the pony is qualified for the finals, any rider can compete in the finals on it, not just the rider who qualified it. Hunter riders have until July 1, 2015 to qualify for the prestigious finals this year.

In the pony jumpers, qualifying is a bit different. In each jumper class, points depend on where a rider places, what height a rider jumps, the number of faults a rider picks up, and how many competitors are in the class. To earn points to qualify for Pony Jumper Finals, the rider is required to compete in a pony jumper class where the fences are set no lower than 1.05 meters, or about 3’4”. However, pony jumper classes can be set up to 1.15 meters or higher, which earns the rider the most points. A competitor can earn points towards qualifying for Pony Jumper Finals 2015 until June 1, 2015, meaning that as of a few weeks ago, riders were unable to collect and add points to their numbers. However, ponies and riders can start earning points for next year. To be considered to represent their zone in the championships, a pony jumper must submit an application, which was also due on June 1. Each zone picks three riders to represent them at the finals, which means that the difficulty of being accepted varies from zone to zone. In Zone 10, there were not as many pony jumpers, so it was easier to get accepted to Pony Finals. But on the East Coast, pony jumper classes are much more popular, so there are more pony jumpers, making it that much more difficult to qualify. No matter where a rider competes, qualifying for pony jumper finals is difficult and complicated.

To qualify for the USEF Pony Medal, a rider must earn a minimum of 30 points, which are awarded according to the point chart above.

To qualify for the USEF Pony Medal, a rider must earn a minimum of 30 points, which are awarded according to the point chart above.

For the USEF Pony Medal Finals, a rider must earn a minimum of thirty points to be allowed to compete in the finals. In the medal, six riders must complete the course for the points to count, which sometimes creates a problem around where I show—often, it is difficult to find six riders who will do the medal and will make it around the course. If each rider does make it around the course, the points count towards the medal finals. If a rider wins first, they earn thirty points. If a rider is second, they earn fifteen points, and if they are third, they earn five points. Because it is a medal, and is judged on the rider, a rider can compete on any mount, though they can only ride once per USEF class. Riders have until July 1 to qualify for the medal finals.

Around April or May, riders who qualified for the Pony Medal or Pony Hunter Finals are sent a letter from USEF explaining that they’ve qualified for the finals. Along with the letter comes a packet containing information about the finals and other papers that advertise clinics, activities, and horsemanship tests that take place during the week of Pony Finals.

Pony Jumpers receive an e-mail about a week after the final points are tallied stating that they’ve been accepted into the final, asking the riders to RSVP by a certain date.

When I received the email and letter, I was extremely excited. Even though I competed in Pony Finals last year, it still seems surreal that I could actually have a chance to go to Kentucky and compete in the national finals. Being able to physically open the letter and realize that I had been accepted into the finals was a great feeling, especially because last year I had qualified right after the letters were sent, so I never received one. Opening and reading the letter and email got me super excited for Kentucky, and every time I reread them, the same excitement washes over me. Seeing and reading the letter is a constant reminder that Pony Finals is getting closer every day!

The letter (addressed to the pony's owner, which the owners later gave to me) confirming that I had qualified for Pony Finals on my small green pony hunter, Alliance Bowregard.

The letter (addressed to the pony’s owner, which the owners later gave to me) confirming that I had qualified for Pony Finals on my small green pony hunter, Alliance Bowregard.