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Jan Ebeling and Rafalca Finish Eleventh in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

April 30, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Leipzig, Germany – A strong field of 15 riders from nine nations contested Saturday evening’s Grand Prix Freestyle, to bring the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final to a close. There were three nations that qualified three riders each for tonight’s class; the United States, The Netherlands and Germany. America’s Catherine Haddad-Staller, Shawna Harding and Jan Ebeling performed up-tempo freestyles in front of a large audience in Hall One of the Leipzig Exhibition Center.

Haddad-Staller (Vechta, Germany) and her own Winyamaro started the evening’s competition with an impressive freestyle. The music selection played up the Hanoverian gelding’s expressive gaits and allowed for his character to shine through. Highlights of Haddad-Staller’s test included expressive lateral work and her one-handed canter extension. The pair rode to a score of 70.161% and finished the Grand Prix Freestyle in 12th place.

Fellow American, Shawna Harding, followed Haddad-Staller into the ring with an equally fun ride, scoring 67.625%. Harding (Aiken, SC) and her own Come On III started their test with a high degree of difficulty by performing tempi-changes upon her entrance on the centerline. Come On III was more relaxed in his extended walk tonight than he was during Thursday’s Grand Prix test and had beautiful half-passes in both the trot and canter. This pair ended their test with an exclamation point by finishing completely in sync with their music. Harding and Come On III finished in 14th place.

World Cup Final Jan Ebeling

Photo by Aly Sanderford/ Phelps Media Group

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, CA and Ann Romney’s Rafalca followed up their strong performance in the Grand Prix test with another highlight in the Freestyle. From the very beginning, this pair was out to impress with a technically challenging first section. Their music was set to the soundtrack of the 1986 Robert De Niro movie “The Mission” and suited their choreography perfectly. Throughout their powerful trot work, Ebeling and Rafalca stayed perfectly in step with the music, helping them to earn a 72.589%. The pair completed the Grand Prix Freestyle in 11th place.

Ebeling could not have been more pleased with the Oldenburg mare tonight and found the experience riding for the U.S. in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final extremely valuable.

“She gave her all, I couldn’t be happier,” Ebeling said. “The atmosphere is here is just amazing. In America, we never get to ride in places like this, never get to ride in front of so many people, so for us it’s just amazing. I’m just thrilled, it’s always fantastic to represent your country.”

Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival of The Netherlands were the victors in tonight’s Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 84.804.

– By Helen Murray for USEF

Watch live action from the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final on http://www.feitv.com.

For news, videos, photos, blogs and results, visit http://usefnetwork.com/2011FEIWCFinals/.

Details about the Finals are available at http://www.engarde.de/events/index.php?eventID=65.


Jan Ebeling and Rafalca Make Top 10 at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

April 29, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Leipzig, Germany – The Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final got underway Thursday evening with the grand prix presented by Sparkasse. The U.S. sent three combinations to the arena in Hall One of the Leipzig Exhibition Hall. The American horse/rider combinations did not disappoint in the field of 17.

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Jan Ebeling and Rafalca. (Photo by Aly Sanderford/ Phelps Media Group)

First in the arena for the U.S. was Jan Ebeling and Ann Romney’s Rafalca. This veteran pair demonstrated fluid trot work emphasized by a solid half-pass and had a consistent canter tour. Throughout the test, Rafalca was the picture of obedience and finished with a fluent centerline.

The 52-year-old from Moorpark, CA, could not have been more proud of his longtime partner and found vindication tonight for a tense FEI World Cup Final debut in Las Vegas in 2009.

“I couldn’t be happier with her, she didn’t really have any mistakes and she handled the arena really well, for me that was one thing I really wanted to show everyone, she is not as silly as she was two years ago in Vegas.”

Rafalca and Ebeling earned a score of 68.191% to finish the grand prix in 10th place.

Next in the ring for the U.S. was Shawna Harding and her own Come On III. They finished in 15th place on a score of 64.696%. This pair from Aiken, SC, started off their test with a strong first centerline and flowed into a powerful extended trot. Throughout their entire time in the arena, Harding and Come On III displayed expressive canter gaits, highlighted by determined canter work.

The final pair for the U.S. was Vechta, Germany, based Catherine Haddad-Staller and her own Winyamaro. The chestnut gelding with four white socks demonstrated flashy movement throughout the test to score 67.34% and finish in 11th place. They had an accurate test highlighted by active trot work and a bold lengthening. In the second canter pirouette on the centerline, the pair lost their rhythm but recovered the next movement with a fluid extended trot.

Haddad-Staller was pleased with the maturity that the 11-year-old demonstrated on such a large stage.

“I was quite happy with my ride, my horse is quite young for this type of tournament. I was pretty happy excited he made it into the FEI Finals. He was quite distracted in some parts of the test. It wasn’t my most relaxed test, but I was quite happy he kept it together in there.”

The Netherlands’ experienced pair of Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival captured the victory in the grand prix presented by Sparkasse scoring 80.957%.

All three American combinations have qualified to compete in the grand prix freestyle on Saturday evening.

Anne Gribbons, the USEF Dressage Technical Advisor was thrilled with all three of these combinations moving onto the freestyle, but was not surprised by their strong performances this evening.

“I love it, I love it, I really do. We didn’t expect anything else,” she said.

The Grand Prix Kur for the Reem Acra World Cup Dressage Final will take place Saturday April 30 in Hall One and is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. CEST.

Watch live action from the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final on http://www.feitv.com.

For news, videos, photos, blogs and results, visit http://usefnetwork.com/2011FEIWCFinals/.

Details about the Finals are available at http://www.engarde.de/events/index.php?eventID=65.

By Helen Murray for USEF



College Preparatory Invitational Announces Exciting News for the 2012 Event

April 28, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

For Immediate Release
Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Wellington, FL – April 27, 2011 – The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) is pleased to announce many exciting changes and improvements to their program for their 2012 horse show. Following an extremely successful inaugural event in 2011, the CPI is already in the midst of developing a bigger and better event for their second year. The 2012 horse show will be larger, allowing more riders to compete, and will include dressage classes and an increase to five scholarships that will be awarded.

The mission of the CPI is to prepare and educate student riders in grades 8 – 12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide the riders with resources to create their desired college equestrian experience. The show is specifically geared to promote college recruitment of equestrians by providing the opportunity for coaches and potential students to meet.

Heidi Lengyel, Co-Founder and Coordinator of the CPI, thinks that the horse show will exceed expectations this year as they continue to expand. “The CPI program will be bigger and better in 2012 and we look forward to seeing the program develop into something really special,” Lengyel stated. “The event will continue to grow and our goal is to continue raising awareness of the amazing college equestrian programs that we have throughout the country.”

Jeanne Rouco-Conesa, Co-Founder and Partner of the CPI, was thrilled with the success of the inaugural event and looks forward to continuing that success next year. She noted, “The partnership between the CPI and the Winter Equestrian Festival has been an exceptional opportunity to expose the country’s young talent to the opportunities that they have in both riding and continuing their education. This year we want the program to be even better, with the expansion of the educational seminars and the addition of many more representatives from colleges and universities around the country. The CPI was developed to provide junior riders with the resources they need to help create their future collegiate equestrian experience and this year’s event will carry that process even further.”

CPI Adds Dressage in 2012

The next College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show will take place on January 13-16, 2012, and will be based on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) hunt seat equitation classification. In addition, the 2012 CPI will feature classes for riders interested in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA).

Dressage legend Robert Dover will be an exciting addition to the horse show this year, appearing to judge the new dressage classes at the CPI. Dover looks forward to getting involved and said, “It is a great thing that they are adding Dressage to the program as it is the true basis for all good horsemanship. It cannot help but benefit all of the riders and the sport as a whole to introduce classical training into the College Prep Invitational. I am excited to be a part of it in its first year!”

CPI is also proud to announce that CWD has signed on as the Official Saddle Sponsor. They will providing used demo saddles that will be available for purchase on 24 horses at the CPI event. There will be a raffle for CWD merchandise in which proceeds will benefit the CPI scholarship fund.

Riders Recruited From 2011 CPI

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is rooted in the belief that equestrian talent, not finances, should dictate a rider’s opportunity to be a part of a collegiate team. Given the fact that the CPI provides all the horses and necessary tack for the show, riders do not incur the expense of transporting horses to the show. By competing on unknown horses at the CPI, riders have a chance to be seen in a formal competition by a variety of prospective equestrian college coaches on a level playing field.

Auburn University head coach Greg Williams was at the CPI this year and confirmed a CPI rider, Jennifer Delman of Greensboro, North Carolina. Delman was signed to an athletic scholarship. Williams pointed out, “We knew of Jennifer prior to the CPI and were pretty
secure in the fact that we wanted her at Auburn. Seeing her perform so well in that format firmed up that decision.”

Williams said of the CPI, “I thought the CPI was a great, well-organized showcasing of young riders. The information was packaged well, the event ran well, and there were many good riders to see.”

Sally Frick, equestrian coach at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, spoke about the CPI and how it helped her recruit one of her top new riders this year. “This talented young rider had not even heard of Converse College prior to attending the CPI event,” Frick stated. “Because of the unique method of exposure offered to me as a recruiter from Converse, we were able to help her find the right setting for her college degree. This girl is an excellent rider and we are thrilled to have signed her to the team.”

“I was very impressed with the CPI event and plan on returning next year,” Frick added with a smile. “It was very well-run, organized, and implemented.”

Prepare for the 2012 CPI!

Along with the competition, the CPI will offer seminars and question & answer sessions during the show. Riders and their families will hear about the college equestrian experience and familiarize themselves with the different associations that govern collegiate riding. There will also be a number of colleges and universities present at the CPI to distribute literature and introduce the academic and riding opportunities, including scholarships, offered at their institution.

The future leaders of the equestrian business and sport are the college bound riders. The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show Scholarship Fund rewards social conduct and academic excellence as well as competitive success. In total, there will be five scholarships awarded to eligible CPI participants, including: CPI Horsemanship Test Award, CPI High Point Hunt Seat Equitation Rider, CPI Essay Contest, CPI Champion of Service Award, and CPI High Point Dressage Rider.

The Entry Deadline for the Horsemanship Test Award and the Champion of Service Award is the same date as the CPI Application Deadline: October 1, 2011. The Entry Deadline for the Essay Contest is November 1, 2011. The essay topic will be posted on the website on September 1, 2011, allowing two months time for riders to submit their essay.

The inaugural CPI event was held this January during the prestigious 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The management company of the FTI WEF, Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP), joined forces with the CPI to host the unique event, aimed at both young college-bound equestrians and their families.

Riders showed in Novice, Limit, Intermediate and Open divisions according to their level of experience, showing both over fences and on the flat. With over a hundred entries, classes were divided into sections of 12 and competitors were awarded ribbons through eighth place in each section. Judges included renowned equestrians John French, Nona Garson, and Georgina Bloomberg. Students traveled from all over the country, Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas to participate.

Please visit the CPI horse show’s website at www.collegeprepinvitational.com for more information about the event, venue, scholarships and much more.

U.S. Horses Fit to Compete in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

April 27, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Leipzig, Germany – The United States presented three horses to the veterinary panel at the Horse Inspection this afternoon for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final. All proved sound and ready to compete. There were 18 horse/rider combinations fielded from the 11 nations competing at the 2011 Final.

World Cup Final of Dressage

Shawna Harding and Come On III at the First Horse Inspection at the 2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final. (Photo by Aly Sanderford/PMG)

The U.S. will be represented by:

Rider / Age / Home Town / Horse / Age / Breed / Sex / Owner

Jan Ebeling / 52 / Moorpark, CA / Rafalca / 14 / Oldenburg / Mare / Ann Romney

Catherine Haddad-Staller / 47 / Vechta, Germany / Winyamaro / 11 / Hanoverian / Gelding / Catherine Haddad-Staller

Shawna Harding / 41 / Aiken, SC / Come On III / 12 / Danish Warmblood / Gelding / Shawna Harding

“All of our combinations looked good, sound and ready to compete. Everyone is really excited to be here,” said Eva Salomon, USEF Dressage Team Chef d’Equipe. “We will do our first training in the main arena tonight and look forward to getting underway tomorrow.”

The competition officially begins tomorrow (Thursday) with the grand prix presented by Sparkasse. Ebeling and Rafalca will kick things off for the U.S. as the third combination in the arena at 6:20 p.m. CET in Hall One of the Leipzig Exhibition Center. Harding and Come On III drew seventh and will ride at 7:00 p.m. CET. Haddad-Staller, riding Winyamaro, will be the final U.S. combination in the ring at 8:15 p.m. CET after having drawn 13th.

Watch live action from the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final on http://www.feitv.com.

For news, videos, photos, blogs and results, visithttp://usefnetwork.com/2011FEIWCFinals/

Details about the Finals are available at http://www.engarde.de/events/index.php?eventID=65


Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Ready for CCI4* Challenge at the 2011 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

April 21, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, KY – All 84 horses presented at the first Horse Inspection at the 2011 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials were accepted by the Ground Jury without incident. This includes three American horses: Mandiba, BallyNoe Castle RM and The Good Witch.

With their riders, Karen O’Connor, who contested her first Badminton in 1979, Buck Davidson, whose father Bruce was the first U.S. winner in 1995 and Jennifer Wooten-DaFoe who looks to cross Badminton off the list of CCI4*s to complete with her diminutive mare – these horses are trying to do something that has only been done twice before by Americans:


Karen O’Connor and Mandiba are the most experienced combination having represented the U.S. at both the 2008 Olympic Games and as part of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. O’Connor’s husband David was the second U.S. rider to win the prestigious event, when he took the honor with Custom Made in 1997.

“Mandiba is in great form,” said O’Connor of the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse. “He has never had a better run up to a CCI4*. He’s fit, he’s well, he’s sound and he is ready and I am really excited about the weekend. It’s all out there for me to give this horse the chance he deserves.”

O’Connor finished 10th at Badminton on March Brown in 1979 and this will be her 10th start at the event.

“I feel like the American horses are prepared better than ever,” said O’Connor. “I don’t know what will happen on Sunday but I can say that we are closing the gap between what we are doing in North America and the British CCI4*s. I remember coming here before and thinking, ‘what am I doing here?’ after walking the course. I feel like our horses have seen these questions before and we are as close as we’ve ever been. It’s a tribute to the course designers in this country.”

All three U.S. horses drew Saturday dressage times and Davidson leads off for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. BallyNoe Castle RM – the excellent jumper and a four-star veteran at just 11 years old went to Europe off a confident finish at the Fork Horse Trials in the beginning of April.

Wooten-DaFoe made the trip from California with Daisy Tognazzini’s hard jumping 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare. This combination has jumped around Rolex Kentucky, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, and Pau – proving very consistent form at the CCI4*.

The 2011 event runs over Easter Holiday weekend, so for the first time, the schedule has been amended so that the final phase, the show jumping, takes place on Monday.


Complete details are available on the Badminton site: http://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/ and photos from the jog can be found here: http://useventing.com/blog/?p=15504.


Badminton also marks the first leg of the Rolex Grand Slam, an achievement worth $350,000 to any rider who can win Badminton, Burghley and Rolex Kentucky CCI4*s in succession.


It also kicks of the HSBC Classic Series for 2011 – information about this series is available here:


By Joanie Morris for USEF

Watch the action live on FEITV: http://www.feitv.org/page/Home/0,,12664,00.html

David O’Connor Recommended by Eventing Eligible Athlete Committee and Eventing High Performance Committee to be the Next US Eventing Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor

April 15, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, KY – The Eventing Eligible Athlete Committee and Eventing High Performance Committee have unanimously recommended David O’Connor to be the Eventing Chef d’Equipe/ Technical Advisor to succeed Capt. Mark Phillips in 2013. The recommendation will go to the USEF High Performance Working Group before being presented to the USEF Executive Committee.

The search for Capt. Phillips replacement began in 2010. Nine applications were received by the Search Committee. The Committee shortlisted two applicants: O’Connor and Leslie Law.

The USEF hosted an Open Rider Forum at the Red Hills Horse Trials on March 13 where both O’Connor and Law made presentations and answered questions from the floor. The Search Committee then confirmed their recommendation of both O’Connor and Law to the Eventing Eligible Athlete Committee and the Eventing High Performance Committee.

After the forum at Red Hills, the Eventing Eligible Athlete Committee met three additional times to review all eligible applicants and decided to conduct another round of interviews. They met with the two shortlisted candidates (O’Connor and Law) again at the Fork Horse Trials on April 7 and held a telephone interview with British-based Australian Andrew Hoy.

The depth of quality of the applicant field was impressive – it included some of the biggest legends in the sport and after extensive research, thorough discussions and candid interviews the Eventing Eligible Athlete Committee unanimously voted to recommend O’Connor. On April 15, the Eventing High Performance Committee voted to unanimously to endorse this recommendation. The High Performance Working Group and the Executive Committee will meet to review this recommendation.

O’Connor has extensive knowledge of the sport in the U.S. and across the globe. He was the Individual Eventing Gold Medalist at the Sydney Olympic Games and he coached the Canadian Eventing Team to Team Silver at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. O’Connor has proven leadership skills having served as the President of the USEF and the Chairman of FEI Group IV since his retirement from International competition in 2004. On the field of play he is renowned for producing top results from both horses and riders.

Identifying a Chef D’Equipe/Technical Advisor now will allow for a smooth transition for the riders and the eventing program when Mark Phillips retires in 2012.  Phillips has successfully led the program since 1994, having won medals at four Pan American Games, four World Equestrian Games and four Olympic Games.

Entry List for Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Finalized

April 08, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, KY – The 2011 entry list is finalized. It comes as no surprise that the entry list for this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, boasts the names of many of the best horses and riders from around the world.

A field of entries containing Olympic veterans, past Rolex Kentucky Champions and World Equestrian Games (WEG) veterans will converge on the Kentucky Horse Park during the last weekend in April.

Entry List
James Alliston JUMBO’S JAKE/India McEvoy GBR
James Alliston PARKER GBR
Kristin Bachman GRYFFINDOR USA
Susan Beebee PROWLER/Plan Bee Equestrian LLC USA
Hawley Bennett – Awad GIN N JUICE/Rider & Linda Paine CAN
Diana Burnett MANNY CAN
Hannah Sue Burnett ST. BARTHS/Richard Thompson USA
Hamish Cargill SANDHILLS TIGER/Alannah Cargill AUS
William Coleman TWIZZEL/Jim Wildasin USA
Tiana Coudray RINGWOOD MAGISTER/Rider & Jatial, Inc. USA
Sarah Cousins TSUNAMI USA
Bruce (Buck) Davidson Jr. TITANIUM/Rider & Carl Segal USA
Bruce (Buck) Davidson Jr. BALLYNOE CASTLE RM/Cassandra Segal USA
Phillip Dutton TRULUCK/Ann Jones & Team Rebecca LLC USA
Phillip Dutton FERNHILL EAGLE/Team Rebecca LLC USA
William Fox-Pitt NEUF DES COEURS/David and Margie Hall GBR
William Fox-Pitt IDALGO/George and Jayne Apter GBR
William Fox-Pitt SEACOOKIE/Catherine Witt GBR
William Fox-Pitt NAVIGATOR/Barts Ladies GBR
Clayton Fredericks BE MY GUEST/Clayton & Lucinda Fredericks AUS
Heather Gillette OUR QUESTIONNAIRE/Kathleen McDernott USA
Jessica Hampf HIGH SOCIETY III/Carl Hampf CAN
Rebecca Howard RIDDLE MASTER/Caroline Bazley CAN
Mary King FERNHILL URCO/Sue & Edwin Davies GBR
Mary King KINGS TEMPTRESS/Derek Rostron Baden GBR
Olivia Loiacono SUBWAY USA
Boyd Martin REMINGTON XXV/Densey Juvonen USA
Joe Meyer SNIP/Rider, Deborah Meyer, and Churchill Stud NZL
Heather Morris SLATE RIVER/The Team Express Syndicate USA
Kristi Nunnink R-STAR USA
Karen O’Connor QUINTUS 54/Team Rebecca LLC USA
Jessica Phoenix EXPLORING CAN
Michael Pollard WONDERFUL WILL/Rider, Sher Schwartz & Nathalie Pollard USA
Michael Pollard ICARUS/Nathalie Pollard USA
Kelly Prather BALLINAKILL GLORY/Andrea Pfeiffer USA
Missy Ransehousen CRITICAL DECISION/Jessica Ransehousen USA
Colleen Rutledge SHIRAZ USA
Jane Sleeper UN USA
Allison Springer ARTHUR/Rider & William & Carolyn Springer USA
Polly Stockton WESTWOOD MARINER/Athur Comyn GBR
Mark Todd GRASS VALLEY/Diane Brunsden & Peter Cattell NZL
Oliver Townend ODT SONAS ROVATIO/Andrew Cawthray GBR
Jil Walton MY SEDONA/Cindy Marvin USA

Courtesy of USEF.org

FEI Updates Prohibited Substance List for Horses Competing in FEI Disciplines

April 08, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, KY – Approved at the FEI General Assembly in Taipei last November, the 2011 FEI Equine Prohibited Substance List for horses competing in FEI classes became effective April 4, 2011.  It is important for all who compete  in the FEI disciplines  to become  familiar with the parameters laid out by the FEI Clean Sport Initiative.

The lists of Controlled and Banned substances are available at www.feicleansport.org. Additionally, the Athlete’s Guide can be found here. The searchable FEI Equine Prohibited Substances Database can be found here. Until June 4, 2011, the 2011 list will show all Prohibited Substances that have been added or removed from the 2010 List and Database.

The FEI has also created applications for the iPhone and other smart phones, designed to show the latest changes to the rules as well as offer updates when any substances are added or removed.

Some of the most important changes affecting USEF members competing in FEI classes have been summarized below by USEF Drugs & Medications Chief Administrator, Dr. Stephen Schumacher:

Altrenogest (Regumate®) – has been moved from the Banned list to the Controlled Medications list for stallions and geldings. (This is a permitted substance in mares if a FEI medication form is filed.)

Medroxyprogesterone, Cyclophenil, Deslorelin and Fulvestrant – all anti-estrogenic or progestogen substances that have been added to the Controlled Medications list and were previously not listed.

Acetazolamide – was not listed previously, and has now been added to the Controlled Medications list.

Levomethadone – this is a different version of a substance already on the Controlled Medications list (methadone).

Ziconotide – has been specifically added to the Banned list.

For your convenience, a summary of changes is charted here.

USEF members are reminded to familiarize themselves with the changes brought about by the FEI Clean Sport Initiative, and to review all lists carefully before treating any horses that may compete in an FEI competition in 2011, and in any FEI discipline competition in the 2012 competition season which begins December 1, 2011.

Please contact the USEF Drug & Medications Department with any questions: medequestrian@aol.com

From the USEF Communications Department

Peters Sweeps Small Tour and Ebeling Prepares for World Cup at Festival of the Horse CDI-W/Y/J

April 05, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

By Yellow Horse Marketing for Cornerstone Event Management

Steffen Peters Weltino's Magic

Steffen Peters and "Weltino's Magic" sweep the small tour in Burbank.

BURBANK, CA – In sunny California, the competition for a coveted spot on the U.S. and Canadian Pan American Games teams heated up during the Festival of the Horse CDI-W/Y/J, held March 31 – April 3, 2011 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank.  Despite a large and talented group of international competitors, there was no stopping Steffen Peters with what the judges deemed his new “super horse”, “Weltino’s Magic”.  Peters and Jen Hlavacek’s nine-year-old Westfalen gelding (Weltino x Diva by Diamond Boy) swept the small tour with impressive scores of 75.395% in the Prix St. Georges and 77.237% for the Intermediaire I, and debuted their new freestyle to a score of 79.417%.  “The first word that comes to mind is ‘fun’,” says Peters in describing the weekend’s rides.  “He’s really a pleasure to ride, so supple and forward now, it’s like that feeling that I get from Ravel.”  On Peters’ heels throughout the competition were Guenter Seidel and “Sundayboy” (Dutch Warmblood gelding by Kennedy, owned by Richard and Jane Brown), who earned second-place finishes in both the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I; as well as Freestyle runner-up Jan Ebeling and Anne Romney’s “Sandrina” (Oldenburg mare by Sandro Hit x Stutbuch by Ganymed).  “There are really nice horses here on the West Coast,” noted judge Cara Whitham (5* CAN).  “While I haven’t seen every single horse out there, at this point and from what we saw this weekend it looks like it may be a U.S. team of gentlemen riders going to Guadalajara for the Pan Ams.  It’s very strong out here.  But it is still a long while until October.  We’ll see!”

In the Grand Prix division, Jan Ebeling and his long-time partner “Rafalca” competed in this CDI as a final preparation for their participation in the upcoming Reem Acra/FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in Leipzig, Germany, and came away not only with solid scores but growing confidence in their performance.  “She’s gotten so much stronger and better this year, and she’s taken it to a whole new level,” said Ebeling of the 14-year-old Oldenburg mare (Argentinius x Ratine by Rubinstein I,  owned by Amy Ebeling, Ann Romney, and Beth Meyer).   “She felt awesome!  She’s finally come into her own now.”  The ground jury agreed, rewarding the pair with a score of 69.298% for the Grand Prix and 73.025% for their difficult freestyle routine.  “Rafalca is much more confirmed, consistent and at ease throughout her test than we’ve seen her before,” noted Whitham.

In the Grand Prix Special, Shannon Peters claimed the win with Four Winds Farm’s Dutch Warmblood gelding “Odyssey” (Ferro x Gerina by Zebulon) with a 64.208%.  “The feeling he gives me is so amazing,” said Peters.  “He always tries so hard, and gets better and better with each test.  That’s all I can ask for.”

Judge Linda Zang (5* USA) was pleased with the quality of horses and riders presented in the large tour.  “Once again, we’re starting to see a strong group of Grand Prix horses starting to emerge from the West Coast, and this makes us very happy to see,” said Zang.  “These horses are going in the right direction with correct riding and attitude.”

In the CDI Young Rider division, three riders shared wins during a weekend of strong competition.  Brandi Roenick rode her own “Pretty Lady” to top the scoreboard with 66.974% in the Young Rider Team Test, while Mackinzie Pooley and “Jonkara” earned the win in the Individual Test with 66.053%.  Jamie Pestana rode her own Hanoverian gelding “Winzalot”  to the Freestyle victory with a score of 67.250% to close out the Young Rider division.  For Juniors, Canada’s Colby Dodd claimed the win in the Team Test while Rison Naness and “Kingsley” topped the Junior Individual class.

Markel/Cornerstone High Point Winners were once again presented in four divisions.  In the FEI ranks, Steffen Peters and “Weltino’s Magic” were presented with the champion’s dress sheet, while in the Open division Jess Havey rode “Springsteen” to the win.  For Adult Amateurs, Cherie Vetsch with “Baas B.” claimed the title, and Mackinzie Pooley with “Starlet M” won the Junior/Young Rider division.

With the generous support of sponsors, a wide array of activities for both exhibitors and spectators were available free of charge.  Thanks to the Lisa Seger Equine Insurance Agency, “The Retreat” hospitality area was once again a big hit with competitors, and “Mastering Good Horsemanship” seminars with noted speaker Gil Merrick were available during the weekend.  In addition, LA Saddlery and Prestige Italia’s Roberto Rasia held a wine and cheese reception for competitors and presented Steffen Peters with a new Prestige saddle as winner of Saturday’s CDI Intermediaire I class.

Upcoming Cornerstone CDI events include Dressage at Woodside CDI 1*/Y/J on May 19 – 22, and Dressage at Flintridge CDI 1*/Y/J on May 26 – 29.  Both events are official qualifying competitions for the Pan American Games Selection Trials.

Cornerstone Event Management is the leading resource for premier dressage events in California.  For more information, including news, show calendars, prize lists, entry forms, schedules, and results, visit Cornerstone Event Management on Facebook or www.cornerstonedressage.com.


NBC Sports to Feature Live Telecast of Rolex Equestrian Championships Presented by Land Rover

April 05, 2011 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, KY – Mark your calendar, plan the party and get the big screen ready! For the first time in its history, the Rolex Equestrian Championships presented by Land Rover will air LIVE on NBC Sports, Sunday, May 1, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT.

With the support of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Equestrian Events, Inc., organizer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, NBC Sports will broadcast the final show jumping rounds LIVE, alongside taped highlights of the dressage and cross-country phases. One of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions and America’s only CCI4*, Rolex Kentucky returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 28-May 1. The event attracts tens of thousands of spectators and millions of viewers on telecasts worldwide.

“Those final rounds during show jumping are full of suspense and excitement – you just never know when rails will fall,” said Lisa Ball, President of Equestrian Events, Inc. “We are thrilled that fans across the nation will be able to share in that excitement along with the thousands of fans here at the Kentucky Horse Park.”

The 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will crown the 14th USEF National CCI4* Champion, and is the only North American leg of the HSBC FEI ClassicsTM Series. The world’s best horses and riders will compete for their share of $250,000 in prize money as well as a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing which is awarded to any rider who wins Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley, consecutively. (The term “consecutively” shall not be limited to wins which occur within the same competition year or same calendar year.)

Past winners of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event include United States Olympic Medalists David and Karen O’Connor, Kim Severson and Phillip Dutton, New Zealand’s Blyth Tait and Nick Larkin, Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain and Andrew Hoy, Clayton Fredericks and Lucinda Fredericks of Australia.

To find out more about tailgating and ticketing packages available for the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, visit www.rk3de.org. Tickets may be ordered online, or by printing the ticket order form from the website and returning it via mail or fax 859-254-5116 to Equestrian Events, Inc. Tickets may also be ordered by calling 859-254-8123. Advance ticket sales close on April 10!

Equestrian Events, Inc., (EEI) is a non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event which quickly evolved into what is today the only four star three-day event in the Western Hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone.