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Good Food Hunting: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

December 27, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Kat Nielsen

Finished roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans.

Roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans and brown butter.

Roasting these mini cabbages brings out awesome flavor, but pairing them with nutty brown butter and sweet pecans, they becomes a dreamy side dish for eating “lesser vegetables” and all taste.

Trimming the bottoms of the Brussels sprouts, preparing them for baking.

Trimming the bottoms of the Brussels sprouts, preparing them for baking.

Roasting almost any vegetable is a usually a surefire way to success. I’ve found many converts to beets and Brussels sprouts because of this method of cooking. You start this process by coating your vegetables in oil, and roast at a high temperature to bring out the natural sweetness. In the case of the Brussels sprout, the cabbage flavor mellows out which is usually why most people stay away from these guys.

With the addition of brown butter, you get a really lovely nutty flavor that coats everything. To understand brown butter, you start but realizing that butter is just water and milk solids. When you cook the butter, it’s usually over a saucepan and continually stirred. As the water evaporates, the milk solids start to brown and create a very aromatic sauce, with amazing taste. It’s that unique flavor you can add to baked goods, roasting and just about anything where you’d use butter to amp things up a bit.

Brown butter, this is an incorrect example with too many browned/burned bits at the bottom. Yours should be equally tanned and nutty in aroma.

Brown butter, this is an incorrect example with too many browned/burned bits at the bottom. Yours should be equally tanned and nutty in aroma.

Last but not least, are the addition of toasted nuts to the Brussels sprouts. I love pecans, and because they’re iconic of the holiday season I love adding them in this recipe. Of course you can substitute hickory nuts, or even hazelnuts for that extra crunch factor.

Enjoy your roasting and the taste of the season!

To full plates and eating your tarte out,

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

2 pounds of fresh Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 cup of butter, unsalted
1 cup of pecan pieces (or hickory nuts)
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Trim the base of your Brussels sprouts and remove any bruised leaves. If your Brussels Sprouts are extra large, be sure to halve them down the middle. Place into a baking dish large enough to let your Brussels sprouts spread out onto one even layer.

Pour olive oil onto Brussels sprouts and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for fifteen minutes.

In the interim, heat your butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Continue stirring. Butter will foam, it is after this point that you’re looking for a light tan color and nutty aroma. Remove from heat once this is achieved.

Remove Brussels sprouts from oven, pour butter over top and sprinkle with pecans. Stir to coat. Bake for an additional ten to fifteen minutes or until largest Brussels sprouts can be easily pierced with a knife.

Remove Brussels sprouts from oven, serve immediately.

About the writer: Author Kat Nielsen is a horse enthusiast turned food blogger. She maintains a day job in the horse world handling marketing and brand support to various companies, while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences. Visit her blog at EatYourTarteOut.com or email her at tartechic@eatyourtarteout.com.

THE OLD WEST COMES TO PALM BEACH COUNTY FOR WHO REINS SUPREME? Reining Competition, Trick Riders, Music, Cocktails and More at Equestrian Aid Foundation’s Fourth Annual Fundraiser

December 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, FL (December 19, 2013) – The Equestrian Aid Foundation will host the fourth annual winter Who Reins Supreme? on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach. The Old West themed event will feature a unique reining competition, cocktail hour, trick riders, awards ceremony, live and silent auctions and more.

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The highlight of Who Reins Supreme? will be a reining competition between two teams, each comprised of a compilation of hunters, jumpers, and dressage riders. The competitors will include Ashley Holzer, Nick Dello Joio, Peter Pletcher, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson. World Equestrian Games individual Gold Medalist Tom McCutcheon and Tim McQuay, one of the all time leaders in the sport of reining, will captain each team, coaching the competitors and representing their teams in the competition.

Peter Pletcher - Credit Tom Tracy

Peter Pletcher – Photo Credit Tom Tracy

The past two presidents of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, Robert Dover and Mason Phelps, Jr., will be honored along with the current president, R. Scot Evans, for their dedication to the equine community and role in providing care and support for those in need.

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in a position that allows me to give back to those who make equestrian sports possible and share my passion for these remarkable animals,” said Evans. “I truly believe that the Equestrian Aid Foundation provides an invaluable service, and I am proud to be a part of their great work.”

Winners Circle - Photo Credit Tom Tracy

Winners Circle – Photo Credit Tom Tracy

Proceeds from the evening will benefit EAF programs that financially assist equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries. Tickets and tables can be purchased at equestrianaidfoundation.org.

About the Equestrian Aid Foundation: For 17 years, the Equestrian Aid Foundation has delivered financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals who are suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries throughout their time of need. Funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses – such as food and housing – enables recipients to cope through crisis and get back on their feet. The EAF is dedicated to helping people from all riding disciplines, equine professions, backgrounds and ages. The EAF is a 501 (c) 3 organization.  Learn more at www.equestrianaidfoundation.orgwww.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope or @ride4hope.

USEF Names Phase I Short List Show Jumping Athletes for 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

December 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, Ky. -The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named four show jumping athletes to Phase I of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In accordance with the Selection Procedures for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Show Jumping Team, the four highest ranked athletes on the December 6, 2013 Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Average Ranking List have been named to the Short List.

Photo Credit - Sophie Durieux

Photo Credit – Sophie Durieux

The following four riders have been named to the Short List (in alphabetical order):

 

Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.)

Reed Kessler (Lexington, Ky)

Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.)

McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.)

 

Click here to see the December 6, 2013 Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Average Ranking List.

 

The remaining six athletes will be named to the Short List no later than April 28, 2013.

 

Click here to see the Selection Procedures for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Show Jumping Team.

 

The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership

for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit

of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a

foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare

of its human and equine athletes.

FEI Introduces New and Revised Dressage Tests Effective January 1, 2014

December 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, Ky. – The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced revised and new dressage tests that will come into effect January 1, 2014. The FEI has revised its Intermediate II, Grand Prix, and Grand Prix Special, which will be applied at the start of the 2014 competition season.

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Additionally, a Medium Tour has been announced to assist horse-and-rider combinations transition from the Small Tour to the Big Tour. The Medium Tour will utilize the newly introduced Intermediate A and B Tests and may be offered at either CDI Events and/or USEF/USDF Dressage Competitions.

These new and revised tests will impact USEF and USDF programs and championships as outlined below:

USEF Dressage Competitions may offer all FEI Tests effective January 1, 2014. CDI Organizers should refer to the updated FEI rules.

For the USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championships, when ridden in a CDI within the qualifying period, riders may choose to count either the FEI Intermediate II or the FEI Intermediate B towards the ranking list. There will be no changes to the tests ridden at the Championships.

For the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Dressage National Championships, there will be no changes to the tests that the horse/rider combinations ride in the qualifying competitions or at the Championships.

To qualify for the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships, horse/rider combinations will need to use either the Intermediate B or Intermediate II test to qualify for Intermediate B (formerly Intermediate II) Championship. At the Regional Championships and US Dressage Finals, horse/rider combinations will ride Intermediate B test.

All FEI Tests can be found here .

The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation® is to provide leadership

for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the pursuit

of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a

foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare

of its human and equine athletes.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

December 18, 2013 (Lexington, KY) – To kick off The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. 60th year of providing equestrian education, the organization has received a generous gift of $40,000 from a private donor. This will launch the annual funds drive effort to grow and expand education and training into the future. Since 1954 USPC has been a leader in providing equine education and promoting horsemanship. Many changes have occurred within Pony Club over the years but the commitment to quality education has never wavered.USPC is very excited to be the recipient of a $40,000 donation, and is now challenging USPC supporters, and anyone interested in advancing equestrian education and horsemanship, to give to the USPC 60th Celebration Challenge in an effort to DOUBLE this gift by January 31, 2014. “We want to build on the excitement of this gift and raise an additional $40,000 as part of USPC’s overall 2014 funds development campaign. This will support our goal of expanding educational resources to new audiences within the equine community,” stated Kevin Price, CEO for The United States Pony Clubs, Inc.

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The culture of giving is instilled in USPC members at all ages as they give back to their Pony Clubs, Riding Centers, and Horsemasters Groups by teaching and mentoring other horse enthusiasts. USPC doesn’t just create knowledgeable lifelong horse people, they create lifelong community leaders who value volunteerism and a sense of giving.

To help USPC meet its $40,000 goal for the 60th Celebration Challenge by January 31, 2014 please visit the Pony Club website. Your gift today will support future educational and leadership opportunities.

About Pony Club—The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. USPC also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program.

TAKE2 Thoroughbred Competition Returns to 2014 FTI WEF

December 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, launched in 2012 to promote second careers for retired Thoroughbred racehorses, will feature classes throughout the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. The TAKE2 program highlights the success of Thoroughbreds in the show ring and rewards those who compete on Thoroughbred hunters and jumpers with prize money and awards in restricted classes. TAKE2 classes were offered at 50 “A”- and “AA”-rated horse shows in 17 states in 2013 and presented high-point awards to the nation’s top competitors. The program has grown immensely and hopes to have even more success in 2014.

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TAKE2 classes will be offered during eight weeks of the 2014 FTI WEF circuit during FTI WEF 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11. Both hunter and jumper classes will be held, giving a great opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their off-the-track Thoroughbreds in exciting new careers.

 

The TAKE2 Hunter division at the FTI WEF will include two classes over fences and an under saddle class. Fences will be set at 3’0.” Prize money will be handed out in full classes of three or more competitors. All points count towards year-end high scoreawards and cash prizes.

 

TAKE2 Classes will be open to all Thoroughbreds eligible for registration with The Jockey Club, verified by Jockey Club registration papers or lip tattoo numbers. Raced and unraced Thoroughbreds are considered eligible.

Good Food Hunting: Pecan Tassies

December 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Kat Nielsen

Gooey centers and butter tender crusts are why pecan tassies are such a favorite in my home!

Gooey centers and butter tender crusts are why pecan tassies are such a favorite in my home!

Pecan tassies aka mini pecan tarts are a beautiful way to churn out delicious baked goods in a crunch before the holidays (thirty minutes or less). Even if you need a last minute gift idea for your trainer or for your local tack store, the tassies wrap up beautifully and transport well for gifting or receiving.

Miniature desserts are generally more time consuming, and I’ll agree with you on that. But the reason I turn to this recipe in the countdown before Christmas is that it takes just as long to make the dough and filling as cookies, and pressing the tart dough into your mini muffin tin is actually quite therapeutic- mashing and pressing down does get excess frustrations out, especially on repeat. The baking time is just under twenty minutes, and that’s for twenty four delicious pecan tarts….not bad, huh? And even if you are watching your waistline, you won’t feel near as bad indulging in one tassie at a time.

Pecan tassies don't require a lot of heavy lifting -easy, delicious and look beautiful!

Pecan tassies don’t require a lot of heavy lifting -easy, delicious and look beautiful!

P.S. They also freeze well.

P.P.S. Mom’s recipe always said to make a double batch. Do it.

To full plates and eating your tarte out,

Tassies made with hickory nuts or pecans make a wonderful holiday treat.

Tassies made with hickory nuts or pecans make a wonderful holiday treat.

Pecan Tassies

3 ounces of cream cheese
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of flour
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 egg
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup of ground pecans or hickory nuts
1 teaspoon of white vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and butter. Add in the salt and flour till just combined. Using a mini muffin tin, press in a heaping teaspoon of dough to cover the bottoms and sides of the tin. Set aside.

In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Mix till throughly combined. Fill the crusts to about 1/4″ from the top, do not overfill.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops are set and crust is lightly brown. Allow to cool in pan. Remove gently, use a butter knife as needed.

About the writer: Author Kat Nielsen is a horse enthusiast turned food blogger. She maintains a day job in the horse world handling marketing and brand support to various companies, while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences. Visit her blog at EatYourTarteOut.com or email her at tartechic@eatyourtarteout.com.

2013 North American Stallion Testing Pronounces Winner During Epic Storm, Top-American-bred Gallant’s Reflection HU Named Reserve Champion

December 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma—The 2013 North American Stallion Testing will go down in the record books as one of the largest, and most challenging, since Silver Creek Farms began hosting and producing the event seven years ago at their top-notch facility outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. A collection of stallions bred in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Canada and the United States were trained, tested and judged by a panel during their stay in the Sooner State. The winner of the 70-Day Test, Canadian-bred Fabian DSF (Freestyle x Hierarch), claimed top honors with exceptional marks for rideability. The Reserve Championship went to Horses Unlimited’s Gallant Reflection HU (Galant du Serein x Rohdiamant). The bright chestnut was the top-placed American-bred, with an impressive fourth place in the jumping index and a very close second in rideability index.

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During the testing, candidates were evaluated on a series of universal criteria including gaits, jumping, rideability and character. This process allows stallions to show their versatility without emphasizing any one style or discipline. They received marks from multiple judges during both the “training phase” and “test phase” of the event. The 70-Day Test began with a veterinary inspection of a large group of eighteen stallions, ages 4-8 years, on the 27th of September.  Two ponies and a three-year-old joined the group on the 7th of November for the 30-Day Test portion of the event. The training phase commenced during the pleasant falls days of western Oklahoma. By the time the final scores were given, one of the most difficult winter storms in recent memory had taken ahold of the entire region. The Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, declared a state of emergency and traffic across many surrounding states came to a standstill. 

 

 

A major storm, rider injuries, nor a series of other challenges deterred the team from completing their goal and awarding final marks to the twenty-one contestants. “This is the first time we had a perfect finish. All of the stallions that were presented completed their testing,” explained Summer Stoffel, owner of Silver Creek Farms. She credits not only the tenacious equines, but also a dedicated staff, guest riders and judges, Barbara Sikkink and training director Harald Hoffmann for achieving this milestone. Stoffel, herself a breeder of a 70-Day Test winner, is passionate about giving stallion owners in North America a path to evaluate their horses. Anne Sparks, owner and breeder of Gallant Reflection HU, was very complementary of the level of commitment Stoffel’s team brought to the testing. “Summer was there for us as owners during the entire process and was willing to do whatever was needed to help our horses be successful,” explained Sparks.

 

Education and mentorship in the industry is a priority for both Stoffel and Sparks. Both women are quick to share their experience with others seeking to test and license stallions in North America. “ I sent another homebred through the 70-Day Test in 2009. Galante HU (Galant du Serein x Landor S) is now fully licensed and a grand prix showjumper. That experience taught me the importance of correct preparation of your stallion for testing.” Building on the knowledge gained several years ago, Sparks decided to send her Zweibrucker colt to Christian Baier of Southern Blues Equestrian in Memphis, Tennessee. Originally from Tranås in southern Sweden, Baier is a well-seasoned stallion handler and trainer. He and Sparks partnered successfully on other occasions making the choice easy for Gallant Reflection’s breeder. Baier was the handler of Pikko del Cerro HU during his 2009 Dressage at Devon Stallion Championship, as well as his 2011 American Hanoverian Society East Coast Licensing Championship.

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“Reefer”, as he is affectionately called, arrived at the Tennessee Farm in February. During the following months the colt would learn the basics and prepare for the rigors of a 70-Day Test. Mr. Baier spent the first three months focused on rhythm in all three gaits. “Reefer has huge gaits so I had to be patient as he gained the strength and balance needed to carry himself.” An emphasis on these principles is key to developing a horse’s natural movement. “Once he had the strength, all the work was very easy for him. He is extremely straightforward and an absolute gentleman around other horses,” remarked Baier. During the fourth month, the training emphasis became suppleness and an introduction to light jumping. The remainder of preparation time was spent building more rhythm, suppleness and strength. Baier fondly recalls Reefer’s positive attitude and cooperative nature both under saddle and in the stable. “I delivered him to Oklahoma and was looking for a positive outcome based on what he showed to me during his time at my farm. I’m so happy Reefer was named Reserve Champion, he is an excellent horse.”

 

Good basics and admirable character were also key qualities in the winner. Fabian DSF was bred in Canada by Jennifer and Armin Arnoldt, and prepared for the test by his owner Martha Diaz at her Red Wind Farm in El Paso, Texas. Diaz has a small training business and breeds two of her own mares each year. She also trains and shows the Horses Unlimited mare Gitana HU, half-sister to Gallant Reflection HU. Diaz is experienced with young horses and was considering a new project when she purchased him on-line as a yearling. “I wanted a horse to bring up the levels. I was also looking for something I could use to live cover my own mares without having to travel several hours to do artificial insemination,” explained Diaz.  When asked about her expectations for the 70-Day Test, Diaz was hopeful and pragmatic. “I knew early on that Fabian was so smart, smart as a whip,” she described. “During the breaking process he was very kind and I hoped he would do well in rideability.” Fabian DSF did her proud by besting the field with the highest overall score in that category.

 

Fabian DSF will return to Diaz’s farm and begin his career as her dressage mount. “My plans for him are primarily focused on performance. He’s a blast to ride. He’s always looking for you to tell him what you want him to do.” Diaz also plans to breed her mares, and offer some breedings to outside mares. “Winning was a complete surprise. My only hope was that he would score a 90 or higher so that he was licensed for my mares.” Diaz has two weanlings by Fabian DSF and is expecting two more foals next spring. 

 

Anne Sparks, owner of Horses Unlimited, is equally as enthusiastic about her four-year-old stallion and talks about him with much veneration. “Since Reefer was young, I knew he was special. When I decide to leave a colt intact, I have to have great confidence that they will be as good or better than their father.” The versatile New Mexican-bred colt certainly has a high standard to live up to. His sire, Galant du Serein, was a successful dressage mount for Hubertus Schmidt before being bought by Horses Unlimited and eventually making appearances in the Olympics, World Equestrian Games and FEI World Cup Finals.  “Gallant Reflection has always been a quick learner and his movement very natural. He has “schwung” and even though he isn’t the tallest horse, his gaits are very powerful. His has presence and exceptional elasticity and hang time in the air,” remarked Sparks. Gallant Reflection HU received the top mark of 10 for character as well as 9’s for temperament, constitution and willingness to work. “Reefer will now move on to the next stage in his life. He is licensed with several registries, including the RPSI and AHS and will be available for limited breedings to outside mares. “We will balance both his career as a breeding and competition stallion going forward,” explained Sparks.

 

 

 

Gallant Reflection HU will make the voyage to Wellington, Florida at the beginning of 2014. He will be partnered with Olympian Lisa Wilcox and begin his dressage career. Sparks and Wilcox successfully brought the Horses Unlimited-bred stallion Pikko del Cerro HU from National Young Horse Champion to Grand Prix winner. They are both enthusiastic about their next collaboration. When asked about her plans for her newest equine partner, Wilcox commented,  “I’m thrilled to see him come to my program in Florida. He is quite talented and feels like a second Cerro to me. I’m looking forward to riding him in the Young Horse Program this year and climbing the dressage ladder.”

USEF Awards $264,500 in Land Rover Competition and Training Grants to 2013 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team

December 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Lexington, Ky. – In 2013, Land Rover, the official automotive partner of the USEF, continued its unfailing support of the U.S. eventing program, awarding $208,000 in Competition Grants and a further $56,500 toward Training Grants. Eighteen horse-and-rider combinations from the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team received funding to compete at seven prestigious competitions in both Europe and the United States.

 

“I feel very fortunate to have received travel grants from Land Rover for two of my horses, which offset my expenses to two successful CCI’s this fall,” said Clark Montgomery who received grants to compete with horses Universe and Loughan Glen at prestigious European competitions. “Land Rover’s continued support has maximized my exposure and therefore my competitive edge. I am grateful and looking forward to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2014 season ahead.”

 

The USEF awarded USEF Land Rover Competition Grants to horse-and-rider combinations to compete at the Saumur CCI3*, the Aachen CICO3*, the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3*, the Military Boekelo CCIO3*, The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*, the Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4*, and the Galway Downs International Event and Horse Trial CCI3*.

 

“The relationship between Land Rover and the USEF is very organic, as equestrians are active, outdoor enthusiasts and this lends well for us to showcase our vehicles within this athletic and adventurous commuity,” said Kim McCullough, Brand Vice President, Land Rover North America. “Through our support of USEF we have a focus on eventing, and therefore we are pleased to be able to offer travel stipends to those riders who are at the very core of the Sport in the U.S.”

 

Saumur CCI3*

 Will Faudree and Andromaque  (Shannon Brinkman)


Will Faudree and Andromaque
(Shannon Brinkman)

 The following horse-and-rider combinations were awarded USEF Land Rover Competition Grants to compete at the Saumur CCI3*, May 22-26, 2013, in Saumur, France.

 

Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) and Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot

Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) and Sherrie Martin’s The Apprentice

 

Will Faudree (Hoffman, N.C.) and Jennifer Mosing’s Andromaque

Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.) and Raylyn Farms Inc. and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ RF Smoke on the Water

 

Read about the United States’ performances at the Saumur CCI3*:

Show Jumping

Cross Country

Dressage Day Two

Dressage Day One

 

Aachen CICO3*

 

 Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister (Shannon Brinkman)


Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister (Shannon Brinkman)

The following horse-and-rider combinations were awarded USEF Land Rover Competition Grants to compete at the Aachen CICO3*, June 24-27, 2013, in Aachen, Germany.

 

Tiana Coudray (Ojai, Calif.) and Jatial Inc.’s Ringwood Magister

Will Faudree (Hoffman, N.C.) and Jennifer Mosing’s Pawlow

Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.) and Raylyn Farms Inc. and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ RF Smoke on the Water

Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Jessica Montgomery, Carole Montgomery, Janet Higgins, and Elizabeth Smith’s Universe

 

Read about the United States performances at the Aachen CICO3*:

Cross Country

Dressage and Show Jumping

 

 

  Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen (Shannon Brinkman)


Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen (Shannon Brinkman)

 Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3*

The following horse-and-rider combination was awarded a USEF Land Rover Competition Grant to compete at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3*, September 12-15, 2013 in Woodstock, England.

 

Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Jessica Montgomery, Kathryn Kraft, and Holly and William Becker’s Loughan Glen

 

Read about Montgomery’s performance at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials CCI3*:

Show Jumping

Cross Country

Dressage

 

Military Boekelo CCIO3*

 

 Boyd Martin and Trading Aces  (Libby Law Photography)


Boyd Martin and Trading Aces
(Libby Law Photography)

The following horse-and-rider combinations were awarded USEF Land Rover Competition Grants to compete at the Military Boekelo CCIO3*, October 10-13, 2013 in Boekelo, The Netherlands.

 

Lauren Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) and Team Rebecca, LLC’s Veronica

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Trading Aces, LLC’s Trading Aces

 

Read about the United States’ performance at the Military Boekelo CCIO3*:

Show Jumping

Cross Country

Dressage

 

The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*

 

The following horse-and-rider combinations were awarded USEF Land Rover Competition Grants to compete at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*, October 16-20, 2013 in Elkton, Maryland.

 

Ellen Doughty (Heartland, Texas) on her own Sir Oberon

 

Katherine Groesbeck (Temecula, Calif.) on her own Oz The Tin Man

 

Read about Doughty and Groesbeck’s performances at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI3*:

Show Jumping

Cross Country

Dressage

 

Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4*

 

 Phillip Dutton and Mr. Medicott  (Libby Law Photography)


Phillip Dutton and Mr. Medicott
(Libby Law Photography)

The following horse-and-rider combinations were awarded USEF Land Rover Competition Grants to compete at the Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4*, October 23-27, 2013 in Pau, France.

 

Hannah Sue Burnett (The Plains, Va.) and Jacqueline Mars’ Harbour Pilot

 

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and the Mr. Medicott Syndicate’s Mr. Medicott

 

Marilyn Little (Frederick, Md.) and Raylyn Farms and Team Demeter’s RF Demeter

 

Kristi Nunnink (Auburn, Calif.) and her own R-Star

 

Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Jessica Montgomery, Carole Montgomery, Janet Higgins, and Elizabeth Smith’s Universe

Michael Pollard (Dalton, Ga.) and Carl Bouckaert’s Mensa G

 

Read about the United States’ performance at the Les Étoiles de Pau CCI4*:

Show Jumping

Cross Country

Dressage Day Two

Dressage Day Two
Galway Downs International Event and Horse Trial CCI3*

 

The following horse-and-rider combinations were awarded USEF Land Rover Competition Grants to compete at the Galway Downs International Event and Horse Trial CCI3*, October 31-November 3, 2013 in Temecula, California.

 

Buck Davidson (Ocala, Fla.) and Sharon Will’s Absolute Liberty

Allison Springer (Upperville, Va.) and Copycat Chloe Syndicate, LLC’s Copycat Chloe

 

Read about Davidson and Springer’s performances at the Galway Downs International Event and Horse Trial CCI3*:

Show Jumping

Cross Country

Dressage

 

To learn more about the 2013 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team visit;http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/LandRoverUSEventingTeam/.

 

To learn more about Land Rover USA visit; http://www.landrover.com/us/en/lr/

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Equestrian Facility Receives Prestigious British Horse Society Approval

December 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Greenfield, MA – November 19, 2013: The Equestrian Center at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School has been certified as a British Horse Society-approved Livery Yard, Riding School and Facility, making it the first and only secondary school equestrian facility in the United States to achieve this prestigious status.

 

This recognition comes on the heels of Stoneleigh-Burnham School this fall becoming the first and only U.S. secondary school to teach the world-renowned British Horse Society (BHS) certification program for riders. Long recognized internationally for setting the highest standards for riding instruction, stable management, and horse training, the system set forth by the BHS complements Stoneleigh-Burnham’s dedication to providing students who aspire to careers in horsemanship with a firm academic footing at the high school level. Stoneleigh-Burnham School students who enroll in the BHS program will study under Equestrian Center Director George Halkett.

 

Unlike existing certification programs in the United States, the prestigious BHS certification is recognized in 32 countries worldwide. Graduates of the program are prepared to take their BHS international examinations to earn an international trainer’s passport, allowing them to begin equestrian careers in management roles across the globe. For particularly dedicated students, it will be possible to graduate with their high school diploma from Stoneleigh-Burnham and a full, certified international trainer’s passport through the BHS. To learn more about this program, contact George Halkett at ghalkett@sbschool.org or 413-774-2711.

 

The recent designation as a BHS-approved equestrian facility shows that Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Equestrian Center has been assessed against detailed criteria and recognized as being well-managed, offering first-rate care and high levels of horse husbandry, and showing general good practice throughout. In addition, it means that equestrian center staff have met the BHS high standards for training, qualification, and safety.

 

Since 1869, Stoneleigh-Burnham School has been preparing girls grades 7-12 for college and the world. Stoneleigh-Burnham is an academic community with an international perspective that inspires girls to pursue meaningful lives based on honor, respect and intellectual curiosity. Each student is challenged to discover her best self and graduate with the confidence to think independently and act ethically, secure in the knowledge that her voice will be heard. For more information, visit sbschool.org.

 

We will be hosting several upcoming shows:
Dec. 7, 2013 (Gold Cooler Jumper Series)
Jan. 11, 2014 (Gold Cooler Jumper Series)
Feb. 22, 2014 (Gold Cooler Jumper Series)
March 1, 2014 (IEA Zone 1/Region 7 Finals)
May 3, 2014 (Hunter/Equitation Horse Show)