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July 11, 2011
News from USEF, affiliates and the equestrian world

2012 Olympic Games

Greenwich Test Event Hailed a Huge Success
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The London skyline provided the perfect backdrop to the Greenwich Park Eventing Invitational (CIC**) - the equestrian test event for the 2012 Olympic Games.

FEI Photo Catalogue.

London, England - Greenwich Park in London is a much quieter place today as the runners and riders, supporters, officials, and most of the staff who helped create a magical atmosphere during last week's test event have departed from the site where the equestrian Olympic Games will take place in 2012.

The Greenwich Park Eventing Invitational (CIC**)  already 1-19-11 WIR 2012 Olympicshas been hailed a huge success, but after a week of hectic activity, and three days of intense competition, it is now time to reflect in the aftermath.



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16-Year-Old Makes History at Spruce Meadows

Caitlin Ziegler and Valencia.

Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - History was made at Spruce Meadows with 16-year-old Caitlin Ziegler of Wisconsin becoming the youngest ever winner of an FEI event in the Spruce Meadows International Ring. Riding her 13-year-old mare, Valencia, Ziegler bested an international field of 32 horse/rider combinations with a convincing double clear, and a 3-second margin of victory in a seven-horse jump-off in the 1.5m AON Cup.



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Double Scoop for Spooner
Richard Spooner and Pariska 2. Spruce Media Media Services.

Richard Spooner and Pariska 2.

Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta - The Pepsi Challenge 1.45m led off competitions in the International Ring on Friday of the North American Tournament. Twenty of the 49 riders moved forward to the jump-off of the Werner Deeg-designed course. In a truly international field - entries represented nine nations - it was Richard Spooner aboard the 14-year-old Dutch mare, Pariska 2, who proved to be unbeatable with ...



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Four Top-5 Finishers at Aachen CHIO

Aachen, Germany - Four American Vaulting Association vaulters placed in the Top 5 at the Aachen CHIO this weekend. Mary McCormick placed third in the Women's Division; Devon Maitozo & Rosey Ross placed third in the Pas de Deux. The Woodside Team placed fifth in the Nations Cup and the Mt. Eden Sun Team took second in the Sparkasse division.


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"Miracles on Manes" Benefits ACORD - Charity Honors Marjorie V. Kittredge

ACORD logoAlpharetta, GA - ACORD (American Competition Opportunities for Riders with Disabilities, Inc.) is kicking off their first fundraiser for the Memories of Marj Scholarship & Grant Fund on September 10, 2011. This fund will provide educational opportunities across the country for athletes with disabilities. The "Miracles on Manes" benefit for Memories of Marj will be held at Chukkar Farm in Alpharetta, GA, and feature music, refreshments, a silent auction, prize drawings, and a thrilling round of equestrian entertainment. Guests of honor are riders from ...


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ASHA Partners with UPHA and AHHS in Promotional Campaign, Offers Riding Lesson Programs Opportunity for Increased Business

WIR 12-23 ASHA logoLexington, KY - The Equestrian Life project - Learn to Ride and Drive in Style - is a joint effort among the United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA), American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA), and American Hackney Horse Society (AHHS). Through the partnership of these three organizations, a marketing campaign launching in August will bring the horses and ponies we all love into millions of homes, with a goal of increasing awareness of saddle seat riding and driving in the show ring and other venues, in addition to ...


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NEW Top jobs WIR 4-4-11

Advertising Sales Representative and Editorial Assistant

Lexington, KYAdvertising Sales Representative. United States Dressage Federation. Experienced rep for outside advertising sales. Must have experience with cold calling and/or sales. Some horse knowledge required, dressage or breeding experience a plus. Straight commission position; can be located anywhere in the U.S. Send resume to: Emily Koenig, Senior Publications Coordinator, ekoenig@usdf.org.

Dallas, TX - Editorial Assistant. Western & English Today magazine. Responsibilities include database management, research, fact-checking, copy-editing and writing, trafficking product for two fashion photo shoots per year. Contract position estimated to average 20 hours per week. Additional writing assignments based upon ability. Ideal candidate well-versed in equestrian-related subjects, gear and apparel; has excellent communication skills, some magazine or newspaper experience, strong organizational skills, and ability to manage several projects at a time under deadline pressure. He or she will be a talented writer and thorough copy-editor who is detail-oriented and accurate. Proficiencies expected in MicroSoft Office and in FileMaker Pro. Qualified candidates e-mail cover letter, r�sum� and any clips to: Associate Publisher & Editor Susan L. Ebert, susan.ebert@wetoday.com.

It's Not Too Late! 

What: Special luncheon to provide awareness about Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Program. Guests can meet team members who have participated in prior years, and learn about what it takes to participate as a U.S. Team member and how to support Team efforts.
When: Today, Monday, July 11, at 12 p.m.
Where: The Round Barn (Floral Hall) at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY.
Cost: $30 per person. The total amount raised will benefit the 2012 USA Saddle Seat Team.

Saddle Seat USA logo 


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Industry News 

Alltech Unites with Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee to Make FEI World Equestrian Games a Success

Dr. Pearse Lyons, president of Alltech, and Laurent Beauvais, chairman of the Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee,  celebrate the announcement of Alltech.

Photo by MC Chantrait.

Caen, France - Laurent Beauvais, chairman of the Basse-Normandie Regional Council and Normandy 2014 Organizing Committee, and Alltech president Dr. Pearse Lyons today announced that Alltech will be the title sponsor of the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy. This joint signing represents a historic partnership in the world of equestrian sports with a commitment from Alltech to ...



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This Week in International Disciplines 

WIll Faudree WIR 7-11-11

Will Faudree and DHI Colour Candy.

Photo by stockimageservices.com.

London, England - In preparation of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the CIC2* Greenwich Park Eventing Invitational was held as the London Test Event. Piggy French of Great Britain led from start to finish with DHI Topper W, finishing on her dressage score of 34.70 in front of the stunning backdrop of Greenwich Park. Michael Jung of Germany and River of Joy came in second, while Pippa Funnell of Great Britain and Billy Shannon finished third. Will Faudree and DHI Colour Candy were the top-placed American pair ...



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