August 20, 2012

U.S. Storms to Bronze Medal with Weber Claiming Individual Silver at FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championships

Reisenbeck, Germany - The United States travelled to Reisenbeck with their sights firmly set-on capturing Team and Individual honors at the 2012 FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championships. 
Team Medal Winners on the Podium at the 2012 FEI Four-in-Hand Driving World Championship (Rinaldo de Craen/FEI)
And they did just that.

The U.S. team of Chester Weber, Jimmy Fairclough, and Joe Yoder was a mixture of youth and experience but proved to be a formidable group as they stormed to the Team Bronze. Additionally, Weber added to his medal haul as he clinched the Individual Silver.

Heading into the cones phase the U.S., standing fourth, was within striking distance of a podium finish, just seven points behind more> 
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Benjamin and Dahlgren Bring Home Bronze Medal in Pas de Deux Championship at FEI World Vaulting Championship

Megan Benjamin and Blake Dahlgren won a bronze medal in the Pas de Deux Championship (
Le Mans, France - The final day of competition at the FEI World Vaulting Championship proved to be an exciting one as the medal winners were determined in the Individual Female, Individual Male, Pas de Deux, and Team Championships. Megan Benjamin (Saratoga, CA) and Blake Dahlgren (Santa Clarita, CA) had another stellar Free Test, with their performance earning them the Bronze medal and an overall score of 8.407 in the Pas de Deux Championship. Vaulting on Jarl lunged by Lasse Kristensen, Benjamin and Dahlgren agreed, "We saved the best for last."

With this Bronze medal, Benjamin is the first vaulter in history to medal in the World Championships in three different divisions: Individual Female Gold in 2006, Team Silver in 2006, and now a Pas de Deux Bronze in 2012. 

Commenting on her historic achievement, Benjamin said, "Medaling in all three events had never been a goal of mine, but it feels awesome to have accomplished it. One routine, one event, and one medal at a time, I guess!" more>
Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy Capture $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Victory 
Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy (Kendall Bierer/PMG)
Lexington, KY - It was a night that will be well remembered, and a win well deserved. The Rolex Stadium was packed at the Kentucky Horse Park as the Handy Round brought the 2012 $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals to a close during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. One of the industry's most successful hunter professionals, Jennifer Alfano, led the victory gallop aboard her renowned mount Jersey Boy. Elizabeth Boyd and Brunello rode to the second place honors, while Scott Stewart and Garfield took the third place award.

After a 12-month qualifying period, the hunter elite were invited to compete for the coveted championship title. With a record number of 95 entrants, the Derby Finals got underway [Friday] in the Rolex Stadium, with the top 30 horse and rider combinations returning to tackle the handy hunter more>

On demand video from the Handy Hunter and Consolation rounds is now up and ready to watch at 



Route for Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2012 Looks Like a True Championship Test
Organisers of the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships at Euston Park, near Newmarket, Suffolk, UK have released final details of the 160km track that will test up to 150 riders from around 40 countries on 25th August 2012.

The route comprises six loops of between 20km and 38km five of which take riders on different routes around the Suffolk countryside covering heathland, forest tracks, river meadows and open farmland all with the support of local landowners, farmers and the Forestry Commission. Appropriately, the field will be following in ancient footsteps as the route crosses the start of the historic 120mile Icknield Way, Britain's oldest long-distance more> 

See a video preview of the trail here.

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USEF Announces Land Rover Grants for Boekelo CCIO3*

Lexington, KY- The following horse-and-rider combinations have been awarded Land Rover Grants to compete on the U.S. Nations Cup team at the Boekelo CCIO3* in The Netherlands, October 11-14, 2012.

The United States will be represented by the following four riders (listed in Alphabetical Order):

Jennie Brannigan (West Grove, PA) on Nina Gardner's Cambalda.
Cambalda is a 10-year-old Thoroughbred cross gelding.

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) on Tom Tierney's Atlas.
Atlas is an 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Jon Holling (Ocala, FL) on Constance Ann Holling's Downtown Harrison.
Downtown Harrison is an 8-year-old Trakehner/Thoroughbred gelding.

Clark Montgomery (Kennett Square, PA) on Holly Becker and Kathryn Kraft's Loughan Glen.
Loughan Glen is a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. 


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Master of Faster scorches to victory before GCT Grand Prix
Richard Spooner & Billy Bianca (Sportfot/GCT)

Richard Spooner scorched to victory in blazing sunshine at the immaculate GCT show ground in the Netherlands.

The Californian, dubbed the 'Master of Faster' was clearly in fiercely competitive mood from the start of the 12 fence CSI 5* start class - the curtain raiser to the 9th Grand Prix of the GCT 2012 season. Richard was true to his talent for finding the fastest route round the track and shaving off crucial seconds.

Riding the 11 year old mare Billy Bianca, he finished in 58.62. Belgian rider Gregory Wathelet on Kronos d'Ouilly was second on 58.92 with a smooth round taking the 1m45 - 1m50 fences in his stride.  Christian Ahlmann of Germany rode another superb round on the fast, talented grey Aragon coming third in 60.76. Christian said he has great confidence in the grey gelding by more> 

USEF Names Drivers for 2012 FEI Singles Driving World Championships

Lexington, KY - The following drivers have been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. in the 2012 FEI Singles Driving World Championships, in Lezirias, Portugal , September 12-16, 2012.

The United States will be represented by the following drivers (in Alphabetical Order):  


Leslie Berndl (Newcastle, CA) will drive Fritz Grupe's Uminco.
Uminco is an 11-year-old KWPN gelding.


Donna Crookston (Saltsburg, PA) will drive her own RG Cowboys Black Cadillac.
RG Cowboys Black Cadillac is a 16-year-old Morgan gelding.


Sterling Graburn (Georgetown, KY) will drive Larry Denny's Ulano.
Ulano is an 11-year-old Dutch Harness gelding.

Sara Schmitt (Flemington, NJ) will drive her own Kaboom.
Kaboom is a 9-year-old New Forest gelding

Marie De Ronde will serve as Chef d' Equipe. 

Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic Welcomes Adequan/USEF National Reining Championship

Tulsa, OK - The Global Reining Sport Group, proud owners and producers of the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic are thrilled to announce that the 2012 ATRC will once again play host to the highly-esteemed 2012 Adequan/USEF National Reining Championship.

Offering major prize money, fabulous national championship trophies and awards, and major bragging rights as the 2012 US National Champion in the sport of Reining, the Adequan/USEF National Reining Championship is a welcome addition to the 2012 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic.

Concurrent with the Open division held on Friday, August 31st, the Adequan/USEF National Reining Championship will feature the nation's most elite horse and rider combinations all vying for the top of the national championship podium and the gold more> 

Adequan Global Dressage Festival Approved for 2012-2013 Season

Wellington, FL - Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is pleased to announce that the Village of Wellington Council voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to allow them to move ahead with the 2012-2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (GDF) competition schedule at the new dressage facility at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) more>

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Theault Becomes "Official Horsebox" of USEF
Lexington, KY - An agreement between the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Theault America, Inc has made Theault the "Official Horsebox of the USEF." The agreement states that, among other things, USEF Members who purchase Theault products via the USEF Member Perks program will receive an upgrade package, and that Theault will provide Horseboxes for use by U.S. teams before and during championships and tours. Theault's sponsorship will continue through December, 2014.

"Theault's global motto is 'Shared Passion,'" says Kevin Blake, Director of Theault America, "we have a deep rooted love of horses and equestrian sport throughout our company, many of us being owners or competitors ourselves, drawing on a depth of equine experience and knowledge. Therefore, it is very exciting for us to be able to partner with and support the United States Equestrian Federation..." read more>
FEI President Celebrates London 2012 Clean Games in Equestrian Sport

FEI President HRH Princess Haya is proud to announce that London 2012 was a clean Games for equestrian sport, following confirmation that all human and equine samples taken during the Olympic equestrian events at Greenwich Park were negative.

"The FEI had a really steep mountain to climb after Athens and Hong Kong, but we had a clean Youth Olympic Games, a clean FEI World Equestrian Games and now we've crowned it with a clean Olympic Games in London," Princess Haya said. "We knew that fair play and clean sport was the only way to produce top sport in the Olympic equestrian events and we are very proud that we have achieved that more> 

Working Equitation Competition, Sept. 8th
from IALHA
It is official!!  Come one, come all and compete in working equitation!


The Highlander Ranch, part of McLellan Community College in Bosqueville, will be hosting a working equitation competition on September 8, 2012.  With just 5-1/2 weeks before the working equitation competition at the IALHA Nationals, October 16 in Fort Worth, and with the same rules and skill levels as the IALHA show, this will be a great schooling opportunity to get your horses ready, or just to try it for a first time and find out why it is so much more>
Morgan Driver to Compete at 2012 FEI Singles Driving World Championships
from AMHA
Donna Crookston of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania has been named by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to represent the U.S. in the 2012 FEI Singles Driving World Championships, in Lezirias, Portugal, September 12-16, 2012. Crookston drives her own 16-year-old gelding, RG Cowboys Black Cadillac (Teton Black Beauty x Kahlua's Onyx Star). Also named to the team are Leslie Berndl, Sterling Graburn, and Sara Schmitt. Marie De Ronde will serve as Chef d' Equipe.  
To follow the 2012 U.S. Driving Team, go to
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Watch every class live, find the schedule, get judges cards, read the American Saddlebred Daily, and more all week at 




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