Captain Canada, Ian Millar of Perth, Ontario, is no stranger to pressure, having been crowned the Canadian Champion now for the 11th time at the Royal Winter Fair, and having competed at a record 10 Olympic games over the span of his career.
But even Millar, who has won more than most show jumpers out there, says of winning, “It’s NEVER easy to do. I’ve been second a bunch of times too.”
Chris Welton, CEO of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, has announced the creation of new senior staff position: chief commercial officer.
The position, overseeing all aspects of communications, marketing and network/media assets, will be filled by John W. “Josh” Taylor. Taylor brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing, promotion and sponsorship. He was founder and managing partner of Midlantic Ltd., a promotional marketing agency serving a variety of sport organizations.
The 2015 U.S. Equestrian Federation Dressage Tests have been published on USEF.org. The 2015 Tests will be effective Dec. 1 through Nov. 30, 2018.
In addition to the 2015 USEF Dressage Test booklet, the USEF has collaborated with the U.S. Dressage Federation to produce the On the Levels mobile app, which provides examples of the new introductory through fourth level dressage tests with commentary from top U.S. trainers and judges, with segments geared toward improving difficult movements at each level.
Junior and young riders from across the country are gearing up to attend the fourth annual Robert Dover HorseMastership Week, to be held Jan. 3-7, 2015 at the VanKampen arena at the Global Dressage Facility in Wellington, Fla. The clinic will feature instruction in both riding and other comprehensive elements required to be a top dressage professional in the industry.
The Les Étoiles de Pau CCI**** came to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon in France as 19 combinations went forward to contest Jean-Philippe Desmaret’s challenging show jumping track. The United States closed out the competition by securing two spots within the top 10.
Two U.S. riders stand within the top 10 following an influential cross-country day at the Les Étoiles de Pau CCI**** in France. Erin Sylvester and Lauren Kieffer both produced clear jumping efforts over Pierre Michelet’s demanding track and will head to into the show jumping in competitive positions.