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May 27, 2012

Michael Pollard Trailer Accident Claims Three Horses

Michael Pollard's team of international event horses was involved in a traffic accident just 5 miles from his training center in Dalton, Ga., on the morning of May 25 when the trailer turned over and trapped six horses on board. Three horses were cut free and survived with lacerations, but Pollard’s new ride, VDL Ulando H, a Canadian Warmblood stallion owned by Ruth Armstrong, died at the scene, and Icarus was euthanized two days later at the Rood & Riddle Veterinary Clinic in Lexington, Ky.

May 26, 2012

USEF Grants Peters His Request To Skip Dressage Olympic Selection Trials

U.S. Equestrian Federation officials have granted Steffen Peters a pass from competing Ravel at the USEF Selection Trials for the 2012 U.S. Dressage Team for the London Olympic Games.

May 25, 2012

USHJA Launches New Pre-Green Incentive Program

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association plans to debut the Pre-Green Incentive Program on December 1. The program was created by the Open Hunter Task Force to provide an incentive-based program for developing pre-green hunters for the competition ring.

The program consists of pre-green stake classes and a championship to be held in conjunction with the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals that will offer a guaranteed $25,000 purse.

May 23, 2012

Medication Violations Mean Two Top Saudi Show Jumpers Will Miss The Olympic Games

On May 23, the Fédération Equestre Internationale Tribunal issued its decisions in the cases of the two Saudi Arabian athletes, Khaled Al Eid and Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly, whose horses tested positive for controlled medication substances. The Tribunal has imposed suspensions of eight months on both riders, which prevents them from competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

May 21, 2012

U.S. Young Riders Tie For Fourth At Belgian Nations Cup

The American team tied for fourth place in the Young Riders Nations Cup competition at the CSIOYJ Bonheiden (Belgium), the first leg of the 2012 Show Jumping European Young Rider and Junior Rider Tour.

May 16, 2012

Vote For Kentucky Horse Park Foundation To Win Toyota Truck

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program selected the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation as one of 500 finalists to win a Toyota Tundra truck.

The program, a philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days, received more than 4,000 applications nationwide.

May 16, 2012

USHJA Unveils Ponies Through The Decades At The Wheeler Museum

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association announced the opening of “Ponies Through the Decades,” an exhibit at the Wheeler Museum to pay homage to the people and ponies who have influenced the sport of horse showing.

May 11, 2012

Nominations Open For 2012 FEI Awards

The Fédération Equestre Internationale opened the nominations for the 2012 FEI Awards on May 11 and invited the international equestrian community to contribute to this annual celebration of outstanding talent.

For the fourth consecutive year, the search is on for five individuals who have demonstrated remarkable ability and commitment in the following categories:

Reem Acra Best Athlete: for the athlete (equine or human) or combination that, over the past year, has demonstrated exceptional skill in the arena in any FEI discipline

May 10, 2012

USDF Sets Dates For 2013 Regional Championships

The U.S. Dressage Federation announced the dates and locations for the 2013 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships for each of the nine USDF regions.

Region 1 (Oct. 17-20) at Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.
Region 2 (Sept. 19-22) at Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Ill.    
Region 3 (Oct.11-13) at Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, Ga.

May 7, 2012

Taylor Harris Insurance Sponsors $200,000 Show Jumping Triple Crown

Representatives from Taylor Harris Insurance Services have announced the debut of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge, which offers a $200,000 top prize to a rider who can win all three of the nation’s most prestigious grand prix show jumping events.

The three events include the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon (Pa.), the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup qualifier at the Hampton Classic (N.Y.), and the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix (Ky.).

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