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November 7, 2012

Reward Offered In California Horse Killing Case

The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund is 
offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the 
perpetrator(s) who shot and killed a horse on Nov. 4 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

The attack took place near Bennett Valley and Annadel State Park, where
 several horses had been standing in a pasture. Using a high-caliber rifle,
 someone shot Delta Fox, a 17-year-old warmblood, at about 8:30 on Sunday morning.

November 6, 2012

Statement from Tamara L. Tucker, Esq. Re: Dismissal of USEF Protests Against Elizabeth Mandarino

We are pleased that the USEF Hearing Panel has dismissed the protest against Elizabeth Mandarino relating to the death of Ms. Mandarino’s pony “Humble” at the Devon Horse Show. The protest contained allegations that Ms. Mandarino violated various Federation rules and caused the death of “Humble.” These allegations were vigorously denied by Ms. Mandarino, and today the Hearing Panel ruled that the protest was unsubstantiated. In a separate matter, the Hearing Panel also dismissed an additional protest filed against Ms. Mandarino on the grounds that the protest was also unsubstantiated.

November 5, 2012

USEF Dismisses Protests Against Mandarino

The U.S. Equestrian Federation Hearing Committee recently heard a protest filed against Elizabeth Mandarino by another USEF member. The protest alleged that certain USEF rules were violated at the 2012 Devon Horse Show (Pa.) on May 26, when Mandarino administered an injection to her pony, Humble, and thereby caused his death.

November 2, 2012

USEF And Georgetown College Offer $10,000 Scholarship

The U.S. Equestrian Federation and Georgetown College (Ky.) have announced a new scholarship opportunity for USEF members, employees and their children.

October 30, 2012

Millar Inducted Into Jump Canada Hall of Fame

Ten-time Olympian Ian Millar will be inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame alongside show jumping horse Hickstead at this year’s Jump Canada Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala on Nov. 4.

The most successful competitor in the history of Canadian show jumping, the accomplishments of Millar, of Perth, Ontario, will be celebrated as he is inducted into the Individual Builder category.

October 30, 2012

Global Dressage Forum North America Announces Two-Day Educational Festival

Wellington Classic Dressage and DressageClinic.com will welcome an all-star cast of clinicians, lecturers and panelists to the first annual Global Dressage Forum North America, Jan. 28-29, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Dressage trainers, riders, officials and serious dressage enthusiasts from around North America will gather at this first annual educational festival, immediately following the CDI***** World Dressage Masters/Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge CDI***.

October 30, 2012

USDF Training Level Freestyle Unveiled

The United States Dressage Federation has announced the approval and release of the USDF training level freestyle. Approved by the United States Equestrian Federation dressage committee and the USDF judges and freestyle committees, this freestyle is designed to encourage development of rhythm, regularity, and consistency of tempo in a horse's gaits through the use of music; and to improve harmony between horses and riders. The USDF training level freestyle will go into effect on Dec. 1, 2012, for use in competition.

October 29, 2012

“Losing Ground: The Greatest Threat” Set To Open At International Museum Of The Horse

About 6,000 acres of open space are lost to development every day according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. A new exhibit at the International Museum of the Horse, Losing Ground: The Greatest Threat, will open on Oct. 29 with an aim to educate the public about what that loss of land means for the equine industry.

October 26, 2012

Fredericks Named Canadian Eventing International Technical Advisor

Canada's Eventing and Eventing High Performance Committees have announced that Clayton Fredericks of Australia will be the next international technical advisor for the Canadian Eventing Team. Fredericks will replace current ITA David O'Connor, who accepted the role of chef d’équipe for the United States, in January.

In addition to having coached many elite riders, Fredericks earned a team silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and individual silver and team bronze at the World Equestrian Games in 2006 (Germany). In 2007, he won the Rolex Kentucky CCI****.

October 24, 2012

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Announces 2014 Date Change

Starting in 2014, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** (England) will revert back to running Thursday through Sunday. The dates for 2014 are May 8-11. The show will also run May 7-10, 2015, and May 5-8, 2016.

Badminton also announced that it has signed a new contract with the BBC to cover the event through 2016. Sporting fixture dates and timings are affected by TV schedules, and this date change is in part due to the news of the new contract.

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