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May 29, 2014

USEF Creates Gold Medal Of Distinction For Dressage

The U.S. Equestrian Federation and the USEF Dressage High Performance Committee have announced a new recognition award for dressage athletes. The USEF Gold Medal of Distinction will honor athletes who have represented the United States in top-level dressage competition and earned team or individual medals or have accumulated multiple top placings, both in the United States and abroad.

Eligible athletes will be presented with a custom-designed gold pin, and active competitors will be encouraged to wear the pin on their shadbelly coats when in the show arena.

May 26, 2014

Zigali P S Gives Lamaze A Big Second Win In Rome

Rome, Italy—May 25  

One week following his win in the €200,000 Grand Prix of La Baule (France) Canadian show jumper Eric Lamaze made it two in a row by claiming the €200,000 Grand Prix of Rome.

When Lamaze won the Grand Prix of La Baule, France on May 18 riding Powerplay, it marked his first five-star victory since his partnership with Hickstead. His victory in Rome came on Zigali P S.

May 25, 2014

Payne Finishes Sixth At Saumur

Saumur, France—May 25 

Land Rover Competition Grant recipient Doug Payne closed out a successful weekend with Crown Talisman at the Saumur CCI*** in France on Sunday by dropping one rail to finish in sixth place.

The final day of competition held plenty of drama as France's overnight leader, Propriano de l'Ebat ridden by Luc Chateau, wasn’t accepted at the final horse inspection. A total of 41 combinations went forward to show jumping, and only six of those produced fault-free efforts over Jean-Francois Morand's 12-obstacle track.

May 24, 2014

Payne Seventh After Saumur CCI*** Cross-Country

Saumur, France—May 24

As anticipated Pierre Michelet's technical cross-country track proved extremely influential on Saturday at the Saumur CCI*** as the leaderboard saw a great shake up. Of the 69 competitors to start the second phase of competition, 45 completed.

Land Rover Competition Grant recipients Doug Payne, fifth after dressage, and Crown Talisman added 6.8 time faults to sit seventh after the second phase.

May 23, 2014

Updated: USEF Names Team And Individual For Rotterdam CDIO*****

The U.S. Equestrian Federation has named three horse-and-rider combinations to the U.S. Dressage Team for the 2014 Rotterdam CDIO*****, taking place during the CHIO Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, June 18-22. Additionally, the United States will be represented by one individual in the CDI-U25 competition.

The following combinations have been named to the U.S. Dressage Team for the Rotterdam CDIO5* (listed in alphabetical order):

Susie Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) will ride Tim Dutta Inc.'s Currency DC. Currency DC is a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

May 23, 2014

USEF Names Teams For CSIO Lisbon And CSIOY Hagen

The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the riders who will represent the United States in Nations Cup competition at CSIO*** Lisbon and CSIOY Hagen. DiAnn Langer will serve as chef d'equipe at both competitions.

The following riders are listed in alphabetical order for the
 CSIO*** Lisbon in Portugal, May 29-June 1:  

 Abigail McArdle (Wellington, Fla.)

Alise Oken (Charlotte, N.C.)

Catherine Pasmore (Wellington, Fla.)

Paris Sellon (Los Angeles, Calif.)

May 19, 2014

Lamaze Asks More Of Powerplay To Win In La Baule

La Baule, France—May 18  

Eric Lamaze was smiling through tears as he accepted the top prize in the €200,000 Grand Prix of La Baule after a winning performance on Artisan Farms’ Powerplay.

It was an extremely emotional win for Lamaze, who won the La Baule event on one other occasion in his career, in 2011 with the magnificent Hickstead.

May 19, 2014

Ward Goes One-Two At Old Salem

North Salem, N.Y.—May 18

McLain Ward had two very different horses in the jump-off for the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, Merrill Lynch. He had HH Cannavaro, a big, powerful horse with a long, lopey stride, and HH Carlos Z, a nimble little horse with a quick stride and power steering. It was the equitation horse versus the minibike.

May 18, 2014

Royce Finds A New Gear To Win The $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix For Engle

Lexington, Ky.—May 17

Margie Engle’s in contention for a spot on the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, so taking the top check in the $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, at the Kentucky Spring Classic while U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland was watching was key.

May 16, 2014

USEF Awards Six Developing Dressage Program Grants

The U.S. Equestrian Federation and its High Performance Dressage Committee have awarded training grants to six participants of the 2014 USEF Developing Dressage Program. The grants have been made possible by a generous gift from Akiko Yamazaki and Red Husky Foundation through the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation and donations from the USET Dressage Solid Gold "Prancing with the Stars" fundraiser.

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