The U.S. Equestrian Federation has updated the competition schedule for the 2012 Show Jumping European Young Rider Tour. Additionally, up to two individual junior riders will contest the same competitions on the Junior Rider Tour.
The 2012 Show Jumping European Young Rider and Junior Rider Tour will consist of the following competitions:
The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced a call to action on March 8 for donations to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fun following the storms in the southeast United States.
The tornadoes left a wake of splintered wood, shattered glass, downed power lines, despair and shock for residents. As if that weren't enough, one of the region’s heaviest snowfalls of the year came on Sunday night and further hindered an already difficult recovery process. For some affected residents the physical and monetary burdens of recovery are intensified by the need to care for their horse or horses.
On March 7, the U.S. Equestrian Federation announced the four competitions that will host the 2012 U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Events. These events will play an important role in selecting the U.S. show jumping team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation National Show Jumping Championship will run concurrently with the 2012 USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. show jumping team, March 21-24 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla.
This is the first time since 2008 this competition has taken place. Veteran rider Margie Engle of Wellington won the competition in 2008, and she is expected to return to try to defend her title.
After more than 30 tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and South last week, the Kentucky Horse Council is coordinating with the U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund to help horse owners.
“In the past, we have supported many victims of flooding and disasters in other states, and now it is Kentucky which needs this support. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this tragedy. The U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund will help Kentucky horse owners with temporary feed and fencing as they work to recover from this disaster," KHC President Anna Zinkhon said.
The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center management, staff and board have decided to cancel the 2012 spring horse trials.
Although it was not an easy choice, the final decision was based on the financial aspects and lack of interest in the event. A press release from FENCE cited looming fuel prices and the number of other events in the region as reasons for the cancellation. Because entries hadn’t opened, FENCE encouraged competitors to take advantage of other opportunities that weekend.