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February 12, 2014

USEF Names Teams for Wellington Nations Cup CDIO***

The United States will field two dressage teams for Wellington Nations Cup CDIO***, to be held Feb. 18-21, in conjunction with the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla. The U.S. teams will be composed of two Grand Prix combinations and two Prix St. Georges competitors.

USA I Team

USA I Team will be composed of the following four combinations.

Grand Prix 

Tina Konyot (Palm City, Fla.) will ride her own Calecto V.
 Calecto V is a 16-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion.

February 11, 2014

Silvio Mazzoni Named U.S. Eventing Show Jumping Coach

The U.S. Equestrian Federation's International Discipline Council has approved the recommendation of Silvio Mazzoni as the eventing show jumping coach for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team.

Mazzoni will now begin working to evaluate and improve the show jumping skills of training-listed riders and the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. Following the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event CCI****, Mazzoni, USEF Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor, and the eventing committees will evaluate the progress to ensure it is in line with the goals of the program. 

February 11, 2014

Pearce And Vale Put The Pedal Down To Win HITS Grand Prixs In Thermal And Ocala

Thermal, Calif., and Ocala, Fla. – Feb. 9

As he jumped three mounts around in the first round of the $50,000 Go Rentals Grand Prix at HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, John Pearce showed no signs that he was battling the flu.

February 9, 2014

Maher Goes Helter Skelter To Win The $370,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier At WEF

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 8  

An absolute flat-out run to the last oxer of the $370,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix CSI-W 5*, presented by Rolex, brought Ben Maher the win in a dramatic fashion over his fellow Brit Scott Brash.

“It probably looked erratic to the last fence, almost hurtling I guess, but it wasn’t by choice,” Maher said. The first to jump off, Tiffany Foster on Verdi III left a stride out on a long gallop to the last, which made that move a requirement for any rider who wanted to win.

February 7, 2014

David Jennings And Nandy Fontaine Score First Grand Prix Win At HITS Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 7

Spectators at the HITS Ocala Winter Classic wouldn’t have guessed that Nandy Fontaine was fresh off a recent break when he won the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, on Feb. 7.

But the 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding “is rusty after an extended lay-off,” said rider David Jennings of Franklin, Tenn. “As we saw today, this horse can rise to the occasion.”

February 7, 2014

Maher Makes Changes To Win $125,000 Ruby Et Voilette WEF Challenge Cup With Urico

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 6   

When Ben Maher of Great Britain took over the rides on Jane Clark’s horses last year at this time, he clicked right away with Cella, but it took a bit longer to find the key to Urico. But with a few changes to the way he rides and prepares Urico, Maher ended up with a win in one section of the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 5.

February 5, 2014

Anita Mont Earns NARG Riders’ Grant

The North American Riders Group announced 21-year-old Anita Mont, of Mukwonago, Wisc., as the recipient of the 2014 NARG Riders' Grant. Now in its third year, the NARG Riders’ Grant is designed to afford an emerging rider, dedicated to the sport of show jumping, an opportunity to achieve levels they would otherwise not be able to attain without a boost. The grant provides the winner with $15,000 for expenses within North America approved by the NARG Board.

February 4, 2014

Paralympian Rebecca Hart Obtains New Horse

Two-time Paralympian Rebecca Hart has purchased Romani, an 11-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, with the help of Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Hart’s family, William and Sally Kimmel and Sycamore Station Equine Division.

“It was a massively joint effort, and I am honored to be a part of it," said Hart, Unionville, Pa. “I have a huge support system. It's as much their victory as mine.”

February 3, 2014

Hardin Towell Slows Down To Win The Race In $50,000 Ariat Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 2  

“I thought about running and being crazy, and then I remembered, 'You know what, let's just try to be clean,' “ Hardin Towell recounted about his winning jump-off ride aboard Man In Black.

Discretion proved to be the better part of valor for Towell in the $50,000 Ariat Grand Prix held on the grass derby field at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center during week 4 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.

February 2, 2014

Saer Coulter And Springtime Own the Clock To Win $50,000 Strongid C 2X CSI-W At HITS Thermal

Thermal, Calif. — Feb. 1    

In their first grand prix of the 2014 season, Saer Coulter and Springtime kicked off their year on the highest of notes. They topped a field of 31 in the $50,000 Strongid© C 2X CSI-W, presented by Zoetis, to highlight World Cup week at HITS Thermal. The class was a qualifier for the Longines FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon, France this April.

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