The EQUUS Foundation is launching a new program to recognize volunteering in the horse world. The Champions program will offer rewards to individuals who put in their hours helping out horses via organizations on the carrots4acause network.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has secured the final qualifying slot for the team show jumping competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Saudi Arabia earned its qualification on the basis of the team’s combined classification among the FEI Olympic Group F teams—consisting of Africa and the Middle East—at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Ky.) and the 2011 FEI Group F Special Olympic qualifying competition, which took place Dec. 30 in Doha, Qatar.
The judges for the hunter divisions and ASPCA Maclay Finals at the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show, scheduled for Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., were announced on Jan. 3.
Phillip J. DeVita and Jimmy Torano will judge the hunter divisions. DeVita, of Apopka, Fla., has judged shows across the country, including the Pennsylvania National, the Washington International (D.C.), the Capital Challenge (Md.) and the National Horse Show when it was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The 2012 Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships will take place July 18-22, 2012, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Riders will compete for nine different FEI Championships in the disciplines of dressage, eventing, show jumping and reining for Juniors and Young Riders, with endurance being held solely for Young Riders.
On Jan. 3-7, 2012, in Wellington, Fla., 12 lucky young riders will take part in the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session. The session, presented by the U.S. Hunter/Jumper Association and Adequan, will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the site of the Winter Equestrian Festival.
The session will take place over five days, and it will feature instruction in stable management, veterinary care and nutrition, in addition to the mounted lessons. In past years, participants have worked with Anne Kursinski, Beezie Madden, and Jane Savoie.
The dates and locations for The Chronicle of the Horse/U.S. Eventing Association’s Adult Team Challenge have been announced.
The Central ATC will be held June 9-10 at Queeny Park in Ballwin, Mo. The Western ATC will be Sept. 7-9 at Aspen Farm in Yelm, Wash. And the Virginia Horse Trials will host the Eastern ATC, Nov. 2-4 in Lexington.
Each event hosts a team challenge for beginner novice through preliminary levels. Visit the USEA Adult Rider Program page for more information.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced a new division for 2012: the developing horse Grand Prix. The new Grand Prix division, which will be a part of the national Developing Horse Program, will be open to horses aged 8-10 and was made possible through donations from Hilda Gurney and Carol Lavell.
The Alltech National Horse Show will return to Kentucky for a second year in 2012. The show will run Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
The show, in its 128th year, moved from its home in Syracuse, N.Y., to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2011. It was held in the Alltech Arena. This year more than 560 horses and 350 riders competed at the National Horse Show.
The application period closed on Nov. 30 for the position of U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Chef d'Equipe/Technical Advisor. The USEF Search Committee received six applications for this position, which will become available in 2013.