The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to announce that, pending approval from the High Performance Working Group and the Executive Committee, the Kentucky Dressage Association's bid to host the 2013 Dressage Festival of Champions has been accepted. These annual championships will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 10-13, 2013.
Pending final Fédération Equestre Internationale approval, the Adequan/FEI North American Junior And Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North will once again be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The annual competition will be held July 17-21, 2013. The United States Equestrian Federation has received preliminary approval for these dates and location and is awaiting final allocation from the FEI Bureau.
The Dressage Foundation has announced that Lisa Wilcox of Loxahatchee, Fla., and Horses Unlimited's Pikko Del Cerro HU have been selected to receive this year's Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Annual $25,000 Grant. The purpose of the grant is to showcase talented American-bred horses ridden by United States citizens, by providing money to train and compete in Europe.
Show jumper Georgina Bloomberg will release Off Course, the third book in her series of teen novels, on Nov. 13 via Bloomsbury Publishing World Wide. The book, co-written by Catherine Hapka, follows The A-Circuit, released in May 2011, and My Favorite Mistake, released in February 2012.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale celebrated the winners of the FEI Awards 2012 in Istanbul on Nov. 8. U.S. rider Courtney King-Dye was given the Against All Odds Award.
King-Dye took to the saddle when she was nine. Years later, she represented the United States at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and at the FEI World Cup Finals in 2007 and 2008. Along the way, she became a USDF-certified dressage instructor and trainer and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in literature.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale General Assembly, held in Istanbul, approved a new “blood rule” for dressage on Nov. 8. The Art. 430.7.6., developed in close cooperation with the Veterinary Committee, is as follows:
“Bleeding: If the Judge at C suspects fresh blood anywhere on the horse during the test, he will stop the horse to check for blood. If the horse shows fresh blood, it will be eliminated. The elimination is final. If the Judge through examination clarifies that the horse has no fresh blood, the horse may resume and finish its test.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale Nations Cup series will have a new look and a name in 2013, following finalization of a 16 million euro four-year sponsorship package from the Saudi Equestrian Fund. The series will now be called the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup.
The sponsorship deal, worth 4 million euro per year and running through the end of 2016, was announced at the FEI Bureau’s first meeting at the General Assembly in Istanbul on Nov. 6.
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.