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June 8, 2015

USEF Names Team And Traveling Reserves For Pan American Games Dressage

The U.S. Equestrian Federation has named the team and traveling reserves for the U.S. Dressage Team at the 2015 Pan American Games. 

The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the team (in alphabetical order):

Big Tour

Laura Graves (Plymouth, Fla.) and her own Verdades, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) with Four Winds Farms’ Legolas 92, a 13-year-old Westphalian gelding 

Small Tour

June 8, 2015

Dalliance Jumps Into The Spotlight At Genesee USHJA Hunter Derby

Mumford, N.Y—June 7  

With just one horse left to return in the handy round of the $35,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, Amanda Steege and Jennifer Alfano waited on standby prepared to jump-off for the win. The two riders sat tied at the top of the class, with the outcome all up to the final pair: Kelley Farmer and Dalliance.

June 8, 2015

Wise Espartaco Dies After Completing Roebke’s Run CCI** Cross-Country

The U.S. Eventing Association announced June 7 that Wise Espartaco collapsed and died after completing the CCI** cross-country course at Roebke’s Run Horse Trials, in Fairfax, Minn., from an apparent cardio-pulmonary incident.

Wise Espartaco was an 12-year-old Argentine Sport Horse owned and ridden by Ronald Zabala-Goetschel. The pair had jumped around the course clear with 24.4 time penalties. This was Wise Espartaco’s first attempt at a CCI**, but he had recently finished 15th in the intermediate division at the Virginia Horse Trials.

June 4, 2015

USDF Announces New Rider Awards For 2016

The U.S. Dressage Federation has announced the new Dressage Seat Equitation Rider Awards, to first be awarded in the 2016 competition year. Available to both USDF Participating and Group Members, riding in any division, these awards are designed to recognize riders' achievements in equitation and will be awarded at three levels: Elementary, Accomplished and Elite. For each level, riders must earn five scores of 65 percent, 72 percent, and 80 percent, respectively.

June 2, 2015

Virginia Horse Trials Announces John Nicholson As Course Designer

The Virginia Horse Trials, located in Lexington, announced today that course designer John Nicholson will take over the FEI tracks at the event, beginning with the competition set to take place Oct. 30-Nov. 1. This event will mark Nicholson’s first course in the United States.

June 1, 2015

USET Foundation Announces 2016 Karen Stives European Developing Tour For Eventing

The U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation and the U.S. Equestrian Federation have announced the establishment of the 2016 Karen Stives European Developing Tour For Eventing.

In 2014, Karen Stives made a generous gift of $1 million to the USET Foundation to establish the Karen Stives Endowment Fund For High Performance Eventing. This fund allows for grants to be awarded annually for an eventing high performance activity, which will have a direct impact on the United States' ability to win medals at international championship CCI competitions.

June 1, 2015

Kristen Vanderveen's Good Feeling Turns Into A Big Win In $127,000 Kingsland Grand Prix

Tryon, N.C.—May 30  

"I had a really good feeling this morning when I woke up. You know, you sometimes just wake up with that feeling and it was specifically for this horse too," Kristen Vanderveen said after she rode Bull Run's Faustino De Tili to the top of the $127,000 Kingsland Grand Prix CSI 3*, the first Fédération Equestre Internationale grand prix at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

May 27, 2015

Tryon International Equestrian Center Accepting Applications For Great Charity Challenge Of The Carolinas

Tryon International Equestrian Center is now accepting applications for the inaugural Great Charity Challenge of the Carolinas annual fundraiser. Fourteen charities will be randomly selected during the $210,000 Tryon Grand Prix on June 6, at TIEC from 5-9 p.m. Those 14 finalists will each be paired with an equestrian team that will compete for a minimum purse of $250,000 purse during an October competition.

May 24, 2015

Riders Ditch Their Stirrups On Day 5 Of George Morris Gladstone Program

George H. Morris arrived at Hamilton Farm, immediately found barn manager Janus Marquis and stated, "I want no stirrups today." Thus, as eight saddles lost their stirrups, Day 5 at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation's Gladstone Program got underway.

Katie Cox, Lisa Goldman, Sean Leckie and Kilian McGrath rode into the arena at 8 a.m., where Morris awaited in his golf cart.
"Riding without stirrups is indispensible in that it produces a seat," Morris explained as the riders walked. "The definition of a seat is the ability to stick to the horse no matter what the horse does."

May 23, 2015

George Morris Stresses Making A Friend Of Your Horse On Day 4 Of The Gladstone Program

Four days into the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation's Gladstone Program, the sun finally peeked out over the historic Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, N.J., casting a soft glow on the property as the riders cleaned stalls, fed and groomed their horses.

When the clock struck 8 a.m., Lisa Goldman, Kilian McGrath and Katie Cox strode into the outdoor arena, with Sean Leckie surrendering MDC Athena to master horseman George H. Morris.

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