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November 12, 2009

The Origins Of The Cavalia Acts

Trick riding served as form of warfare in the 15th and 16th centuries for Russian military tribes called Cossacks. Many Cossacks fled Russia for the United States when the Bolsheviks began a systematic elimination of the tribes in 1919. The Cossacks began performing their riding stunts for American audiences and several years later the sport became a full-fledged rodeo event.  The hardest tricks earned the most points, and therefore the most prize money, which eventually caused the downfall of trick riding.

November 12, 2009

Love Of The Horse Drives Cavalia Performers

At first glance, the riders in the performance show Cavalia don’t appear to have much in common with their counterparts in the show ring or out on the cross-country course. Colorful costumes, fancy trick riding and elaborate sets have more in common with the circus than horse showing.

November 11, 2009

USEF Committee Proposes New Rules Restricting NSAIDs

The U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Equine Drug and Medication Committee has proposed a rule change that would limit the use of approved non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to one at a time in horses at USEF-licensed competitions. The rule change will be up for approval at the USEF Annual Meeting in January.

November 4, 2009

Horse Euthanized After Carriage Crash In Chester County

Two people suffered minor injuries and veterinarians euthanized a horse after a carriage crash on Howell Moore Road in London Grove, Pa., during the Pennsylvania Hunt Carriage Drive on Nov. 1.

According to the Chester County Daily Local News, passengers Larry and Gloria Shontz were taken to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., where they were later released. Driver Joe Jennings and passenger Marjorie Grafton were uninjured.

November 4, 2009

Isabell Werth Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Isabell Werth gave birth to a baby boy named Frederik last Friday, Oct. 30.

Frederik weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long.  Werth, 40, and partner Wolfgang Urban said they are “endlessly happy” over the birth of their son.

November 4, 2009

USEF Names George Morris And Phillip Dutton Coaches Of The Year

U.S. Equestrian Federation officials announced George Morris and Phillip Dutton the 2009 Coaches of the Year for their commitment to coaching and developing the equestrian sport.

Morris is a legendary equestrian, renowned trainer and former Olympian. His equestrian career began when he became the youngest rider to win both the AHSA Hunter Seat Medal Final and the ASPCA Maclay Finals. He was a member of the silver medal Olympic team in 1960, the gold medal Pan American Games team in 1959, and he competed on eight winning Nations Cup teams.

November 4, 2009

USEF And EQUUS Seek Trophy For Humanitarian Award

The U.S. Equestrian Federation and the EQUUS Foundation’s new Humanitarian Award is in need of a trophy.  

Artists may submit a painting or sculpture that depicts humanitarian achievements made by a member of the equestrian community for the trophy.

October 5, 2009

BLM Employee Accused Of Horse Shooting

A former Bureau of Land Management employee has been charged with killing three horses in Rock Springs, Wyo.  According to, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s deputies and BLM law enforcement officers arrested Jason Hein, 39, in Billings, Mont on Sept 24.

September 29, 2009

European Veterinarians Fight To Keep Bute Available

European veterinarians hope to win an exemption from the European Union ban on phenylbutazone, or "bute." In 1998, the EU banned the drug in food-producing animals, including horses. Veterinarians were granted a temporary exemption, but next year, EU commissioners will make the final decision on bute regulations.

If commissioners continue the ban on the drug, veterinarians may have decreased access to bute.

September 22, 2009

Travel Promotion Act Could Benefit Horse Industry

The U.S. Senate passed the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 on Sept. 9, which could benefit the horse industry through increased tourism.  The bill, S. 1023, now goes to committee in the House of Representatives.

The bill aims to market the United States as an international tourist destination by creating a Corporation for Travel Promotion and an Office of Travel Promotion.

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