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February 28, 2016

Sundayboy Shines In Sunday’s Burbank CDI-W Grand Prix Special

Burbank, Calif.—Feb. 28

Getting your first CDI win at the Grand Prix level? That’s pretty special. Winning your first Grand Prix Special when it also is your first ever? That’s amazing—and it’s what Anna Buffini did today at the Burbank CDI-W when she rode Sundayboy to 69.88 percent. 

“I came in with no expectations with Sundayboy,” said Buffini, 21. “Guenter came over and said, ‘You just missed it!’ And I thought he meant I got second. Then he said, ‘You just missed getting 70 percent.’ I was really excited to hear that.”

February 27, 2016

Zero Gravity Gains A Burbank CDI-W Grand Prix Win

Burbank, Calif.—Feb. 27

Guenter Seidel didn’t win yesterday’s Burbank CDI-W Grand Prix, but it could have been worse. His students Michelle Reilly and Anna Buffini were first and second, respectively.

“That was so funny yesterday!” said Seidel. “It wasn’t so great that I was third and had that score, but it was great for Anna to be in front of me and for Michelle to win. That made it actually really nice.” 

February 27, 2016

Reagan’s Gone From Sliding Stops To Half-Halts

Burbank, Calif.—Feb. 28

 In the sea of huge warmbloods, all with equally huge gaits, at the Burbank CDI, Reagan stands out. He’s small—somewhere between 14.3 and 15 hands—and he’s a sturdy chestnut with white socks and a white face. He’s also a Quarter Horse who spent the first several years of his life under saddle learning the ropes of the reining world.

February 18, 2016

Los Angeles One Of Four Cities In The Running For 2024 Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee reported yesterday, Feb. 17, that it's received four official bids for the 2024 Olympic Games. The four cities are: Los Angeles, Paris, Rome and Budapest. 

The application process, what the IOC is calling a “Candidature Process,” for the 2024 Olympic Games includes three stages. For the first, hopeful cities were required to submit their packets for “vision, games concept and strategy.” It's a new bidding process, with an increased emphasis on sustainability and economic feasibility. 

February 17, 2016

New UAE Endurance Sanctions Announced, But Debate Over World Championships Location Continues

In response to the allegations of continued rule breaking in endurance in the United Arab Emirates, the Fédération Equestre Internationale has released a new set of sanctions for the nation’s program. But the American Endurance Ride Conference and other national federations are still concerned that the new rules won’t be followed or enforced. 

January 18, 2016

Your Quick Guide To The USEF Rules That Passed—And A Few That Didn’t

When the USEF Annual Meeting happened Jan 13-16, there was big news of a new CEO and impassioned discussions in the form of Town Hall meetings about doping and coaching. And then there were the more normal—though no less important—items of business like passing rules, which the USEF Board of Directors did Jan. 16. 

January 18, 2016

Brunello Wins USEF National Horse Of The Year Award

Brunello, who won the 2015 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship (Ky.) for the third time with Liza Boyd aboard, was named USEF National Horse Of The Year at the USEF Year End Awards Gala on Jan. 16. The award was decided this year on votes from the public. 

You can read the Chronicle's coverage of the class, complete with video of Brunello's breathtaking handy round, in "Brunello Proves Age Is Just A Number At Derby Finals."

January 13, 2016

USEF Leadership Discusses CEO Change

The U.S. Equestrian Federation hosted a press conference today, Jan. 13, at its annual meeting addressing the sudden departure of chief executive officer Chris Welton. The USEF announced Welton’s departure yesterday, effective immediately, and named U.S. Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney to the position on an interim basis. Welton took over the position June 1, 2014.

January 7, 2016

Two Parties File Suit Against USEF Over Drugs And Medications Policies

Two separate parties have filed suit against the U.S. Equestrian Federation over the organization’s drugs and medications rules and policies. Both are alleging that the rules, including the thresholds established for various drugs, are unfair towards competitors. 

January 4, 2016

CAS Dismisses Cian O’Connor’s Aachen Appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Jan. 4 that it’s dismissed the appeal filed by Horse Sport Ireland and Irish show jumper Cian O’Connor and upheld an earlier decision by the Fédération Equestre Internationale. 

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