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December 6, 2013

John Long Departing USEF Next Year

Current U.S. Equestrian Federation CEO John Long has announced that he will resign the position next June. Long has been USEF CEO since 2003.

“I don’t have any plans yet,” he said. “I’m not going to start to think about that until late winter. There are still too many things I want to get done, and I have to be invested in one thing and not thinking about something else. I want to slow down a little bit; I have children and grandchildren, and I’d like to travel where I want to travel and do some other fun things.”

The USEF will begin seeking Long’s successor shortly.

December 4, 2013

The Thrill Of Victory: 10 Riders Who Can't Believe They Just Jumped Clear

It usually takes a stride or two, but there's a defining moment when a rider lands off the last jump of a course and realizes all the rails are still in their cups. That moment is when it all happens—an exuberant explosion of joy. The crowd exhales their collective breath and the rider unleashes a flurry of celebratory gestures—pats, fist-pumps and hugs. We at the Chronicle have put together 10 of our favorite moments of victory from those we've captured over the years. Enjoy!

December 2, 2013

Jim Wolf Launches Wolf Sports Group

Jim Wolf, former U.S. Equestrian Federation executive director of sport programs, announced Dec. 2 the formation of Wolf Sports Group LLC. Wolf left his position at the USEF on Dec. 1 after more than 20 years with the organization.

According to a press release, Wolf Sports Group will “provide services in sports marketing as well as event management and logistics.” The company will focus mainly, though not exclusively, on equestrian sports, and it will be based out of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation office in Gladstone, N.J. The USEF is Wolf Sports Group’s first client.

December 2, 2013

Clifton Pinot B Sample Also Positive

Equestrian Australia received notification from the Fédération Equestre Internationale on Dec. 2 that the B sample taken from Clifton Pinot at the Land Rover Burghley CCI**** (Great Britain) has come back positive for the banned substance reserpine.

Kevin McNab and Clifton Pinot, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred (Wallenda—Ice Stinker, Icelandic) gelding owned by McNab and Frances Stead, finished 14th in the event.

December 2, 2013

Updated: Tortuga Bay Euthanized At Pine Top Horse Trials

Tortuga Bay, ridden by Ashley Kehoe and owned by Natalie Hummel, fell at fence 6 on the preliminary cross-country course at the Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials (Ga.) on Dec. 1. “Mickey” was subsequently euthanized on the scene and was taken to the University Of Georgia Veterinary Hospital for a necropsy. 

November 26, 2013

Clifton Promise B Sample Produces Positive Result

Equestrian Sports New Zealand received notification from the Fédération Equestre Internationale on Nov. 27 that the B blood sample taken from Clifton Promise at the Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials CCI**** (Great Britain) has also tested positive for the banned substance reserpine. Clifton Promise, owned by Frances Stead, was ridden to victory at the event by New Zealand’s Jock Paget in early September.

Paget is now required to submit written documentation to the FEI explaining the presence of the banned substance in Clifton Promise’s bloodstream.

November 19, 2013

Davis Donates FEI Ponies To Dressage4Kids

Barbara “Bebe” Davis and her father Michael Davis have donated two Fédération Equestre Internationale dressage ponies to Lendon Gray’s Dressage4Kids. The ponies, Poldy 10 and Bohdjan, were competed successfully by Bebe during her pony career and will now be leased out to children who will ride them in FEI pony classes.

November 13, 2013

2014 Palm Beach Dressage Derby Salvaged

The Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W, which was canceled several weeks ago after Derby executive director Mary Anne McPhail terminated the contract with International Horse Sport Palm Beach, will now be held at the Global Dressage Festival facility at the Palm Beach Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla. The dates, Feb. 27-March 2, will remain the same, pending approval from the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

November 11, 2013

Visionary Patriarch Euthanized At Poplar Place

Visionary Patriarch, owned and ridden by Jacel Galloway, was euthanized Nov. 10 after falling at fence 7 on the preliminary cross-country course at the Poplar Place Horse Trials in Hamilton, Ga.

Galloway, Covington, Ga., was unhurt in the fall. According to the U.S. Eventing Association, veterinarians immediately attended to Visionary Patriarch “but determined there was irreparable damage to the leg.”

November 10, 2013

A Different Kind Of Joy

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 10

 Akiko Yamazaki’s been to the Olympic Games, the World Equestrian Games, the Aachen CHIO (Germany), and the U.S. Dressage Festival Of Champions. But when she’s attended those events, her name’s been listed as owner on the entry form.

Here, at the U.S. Dressage Finals, Yamazaki earned her own riding accolade when she won the adult amateur Prix St. Georges title (67.89%) aboard Matrix. She also won the Janine Westmoreland Malone Perpetual Trophy in the process.

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