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Meghan Blackburn

February 1, 2011

NAJYRC Adds Endurance Championship

The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced plans to add an inaugural endurance championship event to the 2011 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from July 27-31. Competitors will ride over portions of the same track used during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games for the World Endurance Championships.

January 31, 2011

USPC Names New Officers

New officers and board members stepped into their new roles at the U.S. Pony Club Annual Meeting, held in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 27-30. 

Jody Hoffman and John Wurzler, both Board of Governors members, accepted the offices of treasurer and vice president of instruction, respectively. Hoffman, Waxhaw, N.C., is a former U.S. Equestrian Federation technical delegate and steward and works at The Risk Management Group. Wurzler, Mason, Mich., is an insurance professional specializing in technology and e-business.

January 31, 2011

Hoy Confirmed As U.S. Eventing Coach Candidate

On Jan. 31, six-time Olympic event rider Andrew Hoy confirmed his application for the job of U.S. Equestrian Federation Eventing Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe.

“The application has gone in,” said Australian-born Hoy, 51.

Married to a fellow Olympic event rider, Germany’s Bettina Hoy, Andrew stated that if he should be chosen as the U.S. eventing coach, his wife’s expertise would be of help.

January 27, 2011

EIA Detected In Missouri

On Jan. 5, a Belgian horse in rural Pike County, Mo., tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia. Two days later a horse on the same premises also came up positive for the disease. After being quarantined, both horses were humanely euthanized. The Missouri Department of Agriculture tested 696 other horses in the northeastern Missouri area, and no additional cases have returned positive results as of Jan. 25

January 25, 2011

Van Grunsven Welcomes New Grand Prix Horse

In 2010 it briefly seemed like Anky van Grunsven, the long-time lynchpin of the Dutch dressage team, might be trading her top hat for a Stetson as she debuted on the Dutch reining team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. However, on Jan. 19, the three-time Olympian announced the purchase of a new Grand Prix dressage horse—IPS Upido.

January 25, 2011

Totilas Becomes A Father

Highly anticipated by worldwide dressage enthusiasts and horse people alike, the first Totilas foal was born on Jan. 23. The dark bay filly, named Moorlands Guinevere, was born at the equine clinic in Utrecht, The Netherlands as reported on Edward Gal’s website.

January 21, 2011

Nebraska Broaches Horse Slaughter Topic

Nebraska has joined the list of states making legislature changes on the issue of horse slaughter. A proposed bill introduced by Nebraska state senator Tyson Larson would require the state’s Department of Agriculture put a meat inspection program into effect by 2013.

Larson, whose family owns a ranch and raises roping horses in O’Neill, Nev., argued that the state’s 2007 closing of meat processing plants caused the equine surplus problem, which he links to abandonment and abuse.

January 20, 2011

No Marlborough Hunt Races In 2011

The Maryland Steeplechase Association has announced that The Marlborough Hunt Races will not run this year due to a change in land ownership of the host property, Roedown. The late Hal C.B. Clagett was the former owner, but after his death in 2010, the Davidsonville property was put up for sale.

According to a statement released by the MSA, hopes for a 2012 Marlborough look strong.

“Race organizers plan to revive the race in 2012, as the prospective new buyers have indicated that they would like to continue hosting the meet.”

January 20, 2011

It’s Derby Cross Time In Palm Beach

Spectators for the show jumping Nations Cup at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., are in for a special multi-discipline treat this March.

The Professional Riders Organization Derby Cross Team Competition, an event designed to showcase some of the nation’s top eventing, show jumping and polo talent, will debut at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on March 5 at 5:30 p.m.

January 19, 2011

AAEP Doesn’t Let Good Work Go Unnoticed

In an effort to recognize and reward exemplary veterinary service, the American Association of Equine Practitioners has implemented the “Good Works Campaign.” The campaign, which begins this month, seeks to celebrate veterinarians who go above and beyond their everyday medical duties by donating time and volunteering their services to improve the welfare of horses, and thus the entire equine community.

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