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January 24, 2011

McCutcheon And Gunners Special Nite Sweep USEF Horse And Rider Of The Year Honors

Tom McCutcheon and Gunners Special Nite were the only U.S. horse-and-rider pair to come away with team and individual gold medals at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The membership of the U.S. Equestrian Federation rewarded them for their achievements by naming McCutcheon Equestrian of the Year and Gunners Special Nite Farnam/Platform Horse of the Year at the 2011 USEF Annual Meeting.

McCutcheon was the first reiner to win USEF Equestrian of the Year, and he has been on every WEG reining team since the sport was added in 2002.

January 18, 2011

How Does A Rule Change Proposal Become A Permanent USEF Rule?

If you ride and compete or are involved with horse showing in some way, then chances are you’ve been in a situation where the current U.S. Equestrian Federation rules just weren’t working for you. So what happens next? How does an idea for a rule change make its way from tack room chatter to permanent inscription in the USEF Rule Book?

November 29, 2010

Rule Change Proposals Take Center Stage Across Disciplines

For many horse people, the holiday season means a break in competition and a trip to their discipline’s annual national convention to attend to the business of equestrian sport.

January 17, 2010

NSAID Rule Changes Pass USEF Board Of Directors

After months spent in discussion, debate in open forums and behind closed doors, the rule changing the allowable therapeutic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs from two to one passed with a seeming collective sigh of relief at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Board of Directors meeting today, Jan. 17, in Louisville, Ky.

In a nutshell, the two new changes to GR 410 Equine Drugs and Medications will work in concert to allow an interim time to collect data and educate the membership. But effective Dec. 1, 2011, only one NSAID will be permitted.

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January 17, 2010

Steffen Peters Named USEF Equestrian of the Year

One night after his horse Ravel received the Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year honors, Steffen Peters stepped up to the stage to receive his own accolades. The California-based dressage rider earned his second consecutive USEF Equestrian of the Year award tonight, Jan. 16, during the Pegasus Individual Awards in Louisville, Ky.

January 17, 2010

Customer Service Still A Work In Progress At USEF

During today’s Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 16, USEF CEO John Long presented a report on the three-year strategic plan that began in 2007. He gave the USEF an overall grade of a “B” as the area needing the most improvement remains the membership services, which he graded a “D.” He graded Operations and IT an “A or A-” for their major improvements including the call center and customer service.

“We still have a long way to go on the strategic plan,” he noted, but added that there have been major steps taken in event management and marketing.

January 16, 2010

Ravel Wins USEF Horse Of The Year

Ravel is only 12 years old, but he’s already won more than any U.S. dressage horse before him, and the U.S. Equestrian Federation membership honored him for his accomplishments this year with the Farnam/Platform Horse of the Year title at the Horse of the Year Awards Dinner at the USEF Convention.

Steffen Peters and Ravel had already shown their immense talent in 2008 by sweeping the U.S. Olympic selection trials and placing fourth individually in the Beijing Olympic Games.

January 16, 2010

NSAID Compromise In The Works At USEF Meeting

After three days of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky., the word in the meeting rooms and hallways today, Jan. 15, is “compromise.”

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