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  • 26 November 2014 at 19 : 11 PM

    Announcing the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* January 7-11

    Announcing the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* January 7-11

    By: Lindsay Y. McCall Wellington, Florida - November 26, 2014 - Entries are now being accepted here0 through December 22, 2014, for the 2015 Adequan Global Trainer Wes Dunham and WEG athletes Sydney Collier's mount Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* horse inspection . Photo by Lindsay McCall Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes kick-off the show season with their their first international show of the year January 7-11, 2015, in Wellington, FL, in the Van Kampen covered arena. This show will include FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. Thursday, January 8, is the Horse inspection at ...

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  • 26 November 2014 at 19 : 32 PM

    HM Queen Elizabeth II Receives Inaugural FEI Lifetime Achievement Award

    HM Queen Elizabeth II Receives Inaugural FEI Lifetime Achievement Award

    London (GBR), 26 November 2014 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today became the first recipient of the FEI Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of her leading role as supporter of equestrian sport throughout her reign as British monarch. The award was presented to Her Majesty by FEI President HRH Princess Haya at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace this afternoon in the presence of former FEI President the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip, and Keith Taylor, Chairman of the British Equestrian Federation. Horses featured in The Queen’s life from a very young age. She had her first riding lesson in the private riding school at Buckingham Palace Mews in January 1930, when she ...

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  • 26 November 2014 at 17 : 28 PM

    Para-Dressage Riders Peavy, Brimmer, and Jordan Finish a Successful 2014 Competition Year

    Para-Dressage Riders Peavy, Brimmer, and Jordan Finish a Successful 2014 Competition Year

    By: Lindsay Y. McCall Lexington, KY - November 26, 2014 - The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) concluded on August 29, and within two weeks Individual U.S. WEG Para-Dressage Grade III rider Annie Peavy of Avon, Connecticut, headed to Saugerties, NY, for the Great American Insurance Group/ United States Dressage Federation Region 8 Championships presented by New England Dressage Association (NEDA). The Championships were held September 18-21. Also riding at the Region 8 Championships in Annie Peavy and Lancelot Warrior at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* Saugerties was Grade IV athlete Mary Jordan of Wells, Maine, and Rubicon 75 (Royal-Hit x ...

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  • 26 November 2014 at 13 : 01 PM

    Dates for the Succeed-USDF 2015 Trainers’ Conference Announced!

    Dates for the Succeed-USDF 2015 Trainers’ Conference Announced!

    USDF would like to thank our title sponsor, Succeed, for their continued support. For information that will “ support your horse’s overall health and performance through digestive wellness” please click here. USDF is pleased to announce that FEI Dressage Judge General Stephen Clarke will be our featured presenter for our 2015 Conference. Click here for attendance criteria. DATE: January 19-20, 2015 LOCATION: High Meadows Farm Loxahatchee, FL REGISTRATION : Online Registration will be available December 1st. Click here to mail or fax your registration. HOTEL INFORMATION: Available after December 1st. SCHEDULE: TBA If you have any ...

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  • 25 November 2014 at 13 : 22 PM

    LUTKEMEIER LEADS GERMAN WHITEWASH AT STUTTGART

    LUTKEMEIER LEADS GERMAN WHITEWASH AT STUTTGART

    by Louise Parkes Fabienne Lutkemeier and D’Agostino headed a German whitewash as home riders claimed the top four, and five of the top six places, at the third leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League at Stuttgart today. In a competition filled with quality performances, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl finished a close second with Unee BB ahead of Isabell Werth and Don Johnson NRW in third, while Dorothee Schneider completed the top-four clean sweep for the host nation when next in line with Forward Thinking. Only Holland’s Danielle Heijkoop and Kingsley Siro NOP managed to break the German grip at the sharp end of the leaderboard when ...

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  • 23 November 2014 at 13 : 09 PM

    2015 USEF Dressage Tests Published

    USEF Communications Department Lexington, Ky. - The 2015 United States Equestrian Federation Dressage Tests have been published on USEF.org. The 2015 Tests will be effective December 1, 2014 through November 30, 2018. In addition to the 2015 USEF Dressage Test booklet, the USEF has collaborated with the United States Dressage Federation to produce the On the Levels app, which provides examples of the new Introductory through Fourth level dressage tests with commentary from top U.S. trainers and judges, with segments geared toward improving difficult movements at each level. The mobile website will feature 31 engaging videos to help riders understand the requirements for tests within ...

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  • 22 November 2014 at 16 : 26 PM

    The Overweight Horse Who Won’t Stop Eating — Leptin Resistance is the Key!

    by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Your horse is overweight. You’ve been told to feed him a lot less hay and you’re desperately trying to do the right thing. But it won’t work! It won’t work for your horse any more than a strict diet would work for people. We have known this for years when it comes to human obesity. The reason is simple – dieting restricts calories, which lowers the metabolic rate. Weight loss may occur at first, but the body goes into “survival mode” and starts to hold on to fat and becomes sluggish in burning calories, making it extremely easy to put all the weight back on. Horses have an additional issue: Their digestive tract cannot tolerate periods of time ...

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  • 21 November 2014 at 16 : 53 PM

    Abuse -When do you speak up?

    Abuse -When do you speak up?

    by Anna Blake Do you ever get haunted by a situation where you wish you had said something? Mine was 18 months ago. As I drove away from a lesson, I pulled over to check my messages, facing a riding arena where a roping event was going on. It was a perfect summer night and riders were warming up. There was some light bantering passed around, followed by good-natured laughing. The sort of group I just love. Suddenly one of the riders went nuts. He exploded into a spurring, rein-jerking mess. His horse pinned his ears flat as the rider pulled him backwards, ramming the shank bit hard, metal on bone, against his jaw, almost the entire length of the arena. Then he jerked the horse's ...

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  • 21 November 2014 at 13 : 53 PM

    And the nominees for the FEI Awards 2014 are…

    And the nominees for the FEI Awards 2014 are…

    Equestrian heroes will soon be ditching their breeches and boots to don tuxedos, ball gowns and high heels for a glittering competition of another kind. They will fly to Baku (AZE) to be whisked onto the red carpet of the FEI Awards on 14 December. The “Oscars of the equestrian world” have been organised by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body of equestrian sport, since 2009. Eighteen candidates have been shortlisted for this year’s awards, and one from each of five categories will be selected as the winners by a jury of international experts chaired by FEI President HRH Princess Haya. The winners - individuals and organisations that have ...

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  • 20 November 2014 at 19 : 36 PM

    Big and Small Tour Dressage Combinations Enjoy Successful USEF Dressage Observation and Strategy Sessions

    Big and Small Tour Dressage Combinations Enjoy Successful USEF Dressage Observation and Strategy Sessions

    USEF Communications Department Lexington, Ky. - Nineteen promising dressage athletes took part in USEF Dressage Observation and Strategy Sessions over two weeks in November. As Big and Small Tour combinations worked with USEF Chef d’Equipe/ Technical Advisor Robert Dover at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., November 3-4 and at Epona Farms in Thousand Oaks, Calif., November 12-13. "These back-to-back sessions were a huge boost to my certainty that America is growing infinitely in its depth of top, world-class combinations in both the Small and Big Tours,” said Dover. “There is an obvious feeling of optimism and excitement in the air across our nation as we ...

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  • 20 November 2014 at 19 : 36 PM

    USDF Announces New Certified Instructors

    Lexington, KY (November 19, 2014) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce and congratulate its new USDF Certified Instructors. The exam was held October 24-25, 2014, at Phantom Hill Farm in Ft. Collins, CO, with examiners Sarah Geikie and Lilo Fore. The USDF Instructor/Trainer program is designed to set a standard of excellence in dressage training and instruction in the United States, and to educate dressage riders, instructors, and aspiring instructors. Sheila Buschette of Molt, MT, Stacy Williams of Ivins, UT, and Joan Clay of Ft. Collins, CO, are the newest USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer at Training through First Level. ...

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  • 20 November 2014 at 19 : 22 PM

    Christiana Logan Named 2014 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year

    Lexington, KY (November 17, 2014) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Christiana Logan of North Plains, OR, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by the USDF Youth Programs Advisory Subcommittee. This prestigious award honors one outstanding youth volunteer who has contributed both nationally and locally to USDF and dressage. As the winner, Christiana will be presented with a perpetual trophy, donated by the Akin family of Warwick, NY, in honor of Lendon Gray, which is permanently on display in the Roemer/USDF Hall of Fame, will be featured in the yearbook issue of USDF Connection, and will ...

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