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  • 21 October 2017 at 14 : 47 PM

    USDF Announces Newly Approved 2018 National Education Initiative Events

    For Immediate Release Thursday, October 19, 2017 Lexington, KY (October 19, 2017) - The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce five new education events, as a part of the USDF National Education Initiative (NEI). The primary objective of the NEI is to create and support new and affordable programs, hosted by USDF Group Member Organizations (GMOs), that engage members. Each of these events is USDF University accredited, with attendees automatically earning USDF University credits. GMOs that participate in the USDF National Education Initiative demonstrate their commitment to providing affordable, quality educational opportunities at all levels. The ...

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  • 16 October 2017 at 16 : 21 PM

    Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference Moves to California for 2018

    From USDF Lexington, KY (October 12, 2017) - The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) announced today that that 2018 Adequan?/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference will be moving to California, with featured presenter Johann Hinnemann. This conference will be held February 6-7, in the main arena of the Adequan/West Coast Dressage Festival in Del Mar. Presenter Johann Hinnemann is recognized worldwide as a trainer and coach, having served as Canada's team trainer and German National Coach, alongside Klaus Balkenhol. His student roster reads like a "Who's Who" of Olympic medalists and various national champions, including Steffen Peters, Coby van Baalen, Marlies van Baalen, Ulla ...

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  • 30 September 2017 at 16 : 12 PM

    Hoof Abscesses: Tips for Treatment and Prevention

    by Glenye Oakford | Sep 26, 2017, 2:00 PM EST Hoof abscesses can be painful for your mount and cost you time in the saddle. We asked Dr. Luke Fallon of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute for his best tips about dealing with hoof abscesses, including identifying, treating, and avoiding them. Read on to find out the signs that distinguish an abscess from another problem, what to put in your hoof-soaking solution, and what management techniques can help reduce your horse’s chance of getting a hoof abscess. A hoof abscess can look terrifying to a horse owner, because it can cause severe lameness that appears to come on suddenly. To a worried owner ...

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  • 28 September 2017 at 16 : 22 PM

    Day 2 – Dressage at Devon – Young Horses (and the Sun!) Take Over the Dixon Oval

    Day 2 – Dressage at Devon – Young Horses (and the Sun!) Take Over the Dixon Oval

    The largest open breed show in the world continued today with 4 and 5 year olds shown in-hand and under saddle in the Materiale classes. A few highlights include: [caption id="attachment_35947" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The USDFBC Mare Championship went to Andorra ISF (Sir ...

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  • 21 September 2017 at 12 : 10 PM

    Is it Navicular Syndrome? Things You Should Know About Caudal Heel Pain

    by Glenye Oakford | Sep 19, 2017, 1:01 PM EST Navicular syndrome—now often referred to by veterinarians as caudal heel pain—is a diagnosis many horse owners dread. But advances in imaging technology, like magnetic resonance imaging, have made diagnosing and treating navicular-related lameness more precise, and, in many cases, a diagnosis of caudal heel pain isn’t career-ending. Here are some things to keep in mind about caudal heel pain, according to Dr. Liz Barrett of the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky. The equine hoof contains much more than the navicular bone, and any of those structures might ...

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  • 21 September 2017 at 12 : 37 PM

    One Year Until FEI World Equestrian Games™ Comes to North Carolina, USA

    Sep 12, 2017 - 10:30 AM Print Share Host Venue Tryon International Equestrian Center Announces Ticket Sales Date For Immediate ReleaseTryon, NC, USA (September 12, 2017) – The one year to go countdown to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018  (WEG) was launched today. With more than 500,000 people expected to attend the 2018 Games, the 12-day ...

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  • 21 September 2017 at 12 : 25 PM

    FEI awards 2017 Shortlist Announced – Public Voting Now Open!

    FEI awards 2017 Shortlist Announced – Public Voting Now Open!

    Lausanne (SUI), 20 September 2017 The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has today opened the public voting for all the shortlisted nominees of the FEI awards 2017. For the first time since the creation of the awards in 2009, the public can cast a vote for their heroes and impact who they think deserves to win. A billing packed with champions and those who go above and beyond, the twenty nominees have been shortlisted across five categories for their ...

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  • 12 July 2017 at 16 : 34 PM

    Interagro’s 2nd Dressage Ranking Highlights Developing Talent

    Interagro’s 2nd Dressage Ranking Highlights Developing Talent

    Itapira, SP, Brazil - The second leg of the 2017 Interagro Dressage Ranking once again showcased the variety and depth of Team Interagro’s dressage talent, with young horses from their H, I, and J generations, as well as older horses, demonstrating their skills in Training through Fourth Level. Hosted at the 1,300 acre training and stud facility in Itapira, Brazil on June 13, 2017, the Ranking serves as a baseline reading for Interagro’s show team and sales horses’ competitive performance, identifying the strengths of each pair as well as areas to be improved. This progression benefits both Interagro’s team of riders as well as their herd of Lusitano sporthorses as they develop ...

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  • 11 July 2017 at 16 : 46 PM

    Ryann Wins Big at 2017 National Dressage Pony Cup Futurity & Sport Horse Breeding Division Championships

    Ryann Wins Big at 2017 National Dressage Pony Cup Futurity & Sport Horse Breeding Division Championships

    By the time Matthew Miller’s elegant black Weser-Ems filly Ryann got done with her weekend at the 10th Anniversary National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show, held July 7-9, 2017 in Lexington, Ky., it was hard to find the actual pony under the mountain of ribbons presented to her during awards ceremonies.   “She’s been special right from the start,” said rider/handler Betty Bryant of Virginia Beach, Va. “I was there when she was born and helped her stand up for the very first time. We thought she had promise, and I had heard a lot of great things about the Pony Cup so this year we wanted to come for the first time and see how she’d do. This is just her second show ...

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  • 9 July 2017 at 20 : 48 PM

    27 Championship Titles Presented at 10th Anniversary National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show

    27 Championship Titles Presented at 10th Anniversary National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show

    “Her dream was to do a victory lap, and you just made that dream come true.” This heartfelt statement was one of many joyous exclamations overheard on the final day of ridden competition at the 10th Anniversary National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show, being held July 7-9, 2017 in Lexington, Ky.   One of those celebrating during evening awards ceremonies was Emily Lasher of Poway, Calif. Three 12-hour days spent hauling her pony across the country in 100+ degree heat wasn’t going to stop Lasher from getting to the Kentucky Horse Park with her 13.2-hand Welsh cross gelding The Hot Topic of Spring Song, and her efforts ultimately proved worthwhile. She and “Dolce” ...

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  • 8 July 2017 at 15 : 09 PM

    All Smiles on First Day of Record-Setting National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show

    All Smiles on First Day of Record-Setting National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show

    In its first day, the 10th Anniversary of the National Dressage Pony Cup Championship Show is already one for the record books. An astounding 114 ponies representing 26 states from literally coast to coast have converged upon the Kentucky Horse Park for this annual showcase of pony power, being held July 7-9, 2017 in conjunction with the Kentucky Dressage Association (KDA) Summer Classic I & II. A somewhat soggy start thanks to the previous day’s deluge surrendered to glorious blue skies within the first hour, and exhibitors’ excitement shone just as brightly as the sun as they contested the first of two rounds of championship competition ranging from Intro to Grand Prix. And ...

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  • 7 July 2017 at 18 : 03 PM

    Fall in Love with Dressage at Devon this Fall

    Fall in Love with Dressage at Devon this Fall

    Devon, PA – Dressage at Devon brings horse breeders, riders, and enthusiasts together from all over the world to watch and compete in this ancient equestrian discipline. This year, Dressage at Devon will take place on September 26 through October 1, 2017 at the historic Devon Horse Show Grounds in Devon PA. There is something for everyone here – from exciting equine performances, to gourmet food and charming outdoor cafes, to more than 90 vendors offering exclusive apparel, fine arts, jewelry and antiques – for equestrians and non-equestrians alike. Here are just a few of the highlights of 2017:   New in the Breed Show   New this year is a Dales Pony class, sponsored by the ...

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