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  • 16 April 2014 at 06 : 04 AM

    USDF Releases Videos for 2014 Trainer’s Conference with Steffen Peters and Scott Hassler

    USDF Releases Videos for 2014 Trainer’s Conference with Steffen Peters and Scott Hassler

    The 2014 Succeed/USDF Trainer's Conference held in Florida this past January 2014 with Steffen Peters and Scott Hassler was an astounding success with a full house of participants from across the nation.  In cooperation with DressageClinic.com the USDF 2014 Trainer's Conference Videos will be broadcast online on April 26, 2014.  A review of the conference follows with this article from the USDF Connecdtion magazine. Reprinted from USDF Connection Magazine April 2014 Issue: In this fast-paced world, in which many people seem to have the attention span of a gnat, folks get bored easily and are always looking for the next hot trend. Dressage, although it's by nature a little ...

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  • 15 April 2014 at 23 : 14 PM

    Two PATH Intl. Members Awarded Certification Scholarships Through APHF

    Denver—Through an innovative partnership between the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) and the American Paint Horse Foundation (APHF), two PATH Intl. members have been selected to receive scholarships to continue their education toward certification. Chosen from several well-qualified applicants, Anvia Hampton of Billings, MT, and Pamela Jeffers of Albany, OH, have been named the 2014 winners of these unique scholarships. Each receives an $800 scholarship after completing PATH Intl. certification courses. Already a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, Anvia intends to use this scholarship for a certification course in ...

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  • 15 April 2014 at 13 : 38 PM

    Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen debuts Wench de Jeu in USA

    Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen debuts Wench de Jeu in USA

    Written by Sharon Packer.   Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen and Wench de Jeu (Jazz x Contango) made their official US debut together during the final Global Dressage Festival competition of the 2014 Wellington season. “Wench," owned by Nicole Polaski and bred by the 2013 KWPN breeder of the year, Emmy de Jeu, was imported from Holland in 2012. This dazzling 17-hand mare is the only "de Jeu" bred horse in the United States at this time. Mary and Wench began their partnership in February 2014 when Nicole offered the ride to Mary, her trainer and sponsored the rider. (Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen and Wench de Jeu.  Photo Credit: World Dressage News) "After years of watching Mary train my ...

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  • 15 April 2014 at 09 : 16 AM

    Equestrian sport makes history as athletes vote online for FEI Athlete Representatives

    Equestrian sport makes history as athletes vote online for FEI Athlete Representatives

    Lausanne (SUI), 15 April 2014   For the first time in the 93-year history of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the athletes themselves have the opportunity to vote for their FEI Athlete Representatives. A total of 26 candidates from 10 nations are standing for election as FEI Athlete Representatives on the FEI Technical Committees for Jumping, Dressage, Para-Equestrian, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. “Our athlete representatives play a vital role in the governance of equestrian sport, acting as a voice for all our athletes and actively shaping the FEI’s global development, so it is only right that the athletes themselves should ...

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  • 14 April 2014 at 20 : 35 PM

    Alexandra Du Celliee Muller Awarded $500 Trip Harting Fund Grant from the Dressage Foundation

    AUTHOR: The Dressage Foundation. The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that Alexandra du Celliee Muller from Little Rock, AR, is the 2014 recipient of the $500 Trip Harting Grant.  Alexandra plans to use the funds to continue her education in the United States Dressage Federation Instructor Certification Program.  Alexandra has been a member of Pony Club since 1995 and received her Dressage A rating in 2012. Throughout her time in Pony Club, Alexandra has volunteered for the Santa Barbara Chapter of California Dressage Society and taught at her own Club and others, giving ratings, teaching horse management and judging at rallies.  Alexandra says, “I am thrilled to have been ...

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  • 11 April 2014 at 12 : 13 PM

    International Dressage Trainers Club and FEI sign Memorandum of Understanding

    International Dressage Trainers Club and FEI sign Memorandum of Understanding

            Lausanne (SUI), 11 April 2014   The International Dressage Trainers Club (IDTC) has become the fifth of the former FEI Associate Members to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FEI. The IDTC, which specializes in raising the level of Dressage training worldwide with a special focus on countries where Dressage is a developing sport, was founded in 1984 by Herman Duckek (GER), who remained President until his death in 2000. In October 2002, international trainer David Hunt took over the presidency from Belgian Equestrian Federation Technical Advisor and IDTC board member Sjef Janssen. The IDTC now has over 120 member ...

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  • 11 April 2014 at 10 : 18 AM

    FEI announces further concrete steps to implement ESPG recommendations

    Lausanne (SUI), 11 April 2014   During the meeting on 30 March held between the FEI and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, where the FEI was represented by its two Vice Presidents, John McEwen and Pablo Mayorga, and FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos, some additional but significant points were discussed to create a more equitable field of play and enhance the integrity of the Endurance discipline. During these discussions, HH Sheikh Mohammed pointed out to the FEI that Meydan is the regulator in Dubai for various equine related matters and that so long as it remains a regulator it would be prudent for it to withdraw its sponsorship of the 2014 Alltech FEI ...

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  • 11 April 2014 at 00 : 12 AM

    Meet Paula Matute! A Force With Which to be Reckoned

    Meet Paula Matute!  A Force With Which to be Reckoned

    Interview with Paula Matute. It is easy to recognize the incredible talent and training when watching Paula Matute in competition.  What is also remarkable is her light, elegant correctness. In watching Paula ride, I asked myself if such talent is something with which one is born or is it all learned?  Paula mused the same question.  I know Paula to be an intelligent, polite, caring and a kind person with a great sense of humor.  What I did not realize is how incredibly well she expresses herself.  I have no doubt Paula will reach her goals, not only as a young rider but also as a writer.  Paula speaks so well for herself, I have nothing to add!   “I made my debut ...

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  • 10 April 2014 at 16 : 30 PM

    REEM ACRA FEI WORLD CUP™ DRESSAGE 2013/2014 Final – Preview

    REEM ACRA FEI WORLD CUP™ DRESSAGE 2013/2014 Final – Preview

    Lausanne (SUI), 10 April 2014 Photo Caption: Defending Reem Acra champions, Germany's Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW, will face the toughest of opposition from Olympic and European champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro from Great Britain at next week's Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2013/2014 Final at Lyon, France.  Photo: FEI/Karl Heinz Freiler, Kit Houghton.     Head to head of two mighty talents at 2014 Reem Acra Final By Louise Parkes There is nothing more fascinating than witnessing two mighty talents going head to head, so the anticipation and excitement in the lead-up to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2014 at Lyon (FRA) ...

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  • 10 April 2014 at 09 : 12 AM

    U.S. Para-Dressage Athletes Successful Overseas at CPEDI3* in Deauville, France

    U.S. Para-Dressage Athletes Successful Overseas at CPEDI3* in Deauville, France

    Press Release and photos by Lindsay McCall Deauville, France - April 9, 2014 - As the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage riders prepare for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France, a few American athletes have headed overseas where they are competing among the best in the para-dressage world. Those USA riders include two-time Paralympian and 2010 WEG rider Rebecca Hart (Grade II) , Margaret McIntosh (Grade Ib), and 2010 WEG Indiviudal rider and 2012 London Paralympic U.S. Team reserve rider Mary Jordan (Grade IV).   Rebecca Hart (USA) is riding the 12 year-old Danish Mare Schroeters Romani recently purchased from Straight Horse ...

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  • 9 April 2014 at 17 : 43 PM

    13th Annual Equine Industry Vision Award Winner Selected for 2014

    Daytona Beach, FL (April 9, 2014)–Zoetis and American Horse Publications are proud to announce that a winner has been selected to receive the 2014 Equine Industry Vision Award. Sponsored by Zoetis, the award is intended to recognize innovation, leadership and service.  All of this year’s nominees were outstanding examples of these qualities. The six members of the Equine Industry Vision Award Committee reviewed the nominations and narrowed the list of 10 nominees to four candidates. The committee selected the following finalists: Patti Colbert, Patti Colbert Enterprises; Molly Sweeney, Vice President of Horses and Humans Research Foundation; Lyndsey White, Co-founder of ...

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  • 9 April 2014 at 16 : 31 PM

    Piaffe-Performance Delivers Success From the World Cup Level to Young Horses and Juniors

    Piaffe-Performance Delivers Success From the World Cup Level to Young Horses and Juniors

    Wellington, FL (April 9, 2014) – The riders and trainers of Piaffe Performance have just rounded out a successful season that has left them leading the a nation across the divisions.  From the international Grand Prix level to the Young Horse and Junior classes, every member of the Piaffe Performance team is at the top of their game and preparing for a successful spring and summer. Two rising stars who have received international attention for their incredible performances are Fashion Designer OLD, an Oldenburg gelding ridden by Nadine Buberl and Fiderhit OLD, an Oldenburg mare owned by Michael and Sarah Davis and ridden by Dr. Cesar Parra.  The two competed in the FEI 6-Year-Old ...

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