US Equestrian Eventing Team Technical Advisor David O’Connor Steps Down to Focus on Global Risk Management for the Eventing Discipline
Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) has reluctantly accepted the resignation of its U.S. Eventing Technical Advisor David O’Connor.
“Over many years, David has been a leader for US Equestrian as a whole and for eventing in particular,” remarked Murray Kessler, President of US Equestrian. “We reluctantly accept David’s resignation and support his desire to focus on chairing the Fédération Equestre International (FEI) Risk Management committee to help design programs that mitigate risk for the sport and promote horse welfare. It is reassuring to know that David will remain a leader in our sport, continue to provide input to our programs and that our mutual interests will remain intertwined. We thank him for everything he has done.”
May 18, 2017, 16:50
Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD Win FEI Grand Prix at World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017
U.S. Rider Laura Graves was second and Great Britain's Carl Hester was third
Omaha, Nebraska - March 30, 2017 - Isabell Werth (GER), the most decorated rider in Olympic history, captivated the crowd at the FEI World Cup™ Finals Omaha 2017, winning the FEI Grand Prix competition at the CenturyLink Center on Thursday. Riding her Olympic mount Weihegold OLD, Werth rode to an impressive score of 82.300%, the only entry to score above 80 per cent.
Apr 29, 2017, 14:20
Away from the Ring: How the U.S. Equestrian Athletes Spend Their Free Time
It is not very often equestrian athletes have down time; many show or work with multiple horses at events or train numerous clients. During the FEI World Cup™ Finals, athletes show no more than two horses, leaving them with more down time than usual. Read on to find out how a few members of the U.S. contingent spends their free time.
Apr 29, 2017, 14:18
McLain Ward and HH Azur Deliver Five Flawless Rounds to Capture Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final Title
Omaha, Neb. - On his 17th attempt, McLain Ward with HH Azur won the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final title on Sunday in front of an electric home crowd in Omaha's CenturyLink Center. The 2016 Rio Olympic team silver medalist combination jumped five consecutive clean rounds to secure the title that has eluded him his entire career. Switzerland’s Romain Duguet and Sweden’s Henrik Von Eckermann finished second and third, respectively. Seven additional U.S. combinations joined Ward, who all put forth great effort despite varying levels of experience.
Apr 29, 2017, 14:08
Title Up for Grabs in $100,000 USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship
Lexington, Ky. - The second annual $100,000 USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship presented by Deeridge Farms, Elm Rock LLC, the Strauss Family, and Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, & Friedman LLP is set to begin at the CP National Horse Show. Held November 3-6 in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, the championship will consist of three competitions with fences up to 1.50m in height. Twenty-eight athletes between the ages of 16 and 25 will compete in the championship in hopes of claiming top honors.
On Thursday, the $15,000 Faults Converted competition will kick off the championship, followed by a $20,000 Jump Off competition on Friday. The championship will be decided after the $30,000 Two Round competition on Sunday morning. The champion will be the competitor with the lowest number of penalties after the three competitions of the championship, with $35,000 in prize money for the top 10 overall.
Nov 10, 2016, 08:30
Burlington Secures Gold in $100,000 USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship
Lexington, Ky. – The future stars of U.S. show jumping were tested during three days of tough competition for the 2016 $100,000 USEF U25 Show Jumping National Championship presented by Deeridge Farms, Elm Rock LLC, the Strauss Family, and Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, & Friedman LLP. Following a double-clear performance in Sunday’s $30,000 Two Round competition at the CP National Horse Show, Brett Burlington stood atop the podium as the Gold medalist.
Nov 7, 2016, 08:15
O'Donoghue and Lowe Earn USEF One-Star Eventing National Championship Titles
Lexington, Ky. - This weekend the hallowed grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park played host to the USEF One-Star Eventing National Championships as part of the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge. In a very competitive field of 50 in the CCI1*, Meghan O'Donoghue and Rehy USA claimed the Richard Collins Trophy for the win. Sharlee Lowe and Jjamaica topped the field of 20 in the Junior and Young Rider division to clinch the Harry T. Peters Trophy.
The CCI1* began under cold and rainy skies on Thursday, but the weather did not seem to affect O'Donoghue (Carbondale, Ill.) and Ronald Shipka Irrevocable Trust's Rehy USA, as they went into the lead easily on a score of 39.80.
Nov 7, 2016, 07:19
USEF Announces 2017 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams Coaches
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased announce the selection of the coaches for both of the 2017 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Teams. The coaching team of Avery Bul, Scott Matton, and Michelle McVey Haisch will oversee the training of the Stars team. Devon Garone, Kristin Logan, and Christy Parker are tasked with coaching the Stripes team. The teams will compete separately at the 2017 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational/Test Event on April 3-6 in Perry, Ga.
Bul (New Orleans, La.) has instructed equitation riders at Cascade Stables since graduating from William Woods University in 2012. She manages the lesson program at Cascade and has coached multiple riders selected for USA Saddle Seat Teams. She played a valuable role volunteering at the 2013 and 2015 U.S. Saddle Seat Invitationals, as well as the 2014 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup competition. Bul is a member of the USEF, ASHA, UPHA, and the UPHA Young Trainers Committee.
Nov 7, 2016, 06:20
U.S. Wins Team Silver in Show Jumping at Rio Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team won the Silver medal in a down-to-the-wire competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Wednesday. The team of Lucy Davis and Barron, Kent Farrington and Voyeur, Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C', and McLain Ward and Azur finished the two-round competition with five faults. France won the Gold with three faults, while Germany and Canada tied for third on eight. Ultimately, Germany captured Bronze following a jump-off with Canada for the medal.
Aug 22, 2016, 19:26
Farrington Leads U.S. in Show Jumping Individual Final at Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The Rio 2016 Olympic Games show jumping competition came to a climatic close at Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center on Friday, ending in a jump-off to determine the Individual medals. With two clear rounds, Kent Farrington and Voyeur earned a spot in the jump-off for the U.S. along with five other combinations. Farrington and Voyeur ultimately placed fifth overall following two rails down. Teammates McLain Ward and Azur finished tied for ninth and Lucy Davis with Barron completed their Olympic debut with 12 faults in Round A.
Aug 22, 2016, 19:24
Fabulous French win Eventing team gold; Germany’s Jung takes second successive individual title
France claimed team gold and Germany’s Michael Jung took his second successive individual title as Olympic Eventing drew to a close at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) today.
In a cliff-hanger of a contest it came down to the last four into the arena to decide the team result, and it was the defending champions from Germany who claimed silver with Australia slipping from the overnight lead to take the bronze.
The Australians were in charge as the day began, but with only a 4.5 point advantage over their New Zealand neighbours while the French were just 6.2 further adrift and the Germans were stalking the leading pack over 11 penalty points further behind. France was the only one of the leading sides to go into today’s closing phase with a fully intact four-member team however, and in the end that proved the clincher.
Aug 17, 2016, 13:26
Fighting French fly to victory in Olympic Team Jumping final
France claimed Team Jumping gold for only the second time in the history of the Olympic Games with a brilliant performance at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) today. Lying only a single penalty point behind the joint-leaders from Brazil, Germany, Netherlands and USA after yesterday’s first round of competition, they added just two time faults to clinch it this afternoon.
Silver went to Team USA who completed with five faults while Germany won out in a thrilling two-way jump-off against Canada for the bronze. This is only the second French team gold in the history of Olympic Jumping, the first won at Montreal (CAN) in 1976 where the side included Jean-Marcel Rozier whose son, Philippe, was French pathfinder today. “My father was here in Rio, and we are all feeling very proud to have another gold medal in our family!”, Philippe said this afternoon.
Aug 17, 2016, 12:44
Karl Cook and Caillou 24 Celebrate a Win in the $40,000 Racing Festival Grand Prix
Del Mar, Calif. - Exciting until the last horse crossed the finish line, it was Californian Karl Cook and Caillou 24 who came out on top in the $40,000 Showpark Racing Festival Grand Prix, presented by EquiFit, inc. Of forty-three entries, thirteen returned for the jump-off and five went double clean.
FEI Course Designer Anderson Lima of Brazil set a technical track that he explained was definitely influenced by the large and experienced group of riders competing in the class today. Interestingly, not a single rail fell from fences one through four, but each obstacle after those hit the ground multiple times. Several riders finished with only time faults, and a handful with only one rail. However, in this competition, only those that made it to the jump-off were in the ribbons.
Aug 16, 2016, 13:10
Equestrian sport gallops into the Rio limelight
Equestrian sport arrives in Rio with its head held high, the bit between its teeth and on the crest of a wave of expansion across the globe.
The Rio 2016 sport entries (FEI Definite Entries) are all in, and a total of 200 athlete and horse combinations from 43 countries will chase their dreams of glory in three separate disciplines, soaring over massive obstacles in Jumping displaying athleticism and grace in Dressage, and powering around a cross-country track in Eventing. What sets them apart from the rest is that they will do it in partnership with another living being - the horse.
Jul 30, 2016, 17:21
America's Champion Combined Driver Chester Weber Earns a Top Placing at CAIO4* Aachen
Aachen, Germany (July 19, 2016) - The greatest combined driver in American history, Chester Weber, once again masterfully held his own amongst the best drivers in the world at the CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival, where Weber took third place individually. Weber and Jane F. Clark's team of KWPN geldings proved to be a formidable force, successfully driving their way through three impressive phases to the winners' circle in the CAIO4* competition.
In 2014, the 13-time Four-in-Hand U.S. National Champion from Ocala, Florida made history as the first American to win the Four-in-Hand division at the CHIO Aachen in the competition's nine decades of existence. Weber was proud to return to this year's hotly contested CAIO4*, competing individually and concurrently on the U.S. Driving Team with teammate Allison Stroud in the Nations Cup competition.
Jul 28, 2016, 19:48
USEF Names U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named four athlete-and-horse combinations to the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team and one traveling reserve combination for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Show Jumping competition at the Games will take place August 12-19, 2016 at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the Team (in alphabetical order):
Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Old Oak Farm’s Barron, a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding
Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) and Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur, a 2002 KWPN gelding
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’, a 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding
McLain Ward (Brewester, N.Y.) with Double H Farm and Francois Mathy’s HH Azur, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare
Jul 28, 2016, 19:39
McLain Ward and Beezie Madden Earn Top 10 Finish in Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen
Aachen, Germany – July 17, 2016 – The Grand Prix of Aachen is a coveted title by show jumping athletes around the world. In 2016, the track proved to be very daunting, with no riders producing double clear efforts during the CSIO5* event at the CHIO Aachen.
Fellow U.S. athlete Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’, owned by Abigail Wexner, had a similar day, incurring four faults during the first round, but returning for a faultless second round. The pair was just 2/10ths of a second slower than Ward and HH Azur, crossing the finish line in 74.32 seconds for seventh place.
Jul 28, 2016, 19:03
Third Place Finish for U.S. Show Jumping Team in Dublin
Dublin, Ireland – July 22, 2016 – The U.S. Show Jumping Team earned a third place finish during Friday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, presented by Longines, at the historic Dublin Horse Show.
It was a hard fought day, starting with a very solid performance by the United States team. Lauren Hough kicked things off with a clear round aboard Ohlala, owned by the Ohlala Group. Jessica Springsteen, who had an unfortunate elimination at the open water with the Stone Hill Farm’s Cynar VA, followed Hough, but her teammates were ready to pick up the slack.
Jul 28, 2016, 19:01
FEI Reviews Alternatives for FEI World Equestrian Games 2018
The FEI has today announced that it is working on alternatives for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 following mutual agreement between the FEI and Canadian Comité organisateur des Jeux Équestres Mondiaux 2018 (COJEM), the organising committee for the Games in Bromont, to terminate the contract to host the Games due to ongoing financial issues.
“We are sad that the Bromont organising committee is no longer in a position to host the Games in 2018”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “We have been working very closely with the COJEM Board and all levels of the organisation since the Games were allocated to Canada in mid-2014 and have known for some time that the Bromont team was facing major financial difficulties.
Jul 26, 2016, 13:30
A Spectacular WCHR Week in San Juan Capistrano
Iwasaki & Reilly's Small Gesture, ridden by John French, is awarded $7,500 in prize money, FITS Riding breeches, a WCHR jacket and silver platter, as well as the Horseplay Encouraged trophy, presented by Valencia Saddlery. (McCool)
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. - In the $25,000 WCHR West Coast Hunter Spectacular at the Blenheim June Classic I, Small Gesture dominated the first round scoring with an impressive 92 from not just one panel, but both panels of judges. Competing fifth out of 30 entries, and holding the lead in Round Two, the refined dark bay, owned by Iwasaki & Reilly, finished with an overall score of 180.5.
Jun 20, 2016, 14:43