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CANTERBURY CINCO DE MAYO DRESSAGE
May 3-4, 2014
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Secretary: Carlie Evans
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Newberry, FL 32669
Manager: Nannet Read
As mosquito season sets in, so does the threat of West Nile virus to horses. Last year, the United States reported 373 West Nile virus cases in horses.1 Texas and Oklahoma topped the charts with 60 and 41 cases, respectively.1 What can you do to help protect your horse during mosquito season this year? It seems like a combination vaccine would be the most convenient and effective way to help protect your horse. After all, a single injection helps provide a wide range of protection.
Even if your horse already received a combination vaccine this spring, the option of giving a monovalent West Nile vaccine with a combination of other boosters in the fall may help provide the added protection your horse needs to stay healthy.
Miami, Fla. - Saturday, history was made as the 42nd Gene Mische $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, found its new home at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. The class has become a landmark of the showjumping world, and tonight was no exception as 29 horse and rider combinations gathered on the field to compete in a battle of the best. It was an electrifying night as spectators looked on to the stadium turf, but it was with swiftness and accuracy that Beezie Madden was able to emerge as the victor tonight. Aboard Coral Reef Via Volo, Madden rode to her third American Invitational victory, a feat few can claim.
Madden navigated Coral Reef Via Volo to a double-clear effort during a five-horse jump off. They tripped the timers in 35.91 seconds after completing a clear short course, while Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Atlanta rode to the second place for the only other double clear effort. Lauren Hough and Ohlala were the third place finishers, taking the honors as the fastest of the four faulters after lowering the height of obstacle 17, an oxer set near the in gate.
Norwood, N.C. - Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville proved to have perfect timing in their win of The Fork International CIC*** and Adequan USEA Gold Cup/PRO Tour Series.
The home-turf favorites finished in a tie with Marilyn Little and RF Demeter after the cross country phase of the competition, both with a score of 49.8, but Halpin hit the optimum time of six minutes and nineteen seconds on the dot, winning the tie breaker and the CIC*** division.
Asked how she managed to hit the time perfectly, Halpin joked about planning and preparation but admitted, “You just go as fast as you can. I was happy that Brian [O’Connor] announced that I was on time; I actually couldn’t remember if I had set my watch 5 or 10 seconds early.”
Miami, Fla. - A field of the nation's top 20 riders gathered at Sun Life Stadium for the inaugural $25,000 Hollow Creek Farm Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Victoria Colvin was the only rider to lay down a double-clear effort, taking home the victory with Don Juan. Nicole Bellissimo and VDL Dogan rode to the second place, while Venezuela's Emanuel Andrade was awarded third place.
Steve Stevens and Leopaldo Palacios designed a course that challenged both horse and rider alike, utilizing many of the very same fences that would challenge the horse and rider combinations for tonight's 42nd American Invitational. Although 10 riders navigated the first round course, the "winning round" rules dictated only six would proceed into the jump-off. The times were tight, and boiled down to quickest of the clears.
Lexington, Ky.- The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be represented by two combinations at the 2014 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Lyon, France April 17-21, both having qualified from the North American League.
The following combinations qualified during World Cup Qualifying Events held throughout the 2013-2014 season:
Tina Konyot (Palm City, Fla.) will ride her own Calecto V.
Calecto V is a 1998 Danish Warmblood stallion.
Konyot was first named to the U.S. team short list in 2004 Olympic Games and has become a fixture in team competitions. In 2010, Konyot and Calecto V represented the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky., helping the team to a fourth-place finish. The pair maintained its form and traveled to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, earning a sixth-place finish with the U.S. team. In February, they helped the U.S. to a top podium finish at the Wellington CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm in addition to earning a third-place finish in the Freestyle.
Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will be well represented at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final April 17-21 as 12 American show jumpers will head to Lyon, France for the 2014 Final.
As the reigning FEI World Cup Jumping Final champion, Beezie Madden is pre-qualified to defend her title in Lyon.
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) will ride Abigail Wexner’s Simon.
Simon is a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding.
After 24 North American World Cup Qualifying Events throughout the 2013-2014 season, the following riders have qualified in this order in their respective Leagues:
Rancho Murieta, California - April 7, 2014- The pressure was on at the Golden State Dressage Classic CPEDI3* for many U.S. para-dressage athletes looking to qualify for the World Equestrian Games. From April 4-6, 2014, riders from Grade Ia, II, III, and IV competed for top scores in the international arena at the Murieta Equestrian Center. The FEI ground jury included Alison King (HK) FEI 4*, David Schmutz (USA) FEI 4*, Kathy Amos-Jacob (FRA) FEI 4*.
After a top showing just weeks prior at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* in Wellington, Florida, riders were ready to give it their all in their final qualifier held in the United States for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ Selection Trial and U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship. With all U.S. events completed there are 14 U.S. riders qualified for the selection trials including a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Many of these riders will also compete at the Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, which coincide with the trials.
No less than 72 National Federations (NFs) have declared their intention to participate in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, meeting the 31 March deadline for entries in principle. The number is an all-time high and represents a 10% increase compared to the entries in principle for any of the previous editions of the FEI World Equestrian Games™.
At this initial stage, the NFs have indicated the disciplines in which they intend to be represented by a team or individual athletes. Although the final participation will be confirmed first by the nominated and ultimately by the definite entries, this is a significant first step in the Games entry process.
Wellington, FL - April 7, 2014 - If the competition for the leading rider bonus in the Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour Series was a horse race, it could be said that Jeffrey Welles led wire to wire. Topping the standings nearly all season, Welles finally took home the grand prize: Welles received a one year membership to the International Polo Club Palm Beach, as well as a branding package from PoloGear™.
A horseman from a young age, Welles grew up in North Carolina, where he rode the hunters and ponies on his family's farm outside of Raleigh. When he was just 17 years of age, Welles moved to Connecticut and began riding and working for Nimrod Farms, where he began his young professional career riding hunters for the farm.
Welles did not make his jumper riding debut until a few years after he had been working for Nimrod Farms, when he took the opportunity to work and ride for legendary horseman Norman Dello Joio.
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 in Denmark in partnership with Hart's family, Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel.
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 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 divisions during the Global Dressage Festival, and their collective scores have them currently ranked as the top two 6-year-olds in the United States. The team at Piaffe Performance is thrilled that the two are now qualified to compete at the 2014 Young Horse Championships this summer, where they will vie for top honors in the 6-year-old division.
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