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US Equestrian Eventing Show Jumping Course Advisor Program Revamped for 2017

Lexington, Ky. – After 12 years, the Eventing Sport Committee approved a next phase for the US Equestrian Eventing Show Jumping Course Advisor Program. In 2017, Richard Jeffery will review show jumping courses for all FEI eventing competitions in the U.S. following the event. Course designers will be asked to submit their courses as posted at the competition to Jeffery with all technical details (distance, time allowed, etc.) within five days of the completion of the competition. Each course, along with the technical details provided by the course designer, will be posted on the US Equestrian website with Jeffery’s critique. This will allow course designers to review other courses and consider Jeffery’s input when designing their own courses.

“I am hoping that we can have a more level standard of designs across the country at the FEI level, plus those designing just national divisions can have an idea of the type of courses that are being used at the FEI levels,” Jeffery said. “In addition, with my comments posted on those courses, I hope they can further their education in course design and gain valuable experience from other course designers.”

The US Equestrian Eventing Show Jumping Course Advisor Program was introduced in 2004 to raise the standard of eventing show jumping course design in the United States. Initially, the program focused on show jumping courses for FEI and Advanced level competitions. Since its inception, the program has expanded to include review of courses for Preliminary and Intermediate Horse Trials. The program has been effective in improving the consistency of eventing show jumping courses through the review and critique of courses from a majority of designers at the Preliminary level and above.

The ultimate goal of the new program is to establish and maintain a consistent standard in the show jumping phase for events across the country. In the inaugural year, anyone interested in course design may also utilize this educational resource.

For more information, please contact Shealagh Costello, Director of Eventing National Programs, at scostello@usef.org or (859) 225-6923.

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

What Is the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event?

Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 tackled the cross-country course in last year’s Rolex Kentucky (Adam Brennan – www.picturesbyab.com)

Have you always wondered what people mean when they say, “Are you going to Rolex?” They are talking about the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover, known as the “Best Weekend All Year” and one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. The Fédération Equestre Internationale has designated the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., as a “four-star” eventing competition, the sport’s highest designation, which is given only to the Olympic Games, World Championships, and six annual events around the world. The 2017 edition will also crown the 20th Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Champion.

The Basics: Eventing is the equestrian equivalent to a human triathlon, consisting of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. This event is usually contested over three days, hence the other popular term for the discipline – three-day eventing. By performing each of these phases, horses that compete in eventing show their balance, stamina, and precision. To learn more about eventing, visit USequestrian.org.

Schedule: The 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover will be held April 27-30. It has become such a star-studded event that competition now covers four days to accommodate a large number of participants. Dressage begins on Thursday and concludes on Friday. The cross-country phase is held Saturday and the competition concludes on Sunday with show jumping. A 2017 provisional schedule can be found at rk3de.org.

What to Do: The event also offers a variety of spectator activities, including the ever-popular Land Rover Test Drive, which was featured in the Spring 2016 edition of US Equestrian Magazine. The Sponsor Village and International Trade Fair offer designer and sport clothing and accessories, arts and crafts, jewelry, gift items, souvenirs, and more. The Rolex Kentucky visitor’s guide provides tips for how to get the most out of your experience.

Where to Watch: If you are not able to attend the 2017 Rolex Kentucky, the only place to catch all four days of the action-packed competition is the USEF Network live stream. Wall-to-wall coverage of each phase can be seen on computers, tablets, phones, and smart TV devices. New this year is Champions Live!, a Sunday morning talk show from approximately 9:30-11 a.m., featuring a U.S. equestrian champion from each Olympic equestrian sport (dressage, eventing, and jumping). As always, the broadcast will include multiple camera angles, live athlete interviews, and analysis from professional sports commentator John Kyle with varying guest hosts.

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Graves, Perry-Glass, and Peters Are Strong Contenders for 2017 FEI World Cup Dressage Final

Laura Graves & Verdades (Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Omaha, Neb. – Three strong dressage combinations will represent the U.S. in the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb. Running from March 30 – April 1, 2017, Laura Graves & Verdades, Kasey Perry-Glass & Goerklintgaards Dublet, and Steffen Peters & Rosamunde are in excellent form heading into the Final.

Graves (Geneva, Fla.) has found much success since her last Final appearance in 2015, where she finished fourth with her own Verdades. She and the 2002 KWPN gelding won team gold and individual silver at the 2015 Pan American Games, following that up with team bronze and individual fourth-place finishes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in their Olympic debut last summer. This year, Graves and “Diddy” have won at every turn at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) and earned numerous scores above 80%.

Perry-Glass (Orangevale, Calif.) will make her Final debut with Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaards Dublet, and the pair is a serious combination. She and the 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding impressed in their Olympic debut last year, helping to bring home a team bronze medal. They have continued to shine since their time in Rio, most recently winning the Grand Prix CDI-W and Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W and earning a score of 80.805% in the Freestyle during week eight of the AGDF.

Peters (San Diego, Calif.) will make his fifth Final appearance in Omaha with Four Winds Farm’s talented 2007 Rheinlander mare, Rosamunde. He and “Rosie” have continued to develop their partnership since they began competing together in 2014. They garnered top placings throughout 2016, including wins in the Grand Prix CDI3* and Grand Prix Special CDI3* at CHIO Rotterdam. The pair began 2017 by winning the Grand Prix Special CDI3* and Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*at the Las Vegas High Roller CDI & Open Show, and head into the Final having finished second in the Grand Prix CDI-W and third in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W during week seven of the AGDF.

Kasey Perry-Glass & Goerklintgaards Dublet (Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Competition for the Final begins Thursday with the FEI Grand Prix beginning at 2 p.m. CT. Saturday’s FEI Grand Prix Freestyle begins at 2 p.m. CT, with its results determining the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Champion. Watch the live stream on FEI TV.

View more information about the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final.

By Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department

Combinations for 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final Omaha

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced the eight athlete/horse combinations that will represent the United States at the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, March 29 – April 2, 2017, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb.

The following athletes qualified during the 2016-2017 World Cup qualifying season in their respective leagues (listed in qualifying order):

Longines FEI World Cup™, North American East Coast Sub-League

Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) with Old Willow Farms, LLC’s Zeremonie, a 2007 Holsteiner mare

Audrey Coulter (San Francisco, Calif.) with Copernicus Stables, LLC’s Alex, a 2004 Westphalian gelding, and Capital Colnardo, a 2005 Holsteiner stallion

McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) with Double H Farm & Francois Mathy’s HH Azur, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare

Charlie Jacobs (Boston, Mass.) with CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Cassinja S, a 2006 Zweibrücker mare, or Calanta, a 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding

Todd Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Jack Snyder and Two Swans Farm’s Babalou 41, a 2005 Oldenburg mare

Longines FEI World Cup™, North American West Coast Sub-League

Karl Cook (Woodside, Calif.) with Signe Ostby’s Tembla, a 2004 Zangersheide mare

Jenni McAllister (Sun Valley, Calif.) with LEGISequine.com’s LEGIS Touch the Sun, a 2006 Holsteiner gelding, or LEGIS Venice, a 2005 Holsteiner mare

Jamie Barge (Malibu, Calif.) with Kylie Co.’s Luebbo, a 2005 Oldenburg Springpferd gelding

View more information about the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

US Equestrian Announces Combinations for 2017 FEI World Cup Dressage Final Omaha

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has announced the three athlete/horse combinations that will represent the United States at the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final, March 30 – April 1, 2017 at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb.

The following combinations qualified during World Cup Qualifying Events in the North American League held throughout the 2016-2017 season:

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) with her own Verdades, a 2002 KWPN gelding

Kasey Perry-Glass (Orangevale, Calif.) with Diane Perry’s Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding

Additionally, the FEI confirmed an extra starting place for:

Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) with Four Winds Farm’s Rosamunde, a 2007 Rheinlander mare

View more information about the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final.

US Equestrian Names US Dressage Team for Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO3*

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has named the following combinations to The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO3*, March 21-25, in Wellington, Fla. at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF):

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Patricia Stempel’s Doktor, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding
Direct Reserve Horse
Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, a 2004 Hanoverian gelding

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and her own Lonoir, a 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding

Arlene “Tuny” Page (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Woodstock, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding
Direct Reserve Horse
Page’s Dr. House 2, a 2005 Oldenburg gelding

Lisa Wilcox (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jacqueline Shear’s Galant, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding

The following combination has been named as the reserve combination:

Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Jane Clark’s Alcazar, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding

Robert Dover will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.

In addition, there will be two U.S. teams competing in the CDIO U25 running concurrently with the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* at the AGDF. The following combinations will make up one team:

Anna Buffini (San Diego, Calif.) and her own Sundayboy, a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding

Sean Sierra Keasler (Wellington, Fla.) and her own Lux Stensvang, a 2002 Danish Warmblood gelding

Kerrigan Gluch (Wellington, Fla.) and Hampton Green Farm’s HGF Brio, a 2005 Andalusian stallion

Debbie McDonald will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.

The following combinations will make up the other team:

Kaitlin Blythe (Rougemont, N.C.) and Maryanna Haymon’s Don Principe, a 1999 Hanoverian gelding

Molly Paris (Charlotte, N.C.) and her own Countess, a 2002 Danish Warmblood mare

Genay Vaughn (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Starr Vaughn Equestrian, Inc.’s Donarweiss GGF, a 2001 Hanoverian stallion

George Williams will serve as the Chef d’Equipe.

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Wolff and Casall Blaze through Jump-Off to Place Third in $216,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix

Ali Wolff and Casall (Sportfot)

Wellington, Fla. – Ali Wolff made the most out of showing her mount Casall in his first week of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival. They helped the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team earn a Silver medal during Friday’s Nation Cup competition and finished the week by placing third in the $216,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix presented by Lugano Diamonds on Sunday. As on Friday, the Irish had luck on their side as Shane Sweetnam and Conor Swail placed first and second, respectively. As a result of Wolff’s efforts over the week, she earned the Leading Lady Rider Award.

“I’ve had him [Casall] since he was seven, and I have been moving him up the ranks. He has a bright future ahead of him, and he has been phenomenal for me and my career,” said Wolff.

A group of 43 combinations attempted the Ken Krome-designed course. Wolff (New Albany, Ohio) and Casall, Blacklick Bend Farm’s 2005 Holsteiner gelding, made it through the first round comfortably, joining 17 combinations, including seven other Americans, in a tricky jump-off.

A troublesome turn around a palm tree leading into the Hermès oxer, fence five, caused problems for several combinations early in the jump-off. Through five combinations, Great Britain’s Jessica Mendoza and Toy Boy had the early lead with a time of 43.21. Wolff and Casall followed Mendoza. With caution, the pair tackled the Hermès oxer. Once past this difficult spot, they picked up the speed and crossed the finish two-tenths of a second ahead of Mendoza.

“Going early on [in the jump-off] is a little hard because I had 10 people behind me. I just had to go in knowing my speed and try and push a little faster than that. I started off with the pace I wanted and was able to finish on the same pace. Everything came up naturally. He was really good for me,” said Wolff.

Going 10th, Sweetnam and Chaqui Z jetted through the course to overtake the top spot with a time of 41.79. Four-time Olympian Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and Coach, Abigail Wexner’s 2008 Holsteiner gelding, moved Mendoza and Toy Boy to fourth place on a time of 43.11 seconds to sit in third place after 15 combinations. Swail and Rubens Ls La Silla knocked Madden and Coach to fourth with a time of 41.82. As the final combination to go, Olympian Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and Waterford, Laura and Meredith Mateo’s 2003 KWPN gelding, had a rail, ensuring Wolff a podium position.

Complete Results

By Dana Rossmeier, US Equestrian Communications Department

US Equestrian Announces Partnership with Upper Echelon Academy

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) is pleased to announce that Upper Echelon Academy (UEA) is now the Official Tutoring Service of US Equestrian. UEA was previously the Official Tutoring Provider of the 2016 Adequan®/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) and the 2016 US Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, as well as a Bronze Sponsor of the Adequan®/FEI NAJYRC.

“US Equestrian is honored that Upper Echelon Academy has chosen to enhance its partnership with the organization,” said US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney. “UEA’s extensive private tutoring program was incredibly beneficial to our athletes competing in the Adequan®/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North and the US Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm last year, so we’re very excited to have them year-round.”

Upper Echelon Academy in Wellington, Fla., has a rich history of meeting the unique demands of equestrians and elite athletes outside a typical school environment. Using the latest technology, UEA meets the educational needs of each student and works closely with schools to provide tutoring that exceeds expectations. Upper Echelon Academy has an extensive background in designing and delivering curriculum and has established a cohesive relationship with respected schools across North America.

“Upper Echelon Academy proudly supports all of our students, from the youngest lead line riders to high school and college students competing on the international level,” said Clementine Goutal, owner and founder of UEA. “The sponsorship we have with US Equestrian reflects UEA’s commitment to supporting our students in their academic and athletic endeavors.”

Visit upperechelonacademy.com for more information.

For more information about USEF Sponsorship, please contact Lauren Carlisle at lcarlisle@usef.org.

Hermès US Show Jumping Team Wins Silver Medal at $150,000 FEI Nations Cup

Catherine Tyree and Bokai (Sportfot)

Wellington, Fla. – A young Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team entered the arena full of fire as they kept up with the seasoned Irish team the entire night to earn the Silver medal in the $150,000 FEI Nations Cup™ at CSIO4* Wellington on Friday, March 3. In her Nations Cup debut, Catherine Tyree and mount Bokai gave a remarkable double-clear effort to lead the U.S. team of Georgina Bloomberg, Chloe Reid, and Ali Wolff. The U.S. ended on 13 faults behind Ireland’s Gold medal four-fault finish. Brazil earned the Bronze medal on 16 faults.

“I am thrilled with how my horse went, and I could not ask for more. He has such a great character and such a great mind that I knew once I went into the ring that everything would be okay. I jumped the first jump and it felt like every other class that I have been to so far down here [in Wellington]. I couldn’t be happier,” said Tyree.

The U.S. put in a strong first round, accumulating only five faults. Wolff (New Albany, Ohio) and Casall, Blacklick Bend Farm’s 2005 Holsteiner gelding, led off for the team with a clear jumping effort and just one time fault. Tyree (Chicago, Ill.) and Bokai, Mary Tyree’s 2006 KWPN gelding, followed with their first clear round performance. Reid (Washington, D.C.) and Codarco, Team Reid, LLC’s 2007 Irish Sport Horse stallion, and Bloomberg (New York, N.Y.) and Lilli, Gotham Enterprizes, LLC’s 2004 Deutsches Sportpferd mare each had four faults, allowing for one four-fault drop score. The course determined podium contenders early as the U.S. rested comfortably in third place with an 11-fault lead over Argentina and Great Britain heading into the second round. Ireland and Brazil were tied for first with zero faults.

Wolff and Casall began the second round with eight faults, dropping a rail at jump three, the Hermès oxer, and jump four, the liverpool. However, Tyree and Reid came through with back-to-back clear rounds. With Ireland and Brazil still in position to win, Bloomberg needed to go clear for a possibility of a victory. Unfortunately, the Pan American Games Team Bronze Medalist snagged rails at the Hermès oxer and fence eight, the Hollow Creek vertical, for eight faults. Mimicking his performance in last month’s FEI Nations Cup at CSIO4* HITS Ocala, Olympian Cian O’Connor went double-clear to solidify the Gold medal for Ireland.

“We had a young team with great veteran stability. The two veterans [Ali and Georgina] imparted a lot of confidence. With a team, it is not just about what they do on a horse; it is how they interact with one another. Everyone meshed really well together this week,” added Ridland.

Complete Results

By Dana Rossmeier, US Equestrian Communications Department

Hermès US Show Jumping Team Out to Take $150,000 FEI Nations Cup Win on Home Soil

Georgina Bloomberg and Lilli (RedBayStock.com)

Wellington, Fla. – Georgina Bloomberg will lead a group of rising stars when the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team takes on seven countries in the $150,000 FEI Nations Cup™ at CSIO4* Wellington Friday, March 3. Chloe Reid, Catherine Tyree, and Ali Wolff join Bloomberg as U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland looks to guide them to a strong finish in front of the home crowd. The U.S. has drawn fifth in the order and will compete in the following order:

Ali Wolff with Casall: Wolff (New Albany, Ohio) and Casall, Blacklick Bend Farm’s 2005 Holsteiner gelding, will compete at CSIO4* Wellington after serving as the reserve combination for the Silver medal-winning Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team last month at CSIO4* HITS Ocala. They are coming off a third-place finish in the $100,000 City of Ocala Grand Prix at HITS Ocala.

Catherine Tyree with Bokai: Tyree will make her Nations Cup debut with Bokai, Mary Tyree’s 2006 KWPN gelding. She took over the ride on Bokai from The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders last summer. Since then, the young partnership earned a third-place finish in the $380,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI5* during week five of the Winter Equestrian Festival last month.

Chloe Reid with Codarco: Reid (Washington, D.C.) will compete on her second Senior Nations Cup team at CSIO4* Wellington. She will team up with Codarco, Team Reid, LLC’s 2007 Irish Sport Horse stallion. The combination recently placed sixth in the $380,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI5*.

Georgina Bloomberg with Lilli: The 2015 Pan American Games Team Bronze-medalist combination, Bloomberg (New York, N.Y.) and Lilli enter CSIO4* Wellington after three top-10 placings in 2016 FEI World Cup™ competitions. She and Gotham Enterprizes, LLC’s 2004 Deutsches Sportpferd mare placed eighth in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, ninth in the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington presented by CP at the CP National Horse Show, and fourth in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Sacramento at the Sacramento International Horse Show.

Watch the live stream of the $150,000 FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO4* Wellington on USEF Network beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 3.

By Dana Rossmeier, US Equestrian Communications Department