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Pikko del Cerro HU claimed the 2009 Markel/USEF National Championship for Six-Year-Olds.
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Markel Renews Support of USEF Young Horse Dressage Program – Qualifying Under Way for 2010

Following a banner year in 2009 for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the continuation of Markel Insurance as title sponsor as the 2010 Championship season gets under way.

Markel Insurance has been a steadfast supporter of the USEF Young Horse Dressage Program since 2002. A longtime supporter of equestrian sport in many disciplines, Markel Insurance’s commitment to dressage helps ensure the development of a strong future generation of horses through the Young Horse Program.

“Markel Insurance Company is thankful to continue its involvement with the Young Horse Dressage Program,” noted John Seger of Markel Insurance. “We are inspired by the passion and teamwork that is shared between American young dressage horse breeders, owners, trainers and riders. These are the stars of the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program, and we thank them for their commitment to excellence.”


Kentucky Cup Driving Highlights Video

American Morgan Horse Association Registry Sees Fee Changes and Additions

At the February 2010 American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Board of Directors meeting, the following changes were made to the Registry fee schedule.


Colonels Smokingun (aka Gunner) is the first registered American Paint Horse to join the exclusive list of NRHA Two Million Dollar Sires.
Photo Courtesy APHA/Abigail Wilder Boatwright (2007)

Gunner Shoots Past Another National Reining Horse Association Milestone

Colonels Smokingun, better known as Gunner in the reining world, has recently been named the unofficial eighth National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Two Million Dollar Sire. He accomplished this only three years after being named an NRHA One Million Dollar Sire. This was, in part, due to the recent successes of his offspring at the 2009 NRHA Open Futurity, the 2010 NRHA European Futurity and the 2010 Cactus Reining Classic, which brought his unofficial total NRHA offspring earnings to $2,000,453. Gunner was the first American Paint Horse to achieve the NRHA million-dollar mark, and is now the first Paint to reach the two million-dollar mark.

Sired by Colonelfourfreckle (AQHA son of Colonel Freckles) and out of Katie Gun (AQHA), the bald-faced stallion, which is registered with the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), has an impressive lifetime record with the association. He won back-to-back World Championship Paint Horse Show Open reining titles in both 1996 and 1997, in addition to the other reining honors he earned throughout his career with APHA.


Arabian Horses Claim Spotlight in Kentucky; Thousands of Dollars in Incentives Available

When 15-year-old Chelsea Dowdy entered one of Kentucky’s many county fairs in 2009 with El Diamante, she could feel their usual synergy. With all the fun she had, it was an easy decision to enter another. And another. By season’s end, they had not only claimed top honors and a collection of garlands and ribbons—they had amassed a respectable college fund totaling $10,799.31. That hefty chunk of change came courtesy of the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund (KBIF), earmarked for a relatively new group, the Kentucky Arabian and Half-Arabian Breeders Alliance (KAHABA).

“I would like to thank the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund for showing me how much fun the Kentucky shows really are,” said Dowdy. “I would also like to thank everyone who makes this program possible for making this a very excellent experience that I will be doing for many more years. I would recommend to anybody that is breeding in Kentucky or has an Arabian bred in Kentucky to join this great program.”


Dressage at Devon Adds Pro-Am Challenge and Young Horse Championship

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, September 28-October 3, 2010, Dressage at Devon is adding two exciting new championship programs—the Pro-Am Challenge and the Young Performance Horse Championship. The goal of both awards is to identify success in two important groups of competitors—amateur riders and young horses.


2010 Mid-West Hackney Spring Sale and Clinic Announced

The American Hackney Horse Society (AHHS) announces the Mid-West Hackney Spring Sale and Clinic will take place April 30-May 1 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. The Mid-West Hackney Association is accepting consignments of Hackney, Welsh, Shetland and American Sport Pony Registry horses.

Read More... to Begin Live Video Webcast of TSE/Tattersalls Spring Sale on Friday, April 9; Sale Entries Still Being Accepted

The TSE/Tattersalls Spring Sale will be broadcast over the Internet starting Friday, April 9, through Saturday, April 10, on the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) website at


Top Young Horses Recognized by the American Trakehner Association

The American Trakehner Association (ATA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Futurity Awards. These awards are presented to the top young Trakehner horses who have achieved the highest scores for their disciplines during the 2009 season. Over $500,000 has been paid out in the ATA Futurity to date.


2010 American Morgan Horse Association/World Morgan Futurity Stallion Service Auction a Success

Nearly $80,000 was raised Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the annual American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA)/World Morgan Futurity Stallion Service Auction. These monies will be distributed to the AMHA Marketing Program, World Morgan Futurity, AMHA regional shows, and the AMHA Show Grant Program.


World Renowned Saddlebred, Harlem Globetrotter, to Celebrate 30th Birthday on Thursday, April 1

Kalarama Farm, home of world renowned Saddlebred Harlem Globetrotter, has announced plans to celebrate the 30th birthday of the famous stallion.

With an impressive showing and breeding career, Harlem Globetrotter remains a legendary performer and producer of other notable horses in the American Saddlebred industry. Since arriving at Kalarama Farm in Springfield, KY, Stall #1 has been home to this champion, where he continues to enjoy the affectionate care provided by his original groom, while enjoying a healthy and much deserved retirement.


Superior Equine Sires Extends Special Offer on Belgian-based Stallions

Baloubet du Rouet is currently offered by his supplier at a special price. He will be $3,250 per eight-straw dose through April 15.


Photo by Rick Osteen

Reining Horses Sought for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games

Do you have a world-class reining horse in your barn looking for a rider on which to represent their country?

Scores of athletes from around the world will be coming to the U.S. this fall to compete in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games—one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. Many of these international competitors will be seeking quality horses to lease for the duration of the competition. Horses must be actively competitive and at least six-years-of-age to qualify.

Ever thought your horse might turn up on TV on a major network?


American Morgan Horse Associaton Registry Volumes Offered for Free

American Morgan Horse Associaton (AMHA) is offering its American Morgan Horse Register Volumes to clubs, organizations, and individuals for free! All you need to pay for is shipping. The Registry Volumes are a look at the Morgan breed's history with an eye toward its future. They can be sold or auctioned off as a club fundraiser, gift, or for your own personal research use!


Don't Miss Out on Your Chance to Promote Your Equine Event - for FREE

Do you have an event you want to promote? Do you know of an exciting equine event—whether it be a training seminar or clinic, a horse health care seminar, a continuing education event for equine professionals, an expo, a trail ride, a charity event/fundraiser or an equine social event? If so, fill out our online form to add your event to the Calendar, one of the most comprehensive equestrian event calendars available online.

List Your Equine Business/Organization in the Online Directory for FREE

The United States Equestrian Federation would like to invite you to list your equine business in its online Professional Directory on The listing is FREE. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your name out there to those who may need your products or services. To make sure your business is listed, visit

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Redwine, owned by Gray Fox Farm and ridden by Peter Pletcher.
Photo Courtesy JRPR

Gray Fox Farm’s Hanoverian Stallion Redwine Wins Equilite™ 2010 Grooming and Conditioning Award at FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

The gorgeous black imported Hanoverian stallion Redwine, owned by Jill Burnell and Gray Fox Farm in California, won the Equilite™ 2010 Grooming and Conditioning Award during the prestigious FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Redwine (Rotspon x Matcho) is being shown at WEF by Peter Pletcher, and was awarded Equilite™ brand products from award sponsor Arenus, makers of animal health products and supplement blends, including Sore No More®.

Redwine made his debut with Pletcher, of PJP Farms, in the First Year Greens at WEF, drawing a great deal of attention thanks to his stunning black coat, white blaze, white socks and great jump. “Redwine is a breathtaking stallion, and we are really pleased to present him with the Equilite™ Grooming and Conditioning Award,” said Stacey Small, creator of the Equilite™ line of products. “He is an amazing breeding stallion and is also doing very well in the show ring. He even has his own Facebook page, which just goes to show his level of popularity.”


Attention USEF Members!

Remember to take advantage of the USEF MemberPerks Program.

USEF MemberPerks offers substantial cost savings on products and services from John Deere, UPS, Sherwin-Williams, Hertz, Moxie Equestrian, LifeLock, and many more!

For more information, please call (859) 258-2472 or visit

Renew for 2010

The new USEF Competition year began on December 1, 2009. You can still renew your membership. It is so easy when you log into your MY USEF Account and click on "2010 USEF Membership Application" under 2010 Competition Year. For your convenience and the best membership deal, you can opt for a three-year membership for $150.

The annual USEF Competing Equestrian membership costs only $55. As a competing member, you are eligible to participate at all USEF Licensed Competitions, receive "equestrian" magazine at no additional charge, a million-dollar personal excess liability policy for horse-related accidents that cause bodily injury or property damage to third parties, and the added benefits of USEF MemberPerks—a members-only discount program with unbeatable deals from companies like John Deere, Hertz, Sherwin Williams, USRider, FarmVet, LifeLock, Moxie and others.

Not participating in USEF Licensed Competitions but still want to be a member? There are member categories for you. With the USEF Equestrian membership, at $35, you receive automatic insurance along with the MemberPerks. If you are a college student who is busy studying and not competing, you can join as a USEF Collegiate member for $25. This is another non-competing membership that will give you the benefits of MemberPerks plus four issues of "equestrian" magazine to keep you well informed of equestrian sports. And Club Equestrian, which is only $15, gives you access to the MemberPerks program.

USEF is pleased to announce that we can offer you the ability to pay for your membership renewal with a credit or debit card or by utilizing our newest electronic check payment method. We accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard and electronic check.

If you have questions, call the USEF Customer Care Center and a personal agent will assist you. You may call (859) 258-2472, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm [ET].

Official Insurance Provider to United States Equestrian Federation Members: $1 million in excess liability insurance free with your USEF Junior, Senior, Platinum or Life membership

When you think of horses and insurance, you probably think of hurdles. At Equisure, we pride ourselves on giving you a smooth ride.

Because we employ insurance people who are horse owners, competitors and equestrian participants, we really know the industry inside and out. Our personal involvement means our insurance solutions are up-to-date and will work for you. The unexpected in the horse world can be costly, but we have put together affordable coverage for your peace of mind. Equisure has more than 11 years of experience in the insurance field, and we are proud to be the "Official Insurance Provider to United States Equestrian Federation Members" and its affiliates.

As a member of USEF, you are entitled to $1-million in personal excess liability insurance for horse-related accidents that cause riding injury or property damage to third parties. In addition, you are entitled to personal accident insurance that insures you for death or permanent disability resulting from horse-related accidents. The benefit amount is determined by where the accident occurred and the result, with a maximum benefit of $35,000. For more information, contact Equisure at (800) 752-2472, or visit their website at

The Performance Horse Registry (PHR) offers horse owners and breeders the opportunity to obtain identification papers for their horses, record pedigrees and collect performance records—all in one setting. Not only does this provide a place to track success, it also provides an avenue to explore the importance of making breeding decisions. Since the PHR is part of the United States Equestrian Federation, your horses’ records will be part of one of the largest equine databases in the world.

The United States Equestrian Federation®, Inc. (USEF), as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 20 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.

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March 31, 2010