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New Awards Will Spotlight Successful Second Career Potential of Thoroughbred Horses; Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Will Honor Top 2009 USEF Thoroughbred Competitors

After Thoroughbreds have completed their race careers, they are often ideal candidates for another vocation. To call attention to these horses' second career possibilities, nationally-recognized Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital has created a series of annual awards, the first of which will be presented to the top Thoroughbred sport horses of 2009.

Divisional awards, named for legendary Thoroughbred sport horses, will be given to those Thoroughbreds who were the top achievers in 2009 U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) competitions in the following disciplines: Hunter (Stocking Stuffer Award), Jumper (Touch of Class Award), Dressage (Keen Award) and Eventing (Antigua Award). The USEF is assisting in the award selection process by tabulating the points earned and verifying that the winners are Thoroughbreds. The divisional honors will be awarded at the USEF's annual Silver Stirrup Awards Banquet in January 2011.


Kentucky Cup Driving Highlights Video

Magnum Chic Dream is an National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Sire

Viola Scott’s Magnum Chic Dream created a “most special weekend” at the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, TX. During the open finals, Gilberto Leal’s Stop Like A Dream and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Professional Jordan Larson of Aubrey, TX, earned nearly $66,000 to push the sire’s offspring earnings over one million dollars. With these unofficial earnings, Magnum Chic Dream is NRHA’s 19th Million Dollar Sire.


A trip to Olympic Reserve rider Michael Barisone's farm provided another fun and educational field trip while showcasing several KWPN dressage horses in action.
Photo by Shakota

Rabobank Partners with KWPN-NA to Support Breeders in North America; KWPN-NA Annual Convention Wrap-Up

The KWPN of North America (Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook) is proud to announce that Rabobank, N.A. has become a major strategic partner in the support of North American sport horse breeders. The sponsorship includes prize money for a wide variety of champions, a new breeders awards program, the Rabobank Star Breeders Awards, as well as support for important education programs. The partnership was a natural fit for the U.S. retail banking division of the Rabobank Group, the premiere lender to the global food and agricultural industry with century-old roots in The Netherlands. Rabobank is a financial services leader providing commercial, retail and agricultural finance solutions in more than 40 countries around the world.

"I'm excited that two companies that have each been in existence for over 100 years will be partnering together," said Tony DeGroot, a member of the Rabo Agricultural Advisory Board and owner of DG Bar Ranch, one of the preeminent sport horse breeding, training and sales facilities in North America. "This will be a big plus for both institutions."


Recognition for Anglo-Arabians in 2010

The North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) will again be honoring Anglo-Arabian horses competing at Youth Nationals and Sport Horse Nationals in 2010. The top winning Anglos in all classes at each show will be awarded an embroidered cooler and neck ribbon, with a gold trophy also going to the Supreme Champions.


Craig Schmersal Captures First National Reining Breeders Classic Open Championship on Boom Shernic; Matthew Palmer Wins CRI**/USEF Reining on Whale Of A Whiz

Coming in as draw 22 on Boom Shernic, by Boomernic out of She And Chic Dunit, Craig Schmersal knew the leading score was a 227. From the moment he and the six-year-old stallion ran to the dirt-churning stop, the crowd's attention was riveted. When the score—a 228—was announced, the hoots, hollers and whistles were deafening.

The waiting began at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) in the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, TX. Jordan Larson and Stop Like A Dream came in just three horses later and laid down a powerful run, but the score came to a 227.5. Two-time NRBC Open Champion Shawn Flarida, riding the National Reining Horse Association leading money earner Wimpys Little Chic, immediately followed, but had to settle for another 227.5. The next five horses couldn't come close, and Schmersal won his first NRBC Championship and Boom Shernic his first major title!


North American Studbook Young Horse Show Series Will Kick Off in Lexington, KY

One of the fundamental strengths of the European breeding system is the ability to show young horses affordably and in classes that are designed to show off a horse's talent, while simultaneously building their exposure and their confidence. The Young Horse Championships, the Bundeschampionat, the "Cycle Classique," the Pavo Cup, are all celebrated events for which European breeders aspire, develop and prepare their young horses. But the foundation of these high profile events is the smaller, local show where youngsters are developed in a low-cost, low-pressure environment and where their mistakes, kinks and hijinks are understood and worked out in a forgiving environment.


2010 Inspection Dates and Site Information Now Available on the American Hanoverian Society Website

Dates and detailed site information for the 2010 inspection tour have been listed on the AHS website at Membership renewal, enrollment and stabling forms are also available for download.

The AHS reserves the right to make scheduling changes if necessary.

Shine the Spotlight on Your Hanoverian

The American Hanoverian Society (AHS) is in search of outstanding photos of Hanoverians, preferably of American-bred horses depicting performance qualities, to represent the AHS breeding aim in a nationally known equine calendar.


Lusitanos in Brazil for May 2010

There is still time for you to join Barbier Farm for a great trip to Brazil, beginning May 16. This is an unparalleled opportunity to ride great horses, attend an exciting International Auction on a beautiful farm, participate in a special clinic and ride beautifully trained horses, and then cap the trip off with the International Lusitano Expo in Sao Paolo.


Jessica Twiggs stands with her new horse Highlife’s Dakarai.
Photo Courtesy Highlife Farms

New Highlife Buyer’s Rejoice Following Highlife Farms Warmblood Auction

Highlife Farms successful Warmblood auction, held recently at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, FL, proved to be a successful night that has many new horse owners rejoicing. The auction was hosted by Highlife Farms, owned by Kenny and Joan Sims, one of the country’s most prominent breeding farms and home to world-class sport horses.

The auction gave horse owners a chance to buy offspring from Highlife Farms legendary stallions, on a night that featured top names in the dressage community gathering for a European-style horse auction. Judith Twiggs of Clemson, SC, bought Highlife’s Dakarai for her daughter, Jessica. “We are very grateful to Highlife Farms for making this happen,” Twiggs said. “When my daughter saw Dakarai she just fell in love. He’s the right horse for her, and we are thrilled that he will be able to take her as far in her dressage career as she wants to go.”


Twin Rivers Kicks Off The West Coast Spalding Labs/United States Eventing Association Young Event Horse Series

The first West Coast Spalding Labs/United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse (YEH) Competition of the year was held last Thursday at the Twin Rivers Spring Three-Day Event and Horse Trials in Paso Robles, CA.


Eastern Tent Caterpillar Numbers Up Again in Kentucky; Horse Breeders Should Protect Mares from Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

Kentucky experts report that Eastern tent caterpillar numbers are up for the third consecutive year, although populations vary from location to location.

According to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture entomologist, now is the time to check wild cherry and related trees for Eastern tent caterpillar activity to determine whether management is necessary.


Photo by Howard Schatzberg

National Show Horse Finals Participants Now Have More Chances to Earn Prize Money

The National Show Horse Registry (NSHR) would like to announce additional classes available and the names of the judges selected for the 2010 National Show Horse Finals horse show. The dates for this year's show is September 21-25 in Springfield, IL. New to the show this year is the addition of eight grand championship classes offering $15,500 in each class. This is also the show that holds the Stallion Row Jackpot class that has awarded over $20,000 to the champion in previous years. Nancy Becker, Brian Murch and Richard Petty will adjudicate this year's show.

For more information, visit


Photo Courtesy Andalusian-Lusitano Alliance

The Andalusian-Lusitano Alliance U.S. Grand National Championships Set in September in Missouri

Iberian horse enthusiasts all over the country are busy preparing their horses for what is sure to be the most important gathering, celebration and competition offered to date in the United States for the Andalusian, Lusitano and Pura Raza Española. Six days of competition will be offered for both purebred and part-bred horses in a myriad of classes in all disciplines at the Andalusian-Lusitano Alliance U.S. Grand National Championships. Horses may qualify for this event at shows already established all over the country or at the qualifying day in Lake St. Louis, MO, September 28, which is USEF/IALHA approved. The judge for the ualifier is the Honorable Chris Bickford of Oregon. Qualifying shows and further information can be found on our website at

An open day of dressage competition is planned for Wednesday, September 29, with the Honorable Lois Heyerdahl of Wisconsin adjudicating on the day. All breeds are welcome on Dressage Day with special awards to the Andalusian, Lusitano and Pura Raza Espanola entries placing in the highest rankings. As this is a USEF/USDF competition it is also a qualifier for exhibitors wishing to go to IALHA Nationals in Fort Worth, TX, later in the month.


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

To All American Breeders, Regardless of Breed or Discipline: You Can Now Reach Almost 40,000 Readers

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Dressage Riders: National Dressage Championship Application of Intent Deadlines are Rapidly Approaching

The 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions will return to Gladstone, NJ, August 6–8 and August 13–15. The Festival of Champions will once again feature the National Championships for the Grand Prix, Intermediaire I, Young Adult “Brentina Cup,” Young Rider, and Junior divisions, in addition to the Selection Trial for the U.S. Dressage Team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.


Photo by Rick Osteen/Courtesy IFSHA

2010 IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Horse Show Announced

Mark your calendars and ready your Friesian horses. The International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) proudly announces that the 2010 IFSHA World and Grand National Championship Horse Show are to move West this year to the prestigious Del Mar Arena in the San Diego area of beautiful Southern California. The Del Mar Arena is a coastal gem of a facility in a community well known for its equestrian passions and sports venues. The facility has hosted grand events before, such as the 1992 World Cup Finals, the Del Mar National and the Charity Fair Horse Show. The Del Mar Racetrack, founded by Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante and Desi Arnaz, is located adjacent to the show grounds.


Amaretto D II (1986-2010)

With regret, the American Hanoverian Society (AHS) announces the passing of Elite Stallion Amaretto D II. The chestnut 24-year-old Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar stallion died April 12 following an acute bout of colic. Amaretto D II (Alexis x Gandria, by Gotthard) completed his stallion performance test at Muenster-Handorf in 1991, placing 19th of 54 entries, for a final score of 107.21. He was licensed by the Hanoverian Verband in 1994 and, following his importation by Wendy Davis Gerrish's October Hill Farm, was recorded with AHS in 1998.


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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