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KWPN-NA keurings are inspections of breeding stock. Both young horses and mature horses are presented. Pictured: Brooklynne and Jody Cunningham.
Photo Courtesy KWPN-NA

Top KWPN-NA Breeders Share Their Secrets for Presenting Horses at Keurings; Breeder's Achievement Awards Sponsored by Rabobank Will Recognize Success

Breeders devote their lives, energy and hopes to producing world-class sport horses that will compete at the top levels of dressage, eventing, jumping and driving. One of the best tools available to help breeders in their quest is the keuring, or inspection, of breeding stock. The 2010 KWPN of North America (Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook) keurings will take place at 11 locations throughout North America and offer breeders the opportunity to have their bloodstock evaluated, as well as see the results of other breeding programs. The outcome of keurings can increase the value of horses and also provide excellent marketing opportunities. So how can you successfully prepare your horses to receive the best marks from the jury? Several top KWPN-NA breeders share their secrets for making the most of the keuring experience.


Kentucky Cup Driving Highlights Video

Swedish Warmblood Registered Foals to be Recorded with the United States Equestrian Federation

The Swedish Warmblood Association of North America (SWANA) has signed an agreement to record all registered foals with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) starting with the 2010 foal crop. They now join other registries—the American Hanoverian Society, the American Holsteiner Horse Association, the Continental Studbook and the Belgian Warmblood Breeding Association/North American District in this foal recording initiative. All American-bred foals in these registries will automatically also be enrolled in the American Performance Horse program.


Future Star
Photo by Tammo Ernst

Ann Kitchel of Huntington Farms in Vermont Breeds the Top-Priced Foal at the 2010 Oldenburg Summer Auction in Vechta, Germany

The colt, Future Star, bred by Ann Kitchel of Huntington Farm in Vermont was astounding with very expressive and elastic gaits, and it is the international grand prix rider Ann Katrin Linsenhoff who will be taking him home after winning the bid for him at the Oldenburg Summer Mixed Sales Auction held on June 5 in Vechta, Germany.

Kitchel was thrilled with how well this colt was received by the judges at the Gut Füchtel foal inspection/show held in the spring. Out of 34 foals from a very competitive area around Vechta, Germany, her colt, sired by Floriscount (Florencio x El. St. Arkona, by Donnerhall) and out of VP Frieda (Dormello x St. Pr. St. Farnessa, by Silvio) stole the hearts of the judges and the 300 people in attendance.


Matt Flynn aboard his and Susan Schmidt's Caspar score the highest mark of the day to win the four-year-old class.
Photo by Leslie Mintz/USEA

Caspar and Zeizos Take The Top Spots at Waredaca's Spalding Labs/United States Eventing Association Young Event Horse Competition

Boys ruled at the Spalding Labs/United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse (YEH) competition at Waredaca Horse Trials in Unity, MD, with two geldings and their male riders rising to the top of the four four-year-olds and eight five-year-olds who contested the event.

Matt Flynn of Gladstone, NJ, travelled to Germany last fall to find a nice young horse to bring back to the U.S. as a sales project. Caspar (Contendro I x Orchidee 33) was the horse he chose and the Holsteiner gelding, who is co-owned by Susan Schmidt, arrived in the United States in January.


Future Event Horse Competition Scheduled at Maryland Horse Trials

Summer is the perfect time to get your yearlings, two-year-olds and three-year-olds exposed to the competition atmosphere by participating in the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Future Event Horse Series.

On Friday, July 16, the Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, MD, is once again hosting a Future Event Horse (FEH) competition. There is still plenty of space available, so be sure to get your entry sent in today.


Catalpa Corner Horse Trials Adds Young Eventing Horse and Future Event Horse Classes to Their Summer Event

Catalpa Corner, in Iowa City, IA, has just added Spalding Labs/United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse (YEH) and USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) competitions to their Horse Trials, July 31-August 2, 2010.


Sagacious HF recently earned Crown Predicate honors from the KWPN (Dutch Warmblood) Registry.
Photo by SusanJStickle.com

Grand Prix Dressage Star Sagacious HF Receives Papers with KWPN Crown Predicate Honors

Al Guden’s 11-year-old Grand Prix KWPN gelding, Sagacious HF, recently earned Crown Predicate honors from the KWPN (Dutch) Registry. This special symbol on his registration papers means he is ranked in the top 200 FEI dressage horses in the world. Sagacious HF was actually ranked 56th in the world.

Guden’s journey with Sagacious HF started when he purchased the four-month-old colt in Holland in 1999. Sagacious was imported to the U.S. in 2004. Guden put the young gelding in training with Lauren Sammis, and that combination turned out to be a very successful match. In 2007, Sagacious and Sammis proved they had what it takes to be international contenders by winning the Team Gold and Individual Silver medals at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Horse Sale Amplifies American Paint Horse Association Fall World Championship Show; Breeders’ Trust Select Sale Will Showcase Elite Group of Paint Horses

After a brief hiatus, the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) has announced the return of a horse sale during its World Championship Paint Horse Show series this fall. The Breeders’ Trust Select Sale will consist of 50 head of top American Paint Horses that are all nominated to APHA’s popular incentive program, the Breeders’ Trust.


Popeye, the eight-year-old Westfalen pony stallion.
Photo Courtesy Hilltop Farm, Inc.

Popeye Earns His Third Star with ISR/Oldenburg NA

This week Hilltop Farm, Inc., received the exciting news that Popeye, the eight-year-old Westfalen pony stallion that is owned by Summit Sporthorses, Ltd., and stands at Hilltop Farm, has fulfilled his sport test requirements to receive his third star in the Star Award Program with ISR/Oldenburg NA.

The ISR/Oldenburg Star Awards recognize exceptional achievements for stallions, mares, and breeders with ISR/Oldenburg. Stallions can earn awards in five different categories, including conformation, stallion performance test scores, sport tests, foal evaluations and success of offspring.


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 ClubEquestrian.com Calendar, one of the most comprehensive equestrian event calendars available online.

List Your Equine Business/Organization in the ClubEquestrian.com 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 ClubEquestrian.com. 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 www.clubequestrian.com/directory/addentry.aspx.

Laura Chapot
Photo by James Leslie Parker

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Wrap-Up

Laura Chapot took top honors at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, winning the Open Jumper Championship on Bradberry with 30 points and also taking the Leading Open Jumper Rider title for the fourth time in six years, and the fifth time overall. Along with her four wins in the Open Jumper division that counted towards the Leading Rider title, Chapot also won two six-year-old classes and a seven-year-old class for an unprecedented seven jumper wins at Devon.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which was designated a USEF Heritage Competition for the first time in 2010, set attendance records at its 114th renewal.


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

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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 www.usef.org/_IFrames/memberServices/memberperks/companies.aspx.

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 www.equisure-inc.com.

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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June 30, 2010