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Caroline Roffman on her five-year-old chestnut Hanoverian gelding Bon Chance.
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Five-Year-Old Bon Chance and Four-Year-Old DG Brendo Win Top Honors at the 2010 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Championship

During the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Championship test, Tony and Betty Degroot’s D G Bar Ranch topped the leader board as owners of both Champion and Reserve Champion in the Four-Year-Old division. "This is awesome but the honor goes to Willy," said Tony enthusiastically speaking about his longtime trainer and associate Willy Arts who piloted DG Brendo (Florencio x Sierra Siren, by Volckmar; bred in the United States by Lukes Bianko) to a score of 8.46. Arts attributes "super gaits combined with character" to the imposing grey Dutch Warmblood gelding who he described as a "very reliable young horse." According to Degroot, the journey from Hanford, CA, is long, but "always worth coming, they do such a good job here and everyone makes us feel like it is home. Winning is icing on the cake," and the Degroots had lots of it. DG Bantana (Flemmingh x Lantana V by Hemmingway bred in The Netherlands by P. Verdellen Paarden Fok & Opfok), the bay Dutch Warmblood mare ridden by Caitlin Masiel earned an impressive 8.32 from judges Lilo Fore, Jane Weatherwax and Lois Yukins placing her Reserve Champion in the division. Masiel has ridden at the D G Bar Ranch under Arts’ tutelage for several years.


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Rigo, Shawna Harding, Lois Yukins, Dr. Ulf Moeller and Tim Dutta at the USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship presented by The Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International.
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Rigo Delivers a Stellar Performance in USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship presented by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International; Historical Performance by Selten HW at 2010 Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championship

Eventful nights continue but Saturday evening was not about the recurring thunderstorms; instead the excitement at Lamplight Equestrian centered on a huge tree that fell on one of the stabling tents. Happily there were no injuries sustained, but crews worked through the night to untangle the mess.

In the competition, the nine-year-old black Hanoverian gelding Rigo (Rotspun x Winnepeg H, by Weltmeyer; bred in Germany by H. Martfeld) "gave me his all and with all his heart," said Shawna Harding, who rode this extravagant mover to a score of 73.238, landing them an overall score of 71.697, more than enough to win the 2010 USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship presented by the Dutta Corporation and Performance Sales International. Rigo's owner, Tonya Rowe, said she was "charmed by him the first time I saw him. I am ecstatic. My decision to place him with a professional like Shawna really paid off."

Their goal is to "keep climbing the ladder; we have high hopes for him," continued Harding. Reserve to the champion was Kassandra Barteau riding GP Delano for owner Grand Prix Equestrian. Regarding the eight-year-old Rheinlander gelding (Diamond Hit x Wellcome, by Weltmeyer; bred in Germany by Rudi Henn), Barteau said, "Grand prix movements are easy for him, so we plan to keep moving up to the new format next year."


Reuters Tiamo Trocadero
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Still Winning After All These Years

Reuters Tiamo Trocadero certainly has nothing left to prove at age 23. The Hanoverian stallion has been winning at grand prix dressage since he was eight years old. He earned scores over 70% at top CDIs in Europe, was an alternate for the British Olympic dressage team in 2000, and took his American amateur owner, Karin Reid Offield, to multiple USDF year-end awards at the FEI level.

Today, Tiamo is standing at Little Bit Farm in Wilmington, IL, still sound and successfully competing with Ken Borden, Jr.


The American Trakehner Association Announces 2010 Convention and Membership Meeting Set for November 11-13 in Jacksonville, FL

The American Trakehner Association (ATA) is finalizing plans for its 36th annual convention to be held November 11-13, 2010, in Jacksonville, FL. The ATA annual convention activities include a membership meeting, mare and stallion inspections, Horse of the Year Awards, a breed show, jumper Calcutta and much more—all centered on the versatile Trakehner horse. Registration information can be found on the ATA website at


Hollywood Dun It Reaches Six Million Dollar Sire Milestone

National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Inductee Hollywood Dun It’s offspring just helped the sire surpass six million dollars in official NRHA offspring earnings. Hollywood Dun It’s offspring earnings now total $6,007,133. The earnings of Hollywood Dun It’s get have broken one record after another, and now the legendary sire becomes the second NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire. Without a doubt there are more records to be broken by Hollywood Dun It offspring. His legacy continues.


Photos of Hanoverian Mares Needed

Photos of all new 2010 Elite Mares, Elite Mare Candidates, High-Score Hanoverians and non-Hanoverian mares from the inspection sites, new Jumper Breeding Program mares, and the mares upgraded from Studbook to Main Studbook in 2010 through performance are needed for publication in the inspection reports included in the fall and winter issues of The American Hanoverian, as well as for the Mare Book section of the 2011 AHS Breeders’ Guide and Stallion Directory. The AHS would like to include as many photos of these mares as possible.


Kate Bomgaars and Kirikou AC Z.
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Kate Bomgaars and Kirikou AC Z Win Big in Young Jumper Qualifier at Horse Shows by the Bay II

The second week of hunter/jumper competition at the 2010 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival continued on Thursday with the Five-/Six-Year-Old and Seven-/Eight-Year-Old Young Jumpers competing in the Grand Prix Ring at the Flintfields Horse Park. Coming out on top in the day's qualifiers were six-year-old Imprimis, owned by Windswept Farm and ridden by Laura Pfeiffer, and seven-year-old Kirikou AC Z, owned and ridden by Kate Bomgaars. Both divisions were generously sponsored by Captivate Farms, LLC, of Schoolcraft, MI, and the first-place prizes were sponsored by Paddock Cakes.


Majestic Gaits and Carnival Hill Present KWPN Dutch Warmblood Foal Expo Hosted at Ten Broeck Farm in Pepperill, MA, August 8, 2010

These two top Dutch Warmblood breeders will be displaying all of this year's foals from both farms at one venue. This will make it easy for anyone interested in the products of their breeding programs to see them all in one place. Ten sets of mares and foals will be available for viewing and shown individually at liberty. Majestic Gaits and Carnival Hill have both bred several Top Ten and Top Five KWPN Dutch Warmblood offspring. This is a chance to see some top imported and domestic Star, Keur, Elite and/or Sport-rated mares with their offspring. This should be a really fun event, everyone is welcome, refreshments will be provided, and admission is free.


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Renew for 2010

The 2010 USEF Competition year is well under way. 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].

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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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