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Pablo Barrios and Simply The Best
Photo by Randi Muster

Young Jumper Championship Classes Featured at the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

Pablo Barrios of Venezuela was able to score two wins on Wednesday, February 17, at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in the Young Jumper Championship (YJC) classes in two age divisions. When up on Simply The Best, owned by Joaquina Barrios, he was victorious in the $1,000 YJC Five-Year-Old Time First Round. Asta Torokvei of Toronto, ON, Canada, and Chabadue, owned by Westhaven Farm, led the way in the $1,500 YJC Six-Year-Old Time First Round class, while Barrios rode G&C Continus Grannus, owned by Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal, to the victory in the $1,500 YJC Seven-/
Eight-Year-Old Time First Round class.


Kentucky Cup Driving Highlights Video

KWPN-NA Annual Meeting Headlined by Olympian Laura Kraut and USET Member Michael Barisone

The Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook of North America (KWPN-NA) is pleased to announce the exciting line-up of speakers at its 22nd Annual Meeting to be held in Wellington, FL, March 11-13, 2010. The three-day event includes a myriad of rare educational opportunities from some of the top experts in the industry. Attendees will have the chance to complete a grand prix course walk with Olympic Gold medalist Laura Kraut and a dressage lesson with Michael Barisone. Panel discussions with equine talent scout and breeder Paul Hendrix, KWPN public relations guru Irene Wolfs, veterinarian and speaker Dr. Deborah P. Harrison and KWPN inspector Bart Henstra offer attendees a comprehensive view of the state of the industry. Interactive workshops are supplemented with field trips to the lovely farms of both Barisone and Julia Harrison-Lee. A trip to the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) completes the weekend.


Shakespeare RSF
Photo Courtesy Rolling Stone Farm

Rolling Stone Farm's Shakespeare RSF Wins 2009 North American 70-Day Stallion Performance Test, Fhitzgerald Finishes a Strong Fifth

The 2004 dark brown Hanoverian stallion Shakespeare RSF by Sandro Hit, out of EM Acapella, by Arrian, was named champion of the 70-Day Stallion Performance Test held October 4-December 12, 2009, at Silver Creek Farms in Broken Arrow,
OK. Shakespeare is owned and bred by Maurine (Mo) and Jim Swanson of Rolling Stone Farm in Slatington, PA.

Shakespeare achieved Class I status with a score of 130.53 points overall (this score reflects a 5% deduction for being over four years old), placing him first among the 13 other stallion entrants. He was also amid the top five stallions for jumping with a final score of 105.31. Shakespeare's scores included 9.5 character, 9 temperament, 9.5 trainability, 8.5 trot, 9 canter (8.5 under saddle and 9.5 cross-country), 8 walk, 9.5 rideability, 8 free jumping, 8 stadium jumping, 8.5 cross-country jumping, and 9.25 rideability (test rider).


Biopsita with surrogate mom.
Photo Coutesy Minitube International

Breakthrough in Equine Reproduction: Live Foal Born After Embryo Biopsy, Vitrification and Transfer

Minitube International has achieved a scientific breakthrough that will allow for genetic testing and preservation of equine embryos. The world's first foal from a biopsied and vitrified embryo transferred into a surrogate mare was born on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at Minitube International Center for Biotechnology in Mount Horeb, WI. Both the mother, Lola, and foal are doing well. The birth of Biopsita marks a new era in horse breeding, providing horse breeders with an opportunity to directly test embryos for genetic traits, including gender, coat color, genetic diseases, etc., and select desirable genetics from stallion and mare combinations. The study will be presented at the 10th International Symposium on Equine Reproduction being held in Kentucky this July.


Photo Courtesy Iron Spring Farm

Meinse 439 and UB40 Kick Off Iron Spring Farm's Show Season with Championships

Two of Iron Spring Farm's flagship stallions, Meinse 439 and UB40, began the 2010 show season with big wins. Meinse 439 claimed the Second Level Reserve Championship and High-Score Non-Warmblood at Ocala Winter Dressage. The six-year-old KFPS stallion followed that up with wins in both of his Second Level classes at American Dressage Concours with scores to 70.714%. UB40 also impressed. The nine-year-old KWPN stallion won all of his classes, receiving marks as high as 73.72%, along with the Fourth Level Championship, Third Level Reserve Championship and the High Score KWPN award at Ocala Winter Dressage.

"This was a great way to kick off the show season," said Mary Alice Malone, owner of Iron Spring Farm and rider of Meinse. Last year the pair was the GAIG/USDF Region 1 Training Level Adult Amateur Champions, as well as Reserve Champions at First Level.


Give Your Broodmare and Yearlings a Head Start with Free Feed from Pennfield

Starting February 15 through March 13, Pennfield Equine Feeds is giving away free feed in their second major promotion of 2010. Genetics predisposes a foals’ success, but nutrition is what can make or break it. Pennfield is helping to give them, and their owners, a head start. For a limited time, it’s "Buy Four Get One Free" on Pennfield’s Foal’s Choice, and Broodmare & Yearling’s Choice, each designed to properly fulfill the protein, amino acids and balanced mineral needs of these special life stages. Plus, get the same great deal on Pennfield’s Equinox Sales Prep formula, for an unmatched “bloom” on young stock.


Vaccination Can Mean Saving Money and an Equine Life

In these tough economic times, nearly every horse owner is trying to pinch pennies. When watching your wallet, it’s also important to remember that trimming many veterinary expenses may cost you more in the end.

“Horses can be very expensive animals to own and maintain,” said April Knudson, DVM, Manager, Merial Veterinary Services. “So it’s no surprise that, even in a relatively strong economy, horse owners look for the most inexpensive ways to care for their animals. However, the urge to trim costs becomes even stronger in a weak economy. When that happens, horse owners must be extremely careful not to cut back on important equine health care staples—like vaccinations, for example.”


Kentucky Cup Driving Highlights Video

American Holsteiner Horse Association Breeders Achieve a Rare Trifecta

Breeders of the American Holsteiner Horse Association (AHHA) have accomplished something likely never done before by a domestic studbook. In the $40,000 Jack Daniels Grand Prix at the Denver Stock Show in January, AHHA-bred horses earned three of the top four prizes.


USEF's Latest Rule Changes Now Online; Search Function Available

As of Wednesday, January 20, all rule changes for review at the USEF Annual Meeting have been updated with their final votes, and will now be available under the ‘Search for Completed Rule Changes’ of the site. Everyone is encouraged to use this search function—it’s the fastest and most up-to-date way to find rule changes.


Your Next Auto Rental Could Help the Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund

When PC#140825 is included in weekly rentals, now through February 28, you’ll save $25 and Hertz will donate $5 to the Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund. Economy or higher, $25 Off, Weekly Rental

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Highlife's Burberry
Photo Courtesy Highlife Farm

Weser-Ems Pony Stallion Bred By Highlife Farms Makes History

Highlife’s Burberry, a Weser-Ems pony stallion bred by Highlife Farms, has made history as the first U.S.-bred Weser-Ems pony to be licensed as a breeding pony. Burberry’s sire is Highlife’s Bodyguard, a Weser-Ems German Riding Pony that stands at Highlife Farms, home to world-class sport horses and one of the country’s most prominent breeding farms.


Prominent Saddlebred Breeders and Others Honored

The American Saddlebred Horse Association's (ASHA) Annual Saddlebred Summit and Youth Conference opened Thursday morning, February 18, at the Lexington, KY, Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa, and a theme throughout was honoring and recognizing breeding accomplishments.


Olympian Nona Garson, pictured with Steve Williams and Janet Rizzo, hosted a very successful Seventh Annual InterContinental Sport Horse Auction.
Photo by Phelps Media Group

2010 InterContinental Sport Horse Auction's Bidders Capture Investment Opportunities

The Seventh Annual InterContinental Sport Horse Auction was held on Sunday, February 14, 2010, and received rave reviews from its crowd of over 300 bidders during the hugely successful evening. Olympian Nona Garson hosted the event at The Ridge Farm in Wellington, FL, where horsemen of all disciplines gathered to bid on the wonderful selection of top-quality horses.


Do you have a Horse for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Your Barn?

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will field a Para-Equestrian Dressage Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), and for the first time this world championship will be run concurrently with the seven other FEI disciplines.


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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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, Toshiba, 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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February 24, 2010