Equestrian News Roundup

Local Eventers Tabbed As Emerging Athletes

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Three local riders have been accepted into The US Equestrian’s (USEF) Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 program for 2018.

Amanda Beale Clement, of Phoenixville, Pa., and Chris Talley of Honey Brook, Pa. were invited to ride while Emma Lomangino of Millbrook, N.Y. was accepted as an auditing participant.

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Talent Advisors evaluated several factors to determine the Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 program participants including current form, competition results, and potential to make a valuable contribution in team competition. They also had the option to talent spot athletes onto the list that met the evaluation criteria, but did not meet the CCI2* minimum eligibility requirement and invite auditing participants.

USEF Eventing Emerging Athlete Coach Leslie Law will work with the Eventing 25 athletes at their winter training session, January 8-11, 2018, in Ocala, Fla. The participants will gain additional skill instruction and insight through mounted and unmounted sessions.

Learn more about the Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 program.

Saddlebreds Partner With USEF

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) has partnered with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to offer the new USEF Competition Lite category.

Any ASHA registered competition that has not been licensed with USEF within the last year may apply to become a Competition Lite event. As part of the Competition Lite program, competitors with USEF memberships and horse recordings will have the option to participate in the USEF Horse of the Year program, receiving half the points normally accrued at a Regular USEF competition. However, participants are not required to be USEF members and there are many other benefits to competitors; judges and stewards looking to get officiating credit, and to the competitions.

“ASHA is excited to work with USEF to offer the Competition Lite program. We hope that this program fulfills the interest of competition managers that seek to offer some of the benefits that USEF provides without the additional costs that, often times, our smaller competitions cannot spare. We appreciate the ongoing efforts of Lori Nelson to work with us to meet the needs of our organization and provide our members with more options to be included in USEF programs,” said ASHA President Donna Pettry-Smith.

The purpose of the Competition Lite program is to increase participation in equestrian sport by building a gateway mechanism for unrecognized competitions to become associated with the USEF . The program will also provide an avenue for individuals to progress towards becoming a licensed official and provide athletes additional opportunities to compete at USEF competitions. By providing the Competition Lite option, USEF can further its mission to provide access to equestrian sport at all levels while ensuring fairness, safety, and enjoyment.

For more information contact Jackie Dinnebeil at USEF 859-225-6952 or Information is also posted on the Saddlebred page on the USEF website at

Classical Dressage Master Walter Zettl’s Teachings Are Immortalized by Premier Equestrian and the USDF

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Legendary classical dressage master Walter Zettl’s teachings are now preserved for future generations of equestrian sports to benefit from, thanks to the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) and Premier Equestrian. The widely successful video series and book that the company produced with Zettl over a decade ago is officially being archived by the USDF.

When Heidi Zorn, President of Premier Equestrian, first met Walter Zettl in the year 2000 at a USDF convention, she immediately recognized his true devotion to horses and riders’ well-being; a priority that is shared by Premier Equestrian. “I was completely mesmerized by Walter’s gentle, soft-spoken technique that literally transformed the horse before your eyes,” recalled Zorn. “Walter became my new mentor from that moment on. I was able to convince him and his wife Heide to come to Salt Lake City, Utah, for a clinic. It was then that I had the inspiration that this man must be documented. He possessed hundreds of years of Classical Dressage knowledge, and if he wasn’t documented, this information could be lost forever. Walter’s main objective was to share his knowledge with as many people as he could, always carrying the message of keeping the well-being of the horse as the first and most important principal. He truly wanted to make the world a better place for horses and humans.”

The end result was a five-volume video series called A Matter of Trust. The first volume debuted in 2002, and Volume V was released in 2005. “The videos show various breeds of horses, different levels of riders, and a systematic method of advancing horses through the levels,” Zorn said. “The Matter of Trust series has been a huge success, and has given a wide variety of people and disciplines — even beyond dressage — a chance to embrace Walter’s deep understanding of horse training and classical dressage.”

USDF is now archiving the instructional video series A Matter of Trust, as well as the book Ask Walter. “We are very fortunate to have an organization like the USDF in our country to preserve and cultivate the art of dressage,” said Zorn. “On behalf of Walter, Mark, and myself, we are forever grateful that the USDF agreed that these teaching shall be preserved.”

USDF Announces New Adult Amateur Musical Freestyle Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) will present new Adequan/USDF Adult Amateur Musical Freestyle Awards. These awards are designed to recognize adult amateur riders competing in musical freestyle, and will first be awarded in the 2018 competition year. Awards will be given at the following levels; First, Second, Third, Fourth, Intermediate I, and Grand Prix, with the champion and reserve champion at each level receiving a commemorative award, presented at the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention.

USDF Executive Director Stephan Hienzsch said, "USDF continues to look for ways to support adult amateur riders, and recognize them for their accomplishments in the competition arena. With adult amateur participation growing nationally, these new awards seemed like the perfect opportunity to provide well-earned recognition of their success."

For complete award requirements, as well as a list of all other USDF award and recognition opportunities, visit the USDF website, reference the 2018 USDF Member Guide, or contact the USDF office at

Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit, e-mail, or call 859 971-2277.

N.J. Youth Wins Medallion Award From Hackney Society

The American Hackney Horse Society announced the 2017 Youth Medallion High Point Champions

Dimitri and Olivia Schumacher of New Jersey was champion in Road Pony 13 & Under.

Local Riders Accepted in Horsemastership Training Session

LEXINGTON, Ky. The USEF announced the participants for the 12th annual USEF George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session presented by the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA).

The Training Session will be held at The Global Dressage Venue, in Wellington, Fla., Jan. 5 to 7, 2018. USEF Network will stream live coverage of all mounted sessions and demonstrations.

Designed to develop the next generation of U.S. Equestrian Team talent, the Training Session uses intensive mounted and unmounted instruction from a variety of experts. Twelve athletes earned invitations to the 2018 Training Session through one of three avenues: success in USEF marker competitions, performance at the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, or by selection from a competitive pool of wild card applicants.

Among the participants will be Samantha Cohen (New York, N.Y.); Caitlyn Connors (Glen Mills, Pa.); Kendra Duggleby (Cleveland, N.Y.); Sara McCloskey (Pound Ridge, N.Y.).

The 2018 Training Session will feature instruction by the following mounted and unmounted clinicians.

Mounted Clinicians are: Anne Kursinski: Flatwork Demonstration & Instruction –Jan. 5; Kent Farrington: Gymnastics Demonstration & Instruction –Jan. 6; McLain Ward: Nations Cup Instruction –Jan. 7; Nations Cup Team Chef d’Equipes: Kent Farrington, Anne Kursinski, and Beezie Madden –Jan. 7

Unmounted Clinicians: Colleen Reed: Fundamentals of Equine Care; Janus Marquis: Equine Anatomy and Physiology; Arlene White, PT: Human Sports Science & Medicine; Tonya Johnston, MA: Sports Psychology; Dr. Tim Ober, DVM: Veterinary Care; Conrad Homfeld: Course Design; Jennifer Wood, Public Relations.

Sessions are open to the public to audit in person at no charge. Mounted sessions will occur in the mornings on the days noted above and a complete time schedule will be available in late-December. Plus, follow USEFon Facebook (@USAShowJumping and @USEFNetwork), Twitter (@USEFNetwork), and Instagram (@USEFNetwork) for behind-the-scenes coverage and updates.

 For more information about the 2018 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session, contact Danielle Miranda, USEF Director of Show Jumping Development Programs, at

Dressage Elite Lists Updated

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The USEF has updated the Elite Program list as well as the new Pre-Elite list and Development Program list.

“We just wrapped up our series of Elite Program home visits and Pre-Elite Training and Observation sessions,” said Dover. “I am very happy and excited by the quality of the horses and the riding. Our veterans are in fantastic form and the new faces on the horizon for American dressage are looking extraordinary. There is no doubt the depth of great combinations is increasing exponentially.”

The Elite Program was established to provide support and resources to athlete/horse combinations that have proven they are internationally competitive. Combinations qualify for the program based on scores received at CDI3*/CDIO3* or above competitions in the last 12 months. View the complete criteria.

 The Dressage Pre-Elite List underpins the Elite Program and seeks to provide support and guidance to those combinations in the 69-73% Grand Prix score range so they are able to succeed in reaching Elite Member status (consistent 73%+ score range). View the complete criteria.

 Making the list are Catherine Haddad-Staller (Tewksbury Township, N.J. and Wellington, Fla.) and Semper Fidelis, Rowan O’Riley’s 11-year-old Oldenburg mare and Ashley Holzer (New York, N.Y.) and Havanna 145, Diane Fellows’ 10-year-old Hanoverian mare

For more information, please contact Hallye Griffin, Managing Director of Dressage, at 859-225-6949 or and follow USA Dressage on Facebook.

Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund Appoints Bill Rube as Executive Director

WELLINGTON, Fla.— The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund announced that Bill Rube has been tapped as the organization's new executive director. Rube, who is well known as an amateur equestrian, horse owner and most recently a powerhouse fundraiser at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Foundation, will aid the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund in its mission to support meaningful organizations and equestrians in need.

The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund was founded by Lindsay Maxwell in 2016 as a means to formalize her commitment to charitable giving. The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund supports events, organizations and programs that align with Maxwell's philanthropic priorities and values including improving the lives of children with special needs, enabling access to educational opportunities and providing care, compassion and protection to animals.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund," commented Rube. "I have spent a good deal of my professional career collecting donations for various organizations and it is very exciting for me to help Lindsay align the charitable fund within the hunter and jumper community."

Rube has distinguished himself in the equestrian nonprofit community through his role as the fund development director of the USHJA Foundation. During this position, he gained wide notoriety for his commitment to the hunter and jumper industry as well as his spirit for volunteering. As a result, Rube was awarded the USHJA President's Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Rube was named the USHJA Volunteer of the Year and in 2016 he was presented with the Moran Family Excellence Award.

"Bill shares my philanthropic values - from the moment I first met Bill, we immediately clicked in terms of recognizing the opportunity to expand the fund's impact on a national scale," said Maxwell. "Bill is also a tried-and-true horseman with an abiding passion to support all levels of our sport. His previous work with the USHJA, including the Emerging Athletes Program, deeply resonated with the fund's priority to provide access and educational opportunities to the next generation of equestrians. When the fund first started contemplating the relative merits of engaging an executive director, Bill was the first name on our list. I count myself fortunate that the fund and its grantees now share the grace of Bill's experience, professionalism and passion.

US Equestrian Announces 2018 Eventing Winter Training Lists

LEXINGTON, Ky.The US Equestrian (USEF) Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the 2018 Eventing Winter Training List and several Pennsylvania riders made the cut.

The US Equestrian High Performance Program is designed to achieve Olympic qualification and medals in the current Games cycle, in addition to building a sustainable foundation for the success of future championships.

The Eventing High Performance Program consists of the Elite, Development, and Emerging Athletes Programs.

The Elite Program consists of athlete/horse combinations that have established themselves as having met the criteria, or demonstrated potential to meet the criteria required to be competitive at CCI3* and CCI4* events and championships.

2018 Elite Training List includes:

Matt Brown (Kennett Square, Pa.) and Super Socks BCF, Blossom Creek Foundation’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) and Z, a nine-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, Suzanne Lacy, Ann Jones, and Caroline Moran; Mighty Nice, HND Group’s 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding; Fernhill Cubalawn, a 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Thomas Tierney, Simon Roosevelt, and Caroline Moran; Fernhill Revelation, Revelation Group’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding; and I’m Sew Ready, Kristine and John Norton’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Steady Eddie, Gretchen and George Wintersteen, Pierre Colin, and Denise Lahey’s 14-year-old New Zealand-bred Thoroughbred gelding, and Blackfoot Mystery, Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate LLC’s 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding

In 2017, a two-tiered system was introduced for the Development Program, which will continue in 2018. Tier 1 of the Development Program is designed to support experienced, international athletes who have horses that are on a trajectory to reach the Elite criteria in the next four years. Tier 1 also includes experienced international athletes who have horses that do not meet the Elite criteria, but remain in contention for selection for the next World or Olympic Games.

2018 Developing Tier 1 Training List includes:

Buck Davidson (Riegelsville, Pa.) and Copper Beach, Sherrie Martin and Carl Segal’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, and Jak My Style, Kathleen Cuca and Justine Dutton’s 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.) and Tsetserleg, Christine Turner’s 10-year-old Trakehner gelding

Erin Sylvester (Cochranville, Pa.) and Paddy The Caddy, Frank McEntee’s 10-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding

Inclusion or exclusion on a Training List does not imply or preclude an athlete for selection for a Games and Championships. This list will be reviewed in June of 2018.

Virginia Horse Owners Commit to Veterinary Education through AAEP Foundation

Thanks to the generous support of Renee and John Grisham through their Oakwood Foundation Charitable Trust, the AAEP Foundation has initiated the Oakwood Scholarship program by awarding $5,000 scholarships to five deserving equine veterinary students yesterday during the AAEP’s 63rd Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

The 2017 Oakwood Scholarship winners include Hanum Wensil-Strow, University of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Grisham, an avid horsewoman and strong advocate for horse health, created the Oakwood Scholarships, along with her husband John Grisham. The Grishams, who own and operate Oakwood Farm in Covesville, Va., are long-time philanthropists whose dedication to education is among their many target philanthropic areas of interest.

Second- and third-year veterinary students pursuing a career in equine medicine are encouraged to apply annually for one of five $5,000 scholarships being awarded through the newly created Oakwood Scholarship program.

 The scholarship program is open to AAEP student members who are active within any of the AAEP’s 39 student chapters at colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on a combination of academic standing, leadership roles and dedication to a career in equine healthcare. Some consideration also is given to financial need.

For information about this and other scholarship programs for equine veterinary students, visit the “Scholarships” page of the AAEP Foundation’s website,

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