Credit: McCool Photos for EEM
Four days of champion caliber show jumping action at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles culminated in Sunday afternoon’s Longines Grand Prix. Thirty-six of the world’s best riders competed in the grand finale of the American leg of the Longines Masters series for $450,000 in prize money, the largest purse in any United States indoor competition. Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh stunned the crowd with a jump-off time of 37.04 seconds to become the first ever winner of the new Longines Masters Series Trophy.
By Ange Dickson Finn
From time to time, a non-riding friend will mention how it would be fun to come out with me to a lesson. Although these may seem to you like simple friendly overtures, I’ve always vaguely avoided doing anything to turn them into actual friend-events.
Why? Not because I don’t enjoy these friends’ company. No, my reasons are a little fuzzy even to me.
The 13th Annual Arabian & Half-Arabian Sport Horse Nationals was held this year in Raleigh, NC at the Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex. Hosted by the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), this National show is the only breed specific Sport Horse show in North America.
Held from September 15 through 20, approximately 472 horses and 577 owners, trainers, and handlers showed up for the competition. All horses must have qualified for the event through AHA’s 18 regional shows, having first qualified at local AHA recognized shows.
The 2016 Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 20-24, 2016. After four years apart, the IEA Hunt Seat and Western disciplines will be reunited for the Finals competition.
It is expected that over 600 youth equestrians will qualify to compete at the National Finals. These young riders will have won in their regions and zones across the United States after competing against more than 12,000 other riders to make it to the Finals. The national Individual Champions will be presented throughout the competition and national Team Champions will be pinned on the final day of the competitions.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce its partnership with the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) to establish International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence (COE). COEs will serve as the foundation to attract new athletes to para-equestrian dressage and develop athletes and coaches for competition at the international level, including the Paralympic Games. There are many excellent centers around the U.S. that offer those with disabilities the opportunity to train and compete. The aim of COEs is to give those that want the thrill of international competition a pathway and an opportunity to learn about the sport of para-equestrian dressage. Owners of existing equestrian training facilities interested in growing the para-equestrian dressage sport are encouraged to submit their venue for consideration. Applications for this prestigious designation will be accepted until November 15, 2015.