The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) to create a new type of competition for the IDA Nationals, the 2015 USDF/IDA National Quiz Challenge. This competition is open to all IDA members and consists of two rounds of competition; the first round takes place online through USDF’s eTRAK, focusing on classical dressage theory related to the rider’s seat, position, and aids.
Despite an uncertain forecast, droves of spectators packed two VIP tents and filled the grandstands for the return of the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix to the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium at HITS Post Time Farm. With hopes for a battle of the best, onlookers received just that when Charlie Jayne, of Elgin, Illinois, aboard Chill R Z, owned by Alex Jayne and Maura Thatcher, hustled his way to the win.
Top-seeded and second-ranked Georgia won the 2015 Southeastern Conference Equestrian Championship on Saturday at the Thomas G. Hildebrand Equine Complex at Texas A&M University.
The Bulldogs defeated the host and third-seeded Aggies 12-5 in the championship round to take home Georgia’s first league crown since the SEC began sponsoring equestrian in advance of the 2012-13 season. UGA improves to 11-4 on the season, while Texas A&M drops to 8-6.
“Flora” is one of a Record Number of Surrendered Horses Following Massachusetts’ Worst Winter in Years
“Emaciated, dispirited and depressed” is how the MSPCA-Nevins Farm team described an elderly horse surrendered to its Methuen facility on Monday, in what has been an unprecedented period of animal surrenders that have severely strained space and financial resources at the farm.
“Flora,” as the 30-year-old Standardbred horse rescued from the Merrimack Valley by the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement team has been named, arrived severely emaciated and covered in infected sores. “She’s one of the saddest sights we’ve seen in a long time,” said Melissa Ghareeb, equine and farm center manager for Nevins Farm. “And she’s going to require a great deal of care in the weeks ahead.”
The USA I Team, led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, maintained its day-one lead to claim victory in the 2015 Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup with strong performances from all four team members. On Thursday at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Small Tour combinations performed the FEI Intermediaire I Test, with Big Tour pairs riding the FEI Grand Prix Special Test. A total of 23 Small Tour combinations went down the centerline and seven Big Tour competitors closed out the second session, with each Big Tour combination earning an additional 1.5% bonus points toward its Team scores.