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.
On October 1-4, the world’s best riders will converge in California to compete for $1 million in prize money at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles. As the only FEI recognized CSI 5* show jumping competition on the West Coast, the American leg of the Longines Masters series has attracted top-ranked international riders, including 17 Olympians, 23 World Equestrian Games team members, 11 World Cup Finals medalists, the 2015 Pan American Games Team USA Bronze Medalists, and Individual Gold Medalist McLain Ward.
“Los Angeles is a premier destination for international competition, and some of the best athletes in the world call it home,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “As we work to bring the Olympic Games to our city in 2024, we are thrilled to welcome the world’s top show jumpers—many of them Olympians and Olympic hopefuls—to compete in the Longines Masters of Los Angeles.”
This month, we tested riding jeans in our Prepurchase Exam. After all, it’s a cowgirl’s jeans (err…genes), that make her who she is!
CJ Jeans Company
While these riding jeans don’t have all the bells and whistles of other riding jeans on the market the tester was seriously surprised when she put them on. The fit was far superior to some of the other name brands, with no waist gap and no pinching or bulging in other areas. They were comfortable and flattering, which can be hard to accomplish with a jean. There was just enough stretch in the material to be comfortable and supportive, and the padded knees, while the tester was a bit worried, turned out to be non-restricting and comfortable in the saddle. And you couldn’t even tell by looking at them that they were there. Overall these were a great jean that the tester would highly recommend.
Wrangler Q-Baby Jeans
Our petite tester fell in love with the fit of the Wrangler Q-Baby jeans. The elastic no-gap waistband was comfortable, though not as stretchy as the tester would have liked. A slit at the bottom of the jeans makes them easier to slip over boots, and flat seams ensure all-day comfort, not to mention the “booty-up” technology that certainly helped out the view from behind! The rise was fairly high, which is ideal for riding, but not as fashionable for every day.
Abby by Cruel Denim
These jeans feature a mid rise, slim hip, and boot cut fit with contrast stitching that look good in and out of the saddle. They have just the right amount of stretch to be comfortable without feeling like you are wearing tights. The tester loved the dark color with the two colors of stitching on the pockets. The only complaint was that the tester needed to wear a belt due to a slight gap in the back of the waistband.
Rock & Roll Cowgirl Rhinestone Jeans
Adorable in and out of the saddle, our tester loved the flash of rhinestones that accompanied these jeans! Comfortable with a perfect rise (low enough to be seen in public and high enough that nothing is made public), you could definitely wear these out to eat with friends after a quick ride.
The rhinestones could be a bit tough on your saddle, so just use care when mounting and dismounting.
For more information, check out the September issue of Equine Journal!
By Jane Carlton
Embrace your inner artist while indulging in the beautiful fall leaves in Northampton, MA. Situated in idyllic western Massachusetts, the picturesque town is home to some of the most unique restaurants, galleries, and stores that the Bay State has to offer. Add in a fairground rife with horse shows, and you have the perfect combination.