A talented field of competitors entered the Kemper Arena on Saturday, November 16, in hopes of winning the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final at the United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) American Royal National Championship. The judging panel comprised of Kim Cowart (Statesville, N.C.), Sandra Currier (Bellville, Texas) and Cecile Hetzel Dunn (Weirsdale, Fla.) unanimously declared Jessica Wuesthofen the champion. The Verona, Wis., native received the Gold medal after demonstrating her excellent equitation skills aboard Michelle Werry’s CH EQ Chanti’s Prayer both on the rail and during pattern work. By winning the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final, she claimed the Saddle Seat Equitation Triple Crown after winning the National Horse Show "Good Hands" Final in October and the UPHA Challenge Cup earlier last week.
Company is the first to develop an LED safety lighting system for horse and rider
Tail Lights™, the first and only LED safety lighting system in the world for equine use, has launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to raise $100,000 USD in backing to be used for mass manufacturing. Tail Lights is a set of highly visible LED warning lights that drape through a horse’s tail to provide a safe, visible, fun and fashionable way to warn oncoming motorists of a horse and its rider. The Tail Lights Kickstarter campaign launched November 18 and runs through January 2, 2014.
Saturday at the Las Vegas National was a spectacular display of show jumping at its finest, plus some sky-high entertainment. The first of two highlight events was the $10,000 SmartPak Winning Round Classic, with forty-seven entries and the top ten returning for a lightning fast second round. Later in the evening, the $50,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix CSI-W had forty-two entries with eight pairs going clean, resulting in a nail-biting jump-off.
The United States Federation's High Performance Working Group has approved the recommendation of DiAnn Langer as the U.S. Show Jumping Young Rider Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor. Both the Search Committee, chaired by Eric Straus, and the USEF Show Jumping High Performance Committee recommended Langer for this new position. Langer is tasked with developing and implementing a pipeline for the USEF Show Jumping discipline and will begin her new role in December 2013.
Sunrise Farms Sport Horses ( www.srfsporthorses.com ) is big in Texas. At the International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) National Championship Show in Ft. Worth, the only horses from Florida to compete at the national level both train at Sunrise Farms. Both horses also earned top-five rankings in almost every class in which they showed at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center, Oct. 15–19.