All are welcome to the 2014 Connecticut Horse Symposium on March 1st and 2nd at the Horsebarn Hill Arena in Storrs. This is action-packed weekend is sponsored by the Department of Animal Science and UConn Extension. This weekend includes several clinics, vendors, a demonstration by the UConn Morgan drill team, and a polo match. Join us for a fun weekend, and learn how to improve your riding by picking up techniques from the pros. In between clinics, stop in at our vendor fair and catch up with friends.
The FEI World Cup Vaulting qualifying season ended on Sunday and U.S. pas de deux vaulters Kimberly and Cassidy Palmer (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) have qualified for the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final in Bordeaux, France. Only the four best pas de deux pairs from qualifying go to the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final (six qualify in the male and female individual divisions), so the Palmers will be competing against two pas de deux teams from Austria and one from Germany. The Palmer's qualification means that the U.S. will be represented at the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final for a second consecutive year, and for only the second time ever.*
The first USEF Dressage Observation & Strategic Planning Session of 2014 took place earlier this week at Havensafe Farm South in Wellington, Fla. Lead by Robert Dover, USEF Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor, the session provided training and strategic guidance for athletes as they look toward international competition and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The session featured 18 athlete/horse combinations over three days.
Marsha S. Himler, President, New York State Horse Council has just released the following Statement of Support regarding the New York City carriage horses:
It is not a question of whether the carriage trade is necessary to New York City or not. The carriage horses are an iconic symbol of NYC; they are part of the cultural heritage not only of NYC, but also of America. They provide economic benefits to the City through tourism and tax revenues. Today’s carriage horses provide a presence and exposure to rural animals not available to many anywhere else.
An omnibus bill pending before Congress this week contains language that will end the possibility of proposed horse slaughter plants opening in New Mexico and Missouri. The last three plants were closed in 2007 under state laws, and Congress had defunded required inspections which made it impossible for them to open in other states until 2011.