he first ever Final of the new look Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series got started in at CSIO5* Barcelona Friday and, with the backdrop of a beautiful day, a strong set of horses and riders from 18 countries looked to qualify for Sunday's eight-team final round. Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland's U.S. team was looking to finish a strong season with a top result, but suffered a heartbreaker and finished in 9th place, one position short of a spot in that final. They will return for Saturday's consolation round.
A small but mighty field lines up this weekend in the USEF National Open Horse Trial Championship for the Jack Le Goff Trophy to vie for the first eventing National Title of the autumn. Run in conjunction with the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by VTO Saddlery, national championship competition will run September 26-28, 2013, at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas. Twelve elite combinations are set to kick off competition, which is run at the Advanced level, in the dressage phase on Thursday.
So-called “distracted driving” laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving are being enacted around the nation, and now it is time for the equine community to take notice, says one equine safety professional.
“It’s important for riders to remember that the horse can be an unpredictable animal,” notes Wayne G. Hipsley, chairman of HorseSafetyUSA.com. “If the rider is distracted by using his or her cell phone, and the horse reacts to something in its environment, serious injuries may be the result.” Riding a horse is like operating a vehicle, distractions can be the cause of serious injuries, and it is well documented the cell phone is a distraction while operating a car and truck.
The Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF), an international research foundation, welcomed Pam Milner, founding partner of Spirit Program, an equine assisted learning and psychotherapy (EALP) center in Middleburg, VA, as its newest board member. Ms. Milner is also a founding partner of Spirit Serving Veterans, a program that specifically focuses on providing equine services for military veterans and their families.
In front of a sellout event the 16th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. proved to be a nail biter as 31 horse and rider combinations vied for the $125,000 purse and the Authentic Cup on the John G. McCoy Show Field. Named by the North American Riders Group as the #1 Specialty Equestrian Event in 2012, The Classic drew more than 20,000 people and raised over $1.7 million to support the work of The Center for Family Safety and Healing, an organization supporting family violence initiatives founded by Abigail Wexner, the host of The Classic in New Albany, Ohio.