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January 23, 2015

Roffman Sells Her Highness O To Danish Rider

Caroline Roffman announced today, Jan. 23, the sale of Grand Prix horse Her Highness O to Denmark's Signe and Thomas Kirk Kristiansen.  

"I run a sales and training barn, and a lot of horses in my stable are for sale," said Roffman, 26. "She was never listed for sale or anything like that, but I'd had a few offers and some interest in Europe and then once we were home. But when I met her new owners and they showed interest in buying her, it was the first time I considered selling her.  It's the perfect home, and [Signe] rode her absolutely beautifully."

January 7, 2015

Robert Dover Clinic Riders Test Their New Knowledge On The Final Day

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 7

Riders spent their week at the Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic learning about being well-rounded horsewomen and better trainers. But today the goal was to prove they could be excellent test riders as well.

Each rider chose a test and then presented it before either Janet Foy or Charlotte Bredahl-Baker. The two judges often stopped the tests, having riders repeat movements a little differently, or made suggestions and offered scores throughout.

January 5, 2015

Rider—And Equine—Responsibility Stressed On Day 3 Of Robert Dover Clinic

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 5

As a rider, you want to help your horse. But part of helping your horse when it comes to upper-level dressage movements involves helping him help himself—helping him learn to carry himself in better self-carriage and balance without stress—and that’s what both instructors for today’s riding sessions at the Robert Dover Horsemastership Week emphasized.

January 4, 2015

Cedric Can’t Be Caught At Trump Invitational

Palm Beach, Fla.—Jan. 4

Kent Farrington won the first two Trump Invitational classes, in 2013 and 2014, and he seemed poised for a third victory in today’s $125,000 grand prix. But as Blue Angel sped around the final turn of the jump-off, clear up until that point, the mare slipped badly behind. Farrington lost some time, and the horse pulled down a rail of the final fence.

Laura Kraut saw her opening. She made a different plan.

January 3, 2015

The Half-Halt Is King On Day 1 Of Robert Dover Clinic

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 3

What do you have if you don’t have a half-halt? The answer, as all of today’s participants on Day 1 at the Robert Dover Horsemastership Week learned, is nothing.

From the young riders’ first lecture of the day—Dover himself explaining the history and concept behind dressage—to their individual lessons with either Dover, new USEF Youth Coach George Williams or USEF Assistant Youth Coach Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, all discovered or rediscovered the value of the half-halt for all movements.

December 31, 2014

USEF Outlines Selection Procedures For Pan American Games Dressage

The U.S. Equestrian Federation posted the selection and qualifying procedures for the dressage team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, on Dec. 30.

The team, which will consist of small and large tour pairs, will be selected through a series of competitions. Dressage at the Pan American Games runs from July 11-14. 

December 30, 2014

Updated: USEF Announces 2015 USEF Dressage National Championships Dates And Locations

The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the dates and locations for the 2015 USEF Dressage National Championships.

December 18, 2014

Horse Slaughter Ban Continues Into Fiscal Year 2015

The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress on Dec. 15 and signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 17 includes language that maintains the ban on horse slaughter in the United States. 

The legislation prohibits the U.S. Department of Agriculture from using funds for inspections at equine processing plants, and it means no new slaughterhouses can open before Sept. 15, 2015.

December 16, 2014

Alden Suspended For GABA Violation

Hunter/jumper trainer Winn Alden of Bristow, Va., will be suspended for five months and fined $5,000 after a horse she exhibited, Cameo Appearance, was found by the U.S. Equestrian Federation to have gamma-aminobutyric acid in its body in excess of normal levels.

GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which can act as a tranquilizer. It is the main ingredient in the Carolina Gold supplement, though it’s not known if Carolina Gold was used in this instance.

December 15, 2014

European Union Suspends Imports Of Horsemeat From Mexico

The European Union’s council decided Dec. 8 to suspend the importation of horsemeat from Mexico. The meat will still be allowed into the EU until March 15, 2015, as part of a transitional period, as long as the importer demonstrates the products were certified and dispatched prior to Jan. 15, 2015.

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