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Lisa Slade

January 13, 2016

USEF Leadership Discusses CEO Change

The U.S. Equestrian Federation hosted a press conference today, Jan. 13, at its annual meeting addressing the sudden departure of chief executive officer Chris Welton. The USEF announced Welton’s departure yesterday, effective immediately, and named U.S. Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney to the position on an interim basis. Welton took over the position June 1, 2014.

January 7, 2016

Two Parties File Suit Against USEF Over Drugs And Medications Policies

Two separate parties have filed suit against the U.S. Equestrian Federation over the organization’s drugs and medications rules and policies. Both are alleging that the rules, including the thresholds established for various drugs, are unfair towards competitors. 

January 4, 2016

CAS Dismisses Cian O’Connor’s Aachen Appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Jan. 4 that it’s dismissed the appeal filed by Horse Sport Ireland and Irish show jumper Cian O’Connor and upheld an earlier decision by the Fédération Equestre Internationale. 

December 28, 2015

Updated: Four Pennsylvania Horses Euthanized Due To EHV-1

A Pennsylvania facility, Mile View Farm in Bucks County, is under quarantine after four horses there were euthanized due to the neurological form of equine herpes virus (EHV-1). The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced the first three cases and the quarantine Dec. 24. On Dec.

December 23, 2015

William Fox-Pitt Takes First Ride Since Injury

British four-star eventer William Fox-Pitt, who sustained a head injury in an October fall, took his first ride since the accident. He posted a video of the ride to his Fox-Pitt Eventing Facebook page.

“I’m looking forward to getting started again, and I’ll see you all in the new year,” he said, thanking his fans for their support over the last few months. 

Watch Fox-Pitt’s first ride below:

December 17, 2015

Proposed Budget Bill Continues Ban On U.S. Horse Slaughter

The omnibus spending bill released Dec. 16 for FY 2016 again includes language prohibiting the use of U.S. Department of Agriculture funds for opening and inspecting horse slaughter plants in the United States, continuing a ban on equine slaughter in this country another year. 

The bill must next pass the House of Representatives and Senate before it's signed into law.

December 7, 2015

USDF Board Of Governors Votes To Keep U.S. Dressage Finals East—For Now

It was the subject of more than two hours of combined debate at this year’s Adequan USDF Annual Meeting: Where should the U.S. Dressage Finals be held? Their answer, at least for now, is Kentucky. 

For some background, the finals were voted into existence at the 2011 Adequan USDF Annual Meeting, and they came with a caveat then. They’d stay east, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, for three years, and then they’d go west for three years. 

December 3, 2015

USDF Convention Preview: Viva Las Vegas!

The U.S. Dressage Federation Annual Convention begins today, Dec. 3, in Las Vegas, and it runs through Sunday. Every year the convention provides an opportunity for members and dressage enthusiasts to discuss the future of the organization and look back at the year. 

November 17, 2015

GCL Fires Back After FEI’s Promise Of Continued Litigation

The team behind the Global Champions League isn't backing down in the face of the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s promise to continue its legal battle to block the new proposed show jumping team tour in 2016.

November 17, 2015

Pro/Con: Should The USEA Add An Assisted Beginner Novice Division?

When the U.S. Eventing Association Annual Meeting takes place Dec. 2-5 in Washinton, D.C., there will be discussion of a new division—the beginner novice-assistance allowed division introduced by the USEA Membership Committee. 

The assistance might include a trainer or parent reading the dressage test, or it might be training during the jumping phases. [You can read more about the proposal on the USEA website.]

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