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Lisa Slade

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.

December 8, 2014

USDF Convention Report: Balanced Budgets And New Tests

For the third year in a row, the Adequan USDF Annual Convention, held Dec. 3-7 in Cambridge, Mass., boasted record short meetings. But there was still plenty of discussion about the organization’s past—the USDF instructor certification program celebrated its 25th anniversary this year—and about its future—how to continue drawing new dressage fans.

December 3, 2014

What’s Coming Up At The USDF Convention

When it comes to dressage rule proposals for 2015—up for discussion at this week's U.S. Dressage Federation Annual Convention in Cambridge, Mass., before a vote at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting (Ky.) in January—there are only five of them, and none seem likely to incite much controversy. Think differently? Let us know in the comments. 

The proposed rules are:

DR 121.4 

December 2, 2014

FEI Releases Statement On Investigation Into 2012 World Endurance Championships

The Fédération Equestre Internationale announced today, Dec. 2, that it's completed an investigation into allegations of a horse switch for the 2012 Longines FEI World Endurance Championships (Great Britain). The FEI said no legal action can be taken "for procedural reasons and due to a lack of conclusive evidence."

November 21, 2014

Equestrian’s NCAA Future Remains Undecided

The National Collegiate Athletic Association hasn’t yet revealed a final decision on the future of equestrian within the organization, but another college is dropping the sport in response to the uncertainty.

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