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February 11, 2016

Reed Kessler Eyes Rio After $130,000 Ruby Et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Win

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 11  

It’s been four years since Reed Kessler burst onto the international scene as an 18-year-old, topping the Olympic Selection Trials at the Winter Equestrian Festival and going on to represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Now, Kessler’s 22, running her own barn in Guttecoven, the Netherlands, and aiming to repeat her Olympic performance. She hopes that winning the $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 at WEF with Cylana will help put her on the map for selection.

February 10, 2016

Peters and Rosamunde Make A Statement At AGDF CDI***

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 10   

Steffen Peters and Rosamunde, owned by Four Winds Farm, made an impressive jump to the top of the standings with a score of 75.38 percent in the FEI Grand Prix CDI***, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

February 9, 2016

Grand Prix Stallion Pikko Del Cerro HU Retires From Competition

Pikko del Cerro, who earned numerous young and developing horse titles before successfully contesting CDI Grand Prix classes, has sustained an injury and will be retired from competition. Owner Anne Sparks of Horses Unlimited announced the horse’s retirement in a press release on Feb. 8.

“Cerro” most recently competed in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival Week 3 CDI-W (Fla.) in January, and Sparks and Wilcox hoped they’d make a bid for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with the 13-year-old stallion. 

February 7, 2016

Check Picobello Z Grows Up To Win The $216,000 Ariat Grand Prix At WEF

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 7  

Last year, Check Picobello Z wasn’t quite sure how to handle being asked to do a jump-off. "Last year I got into a few jump-offs in the 1.50-meter [level] and he felt like he was a bit empty coming back every time and did not quite understand what the second round was there for,” said the 10-year-old’s rider, Eric Lamaze.

February 5, 2016

Lamaze Makes It Three In A Row In $35,000 Ruby Et Violette WEF Challenge Cup

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 4  

They might have to rename the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup series, as Eric Lamaze is writing his name all over it.

Week 4 of the Winter Equestrian Festival continued with a win for Lamaze and Check Picobello Z in the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4. It was Lamaze’s third consecutive win in the class in as many weeks with two different horses, with victories in weeks two and three aboard Rosana du Park.

February 4, 2016

Updated: New Mexico Livestock Board Reports 51 EHV-1 Cases

As of Feb. 8, there are 51 reported cases of equine herpesvirus-1 in New Mexico. All cases are in Sunland Park, N.M., and all are related to the Sunland Park Racetrack.

The horses are from 19 different barns within Sunland Park Racetrack. Two of the positive horses are from an adjacent training facility, Frontera, close to the Sunland Park track. Of the 51 horses, five have been euthanized for neurologic symptoms. 

February 3, 2016

UGA Announces Temporary Closing Of Large Animal Hospital After EHV-1 Case

The University of Georgia Large Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital announced it’ll remain closed for two to three weeks after a horse admitted to the emergency service on Jan. 31 tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1. 

February 2, 2016

New National Hunt Seat Medal Finals Introduces Bracket Format

Today, Feb. 2, the National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced the U.S. Equestrian Federation's approval to form a new national 3'3" equitation class: the NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal. Open to all USEF and Equine Canada licensed competitors, NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal finalists will earn national visibility and increase their exposure for collegiate equestrian scholarships. Riders will also experience, for the first time, the bracket style competition.

February 1, 2016

Tryon International Equestrian Center Announces Partnership With The U.S. Pony Clubs And Hosting Of 2016 Championships East

Tryon International Equestrian Center has announced the initiation of a major partnership between the venue and The U.S. Pony Clubs Inc. that will bring this year’s U.S. Pony Clubs Championships East to the expanding equestrian center in Mill Spring, N.C., for the first time ever in July 2016. The USPC Championships East will begin on July 27 and conclude July 31 as multiple disciplines will be showcased throughout the week, including dressage, eventing, show jumping, polocross, quiz, tetrathlon and mounted games. 

January 31, 2016

Todd Minikus Takes Big Win No. 2 At WEF With Babalou 41

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 31  

For the second week in a row, Todd Minikus was the big winner of the Saturday night grand prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival on Jan. 30. During Week 2 of the winter circuit, held the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Minikus topped the $86,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Grand Prix CSI 2* riding Quality Girl.

For his win in Week 3, the rider guided Babalou 41 to a thrilling victory in the $130,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI 3*. Laura Kraut and Nouvelle finished second, and Chloe Reid  and Codarco placed third.

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