Debbie McDonald, who has served as the U.S. Equestrian Federation developing dressage coach since 2010 has announced that she will step down from the position on May 1, 2016, in order to spend more time with her family and focus on personal clients.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the recipients of USEF Land Rover Competition Grants for The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI*** (Md.) and the Galway Downs CCI*** (Calif.). In addition, two previous grants have been reallocated for other competitions.
The following combination has received a grant for The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI*** taking place Oct. 15-18 in Elkton:
The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the creation of the USEF Elite Training Center Designation Program. The program will, initially, allow venue owners who have hosted at least one USEF-sanctioned team, developing rider or horse training session within the last year, in one of the nine disciplines that the USEF runs programs for developing and preparing teams to compete internationally, to apply for their venue for Elite Training Center status.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced its partnership with the U.S. Para-Equestrian Association to establish International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence.
COEs will serve as the foundation to attract new athletes to para-equestrian dressage and develop athletes and coaches for competition at the international level, including the Paralympic Games. There are many excellent centers around the United States that offer those with disabilities the opportunity to train and compete.
With some broken ribs, most people would take a few days off work, relax and take it easy. Not Buck Davidson. Buck Davidson breaks a few ribs and spends the next day riding five horses around a three-star CIC—and winning the division!
Davidson suffered the injury on Aug. 22 in a fall from a two-star horse competing at the Richland Park Horse Trials, but he wasn't going to let that get in the way of piloting his longtime partner, Ballynoe Castle RM, to the top of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC*** division.
Dutch dominance in the sport of jumping continued at its relentless pace when reigning world champion Jeroen Dubbeldam steered the brilliant SFN Zenith to victory in the individual final at the FEI European Jumping Championships. Silver went to Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet with Conrad de Hus, while Simon Delestre and Ryan des Hayettes from France claimed the bronze in a two-round competition that kept spectators in the packed Soers Arena on the edges of their seats.
The reigning world and Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup champions from the Netherlands clinched team gold at the FEI European Jumping Championships. Lying second as the day began, they produced another of their trademark foot-perfect performances to put the result beyond doubt when the leading French squad faded to fifth. And it was the host nation who slotted into silver medal spot ahead of the surprising Swiss, who moved up four places to take bronze.