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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.]

November 16, 2015

Updated: Dujardin Says Rio Olympics Will Be Valegro’s Last Competition

Charlotte Dujardin, who’s won Olympic, FEI World Equestrian Games and FEI European Championships gold with Valegro, told the BBC that the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be the horse’s last competition. 

November 13, 2015

Eight Key Points From The FEI’s Eventing Audit Report

During its General Assembly meeting today, Nov. 13, the Fédération Equestre Internationale presented the results of its audit on eventing. The audit, conducted by Charles Barnett, the former director of Ascot race course in Great Britain, examined data from 1,184 horse falls that occurred over the past five years. 

Here are some of the major takeaways presented, some obvious, some less so: 

November 11, 2015

FEI Vows Continued Litigation Against Global Champions League

On the heels of the Global Champions League’s legal victory against the Federation Equestre Internationale—with the Brussels Court Of Appeal upholding a previous decision to allow the former group to launch its own show jumping team tour—the FEI Bureau has stated they’ll continue the fight.

They voted to do so unanimously during the FEI Bureau meeting at the FEI General Assembly in Puerto Rico on Nov. 10. 

November 10, 2015

Updated: Fox-Pitt Continues His Recovery In England

William Fox-Pitt, who sustained a head injury in a cross-country fall while competing at the Le Lion d'Angers CCI** (France) on Oct. 17, is now recovering in Great Britain.

He flew on Nov. 9 after being treated in France since the fall, and he will continue rehabilitation from there.

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