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September 9, 2013

Tokyo Awarded 2020 Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee awarded Tokyo the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games on Sept. 7.

Tokyo defeated Istanbul in the final IOC vote, 60-36. Madrid, Spain, was also in the running to host the Games and was eliminated in the first round of voting. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Olympic Games as well.

September 6, 2013

Sara Algotsson Ostholt Entered In Plantation Field CIC*

Spectators at the Plantation Field Horse Trials, Sept. 20-22, will have a special treat this year as they watch 2012 Olympic Games individual silver medalist Sara Algotsson Ostholt ride around the CIC* course.

“I thought it’d be fun to have two or three European riders come over, and we’d have a little Nations Cup thing,” said Plantation Field organizer Denis Glaccum. “It’ll hopefully create goodwill, and it’s a way of getting people interested in coming over here. We’ll see what happens, and we’ll have fun with it.”

September 5, 2013

USEF Revamps Dressage Young Horse Qualifying Process

To qualify for the FEI World Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany, this year, you had to compete at either the Eastern Selection Trials during VADA/NOVA Summer Dressage (Va.), June 6-9, or the Western Selection Trials during Dressage At Flintridge (Calif.), May 23-26. Starting in 2014, riders and trainers of young horses will have several more options.

September 4, 2013

Lisa Wilcox Has Two Gems To Polish For Next Year's WEG

On Sept. 25, Lisa Wilcox will put her two Grand Prix horses on a plane bound for Europe—and while that flight will be long, it’ll be just a small part of Wilcox’s journey.

August 26, 2013

Weber Wins WEG Driving Test Event

Chester Weber swept the driving test event for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, held Aug. 23-25 in Caen, France. Weber’s final score of 108.24 put him ahead of Germany’s Ludwig Weinmayr (125.54) and Great Britain’s Georgina Hunt (132.76).

Twelve drivers and 60 horses representing seven nations took part in the test event. More than 200 volunteers were mobilized.

“I was very impressed with the facilities and the organization of these three days,” said Weber. “I enjoyed the marathon.”

August 23, 2013

WakeUp’s Star Is Still Rising

He represented the United States at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses (Germany) at 5. He won the USEF Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Championship (Ill.) as a 6-year-old, and he placed second in the USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Championship (Ill.) at 7.

Now 8, WakeUp is continuing his dominance of the dressage scene by winning small tour classes at CDIs.

August 22, 2013

Valegro Sets New World Grand Prix Record

British duo Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin set a new world Grand Prix record today, Aug. 22, with a score of 85.94 percent at the ECCO FEI European Championships in Herning, Denmark.

Valegro, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Negro—Maifleur, Gerschwin) gelding owned by Carl Hester and Roly Luard, was also the previous world record holder for the Grand Prix with a score of 84.44 percent. The pair earned individual gold and helped Great Britain to team gold at last year’s Olympic Games in London.

August 17, 2013

Friesian Eeltsje F. Is Excelling At The Upper Levels

Estes Park, Colo.—Aug. 17

When Eeltsje F. enters down centerline, onlookers sit up a little straighter. When the stallion takes off across the diagonal in extended canter, he elicits gasps from the spectators. There aren’t many Friesians competing successfully at the Grand Prix level, so “Bob” and Nicole Glusenkamp’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed—and that’s just how Bob likes it.

August 5, 2013

Judge Temporarily Blocks Horse Slaughter

Horse slaughter won’t resume in the United States for at least 30 more days, according to the Associated Press.

July 23, 2013

USEF Board Approves Restructure At Mid-Year Meeting

At the U.S. Equestrian Federation mid-year board meeting, July 22 in Lexington, Ky., board members voted to drastically reduce the size of their own group. The governance restructure plan, which has been in the planning stages for several years, will go into effect Jan. 9, 2014, the date of the 2014 USEF Annual Meeting. Thirty-three board members voted in favor of the new bylaws while two—Hope Hand and C. Mike Tomlinson—voted against. There were also three abstentions.

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