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Linder and Fodor Out Front after First Day of U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

By Dana Rossmeier, US Equestrian Communications Department

Wayne, IL – Combinations competing for the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship and USEF Children Dressage National Championship got their first shot in the ring on Friday to open the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions. The judges saw a promising group of athletes in both divisions demonstrate their early potential with close scores across the board. Isabel Linder and Elvis have a narrow lead in the junior division with a score of 70.991%. Abby Fodor and Slip and Slide hold the top spot in the children’s division with a score of 67.889%. Today’s tests counted 50% towards their overall scores.

AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship

Fresh off their individual freestyle bronze medal at the 2017 Adequan®/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC), Linder (Kewadin, Mich.) and Elvis looked strong in their debut at Lamplight, following the FEI Junior Team Test, to lead the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship. She and the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Hai Wei continue to evolve in dressage following his career as a jumper. Watch Linder’s winning ride here.

“I thought my test went really well today. Elvis listened to everything I asked, but we need to work on more collection,” said Linder. “It has been awesome competing against people my age and meeting people, not just my age, but also others who share in the same interest.”

Meredith Talley (Nicholasville, Ky.) saw improvement with her horse Romeo in their second-place performance. She and the 10-year-old

Danish Warmblood gelding are coming off their second year at NAJYRC and got into a smooth rhythm to earn a score of 68.964%, just barely off the lead.

“We had a lot of fun in our test today. He was very comfortable to ride, and I felt comfortable pushing him a little more today. I am so proud of him. The biggest weakness right now is the trot, but overall we have been doing a lot better,” said Talley.

The 2016 Region 3 NAJYRC team gold medalists Juliet Hess and Diano rode a smooth test to place third. She and the 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Julia Stainback earned a score of 68.509% going into Saturday’s FEI Junior Individual Test.

Complete Results

USEF Children Dressage National Championship

Fodor (Bloomsbury, N.J.) exceeded her own expectations winning the FEI Children Team Test. She and Marie Fodor’s Slip and Slide entered the ring last but lept to the top of the pack with outstanding trot and canter work. The 14-year-old Quarter Horse/Haflinger gelding performed on point to guide Fodor to the victory gallop. Watch Fodor’s winning ride here.

“I was happy with today’s ride. The simple changes went well, but I was not expecting to win. I am grateful to be here. It’s really good that they decided to bring this division [to Lamplight],” said an emotional Fodor following her win.

Beatrix Leffingwell (Lake Villa, Ill.) and Luke Skywalker put in a nice test full of great simple changes to place second with a score of 66.389%.

Leffingwell and the 17-year-old Hanoverian mare recovered from an early mistake, but made up for it later in the test with the simple changes and trot work to remain in contention for the title.

“It’s an honor to be here and that they came up with this division because it’s hard competing against young riders and juniors when they are a lot older, said Leffingwell. “It’s special to be able to compete against people my age.”

Ellanor Boehning (Battle Ground, Ind.) and Kabam, Ann and Ellanor Boehning’s 14-year-old German Riding Pony gelding, placed third with a score of 66.056%. The 11 combinations will conclude the division on Saturday with the FEI Children Individual Test.

Complete Results

Find out more information about the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions online.

The U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions will continue on Saturday with the first tests of the USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship and AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship as well as the conclusion of the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship and the USEF Children Dressage National Championship. USEF Network will live stream all competition beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST. The live stream is only available to US Equestrian members; however, a special promotional code for viewing will be available.

Follow us on Facebook (@USADressage and @USEFNetwork), Instagram (@USEFNetwork), and Twitter (@USEFNetwork) for all the latest from the ring and behind the scenes.

Banner Photo: SusanJStickle.com
Photos: SusanJStickle.com: From top to bottom, Isabel Linder and Elvis, Meredith Talley and Romeo, Abby Fodor and Slip and Slide, and Beatrix Leffingwell and Luke Skywalker.

US Equestrian Announces Athletes Selected for the 2018 Dressage European Young Rider Tour

by US Equestrian Communications Department | May 4, 2018, 11:00 AM EST

Ben Ebeling (@ESI Photography)

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the three athlete-and-horse combinations who have been named to the 2018 Dressage European Young Rider Tour, which is linked to the Discover Dressage™  USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program. Combinations are required to earn at least two scores from the FEI Young Rider Team Test and two scores from the FEI Young Rider Individual Test in CDI-Y events between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018 to be considered for selection to the Tour. As a part of FEI CDI-Y events, at least two FEI Young Rider Freestyle test scores must also be earned. More information about qualification requirements can be found here.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations have been named to the Tour (in alphabetical order):

Callie Jones (SusanJStickle.com)

Ben Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.) and Behlinger, Amy Roberts Ebeling, Ann Romney, and Elizabeth Meyer’s 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding

Callie Jones (Henderson, Ky.) and Don Philippo, her 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding

Anna Weniger (Apex, N.C.) and Don Derrick, Dawn Weniger’s 14-year-old NRPS gelding

Anna Weniger (SusanJStickle.com)

The Dressage European Young Rider Tour is considered an important part of the dressage pathway. “The Tour is designed to introduce our Young Riders to competing internationally, both as individuals and as a team representing the U.S.” said George Williams, U.S. Dressage Youth Coach and Chef d’Equipe. “It is important for our Young Riders’ development to have a chance to compete against their counterparts in Europe. The final leg, the Future Champions Hagen CDIO-Y, is especially exciting as our riders will be going head-to-head as a team against a number of the best of their division in the world. And none of this would be possible without Discover Dressage, the sponsor of the Discover Dressage USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program.”

The Tour will send Ebeling, Jones, and Weniger to a series of competitions, with the highlight competition being the CDIO-Y Hagen from June 12-17. Additionally, Jones and Weniger will also compete at the CDI-Y Compiegne from May 17-20 and the CDI-Y Aachen from May 29-31.

Contact Hannah Niebielski, Director of Dressage, National Programs, at hniebielski@usef.org or 859-225-6918 with questions about this program and follow USA Dressage on Facebook for updates.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF sponsors and members.

US Equestrian Names Short List for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team

by US Equestrian Communications Department | May 1, 2018, 3:49 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian has named the Short List for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018 The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team. The Short List will compete in designated Observation Events throughout the summer.

The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the Short List (in alphabetical order):

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) with Patricia Stempel’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding Danilo

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) with her and Curt Maes’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Verdades

Ashley Holzer (New York, N.Y.) with Diane Fellows’s 11-year-old Hanoverian mare Havanna 145

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) with her and Mary Anne McPhail’s 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Lonoir

Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) with Betsy Juliano’s 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion Salvino

Kasey Perry-Glass (Wellington, Fla.) with Diane Perry’s 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Goerklintgaards Dublet

Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) with Four Winds Farm’s 11-year-old Rheinlander mare Rosamunde and Four Winds Farm’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding Suppenkasper

Sabine Schut-Kery (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) with Alice Womble’s 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion Sanceo

Combinations will be required to compete in a minimum of two Observation Events. The Observation Event schedule, as well as the complete Selection Procedures for the 2018 WEG The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team can be found here.

Stay up to date on The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team by following US Equestrian on InstagramTwitter, and the USA Dressage Facebook page. Use #USADressage.

U.S. Dressage Looks Toward the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Following Dressage Test Event CDI3*

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Apr 25, 2018, 8:40 AM EST

Mill Spring, N.C. – An international contingent of dressage riders arrived at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018 Dressage Test Event CDI3* from April 19-22. Kasey Perry-Glass and Adrienne Lyle placed first and second, respectively, in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Perry-Glass won the Grand Prix Special with a personal best score of 75.957%.

Complete results can be found here.

The test event provides athletes and team leaders an opportunity to become better acquainted with the venue and various facilities on the grounds ahead of the WEG. Dressage is scheduled for the first week of the WEG from September 12-16. Competition will be held in a brand-new arena, adjacent to the George Morris Arena, which will seat nearly 20,000 spectators. The arena will be completed this summer.

Robert Dover, U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor and The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Chef d’Equipe, elaborated, “The venue is magnificent. It is still in the process of becoming what it will be for the World Equestrian Games, so we have to use some imagination, but driving around and seeing everything, it is going to be, bar none, the finest venue for equestrian sport.”

Looking ahead to the WEG, there is one more qualifier in Del Mar, Calif., from April 26-29, for combinations looking to be eligible for the WEG team selection process. Following this competition, the selectors meet to determine a short list of up to eight athletes who will go on to Europe.

Learn more about the 2018 WEG U.S. dressage selection procedures here.

“This [short-listed] group has the ability to choose from several shows that we have as observation events. One, though, is mandatory, and that’s Aachen,” said Dover. Combinations selected to the short list will be required to compete at a minimum of two observation events.

A complete list of observation events can be found here.

In regards to preparations for WEG, Dover said, “Not a stone will be left unturned. I am optimistic that by the time we are selecting our team, we will have a top team that will be able to rival [other] top teams.”

Additionally, Lyle and Perry-Glass spoke to what being a part of U.S. dressage has meant to them and their careers. “We have an incredible support staff from all the USEF people. It really helps to have such great backing,” said Lyle. “And, beyond that, we have an incredible camaraderie between us as teammates. It’s really exciting to see everyone successful. It only elevates your own riding and your own training when you can be around people like that.”

Perry-Glass added, “In team sports, you have to have that camaraderie and be a team player. You can lean on them when you have questions, concerns, and suggestions. And especially when things get stressful.”

Stay up to date on news and information about USEF’s dressage programs and teams by following USA Dressage on Facebook and use #USADressage.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

Photos by Taylor Pence/US Equestrian

US Equestrian Dressage Elite, Pre-Elite Programs: Updated Lists

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Apr 17, 2018, 4:12 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian is pleased to announce the updated Dressage Elite Program and Pre-Elite Program lists. Robert Dover, Technical Advisor, said, “We have conducted a series of training observation sessions with our Pre-Elite combinations, as well as home visits with our Elite athletes on both coasts through the winter and the spring. The standard in both of these groups is growing rapidly and increasing the depth of great combinations.

“We are looking forward to the remaining CDIs in the U.S. this year, strong representation in European CDIOs and CDIs, our national championships, and, of course, hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in September. It is guaranteed to be an exciting year and I feel very optimistic about our eventual selection of a strong team for the FEI Word Equestrian Games in Tryon.”

The Elite Program was established to provide support and resources to athlete/horse combinations that have proven they are internationally competitive. Combinations qualify for the program based on scores received at CDI3*/CDIO3* or above competitions in the last 12 months. View the complete criteria.

In alphabetical order, the following athlete/horse combinations meet the criteria for Elite Program membership:

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Danilo, Patricia Stempel’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding

Laura Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and Verdades, her and Curt Maes’s 16-year-old KWPN gelding

Olivia LaGoy-Weltz (Haymarket, Va.) and Lonoir, her and Mary Anne McPhail’s 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding

Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Salvino, Elizabeth Juliano’s 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion

Kasey Perry-Glass (Wellington, Fla.) and Goerklintgaards Dublet, Diane Perry’s 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding

Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Rosamunde, Four Winds Farm’s 11-year-old Rheinlander mare

Sabine Schut-Kery (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Sanceo, Alice Womble’s 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion

The Dressage Pre-Elite List underpins the Elite Program and seeks to provide support and guidance to those combinations in the 69-73% Grand Prix score range so they are able to succeed in reaching Elite Member status (consistent 73%+ score range). View the complete criteria.

In alphabetical order, the following athlete/horse combinations meet the criteria for Pre-Elite Program membership:

Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Alcazar, Jane Clark’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Doktor, Patricia Stempel’s 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding

Catherine Haddad Staller (Wellington, Fla.) and Semper Fidelis, Rowan O’Riley’s 12-year-old Oldenburg mare

Ashley Holzer (New York, N.Y.) and Havanna 145, Diane Fellows’s 11-year-old Hanoverian mare

Charlotte Jorst (Reno, Nev.) and Kastel’s Nintendo, Kastel Denmark’s 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion

Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) and Horizon, Elizabeth Juliano’s 11-year-old Oldenburg mare

Arlene “Tuny” Page (Wellington, Fla.) and Woodstock, her 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) and Suppenkasper, Four Winds Farm’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding

Kathleen Raine (Murrieta, Calif.) and Breanna, her, Jennifer Mason, and David Wightman’s 18-year-old Hanoverian mare

P.J. Rizvi (Greenwich, Conn.) and Breaking Dawn, her and Ashley Holzer’s 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding

For more information, please contact Hallye Griffin, Managing Director of Dressage, at (859) 225-6949 or hgriffin@usef.org and follow USA Dressage on Facebook.

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

2019 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championship Dates and Locations Selected

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Lexington, KY (May 10, 2018) – The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) has selected the dates and locations for the 2019 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships, presented by SmartPak.

Dates and Locations*
Region 1 (October 3-6) at the Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, Williamston, NC
Region 2 (September 11-15) at the Waterloo Hunt Club, Grass Lake, MI
Region 3 (October 11-13) at the Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, GA
Region 4 (September 26-29) at the Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center, Cumming, IA
Region 5 (September 19-22) at the Colorado Horse Park, Parker, CO
Region 6 (September 19-22) at the Devonwood Equestrian Center, Sherwood, OR
Region 7 (September 19-22) at the Murieta Equestrian Center, Rancho Murieta, CA
Region 8 (September 19-22) at HITS on the Hudson, Saugerties, NY
Region 9 (October 3-6) at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Katy, TX
*This information may be subject to change.

These championships recognize the outstanding efforts of riders in each USDF region and provide an excellent opportunity for spectators to view the top competitors in their respective regions. Additionally, the top amateur and open riders at each of the championships, who have submitted a declaration of intent, and completed all other requirements, will receive an invitation to compete at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®.

Kathy Sedlak of Great American Insurance Group added, “Our role as title sponsor of the regional championships has afforded a great opportunity to acknowledge outstanding individuals and the sport of dressage.”

Competitors qualify for Great American/USDF Regional Championships by competing in designated qualifying classes throughout the year at USDF-recognized dressage competitions. For more information on the regional championship program, or the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org or contact regchamps@usdf.org.

USDF Announces New Certified Instructors

USDF Announces New Certified Instructors

For Immediate Release
Friday, April 06, 2018

Lexington, KY (April 6, 2018) – The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce and congratulate Reese Koffler-Stanfield, Georgetown, KY, as its newest USDF FEI Level Certified Instructor. Reese joins a handful of instructors who are certified at the highest level of the sport.

Congratulations also go out to the following instructors who were recently certified at Training – First Level: Emma Davern, Blue Point, NY; Alexandra Gainer, N. Canton, OH; Laura Ashley Killian, Loxahatchee, FL; Jessica Paine, Mayfield Heights, OH; Amanda Perkowski, Cream Ridge, NJ; and Hannah Walters, Snow Camp, NC.

“It is our pleasure to recognize these accomplished individuals and we are proud to have them as representatives of the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program,” stated USDF Education Department Manager Kathie Robertson.

The USDF Instructor/Trainer Program is designed to set a standard of excellence in dressage training and instruction in the United States, and to educate dressage riders, instructors, and aspiring instructors.

For more information on the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program, to view a calendar of workshop or testing dates, or to obtain details on hosting a workshop or testing session, please visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org or contact the USDF education programs department at instructorcertification@usdf.org

Congratulations to Laura Killian, Loxahatchee Fl!
Photo Credit: Sharon Packer
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