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Protective Headgear Rule Change for USEF Dressage Goes into Effect April 1, 2013

Protective Headgear Rule Change for USEF Dressage Goes into Effect April 1, 2013 | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

(via press release)


The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) wishes to remind all dressage competitors of the rule change to DR120.


This change goes into effect on April 1, 2013 and necessitates the usage of protective headgear by anyone mounted on the grounds at all USEF dressage competitions.

 

DR120 has been amended to require protective headgear as follows:

 

From the time horses are officially admitted to the competition grounds by competition management, anyone mounted on a horse at any time on the competition grounds including non-competing riders, riders on non-competing horses, and those competing in all classes and tests, including Para-Equestrian tests must wear protective headgear as defined by this rule and otherwise in compliance with GR801.


Any rider violating this rule at any time must immediately be prohibited from further riding until such headgear is properly in place. Protective headgear is defined as a riding helmet which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI(Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. The harness must be secured and properly fitted.

 

If there are questions regarding this rule or the use of protective headgear at USEF dressage competitions please contact Hallye Griffin by email at hgriffin@usef.org or by phone (859) 225-6918.

Fran Jurga's insight:


@FranJurga writes: April Fools? I don't think so.


I can hear equestrian photographers groaning or cheering all across the land. The bad news: All those photos of riders in top hats will look dated.


The good news: All the riders will need new photos for their web sites and press kits showing them in regulation headgear.


And all across the land, photographers will need to become very proficient at capturing riders looking their best while wearing a helmet. 


If you read the USEF rule carefully, it seems to imply that riders in entertainment categories who perform during breaks would have to wear helmets as well.

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Randi Thompson's curator insight, February 19, 2013 8:17 PM

How can you ignore the studies?  Helmets save lives!

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Irish rider unseated in UAE desert endurance race

Irish rider unseated in UAE desert endurance race | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

In the CEI 3* President of the UAE Cup 160km endurace race at Wathbo in the UAE this week, Ireland's Amy McAuley, riding Hurstiglen Horizon for Seeh Al Salam Endurance of Dubai, started the 160km and was in good position after the first loop of 34 km and good to go out for the second loop.


Unfortunately towards the end of the second loop Amy was unseated, remounted and continued the last few kilometres to the end of the loop. Her horse passed the vet check with flying colours but Amy was not well enough to continue and so retired.


Fortunately, Amy was fine after a check up and some rest.


--via Team Ireland Equestrian

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Totilas “Slightly Injured” and on Break from Training–No Decision Yet on 2013 Competitions  -- Dressage News

Totilas “Slightly Injured” and on Break from Training–No Decision Yet on 2013 Competitions  -- Dressage News | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Totilas, the superstar stallion ridden by Matthias Alexander Rath of Germany is taking a break from training and breeding, the rider told Ridehesten.com...

 

Click on the headline or image to read about what's gone wrong now. 

 

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Betty Jones's comment, February 6, 2013 2:36 PM
So glad he's finally getting a rest. I think a lot of us have been concerned for quite a while now.
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"Ride For Hope" Fundraiser Will Have Equestrian Stars Hoping to "Rein Supreme" -- Or Maybe Just Hang On!

"Ride For Hope" Fundraiser Will Have Equestrian Stars Hoping to "Rein Supreme" -- Or Maybe Just Hang On! | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

The Equestrian Aid Foundation is putting the "fun" in "fundraiser" by hosting the upcoming "Who Reins Supreme" event in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 1.

 

The Friday evening fundraising event pairs a clever moniker--"Who Reins Supreme?"--with a unique competition between teams of world-class equestrians from dressage, show jumping, hunter and polo.

 

Their challenge for the evening, in the name of fun and fundraising, will be to tackle a custom reining test of speedy spins and sliding stops--on a real reining horse.

 

The team with the highest scores wins bragging rights to "Who Reins Supreme?" across multiple equestrian disciplines. The event also features special guest Tom McCutcheon, World Equestrian Games' reining double gold medalist who will judge the event with wife Mandy.

 

The stars are lining up to participate, too--I just saw Chris Hickey's name on the list of elite equestrians who'll try to hang onto a spinning reiner.

 

The Equestrian Aid Foundation is a national non-profit that provides financial assistance for those in the horse community suffering from catastrophic illness or injury throughout their time of need. 

 

EAF grant recipients receive funding for medical, healthcare, rehabilitation and essential expenses, such as food and housing.

 

The only problem with the event is that you can't attend--because it is already sold out.  

 

You can, however, still make a donation: go to http://equestrianaidfoundation.org

 

You can also "like" them on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/EAF.Ride4Hope.

 

Follow them on Twitter at:

www.Twitter.com/ride4hope

 

How ScoopIt works: Click on the headline or image to go to the Equestrian Aid Foundation's Facebook page and see which stars are (literally) on board!

 

Fran Jurga's insight:

 

@FranJurga writes: Sign me up if they ever have a "Who Reins Supreme" for equestrian journos!

 


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Randi Thompson's curator insight, January 31, 2013 8:47 PM

This is a great organization that helps people in the horse world,  Check out what they are doing and become a part of it NOW!

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International Dressage Riders Club Seeks Clarification for Tina Konyot's WDM "Blood Rule" Elimination -- eurodressage

International Dressage Riders Club Seeks Clarification for Tina Konyot's WDM "Blood Rule" Elimination -- eurodressage | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

The International Dressage Riders Club (IDRC) is seeking clarification for the elimination of Tina Konyot and Calecto V at the 2013 WDM Palm Beach.

 

The club has liased with the FEI whether the WDM show organizers followed the right procedure for eliminating the pair after blood was detected due to a spur mark after the Grand Prix on Friday 25 January 2013...

 

@FranJurga writes: Eurodressage is on the case. As reported via ScoopIt yesterday with a link to the dressage-news.com story on the elimination, US rider Tina Konyot was disqualified after her performance in West Palm Beach, Florida at the elite international World Dressage Masters (WDM) competition.

 

In this article from Europe, Tina invokes the names of Carl Hester and Kyra Kyrklund as having communicated with her after her disqualification.

 

Did the show follow the rules or bend them? Since this is the first attempt at enforcing the FEI's newly-minted blood rule for dressage, it's hard to make a judgment but it is also crystal clear that if the decision stands, it will put into place an accepted protocol that riders can be disqualified without a veterinary exam, although the vet is clearly mentioned in the rulebook.

 

Few can forget when Adelinde Cornelissen was stopped during her test at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 because some blood-flecked foam was seen on her horse.

 

As Eurodressage points out, this is the third year in a row that the WDM in Florida has been affected by a finding of blood on a horse.

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Britain's Stephen Clarke is new FEI Dressage Judge General

Britain's Stephen Clarke is new FEI Dressage Judge General | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

 Stephen Clarke, the British judge who acted as President of the Ground Jury at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has been unanimously elected as FEI Dressage Judge General.

 

He was elected to the post by the 5* Judges present at the annual FEI 5* Dressage Judges seminar, which was held in Paris 20-22 January. 

 

Clarke succeeds Ghislain Fouarge (NED), who became the first Dressage Judge General when the post was created in 2011. Fouarge had opted not to stand for re-election for a second two-year term. 

 

“We are very much looking forward to working with Stephen Clarke in his new role as Dressage Judge General,” said Trond Asmyr, FEI Director Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage. “He is a first-class judge and a natural communicator, so he fits the job description perfectly. 

 

“Ghislain Fouarge was the pathfinder for this role and he did a really good job of establishing it and finding the right roadmap for the future, so we owe him a huge debt of thanks for all his work over the past two years.” 

 

The Dressage Judge General’s primary responsibilities are to create and co-ordinate discussions among the judges, ensuring that all conclusions are communicated to FEI judges through FEI Headquarters and Course Directors.


This is an "instant news" story provided by the FEI and delivered through the ScoopIt enhanced visual linking tool.

 

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Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall sell home for move to Princess Royal's estate - Telegraph

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall sell home for move to Princess Royal's estate - Telegraph | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall have sold their house and are preparing to move onto her mother’s estate, it has been reported.

 

They are now planning to live at Princess Royal’s Gatcombe Park estate near Minchinhampton, located about 20 miles away, the Daily Mail claimed.


Their planned new home already stables her horses and is where she trains both racehorses and her three-day eventers.

 

Her brother Peter, his wife Autumn and their two daughters already living there. Speaking to an Australian magazine, during a recent racing event, she said the couple were in no hurry for children.


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@FranJurga writes: Who wouldn't want to live at Gatcombe Park?

 

 

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Germany Rejoices: Damon Hill and Helen Langehanenberg Best in Amsterdam's FEI World Cup Dressage Freestyle

Germany Rejoices: Damon Hill and Helen Langehanenberg Best in Amsterdam's FEI World Cup Dressage Freestyle | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW (86.025) pipped defending double-champions Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival (85.425) at the sixth leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League in Amsterdam (NED) today.

 

There were eight Dutch competitors amongst the start-list of 15, but Germany claimed two of the top-three placings when Isabell Werth and Don Johnson slotted into third ahead of Italy’s Valentina Truppa and Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno in fourth.  

 

Langehanenberg’s form in recent months had suggested that it would not be long before she and her lovely stallion would find the key to finishing ahead of the Dutch duo who have dominated the prestigious indoor series over the last few years. 

 

At last year’s Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) where Cornelissen came out on top for the second successive season, Ground Jury President, Great Britain’s Stephen Clarke, told the German rider that she had only a little more polish to find in order to improve from runner-up position, and Langehenanberg has worked hard to bridge that gap ever since.  

 

At the World Dressage Masters in Mechelen, Belgium last month she beat Cornelissen in the Grand Prix only to fall victim to a problem with her music, which stopped during her Freestyle, but it was clear she was now a real threat. Today she showed that result was no fluke as she produced a sparkling test on an afternoon when many others failed to show their very best in the electric atmosphere of the Amsterdam Rai arena.

 

Note: this is an excerpt from an excellent report from Amsterdam by Louise Parkes for the FEI.

 

Result: 1. Damon Hill NRW (Helen Langehanenberg) GER 86.025; 2, Jerich Parzival (Adelinde Cornelissen) NED 85.425; 3, Don Johnson FRH (Isabell Werth) GER 82.050; 4, Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno (Valentina Truppa) ITA 80.775; 5, Glock's Romanov (Edward Gal) NED 79.200; 6, Santana (Minna Telde) SWE 77.700; 7, Glock's Tango (Hans Peter Minderhoud) NED 76.225; 8, Toots (Imke Schellekens-Bartels) NED 75.300; 9, Luxform's Popeye (Diederik van Silfhout) NED 72.075; 10, Biggles (Kristian von Krusenstierna) SWE 71.350; 11, BMC Miciano (Marlies van Baalen) NED 71.275;12, Weltzin (Hannah Biggs) GBR 69.050; 13, Uzzo (Patrick van der Meer) NED 68.300; 14, Donnerfee (Claudia Fassaert) BEL 67.875; 15, Unlimited (Stephanie Peters) NED Ret.

Full results at www.jumpingamsterdam.nl

 

Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2012/2013

Standings after Round 6 at Amsterdam (NED):

1.Valentina Truppa ITA-67

2.Edward Gal NED-55

3.Kristina Sprehe GER-51

4.Minna Telde SWE-49

5.Helen Langehanenberg GER-46

5.Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven SWE-46

7.Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI-44

8.Isabell Werth GER-34

8.Sidsel Johansen DEN-34

10.Imke Schellekens-Bartels-32

11.Marlies van Baalen NED-31

12.Anna Kasprzak DEN-30

12.Patrik Kittel SWE-30

14.Pia Fortmuller CAN-28

15.Lyndal Oatley AUS-23

16.Anabel Balkenhol GER-22

16.Karin Kosak AUT -22

18.Charlotte Dujardin GBR-20

18.Stefan Peter AUT-20

20.Hans Peter Minderhoud NED-19

20.Patrick van der Meer NED-19

 

Fran Jurga's insight:

 

 

Read the full story by Louise Parkes at this link:

http://www.horsesport.org/disciplines/dressage/press-releases/reem-acra-fei-world-cup%E2%84%A2-dressage-20122013-round-6-amsterdam

 

 

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How technology is going to make the 2020 Olympics better, safer, and more exciting -- Popular Science

How technology is going to make the 2020 Olympics better, safer, and more exciting -- Popular Science | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

About 100 riders are injured in eventing falls every year, and when a multimillion-dollar horse goes down, even a minor injury like a twisted ankle can end its career.

 

Computerized bases on the ground could project holographic obstacles, such as four-foot fences and 15-foot-wide pools, in place of dangerous physical objects.

 

Line-of-sight infrared beams could monitor the edges of the obstacles; if the horse breaks the beam, the system would instantly alert the judges—and the crowd—to the fault.

Fran Jurga's insight:


@FranJurga writes: In this article, Popular Science makes what seems like some far-out predictions for the technology that could be in place by the time the 2020 Olympics rolls around. Included is this little section on possible changes to jumping by having horses jump holographs projected on the arena rather than the real thing.

 

But wouldn't horses be just as likely to injure themselves? They're still jumping...

 

Click on the headline or image to read the full article on the Popular Science web site.

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Multinational Olympic showjumping star Wonderboy III dies in England - Horse & Hound

Multinational Olympic showjumping star Wonderboy III dies in England - Horse & Hound | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Olympic showjumper Wonderboy III (pictured with Ben Maher) has died suddenly while being ridden at home in Surrey, England.

 

@FranJurga writes: You may remember Wonderboy with Ben Maher in the saddle. The talented showjumper competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games under Ahmad Hamcho of Syria.


No matter whose flag was on the saddle pad, the horse was always exciting and beautiful to watch. 


How ScoopIt works: Click on the headline or image to read the full story on the Horse and Hound web site.

Fran Jurga's insight:

For more on Wonderboy and Hamcho at the London Olympics:

Greenwich Park: Where Life, Horses and World Politics Will Intersect:

http://www.discoverhorses.com/discover-leq-blog/2012/07/02/olympic-jumping-syria-ahmad-saber-hamcho-702/

 

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What I Learned in 2012 (As Told through My Instagram Account) -- ProEquest

What I Learned in 2012 (As Told through My Instagram Account) -- ProEquest | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Professional show groom Ashley Rohner writes:

 

The new year is all about reinvention. It’s a time when people make resolutions, bare their souls to their friends and family about their shortcomings and vow that this will be the year that everything changes.

 

For me my year starts a little later. Instead of kicking off the year on January 1st like a traditionalist, my new year starts with the first horse show...

 

My memory of course is not to be trusted as the show season of 2012 seems to have somehow blended all together, so I enlisted the help of my Instagram account (aerohmer) for a more accurate portrayal.

 @FranJurga writes: This is my favorite wrap-up of the year. It's told through the photos in Ashley's Instagram photo account.  If I could give a blue ribbon for blogging, Ashley would be pinning it on her lapel right now. Her duct-tape show shoes belong in the hall of fame along with this little memoir. Thanks to Proequest.com for publishing this.  
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Keep up with horse health news by reading The Jurga Report, a horse health and welfare blog for Equus Magazine on Equisearch.com.


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Photojournalist launches "Marksta" watermark app for iPhone photos - British Journal of Photography

Photojournalist launches "Marksta" watermark app for iPhone photos - British Journal of Photography | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"Photojournalist John D McHugh has released a watermarking app on the iPhone in a bid to root out copyright theft on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram."


@FranJurga writes: Hooray for John D. McHugh! I hope that 2013 will be a year when people realize what they are doing when they share photos on social media. It's time to be responsible or soon there won't be any photos to share. 


The next time you share a photo, look to see if the photographer is identified and, if it is, pass that information along with the photo.


And if it's not, go back to the previous poster, Facebook page, etc. and ask for that detail. 


It's like wearing a helmet when you ride: get used to it. Develop the habit. Look for the photographer's credit. And use it.


Photographers make the social media experience rich. The least we can do is give them credit.



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Favorite article of 2012: Equestrianism Is the Best Sport | The Economist

Favorite article of 2012: Equestrianism Is the Best Sport | The Economist | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"It starts with a ballet on horseback: rider and horse as one, performing a dressage test of such elegance, beauty and precision as to put ice dancers to shame. It moves on to the cross-country phase in which the team—for horse and rider are a team in themselves, within the national team they may represent—hurtles over sturdy fences, made of timber, brush or stone, into water and over ditches.


"It requires a special combination of strength, athleticism, bravery and trust—horse in rider, rider in horse—to leap over a solid four-foot wall with a blind drop on the landing side.


"And it culminates in show-jumping. In a crowd-filled stadium, the pair negotiate a course of coloured jumps; one tiny mistake, a mis-flick of a hoof on a pole four foot high, and the efforts of the previous days are undone.»


@FranJurga writes: Looking back on 2012, this article stood out as a beautifully-written raison-d'etre for the presence of all those horses in London's Greenwich Park.


At the same time, it is both a call to arms and a challenge for all of us who care about horse sports to realize that our future lies not so much in what we know is true, but in how our sport, our horses and the way we treat them is perceived by those outside the sport.


Click on the big bold headline or image to read Samantha Weinberg's simple ode to the sport of eventing and, by extension, all Olympic sport.

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British Olympic Riders Take Ambassadorial Reins of New 4x4s for Badminton Sponsor

British Olympic Riders Take Ambassadorial Reins of New 4x4s for Badminton Sponsor | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

(via press release, courtesy of Fran Jurga)


BADMINTON, UK – Two of the equestrian world’s biggest stars are among the first drivers in the UK to take delivery of the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander.


Eventer Mary King MBE and dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin OBE – both members of Team GB’s triumphant equestrian squad at London 2012 – were presented with their stunning new cars after joining the carmaker as its new brand ambassadors.


Mary, who has represented Great Britain at six Olympic Games, winning two silver medals and one bronze, and Charlotte, a double gold medallist at London, will both represent the brand at a number of events throughout the year, including the world renowned Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.


In the meantime, they will both put their striking new 4x4s to good use as they crisscross the country competing at the highest level, teaching the next generation of talent and gearing up for their own discipline’s forthcoming European Championships and, of course, the Rio Olympics in 2016.


Click on the headline or image of Mary and Charlotte with their new cars in front of Badminton House to read the full release. There's a QR code too!
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Isabel Werth’s El Santo NRW Tests Positive For Cimetidine in Germany -- The Chronicle of the Horse

Isabel Werth’s El Santo NRW Tests Positive For Cimetidine in Germany -- The Chronicle of the Horse | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

It was a long-kept secret between Olympic gold medalist Isabell Werth and the German Equestrian Federation that Werth’s ride El Santo NRW tested positive for cimetidine at the 2012 Rhineland Championships, held at Langenfeld (Germany), June 21-24.

 

But the secret came out on Feb. 8 in the online edition of the leading German equestrian magazine St. Georg, after the disciplinary commission of the German FN had its most recent meeting on the case about three weeks ago.

 

The result of the A sample was made known to the rider a short time after the Rhineland Championships. Later, the B sample also tested positive.

 

Click on the headline or image to read the full article

 

@FranJurga writes: The dressage star is caught in a no man's land between FEI and German national regulations. The medication is allowed, with restrictions, by the FEI, but she was showing at a German national event, so she is in the hot seat (again).

 

You should read this article, if for no other reason, to hear the complicated barn water system malfunction explanation for how a medication given to one of her horses ended up in another's system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Polo World Cup, Saint-Moritz, in black and white -- Vogue

Polo World Cup, Saint-Moritz, in black and white -- Vogue | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Magazine: Vogue
Event: Polo World Cup
Sponsor: Ralph Lauren
Photographer: Saskia Lawaks
Location: Saint-Moritz
La Cavalière masquée / @MaskedHorse

Via Cavaliers Aubiac
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@FranJurga writes: It's one of the most unusual and most photo-friendly events in the world. It happens every winter in Saint-Moritz, Switzerland and, one of these years, I will be there to see it for myself.

 

It's the Polo World Cup--in the snow, and this lovely photo shoot in black and white catches the magic beautifully. Thanks to La Cavalière masquée for sharing the richness of this event.

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Always fun to see this event captured on film - some day.....to see it live :)

 

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New Zealand’s Rio 2016 Assault Begins Today: New National High Performance Eventing Squad Names Sound Familiar

New Zealand’s Rio 2016 Assault Begins Today: New National High Performance Eventing Squad Names Sound Familiar | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Look out, Rio. Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) drew a line in the sand on the beaches of Brazil’s famous city today by naming an eventing high performance squad that won’t need a GPS to find their way. They’re pre-programmed to get there, and medal their way back home 3.5 years from now.

 

On the back of the Kiwis’ bronze medal winning team effort at the 2012 London Olympics, the discipline has received increased funding from Sport New Zealand, and a renewed confidence that the high performance program–which for 2012 dictated that the entire team had to move to Great Britain–is on the right track again, for 2016.

 

Read The Jurga Report for full details on the riders and horses named to the long-term High Performance Squad for New Zealand Eventing.

Fran Jurga's insight:

 

@FranJurga writes: Sad to see that Lenamore is not on the list, but I will be hoping to cheer him around Badminton this year!

 

Thanks to Diana Dobson for the great photo of Andrew Nicholson, as well as the team photo used to head the article.

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Calecto V Ridden by Tina Konyot is 1st Horse Eliminated Under New Dressage “Blood” Rule --  Dressage News

Calecto V Ridden by Tina Konyot is 1st Horse Eliminated Under New Dressage “Blood” Rule --  Dressage News | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Jan. 25–Calecto V, the stallion that Tina Konyot rode for the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2010 World Equestrian Games, on Friday became the first dressage horse eliminated from competition under the new “blood” rule adopted for international competitions.

 

In the first CDI since the London Games last summer, the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion (Come Back II x Bahera x Rastell) was eliminated from the World Dressage Masters CDI5* Grand Prix after they completed their ride at the Jim Brandon Center.

 

Read the full article by clicking on the image or headline.

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@FranJurga writes: A subsequent press release from the event tells us: Upon review of the process and after consultation with the FEI, it has been confirmed that the current rules regarding the elimination process were followed to the letter.

 

Before she left the official equipment check area ringside, the rider was informed by the FEI Chief Steward that the Judge at C had made the decision based on Article 428.8 and Article 430.7.6 that the horse must be eliminated due to the evidence of fresh blood.

 

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Salomon Resigns As USEF Dressage Managing Director | The Chronicle of the Horse

Salomon Resigns As USEF Dressage Managing Director | The Chronicle of the Horse | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Eva Salomon has resigned from her position as managing director and chef d’equipe of dressage for the U.S. Equestrian Federation, but she plans to continue working with the U.S. dressage program.

 

Salomon, who has worked for the USEF for three years, will move back to her home country of Sweden at the beginning of February to spend time with and care for her mother. In November, Salomon’s mother, who will soon turn 90, became ill.

 

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@FranJurga writes:  Team USA has some re-building to do. Saloman's resignation follows that of technical advisor (coach) Anne Gribbons in October. Who'll take over for them and what will they build?

 

It sounds like Saloman will be available if US riders are in Europe to train or compete...which sounds like a great idea!

 

Photo of Eva Saloman is her Team USA photo from the Pan Am Games in 2011.

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Army Caisson Platoon farrier is marching in Inauguration Day parade | KPAX Missoula

Army Caisson Platoon farrier is marching in Inauguration Day parade | KPAX Missoula | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

MISSOULA, MONTANA - A soldier from Ronan, Montana who's stationed at Arlington National Cemetery recently got a prestigious call - - an invitation to be part of the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

 

Sergeant Rick Luchau is a farrier for the Army's Caisson Platoon, which uses horses to conduct full honors funerals for fallen soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Luchau will carry the regimental colors on Monday while leading 14 other platoon soldiers and their horses down the streets of Washington.

 

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Congratulations, Sergeant Luchau--we'll be looking for you in the parade today!

 

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Fran Jurga's curator insight, January 21, 2013 11:58 AM

 

Congratulations, Sergeant Luchau--we'll be looking for you in the parade today!

 

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Walking horse owning state senator cited for violating Horse Protection Act scar rule | Kentucky.com

Walking horse owning state senator cited for violating Horse Protection Act scar rule | Kentucky.com | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

A high-profile walking horse proponent and padded horse rider, Kentucky state Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, has suffered an equine black eye.

 

At the annual meeting of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association in December, Webb criticized the AAEP and other veterinary groups who have called for a ban, dubbing them "agenda-driven entities."

 

Webb said, "Every breed has training techniques that animal-rights groups find offensive."

 
Fran Jurga's insight:

 

@FranJurga writes: Janet Patton of the Lexington Herald-Leader prods at a tender spot in horse show scandals--her story exposes an owner , and an elected politician, at that, whose horse was found in violation of the Horse Protection Act at a show.

 

Will public pressure on the owners make a difference in bringing about change in the Walking horse world? Webb holds the line and defends the status quo.

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Tokyo, Istanbul, Madrid readying for 2020 Olympic vote

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Exactly eight months before the vote, the race for the 2020 Olympics moved into a crucial phase Monday with the three candidate cities submitting their bid plans to the IOC.

 

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@FranJurga writes: Where will it be: Istanbul? Tokyo? or Madrid? They all sound fine to me. We'll know later this year!

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Peters, Lyle, Konyot and Blitz Front and Centerline for USA at Wellington's World Dressage Masters -- USEF Network

Peters, Lyle, Konyot and Blitz Front and Centerline for USA at Wellington's World Dressage Masters  -- USEF Network | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

The line-up for the World Dressage Masters (WDM) Palm Beach, presented by Wellington Classic Dressage, will feature a star-studded cast of riders and horses for the January 23-27 event at the Palm Beach County Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. 

 

The riders confirmed their participation and the horses are arriving in Florida to compete head-to-head for their share of over €100,000 (EUR), or about $131,850 (USD), in prize money. 

 

@FranJurga writes: There's much more good stuff buried deeper in this article, so read it all!

 

Peters and co. will indeed represent the USA, but they will do it against some of the riders who finished ahead of and behind them in August's 2012 Olympic Dressage in London, including Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfven and Patrick Kittel from Sweden, Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud from The Netherlands, Lars Petersen and Lisbeth Seierskilde for Denmark, David Marcus and Jacqueline Brooks for Canada, Silvia Rizzo for Italy, and Nicholas Fyffe for Australia.

 

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Todd Flettrich's New Ride Will Be Cherry Knoll Farm's German Grand Prix Gelding Revolverheld -- Dressage News

Todd Flettrich's New Ride Will Be Cherry Knoll Farm's German Grand Prix Gelding Revolverheld -- Dressage News | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Todd Flettrich has a new ride, the German gelding Revolverheld, that he hopes will be a successor to Otto, the horse he rode on the United States team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and was retired last year.


The 11-year-old dark bay gelding (Rubin Royal x Atossa x Atatuerk) will be based at Margaret Duprey’s Cherry Knoll Farm in Wellington, Florida. Cherry Knoll is the owner of Revolverheld and Otto as well as Cedric ridden by Laura Kraut on the 2008 United States Olympic gold medal jumper team.


@FranJurga writes: "Revolverheld" apparently translates roughly to "Gunslinger". Good luck to horse, rider and sponsor!

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"We're Ready for a Hunter Revolution": Show judge speaks out via Proequest

"We're Ready for a Hunter Revolution": Show judge speaks out via Proequest | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"I’d love to see the days of the comatose show hunter behind us, and I think we’re going to see that happen sooner rather than later.  


"There’s a feeling in our industry that I’ve not experienced before— trainers, owners, riders and judges are realizing that where we’ve ended up isn’t really where we wanted to go."


@FranJurga writes: ProEquest.com re-published a piece written before the New York Times' sharp appraisal of medication abuse in the show hunter ranks at US horse shows.


This reminds me of all the warnings heard over the years about the Tennessee walking horse soring abuse. "What sport is blameness?" critics asked. "Watch out! Your sport may be next!" many warned.


So here we are. Who's next? And what showing discipline doesn't have something to keep the owners and trainers awake at night? 


But perhaps the most valid question is, who's doing something about it? And who thinks the ostrich approach is still a valid path into the future?


From the end of the article: "The sport is about making our horses happy and not about making people look good! ... At the end of the day, if we’re doing the right thing for the horses, then everything else is going to fall into place."


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Randi Thompson's curator insight, January 3, 2013 9:17 AM

What most people do not realize, is that almost all the horse shows circuits (not just the hunter/jumper or Tennessee Walking "Big Lick" shows) have "something" going on behind the barns.  It is time for a change!  

Fran Jurga's comment, January 3, 2013 10:39 AM
Thanks for sharing, Randi. So glad you agree!
Randi Thompson's comment, January 3, 2013 10:44 AM
Thank you for all you do, Fran. I have been involved in the show ring circuits for many breeds and styles of riding. There are people who will do anything to win.... and others who honor both the horse and the rider.