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Leading experts to debate equestrian sport’s key topics at FEI Sports Forum 2017


  World experts on the Olympic sports of Jumping and Eventing and the non-Olympic discipline of Endurance will address the FEI Sports Forum 2017 when it takes place at the International Management Development Institute (IMD) in Lausanne (SUI) from 10-11 April. The programme for the annual event, which is acknowledged as the key opportunity for the equestrian world to gather and debate current topics in the sport prior to the annual General Assembly, is published today and registration is now open. The Sports Forum will be opened by FEI President Ingmar De Vos, followed by a keynote address from IMD….

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Retired Racehorse Project and USEA collaborate to educate trainers

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  Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) and United States Eventing Association (USEA) announced today a collaboration aimed at educating the trainers of young event horses and Thoroughbred ex-racehorses. RRP’s Thoroughbred Makeover and USEA’s new Young Event Horse Professional Trainer Certification both seek to improve and evaluate the skills of trainers. The largest sport in RRP’s Thoroughbred Makeover is eventing, and the most heavily represented breed in the Young Event Horse program is the Thoroughbred. According to RRP President Steuart Pittman, “RRP was thrilled to learn that USEA is embarking on a program to educate and certify trainers of young event horses,…

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Yesterday’s Rocking Horse Advanced action – VIDEO Break


  Over 50 Advanced pairs contested Rocking Horse Winter II yesterday and our friends at RNS Video were there to capture the action. Buck Davidson was the big winner of the day, capturing the three top spots in the Advanced Test A Division, and second place in the Advanced Test B Division. Advanced Test B Division was won by young rider Alyssa Phillips on her horse Bliss III.       Check out the entire field at the water.

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FEI Eventing Risk Management summit attracts world experts from 22 nations

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  World experts in equestrian sport and risk management met last weekend at Tattersalls (IRL) for the FEI‘s Eventing Risk Management summit, taking a 360 look at minimising risk in the sport. Olympic gold medallist and Chair of the FEI Risk Management Steering Group David O’Connor (USA), who chaired the summit (10-12 February), described the outcome of the three-day meetings as “great strides forward”. A total of 22 nations were represented though 80 delegates, including specially invited leading judges, trainers, athletes, technical delegates, risk management and technology experts, and National Safety Officers. The summit was also attended by the world’s…

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Friday’s Five – Tips to shoot perfect horse show photos

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  Digital cameras have made taking action pictures an easy task for your average Joe. You can take hundreds of pictures on your digital camera, delete off the bad ones, then use editing programs to enhance the lighting, straighten and crop them. Purchasing a disk with all of photos from one event typically costs over $100. For under $200 you can buy a camera that is capable of taking horse show action shots. Buying a quality camera will pay off in the long run if you are a parent of a rider or  share the camera amongst the people from…

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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Rocking Horse Winter II Advanced H.T.

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  Stay connected with Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. action: [Website] [Omnibus] [Entries] [Results] The first Advanced level USEA event in 2016, kicks off tomorrow in Altoona, Florida. There will be 27 pairs competing in the B division and 21 in the A division. Riders were able to choose which dressage test they wanted to ride, the Advanced A test or B test and this is how the divisions were sorted. Comprising the 52 pairs competing is a healthy mixture of four-star veterans, young horses, and up-and-coming riders. Some interesting pairs to keep your eye on this weekend, and who you can…

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Frédéric Pierrestiger departs Equestrian Canada Board

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  On Feb. 10, 2017, Frédéric Pierrestiger announced his resignation as a member of the Equestrian Canada (EC) Board of Directors. Frédéric joined the EC Board in April 2016, making valuable contributions to the Federation as a Board member and as Chair of the Audit Committee. Bringing a fresh and insightful perspective to the Board table, Frédéric strongly believed in representing the interests of the entire equestrian community and recognized that while high performance sport requires a great deal of attention from EC, there are many thousands of people practicing equestrianism across the country on a local and more discreet…

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Friday’s Five – Things you need to host an impromptu trailer party


  Sadly not all events throw a competitors’ party. If you want to have a fun night, at a competition with your fellow eventers, that you will all be talking about until next season, it is up to you to throw the party. Here is your shopping list for a horse trailer competitors party: 1. Beverages: • Alcoholic – No great story ever started with someone sipping a glass of water. Purchase one bottle of white wine, and one bottle of red wine. If you do not know what kind of wine to buy, go for the cheapest. This is…

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Ingrid Klimke reveals 2017 season plans for her all-star horse lineup

Ingrid and Hale Bob. Photo by Kerstin Hoffmann.

  Top German rider, Ingrid Klimke has revealed her 2017 season plans on her website. Her 2016 Rio Olympics teammate, Michael Jung recently shared his plans for this year and interestingly their schedules look drastically different. Michael’s schedule revolves around spring CCI4* events, where as Ingrid is running her horses at more CIC events and only has one mount targeted at a CCI4*. Michael is aiming his 2015 and 2016 Rolex CCI4* champion mount, Fishcerrocana FST at the Rolex CCI4* again this year, along with his 2015 European Championship winning mount, FischerTakinou. Meanwhile, he has targeted his 2012 and 2016 Olympic individual gold medal winning partner, La…

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Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event names 2017 official charity

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  Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, has chosen Central Kentucky Riding for Hope as the official charity of the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. “We are honored and grateful to be named the Official Charity of the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,” said Pat Kline, Executive Director of CKRH. “Central Kentucky Riding for Hope is a 35-year-old nonprofit dedicated to enriching the community by improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse. Partnering with this world-class event will…

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