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Viva Las Vegas!

They’re coming back! The  Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals are heading to Las Vegas April 15-19 2020.

The venue will be a new one, the MGM Grand hotel, as the Thomas & Mack Center, the venue where finals in 2000,2003,2005,2007,2009 and 2015 finals were held, was no longer deemed up to the demands of the indoor championship competition in this era.

While it seems far in the future, 2020 isn’t that long away. And to make the waiting go faster, don’t forget the CenturyLink Center in Omaha will be hosting both finals March 29-April 2 2017.

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There has been a lot of good news about venues for major championships in the last few weeks. First, we had word the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games will be in Tryon, N.C., next September. Then in May, the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Grand Prix, Intermediaire I and Brentina Cup dressage championships are coming to U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters in Gladstone (see article to the right for details.)

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Meehan leaving her post at Washington International

Bridget Love Meehan has resigned as executive director of the Washington International Horse Show after six and one-half years in the position.

She wants “to pursue new professional and personal challenges,” but is confident that the show is “in solid standing and in good hands.”

Bridget said she was honored “to help lead this incredible organization successfully through a period of significant development, including moving up to the 4-star FEI competition level, joining the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, consistently maintaining positive income as an organization and annually generating more than $10 million in economic impact for Washington, D.C.”

Victoria Lowell remains as president of the show at the Verizon Center.

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UPDATE: NAJYRC will be in bits and pieces at two locations

HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, N.Y., will hold the dressage, show jumping and para-dressage disciplines for the  2017 FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships July 18-23.

The eventing portion of the championships is set for Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, July 20-23.

Although all the disciplines traditionally have been held together in one place (this year they were staged at the Colorado Horse Park), that didn’t work out for 2017. As a result, the endurance competition will not be offered as part of NAJYRC. “Alternative possibilities,” are being looked considered.

Mark Coley, the USEF’s director of membership and events, explained the situation this way: “Over the course of the past several years, due to the changes in the competition and developing environments within each of the disciplines that compete at NAJYRC, the relevance and viability of the event to the goals of each discipline, competitors and coaches has changed.

“Additionally, it has become increasingly difficult to find a location and date that fits the calendar of all the disciplines and a venue and organizer that can take on the event in its entirety. The opportunity for individual disciplines to embed their portion of the event into an existing competition creates an alternative approach that could very well increase participation and support the varied goals of each discipline.

“At this point, the decision as to how and where the event will run in the future has not been completed. We will be having discussions with those directly involved in the event, focusing on NAJYRC in the current competition landscape and the role it serves within each of the disciplines. Once we all have a clear understanding of what is best for each discipline individually we can determine what the guidelines will be for organizers so that maximum opportunity to the sport can be provided.”

 

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Kip Rosenthal is giving a clinic in Stockton

Trainer Kip Rosenthal, who has worked with Bertalan de Nemethy, George Morris and Victor Hugo-Vidal, is giving a clinic at the Grand Augean Stable in Stockton Dec. 3.

In her youth, Kip placed in the top three at the American Horse Shows Association Medal and ASPCA Maclay finals. She also rode Goodboy Dee to the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year Junior Hunter Championship.

An R-rated judge in both Hunter and Hunter Seat Equitation, she has judged at such shows as the Hampton Classic, Lake Placid and the Capital Challenge.

In addition, Kip holds a PhD in clinical counseling psychology and conducts sports psychology seminars.

Registration forms for the clinic, which offers sessions at $200 for work over fences at 2’6”, 3’, and 3’6”, are available via email from KipRClinic@gmail.com, or by calling 917-640-6133. Auditors are welcome to register at $30 per person.

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Jerseyans honored by Equine Science Center

 

The Rutgers Equine Science Center’s “Spirit of the Horse” award was presented to Jeanne Vuyosevich, who doesn’t believe in giving up on any horse.

Her Sunset Meadow Farm in Farmingdale  is a sanctuary for horses in need of care, treatment or a good home.  She was nominated by Dr. Cathy Ball, who said of her, “Jeanne is a consummate professional horsewoman. She has an innate feeling for a horse and what it needs to be happy.”

She has re-homed many ex-race horses on her own and established organizations such as Re-Run using networking to find hard-working horses  forever homes.

Jeanne’s award was presented during the Evening of Science and Celebration in New Brunswick, where the Gold Medal Horse Farm award went to Hidden Hills Farm in Hillsborough, owned and operated by the Nienart Family.

The Nienarts have made a commitment to conservation and worked with the Natural Resource Conservation Service for planning, technical assistance, and grants to make their idea a reality. They developed a comprehensive nutrition management plan for their 40 acres, developed a soil erosion/water reclamation plan and used “rotational grazing” to insure the farm is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also an example of environmental sustainability and management.

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Essex Horse Trials seeks volunteers

The Essex Horse Trials, set for June 24-25 2017 at Moorland Farms in Far Hills, is looking for volunteers.

All sorts of jobs are available, from dressage scribes and cross-country crossing monitors to decorating and hospitality, among a host of other opportunities. Some require expertise, but many do not.

It’s a great chance to be involved with revival of what was a major equestrian event in the Somerset Hills, coming back after an absence of nearly 20 years.

Interested? Contact Mary Lane at mary@essexhorsetrials.org or Lisa Mackintosh at lisa@essexhorsetrials.org.

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Caspersen funeral services set

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 182 Main St., Gladstone, for Barbara Caspersen of Hobe Sound, Fla., the widow of former U.S. Equestrian Team Chairman Finn Caspersen.

Mrs. Caspersen, 71, is a former Bernardsville resident and was active with the driving community during her time in New Jersey. Her husband founded the Gladstone Equestrian Association and became the key player in the growth of driving in the U.S. The Caspersens owned four-in-hands that competed in a number of world championships.

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American Horse Council takes a stand on new federal regulations

The American Horse Council has told the U.S. Department of Agriculture that proposed changes to the regulations governing the Horse Protection Act–which has the goal of ending soring of certain breeds of horses– should be applied only to Tennessee Walking Horses, Spotted Saddle Horses and Racking Horses in shows, sales and auctions.

Some trainers in those industries have used cruel methods to emphasize the gaits of their horses. But the proposed changes would include a ban on pads used in shoeing, as well as action devices, weighted shoes and foreign substances.

As AHC and other equestrian organizations have pointed out, soring is not a problem in other segments of the horse industry and over-broad regulation could have unwanted effects.

The AHC strongly opposes soring and believes action is needed to stop the soring of “big lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses,” said AHC President Julie Broadway.

However, the AHC believed it was necessary to voice concerns that certain provisions of the proposed rule are too broadly written, not sufficiently defined and could cause confusion for the horse show industry.”

 

 

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Hit the trail update on paces

The 18th annual Turkey Trot pleasure ride/drive is set for Nov. 20 at the Horse Park of New Jersey and the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area. Although day of competition entry will be permitted, advance entries close Nov. 13 for the event, which is presented by the Horse Park and the Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association.

There are short and long courses for both riders and drivers.Contact the Horse Park by phone at (609) 259-0170,  Fax (609) 259-0174 or email HorseParkOfNJ@aol.com, or Gary@esdcta.org.

 

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Why not go to an equine art exhibit?

The seventh annual national juried NJEAA equestrian art show, “Art of the Horse,” runs through Nov. 20 at the Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge.

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Backstage jitters by Julie Bell, one of the paintings on exhibition at the NJEAA show.

The exhibit features depictions of the equines interacting with people and each other. It’s open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, as well as by appointment.

The New Jersey Equine Artists’ Association was founded in 1999 by Sheila Barnes, who also served as the American Academy of Equine Art president for several years. Admission is free. For information, contact Sheila at xochitlb@comcast.net or (908) 284-9751.

The venue’s website is www.farmsteadartscenter.org

 

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