DeRosa Daily - Highlights of the USEF Convention 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009
Posted by Diana DeRosa


Our On the Scene reporter known for her extensive coverage for our websites of the World Equestrian Games and Olympic brings us her impressions and conversations from the 2009 USEF Convention 2009.

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Jamaica Named 2008 FARNAM® / PLATFORM® • USEF Horse of the Year
Honor Recognizes the Nation’s Most Exceptional Horse

Owned by Chester C. Weber, Jamaica has been described as a quirky but talented horse whose story is unique in the world of high performance horses.  The Dutch Warmblood was rescued from a European slaughterhouse and put to work as a tourist carriage horse.  This career was cut short however, because he wouldn’t stand still, making it difficult for the tourists to enter and leave the carriage.  It was just that desire to be on the move that served him well after being purchased by Weber and retrained as a Four-in-Hand combined driving horse – a sport with three phases; dressage, marathon and cones – similar to the mounted equestrian sport of eventing. Read More....

Dressage Rider Steffen Peters Honored as the 2008 Equestrian of the Year For His Incredible Achievement and Contribution To the Sport

He represented the US at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong with Ravel, and put on a performance that brought down the house with his freestyle. The pair ended up fourth, missing an individual medal by the narrowest of margins. Ravel is reasonably inexperienced, 2008 was his first year at the highest level of the sport, but under Peters’ tutelage he was undefeated leading up to the Olympic Games, including winning the USEF Selection Trials for Dressage. “He is my very best friend,” said Peters of Ravel. “What he did for me in Hong Kong was unbelievable. He certainly deserves most of the credit.” Read More....

DeRosa Daily - Highlights of the USEF Convention
Our On the Scene reporter known for her extensive coverage for our websites of the World Equestrian Games and Olympic brings us her impressions and conversations from the 2009 USEF Convention 2009.

The final day of the Convention was probably the shortest one I’ve attended in all the years that I’ve been to one of these annual events.  David called it at around 11:30 a.m.  I started covering these meetings when it was the American Horse Shows Association, and continued with an interim organization until it became the United States Equestrian Federation.  In the early days when the hunters and jumpers did not have their own affiliate organizations, these meetings seemed endless and became very focused on the needs of the hunters and jumpers.  Now with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) it really does feel like an organization for all breeds and disciplines. Read more....

DeRosa Daily - Change is in the Air - In Interview With Gil Merrick - Managing Director - Dressage Sport Programs United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.

I was amazed at how candidly Gil spoke about both issues and the fact that he thanked me for asking and wishes more people wouldn’t just listen to the swirl of rumors but instead would get to the real truth behind the rumors. It certainly cleared things up for me.

Naturally rumors have been spreading as to why Klaus Balkenhol is no longer the Chef d’Equipe of the U.S. Dressage Team. Why people always go for the negativity in any situation is sad. We should all be looking at the glass half full and not half empty. And Gil was about to fill the glass up to the top for me. Read more......

It Feels Like Ho Hum But In The End You Realize You’ve Learned a Lot!

The Dressage Committee started early on Friday morning meeting and discussing all the dressage rule changes. I was expecting some major topic to be debated but the meeting mostly had housekeeping and rule changes that were easily passed or withdrawn. Many rules were non controversial. For the FEI portion the High Performance division had to change or amend some rules in order to be in line with the FEI. There were some controversial issues discussed, but nothing that took up much time. Read More..

What's Up For Dressage at the USEF Convention

I am on the road again and this time I find myself at the United States Equestrian Federation Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. While I was picking up bits and pieces of information along the way my real goal while here is to find out more about what’s going on in the dressage world.  There’s been a number of upheavals, from Klaus Balkenhol no longer being in charge of our dressage team to the FEI going head to head with the international dressage committee.

Things that were once only discussed behind closed doors are suddenly surfacing and more people are starting to speak up. Read More.....