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July prize list is up on the Calendar page. Closing date: July 6. . . . US Finals returning to Kentucky in 2018! See News Page. . . . New USEF Isolation Plan affects everyone at show. See Show Info page for details. . . . New USEF Rules for Bits and Attire now on Show Info page. . . . See new USDF requirements/fees on Ride Times page. . . . All GHF prize lists can be found on Calendar page. . . .

          ​2018 US Dressage Finals

          Presented by Adequan®

          Returning to the Kentucky
     Lexington, KY (May 4, 2018) - The US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan® will be returning to the Kentucky Horse Park, November 8-11, 2018. In its sixth year, this year's event boasts prize money totaling $100,000, the most ever. Created as a national, head-to-head competition to showcase top adult amateur and open competitors, the US Dressage Finals also plays host to some of the top officials in the sport. This year's invited officials are judges Janet Foy, Anne Gribbons, Gary Rockwell, Kristi Wysocki, William Warren, Sue Curry Shaffer, Joan Darnell, Janet Hannon, Elizabeth Kane, Kari McClain, Kathy Rowse, and Dorie Vlatten-Schmitz, and technical delegates Fran Cross and Jean Kraus.
     The US Dressage Finals represents the best of the best, from across all USDF regions. In order to make attending the event more affordable for those furthest away, travel grants are made available to riders from applicable states, including Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Colorado.
     US Dressage Finals Organizing Committee Chair and USDF Vice President Lisa Gorretta added "We are excited to return to the Kentucky Horse Park for the 2018 US Dressage Finals and are thrilled to be able to offer $100,000 in prize money! Building upon five successful years, we look forward to the opportunity to again showcase and recognize the top talent from each of our nine Great American/USDF Regional Championships, which serve as qualifiers for the head to head competition at the Finals."
     For more information about the US Dressage Finals, or the Great American/USDF Regional Championships, please visit www.usdressagefinals.com and www.usdf.org, respectively. The prize list for the event will be available June 1, with declarations opening July 1 and nominations opening September 6.
  
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HURRICANE PREPARATION

Georgia Stables on List As Accepting Evacuations

​    Georgia issues list of State Certified stables available to owners of horses needing evacuation from Florida's potential danger from Hurricane Erma.

    The Georgia Department of Agriculture website will be of help.  They have a list of "Emergency Equine Stables":   http://www.agr.georgia.gov  on the "equine health page".  List can be found at the bottom of the page.
       We are including a .pdf file of the list, but it is very wide and difficult to read unless you print it and match the pages, but here it is:
 Georgia-State Certified Stables Accepting Evacuations

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2018 Regional Championship Qualifying Fee Hiked to $15
Effective for the 2018 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championship qualifying competitions, the maximum additional fee which must be paid to the show secretary, by eligible competitors prior to riding in an applicable class, has been raised from $10 to $15 in order to enter the class as “USDF qualifying”. The $15 qualifying fee must be sent to USDF from the show secretary, along with the Report of Fees.

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USEF Tightens Rules for Horses
Above Fourth Level and Grand Prix

Please note the rule change at USEF DR119.1, which is effective 12/1/2016: "Horses competing at the Grand Prix Level must be at least eight (8) years of age and horses competing above Fourth Level must be at least seven (7) years of age; the horse’s age is to be counted from January 1 or the year of birth to January 1 of the current competition year."

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2017 Qualifying Opportunities Added
Effective December 1, 2016: Competitions may choose to offer one or more applicable classes, at a particular level and division, to be ridden as qualifying for the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championships. Horse/rider combinations may enter more than one qualifying test and/or qualifying Freestyle at each level per day as Great American/USDF qualifying. (USEF DR 127.4)

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USEF PUBLISHES NEW 2015 DRESSAGE TESTS
      Lexington, KY--The 2015 United States Equestrian Federation Dressage Tests have been published on www.USEF.org .  The 2015 Tests will be effective  through November 30, 2018.
        In addition to the 2015 USEF Dressage Test booklet, the USEF has collaborated with the United States Dressage Federation to produce the On the Levels app, which provides examples of the new Introductory through Fourth level dressage tests with commentary from top U.S. trainers and judges, with segments geared toward improving difficult movements at each level. The mobile website will feature 31 engaging videos to help riders understand the requirements for tests within each level, including 18 videos of riders performing each test and 13 supplementary test tip videos. The videos will include narration from top athletes, judges, and trainers, including Kathy Connelly, Jan Ebeling, Hilda Gurney, Steffen Peters, and Jessica Jo "JJ" Tate, each bringing his/her own unique perspective, providing the viewer with a variety of approaches. The launch of the On the Levels app will be announced next week.


To view the 2015 USEF Dressage Tests, visit:
https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/alldressage/2015dressageTests.aspx   .

To order the 2015 Dressage Test Booklet, visit:
https://www.usef.org/documents/disciplines/dressage/DressageBookletOrderForm.pdf  .

To view the 2015 USDF Tests, visit:
http://www.usdf.org/competitions/competitors/tests.asp  .

In addition to the new USEF and USDF Dressage Tests, all FEI Tests have minor updates in the wording of the Collective Marks as well as changes to the FEI Children, FEI Intermediate A, and FEI Intermediate B Tests. These tests become effective January 1, 2015, and can be found here: 
http://fei.org/fei/your-role/organisers/dressage/tests.
  
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The USDF Executive Board Approves

Official Position on "Western Dressage"
Lexington, KY--USDF will in no way imply or encourage a position that “western dressage” and dressage as defined by the FEI are the same thing.  USDF will take no action that would indicate any preference of any “western dressage” organization over another, or imply that any has been designated an official voice or national affiliate of USEF or any other standing that  would, by other disciplines  or breed, be perceived as equivalent to USDF as the USEF recognized affiliate for dressage.
       USDF will stand firm on a position that the USDF, USEF, and FEI dressage rules, including terminology and criteria, cannot be used in a way that uses traditional concepts and terminology to mean something “different”.
     USDF will identify USDF educational programs and materials that would appeal to individuals interested in dressage, including western and gaited study, or who have students with that type of horse, as it relates to dressage as defined by the FEI.
        USDF will consider providing applicable website links to other organizations.

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A SIMPLE GUIDE
When Is It Too Hot For Your Horse?
                                       (From an article about the death of a horse in a show in Tennessee)

Add air temperature and relative humidity and subtract wind speed if your total adds up to 180 or above don't ride, if it is 130-170 use caution, 130 or below ride!
 
Determine: Temperature (F) + relative humidity (%) – wind speed For example: Temperature (F) 79 Relative Humidity (%) 58 Wind Speed 4.6 (MPH)
Answer = 132.4

Less than 130: All go—horses can function to cool themselves assuming adequate hydration.
130 – 170: Caution—a horse's cooling mechanisms can only partially function as intended. Some cooling management procedures will need to be performed.
180 or above: Stop—a horse's cooling systems cannot and will not function adequately. All cooling procedures will need to be utilized to keep the horse out of serious trouble.

       Why is it an issue for the horse when heat and humidity combine to equal 180+? What doesn't work and why? What are some of the physiological ramifications? What are some of the symptoms?
      Heat is produced by muscles in the metabolic conversion of chemical energy to the mechanical energy required for muscle contraction and limb movement. Seventy-five to eighty percent of the chemical energy is converted to heat, which moves from the contracting skeletal muscles to the surrounding tissues by the flow of lymph and blood.
      Assuming a comparable rate of exercise intensity, the rate of cooling, or heat loss is affected by air temperature, wind velocity and humidity. (Werner, 1993). Heat can also be lost in a fourth way, conduction, which is a direct transfer of heat from the skin or feet to surfaces in direct contact (such as an ice bag on the skin).
      So, thinking about the chart and the equation:
Temperature (F) + Relative Humidity (%) – Wind Speed (MPH), we see how the ability of the horse to cool itself in these four different ways will be affected:

• In cool temps with low humidity, heat loss through convection and conduction can be as much as 50%. Heat can also be lost through radiation, with as much as 60% of a body's heat lost in this way when air temperatures are cool. The numbers in our equation would add up to much less than 180, and the horse would have no difficulty cooling itself.
• As temperatures rise, the thermal gradient for heat dissipation is reduced, resulting is less convective, conductive and radiative heat loss and more evaporative cooling. The evaporation of water from the skin surface is the most important means of heat dissipation in high-heat/low-humidity conditions. So, when we get a high temperature reading with low humidity, a horse may still not have difficulty cooling, but if temperatures are extremely high with no wind, we might get a result above 140, which would means our horse needs our help cooling off.
• With high humidity, sweat cannot evaporate as easily and so the ability of the horse to cool itself in this important way is reduced. When high humidity is combined with high temperatures, (which we just saw reduce the effectiveness of radiant, conductive and convective cooling), the horse has now lost all four means to cool itself and is in a dangerous situation, subject to a greater rate of heat accumulation within his body.


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