USEF announces freestyle rule change. See Show Info page for details. . . . The silver GHF Cup will go home with the winner of the show's highest-scoring horse award at our September show. See prize list on Calendar Page for details. . . . Complete results of July GHF show have been posted on Show Results page. . . . Results for June 1st and 2nd Edition Shows are on the Show Results page--scroll down to see links. . . . You can find April results now on Show Results page. . . . USEF issues new directives regarding motorized vehicles at shows. See Show Info page. . . . 2019 USEF Dressage Rule Changes can be seen on Show Info page. . . . New requirements for 2019 shows--see Show Info page! . . . GHF Year-End Awards and Medal winners are listed now on Awards Page. . . . New 2019 USEF and USDF dressage tests have been released. Get them on the Show Info page. . . . New USEF Isolation Plan affects everyone at show. USEF Rules for Bits and Attire found on Show Info page. . . . See new USDF requirements/fees on Ride Times page. . . . All GHF prize lists are always published on Calendar page. . . .




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During Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships

All Four Region 3 Riders Strike Gold |
At USDF North American Junior
Dressage Team Championship 

by Jump Media | Aug 2, 2018, 6:53 PM EST
North Salem, NY – The United States Region 3 dressage team used consistency and concentration to secure gold in the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) North American Junior Dressage Team Championship at the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) presented by Gotham North at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, N.Y.

        All four riders on the Region 3 team claimed the top spot with a combined score of 202.78. The U.S. Region 4 team claimed silver with 199.36, just fractions of a point ahead of the Canada Central team that took bronze with 199.15 on the second day of NAYC on Thursday, August 2.
       Competition was tight down to the last riders in the order, and Caroline Garren of Atlanta, Ga., kept her cool to ride Bell Angelo, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Caroline, Charles and Michele Garren, to the high score for her team (68.60%) to clinch the gold. “I was pretty nervous going last, but I was also excited because that’s traditionally a pretty good spot to go in,” said Garren. “I work with a really great sports psychologist, Laura King, and I was listening to some relaxing MP3s of her talking before I rode. That helps me really calm down and it helps me to go straight from listening to my ride. I just went in and tried to stay focused and in the zone.”
       Garren, 18, also competed in the junior division of NAYC last year. “It’s so much fun to be able to come to NAYC and be with all these other young riders and have such a good time competing,” she said. “I was very happy with the canter aspects of the test and that went smoothly. I wasn’t thrilled with my geometry, so that’s something that I’ll look at for the following days of competition.”
       Juliette Cain, 18, helped boost the team to gold with her 67.87% score riding her own Mariska, an eight-year-old Friesian mare, in her first NAYC appearance. “I can’t believe I’m here,” said Cain, who is from Charleston, S.C. “It’s been an awesome experience and it’s gone better than I ever thought possible. Thanks to everyone for making it possible for us.
       “I was really happy with my test. I was very happy with Mariska for keeping it together. We had some trouble when we were doing ring familiarization, so I was proud of her for keeping focused. I had one mistake in the canter work, but other than that I was happy with my test,” Cain said.
       Melanie Doughty of Region 3 was also experiencing NAYC for the first time and she was thrilled. “Thanks to my coaches for helping me get here and try and achieve my dreams, which has happened!” she said. “Huge thank you to USDF and all our sponsors. It’s a huge honor to be here and I can’t believe it’s happening.”
      Doughty, 17 and from Cocoa Beach, Fla., rode her own Fascinata, a 10-year-old Rhinelander mare, to a score of 66.30% for Region 3. “I’m really proud of her for listening to me in the big arena and her energy level was really good. We had one mistake in the trot, but I really think she shone in the canter today, so I’m really happy,” said Doughty.
       Isabelle Braden wasn’t quite sure what to expect when she shipped Erin and Chris Braden’s Dali de la Ferme Rose to NAYC. But she put in a solid score of 65.15% in her first CDI experience. “A couple months ago, this competition was a distant goal for me; I didn’t know if I could make it. I never, ever thought this could be possible,” Braden said.
      Braden just started showing Dali de la Ferme Rose, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding, in March. “My horse hasn’t competed much before and this is his first big trip. I thought he was so good in the contact and overall just amazing,” she said. “He listened so well to me. We had a few mistakes, but they’re fixable and I’m very excited for the future.”
       All of the team riders were enormously appreciative of the support of the event’s sponsors, their team sponsors, and the people who helped them compete. “I’d like to thank the USDF and USEF for putting on such an amazing competition, Adequan for doing such a great job sponsoring it, and all our wonderful sponsors,” said Braden. “It’s been such an honor to be here and we thank everyone so much for helping us get here and achieve this.”
      The U.S. Region 4 team rode into silver with Sammie Fritz riding her own eight-year-old KWPN mare Ferra (64.42%), Katarina Tedlund riding Linnea Tedlund’s 15-year-old Andalusian gelding Eclipse BR (63.00%), Marie Elise Matern riding William Solyntjes’ 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding Don Akzentus (66.27%) and Bianca Schmidt on Eliana Schmidt’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding Lou Heart (68.66%) for a total of 199.36.
     Canada Central claimed bronze with Jade Buchanan riding Cassandra Jessop’s nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding Qaro GS (65.97%), Kiara Williams-Brown riding Margaret, Robert and Simone Williams’ 16-year-old Hanoverian mare Ladybug (62.03%), Anna Swackhammer on Melissa Sinclair’s 15-year-old KWPN gelding Wrazzmatazz (65.90%) and Brooke Mancusi on her own 10-year-old Westphalian gelding Wellknown (67.27%), which gave them a total of 199.15.
     Check out the live stream of the NAYC on USEF Network continuing Friday, August 3, with the USDF North American Young Riders Dressage Individual Championship at 9:00 a.m. EST and the children’s, junior and young rider Team Finals of the North American Youth Show Jumping Championships, presented by the USHJA, at 8:30 a.m. EST.

Stay up to date on the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North by following FEI NAYC on Facebook and Twitter. Use #FEINAYC.   


​US Dressage Finals Presented by Adequan®

          Returning to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2018
     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 and, respectively. The prize list for the event will be available June 1, with declarations opening July 1 and nominations opening September 6.


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":  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


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.


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."


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)


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.


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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