February 2017 - Letter to Readers

An already-dire situation for America’s Wild Horses could get worse and calls for united support.

by Neda DeMaayo

As we enter 2017, there’s every reason to be concerned about the fate of the estimated 67,000 wild horses and burros on the range and 45,600 in government holding facilities.

The Bureau of Land Management program responsible for their welfare has said the situation on the range is dire, yet it did not ask for a budget increase. The independent advisory board intended to help guide that program called for euthanasia of wild horses in holding and the lowering of sales restrictions.

 
January 2017 - The Gallop: The USHJA Annual Meeting

Sport integrity and new thinking in governance and promotion dominate hunter/jumper get-together.

by Kim F. Miller

Having covered the hunter/jumper sport for close to 20 years, I left this year’s United States Hunter Jumper Association annual meeting newly excited to be a part of this sport. I’ve always been bowled over by the quantity and quality of planning, time and effort volunteers put into governance and guidance, and this year a spirit of constructive cooperation seemed to maximize those contributions. Not everybody agreed on everything, but they were all pulling in the same direction.

 
January 2017 - Parade of Champions

 

This year’s winners share insights on their successes.

produced by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony

Welcome to part II of our fourth annual Parade of Champions. Begun in our December issue, this edition features more of the year’s junior and amateur stars sharing a little behind-the-scenes info on their terrific seasons and their relationships with their horses and ponies. They also shared observations on their corner of the sport, which ranged from appreciating new fun fashions in dressage to wishing that more of the mainstream world knew about and appreciated all of our equestrian sports.

 
February 2017 - Taking Flight

Veteran equine ground transport company, Brook Ledge, expands into air travel.

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation, a longtime leader in equine ground transport, has taken their services to the skies offering domestic flights as well as international flights through its wholly-owned subsidiary Horse America.

To meet the needs of clients in a continuously evolving equestrian industry, Brook Ledge has expanded its equine transportation services to include scheduled service flights and private charters to all points in the U.S., as well as across the globe.

 
January 2017 - USEA Convention Report

“Course drift,” new Modified division & safety are focal points of national eventing meeting: Area VI Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet coming to Fresno Feb. 17- 19.

by Chris Scarlett, Area VI Chair

The U.S. Eventing Association convention was a successful look at the adult amateur and the important part they play in the continued growth of eventing. Course drift, the addition of the Modified division and, as always, what we are doing to make the sport safer were some of the subjects discussed.

 
January 2017 - The Masters Riders Cup

American-European show jumping face-off to hit Los Angeles in 2018.

A new American-European show jumping duel, the Masters Riders Cup, is slated to premiere in 2017 in Paris, then come to Los Angeles in 2018. The organizers are EEM, known for bringing the Masters show jumping tournament to Los Angeles for the last three years; and the recently formed European Equestrian Federation.

 
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