PHOENIX – December 18, 2008 – On January 16, 2009, when the elite of the horse world meet in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the 2009 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Annual Meeting, the name of the 2008 Farnam®/Platform® • USEF Horse of the Year will be announced.
This prestigious title is awarded each year to the nation’s most exceptional horse and is chosen by votes cast by members of the USEF. Members may vote for the Farnam®/Platform® • USEF Horse of the Year by visiting http://www.usef.org
and click on the Horse of the Year Voting link on the bottom left corner of the homepage. Voting for Horse of the Year will close on January 9, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Farnam’s line of Platform® horse feeds and animal health supplements is the title sponsor of the Horse of the Year program, an exclusive partnership that drives the popular USEF awards program to a new level of excellence. This is the fourth year the organization is honoring the year’s most exceptional horse.
This year’s finalists represent a broad cross section of riding disciplines and the voting is expected to be brisk. One of these five finalists will join previous winners Brentina, the 2005 dressage superstar, Authentic, the 2006 jumping superstar and the late Theodore O’Connor, the 2007 eventing great.
The finalists for the 2008 Farnam®/Platform® • USEF Horse of the Year are:
Adams Fire, Half-Arabian, owned by Starline Arabians, LLC
Adams Fire is a supremely gifted individual. His dominance and bar-raising performances in the show arena is evidenced by his eight National Championships in three years of showing. It is also evidenced in the way he wins, with seven of his eight National Championship titles being unanimous. In 2008, Adam carried three different riders- a youth, an adult amateur, and a professional- to unanimous National Championships. This is a testament not only to his physical talents, but his intelligence and willing temperament. Adam is pleased to accommodate different riding styles and adapt to diverse needs. He is a blend of physical and mental attributes that nears perfection.
Adam has the distinction of being crowned the 2008 U.S. National Champion in Half-Arabian English Pleasure Open after a spectacular class, followed by a work-off of three outstanding entries. The entire crowd rose to their feet and cheered the first U.S. Nationals work-off in 30 years as Adams Fire emerged victorious!
Adam represents 50 percent Arabian blood and the other half is a blend of Saddlebred, Hackney and Warmblood. In the historical tradition of Arabian blood being used to enhance other breeds, Adam is an exceptional representative. The refined beauty, intelligence, responsiveness, and agility possessed by the Arabian horse, and lent to other breeds over the millennium, are unmistakable every day in Adams Fire.
The 2008 accomplishments for Adam include: 2008 Unanimous U.S. Youth National Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure, 2008 Unanimous U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Adult Amateur Owner to Ride and 2008 Unanimous U.S. National Champion Half-Arabian English Pleasure Open.
Dante FQ, Friesian, owned by Friesian Quest, LLC
Dante FQ was born and raised by his breeder and owner Friesian Quest, LLC, Tammy and Robert Hildreth DVM, in Southern California. As a three-year-old stallion, Dante made his first USEF-recognized show debut at the 2004 International Friesian Horse Show Association Western States Regionals, winning not only the In-Hand Champion Stallion three-to-six-years of age, but going on to win the 2004 IFSHA Western States Regional Grand Show Champion In-Hand. In 2005, Dante was introduced to the discipline of saddle seat, ending his first show season as the 2005 USEF Reserve National Champion Friesian Saddle Seat and In-Hand Horse of the Year. In 2006, Dante, then working Saddle Seat Pleasure, earned USEF National Champion in Saddle Seat and USEF National Champion Specialty Horse of the Year. Dante ended his saddle seat career winning the 2007 IFSHA Grand National Championship Show World Champion Park Horse & Senior Stallion In–Hand titles.
2008 marked the beginning of an amazing transition for Dante of Friesian Quest, now a fully mature 17.2 hand stallion. Dante FQ was awarded 1st Premie and FPZV Approved/Licensed Stallion and at the 2008 IFSHA World and Grand National Championships, this phenomenal horse ended the 2008 show season with 25 championship and Reserve Championship titles.
The 2008 International Friesian Show Horse Association Awards Program accomplishments for Dante FQ include: 2008 IFSHA Grand Champion Friesian All-Round High Point, 2008 IFSHA Friesian Dressage Champion and 2008 IFSHA Friesian Hunter and Hack Champion. The 2008 IFSHA World & Grand National Championship Horse Show – Lake St. Louis, MO accomplishments for Dante FQ include: Purebred Friesian IFSHA World & Grand National High Point Recipient and 10 Championship and Reserve Championship Titles in halter, dressage hack, hunter pleasure and hack.
Flexible, Jumper, owned by Harry and Mollie Chapman
The diminutive Irish stallion has come back from four serious injuries, two potentially career ending, to have the year of his life in 2008. He started off by winning three $50,000 grand prix three weeks in a row in January and February and one in March (all at Thermal in California), which prepared him for the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final in Sweden. He then jumped to second overall against the world’s best horses at the Final in March– a huge accomplishment.
Flexible then took his campaign north of the Border and was successful at Spruce Meadows in Calgary all summer. In June he won a grand prix at the CSI**** and in July he won the Pengrowth Cup at the CSI*****. In September he capped off his banner year by representing the U.S. as an integral part of the Nations Cup team. The U.S. team won what is considered to be one of the most prestigious Nations Cup in the world at the CSIO*****.
The 2008 accomplishments for Flexible include: 2008 Winner of the Desert Circuit II FEI IHP $50,000 Grand Prix CSI-W, 2008 Winner of the Desert Circuit III FEI IHP $50,000 Grand Prix CSI-W, 2008 Winner of the Desert Circuit IV FEI IHP $50,000 Grand Prix CSI-W, 2008 2nd Place Rolex FEI World Cup and 2008 Part of the winning American Team at the five-star Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows
Jamaica, Driving, Dutch Warmblood, owned by Chester C. Weber
Jamaica is a very athletic horse with lots of energy and fabulous gaits. He is used in the wheel in dressage and in the left lead in marathon and cones. His finicky personality and bold nature gives him the key to be a top horse in the sport. He has a lot of international experience, including six U.S. National Championships, two FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) and a total of four world championships (from 2002 to 2008).
Jamaica was sent at a young age to the slaughter house, possibly because of his strong personality. Belgian driver and FEI official Mark Wentein bought Jamaica from a meat dealer for almost nothing. At the time, Wentein ran a horse and carriage business in the city of Bruges and Jamaica was put to work there.
After being sold to Chester Weber, Jamaica became one of the most respected driving horses in the world, and in 2010, Jamaica is expected to be the lynchpin in Weber’s team at the WEG.
The 2008 accomplishments (in the team – age 17) for Jamaica include: Individual Silver Medal, World Four-In-Hand Championships, winner of dressage at World Four-In-Hand Championships, winner of CAI-A Riesenbeck, winner of dressage at CIA-A Riesenbeck and winner of International Driving Derby, 3rd at CAIO Aachen and USEF National Four-In-Hand Champion.
Tiziano, Hunter, owned by Stone Hill Farm
Tiziano, an eight-year old Royal Dutch Warmblood, has taken the 2008 show season by storm. Racking up victories at the top hunter/jumper shows in the U.S. with his rider, Jessica Springsteen, the pair is nearly flawless. Tiziano was purchased from Europe as an equitation horse but did so well in the hunters that Springsteen and her trainer Stacia Madden decided to make it his full-time career. Over the past few years Tiziano has become one of the best junior horses on the circuit.
With wins at top shows, including the Hampton Classic, Devon, HITS, a reserve finish at the Washington International $15,000 WIHS Hunter Derby Classic and a Large Junior Hunter Championship at The Syracuse International Sporthorse Tournament, it seems that there is no holding back this unstoppable chestnut gelding.
The 2008 accomplishments for Tiziano include: WEF 2/Palm Beach Equine Clinic/Adequan AA-Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion, WEF 3 Smart For Life–Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion, WEF 7 Zada Enterprises, LLC-Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion, WEF 10 Suncast Corporation–Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion, WEF 11 Penta Water–Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion, Garden State Large Junior Working Hunter–15 & Under Champion, Devon Large Junior 15 & Under Hunter Champion, Overall Large Junior Hunter Champion, Devon Grand Junior Hunter Champion, HITS on the Hudson II–Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion, I Love New York-Large Junior Working Hunter 15 & Under Champion, HITS on the Hudson IV-Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion , HITS on the Hudson V-Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion, New York Horse and Pony–Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Circuit Champion, Hampton Classic Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion, Washington International Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion, Grand Champion Junior Hunter, $15,000 WIHS Hunter Derby Classic-2nd Place and Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament-Large Junior Hunter Champion.
All of the finalists for Horse of the Year will be recognized during the Horse of the Year gala at the USEF Annual Meeting on Friday, January 16, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Farnam®/Platform® • USEF Horse of the Year Award topping off the evening.
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