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Tra­band Earns USHJA Schol­ar­ship El­iz­a­beth “Lizzy” Tra­band,

of Cen­tre Hall, Penn­syl­va­nia, re­ceived the $25,000 USHJA Foun­da­tion Hamel Schol­ar­ship for Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion in mid-July. The 18-year-old, now a sopho­more at Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity, rides on its eques­trian team and is work­ing to­ward a busi­ness de­gree in cor­po­rate in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship. She also plans to pur­sue an MBA in in­ter­na­tional busi­ness.

“There are not words to de­scribe how grate­ful I am to re­ceive this schol­ar­ship,” Tra­band said. “It launches me 10 steps fur­ther in the right di­rec­tion.” Tra­band has ex­pe­ri­ence in sev­eral eques­trian dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing hunters, jumpers, dres­sage and nat­u­ral horse­man­ship, and has placed in the top 10 at the U.S. Ju­nior Hunter Na­tional Cham­pi­onships East Coast and in High Ju­nior jumper classes. In 2009, she started Taiji Horse­man­ship, a com­pany that pro­vides on­line ed­u­ca­tional tu­to­ri­als.

The Hamel schol­ar­ship is the lat­est of a num­ber of awards rec­og­niz­ing Tra­band’s com­mit­ment to the sport. Among her other hon­ors: the 2016 U.S. Eques­trian Ju­nior Eques­trian of the Year Award, the 2015 USEF Re­serve Youth Sports­man Award and the 2011 USHJA Foun­da­tion Mak­ing a Dream Grant. In both 2012 and 2013 she was a USHJA Emerg­ing Ath­letes Pro­gram Na­tional Fi­nal­ist.

USEF to Ad­vance Fair Hill for Four-Star

The USEF Board of Di­rec­tors will rec­om­mend to the FEI this fall that Fair Hill In­ter­na­tional, in Elk- ton, Mary­land, be the site of a new CCI**** event in 2019. The board’s July de­ci­sion came af­ter Fair Hill and Great Meadow In­ter­na­tional, in The Plains, Vir­ginia, were se­lected in Jan­uary from a list of five ap­pli­cants un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

USEF Re­news Sup­port for MPA Re­search

The USEF Board of Di­rec­tors in late July ap­proved con­tin­ued re­search into the use and ef­fects of the hor­monal med­i­ca­tion medrox­ypro­ges­terone ac­etate, com­monly known as Depo- Provera . There are con­flict­ing views on how MPA af­fects horses in com­pe­ti­tion, and the USEF seeks to pro­mote bet­ter un­der­stand­ing by sup­port­ing the on­go­ing col­lec­tion and anal­y­sis of data. “As promised [ ear­lier this year], we are care­fully and me­thod­i­cally study­ing the use of MPA and whether it is ap­pro­pri­ate in its use in com­pe­ti­tion horses,” ex­plained USEF Pres­i­dent Mur­ray Kessler.

USDF Un­veils New Pro­gram

The U.S. Dres­sage Fed­er­a­tion has cre­ated the USDF Re­gional Adult Am­a­teur Equi­tation Pro­gram to rec­og­nize com­peti­tors and pro­mote cor­rect seat, po­si­tion and use of aids in dres­sage. In ad­di­tion, be­gin­ning in 2018 the pro­gram will fea­ture an Adult Am­a­teur Equi­tation Re­gional Fi­nal class as part of the Great Amer­i­can/USDF Re­gional Dres­sage Cham­pi­onships.

“USDF is con­tin­u­ally striv­ing to pro­mote cor­rect rid­ing and to pro­vide ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for adult am­a­teurs to be re­warded for their ex­cel­lence in the sad­dle,” said USDF Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Stephan Hien­zsch.

To learn more, visit www.usdf.org/equi­tation.

Ken­tucky Three-Day to Host Grand Prix

A new CSI*** show-jump­ing com­pe­ti­tion—the $225,000 In­vi­ta­tional Grand Prix—will be part of the 2018 Ken­tucky Three-Day Event CCI****, April 26–29, at the Ken­tucky Horse Park in Lex­ing­ton. The grand prix will fol­low the com­ple­tion of the cross­coun­try phase on Satur­day af­ter­noon (Apr. 28).

“We are thrilled to add a ma­jor FEI show-jump­ing grand prix to our in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized event,” said Ste­wart Perry, pres­i­dent of Eques­trian Events, Inc. “For al­most four decades, eques­trian sports fans have trav­eled from all over to see event­ing’s best riders and horses and now they will have a chance to see show jump­ing’s best at the same time.”

Fair Hill In­ter­na­tional could host a four-star event.

Lizzy Tra­band

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