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.