Janne Rumbough, President of the USPRE Dressage Committee, Betsy Ketcham, USPRE Vice President and Kimberly Boyer, USPRE President presenting year end awards at USPRE Week in Wellington, FL.
In 2014, USPRE has been able to attain an immense amount of growth and exposure with continuous efforts to promote the breed, the Association and programs that benefit our members, breeders, owners, riders and enthusiasts of the PRE Horse. USPRE membership has more than doubled in the past 12 months, and we have seen a significant and encouraging increase in new breeders of PRE horses in the United States in the past year.
We started the year with the USPRE week in Wellington, FL—an event held annually during the Global Dressage Festival. It was a huge event again this year, drawing more than 600 people and featuring riders and horses from across the country and Canada. Throughout the 12-week Global Dressage Festival this past winter, USPRE was prominent in competition, signage, articles and award presentations, displaying the PRE Horse in its best light in front of the greatest concentration of dressage riders and owners in the United States.
TRC Clinic with Tom Reed during USPRE Week in Wellington, FL.
This past spring USPRE was present at the 49th Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH. It was another great opportunity for the Association to promote, educate and increase exposure to our breed to the thousands in attendance. USPRE was also present and proud sponsors of the Feria del Caballo Español, celebrated from June 6-8 at the Industry Hills Expo Center in California. This ANCCE-sanctioned show was a huge success again. Many of the biggest PRE breeders across the nation participated in the first of two shows in 2014, and USPRE was proud again this year to present the Born In America Awards to the top-scoring American-Bred horses.
In time for breeding season, USPRE launched the new Stallion Directory on our website, which is used by 100 percent of active PRE breeders and owners in the US and Canada. Also this year, USPRE introduced the Copa USPRE—a new FEI-level dressage initiative that will give our members an opportunity to compete in Spain. Over 40 FEI horse and rider pairs have submitted Declarations of Intent to participate in the Copa USPRE. Our Qualified Tribunal Clinic series in California and Florida have provided valuable information for TRC preparation for breeders.
Ricardo Nigaglioni Vírsida, Dianne Kirk from Elite Spanish Horse Imports/Harmony With Horses Riding School with Danielle Kirk, Joanna Mann, Krista Harvey and Lee Goss at Equine Affaire in Ohio.
Activities for the rest of the year include, The US Tribunal for Qualified Breeding Stock (TRC), planned for this September. Another Revision tour around the US and Canada will also begin in September. The second show of Feria del Caballo Español also called the Andalusian World Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada will be held in September. And, for the second year in a row, we are planning to attend the IALHA National Championship held in Fort Worth, TX in October.
In the past year, USPRE has reached out to create healthy relationships with other PRE associations, to better serve and educate all PRE breeders and owners and become more integrated in the national PRE and Andalusian community. As the largest PRE Association in the US and Canada, and the manager of the PRE Studbook for Spain, we believe it is our responsibility and duty to help and inform in Studbook related matters and educate and increase exposure to our horse. Join USPRE today to be part of this great movement and growth and enjoy the great benefits we give our members, become part of an Association that is making a difference.
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