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Abby Gibbon

July 13, 2011

Knights Of The Round Table And Main Street: Jousting Then And Now

In 1226, Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein set out on an epic quest: To win the affections of the woman he loved, he rode from Venice to Vienna, lancing 307 adversaries in tournaments along the way. Fast forward 785 years, and notions of chivalry have changed; affections are conveyed via quick text messages and adversaries unfriended with the subtle click of a mouse. Just what remains for a modern knight to do?

July 12, 2011

Riders Take A Stand Over Footing Concerns At Pebble Beach CDI

Concerns over deep, irregular footing ultimately caused the withdrawal of all but one Grand Prix entrant at the Pebble Beach CDI (Calif.) July 7-10.

Competitors initially voiced concerns about the Grand Prix arena’s new sand footing in a meeting with show management on Wednesday, July 6. Footing had been removed from the arena to accommodate last year’s U.S. Open golf tournament and only recently replaced.

June 30, 2011

The Swan Song Of Team Ownership: Reflections On The USET Young Horse Development Program

In 1806, Henry Clay, the Kentucky senator and fabled “Great Compromiser” best known for delaying the Civil War, made an investment most horsemen would quickly impugn: he and four friends went in on the purchase of a lame, one-eyed, 18-year-old Thoroughbred stallion for the whopping sum of $5,500 (about $75,500 today).

June 26, 2011

Dueck Piaffes For The Cure At PVDA’s Dancing Horse Challenge

Haute école, costumed freestyles, quadrilles and reining demonstrations evoked cheers from the crowd at the eighth annual Dancing Horse Challenge breast cancer benefit, but for Canadian freestyle exhibitor Shannon Dueck, the evening also held personal significance.

June 14, 2011

100 Years At Hamilton Farm: A Glimpse At Gladstone Through The Ages

Imagine waking up in the dorms of the U.S. Equestrian Team’s Gladstone, N.J., headquarters in the 1960s. In the room next door is your teammate, Frank Chapot, a legend in the making. Waiting for you in the aisle way of the adjacent barn is your coach, the venerable Bertalan de Némethy, eager to steal your stirrups away.

June 12, 2011

Brandt Brings Home Blue At Woodside Preliminary Challenge

When Zachary Brandt first heard the news of the EHV-1 outbreak spreading throughout the western United States (see sidebar), he was unsure whether his entry to the Woodside Pre-liminary Challenge should stand.

“It scared me and was nerve wracking, but as time went on, and it didn’t seem to be spreading, we decided to go for it,” Brandt said.

By Saturday night he was glad he did. He put in a clear show jumping round to top the preliminary rider division on his dressage score of 33.7 with his 9-year-old mare Cavallino Cocktail.

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