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Anne Lang

September 2, 2014

Among The Lucky Ones: New York City On Horseback

The monster-sized garbage truck was headed straight for the horse I was riding down busy Columbus Avenue, at the height of evening rush hour on New York City’s Upper West Side. Gears grinding loudly, the vehicle kept chugging toward us as I maneuvered my horse as close as possible to the parked cars along the curb in an attempt to avoid a truck-horse-human collision.

February 13, 2012

McCormack Makes The University of South Carolina Proud At The WEF Collegiate Equitation Challenge

Galloping around a jump course or navigating a dressage pattern under the nighttime lights in the huge International Arena during the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., can feel a bit daunting for veteran riders.

For many of the 21 athletes who rode in the third annual WEF Collegiate Equitation Challenge on Feb. 10, simply being at this prestigious show was a first-time experience. Throw in the pressure of being the sole person chosen to represent your college’s varsity equestrian team at the event, and you end up with more than a few cases of butterflies.

September 6, 2011

Texas Wildfires Cause Concern For Horse Owners

The outbreak of wildfires in various areas all across Texas has put horse owners on high alert. With high winds rolling in as a result of Tropical Storm Lee, the fires began cropping up on Sept. 4. So far, the hardest-hit area has been Bastrop County, east of Austin, where as of Tuesday, more than 30,000 acres had burned and at least 600 homes had been lost.

May 15, 2011

Pletcher Is Right On Target At Texas Shoot-Out

As Peter Pletcher entered the ring on Valobra in the first round of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Texas Shoot-Out on April 29, he thought everything was in place to ensure a smooth trip aboard the
6-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

But before the pair even picked up a canter, “Ike” started to vigorously toss his head.

May 1, 2011

Auburn University Tigers Strut Their Stripes At VENC

Maybe it was because Anna Schierholz donned the socks she’s worn annually since her team last won the hunter seat title three years ago. Perhaps it was because Maggie McAlary methodically gave her wristwatch to her mother to hold each time she entered the ring. Or possibly it was due to the team’s hearty pre-finals dinner that included fried chicken, meatballs and macaroni and cheese.

May 1, 2011

Barnhill Takes Texas By Storm

Living up to her reputation as a rider with nerves of steel (not to mention innate talent), 17-year-old Hayley Barnhill nabbed the most lucrative prize at the Spring Gathering Horse Show, April 9 in Katy, Texas. Best known for her wins last fall in the Pessoa/USEF Medal and the ASPCA Maclay finals, this time Barnhill took home the trophy in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby aboard Alliy Moyer’s 9-year-old warmblood gelding, Safari.

February 27, 2011

Calcagnini And Day Dream Make Derby Win A Reality

On Feb. 11 in Katy, Texas, Courtney Calcagnini demonstrated a creative twist on the term “triple play.” In the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Great Southwest Winter Series II, she won the overall derby as well as the classic and handy rounds.

The creative part? She did it on three different horses.

August 2, 2010

Sue Copeland Is Recycling Unwanted Ribbons Into Therapeutic Riding Treasure

On the final day of any horse show, the scene is sadly familiar: As the tack room drapes come down and the last horses are loaded onto vans, colorful tangles of unwanted show ribbons are tossed in the aisles or thrown in trash bins.

May 21, 2010

Hard Hats And Thinking Caps

During weeks of competition at the major winter show circuits, on-site classrooms help young riders keep up with schoolwork.

At the beginning of each December, Reed Kessler of Armonk, N.Y., says goodbye to her classmates and teachers and heads to Florida to show for four months. When she returns in early April, Kessler said she’s far enough ahead in her studies that she can “pretty much coast for a month or so.”

January 15, 2010

The Eatons Have Devoted Two Generations To Horse Showing In Alaska

And they’ve contributed to the formation of a close-knit community of Alaskan horsemen.

The roots of Eaton Equestrian Centre in Anchorage, Alaska, reach back to 1969, when Julie Eaton left her native Buffalo, N.Y., and moved to Alaska with her husband.

Already a talented artist, Eaton developed a new passion in 1975, when she began riding.

By 1980, Eaton was a single parent of two daughters—Dana, 7, and Britta, 10—looking for ways to supplement her earnings. That’s when the concept of a riding school took hold.

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