This practiced pair led from start to finish in the advanced division.
As thunder boomed and lightning lit up the horizon, Mother Nature, not Chris Barnard’s imposing course, worried the 17 advanced division riders waiting to contest their show jumping round at the Millbrook Horse Trials, Aug. 7-10 in Millbrook, N.Y.
The organizers, crew and judges hurried competitors through in reverse order of placing, hoping to beat the impending storm.
Every adult amateur knows how tough it can be to fit riding into a busy lifestyle. But the demands of Ann Romney’s schedule would make her fellow competitors’ collective heads spin.
She’s raised five boys, doted after 11 grandchildren, managed charity programs at both state and national levels and played an increasingly active role in her husband Mitt Romney three—first Senate, then gubernatorial and now presidential—political campaigns.
Along the way she’s beaten back multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that, nine years ago, left her bed-ridden and in despair.
Danny Warrington usually takes part in the prize-giving ceremony at the Groton House Farm II Horse Trials in Hamilton, Mass., by presenting the trophy honoring his late wife, international event rider Amanda Warrington, who died in a 1997 riding accident, to the winner of the advanced intermediate division.
The worst spring flooding on record couldn't stop the Groton House Farm Horse Trials II, June 23-25 in Hamilton, Mass., and the conditions couldn't deter Phillip Dutton from winning, either.
Dutton, West Grove, Pa., dominated the advanced/ intermediate division, winning the Amanda Cup trophy on Tru Luck and placing third on his World Equestrian Games hopeful, Connaught. He also won a division of open preliminary on his wife Evie's 7-year-old, Australian gelding, Loose 'N Cool.
Retirement hardly means slowing down for Bonnie Stedt of Pine Plains, N.Y. The 61-year-old former executive vice president of human resources for American Express now pursues her passion--eventing--full-time.
At the Fitch's Corner Horse Trials, Aug. 6-7 in Millbrook, N.Y., Stedt beat a field of 40 riders, many of them half her age, to win the USEA Area I Novice Championships on her 9-year-old, Irish-bred gelding, Clancy Himself. She also finished fourth on Jasmina, her 10-year-old, Holsteiner mare.
Whatever yesteryear's eventing stars may have lacked in dressage or show jumping prowess they made up for with an instinctive and innately effective cross-country style.
As British eventer John Marsden said of former World Champion Lucinda Green in Eventing magazine recently, "Her cross-country riding was so natural and not born out of the arduous training and endless lessons that are so fashionable today. Spontaneous and imaginative are two words which sum it up--the very best."