Did you enjoy watching the inaugural Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex, either in person or on NBC Sports? Did you follow it online? This exciting event created plenty of stir and not just in the horse world. Horses returned to compete in the heart of New York City for the first time in more than a decade, and we’ve compiled a list of media coverage of the show, which featured the world’s best horses and riders in show jumping and dressage in New York City’s Trump Ring in Central Park on Sept 18-21. Want to see more equestrian coverage on TV and in mainstream press?
New rules aimed at cleaning up welfare malpractices in endurance racing take effect on Aug. 1, but pressure is mounting in the French endurance community for even more to be done.
A petition signed by more than 3,000 riders from Europe and North America has been sent to Princess Haya, president of the Fédération Equestre Internationale, while the Association Francaise des Veterinaires des Equestre Endurance (French endurance veterinarians) has written to the French Equestrian Federation expressing growing concern about failure to observe even existing FEI rules.
Marc van den Dungen has accused the Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS), prominent lobbyists for change in international endurance, of putting success at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ahead of horse welfare.
Van den Dungen resigned as chair of the KHNS endurance technical committee on July 14 in protest after three riders were selected for the Dutch endurance squad riding horses provided by the United Arab Emirates. Van der Dungen says he advised against this several weeks ago but was ignored.
Prominent steeplechase trainer Tom Voss, of Monkton, Md., died unexpectedly on the evening of Jan. 21.
A former timber jockey, Voss has been training horses for more than 40 years. He won his first race at My Lady's Manor (Md.) in 1975. He won five National Steeplechase Association leading trainer titles and trained Slip Away, winner of the 2010 Eclipse Award. Voss also served as Jt.-MFH of the Elkridge-Harford Hounds.
Voss, 63, leaves behind a wife, Mimi, and two children. Our thoughts are with them through this tragedy.
As Chronicle staffers covering competitions around the world, we take thousands of photos each year. Some of our favorite pictures are ones you might expect—riders winning major championships or smiling on a podium—but others make the list because they demonstrate a particularly strong bond between horse and rider.
With a horse show happening every weekend, and sometimes multiple major events taking place in locations around the country on the same day, the Chronicle reporters spend countless weekends on the road. But regardless of how many horses we see winning championships and cantering down centerline, a few special moments always leave a lasting impression long after the story is written and the results are old news.
Photographer Nico Morgan snapped these photos of a team chase member taking a swim at the 2009 Humberts National Championship, held in conjunction with the Fernie Chase at Tur Langton in England.
While this rider took the leap into the water right alongside her “Odds & Sods” teammate and went home caked in mud, she exemplified the team spirit associated with the sport by magically managing to avoid spoiling her fellow rider’s run.
It took jockey David Bourke a long time to recover from the broken pelvis he sustained in this rotational fall during the 1994 International Gold Cup steeplechase in The Plains, Va., but his mount, Political Angel, was unhurt.
Today Bourke works as a trainer, and photographer Douglas Lees of Warrenton, Va., continues to capture spectacular images like this one—albeit in color—as he’s done for decades.
This image, from the Dec. 24, 1965 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse, shows rider Jennifer Smith coming a cropper from Mrs. R. Neild’s Cinnamon Lad in the preliminary division of that year's national horse trials at Hideaway Farm in Geneseo, N.Y.
Stirlin Harris, who snapped this photo, still runs Hideaway Farm with his wife, Beth. Together they breed Connemara ponies (and stood the renowned eventing stallion Hideaway’s Erin Go Bragh) and are longtime members of the Genesee Valley Hunt.