No one could touch McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z in the Rolex Central Park Horse Show $40,000 Canadian Pacific Railway U.S. Open Speed, and his time of 58.63 seconds easily topped Conor Swail with Cita (60.26 seconds). (Read the Chronicle's coverage of the class.)
Even as she entered the arena to perform a test that would help the U.S. team earn the gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Torrance Watkins knew she’d blown it. The only U.S. rider to finish without jumping penalties, she still regrets misreading the warm-up Finvarra would need for the dressage.
Up until very recently I was immersed full time in the professional eventing world for nearly 14 years under a number of different people or working for myself, out of a number of different locations. I've been a working student, a barn manager, a horse camp counselor, taught in a beginner lesson program, a groom, an assistant trainer and, most recently, run my own full-blown eventing business. I've ridden to the CIC*** level on two different horses and been named to the U.S. Equestrian Federation Developing Riders Lists three times.
Jane* will never forget finding out what the actual price tag was on her favorite amateur horse. She’d flown to the Midwest to try a plain bay 11-year-old.
“He was an adequate mover, but he jumped just the way I rode. It was like magic, me getting on him,” Jane said. “I talked to my trainer in the aisle after I tried him and said, ‘He’s 11. He’s never shown on the East Coast. He’s not pretty. $50,000 seems like a lot,’ since that was the top end of my budget.
“He told me, ‘I’ve already tried to get the price down, and they’re firm at $50,000.’ ”
Week 4 of the Winter Equestrian Festival was jam-packed with top sport in multiple disciplines, with the show jumping going on at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and the $75,000 Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase happening at the Stadium property.
Miss any of it? Have no fear—you can relive all the excitement!
Did you miss any of live feeds during Week 3 of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival on Jan. 27-31? We've compiled a complete collection of the archives of each feed from the week...