It was a real pleasure to comment on the video production of the 2016 ASPCA Maclay Finals at the CP National Horse Show (Ky.) with George Morris. I commented on the U-25 classes and championship, as well as the international jumpers and Longines FEI Lexington World Cup qualifier. It was exciting to see the U.S. pipeline progression from the equitation all the way to the World Cup qualifier.
As he lay in a hospital bed for nearly three months and slowly began to regain his senses following a catastrophic riding accident, Peter Walsh survived many agonizing days and nights of pain and anxiety by focusing on foxhunting, the pursuit that had very nearly killed him.
Each year following the major equitation finals, there is a great deal of debate about the formats, the courses and the judging. The 2016 Pessoa/U.S. Medal Final was an excellent example, where many praised the course, while others had major issues with the scope and technical aspects.
Many people in our sport spend countless hours trying to find ways to make eventing a better—and most importantly, a safer—sport for horses and riders. The changes that have been and are continuing to be made over the past few years are remarkable.
Does your pet enjoy spreading holiday cheer? Then you should send his or her photo to the Chronicle for our annual Holiday Pet Gallery in the Holiday Issue (Dec. 26). Get as creative as you can!
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"You really have to read the jump-off and ride it the way that suits your horse depending on who's in the jump-off and how fast they're going," said Sharn Wordley after he rode Casper to the top of the $130,000 Asheville/Greenville BMW Centers' Grand Prix CSI 3* over Conor Swail on Hetman Of Colors.