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May 23, 2016

Minikus Completes A Clean Sweep In Kentucky With $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix Win

Lexington, Ky.—May 22   

The Kentucky Spring Classic's main event, the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3*, was an unforgettable one as Todd Minikus and Quality Girl pulled off their third FEI win for the week.


Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo by Taylor Renner/Phelps Media Group

The win was extra meaningful to Minikus as it honored his dear friend and horsewoman Mary Rena Murphy.

May 22, 2016

McLain Ward Debuts Tina La Boehme In $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix Win At Old Salem

North Salem, N.Y.—May 22  

It was last year at the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows that McLain Ward made headlines with an up-and-coming mare, HH Azur.

This year, HH Azur’s in Europe getting ready to make a bid for the U.S. team for the Rio Olympic Games. But have no fear, Ward just happens to have another amazing young mare waiting in the wings.

May 22, 2016

U.S. Team Emerges Triumphant In Compiegne Dressage Nations Cup

Compiegne, France—May 22  

Team USA were deemed winners of the third leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage series at CDI5* Compiegne (France) where torrential rain led to the cancellation of the Grand Prix Special.

May 20, 2016

NCAA Affirms Support For Equestrian

The Committee on Women’s Athletics confirmed its support for equestrian to remain on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Emerging Sports list during the April meeting in Indianapolis. 

The committee voted on and approved a statement recommending that equestrian remain on the Emerging Sports list due to new organizational efforts, membership feedback and potential growth. 

May 18, 2016

Foundation Recovers Stolen Munnings Equestrian Artwork

Eleven of the 17 artworks stolen from Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000-acre property dedicated to research and education and owned by The Belle W. Baruch Foundation, have been recovered after being missing for 13 years.

With the cooperation of Frazer Pajak and John Ivy, officials were led to Ivy Auction House, a regional auction house in Laurens, S.C., where they found the lost works. 

May 18, 2016

USEF Names Athletes For European CSIO*****s

The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced May 18 that the following athletes have been named to the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Teams competing in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup show jumping events at CSIO***** Rome, May 25-29, CSIO***** St. Gallen (Switzerland), June 1-5, and CSIO***** Rotterdam (the Netherlands), June 22-26. 

These competitions are designated observation events as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team. Robert Ridland will serve as the chef d’equipe.

May 18, 2016

Badminton Announces Eric Winter As New Cross-Country Course Designer

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** (England) has announced the appointment of Eric Winter as the new cross-country course designer for 2017. Winter will take over from Giuseppe Della Chiesa, who designed the track for three years (2014-2016). Hugh Thomas was the course designer before Della Chiesa. 

May 17, 2016

Hamel Family Establishes $25,000 Scholarship Through USHJA Foundation

The Hamel Family has established the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Foundation Hamel Scholarship for Further Education, which will award up to $25,000 to one USHJA member each year. The first scholarship will be awarded in 2017.

May 16, 2016

Palm Beach County Horse Euthanized Due To EHV-1

One horse in Palm Beach County, Florida, was euthanized May 13 after testing positive for equine herpesvirus-1. 

“The 18 other horses on the premises currently are clinically normal,” stated a release from the  Equine Disease Communication Center. “Biosecurity measures and twice daily temperature monitoring are in place. All states with traces have been notified. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will continue to monitor the situation.” 

May 16, 2016

Bariano Takes Garza To A New Level With $130,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix Win

Lexington, Ky.—May 14  

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show concluded with the day’s highlight event: the $130,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*.

Eugenio Garza of Mexico and Bariano bested a field of 41 competitors to claim the top prize with a blazing jump-off round in 39.16 seconds.

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