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Erin Gilmore

July 29, 2014

Schwab Has A Winning Swan Song In Sonoma

Haley Schwab has spent two years forging her way as a professional in the horse world in England and California, and while winning her first grand prix on July 26 aboard Wedding Day could be seen as a brilliant step forward, she’s going to be hanging up her saddle soon.

March 17, 2014

Three Days Hermès At The Grand Palais

Paris, France—March 14-16   

It’s not unusual for crowds to gather when Marcus Ehning brings his horse out for a school. On Saturday afternoon under the glass-roofed Grand Palais in Paris, spectators gravitated toward the warm-up arena when Ehning entered with Cornado NRW. It was during a break between classes at the Saut Hermès CSI5* Jumping International, and the freshly groomed warm-up was nearly empty.

August 11, 2013

Irish Eyes Were Smiling At Dublin

When Cian O’Connor sold Blue Lloyd, his ride for individual bronze at the 2012 London Olympic Games, he thought he’d bid goodbye to looking between his bay ears.

In December 2012, he sold the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding Blue Lloyd to amateur rider Nicole Walker. The 19-year-old rides for Canada and spends her winters competing in Wellington, Fla. She trains with the Irish O’Connor and has kept Blue Lloyd in O’Connor’s stable since the sale. While O’Connor flats the horse regularly, he hadn’t jumped him again until very recently.

February 13, 2013

Blue Coats For A Better World

Jessica Newman and JustWorld International leverage the power of horses for a greater good.

“It’s not just about the blue coats and the logo. It’s more than that,” says Jessica Newman.

But it’s those blue coats and Newman’s familiar face that pop up at horse shows all over the world, all year long.

January 4, 2013

2013 George H. Morris Training Session Day 2: Correct, Not Sloppy

At 7:45 a.m. on Thursday morning, Day 2 of the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session hadn’t officially begun yet, but Morris himself was already in the saddle. While the sun was still making its way out of the clouds, Morris rode among the first group of riders, aboard a horse he’d commandeered from GHM participant Olivia Champ.

In his world, if you’re not early, you’re late.

Day 2 began with trotting—lots of it. And then cantering—lots of that, too. A thorough warm-up is absolutely essential when an intense lesson in gymnastic jumping is ahead, Morris intoned.

January 2, 2013

2013 George H. Morris Training Session Day 1: Tactful, Tough Riding Is Key

Twelve of the country’s top young riders arrived at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., before sunrise on Jan. 2 to prepare for the 2013 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session. They came from all corners of the country and from leading show barns, some with their own horses and some aboard borrowed mounts.

December 12, 2012

Lane Clarke Does His Homework On The Ground To Win In The Grand Prix Ring

Kindness is a virtue.

And loyalty. And friendship. And hard work. Ask anyone on the West Coast to name an especially virtuous rider, and there’s a good chance that Lane Clarke will come up in conversation.

October 8, 2012

Mr. Whoopy Plays His Way To A Big Win In Sacramento

Mr. Whoopy is the kind of horse who can sometimes get in his own way. His bucks and leaps between fences have become his calling card but have also been known to cost him valuable seconds in the ring.

“He tends to play a little bit when he shouldn’t, but that’s kind of his deal,” said rider Duncan McFarlane. “If you were to take away the play, maybe it would take away his jump. It’s kind of a trade with him, but it does pay off.”

September 3, 2012

Farrington Is Fastest To Win Hampton Classic $250,000 FTI Prix

September 2—Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Course designer Guillherme Jorge put a lot of thought into the number of fences he would include for the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix CSI-W at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. In fact, it wasn’t until he saw the final list of entries on the morning of the class that he made his final decision.

“At this level of competition, it’s always a very fine line between an easy course and a difficult course,” he explained. “But this is a very important class and very important prize money.”

August 28, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac Floods Wellington

Tropical Storm Isaac left an unwelcome surprise for residents of Wellington, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, as widespread flooding overwhelmed many areas of the city.

Beginning on Sunday night, more than 14 inches of rain fell during a 24-hour period as the outer bands of Isaac passed over Florida. Canals crested their banks, and water rose as high as 4 feet over major roads on Monday afternoon. Much of Binks Forest and Aero Club Road were completely under water, as was the normally busy intersection of Wellington Trace and Greenview Shores Blvd.

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