The No. 2 event rider in the world, Andrew Nicholson, has asked to be removed from Equestrian Sport New Zealand’s 2015 high performance squad following a disagreement with a veterinarian at this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France).
On Oct. 29 the U.S. Equestrian Federation released a statement banning riders from using helmet cameras in any USEF licensed or endorsed competitions. The decision is pending completion of an independent expert report on the safety of the cameras.
On Nov. 1, Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent, Va., will close its doors after 17 years.
Built in 1997 to help bring tourism and an economic boost to New Kent County, Colonial Downs was the only live flat racing track in Virginia and also supported several off-track wagering facilities, five of which closed earlier this year. The track formerly hosted the David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase.
Jennie Brannigan couldn’t even watch cross-country leader Boyd Martin as he jumped his show jumping round with Master Frisky at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI***.
She’d laid down a clear with Cambalda and just had to wait, and when Master Frisky ticked the last fence in the triple giving her the win, several years of heartbreak and near-misses washed over her as she celebrated the biggest win of her career.
Boyd Martin is used to riding multiple horses at every event he goes to, but when he brought six horses to the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International, most contesting their first CCIs, he knew he wasn’t going to have it easy.
Luckily, Master Frisky made Martin’s job easy in the CCI***, taking the top spot after two days of dressage (43.1).
The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International kicked off competition today with a full day of CCI** dressage and a handful of CCI*** rides.
With 54 riders in the three-star and 110 in the two-star, this year's Fair Hill is shaping up to be its biggest ever.
Matt Brown traveled all the way from Petaluma, Calif., with Happenstance to take the lead in the two-star (40.1), while Lauren Kieffer and Landmark's Monte Carlo (43.0) and Boyd Martin on SBF Cortez (43.8) lie close behind.
My drive up I-95 to Maryland on the third weekend of October every year is one of my favorites, because it’s time for the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International.
The leaves are changing, there’s a crispness in the air, volunteers greet you with a smile, and the smell of Maryland crab cakes and fried food wafts through the air at the United States’ premiere fall three-day.
Sinead Halpin has conquered the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI**** cross-country, represented the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, won countless events and finessed her way through her top horse Manoir de Carneville’s quirks, but she’ll be taking on a new challenge this weekend at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI** (Md.)—Forrest Nymph, a 14.2-hand New Forest Pony.
Halpin took over the ride on “Farrah” this spring for owner Beth Davidson and she’s excited for the challenge of the mare’s first CCI**.