Graeme Thom officially resigned as chair of the Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee and chef d’equipe of the Canadian Eventing Team on June 22. Canadian Eventing released a statement regarding his departure July 8.
It takes a lot of planning and many hours in Los Angeles traffic every week, but amateur eventer Sue Church finds time to get to the barn and ride her two event horses in between running her medical benefits and employee insurance company and her side business, Elegant Accents By Sue, that specializes in custom spur straps.
All those hours in the car are worth it when she pulls into Kingsway Farm in Temecula, Calif., to ride her veteran Five O’Clock Somewhere and youngster Flirtini.
When dressage rider Kristen Becker lost all four of her horses in a barn fire earlier this year, she was first faced with trying to recover from the catastrophe. Becker had been aiming for the Young Adult “Brentina Cup” Grand Prix classes in her final year of eligibility before her top mount Ramses was one of 18 killed in the fire at Brookwood Equestrian Center in Bishop, Ga.
Clark Montgomery has withdrawn Loughan Glen from the Luhmühlen CCI**** (Germany) after careful consideration of the gelding’s schedule. Although Glen led the dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** (England) in early May, Montgomery retired both him and his other mount, Universe, after trouble on cross-country.
The news came as a shock to many of the equestrian program’s alumni, and the school’s interscholastic riding team, which was away competing at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Hunt Seat National Finals in West Springfield, Mass.
Every horse presented in the final horse inspection passed this morning at Jersey Fresh.
In the CCI**, both Liz Riley's Infinite Truth and Justine Dutton's Huck Finn were held but passed upon reinspection. Second placed rider Lynn Symansky withdrew Osbourne 9 due to some bruising and soreness incurred in her fall from her CIC*** mount Donner during yesterday's cross-country.
Taryn Nolte, who was in 14th after cross-country, withdrew Cleverly. Fourteen horses will jump.
In the Rolex Preview Issue of The Chronicle of the Horse (the April 21 & 28 issue), we introduced readers to three inspirational amateurs entered at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** this year. Now that their Rolex Kentucky adventures are behind them, we caught up with them to see how they fared.