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Lindsay Berreth

March 7, 2015

Czechmate Makes His Move At Red Hills CIC***

March 7—Tallahassee, Fla.

There were a lot more experienced horses in the CIC*** division at Red Hills than Czechmate, but at the end of cross-country day, he and Lauren Kieffer came out on top.

March 7, 2015

UPDATED 3/10: Conahys Courage Euthanized At Red Hills Horse Trials

Conahys Courage, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Imogen De Lavis and ridden by Kyle Carter, was humanely euthanized at the Red Hills International Horse Trials on March 7 following an injury at fence 12, the Hobbit Houses, on the CIC*** cross-country course.

Carter, of Sparr, Fla., and the gelding had experience to the CCI*** level together.

March 6, 2015

Halliday-Sharp Makes A Strong Debut At Red Hills CIC***

March 6—Tallahassee, Fla.

In her first ever appearance at the Red Hills International Horse Trials, Liz Halliday-Sharp made quite the impression as she captured the CIC*** lead with Fernhill By Night (41.4) and slotted into third with HHS Cooley (43.4) after dressage.

“I was really pleased with both horses,” she said. “I think they tried really hard today. It was really, really cold when I did my test on ‘Blackie’ [Fernhill By Night] and he was feeling a little bit of that.”

March 6, 2015

One To Watch: Rodeos Or Running Cross-Country, Elana Von Doeler’s Up For Any Challenge

Most days, you’d be just as likely to find Elana Von Doeler jumping huge fences on cross-country as you would watching her don a cowboy hat and race around barrels at a rodeo, and she relishes the challenge.

The 22-year-old Canadian rider splits her time between eventing at the two-star level on High Star 3E and competing on the Women’s Professional Rodeo Circuit with Mercedes.

This weekend, she’ll be putting on her cross-country vest and tall boots to compete at the Red Hills International Horse Trials (Fla.) in the CIC**.

February 25, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Mimi Csatlos Finds A Will And A Way To Ride

When Mimi Csatlos lost her horse of a lifetime, Béla, over a year ago, she found herself in the place many amateurs like her do—horseless but still yearning to ride, all while juggling a full-time job and a family.

But through it all, she found support through her trainers, Kit Sydnor and Jenn Fessler of Steep Forest Farm, to carry on, and now she’s looking ahead.

February 24, 2015

Small, Wise And Mighty—Paddington Does Things His Own Way

A 14.3-hand Welsh Pony/Quarter Horse might not seem like the natural choice for an ambitious eventer, but when Ali Holmes-Smith first saw Paddington as a 4-year-old, there was something about him that struck her.

Now that he's about to turn 20, the gelding has been eventing for longer than Holmes-Smith’s daughter Tosca, 14, has been alive, but the pair tackled their first one-star together in November at Galway Downs (Calif.), finishing on their dressage score.

February 7, 2015

Ask 5: What's Your Last Thought Before You Go Down Centerline?

The international ring at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival can be intimidating, especially for Friday night freestyles, when the stands are packed and the atmosphere is electric.

At any level, it can be nervewracking when the judge's bell rings as you canter around the outside of the dressage ring before the start of your test, so we decided to ask five top riders at the AGDF what the last thing that crosses their minds is when they turn up centerline.

Shelly Francis

February 7, 2015

For Peters, Rosamunde Rivals Ravel in AGDF CDI*** Grand Prix Special

Feb. 8—Wellington, Fla.   

When Steffen Peters canters down centerline with Rosamunde, he can’t help but be reminded of his famous former partner Ravel.

And “Rosie” is well on her way to filling Ravel’s well-traveled shoes as she showed off what Peters’ feels by winning the CDI*** Grand Prix Special at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with a 73.74%.

February 7, 2015

Koschel Captures AGDF CDI*** Freestyle Win

Feb. 7—Wellington, Fla.   

Christoph Koschel’s plans to compete in his first Adequan Global Dressage Festival got off to a rough start when he arrived in Florida with Rostropowitsch NRW in mid-January.

Less than a week after getting off the plane, the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding (Rockwell—Wildcandela) got a spider bite, which turned ugly fast.

February 7, 2015

Mariett's Magical In AGDF CDI***** Grand Prix Freestyle

Feb. 7—Wellington, Fla.

You could say Mariett is like a fine wine. Now 17, the Danish Warmblood mare just keeps getting better and she and Lars Petersen are nearly unstoppable this season.

In front of a sold-out crowd at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, they took home their third freestyle win in a month in the CDI***** and their second win of the weekend after topping the CDI***** Grand Prix on Thursday.

The pair scored a 79.17%, an amazing score, but incredibly, the second best of their career after earning a 79.95% last season.

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