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Lindsay Berreth

April 21, 2014

Catching Up With Colleen Rutledge: Shiraz Is Back In A Big Way

Colleen Rutledge made headlines last year when she finished the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** (England) with Shiraz, making them one of few pairs to have completed five of the six major four-stars in the world without a cross-country jumping penalty (the only one she hasn’t competed in is the Adelaide CCI**** in Australia).

Rutledge, 37, Frederick, Md., spent the summer and fall working on “Luke’s” dressage, the phase he notoriously dislikes, and earning good results with her homebred Covert Rights, or “C.R.”, at the three-star level.

April 18, 2014

R-Star Retires From Eventing Due To Heart Condition

Kristi Nunnink announced today, April 18, that she's retiring four-star mare R-Star from eventing because of issues with the horse's heart. The mare was entered to compete in the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** next week. 

“We noticed it [at Rolex last year] in the holding box afterwards when she first came off the course,” Nunnink explained. “She would throw some irregular heartbeats. We took her to U.C. Davis [Calif.] and did a lot of research. She basically only threw them when she was in light work, and when she galloped, her heart would beat really well.”

April 14, 2014

Get To Know U.S. Eventing’s Show Jumping Coach Silvio Mazzoni

It takes a lot to understand the mechanics of getting an event horse to show jump clear on the third day, especially at the upper levels. How do you take a fit, but possibly tired horse, who just galloped several miles across country over nearly 30 obstacles at 550 meters per minute and make him be careful and tidy the next day?

With the extremely competitive modern sport, there’s been a need for a show jumping specialist coach for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing team who could travel to competitions and help riders, as well as work with them individually during training sessions.

April 11, 2014

Nagawiecki Is Up For Any Grooming Challenge

As Natasha Nagawiecki prepared to lead Reali Equine LLC’s Reflection into the ring in the Shapley’s Groom’s Class during Week 8 of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.), she noticed a small black spot on the white mare’s leg where she’d gotten a smudge of hoof polish as she walked.

At the last minute, she whisked away the spot, fixed one more stray hair in her mane and headed into the ring.

April 6, 2014

UPDATED: Conair Dies After Cross-Country At The Fork

The Conair Syndicate's Conair died following a fall on cross-country at The Fork Horse Trials on April 6. 

Will Coleman was competing the 11-year-old Anglo-European gelding in the advanced, test A, division when they fell at fence 17AB, the Bridlewood Wine and Intersource Cheese complex of a table and a skinny wedge.

Conair and Coleman, who broke his collarbone, both got up and the gelding galloped around the field until he was caught and transported back to the stables for evaluation.

April 5, 2014

Powderhound Dies At The Fork Horse Trials

Powderhound, a 15-year-old Australian Thoroughbred ridden by Andrew McConnon in the CIC** division at The Fork International Horse Trials, died on April 5 after collapsing while returning to the stables after completing his show jumping round.

The Fork released a statement explaining the incident.

April 4, 2014

Dutton And Shamwari 4 Make Fast Friends At The Fork

Norwood, N.C. – April 4

When Boyd Martin handed over the reins of his new mount Shamwari 4 this weekend in the CIC*** at The Fork International Horse Trials to Phillip Dutton while he recovers from a broken leg, he had simple instructions. “Just jump around and don’t fall off!”

April 4, 2014

Nick Haness Earns A Surprise Birthday Win And Some Inspiration In Spain

After seven weeks of riding, coaching and showing at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, Calif., Nick Haness was ready for a vacation. So after watching the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix on March 16, he drove home, did a load of laundry and hopped on a plane to Spain for a week of relaxation.

But horses are in his blood, so what started as a relaxing vacation to Spain quickly turned into the opportunity of a lifetime.

March 25, 2014

Silva Martin Home And Undergoing Rehabilitation

Grand Prix dressage rider Silva Martin has returned home to Cochranville, Pa., to begin rehabilitation after a fall on March 5 sent her to the hospital with a serious head injury.

Martin, 34, was riding in Wellington, Fla., when her horse tripped. Although she was wearing a helmet, she was knocked unconscious on the horse’s neck as she fell.

March 24, 2014

Boyd Martin Breaks Leg At Carolina CIC

Eventer Boyd Martin joked that his home in Cochranville, Pa., looks like a hospital ward now that he’s returned from a winter spent in Aiken, S.C., with a broken leg after falling off on cross-country at the Carolina International in Raeford, N.C., on March 23. His wife Silva, a Grand Prix dressage rider, is also recovering from a serious head injury sustained in a fall at the beginning of the month.

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