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Lindsay Berreth

February 2, 2015

Ringside Chat: Elisa Wallace Can’t Get Enough Of Her Mustangs

Eventer Elisa Wallace first made headlines when she won the South Carolina Extreme Mustang Makeover in 2012, which challenged trainers to take a wild, untouched Mustang and turn them into a suitable riding horse in 120 days.

January 27, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Veterinarian Peter Blauner Takes It One Horse At A Time

Growing up on rural Long Island, N.Y., Peter Blauner knew he wanted to be a veterinarian from the moment he first saw a horse.

Throughout his 30-plus years of practice in Pennsylvania, Blauner has been living his dream and juggling eventing at the upper levels, all with just one horse at a time and a two-horse trailer.

January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Bionic Woman Had No Canter But A Big Jump

Not many professional jumper riders would take the chance on a horse who didn’t even know how to canter, but in the mid-1970s, grand prix rider Susie Hutchison and her famed trainer and mentor Jimmy Williams did when they took on Bionic Woman, a failed Standardbred trotter.

With patience and time, Williams trained the mare to be a jumper and Hutchison took over the ride as a 20-year-old, winning numerous grand prixs on the West Coast and representing the United States twice at the Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows (Calgary).

January 21, 2015

Ringside Chat: Kylie Dermody Is Starting Over And Winning

Three years ago, Kylie Dermody (née Lyman) was on top of the world, having won the Dansko Fair Hill International CCI** (Md.) with Trading Aces in 2011 and been named to the 2012 U.S. Equestrian Federation Developing Rider list.

Dermody had a great job working for Geoffrey and Joan Nichols at their Tom White Hill Farm in West Hartford, Vt., and Ocala, Fla., where she and the couple found young horses to bring along and sell.

January 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Sherry Robertson Wasn't Afraid To Take A Chance On Corinth

As a 20-something amateur rider in the 1970s, Sherry Robertson didn’t have much to spend on fancy show hunters, so she spent a lot of her time on the backstretches of racetracks in the northeast searching for her next top mount. In those days, the racetrack was the place to find a prospect, even for top riders like Rodney Jenkins.

As Robertson strolled the aisles of the barns at Dover Downs (Del.) one chilly winter afternoon, she came across a tall, dark and handsome bay Thoroughbred gelding.

January 13, 2015

Karen O'Connor Appointed As Coach Of Mexican Eventing Team

Olympic eventer Karen O'Connor has been appointed the new coach of the Mexican eventing team and will assume the role immediately. She’ll train the team for major events including the Pan American Games in Toronto this summer and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016.

After suffering a fall and serious back injury in 2012, O’Connor was forced to take a step back in her competitive career.

January 5, 2015

USEF Changes Helmet Camera Protocol

On Jan. 5, the U.S. Equestrian Federation announced that after careful consideration, they've updated their protocol regarding helmet cameras.

In October, USEF banned helmet cameras, thus falling in line with British Eventing who'd banned them due to possible safety risks. 

British Eventing had commissioned a study through Transport Research Laboratory, but the study is on hold due to lack of funding.

January 2, 2015

New Zealand High Performance Eventing Squad Excludes Andrew Nicholson

Andrew Nicholson will not be a part of Equestrian Sport New Zealand’s high performance squad for at least the first half of the year, despite making himself available in December.

The country’s No. 2 rider removed himself from consideration in October after a disagreement with the treatment of his Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France) mount, Nereo, following cross-country. 

December 19, 2014

Ringside Chat With Leslie Law: Exploring His New Role

Great Britain’s Leslie Law may be best known as the individual gold and team silver medalist in eventing from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, but for the past nine years he’s made his home in the United States, and now he’s exploring a new role in the sport as the U.S. Equestrian Federation Eventing Developing Rider Coach.

As part of his program for creating a pipeline of riders, U.S. Eventing Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor created the Under 25 and Under 18 training lists to identify and mentor talented youth riders.

December 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Summer Of Sylvester

While Kim Walnes was disappointed to be left at home as the non-traveling alternate for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles with The Gray Goose, she suddenly found herself with a job nearly as exciting that summer—a starring role in the movie Sylvester.

When a location team for the movie put a call out for a big, gray advanced level horse that could tackle the Rolex Kentucky jumps as a stand-in for the main character at the Kentucky Horse Park where they would be filming, Walnes and “Gray” were a natural choice.

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