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November 18, 2014

Heather Howland Found Her Perfect Partner In I’m Lovin’ It

Heather Howland wasn’t entirely sure of her plans for I’m Lovin’ It when she bought him eight years ago.

At 14, Howland just wanted a horse she could ride in the children’s hunters and maybe dabble in the jumpers, so 7-year-old “Tulle”, a Thoroughbred gelding, seemed like a good match.

November 18, 2014

Eventer Doug Payne Dips His Toe In Grand Prix

Eventer Doug Payne never expected he’d be capping off his season by placing eighth in the $30,000 RMI Grand Prix at the RMI Raleigh Benefit Horse show on Nov. 15 in Raleigh, N.C., but he’s never been one to pass on a nice horse and the opportunity to broaden his skills.

Payne, who brought several more of his lower level eventers to compete at the show, rode Michael Rubin’s Eli to eighth place in the class with just one rail down.

November 12, 2014

Aiken Horse Park Breaks Ground

On Nov. 8, friends and family of the late R. Bruce Duchossois unveiled plans for a new horse park in Aiken, S.C., and broke ground on what was a longtime dream for the horseman.

Duchossois, who owned top horses in driving, jumpers and eventing and rode as an amateur himself, purchased a 66-acre field and steeplechase track in August 2000 with the goal of preserving it from residential development. He hoped to turn it into South Carolina’s premiere horse park.

November 11, 2014

Baryshnikov High-Stepped His Way To The U.S. Dressage Finals

While Hackneys are normally known for their high-stepping leg action and talent for carriage driving, Baryshnikov is proving the breed can excel at the top levels of dressage.

The Hackney horse and his rider, Lisa Pierson, qualified to compete at the U.S. Dressage Finals in Lexington, Ky., at Intermediaire I on a wild card earned at the Region 8 Championships (N.Y.) and they came home with a seventh place finish (67.01%) in the open Intermediaire I championship, as well as a win (70.52%) and a second place (63.77%) ribbon in two other Intermediaire I classes.

November 6, 2014

One To Watch: Dundee And Jill Stowe Will Represent OTTBs At U.S. Dressage Finals

When Jill Stowe decided to take up riding again four years ago after a 20-year break, she knew she’d need to find a quiet, even-tempered horse that could handle her insecurities as she got back in the tack.

A 3-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred might not sound like the best choice for Stowe’s scenario, but when she met Dundee at the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Center in Lexington, Ky., she knew he was perfect.

November 3, 2014

Nicholson Steps Down From New Zealand High Performance Squad

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).

October 29, 2014

USEF Bans Helmet Cameras

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. 

The decision comes shortly after The Dutta Corp Fair Hill CCI officials banned helmet cameras on courses there in response to a similar rule in British Eventing. 

October 28, 2014

Colonial Downs Track Closes Due To License Conflicts

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.

October 19, 2014

Brannigan Breaks Fair Hill Curse

Oct. 19 - Elkton, Md.   

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.

October 17, 2014

Martin And Master Frisky Move To The Top Of Fair Hill CCI***

Oct. 17 - Elkton, Md.   

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).

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