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Lindsay Berreth

January 16, 2014

Buck Davidson Bids Goodbye To Santa's Keeper

Buck Davidson’s two-star mount Santa’s Keeper was euthanized Jan. 16 due to a rupture in his right quadriceps muscle and right transverse abdominal muscle, which resulted in internal hemorrhaging.

Davidson competed the 8-year-old Thoroughbred, co-owned by his longtime supporters Carl and Cassandra Segal, at the Ocala Horse Properties Winter I Horse Trials on Jan. 11 in Ocala, Fla., but after completing his show jumping round, the gelding began showing shortness in his right hind when he got back to the trailer.

January 14, 2014

Switzerland Bans The Use Of Hyperflexion

On Jan. 1, officials in Switzerland enacted a new law prohibiting the use of hyperflexion, or rollkur, in their country. The law was originally proposed in 2008 and was approved by the Swiss government in October of 2013.

January 14, 2014

Allison Springer’s Lionheart Undergoes Colic Surgery

Eventer Allison Springer’s new mount Lionheart underwent colic surgery on Jan. 13 in Wellington, Fla., after he began showing signs of discomfort in the early morning hours of the same day.

Springer’s groom, Alandra Halem, noticed the 12-year-old Westphalian gelding (Lancer III—Sibrose, Sacramento Son) pawing and acting uncomfortable and decided to call the vet. Once Springer arrived at the barn, the vet tubed the gelding and gave him Banamine, which seemed to help.

January 9, 2014

Emma Ford Returns To Phillip Dutton Eventing

Top eventer Phillip Dutton will have a familiar face in the barn this year as he moves down to Aiken, S.C., for the winter and spring seasons. His former head groom, Emma Ford, has returned to the job she held for seven years after a stint working for Jim and Sarah Wildasin, who own Dutton’s 2012 London Olympic Games mount Mystery Whisper.

January 8, 2014

Rebecca Farm Takes 2014 CCI*** Off The Schedule

Although it was listed in the U.S. Eventing Association’s omnibus, The Event At Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Mont., will not host a CCI*** in 2014.

“We had never officially decided to run it in the first place,” said organizer Sarah Broussard. “When I apply to the FEI, I check all the boxes, because it’s much easier to be approved and not run it than to not ask and try to get it approved later. I pretty much always check everything [on the form] because we never really know how it’s going to run, and you have to do it so far ahead with the FEI.”

January 8, 2014

Haidaseeker Playboy Wears Several Different Hats—And Shoes

Five years ago, Haidaseeker Playboy was happily performing sliding stops, flying changes and cutting cattle as a reiner and reined cow horse with his owner, Andrea Caudill. But when Caudill attended a local dressage schooling show with some friends, she decided to give the discipline a try with “Matt,” a cutting-bred Quarter Horse gelding (Docs Haidas Playboy—Haidas Seeker), and she hasn’t looked back.

January 4, 2014

2014 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 5: Connecting The Dots

On the final day of the George Morris Horsemastership Training Session, Jan. 4, riders got to put to use the concepts they’d been working on all week over a course of fences. Although they weren’t huge, most about 3’6”-3’9”, the basics—impulsion, rhythm and position—were paramount.

January 3, 2014

2014 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 4: No Stirrups In Sight

All week, George Morris has reiterated that riding a horse is hard, even if the concepts seem simple. To learn correct basics, one must practice perfection with discipline and concentration.

Those basics got a lot harder on Jan. 3, Day 4 of his Horsemastership Training Session, as riders came to the ring without their stirrups for 45 minutes of flatwork.

Morris said he likes to ride at least once a week without stirrups to develop a better seat and feel, even now after seven decades in the sport.

January 2, 2014

2014 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 3: Adjustability Is Key

“Horse training is playing,” said George Morris on Day 3 of his Horsemastership Training Session on Jan. 2. “Lengthen, shorten, turn. It’s playful. It’s not temper and emotion and drama.”

But the second day of gymnastics wasn’t all fun and games. Morris continued his insistence of the correct basics of position, but didn’t harp on small mistakes the horses made.

Morris started the day by reviewing his methods, which again included impulsion.

January 1, 2014

2014 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Day 2: Detail-Oriented Jumping

 “We’re not in hunter land today, we’re in training land,” said George Morris as he began Day 2 of his Horsemastership Training Sessions, Jan. 1 in Wellington, Fla.

And although the 12 participants were learning, they were still expected to attend to the details as they began incorporating yesterday’s flatwork into gymnastic jumping exercises.

“Someone said that when they rode with me it was like being eaten alive by a duck,” Morris quipped. “Well it is like being eaten alive by a duck. Detail is like being eaten alive by a duck.”

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