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Lindsay Berreth

September 28, 2014

Storm Doesn’t Let Deafness Dissuade Her Passion

Kimberly Storm is like many amateurs in eventing, balancing her work life with raising her two sons and being able to financially support her horse habit.

But she also faces a unique challenge—she’s deaf.

Storm doesn’t let hearing impairment stop her from pursuing her passion though.

She brought her homebred 9-year-old German Warmblood Bucky O’Hanlian to the Nutrena/U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships to contest the novice amateur division, and she fundraised her trip to Texas.

September 23, 2014

Amateurs Like Us: Briteney Mercer Goes From Courtroom To Show Ring

A typical week in Briteney Mercer’s life as a criminal defense lawyer might involve 70-plus hours working on six or seven separate cases, a trial or two in court, a quick yoga session and some time with her boyfriend, but all of her stress melts away after a three-hour weekly commute when she steps into the barn for some quality time with her adult amateur hunter, Conviction.

September 3, 2014

Dutton Withdraws From Burghley, Four U.S. Pairs Remain

Phillip Dutton announced on his Facebook page on Sept. 3 that he has withdrawn Mighty Nice from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI****, Sept. 4-7.

“Unfortunately, Bruce Duchossois' Mighty Nice pulled up a little sore from his last gallop before the Burghley Horse Trials, so we have to withdraw him. We'll get ‘Happy’ back to the U.S. and evaluate him with our vet team, then make a plan from there,” he said.

August 27, 2014

Get To Know Your U.S. World Games Eventing Team

A few of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team horses and riders may have had some challenges to face in recent months, but as eventers, they’ve toughed it out and earned their spots on the World Games team, making it one of the strongest ever.

Lynn Symansky’s Donner had a light spring due to a slight filling in his ankle, only to come out in May and have an unusual fall on cross-country, studding Symansky in the process and causing her to miss several weeks of riding due to torn muscles.

August 24, 2014

Ripline Represents The USA At 6-Year-Old Championships

Aug. 24—Wayne, Ill.

As a top Grand Prix rider aboard the U.S.-bred Paragon, Heather Blitz knows the importance of supporting breeders in her home country, so it was no surprise when she topped the 6-year-old division at the Markel/U.S. Equestrian Federation Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships aboard Ripline, a U.S.-bred Danish Warmblood stallion.

August 23, 2014

Ots Ends Up On Top Of Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship

Aug. 23—Wayne, Ill.

When Endel Ots first saw Donatus last year, he knew the gelding would be a perfect fit for the Markel/U.S. Equestrian Federation Developing Horse Grand Prix Championship.

So at the suggestion of Donatus’ owners, Bethany and Rose Peslar, who bought him as an investment horse, Ots started showing with the idea of aiming for the national championship.

August 22, 2014

Tips For Training Young Horses From The Markel/USEF Developing Horse Championships

Aug. 22 - Wayne, Ill.

With the nation's top young horses on display at the Markel/U.S. Equestrian Federation Developing and Young Horse Dressage Championships at the Lamplight Equestrian Center, The Chronicle took the opportunity to track down some top riders and ask them about their general thoughts on working with their future stars. Here are five riders who competed in the 6-year-old preliminary test and the Prix St. Georges test as part of the developing Prix St. Georges division.

August 1, 2014

What’s In Your Ring? With Shachine Belle

Although she’s an accomplished rider in the hunter and jumper divisions, Shachine Belle has a true passion for teaching.

When she isn’t traveling to shows up and down the East Coast, Belle can be found at her Belle Equestrian LLC in East Greenwich, R.I., where she works with her equitation students on exercises they’re likely to see at the major finals.

Though this exercise looks simple, for Belle, it’s about making sure the rider can make a decision quickly and smoothly on course.

July 28, 2014

France Names World Games Eventing Team

On July 28, France announced its eventing team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Normandy).

The team is as follows:

Thomas Carlile with Quiro Hoy

Pascal Leroy with Minos De Petra

Maxime Livio with Qalao Des Mars

Cédric Lyard with Cadeau

Denis Mesples with Oregon De La Vigne

Jean Teulère and Matelot Du Grand Val

July 27, 2014

Team USA Was On Display At World Games Prep Trial

 July 27—The Plains, Va.

The standings were shuffled on the final day of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Prep Trials at Great Meadow, as the Land Rover Eventing Team put on a show for fans over chef d’equipe David O’Connor’s cross-country course in their final run before heading to France.

Time was a factor, but every rider had their own individual plan. Phillip Dutton and his alternate mount Mighty Nice topped the final standings, and he wasn’t playing around when he set out.

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