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Lindsay Berreth

August 25, 2015

Groom Spotlight: Jesus Pimentel Has A Special Touch With His Grand Prix Charges

Grand prix rider Schuyler Riley has been on a big winning streak this summer, first winning three grand prix classes at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (N.C.) and then the CSI-W at Bromont, Quebec, but she's not the only one bringing checks back to the barn. Her head groom Jesus Pimentel has been on a streak of his own, capturing the new TIEC Groom’s Initiative Award three times.

August 24, 2015

Chapman University Study Finds Horsemeat In U.S Products

Two studies recently published in the journal Food Control found that several consumer-grade commercial meats contained species other than what was on their labels, including horsemeat.

The studies were undertaken by researchers in Chapman University’s Food Science Program (Calif.). 

August 20, 2015

USEA Tackles “Level Creep” And Body Protector Standards At Summer Meeting

One of the most controversial topics in U.S. eventing over the last year has been the idea of “level creep,” or the perceived idea that lower level cross-country tracks are becoming harder and less welcoming in the United States.

August 17, 2015

Buckeye The Dressage Mule Draws Crowds Wherever He Goes

Samantha Majors is used to drawing a crowd as she walks Buckeye to the warm-up arena from the stables at a dressage show, and it’s not just because he’s an Appaloosa—her mount is also a mule.

“Whether you’re hacking or getting ready to show, people will do a double-take,” said Majors. “Then you get the people who want to give you the silly comments, ‘Oh, nice warmblood you have there.’ Sometimes it can take a bit of time to get where you need to go because everybody wants to stop and look at him and take pictures.”

August 12, 2015

USEF Announces Three GABA Suspensions And Fines

The U.S Equestrian Federation recently released their July hearing committee rulings, and three prominent hunter trainers were listed with suspensions and fines after positive tests for "gamma-aminobutyric acid in excess of normal physiological levels” in horses they trained.  

July 25, 2015

Ward And Rothchild Wrap Up Pan Ams With Individual Show Jumping Gold

Caledon, Ontario—July 25

Going into the jump-off for the individual gold medal, McLain Ward knew all he had to do was jump clear to win when Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez had a rail down with Darlon Van Groenhove.

But even with the pressure seemingly off, Ward still rode to his plan with Rothchild—quick until the third to last, a liverpool, then ease off.

That plan worked as he and the game chestnut gelding kept all the rails in the cups to win the gold, Ward’s first individual medal at a major championship.

July 22, 2015

Three Pan Am Show Jumpers You Might Not Know

Caledon, Ontario—July 24   

Every rider coming to the Pan American Games comes with a different goal--whether it's to win a medal, achieve a personal best score or just bring attention to horse sport in their country. 

While we loved cheering on the U.S. and Canadian teams as they battled it our for the top medals, we equally enjoyed talking with riders from smaller countries who each came to the Pan Ams with an interesting tale to tell. Here are some of their stories!

Emily Kinch (Barbados)

July 22, 2015

Ask 5: What's Your Plan Before The Bell Rings?

Riders at the Pan American Games have 45 seconds to trot around the outside of the ring once the judge rings the bell and we wanted to know how they prepared their horses to enter at A. 

Check out answers from five of the top U.S. and Canadian riders.

Photo by Lisa Slade.

Laura Graves and Verdades

July 19, 2015

U.S. Sweeps Pan American Games Eventing Gold

Caledon, Ontario—July 19

A medal at the Pan American Games was important this weekend for the United States, not only for Olympic qualification, but for team morale after a tough finish at the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games (France).

With Brazil hot on their heels after three clear show jumping rounds today, the team delivered, taking home the gold on a score of 133.0. Brazil earned silver on 140.7, while Canada took home bronze on 163.0.

July 17, 2015

U.S. Leads By A Fraction After Eventing Dressage At Pan Ams

Caledon, Ontario—July 17

 The U.S. Eventing Team came to the Pan American Games with one goal—to win. While they don’t need to win to gain Olympic qualification (third place behind Canada and Brazil who are already qualified will suffice), that hasn’t changed their mindsets.

“We have a job either way,” said Lauren Kieffer. “It doesn’t make a difference what we’re trying to get done. We came here on a mission, and Olympic qualification is part, but we would come on the same mission if we were already qualified.”

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