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October 21, 2016

Brunello’s Still Best In Tryon $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Mill Spring, N.C.—Oct. 21

 Earlier this year, rumors circulated that Brunello—three-time winner of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship—was retired, or at least retiring. There was a ceremony to unveil a Breyer model horse in his honor at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in June, and the next weekend his rider Liza Boyd entered another competition and heard a surprising announcement over the loudspeaker. 

October 20, 2016

Nouvelle Starts Writing Her Comeback Story In Tryon

Mill Spring, N.C.—Oct. 20 

 Nouvelle doesn’t do things halfway. It means she gallops into the ring for a jump-off ready to win, like she did in the $130,000 Suncast Welcome Classic at the Tryon International Equestrian Center CSI*****. But there’s a flip side to that same coin, which her rider Laura Kraut knows well after five years with the mare. 

October 19, 2016

Two Horses Euthanized During Fontainebleau Endurance Race

During the Fontainebleau CEI* 90-kilometer race, held Oct. 15 in France, two horses sustained injuries that necessitated euthanasia. The first, Ariane d’Oudairies, was competing with France’s Andre Coriou. This was the 6-year-old mare’s (Sleeping Car—Java d’Ourdairies, Cyborg) first Fédération Equestre Internationale start. 

October 11, 2016

Updated: Irish Rider Accused Of Abuse After Horse Dies During French Show Jumping Competition

Irish show jumping rider Kevin Thornton is being accused of abuse after a horse, Flogas Sunset Cruise, died during the GPA Jump Festival CSI** in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

The organizers of the competition released a paper statement to other riders at the event on Oct. 10. The competition has banned Thornton from further participation.

September 26, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Valegro

He’s won gold medals galore. He holds the world record score for the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix freestyle. He’s probably the most famous dressage horse who’s ever lived, and he moves his fans to tears and standing ovations.

September 24, 2016

Vancouver K And Valegro Rule Magical Rolex Central Park Horse Show Night

New York City—Sept. 24

It’s safe to say that no one who was seated at the Wollman Rink for the Rolex Central Park Horse Show CDI*** Grand Prix freestyle will soon forget this night. There was a historic win by Ireland’s Judy Reynolds on Vancouver, and then there was Olympic gold medalist Valegro. He wasn’t competing here, but his dressage freestyle demonstration with Charlotte Dujardin brought the sold-out crowd to first absolute silence, and then to tears. 

September 23, 2016

Day Dream Has A Perfect Night In $216,000 Rolex U.S. Open Grand Prix CSI***

New York City—Sept. 23

When Jimmy Torano drove Day Dream into Gladstone, N.J., for the horse inspection for the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, he wasn’t even sure he’d have a chance to compete the 8-year-old gelding here. 

September 23, 2016

Vancouver K Treks From Ireland For Rolex Central Park CDI**** Grand Prix Win

New York CitySept. 23

 A few years ago, Judy Reynolds made a commitment to helping Vancouver K get used to big environments and crowds. It worked—so much so that when Reynolds was offered an invitation to compete him at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show CDI**** this year, she happily accepted. After making their trip from Ireland, the pair topped the Grand Prix today with a score of 73.80 percent. 

September 22, 2016

Ward Breaks Rolex Central Park Horse Show Curse With Two Wins

New York City—Sept. 22

In the press conference after tonight's classes, McLain Ward joked that he doesn’t have a great record from his two previous years at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. 

I think my best score here is 16, and I think I’ve fallen off twice,” said Ward. “I was having a nervous laugh about that on the way to the ring.”

Ward didn’t need to worry tonight as he turned his luck around.

September 22, 2016

Five Questions With Charlotte Dujardin At The Rolex Central Park Horse Show

New York City—Sept. 22

 One of the most anticipated events of this year’s Rolex Central Park Horse Show is Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin’s freestyle exhibition with Valegro on Saturday evening.

We caught up with Dujardin to chat about her and Valegro’s trip over, how she’s been spending her time since arriving in New York, and why she chose her “How To Train Your Dragon” freestyle for Saturday.  

How was your trip from England?

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