The National Collegiate Athletic Association hasn’t yet revealed a final decision on the future of equestrian within the organization, but another college is dropping the sport in response to the uncertainty.
On Nov. 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it issued nine warning letters to companies marketing and selling unapproved medications containing omeprazole. All of the FDA-unapproved drugs in question state they cure, prevent or treat equine gastric ulcer syndrome.
The German Equestrian Federation released a statement today, Nov. 10, stating that Helen Langehanenberg will no longer compete or ride her partner for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games gold, Damon Hill NRW.
Lawyers for owner Christian Becks said negotiations with the rider failed.
“The ideas about the conditions were too far apart," said Becks, who added that the 14-year-old Westphalian stallion (Donnerhall—Romanze, Rubinstein I) will not be sold but will remain with the family.
What does it feel like to earn your first three-star win on a horse you bred yourself? A 15-year-old horse who, until a few weeks ago, you thought would never do another CCI? Barbara Crabo can’t tell you—at least not exactly.
“I’m trying not to swear!” she said. “But it feels awesome. I was there when he was born, and I was the first one on him. I’ve done everything with him, and it means everything to me.”
Though Buck Davidson won the Jersey Fresh CCI*** with Copper Beech in May, he still had questions about the horse.
“Mentally, he gave me so much at Jersey, but he had no idea what he was doing,” said Davidson. “I was just aiming and kicking and holding and doing whatever I could at the jumps. I thought it was important for him to drop back down. Carl and Cassie [Segal] are such understanding owners. I said after Jersey, ‘I’m going to go quietly and not make the time anywhere. I think the goal should be to go to Galway.’ ”
Notoriously busy East Coast professional riders Boyd Martin and Buck Davidson brought just one horse each for this weekend’s Galway Downs. But Martin and Davidson are once again proving they’re masters of quality as well as quantity, and at the end of the dressage, those two are tied in the CCI*** on Trading Aces and Copper Beech, respectively, with 44.4 penalties.
“I watched Buck’s test, and I thought, ‘Was I that bad?’ ” joked Martin.
When Jennifer McFall met High Times, he was 5 and had competed in one Young Event Horse class. McFall herself was specializing in training Morgans and hadn’t yet competed at the two-star level. So to say she was expecting that young horse to be her future Rolex Kentucky CCI**** mount? Not likely.
“I thought he was a really, really nice horse,” said McFall, “but I’m not sure I had any ideas of going that far—even in my own life, personally, not just with him. I bought ‘Billy’ as my hobby. I’ve always loved eventing because I grew up in Pony Club, but it was never my main focus.”
After the conclusion of two days of dressage at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI**** in France, the lead is shared by two eventing powerhouses. Germany’s Ingrid Klimke is tied for first with Horseware Hale Bob (39.3), and William Fox-Pitt, last rider to go with Parklane Hawk, is right there with her on an equal score.
U.S. rider Lauren Kieffer is seventh with Veronica (44.2), and Sharon White is 13th with Wundermaske (48.7). Erin Sylvester will head out on cross-country in 30th place.