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Lisa Slade

April 16, 2014

Virginia Intermont College Considers Closing In July

A merger between Virginia Intermont College and Webber International University (Fla.) has fallen through as of April 15, and the school’s future is now uncertain.

April 5, 2014

Madden Makes It Three $200,000 American Invitational Wins In Miami

Miami, Fla.—April 5

Beezie Madden won the 2005 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational and the 2007 version of the same class with her now-retired Authentic. So pulling up to this year’s version, the $200,000 American Invitational in Miami? It made her a little nostalgic.

“I have to say, I always kind of miss Authentic when we come here,” she said. “He loved this class.”

April 2, 2014

Ringside Chat With Jan Ebeling

Jan Ebeling is starting the 2014 season with two mounts for CDI Grand Prix classes—his Olympic Games competitor, Rafalca, and a new Grand Prix horse, FRH Rassolini.

April 1, 2014

Updated: Headley Britannia Euthanized

Headley Britannia, Lucinda Fredericks’ four-star mare, was euthanized today, April 1. Fredericks announced the loss on her Facebook page.

March 28, 2014

Chris Hickey Leaving Hilltop Farm

Chris Hickey and Hilltop Farm owner Jane MacElree announced March 28 that Hickey will leave Hilltop Farm, effective as of the end of the Florida winter/spring season. Swedish native Michael Bragdell, who’s worked at Hilltop since 1995 and now rides for the United States, will take over as director of training.

“Chris has done a wonderful job in developing the horses in competition,” said MacElree in a press release. “I’ve had a lot of fun supporting him at shows in both the United States and Europe and am proud of what he's accomplished with my horses.”

March 26, 2014

Nine North American Pairs Accepted For Badminton CCI****

The list of accepted entries for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI****, released March 26, includes nine North American pairs. This year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials will take place May 7-11.  

March 23, 2014

Umeeko Makes The Struggle Worthwhile

San Juan Capistrano, Calif.—March 23

As a 7-year-old, Umeeko wasn’t the easiest horse.

“He was pretty fresh as a young horse!” said Michelle Reilly. “We were very patient with him. He never wanted to be bad, but he was hot. He was young and hot. Thank goodness Axel [Steiner] was like, ‘Stick it through. Stick with him.’ ”

March 22, 2014

Coral Reef Wylea Out For WEG Season

Guenter Seidel’s Grand Prix mount Coral Reef Wylea has sustained an injury that will keep her out of the 2014 Alltech FEI Equestrian Games (France), as was first reported by Seidel and the 14-year-old mare are currently in second place on the Tim Dutta National Grand Prix Championship/World Equestrian Games Selection Trial Ranking List.

March 22, 2014

Breanna's Better All The Time

March 22—San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Last year, Kathleen Raine and Breanna headed to Europe for a few months. They competed at Hickstead (Great Britain) and Lingen (Germany), and they trained with Jo Hinnemann. Then they returned in time for last fall’s USEF Dressage Festival Of Champions (Ky.) an improved pair. Today they made their 2014 competition debut, winning the CDI-W Grand Prix on a 70.26 percent.

March 17, 2014

Werth Fined In El Santo NRW Medication Case

Almost two years after Olympic dressage rider Isabell Werth's mount El Santo NRW tested positive for cimetidine at the Rhineland Championships in Germany, the case has finally been resolved by the Court of Arbitration of the German Equestrian Federation. Cimetidine, a medication used as an ulcer treatment and preventative, is allowed in Fédération Equestre Internationale competitions but not at German national shows.

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