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February 4, 2015

NCEA Continues Fight To Keep Equestrian An NCAA Sport

Since the National Collegiate Equestrian Association received news last October that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Committee on Women’s Athletics had recommended dropping equestrian as a sport, the NCEA’s been working to prevent that potential decision. They recently took an even bigger step by naming a new executive director, Dr. Leah Holland Fiorentino, and creating both an Executive Committee and the NCEA Foundation Advisory Council to steer the NCEA committees.

January 31, 2015

Myself De Breve Leads Mare Domination Of $372,000 CSI-W***** WEF Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 31

For Marie Hecart it was a night of firsts. The $372,000 Grand Prix CSI-W***** marked her first ever five-star victory, and it was also the first Saturday night class she’s topped at the Winter Equestrian Festival. 

“Always something would happen, I’d have a rail down in the jump-off, or we were not fast enough,” said Hecart, who rides for France. “I don’t know why it happened tonight, but my horse was amazing. This day is really important to me. We’ve always been close, but we couldn’t win.”

January 31, 2015

Martin Makes The $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase His Payday

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 31

As he said at this evening’s press conference, Boyd Martin’s competed all over the world. So how did eventing—and winning—at the $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase compare?

“This is by far the best competition I’ve ever been to,” said Martin. “The organizers here put on something I’ve never experienced before. I was so proud to be here. The people who owned the horses felt like kings. The course was first class. The arena was arguably one of the best I’ve ever ridden in. It was an unbelievable competition.”

January 30, 2015

$50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase Drone Course Preview

Curious about fences riders will tackle on cross-country at the $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase tomorrow? Preview all 18 jumping obstacles, including a water complex, bank, brush fences and corners, from Mark Phillips' course with this amazing footage, taken by Sportfot's Thierry Billet with a drone! 

January 30, 2015

Martin Makes His Mark In Dressage At $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 30

The riders are doing dressage, show jumping and cross-country this weekend, but the $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase isn’t your average event. For starters, there’s the $50,000 in prize money, and Boyd Martin had his eye on the top check as he put in his test with Trading Aces. The pair now leads after the first phase with 24.8 penalties. 

January 23, 2015

Roffman Sells Her Highness O To Danish Rider

Caroline Roffman announced today, Jan. 23, the sale of Grand Prix horse Her Highness O to Denmark's Signe and Thomas Kirk Kristiansen.  

"I run a sales and training barn, and a lot of horses in my stable are for sale," said Roffman, 26. "She was never listed for sale or anything like that, but I'd had a few offers and some interest in Europe and then once we were home. But when I met her new owners and they showed interest in buying her, it was the first time I considered selling her.  It's the perfect home, and [Signe] rode her absolutely beautifully."

January 7, 2015

Robert Dover Clinic Riders Test Their New Knowledge On The Final Day

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 7

Riders spent their week at the Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic learning about being well-rounded horsewomen and better trainers. But today the goal was to prove they could be excellent test riders as well.

Each rider chose a test and then presented it before either Janet Foy or Charlotte Bredahl-Baker. The two judges often stopped the tests, having riders repeat movements a little differently, or made suggestions and offered scores throughout.

January 5, 2015

Rider—And Equine—Responsibility Stressed On Day 3 Of Robert Dover Clinic

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 5

As a rider, you want to help your horse. But part of helping your horse when it comes to upper-level dressage movements involves helping him help himself—helping him learn to carry himself in better self-carriage and balance without stress—and that’s what both instructors for today’s riding sessions at the Robert Dover Horsemastership Week emphasized.

January 4, 2015

Cedric Can’t Be Caught At Trump Invitational

Palm Beach, Fla.—Jan. 4

Kent Farrington won the first two Trump Invitational classes, in 2013 and 2014, and he seemed poised for a third victory in today’s $125,000 grand prix. But as Blue Angel sped around the final turn of the jump-off, clear up until that point, the mare slipped badly behind. Farrington lost some time, and the horse pulled down a rail of the final fence.

Laura Kraut saw her opening. She made a different plan.

January 3, 2015

The Half-Halt Is King On Day 1 Of Robert Dover Clinic

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 3

What do you have if you don’t have a half-halt? The answer, as all of today’s participants on Day 1 at the Robert Dover Horsemastership Week learned, is nothing.

From the young riders’ first lecture of the day—Dover himself explaining the history and concept behind dressage—to their individual lessons with either Dover, new USEF Youth Coach George Williams or USEF Assistant Youth Coach Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, all discovered or rediscovered the value of the half-halt for all movements.

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