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.”
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.”
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.
“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.’ ”
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.
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.