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Megan Brincks

November 5, 2014

Amateurs Like Us: Lauren Mauldin Takes On Texas

Somewhere in most amateurs’ minds is a dream to hit the big time and compete at some of the biggest shows in the country, but Lauren Mauldin, an amateur hunter/jumper rider based in Texas, is just fine with staying right where she is.

The Austin, Texas, rider and her off-the-track Thoroughbred, Something So Right, or “Simon,” are doing things their own way, tackling one goal at a time and documenting their adventures at on Mauldin’s blog, She Moved To Texas.

September 28, 2014

Klunick Turns A Near Disaster Into A Crowd Pleasing Performance At AEC

At the Nutrena/U.S Eventing Association American Eventing Championships in Tyler, Texas, Avery Klunick and In It To Win It started with a respectable dressage score of 36.6 in the Adequan Advanced Gold Cup Final and accumulated 18 time penalties on cross-country. But in show jumping, they managed to add an impressive 52 time penalties and 12 jumping faults for a final score of 118. And the crowd loved every second of it.

September 26, 2014

Behind The Stall Door With Anthony Patch

Pitchfork scratchingDefending champion of the Adequan Advanced Gold Cup Series Final, Lainey Ashker has her own big shoes to fill at this year’s Nutrena U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships with Anthony Patch, her 15-year-old bay Thoroughbred gelding (Castle Guard—Aimee Alexis, Right Mind). But she was kind enough to let the Chronicle take a sneak peak into life behind the stall door to get an insider’s view.

June 2, 2014

Shayna Silcox Is In No Rush With Her Rescue-Turned-Event Horse Ferrari

Shayna Silcox and her little chestnut mare, Ferrari, finished firmly outside the top 10 in the senior novice amateur division at The Spring Event at Woodside, held May 23-25 in Woodside, Calif., which would not usually be a call for celebration.

But their gallop past the cross-country finish line signaled a win for off-the-track Thoroughbreds, neglected and abused animals, and young eventers determined to circumvent any obstacle.

May 16, 2014

Princeton Graduated From The Racetrack To Dressage

Off-the-track Thoroughbreds have gained notoriety over the years as brave eventers, consistent hunters and speedy jumpers. But rarely does an OTTB make it to the international levels of dressage, especially with a young rider.

But Alexandra Gainer, 20, and Princeton are doing just that and proving that off-the-track Thoroughbreds are just as versatile and talented as their proponents tout them to be. In February and March, they showed at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Fla.) and earned a 62.06 percent in the FEI Young Rider individual test.

February 4, 2014

Katherine Weidmann Made It To The Top Of The Country With A Free Pony

Many horsemen can spout a million cautionary tales about making sure to look a gift horse in the mouth. But when Katherine Wiedmann took on a free lease of Touchdown, a 14-year-old Welsh-Quarter Horse cross, she ended up with the ultimate pony to help finish her junior career with style.

September 28, 2013

You Can't Stop The Spots

Horses of all shapes and sizes can make excellent eventing horses, but sometimes, a horse of another color shines in the field of bays, chestnuts, seal browns and even the occasional gray.

Holly Breaux has a penchant for Appaloosas, so when she needed a new horse so that she could retire her Appaloosa mare almost a decade ago, Flecken Awesome stuck out as the ideal new partner.

September 22, 2013

One Mustang Wasn’t Enough For Elisa Wallace

Elisa Wallace, an advanced eventer from Jasper, Ga., made big news last year when she won the 2012 South Carolina Extreme Mustang Makeover with Fledge, but this year she took on an even bigger challenge. She trained not one but two never-been-touched horses for the Mustang Million, held Sept. 17-21 in Fort Worth, Texas.

June 14, 2013

House Appropriations Committee Votes To Block Horse Slaughter

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted on June 13 to eliminate funding for federal meat inspections at horse slaughter facilities. If it makes its way through the entire legislative process, this would effectively stop efforts to resume horse slaughter in the United States.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., forbids the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect horse-processing plants in the 2014 fiscal year.

June 14, 2013

USA Qualifies For Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final

With a fourth-placed finish by U.S. Team Stars at the $100,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows on June 13 in Calgary, Alberta, the United States is now qualified to send a team to the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Spain this September.

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