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Megan Brincks

June 1, 2013

Campbell Steals The Show In The Idle Dice Stakes

In her first year as a professional, Kaitlin Campbell piloted her Rocky W to a win in the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake at the Devon Horse Show, and she did it against some of the top riders in the world.

Nineteen horses contested the course designed by Olaf Petersen of Germany, and a solid showing of eight returned for the shortened jump off. The technical course was to be expected in the second-largest money class of Devon, and it proved difficult to make the time and ride clear even for the seasoned professionals.

May 28, 2013

Classic Thoroughbred Show Horses: Gimlet

In 1961, Bernie Traurig’s future looked bright. The teenager from Syosset, N.Y., had won the ASPCA Maclay Finals and the AHSA Medal Finals aboard Troublemaker, but no one yet knew if he’d go on in the sport. His father had college in mind for his son, while all Traurig could think about was horses.

It took a Thoroughbred named Gimlet to cement Traurig’s path and propel him to success in the hunters before he even turned 18.

May 3, 2013

OTTBs Showcased At Rolex Kentucky

Off-the-track Thoroughbreds have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years, and a program held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** set out with the mission to prove the versatility and adaptability of Thoroughbreds in a second—or third—career.

May 2, 2013

St. Lawrence Starts Strong At IHSA Nationals

Harrisburg, Pa. – May 2 

Two riders from St. Lawrence University (N.Y.) won blue ribbons in the first day of competition at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships, putting them in good contention for a second consecutive Collegiate Cup.

Katherine Figueroa won the first team class, novice equitation on the flat, which she also won in 2012. The strong start for St. Lawrence continued later in the day.

April 29, 2013

North Forks Cardi Proves Size Doesn’t Matter

After traveling to Europe several times in search of a young horse to bring up through the dressage ranks, Jessica Wisdom found her Grand Prix horse in the form of a 14.3 ½ hand Welsh Cob stallion.

“I’m just some kid from the back tracks. Nobody got us here. And I did it on a pony,” said Jessica Wisdom of North Forks Cardi, a 12-year-old she co-owns with Cynthia Miller.

This year, Cardi made his CDI Grand Prix debut and even topped the freestyle at the Golden State CDI*** (Calif.) on April 4-7.

April 27, 2013

Rolex Kentucky Cross-Country Play-By-Play

Read Sara Lieser's article on the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** after cross-country day.

Seacookie and William Fox-Pitt started the day with a confident double-clear round on exactly the optimum time. 

Parker and James Alliston looked focused and finished with time to spare.

April 27, 2013

Scratches Further Cut Kentucky Field

Several riders chose not to run Derek di Grazia’s cross-country track at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. 

Phillip Dutton, after riding around double clear on Fernhill Eagle, said he would scratch Mighty Nice. However, he later changed his mind and decided to run.  “Happy” was 24th after dressage with 57.0 penalty points. 

"[I] have reconsidered my decision [and] will run Mighty Nice [cross-country] after all," said Dutton on his Facebook page. "The weather has held out, the footing is perfect and he's fit and ready."

April 25, 2013

Linstedt Is Last-Minute Scratch Before Rolex Kentucky

Rolex Kentucky CCI**** entry Jordan Linstedt did not start the event with her Tullibard’s Hawkwind. “Jack” sustained a minor injury while competing in the advanced division at the Twin Rivers Spring Three Day Event and Horse Trials (Calif.) on April 10-14.

April 11, 2013

Obama Budget Eliminates Funding For Horse Slaughter Plant Inspections

The Obama administration’s proposed budget for 2014 included a proposal to prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture from spending money on inspections for horse slaughter plants.

Without inspections, the plants could not legally operate.

In 2007, a similar stipulation effectively shut down the last processing plants in the United States. However, that law expired in 2011, opening the door for plants to reopen. Currently, there are no horse slaughter plants open in the United States, although several companies are working toward gaining approval from the USDA to open.

April 11, 2013

Possible Horsemeat Contamination Leads To Recall On 50,000 Tons Of Meat In Europe

Authorities in the Netherlands recalled 50,000 tons of meat marketed as beef that may contain horsemeat.

Two Dutch companies, Wiljo Import en Export B.V. and Vleesgroothandel Willy Selten B.V., supplied the meat to more than 500 companies across Europe, but they cannot trace the exact source of the meat. 

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