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Meghan Blackburn

March 28, 2014

Calecto Is King Of The Danes In AGDF Grand Prix Freestyle*****

Wellington, Fla.—March 28

Tina Konyot is always happy with Calecto V, but the black stallion's win in tonight’s AGDF Grand Prix Freestyle***** gave her even more reason to drop her reins and blow kisses to the crowd during the victory gallop (as Calecto level-headedly finished their lap).

March 28, 2014

Wizard Polishes Off A Win In AGDF Grand Prix Special CDI*****

Wellington, Fla.—March 28

Yesterday, Adrienne Lyle said that she had opted not to do this evening’s Grand Prix Freestyle CDI***** because her mount, Wizard, had done his freestyle the last two shows, and she needed to get back to focusing on the Grand Prix Special in preparation for the selection trial for the 2014 World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team.

Not only did she get some valuable practice in this afternoon’s AGDF Grand Prix Special CDI*****, but she also posted another personal best for her and Wizard—75.58 percent.

March 28, 2014

Wizard Scores A Redeeming Win In the AGDF CDI***** Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla.—March 27

When Adrienne Lyle and her team made the choice to scratch her Grand Prix mount, Wizard, from the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W during week 10 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Lyle was understandably bummed; Lyle and the 15-year-old gelding were trying for their final qualifying score towards the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final (France). But Wizard, owned by Peggy Thomas, had been cast in his stall the day before the jog and suffered some minor injuries to his legs.

February 18, 2014

Spar Trek Is Playing In The Big Leagues

As an adult amateur dressage rider, Lynda McNeely’s goal was to show at second level and complete a first level freestyle. She hoped, with the help of trainer Sue Kolstad, she would be able to make that happen. But when she first began riding with Kolstad in 2002, McNeely had an Arabian gelding who wasn’t working out.

“She was a little afraid of him,” said Kolstad, Burlington, Ky. “So I said, ‘You need a Curly horse.’ “

December 20, 2013

Colorado Horse Community Helping Davis Family

The Colorado horse community is donating money to help the family of Claire Davis, the victim of a shooting at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13. Davis, 17, competed in hunters and equitation with Graphite Gran Grannus and trained with Cynda Dyer. Davis died Dec. 21.

July 3, 2013

Racing Runs In The Napravnik Family

It wasn’t long ago that Jazz and Rosie were just little girls on racing ponies, but today they’re the most famous sisters in flat racing and steeplechasing.

Her big sister, the pony in front of her, a career in one of the most staunchly male-centric professions in America. At 25 years old, Rosie Napravnik has been chasing someone or something her entire life.

June 26, 2013

Ed Being Very Naughty

“You’re not going to win this one!”

That was Ross Legalloudec’s familiar battle cry with Ed, the adorable Welsh pony with whom he starred in the YouTube hit “Ed Being Very Naughty.”

May 26, 2013

Colvin Crowned With Top Devon Junior Honors

Devon, Pa.—May 25

It’s been just over a year since I officially left the Chronicle, and although I’ve managed to stay “in the know”—freelancing as much as the staff asks, it’s still not the same. When you’re a member of the editorial staff, the fact is, you live for horse sports just as the people about whom we’re writing.

March 20, 2013

Virginia Fall Races Trophies Missing

Several sterling silver trophies for the Virginia Fall Races, held annually at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, were stolen from the home where they had been stored.

Gary Baker, chairman of the Virginia Fall Races, first noticed the trophies were missing on the evening of March 15 after returning home from the Virginia Steeplechase Association annual banquet.

January 22, 2013

Pari-Mutuel Betting Approved For Virginia Gold Cup

The Virginia Racing Commission has approved the license for pari-mutuel betting at both the Virginia Gold Cup and the International Gold Cup in The Plains. With this announcement, the Virginia Gold Cup Association will now host the only two steeplechase events in Virginia with approved pari-mutuel betting.

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