All three trainers at the Young Horse Trainers’ School, Linda Allen, Julie Winkel and Jose Alejos, have informed opinions about developing tomorrow’s talent, but no one claimed to have every answer. Throughout the weeklong program at Maplewood Stables in Reno, Nev., Allen has stressed that there are many different routes to get a horse from a weanling to the main ring, and the important part was for each trainer to find what works for him or her, and let the horse be the honest judge of that.
Around a dozen horsemen have come to Julie Winkel’s Maplewood Stables for six days for the Young Horse Trainers' School. It’s the third time Winkel, Linda Allen and Jose Alejos have teamed up for the six-day hands-on clinic, and Winkel's son, Kevin Winkel, pitched in this time around as well.
Jos Verlooy’s trip to the Longines Los Angeles Masters didn’t start out too well.
On the first day he had, in his words, “a really stupid fence down.” He planned to enter his horse, Domino, in an extra class the next day to smooth out the mistake, but trainer Harrie Smolders talked him out of it.
“He said no, because I was going to jump clear on Sunday,” recalled Verlooy, who, sure enough, topped the $475,000 Longines Grand Prix today. “I believed him, and then I won!”
When Switzerland’s Jane Richard Philips rode Dieudonne de Guldenboom into the lead of the $132,500 Longines Speed Challenge midway through the class, she didn’t stop biting her nails till the last rider cleared the last fence—literally.
Five days of competition, nine rounds of jumping, and in the end the individual championship at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games came down to the smallest of margins.
Just a single time fault separated gold from silver, with the Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam getting the top spot on the podium and hometown favorite Patrice Delaveau looking up at him. Beezie Madden helped the U.S. team win bronze earlier in the week, and she added another bronze from this year’s Games to her collection.
The ground jury accepted all 29 show jumpers presented at this morning’s veterinary inspection for the third competition. Sören Pedersen’s Third-ranked Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel was held initially, then passed on reinspection.
Four qualified entries, Kent Farrington, Christian Ahlmann, Ludger Beerbaum and Yann Candele, opted not to continue in the competition, leaving room for a few show jumpers further down the list to join the order of go.