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August 11, 2012

For The Laughter Earns His Fourth Title

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 11

Maddie Darst found the perfect way to wrap up her USEF Pony Finals career: winning the large pony hunter title on Betsee Parker’s For The Laughter.

This marks the fourth year in a row that For The Laughter earned the championship, and the second time that Darst has had the ride.

August 10, 2012

Hi Lite Stands Out At USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 10

Maddie Schaefer has been a Pony Finals regular for as long as she can remember. Even though she’s only 11, this marked her fifth year competing at the event. This year, found the perfect way to commemorate the occasion: by winning the medium pony hunter championship aboard Hi Lite. Model winner Rafael, shown by Lili Hymowitz, earned the reserve title.

Schaefer rode Hi Lite to the top of the over fences class today to beat out 104 other ponies and earn the championship.

August 9, 2012

Roxbury Reels In A Win In Kentucky

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 9

Someone else might have thought that Yasmin Rizvi drew the short end of the straw. Her mother, P.J. Rizvi, and sisters, Zayna and Farah Rizvi, travelled to London to watch P.J.’s dressage horse, Breaking Dawn, compete in the Olympic Games with Canadian Ashley Holtzer. But Yasmin made the most of staying stateside, riding Roxbury to the medium pony hunter championship at USEF Pony Finals.

July 21, 2012

Bull Run’s Zino Platinum Smokes The Competition In Colorado

Parker, Colo., July 21

Coming back in the jump off for the $50,000 Parker Adventist Grand Prix at Summer in the Rockies VI, Kristen VanderVeen wasn’t sure she’d be the one leading the victory gallop. She and Bull Run’s Zino Platinum had conquered Peter Holmes’ first round—but so had nine other competitors.

July 17, 2012

Red Sky Shines At Summer In The Rockies VI

Parker, Colo., July 17

When Kelley Farmer comes to a hunter derby, she shows up ready to compete. Her horses are fit and well schooled, and she always has her game face on. But at the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Summer In The Rockies VI, things didn’t look that way at the start of the class.

June 19, 2012

The Chronicle Over The Decades: 1980s

The Chronicle of the Horse is celebrating its 75th birthday in 2012. For seven weeks we’ll bring you a decade-by-decade look at the history that has filled its pages since 1937.

In a July 29, 1988, commentary, editor John Strassburger took stock of the last eight years in horse sport, marveling at the expansion at the top levels of the sport:

June 12, 2012

The Chronicle Over The Decades: 1970s

The Chronicle of the Horse is celebrating its 75th birthday in 2012. For seven weeks we’ll bring you a decade-by-decade look at the history that has filled its pages since 1937.

Plenty of major changes swept through the equestrian community during the 1970s. In international competition, the U.S. Equestrian Team was a major international force, with show jumping, dressage and eventing squads sweeping the 1975 Pan American Games (Mexico City) gold medals, and all three teams earning medals over the course of the Olympic Games in Munich (1972) and Montreal (1976).

June 3, 2012

Jersey Boy Wears Devon Blue Again

Devon Pa.—June 3

Some horses have favorite venues where they always seem to shine, places where something about the atmosphere, schedule or facility suit them perfectly. Lucky for Jennifer Alfano, Devon Horse Show always seems to be at the top of Jersey Boy’s list.

May 29, 2012

Winds Of Magic Blows Away The Pony Jumper Competition

Devon, Pa.—May 29

Sometimes slow and steady really does win the race—even in the jumpers.

Halfway through the jump-off for the $2,500 NAL Pony Jumper Classic at the Devon Horse Show on May 27, no rider had found a clear go around the track. Riders were going for broke, finding snug turns and turning on the gas—but hitting rails in the process.

May 27, 2012

Updated: Pony Dies At Devon

Small pony Humble died May 26 at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pa. Humble was in a barn on the show grounds when he died.

Humble, a 9-year-old Welsh pony by Blue Rain, was owned by Amber Hill Farm. He'd competed the day before in the small pony hunter division.

Humble had been a regular competitor on the A circuit, finishing overall eighth at USEF Pony Finals (Ky.) in that division last year.

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