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August 14, 2011

Goetzmann Gets It Done In The USEF Pony Medal Final

Aug. 14—Lexington, Ky.

Madison Goetzmann had just one word for the final day of USEF Pony Medal Finals: awesome. 

That sentiment summed up her win in the Equisport Insurance/USEF Pony Medal Final. Goetzmann grabbed the lead with a perfect first round aboard Denmark, then repeated her performance in Round 2. Judges Kip Rosenthal and Bill Ellis were so impressed they opted to pin the class without testing.

Watch Goetzmann’s first round here.

August 13, 2011

For The Laughter Finishes On Top At Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky—Aug. 13

It’s pretty tough to follow up two consecutive titles at USEF Pony Finals. Pretty much all you can do is win again.  So that’s what Maddy Darst did with For The Laughter.

That Betsee Parker entry claimed the large pony championship the last two years. This time around she came into the over fences with a 22-point lead, but a bobble at the first fence meant she nearly lost the chance at a title.

August 12, 2011

Ballou Bounces Back At Pony Finals

Aug. 12—Lexington, Ky.

Daisy Farish had an enviable decision to make heading into this year’s edition of USEF Pony Finals. Farish had two small ponies at the competition, Shine and Ballou, but the rules only permitted her to ride one. In the end, she chose Ballou, because she’s had so much experience with him, and that decision paid off with the division championship.

August 11, 2011

Enchanted Forest Charms At USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 11

Maddy Darst found the perfect way to follow up yesterday’s large green pony hunter championship at USEF Pony Finals: winning another tricolor.

She piloted Enchanted Forest to the top of the medium pony hunter division today for Betsee Parker after earning winning over fences scores of 86.9, 87 and 87. Swingtown jumped to second over fences to score the reserve title with Bergen Sanderford.

August 10, 2011

Magical Diamond Sparkles At USEF Pony Finals

Aug. 10—Lexington, Ky.

When Magical Diamond prepared to walk into the ring with Kirklen Petersen for the medium green pony over fences class of the USEF Pony Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park, his owner, Elizabeth Foster, was nowhere to be seen.

It wasn’t that she didn’t care to see him go, she was just too rattled with nerves to watch. But when she found out he earned scores of 85, 88, 83.75 to take over the lead, overwhelming excitement supplanted all those nerves.

August 1, 2011

Mindy Darst Knows How To Make Things Happen

This busy trainer inspires horsemen of all ages with her compassion, energy and positive attitude

If you’re ever trying to track down Mindy Darst at a horse show, just look for a flock of kids.

June 30, 2011

From The Show Circuit To The A Circuit

When an agent from Bloomsbury Publishing called grand prix rider Georgina Bloomberg asking her to co-write a novel, Bloomberg assumed there must have been a mistake. After all, she’d never considered herself much of a writer and certainly not a future author.

But when she heard the pitch—two novels centering around teenaged riders growing up on the show circuit—she knew it would be a good fit.

June 26, 2011

Lucky Too Brought Good Fortune To A Generation Of Young Riders

From orphan foal to four-time Devon champion, this medium pony molded countless careers.

The champion medium pony hunter who walks into Devon’s Gold Ring to accept the Lucky Too Perpetual Trophy follows in extraordinary footsteps. The trophy’s namesake dominated the pony ring at that show, retiring the previous award in 1999 and then returning to win her own trophy in 2002.

June 23, 2011

Buck Brannaman To Appear On David Letterman Tonight, June 23

Natural horseman Buck Brannaman will appear on “Late Show With David Letterman” tonight, June 23, at 11:30 p.m. EST on CBS.

Brannaman starred in the documentary Buck, which tells the tale of his transition from an abusive childhood to developing a tremendously successful approach to horses. That film, which has been accepted to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, started playing in select theatres on June 17.

June 20, 2011

The Chronicle Wins 17 AHP Awards

The Chronicle of the Horse earned first place in the Equine-Related Website category at the 2011 American Horse Publications seminar, held June 16-18 in San Diego, Calif., as well as 16 other awards.

The Chronicle launched the redesigned in November of 2009. In their critique, the judges described the website as “very impressive” and complimented the site’s rich content and excellent navigation.

The Chronicle of the Horse print edition earned an honorable mention in its General Excellence category.

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