When a significant portion of the equestrian world migrates to warmer climes (or, God forbid, stays home in the snow) for a few months to show, there are bound to be some good stories. These horsemen across the country share their favorite memories.
Darragh Kenny never considered himself a religious man, but in the middle of tonight’s jump-off in the Green Cove Springs CSI-W Grand Prix during the Jacksonville International he suddenly found himself converted.
Last to go in the second round today, Jan. 16, in Jacksonville, Fla., Kenny took a flier to a big triple bar leading into the last line. His partner, Trade Winds Farms’ Obelix, nearly sprouted wings to clear the fence.
Bill Schaub doesn’t consider himself a pony guy, but it’s an easy assumption to make about a man whose business card famously lists the measurements for small, medium and large ponies. While Schaub has trained top hunters in every division, he’s always had a special way with the smallest competitors at the horse show, both equine and human. His ponies and their riders have won most every award around, and he’s regularly seen center ring during the presentations at USEF Pony Finals, Devon (Pa.), the fall indoor shows and on the stage during the U.S.
The USEF Regulation Department reviewed a selection of common questions that flood their inbox for The Chronicle. Note: each of the scenarios assumes that all other qualifications for amateur certification have been met.
Q:I’m a 19-year-old working student who does barn work and hacks customers’ horses around the farm to keep them fit. I do not get paid cash; I do get free lessons, board and housing in exchange for my work. Am I an amateur?
Protesting someone’s amateur status requires more than a little dedication. The protester bears the burden of proof and is responsible for gathering and submitting all the evidence proving the violation. Plus, there’s a financial commitment: members pay a $200 deposit and non-members pay $300, returned if the protest is upheld.
A rule change effective Dec. 1 brings the amateur-owner jumper rule, JU117, into alignment with the comparable hunter rule, forbidding amateur-owner jumper riders from competing horses not owned by them at the same show. But that discussion is far from over.
The USHJA Amateur Committee is still tweaking the wording of the amateur-owner jumper rule, while concurrently the USEF National Jumper Committee has proposed a rule change to remove the word “owner” from the amateur-owner jumper divisions.