For most riders, winning a grand prix would be the main focus of their day. But for Andy Kocher, his time in the show ring is a short respite between selling horses. Lucky for him, he’s gotten quite good at both.
When Mark Mead walks Gold Panda into schooling ring at a horse show, he immediately knows all eyes are on him. After all, it’s pretty hard to miss a palomino Thoroughbred in a hunter schooling area these days.
“If I’m at a place where people have never seen him before, when I’m riding around people are looking at me like ‘What’s he doing with a cow horse?’ ” said Mead. “But then they see me pick up canter, and he’s got an 18-foot beautiful lopey stride, and I know their view changes. It’s really cool.”
Martien van der Hoeven only came to Gulfport, Miss., for one week this winter, but he made it worth his while when he rode Cellino to the top of today’s $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
That derby specialist spends most of his time in a paddock and enjoying light hacks in a field at home, only getting his mane braided when there’s a big derby on the schedule. And today Cellino’s experience came in handy today, helping him top the field of 35 to take the blue for Julie Thompson.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation and U.S. Hunter Jumper Association announced a moratorium on Federation-generated protest measurements for the rest of the 2015 competition year on Feb. 23. This change will not preclude members from protesting the height of ponies and horses owned by other members.
World Championship Hunter Rider program officials have selected Mindful as their Hunter of the Year. The 11-year-old gelding will receive the Peter Wetherill Cup during the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular for his achievement.
A U.S. Equestrian Federation licensing dispute has put the future of the Horse Shows By The Bay series in jeopardy.
Alex Rheinheimer started the July Williamsburg, Mich., hunter/jumper circuit outside Traverse City in 2004, and by 2014 the circuit had grown to four weeks with 1,100 horses. The U.S. Equestrian Federation withdrew Rheinheimer’s three-year renewal application for the HSBTB shows to start in 2015 for lack of facility.
A barn fire at Julie Curtin’s New Vintage Farm in Woodstock, Ga., claimed the lives of 15 horses late yesterday evening.
Pablo Aguilar, Tito Aguilar, Jose Felix Vega Mendoa and Antonio Hernandez Ortiz, four longtime grooms who live at the Woodstock, Ga., hunter jumper barn, smelled smoke around midnight last night, Nov. 26, and immediately went down to find a the barn burning. They called the fire department and started evacuating the barn. They managed to get 20 horses out, but 15 perished, as well as two miniature donkeys and a Chihuahua. No humans died.
The Verizon Center at the Washington International isn’t an easy place to show. There’s a tiny warm up area, so to get more than a five minute trot and canter in riders take turns schooling throughout the evening.
But those tough conditions don’t bother Tori Colvin or Inclusive, who won the large junior hunter, 16-17, and grand junior hunter titles. If anything they make it a little easier.