To win a major equitation championship takes more than just great position over fences and riding in a lesson or two a week. Hunter Holloway and her trainers named four components that boosted her to her win in the R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship at this year’s Devon Horse Show:
Lillie Keenan, who earned top results in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings as a junior rider, will begin training with Irish rider Cian O’Connor, who was the individual bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Think those Go-Pro helmet-cam videos of cross-country rides are novel? Think again.
Back in 1978the Chronicle ran this photo of Buddy Brown with the following caption: “Man from outer space? No, it’s Buddy Brown riding Flying John at the recent [International Jumping Derby] in Rhode Island. Brown’s helmet included a movie camera with wide-angle lens. Buddy rode the course, filming at the same time, to give viewers a rider’s perspective.”
McLain Ward had a slow start to his season this year, but he’s been picking up steam the last month or so. And with his latest win in tonight’s $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix on HH Carlos, he’s firmly back in the spotlight.
“As I always say to [owner Hunter Harrison], he’s one of these horses that it’s always worth getting dressed for,” said Ward, Brewster, N.Y. “He’s always going to fight and try and go big, and we really appreciate those athletes.”
Kelley Farmer and Mindful topped Round 1 of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby today at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The 2014 Chronicle of the Horse Hunter Horse of the Year earned matching scores of 90 and topped all the high option fences on their way to the top of Round 1. She has a 10-point lead over Say When and Canadian Darcy Hayes, with Tori Colvin riding Heritage Farms’ Vaillero into third.
It’s not very often that the horse you pick out as a yearling goes on to win in the International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center under your saddle. But Sarah Scheiring did just that when she piloted Eros SCF to the top of the $15,000 Adequan 6-year-old Classic today at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
Charlie Jayne smoked the competition in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix with Chill R Z. Check out his flawless first round, then watch all six competitors jump off, with six rounds from Baronez (Kirsten Coe, fifth), Ohlala (Lauren Hough, fourth), Aristotles V (Jonathan McCrea, sixth), Rothchild (McLain Ward, second), Chill R Z and VDL Wizard (Callan Solem).