Horsemen have a way of doing things their way, and that applies when the holidays roll around, too. Many horsey Halloween fans have made pumpkin carving a regular tradition.
Liz Soroka, long-time event coordinator at the Hampton Classic horse show, has been creating pumpkin art for about a decade. Four years ago Soroka, Sag Harbor, N.Y., threw a carving party at the Hampton Classic showgrounds, and now it’s grown into an annual event.
A U.S. Equestrian Federation-generated protest measurement of two ponies at the Kentucky National Horse Show on Sept. 15 has reignited the debate surrounding pony hunter sizing.
Using a rule that’s been in the USEF Rule Book for years, a USEF steward selected two winning ponies—one medium and one large—on the last day of competition for a measurement check to ensure each was within his allowed height section. The ponies had an hour to prepare, and each pony measured into the correct section.
All three trainers at the Young Horse Trainers’ School, Linda Allen, Julie Winkel and Jose Alejos, have informed opinions about developing tomorrow’s talent, but no one claimed to have every answer. Throughout the weeklong program at Maplewood Stables in Reno, Nev., Allen has stressed that there are many different routes to get a horse from a weanling to the main ring, and the important part was for each trainer to find what works for him or her, and let the horse be the honest judge of that.
Around a dozen horsemen have come to Julie Winkel’s Maplewood Stables for six days for the Young Horse Trainers' School. It’s the third time Winkel, Linda Allen and Jose Alejos have teamed up for the six-day hands-on clinic, and Winkel's son, Kevin Winkel, pitched in this time around as well.
Jos Verlooy’s trip to the Longines Los Angeles Masters didn’t start out too well.
On the first day he had, in his words, “a really stupid fence down.” He planned to enter his horse, Domino, in an extra class the next day to smooth out the mistake, but trainer Harrie Smolders talked him out of it.
“He said no, because I was going to jump clear on Sunday,” recalled Verlooy, who, sure enough, topped the $475,000 Longines Grand Prix today. “I believed him, and then I won!”
When Switzerland’s Jane Richard Philips rode Dieudonne de Guldenboom into the lead of the $132,500 Longines Speed Challenge midway through the class, she didn’t stop biting her nails till the last rider cleared the last fence—literally.