At the U.S. Equestrian Federation Board of Directors mid-year meeting in July the board approved an extraordinary rule change expanding the range of responsible parties for drug and medication violations.
It’s not very often a junior rider wins a major equitation final, then has to run from the press conference to change into white breeches for an international grand prix. But Tori Colvin isn’t an average junior rider.
Colvin topped the Washington International Equitation Classic Final today, the final equitation class of her storied career, after three fantastic rounds. She beat out Madison Goetzmann, with Hunter Holloway finishing third.
When top riders plan their fall indoor schedule, they have to think especially hard about what to do with the Washington International. With plenty of pomp and the excitement of being downtown in a major city, it’s many riders’ favorite show. But not all horses feel the same way. With extremely limited schooling and lunging, stabling on the street and cramped quarters, it takes a special horse to shine in the city.
John French couldn’t have had a better trip to the Washington International Horse Show. He brought five horses, and all five won classes and earned open hunter tricolors over the last two days at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.
“I should quit now!” joked French, who came east from San Jose, Calif., for the first three shows in the fall indoor circuit. “Even if I’d been planning to go to [the National Horse Show (Ky.)] I should quit!