During today’s $34,000 Ruby Et Violette WEF 6 Challenge Cup at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, Beezie Madden showed off some serious riding skills, demonstrating exactly why she's the defending Rolex FEI World Cup Champion and the Chronicle's Overall and Show Jumping Horseman of the Year.
Jumper rider Saer Coulter will be adding a new grand prix mount to her stable: Mr. Whoopy. Coulter’s family farm, Copernicus Stables, purchased the Hanoverian stallion (Contendro—Whoopy, Watzmann) from Simone Otus Coxe earlier this week.
Reigning USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion Liza Boyd will be sitting out the first half of the 2014 show season as she’s pregnant with her second child. She and husband Blake Boyd are expecting another girl to join their 4-year-old daughter Elle in early June.
The new executive director of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, Janet Greenlee, doesn’t have a name familiar to most USHJA members. Greenlee, 59, has spent her career in communications and business management largely outside the equestrian world. She’ll start her tenure at the Association on Jan. 2, but is attending the USHJA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., held Dec. 8-12.
If you read through the most recent U.S. Equestrian Federation Hearing Committee rulings, a few familiar names may jump out at you. Some of the most successful trainers in the hunter/jumper industry, such as Andre Dignelli, Bibby Farmer Hill and Scott Stewart, made the list.
Dignelli, of Heritage Farm in Katonah, N.Y., was found in violation of improperly executing entry blanks. He agreed to a plea agreement, which the Hearing Committee accepted, incurring a $7,500 fine.
Samantha Sommers figured that if she was going to travel a long way to attend Washington International, she shouldn’t waste any time while she’s here.
Sommers traveled from Mailbu, Calif., to the nation’s capital to sweep the large junior hunter, 16-17, division on Iwasaki and Reilly-owned mounts. Small Celebration earned the championship, and Small Affair took reserve. Small Celebration also tied with two other horses for the grand junior hunter title, and the judges named Sommers Best Child Rider on a Horse.
Barn night at the Washington International Horse Show is always a favorite in the greater D.C. community, and this year there was more reason than ever for fun.
In addition to the Gambler’s Choice costume class, the show hosted the inaugural WIHS Shetland Steeplechase Races. There were two races, (the Shetland Pony Allowance Hurdle and the Shetland Pony Maiden Hurdle) and around half a dozen riders in each.
Check out the amazing photos of all the action, and don’t miss the winning rounds.
Kelley Farmer made headlines this August when she became the first rider to earn $1 million in hunter earnings. Today she added a little more glitz to her haul, earning a Rolex timepiece courtesy of Tiny Jewel Box as the leading hunter rider at the Washington International.