Most hunter riders worry about making sure their horse will be relaxed and comfortable in the environment when it’s time to show, but Tim Maddrix has the opposite plan with Eloise. With her, the spookier the venue, the better she is.
Santiago Diaz was hardly the odds on favorite heading into today’s $50,000 Equestrian Sotheby’s Jumping Derby. After all, he’d never won a class of this caliber before, and his mount, Tizimin La Silla, is just 8 and consequently short on experience. But the pair still rode away with the win, getting the edge over Nick Dello Joio and Ganjana, with James North and The Man To See taking third.
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.