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May 25, 2014

Rinaldi Rakes In Devon Blue

Devon, Pa.—May 25

Last time Giavanna “Gia” Rinaldi came to Devon, she was excited to ride in the pony jumper ring. A lot’s changed over the last year.

This year, the 14-year-old stepped up—way up—to the junior jumper ring, winning the junior jumper championship and leading junior rider award aboard GPS Brilliant Disguise.

“I never thought I’d get this far in the junior jumpers, especially at Devon,” said Rinaldi.

May 24, 2014

Spellbound Makes Magic In The Pony Ring

Devon, Pa.—May 24

Bernadette Chungunco came to the Devon Horse Show with exactly one goal in mind: to do better than last year. Well she did that, and then some. Chungunco won the large pony hunter championship and the grand pony hunter title on her own Spellbound, and the judges selected her as the Best Child Rider on a pony to boot.

“I just wanted a better outcome than last year when we were reserve, this is as good as it gets,” said Chungunco. “I’m really proud of him.”

May 5, 2014

USHJA Hosts Open Forums To Discuss Green Hunter Eligibility

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will host an open forum to discuss the future of green hunters, green eligibility and age restrictions next Monday, May 12, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the VIP area by the Sheila C. Johnson Arena.

This meeting is the biggest in a series of forums held across the country. USHJA President Bill Moroney, USHJA Vice President and head of the Hunter Working Group Mary Babick and U.S. Equestrian Federation National Hunter Chair Geoff Teall will run the meeting. 

May 4, 2014

Zine Dine Is Just Hailey Henderson's Type

Hailey Henderson’s always had a soft spot for Thoroughbreds, so it’s no surprise that her latest grand prix mount got his start on the racetrack.

She and Zine Dine, 10, have become a solid partnership at $25,000 grand prix classes in the Southwest. They won a $10,000 1.45-meter welcome stake in Texas in late March and while they haven’t led the victory gallop of a grand prix yet, Henderson believes it’s possible.

May 1, 2014

Joe Fargis Injured In Fall

Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis suffered a serious fall yesterday, April 30, while competing in a 1.30-meter jumper class at Lexington Spring Encore in Lexington, Va.

Fargis fell when his mount, Last Dance, crashed at the second element of an oxer-vertical combination.

According to show manager Leslie Brown, EMTs attended to Fargis before an ambulance transported him to the hospital.

Fargis, who operates Sandron Farm out of Middleburg, Va., suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung as well as internal bleeding.

April 23, 2014

Ben Maher’s Olympic Gold Medal Partner Tripple X Sold

British show jumper Ben Maher’s partner for team gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Tripple X III, has been sold to Torrey Pines Stables.

Maher made the announcement through Facebook and Twitter this afternoon, saying “We can confirm that my Olympic partner Tripple X III has been sold to Torrey Pines Stables. We wish them every success.” Torrey Pines Stables, in Wellington, Fla., and Vrasene, Belgium, is the home of 2008 individual gold medalist and Canadian rider Eric Lamaze, but there has been no confirmation if Lamaze will take over the ride on Tripple X.

April 6, 2014

Cookie Monster Gobbles Up The Competition At Spring Gathering

April 6—Katy, Texas

When Ryan Genn can’t make it to a horse show, he’s got a pretty descent catch rider to take his place: his father, Wilhelm Genn.

April 6, 2014

Cellino Gallops To The Top At Spring Gathering Charity

Katy, Texas—April 6

When Martien van der Hoeven tried to win last week’s USHJA International Hunter Derby during Pin Oak Charity 2 his bold move backfired.

“I was trying to keep up with Peter [Pletcher] and I made a very difficult inside turn, and we had the back rail,” he said.

April 4, 2014

Clementine Tastes Sweet Success In The $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Katy, Texas—April 4

Peter Pletcher didn’t have the best start to the second round of the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show.

Pletcher rode four of the 12 horses that advanced to the handy, and on his second, Aura, he forgot the track and had to circle.

“I just totally forgot,” said Pletcher, who admitted it’s not the first time in recent memory he’s lost track of where he was going in the ring. “One of my customers came up to me and said ‘That’s going to be the best thing for the kids at this show to see.’ ”

March 30, 2014

Kennzo Jumps Off To Top The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Wellington, Fla.—March 30

Sure the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI***** grabbed headlines today, but show jumpers weren’t the only ones jumping off today for serious money at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

In today's $50,000 USHJA Inernational Hunter Derby, a rare jump-off decided the winner of the class. 

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