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Nancy Jaffer

October 9, 2012

Clark Leaves USET Foundation To Sponsor Great Britain’s Maher

One of the United States’ most prominent competition horse owners, Jane Clark, is resigning as president and CEO of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation after revealing that British team gold medalist Ben Maher will ride her top show jumpers.

Clark’s horses have been resting since Mario Deslauriers, who started working for her in 2009, lost the ride on them this summer. Maher has begun riding them, but they won't start competing again until the 2013 Florida circuit.

May 26, 2012

Cruelty Charges Against Cesar Parra Dismissed

The Hunterdon County, N.J., prosecutor's office has dismissed animal cruelty charges against dressage trainer Cesar Parra in connection with a matter dating back to 2009.

"I really believed this would be the outcome from the beginning,'' said Parra.

March 23, 2012

Parra Faces Charges Of Animal Abuse

Pan American Games dressage team gold medalist Cesar Parra is scheduled to appear in municipal court in New Jersey on April 5 to answer two separate criminal complaints filed by the Hunterdon County SPCA earlier this month, one alleging “torment” and “torture... of a living animal,” the other alleging “overdrive, overwork...abuse of a living animal.”

The accusation came nearly three years after William PFF, a horse he was longeing, fell and struck his head at Parra's Readington, N.J., training facility in June 2009.

October 23, 2009

Metell Masters The USEF Talent Search Finals—East

He and his fellow finalists raise the equitation bar.

Matt Metell, the runner-up in the 2008 Platinum Performance/U.S. Equestrian Federation Talent Search Finals—East, was hoping he wouldn’t have to settle for second again as he led through three phases of the 2009 edition.

“My goal was to get to the top four and ride as best I could,” said the 19-year-old Falmouth, Mass., rider, who turned in stellar trip after stellar trip on a new equine equitation star, Pioneer, in Gladstone, N.J., Oct. 3-4.

July 27, 2009

Pollard Suspended For Positive Drug Test

Michael Pollard’s Icarus, the winner of May's Jersey Fresh CCI*** (N.J.), has tested positive for traces of an anabolic steroid that the rider said was given nearly four months earlier for therapeutic purposes.

Pollard, Chatsworth, Ga., was suspended July 1 by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, and following a confirmatory test of the B sample last week, is preparing an explanation of the situation for an FEI Tribunal that will decide the length of his suspension and whether he must forfeit his victory.

October 24, 2008

Benjamin Moves To Win The USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East

College brought the California rider East, where she topped the demanding equitation final in New Jersey.

July 11, 2008

Minikus Scores Again At Beacon Hill Classic

He chalks up his third grand prix win in as many weeks aboard Ultimo Van Ter Moude.

Todd Minikus knew he didn’t have to go flat-out to win the $50,000 Budweiser Beacon Hill Grand Prix. But that didn’t stop the speed demon from shaving 3 seconds off the leading time to take the top check on Ultimo Van Ter Moude.

January 24, 2008

A Tremendous Feeling Of Achievement

A lot has changed since this veteran equestrian journalist attended her first AHSA Convention 28 years ago.

Unless you’re on your honeymoon, it’s never fun to spend five days in a hotel, not knowing, or caring, what the weather is like outside because you’re so wrapped up in the business at hand.

January 17, 2008

Mark Bellissimo Believes Everyone Won

After the battle for the Wellington show grounds concluded, it’s full speed ahead to improve U.S. equestrian sports.

Mark Bellissimo’s dream of a new and spectacular  showgrounds in Wellington, Fla., is dovetailing with his new and spectacular vision for the sport as well.

December 27, 2007

Phillipa's Clean Round Wins It At National Horse Show

The two grand prix classes that comprise the Rolex/U.S. Equestrian Federation National Show Jumping Championship are just about the only ones Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui have entered and not won this year. 

But second place in the $25,000 National Horse Show Jumper Classic and fourth in the $100,000 National Horse Show Grand Prix CSI-W brought them the national title on Dec. 5-9 at the National Horse Show in Wellington, Fla.

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