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Victoria Rodriguez

January 12, 2012

Free Rein With: Paddy Young

Paddy Young finished 2011 the same way he did the two previous years—as the National Steeplechase Association’s champion jockey. The Irish native rode 112 races in 2011 and finished with 27 wins, including the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, to claim the money-won and races-won titles.

Young grew up with horses in Ireland and moved to England to continue his jockey training before landing a job at Jack Fisher’s Maryland barn in 2003.

January 6, 2012

Poplar Place To Run February CIC***

Poplar Place Farm, which runs multiple recognized horse trials and CICs in Hamilton, Ga., has added an early season CIC*** to the Feb. 4-5 event. The decision came after a contingent of U.S.-based foreign riders asked show organizer Donna Stegman to consider running one.

“These riders who were trying to qualify for the Olympics as an individual had to get their points in by February,” Stegman said. “We felt that it was right to help the riders who frequent our shows and bring us revenue by putting this on.”

January 4, 2012

Trainers And Judges Announced For Retired Racehorse Trainer Challenge

Huge numbers of Thoroughbreds retire each year and have no place to go. The Retired Racehorse Trainer Challenge, organized by the Retired Racehorse Training Project, is trying to change the destiny of some of those horses. The program is recruiting three top trainers to work with off-track Thoroughbreds for a month to show what they’re capable of.

January 4, 2012

New Bloodline Database Launched For Retired Racehorses

Have you ever wondered if Native Dancer produced good eventing mounts? Or whether Fusaichi Pegasus’ foals had even temperaments? Or how trainable a horse with Storm Cat bloodlines is? If you’ve ever bought or considered buying an ex-racehorse, the Retired Racehorse Training Project’s “Bloodline Brag” could be an indispensable tool.

December 29, 2011

Equine Canada Implements New Helmet Rule

Dressage riders in Canada will be rushing to buy approved headgear following the national rule change as of Jan. 1, 2012, requiring all riders at Equine Canada sanctioned dressage competitions to wear helmets.

“I am very proud of our dressage committee for taking this step,” said Equine Canada president Michael Gallagher. “I believe we are the first national federation to introduce this rule across all levels, and I can guarantee we will not be the last.”

December 29, 2011

New York Task Force Recommends Funding For Retired Racehorses

Ex-racehorses in New York could soon have a retirement fund. The New York State Task Force on Retired Racehorses, which was established by the state legislature to find ways that public funding could help benefit horses at the end of their track careers, recommended that .5 percent of revenue generated from video lottery terminals help fund the rehabilitation and re-training of ex-racehorses.

The task force also suggested that .5 percent of purse winnings go to the fund. Based on past numbers, those two measures alone could bring in more than $4 million.

December 21, 2011

Molly Sweeney Named USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Of The Year

The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced Molly O’Neill Sweeney as the recipient of the USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award on Dec. 19. Sweeney received the award based on her work with many equine charities over the course of the last 20 years.

December 14, 2011

Fire Destroys Barn At Morven Park

A fire destroyed a barn at the Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, Va., on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 13. Firefighters were on the scene quickly to put out the blaze and contain it to just the one barn.

No horses were in the barn at the time, and Morven Park reported no injuries or losses of life, either animal or human. 

“It was a total loss. Luckily no one was near the barn at the time, and the barn was empty,” said Frank Milligan, executive director of Morven Park.

December 14, 2011

Tip Top 962 Retires

Tip Top 962, Leslie Morse’s Grand Prix dressage stallion, retired to stud on Dec. 13. The 17-year-old Swedish Warmblood ended a career that included FEI World Cup Finals, multiple Grand Prix wins, and a bronze medal team performance at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.

December 12, 2011

Sharon White Receives Inaugural Rebecca Broussard Grant

Competing at international events is about to get a lot more feasible for Sharon White. At the U.S. Eventing Association’s Annual Meeting & Convention in Nashville, Tenn., she was awarded the $30,000 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant. 

“I really had no idea until they actually announced my name at the end of the awards ceremony,” White said. “It was fairly emotional.”

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