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July 3, 2012

The Freestyle Is Still Evolving

Jan. 31, 2003

Although freestyles were a normal part of the dressage world by 2003, the debate continued over how to marry the artistic and technical merits.

The musical freestyle, once a rarity, is now firmly entrenched in the world of competitive dressage. The World Cup first required freestyles in 1986, and they were added to the Olympic format in 1996. And while it is growing in popularity among riders and spectators, many people are not sure just what it should be.

July 3, 2012

Showing, And Showing Support

Sept. 28, 2001

Business as usual is the way of the horse world, but after the Sept. 11 attacks, even the riders were shaken and thought hard about how to honor the victims of the attacks.

Following the tragedy of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, many questioned the wisdom of continuing with a normal horse show schedule while the nation seemed to come to a halt. On a weekend when professional sports such as football, baseball and golf canceled their activities, many horse shows, including the Lincoln American Gold Cup, carried on.

July 3, 2012

The Chronicle Over The Decades: 2000s

The Chronicle of the Horse is celebrating its 75th birthday in 2012. This is the last article in a seven-week series in which we’ve brought you a decade-by-decade look at the history that has filled its pages since 1937.

June 26, 2012

The Chronicle Over The Decades: 1990s

The Chronicle of the Horse is celebrating its 75th birthday in 2012. For seven weeks we’ll bring you a decade-by-decade look at the history that has filled its pages since 1937.

June 26, 2012

My Reply To Some Unsolicited Advice

Nov. 26, 1999

June 26, 2012

Vote For the Greater Good, AHSA

Jan. 4, 1991

Editor John Strassburger argued that it was a good decision to require ASTM-SEI helmets, even if riders weren't eager to don them.

June 26, 2012

Our Fragile Times

Dec. 28, 1990

While horses have always been the main focus of the Chronicle's editorial pages, sometimes world events are too big to ignore.

How different the world looks today than a year ago. Do you remember that almost giddy time? We were talking about the “peace dividend” as the Cold War ended following the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the democratization of Eastern Europe. Peace seemed to have really arrived at last.

June 26, 2012

A Tough Act To Follow

Aug. 24, 1990

The first World Equestrian Games were held in Stockholm, and Chronicle President Peter Winants was there to document it.

June 19, 2012

Costumed Fun At Washington

Nov. 18, 1988

Costume classes are still crowd favorites at the fall indoor circuit. This report from 1988 recounts the class from Washington, where the costumes referenced the upcoming Presidential election and the recent Seoul Olympic Games, which were plagued by allegations of doping in many sports (but not any equestrian ones). Sadly, the account lacks any accompanying photos.

June 19, 2012

Difficult Tasks

July 22, 1988

Cooky McClung's humorous articles were an instant hit in the Chronicle.

No one ever promised that keeping horses and maintaining a stable was easy. Those of us who choose to do so, do it for many reasons, none of which include easy.

We do it because it’s more satisfying to look at a clean barn and freshly bedded stalls than it is to vacuum and dust the house. We do it because we don’t mind the exercise involved, which is equally as strenuous as using 20 different Nautilus machines, and we don’t have to join a club or leave home.

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