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October 9, 2016

O'Mara Goes From Strength To Strength To Take Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals—East

Gladstone, N.J.—Oct. 8-9  

TJ O’Mara came into the second day of the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals—East sitting in fifth after the flat and gymnastics phases on Day 1. But in Phases III and IV, O’Mara so impressed the judges that he ended up on top of the prestigious equitation final.

TJ O'Mara on Kaskade. Photo by The Book LLC

May 27, 2016

Deslauriers Stays Consistent For R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship

Devon, Pa.—May 27  

As Madison Goezmann’s name was called in third in the R.W. “Ronnie” W. Mutch Equitation Championship, Lucy Deslauriers and Daisy Farish exchanged small smiles.

“Us and Devon,” Farish said.

The two friends were in similar positions last year at the Devon Horse Show in the junior jumpers when Farish topped the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classic with Triviant ahead of Deslauriers and Hester.

March 19, 2016

Olson Overcomes In R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship

Thermal, Calif.—March 18

As Michael Dennehy watched his student Jaden Olson in the warm up he fretted. Had she started jumping soon enough? Did she make the right decisions in warm up?

Normally he’d be in the schooling ring himself, guiding his student through the best pre-round routine. But according to the rules of the R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship, riders must turn in their phones at the beginning of the class and their trainers are relegated to anxious spectators.

October 30, 2015

One To Watch: Rachael Davis Has Braided Her Way To The ASPCA Maclay Finals

Check the barn aisles the night before the ASPCA Maclay Finals this weekend, and I’d bet you won’t find too many Maclay riders out there on a ladder, braiding their own horse for the class. In fact, it might be just Rachael Davis there in the dark.

October 30, 2015

2015 ASPCA Maclay Finals: What You Need To Know

The ASPCA Maclay Finals get underway at 6:30 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 31 for the first round of jumping. There are 153 riders on the order of go for the class, which will be run in a two-day format for the first time this year. 

October 9, 2015

Trainer Andre Dignelli Recovering From Hip Surgery

Heritage Farm head trainer Andre Dignelli broke his femur while riding at home in Katonah, N.Y., on Oct. 6.

“I was riding and the horse was afraid of oncoming traffic and he spun,” said Dignelli. “It was kind of a freak thing; I got dislodged and landed on my hip and fractured my femur.”

Dignelli broke the femur in three places, and surgeons at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City inserted two rods into his right hip in a procedure on Oct. 7. Dignelli also dislocated his shoulder in the fall.

September 27, 2015

Cruciotti Gets It Done At Capital Challenge

Upper Marlboro, Md.—Sept. 27   

As Kelli Cruciotti’s horse Darius was walking away from the ring after the awards ceremony, he was spooked by his championship ribbons from his victory in the Private Tutoring Services North American Junior Equitation Championships. A fairly green horse, the 7-year-old warmblood of unrecorded breeding hadn’t had a lot of experience with the equitation division. So, coming into the medal final, Cruciotti was hoping to gain experience for her new mount, and was surprised to come away with the win. 

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