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October 22, 2015

The Biggest Smile At The Horse Show

When Alexis Martin landed from the last jump of yesterday’s low amateur-owner, 18-35, stake at the Washington International Horse Show (D.C.), she immediately broke into a huge smile that stayed on her face until long after she got out of the gate. There was no entourage of barnmates to whoop and holler at her great trip, a round that would eventually score an 86 and the blue ribbon in the class, just a small smattering of applause from her trainer, Andrea Duffy, Andrea’s husband Dick and her twin sister, Alyssia.

October 21, 2015

French Is On Fire At Washington

Washington D.C.—Oct. 21

John French couldn’t have had a better trip to the Washington International Horse Show. He brought five horses, and all five won classes and earned open hunter tricolors over the last two days at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

“I should quit now!” joked French, who came east from San Jose, Calif., for the first three shows in the fall indoor circuit. “Even if I’d been planning to go to [the National Horse Show (Ky.)] I should quit!

October 20, 2015

Davenport Gets It Done At Washington

Washington D.C.—Oct. 20

Jessica Lohman summed up her feelings on winning the $10,000 Washington International Horse Show Adult Amateur Championship aboard Davenport in one word: accomplished.

“I feel accomplished because—and this has been the situation all year long—if we don’t win it’s because I did something stupid,” said Lohman. “That is the only way about it. The horse never does a darn thing wrong any way you look at it.”

October 11, 2015

2015 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Commentary

Kelli Cruciotti wins the 2015 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals!


October 24, 2014

Inclusive Adds Up The Ribbons At Washington

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 24

The Verizon Center at the Washington International isn’t an easy place to show. There’s a tiny warm up area, so to get more than a five minute trot and canter in riders take turns schooling throughout the evening.

But those tough conditions don’t bother Tori Colvin or Inclusive, who won the large junior hunter, 16-17, and grand junior hunter titles. If anything they make it a little easier.

October 26, 2013

Darst Dominates The Hermes Washington International Horse Show Equitation Classic

Washington D.C.—Oct. 26

Meredith “Maddy” Darst had a choice when she planned for the Hermes Washington International Horse Show Equitation Classic. She could ride the seasoned equitation horse that helped her qualify for ASPCA Maclay Finals (Ky.), or she could ride a much newer partner.

She’d ridden that horse, Soldier, for the first time about a month ago at Capital Challenge (Md.). While he had miles in the hunters and derbies, Soldier didn’t have much practice in the equitation, and at 7 was still pretty green.

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