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November 7, 2010

The 2010 ASPCA Maclay Finals Course

Judges Meredith Smith Taylor and Scott Hofstetter have set a lovely, flowing track for the first round of the Maclay. There aren't any gimmicky jumps or lines, and the course demands a forward, positive ride.

The course starts out with a single oxer, then riders jump another single oxer out of the corner, then turn back in a sweeping, wide rollback to a triple combination along the long side of the ring.

November 6, 2010

Indigo Is All Blue At Syracuse Invitational

Syracuse, N.Y., Nov. 6

Margie Engle’s not known for going slow, but she’s getting used to it. And it’s paying off, as careful and conservative won the day for her in the $100,000 Detwiler Fenton World Cup Qualifier of Syracuse presented by G&C Farm.

Engle rode Indigo to the top of a three-horse jump-off against two international challengers, Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands and Marie Hecart of France. Hecart and Smolders made Engle’s life a little easy, pulling a rail each in the jump-off.

November 5, 2010

Hannah Goodson-Cutt And Caretano Win $50,000 National Horse Show Hunter Classic

Cazenovia, NY – November 4, 2010 – The hunter divisions at the 127th National Horse Show concluded on Thursday afternoon with the presentation of championship awards followed by a special $50,000 National Horse Show Hunter Classic, held to honor Charlie Weaver. Hannah Goodson-Cutt rode Caretano to victory in the $50,000 Hunter Classic and was also named Best Child Rider on a Horse for her excellent success over the two days of hunter competition.

October 30, 2010

Sapphire Is Presidential At Washington International Horse Show

Washington, D.C., Oct. 30

There aren’t many people who would consider the Washington International a warm-up show. But the veteran team of McLain Ward and Sapphire made a stop in the nation’s capital a priority before heading to Europe this winter and topped the $100,000 President’s Cup CSI-W.

“My plan all along was that if Sapphire came out of the world championships well, we would do two shows in Europe in December,” said Ward, Brewster, N.Y. “I wanted to do one warm-up show, and she’s handled this well in the past.”

October 29, 2010

California Girls Shake Up Washington

Washington D.C., Oct. 29

If you brought a junior hunter to the Washington D.C. this year hoping for a Washington International tricolor, you’d better have a strong California connection.

October 23, 2010

Pessoa Makes It Two In A Row In Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 23

Rodrigo Pessoa couldn’t watch the jump-off for the $75,000 Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W during the Pennsylvania National, but from what he heard in the schooling area it wasn’t an average short course.

“We didn’t have a screen there, but when I heard scores like 20, 8, 12, and 4, I said ‘This is kind of unusual,’ ” said Pessoa, who tacked up HH Ashley for tonight's featured class.

October 22, 2010

Eye Remember Rio Sees It Through At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 22

Victoria Watters figured out a foolproof way to deal with her nerves on the day of the $10,000 North American League Adult Amateur Hunter Finals—she channeled them toward something concrete.

“I was so nervous,” she said “It’s stupid, I know, so I made a bet. I said, 'There’s two beautiful alpaca coats up there, and I told [trainer Anne Thornbury] if I get that prize money, we’re going up there and going shopping.' I just took my nerves and put them toward another goal!”

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