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September 2, 2014

"I Rode At The Garden"

Reflections from some of the National Horse Show’s most legendary participants.

Rodney Jenkins: I had a horse called Arbitrage; he was like 5 or 6 years old. I was on the USET team that year [1973], and he was my third horse. None of the team guys wanted to go in the puissance, so Bert de Nemethy asked me to take him in for a couple rounds, so we participated and didn’t look bad.

September 2, 2014

Urban Legends: Manhattan's Horse Show History

Manhattan has never been the most natural setting for a hack or a handy hunter class, but this bustling New York City borough still boasts a unique and rich horse show history.

The uninitiated clustered four and five deep along wooden sawhorses lining the makeshift show ring.

They stood on tiptoes, children on shoulders, to catch a glimpse of the illustrious riders and famous horses soaring over jumps.

The skyline of Manhattan stood in crisp contrast to Central Park’s Sheep Meadow, where the last brightly colored autumn leaves clung to the trees.

November 4, 2012

Jacob Pope Can't Quite Believe He Won The ASPCA Maclay Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 4

The minute they called Lillie Keenan’s name in second place at the ASPCA Maclay Finals, a wide smile spread over Jacob Pope’s face, and he started patting his mount, Uno, repeatedly. Instead of the detached pleasure that some equitation finals winners display, Pope’s demeanor was as if he couldn’t quite believe the news.

November 4, 2012

The ASPCA Maclay Blog

Judges George Morris and Hap Hansen have set a remarkably simple, yet testing, track for the ASPCA Maclay Finals. The ring looks quite empty with the sparse course, but as typical of a course Morris has a hand in designing, it is proving an excellent test. It’s basically two serpentines across the ring, and two runs down the center of the ring. If you click on the image at left, you can get a better picture of it.

November 4, 2012

McLain Ward Puts Heavy Heart Aside To Win Alltech Grand Prix

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 3  

McLain Ward’s winning jump-off ride in the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix CSI-W wasn’t just a masterful display of riding. It was also an incredible feat of mental fortitude.

November 2, 2012

Ohlala Draws Oohs And Aahs In Alltech National Speed Class

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 2

It’s good to know that occasionally grand prix riders miss too!

The crowd gasped a couple of times as Lauren Hough blazed around the $50,000 Chartis International Speed class. Once when she and Ohlala left out a stride to an oxer and flew through the air effortlessly, and another time when she flat-out galloped to a vertical and missed.

“I had a really big chocolate chip there!” Hough said, laughing at herself. “But she was amazing and cleared it; I don’t know how she did it. It wasn’t one of my smoothest rounds, but it all worked out.”

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