The July 28 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse is the Equitation Issue...
Commentary by Beth Rasin: Muzzles Are For Horses
Did the U.S. Equestrian Federation handle the social media comments made by Don Stewart and Jimmy Torano appropriately? Executive Editor Beth Rasin doesn't think so. "I've never believed that people help an organization or country or anything at all by just wearing its colors and waving its flag. Constructive criticism from an informed party is one of the most useful things any organization can have." (Subscribers can read more.)
The Scoop: USEF Censures And Fines Torano Over Facebook Post
Don Stewart posted a criticism of the the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program Championship on his Facebook page, and Jimmy Torano clicked "Like." Now, Torano has received a censure and a fine and Stewart is fighting his censure and fine. (Subscribers can read more.)
In The Country
Ben Maher Lawsuit Settled; Dutch Official Resigns In Protest Over Endurance Welfare Concerns At World Games; Ebeling Withdraws Rafalca From World Games Contention; Steffen Peters Recovering From Pneumonia; Pierre Genecand Submits Official Candidacy For FEI Presidency; Canadian Eventing Chef D'Equipe Graeme Thom Resigns; USEF Announces Fall Eventing Grants; Laura And Mark Tomlinson Welcome Their First Child; Calgary Tack Thief Caught. (Subscribers can read more.)
Can you identify the horsemen (who have all judged major equitation finals) in these photos from the past? (Subscribers can read more.)
For Safety And Success, Where Do You Look When Jumping?
Does it depend on the rider? The discipline? The level? We asked a variety of professionals to share how they teach riders to use their eye while jumping. (Subscribers can read more.)
Poor Planning, Big Bows And Loose Legs, Oh My!
We asked equitation judges what their pet peeves are, and they came up with some interesting observations! Any rider wanting to impress the judges would do well to read this and take heed. (Subscribers can read more.)
Between Rounds With Andre Dignelli: The Equitation Division Is A Springboard For Hard-Working Talent
Our columnist believes a good rider can succeed in equitation regardless of the size of his or her pocketbook. "A lot of younger riders trying to get started on a career aren't really ready for the reality of the post-junior years. It's a big eye-opener to have to get up at 5 a.m. and clean the stall and put the caulks in and ride the horse," Dignelli wrote. (Subscribers can read more.)
Penalized For Patting
Should judges deduct points when equitation riders pat their horses in the ring? We asked top trainers and judges to weigh in on this topic, which was brought up by Ellen Shevella on Facebook. (Subscribers can read more.)
Uceko's Comeback Is Complete In Spruce Meadows
After six months off, the big gray gelding is back in winning form and adding to Kent Farrington's amazing streak of wins. "I've spent a long time building up a team of horses, and I feel lucky to have a strong group of horses at the top," Farrington said. (Subscribers can read more.)
Chapot Wins One More At Lake Placid
There wasn't much Chapot didn't win in Lake Placid. "It was maybe the best three weeks of my life," Chapot said. Read how she taught Quointreau un Prince to go fast so she could win both grand prix classes the last week of the series. (Subscribers can read more.)
Thomas And Berlin Achieve An Unexpected Win At Country Classic
A change of address back to his roots and new string of horses bring Morgan Thomas a big win. Read the article to see which horse Thomas says is "one of the best horses I've ever ridden." (Subscribers can read more.)
Unspoken Leaves Everyone Speechless At Summer In The Rockies V
Unspoken transitioned from the jumper ring to the hunter derbies without blinking and earned her first big win in Colorado for Kelley Farmer. And Leslie Steele had to dig her shadbelly out of the back of her closet to finish in second in her first hunter derby appearance. (Subscribers can read more.)
Rizvi Takes Command At U.S. Junior Hunter National Championship—East Coast
Yasmin Rizvi has only shown at 3'6" for a year, but she rode her Flirt to the grand championship. (Subscribers can read more.)
Road To The World Games: Boyd Martin Is Making Up For Lost Time On His Road To The World Games
Martin talks about the decision to let teammate Phillip Dutton compete his usual ride at the World Games, how his broken leg has healed, and about his goals for Normandy. "It's not about getting on the team or competing at the WEG or any of that; it's time for me to go up a notch and fight for a medal," Martin said. (Subscribers can read more.)
Dutton Debuts A New Star At Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials
One of the top U.S. riders has a new three-star horse in the barn, and they got off to a winning start in New York. And Brazilian rider Nilson Moreira Da Silva is making a big name for himself after three years of building his business in the United States. (Subscribers can read more.)
Wiseman Smiles Brightest At Roebke's Run
Cynthia Wiseman's been competing Say Yes for six years now, and this is their farewell tour at the two-star level. "It's kind of sad that we're finally starting to click and put things together and have the knowledge what we need, and we're both as old as we are," Wiseman said. (Subscribers can read more.)
Ask 5: Can This Horse Do Grand Prix?
The Internet is full of classified ads proclaiming weanlings and yearlings "Grand Prix prospects," and the excitement around potential top horses only builds as they progress through the levels. But how and when do you really know if your horse might go all the way? We checked with five trainers for their takes on the topic. (Subscribers can read more.)
What's In Your Ring?
Top hunter and equitation trainer Shachine Belle shares her favorite jumping gymnastic exercise. (Subscribers can read more.)
Evelyn Baird; Joespeh "Joey" Darby; Joan Hopewell; Judy Thayer; Otto Robert Theurkauf; Exupery.