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April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: U.S. Gets Lucky In World Cup Final

As the Longines FEI World Cup Final in Lyon, France gets underway tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to look back at the heyday of U.S. results at the World Cup Final and at another French World Cup Final. The United States dominated the FEI Volvo World Cup Final in the 1980s, taking home the trophy in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1987.

June 26, 2012

Vote For the Greater Good, AHSA

Jan. 4, 1991

Editor John Strassburger argued that it was a good decision to require ASTM-SEI helmets, even if riders weren't eager to don them.

June 26, 2012

Our Fragile Times

Dec. 28, 1990

While horses have always been the main focus of the Chronicle's editorial pages, sometimes world events are too big to ignore.

How different the world looks today than a year ago. Do you remember that almost giddy time? We were talking about the “peace dividend” as the Cold War ended following the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the democratization of Eastern Europe. Peace seemed to have really arrived at last.

April 24, 2011

Ask Any Competitor: Christina Gray Is The "Easy Button"

Competitors, trainers or even officials often come running into her office, their minds afire because of a schedule conflict, because there’s no water in the barn, or because they needed a ride to the airport 20 minutes ago. They’re ready to plead for a solution or to start a fight about it.

But Christina Gray will just listen calmly to their story, nod, and then pick up her walkie-talkie or cell phone to get someone to address the panic. Problem solved.

That’s why, as Staples says in their ad campaign, you can call Christina Gray “The Easy Button.”

February 6, 2011

Overall Horseman Of The Year: Jane Beshear, John Nicholson, Jamie Link, John Long

"A lot of serendipity was involved with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” suggested John Nicholson, for whom the 16 days in September and October were the climax of a 16-year dream.

“People were doing things 30 and 40 years ago that led to these Games, when they really didn’t know that they were doing it.”

January 18, 2011

Judge Rules Erikssons' Case Against Nunnink Can Proceed

A California appellate judge ruled on Jan. 10 that the case brought by the parents of event rider Mia Eriksson against her former trainer can go to trial. Justice Jeffrey King ruled against trainer Kristi Nunnink’s request for summary judgment in the parents’ claim of negligence.

June 5, 2009

The Time Is Right For Jan Brons To Return To Europe

And the Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize is making it possible.

January 19, 2009

Our Farewell To Victor

As soon as I read the news that came last Saturday, when Linda Allen posted on the Chronicle bulletin board that Victor Hugo-Vidal had died, just when he seemed to be recovering from his malfunctioning heart (see p. 96), I started thinking right away about what I was going to write in memory of this man.

January 19, 2009

In 2004, Can We Recover Our Horsemanship?

I've always liked to take some time at year's end to ponder the preceding 12 months' events and trends. And as I recall 2003, one trend seems to stand above and dominate everything else'the high cost of horses and everything to do with them.
Yes, you can find a very young or completely green horse for less than $3,500, a horse who may be a true diamond in the rough. But horses with any kind of experience are worth somewhere between a year at college and a home mortgage.

January 19, 2009

It's So Hard To Keep It All Straight

I suspect I'm more aware of equine pedigrees than your average rider, but of our half a dozen horses, the only one for whom I can remember both the sire and dam is the one we bred. Still, I can't remember the name of his dam's sire. And we have no idea of the pedigree of the horse I ride now--the best horse I've ever owned or ridden--even though he is a Thoroughbred, because his papers disappeared sometime before he came into our lives and he has no tattoo.

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