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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

If I Could Make A Rolex Kentucky Reality Show

"Horse Power," a reality show about the unlikely subject of half a dozen equitation riders aiming for the ASPCA Maclay Finals, was far more fascinating and compelling than 95 percent of the genre. Why? My theory is that it's because the Maclay is a real goal, an actual event that even viewers who've never heard of it can understand. The show didn't revolve around a contrived situation like "The Real World" or (ugh) "Survivor," or even a manufactured TV prize like "Top Chef."

January 19, 2009

Keep An Eye On The Favorites

Every sport has dominant players who become the stars and favorites, people who always seem to grab most of the media spotlight and the public attention. Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky, Hank Aaron, Secretariat all seemed to be unbeatable in their eras.
Today, Michael Jordan remains the most dominant basketball player, despite his "retirement" and his recent knee injury. And, as the Triple Crown approaches, the preview shows are focusing on the horses D.

January 19, 2009

Horses Deserve A Better Tribute

When Royal Kaliber died earlier this month, no one hesitated to honor his accomplishments and courage, and he certainly deserved all the testimonials his
memory has received. Mostly overlooked, though, has been that Royal Kaliber died following an injury he suffered in competition--colic that followed his breaking down under the bright lights of the Athens Olympics, in front of thousands in the stands and on TV.

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