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October 18, 2013

FEI Rejects Endurance Committee Member’s Remarks

Fédération Equestre Internationale Secretary General Ingmar De Vos has dismissed remarks by Belgian national coach Pierre Arnould that endurance riding could become a banned sport if the FEI cannot end the escalating crisis about doping and horse welfare issues in the Middle East.

October 4, 2013

Gone Away: Irene C. Acker

Irene C. Acker

Horsewoman Irene C. Acker died of Alzheimer’s disease on Aug. 10 in Wilmington, N.C. She was 93.

Mrs. Acker was born in New York City on June 25, 1920, and lived there and on Long Island until the early 1970s when she moved to the Tryon, N.C., area for access to more hunting country.

October 4, 2013

Winter Walk

As a child, Valarie Wolf was inspired to paint when she visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and saw a nearly life-sized Landseer painting of horses.

“Oils are my media of choice,” said Wolf, of Irvine, Calif. “I cannot resist the way they blend and the richness they impart to a painting. A favorite aspect of using these amazing paints is the infinite mixture of colors that can be achieved.”

May 23, 2013

Dubai Leader Outlaws Use Of Steroids In Race Horses

The ruler of Dubai has ordered a decree to criminalize the use of steroids on race horses following a doping scandal involving his horses in England.

Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum says he has "directed that a decree be issued making, with immediate effect, the import, sale, purchase or use of anabolic steroids in horse sports a criminal offence under the UAE penal laws."

Last month, former Godolphin trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni was banned for eight years for doping race horses at al Maktoum's stables in Newmarket.

May 21, 2013

Doping Scandal Rocks Middle East Endurance

Prominent European federations are pressuring the Fédération Equestre Internationale to “clean up” endurance riding in the Middle East, citing the high incidence of doping and equine fractures in the area.

December 16, 2012

Cecelia “Tiny” Hunter

Cecelia “Tiny” Hunter

Lifelong equine enthusiast and late-in-life horse show champion Cecelia “Tiny” Hunter died Oct. 29 in Ocala, Fla.  She was 93.

November 18, 2012

Barney Ward

Barney Ward

Barney Ward, former show jumper and father of two-time show jumping Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward, died on Oct. 27 after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

Barney grew up in Providence, R.I., and rode as a child but didn’t have formal lessons. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, he spent a year playing football professionally, eventually playing for a farm team of the New England Patriots. He left football, however, to pursue life as a professional horseman.

October 21, 2012

Bruce Dalton

Bruce Dalton

Red Mountain Foxhounds Jt.-MFH Dr. Bruce Dalton of Hurdle Mills, N.C., died Sept. 13 in a plane crash in Colorado. He was 69.

Dr. Dalton was born April 16, 1943, to Bruce and Doris Dalton, and he grew up in Lenoire, N.C. After graduating from Davidson College (N.C.) and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, he earned his master’s degrees in health care administration from Baylor University (Texas) and public health from Johns Hopkins University (Md.).

April 29, 2012

Amy Tryon

Amy Tryon

Olympic eventer Amy Tryon died in her sleep of unknown causes on April 12 at home in Duvall, Wash. She was 42.

Mrs. Tryon was born Feb. 24, 1970, in Redmond, Wash. She began riding as a young child, participating in 4-H and Pony Club. She rode a borrowed pony in her first horse trials at the age of 8, and from that point on her goal was to see how far she could go in the sport of eventing.

February 19, 2012

Capt. John “Jack” H. Fritz

Capt. John “Jack” H. Fritz

Equestrian luminary and tireless promoter of equestrian sport Capt. John “Jack” H. Fritz died on Feb. 9 at the Provena St. Anne Center in Rockford, Ill., following a 15-year struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 87.

Born in Rockford in 1924, Capt. Fritz participated in horse shows as a child. But it wasn’t until he was attending Princeton University (N.J.) that he was introduced to dressage through Anita Hazek, who trained at Vienna’s Spanish Riding School.

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