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January 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday: That Time Jim Wofford Swam A River

“Do I remember? You kidding? You don't forget stuff like that,” Jim Wofford told me when I contacted him about a remarkable photo I found in a Chronicle issue from 50 years ago.

The story about the 1967 Myopia Horse Trials in Hamilton and Ipswich, Mass., in the June 23, 1967 issue looked like any other, with a short report, results, and a page of photos. But one of those photos made me do a doubletake. It was a photo of a pretty substantial river, with a horse’s head and the torso of a rider above water.

January 18, 2017

Winner Of The Week: Amateur Rider Melissa Torreano Enjoys The Process On The Way To FEI And Blue

When Brunello M was a younger horse, Melissa Torreano wasn’t quite sure that the little white ring was where he belonged.

“He was a little bit of a hot youngster—he was great under saddle but kind of a brat out in his pasture,” she said. “He’ll chase deer out of his paddock, jump the fence, go running through the woods. We were wondering if maybe his dream was to be an eventer.”

January 12, 2017

Larry Glefke And Kelley Farmer Release Statement In Response To USEF Suspensions

Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke have released a statement via social media in response to the U.S. Equestrian Federation's Jan. 10 announcement of their respective suspensions for a horse who tested positive for GABA. 

January 10, 2017

Winner Of The Week: Carmen Schatte Is Heading Back Up The Levels With Lady Elvira

Carmen Schatte started her 2017 season by riding Lady Elvira to the top of the training rider division at Ocala Winter I Horse Trials (Fla.) on Jan. 7-8. But a few years ago, Schatte wasn’t even sure if she wanted to keep riding.

She’d worked hard to achieve her goals with her off-the-track Thoroughbred The Flying Tomato—bringing him up to be consistent at the preliminary level and jumping around their first intermediate cross-country.

December 22, 2016

Throwback Thursday: It Was A Very Different Horse World In 1939, But The Chronicle Was There

During some free moments during our annual planning meeting this week, we flipped through some old issues of The Chronicle of the Horse. The magazine was started in 1937 (that's right, we'll be celebrating our 80th anniversary next year!). Going through old issues is addictive—there are always reminders of not only how different the world is today, but also in how some aspects of life with horses don't ever change.

The images below are taken from the Dec. 22, 1939 issue of what was then known as just The Chronicle

December 7, 2016

A Lukewarm Response To Olympic Format Changes

The news that the Fédération Equestre Internationale General Assembly voted to change the competition format of all three disciplines at the Olympic Games—dressage, show jumping and eventing—on Nov. 22 wasn’t universally well received.

The major changes that riders—especially show jumpers—spoke out against were the shift to a three-man team and the elimination of a drop score.

December 7, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Gina Plantz's Patience Paid Off And Now She's Living Her Dream

When Gina Plantz was graduating from the junior divisions, she had a tough decision to make. She’d always been a rider on a budget—in fact, she’d never even owned a horse as a junior.

“I was a working student during my junior years,” she said. “I never actually owned my own horse until I was 31. I was always a catch-rider.

December 6, 2016

Eek! A Jump! The Hunter Version

Hennessy’s extravagant over-jumping style in the baby green classes at the Harvest Horse Show (Texas) on Nov. 2-6 might have surprised spectators, but rider Hannah Evans pretty much expected the extra air time.

Evans is sitting chilly on top of the 4-year-old Dutch Warmblood’s massive efforts over 2’6” jumps with a hint of a smile on her face.

December 5, 2016

Big Star Out Of Action With Minor Injury

The Olympic individual gold medalist from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Big Star, has suffered a mild injury, according to a press release from the Geneva CHI.

November 30, 2016

Kelsey Horn Has Gone From Morgans To Praise From George Morris

So, what’s it like to have a photo of you singled out by George Morris himself for a unique and flattering critique in The Chronicle of the Horse?

Kesley Horn, a young eventing professional from Corvallis, Ore., got to find out this week when an article full of Morris’ praise for her position ran both on and in the Chronicle’s Nov. 28 print edition.

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