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November 23, 2016

Spotted By George Morris: The Rare Perfect Position

George H. Morris was flipping through the Oct. 24 & 31 issue of the Chronicle when a photograph stopped him and inspired him to call into the Chronicle office to sing the praises of the rider.

It wasn’t a photo of a famous equitation rider or a grand prix jumper. It was eventer Kelsey Horn riding Swingtown to the win in the 4-year-old division of the U.S. Eventing Association’s Young Event Horse West Coast Championship (Calif.).

November 17, 2016

Throwback Thursday: When Gail Greenough Broke Show Jumping's Glass Ceiling

Thirty years ago, on the world’s biggest stage of show jumping, a relative unknown snagged the individual gold medal in the World Championships in a result that thrilled the world.

In her first appearance in an international team championship, Canadian Gail Greenough headed into the final four up against individual Olympic silver medalist Conrad Homfeld, French star Pierre Durand and British legend Nick Skelton.

November 16, 2016

Winner Of The Week: Taegan Long Takes Home An Armload Of Awards

Taegan Long could not have had a better weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival. She walked away from the Nov. 11-13 show in Upper Marlboro, Md., with not only five blue ribbons in equitation classes, but also the tricolor from the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Young Rider Championship.

November 9, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 U.S. Dressage Finals

The grand finale of the dressage show season, the U.S. Dressage Finals will be held Nov. 10-13 in Lexington, Ky. All levels, from training level to open Grand Prix, will compete for national titles to be awarded to professional, amateur and junior riders. 

It's four days of the country's best dressage, and the Chronicle's Lisa Slade will be there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to document it all with stories on the winners, behind-the-scenes details and gorgeous photos galore at

November 6, 2016

Watch Why They Won: The Top Four In The 2016 ASPCA Maclay Final

"They're going to have to beat that," George H. Morris said in the EqSportsNet live feed commentary as Hunter Holloway finished her Round 2 course in the ASPCA Maclay Final. And his words were prophetic, as no one could beat her. 

"Her position is so classic, so correct," Morris said. "And the execution was virtually flawless." Holloway’s Round 2 performance in the ASPCA Maclay Final catapulted her to victory. Her flawless counter-canter tour, combined with her precise and soft ride, made the judges put her on top.

November 4, 2016

One To Watch: Julia Tait Has Gone The Extra Mile On The Way To The Maclay

Julia Tait has big dreams. But she doesn’t have the budget for a horse to show on the circuit. So what does she do? She works hard and takes advantage of every opportunity.

Tait, 16, hasn’t ever owned a horse, but she’s headed to the ASPCA Maclay Final. “This is only my second year doing 3’6”. I always wanted to do this, but I never thought it would happen so soon. It’s definitely crazy that it happened so fast,” said Tait.

November 4, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 ASPCA Maclay Final

The ASPCA Maclay Final kicks off at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena in Lexington, Ky.

Round 1 has 176 riders on the order of go and the schedule estimates that it will conclude at 1:15 p.m., on Saturday. The flat phases (there are usually three sections called back for the flat phase) are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 6. The second round of jumping will run immediately after that. 

Diane Carney and Rachel Kennedy will be judging the Maclay, and they also designed the course. 

November 2, 2016

Winner Of The Week: Lizzie Walters Has Turned Quirky Into Confident

“There’s something about bringing your own horse along that’s so rewarding. Who knew a quirky 3-year-old I found on Facebook would turn into such a competitive and strong athlete?” posted Lizzie Walters on Facebook a few weeks ago after she and her mare, Proven Reputation, jumped a clear round in a 1.05-meter jumper class.

Walters finished that post with the sentiment: “So proud to have a horse that can hold her own in other disciplines and here’s to hoping that all this summer’s cross training will pay off.”

November 1, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 National Horse Show

The National Horse Show got underway on Nov. 1, kicking off six days of top indoor competition which includes the ASPCA Maclay Final and the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Lexington Grand Prix on Saturday evening, Nov. 5. 

The ASPCA Maclay Final has a new format this year, with the first round starting at 6 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 5 and then the flat phase scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 6, with the second jumping round to immediately follow that. (We'll have a What You Need To Know for the Maclay Final up on Sat., Nov. 5.)

October 25, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 Washington International Horse Show

The Washington International Horse Show takes place from Oct. 25-30 in the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Jumper highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup President's Cup Grand Prix, the $25,000 puissance class, and the $35,000 Gambler's Choice costume class. Crowds go wild for the U.S. Pony Racing Shetland pony steeplechase (on Thurs., Oct. 27 and Sat., Oct. 29). 

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