First there was a clunk as a rail dropped to the ground for Andre Thieme. Then, you could hear the whooping from the schooling area. Roberto Teran’s crowd of supporters ran back from the in-gate. “You won, you WON!” you could hear them shouting.
And win he did. Teran and Woklahoma topped the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix by more than 2 seconds over a star-studded field.
After Laura Linback and HH Dauphin had successfully completed their jump-off round in the $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the HITS Ocala Winter Championship at about 7 p.m., on March 26, HH Dauphin collapsed immediately after walking out of the ring and died suddenly.
Linback, 48, was treated on site immediately by medics and then flown by helicopter to a medical center. Details about her condition are unknown at this time.
Cooper Dean’s the real deal. He’s the kid who grew up with ponies in the back yard, mucking stalls and lugging water buckets and dreaming of winning big classes.
And now, as a working student for grand prix rider Aaron Vale, Dean’s getting that done in a big way. With three lovely, flowing rounds, Dean, 17, topped the HITS Equitation Championship aboard Denver S during the final weekend of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit (Fla.).
Today the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final kicks off in Sweden, and we’ve compiled all that you could need to know before the first horse jumps.
Who’s here? And who’s not?
Just as in the dressage side of the competition, there are some headliner riders who qualified for the Final but declined to compete. It’s an Olympic year, and some riders are choosing to focus on their preparation for the Rio Olympic Games.
Some of the best riders in the country scored some big wins this weekend! Kelley Farmer and McLain Ward flew out to California and picked up bit checks as a reward. And Laura Graves and Verdades continued their Grand Prix dressage domination in Florida. Watch how they did it...
Top riders—they’re just like us. They like to post cute photos of their four-legged friends, lament about their foibles, and rejoice in their accomplishments. Here are a few posts that caught our eye this weekend:
Leah Lang-Gluscic shared this adorable post about her Rolex Kentucky CCI****-bound eventer, A.P.
The U.S. show jumping team for the 1948 Olympic Games was the last military Olympic team fielded. Col. Frank Wing rode the famous U.S. team mount Democrat, Capt. John Russell rode Air Mail, and Col. Andrew Frierson rode Rascal.
Who’s headed to Gothenburg, Sweden, for the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final on March 23-28? Seven riders are invited from the top finishers on the East Coast, and three from the West Coast. If a qualified rider declines to attend, the spot is offered to the next-ranked U.S. rider on the list.
The qualifying classes are over, and here’s how things look for the Longines North American League…
It’s an obvious question to ask a little girl in jodhpurs and boots when she’s hanging around the barn, but hunter/jumper trainer Kama Godek didn’t have any ponies at her Wellington, Fla., base. So she threw 5-year-old Michaela Munson up on Regalo, an experienced equitation horse.
“She asked if she could ride a horse, and she said, ‘I can post and everything!’ " Godek said. "I have ‘Regi,’ who is perfect, so I told her she could get on him.