When: The first horse inspection, or jog, is on Wednesday, April 27. Two days of dressage competition follow on Thursday and Friday, April 28-29, with the first ride on both days at 8:30 a.m. and the last ride at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and 3:38 p.m. on Friday. You can find all the dressage ride times here.
It was the wall that dashed the American Invitational dreams of many big names. For the 1995 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational, Steve Stephens used an airy wall of arches as the A element of the last combination on course. And it was a question that one rider described as “devious.”
Famous names like For The Moment and Lisa Jaquin, Eros and Anne Kursinski, Charisma and Leslie Burr (Howard) all came to grief at the wall of arches. Only 15 of the 30 starters actually finished the course that year.
Amateur show jumper Laura Linback is in stable condition after suffering a head injury in a fall on March 26 when her horse collapsed at HITS Ocala (Fla.).
Linback underwent surgery to relieve pressure from brain swelling on the night of March 26 and remains unconscious and on a ventilator. Her husband, Troy Linback, said that her brain pressure remains low, which is a good sign.
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.