In August, U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland joked that he wished he could send two teams to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, because he was so thrilled with how each of the riders on the 10-name short list had performed.
When the Belgian Equestrian Federation named their team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on Aug. 18, they named Pieter Devos on Dream of India Greenfield, Jos Lansink on Ensor de Litrange LXII, Olivier Philippaerts on Cabrio de Heffinck, Gregory Wathelet on Conrad de Hus and alternate Jos Verlooy on Domino.
But on Aug. 21, 20-year-old rider Constant van Paesschen and Alain Van Campenhoudt, the owner of the Citizenguard horses, filed legal action protesting van Paesschen’s omission from the team.
In a Fédération Equestre Internationale Tribunal Decision dated Aug. 6, Jonathan Paget of New Zealand and Kevin McNab of Australia were both cleared of their doping charge stemming from positive findings of the tranquilizer reserpine in their mounts at the Land Rover Burghley CCI**** (Great Britain) in 2013, which Paget won.
Georgina Bloomberg wasn’t quite sure what to expect when she arrived in Paris to compete in the Longines Global Champions Tour show in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. She was a new mother of a 5-month-old still dusting off her skills after a few months out of the saddle.
Last week in our Throwback Thursday post, we featured a handwritten “horse for sale” ad written in the horse's voice and by a teenager in 1972. Lots of readers wondered where the cute chestnut mare advertised, Pass The Platter, ended up.
Happily, we got an email from Pam Gleason, whose family bought Pass The Platter in the late ‘70s. Pam’s sister, Cynthia, showed “Platter” for a year, then the Gleason family retired her and let her live her life out in a large grass field.
A full-page ad in the March 2, 1973, issue of The Chronicle of the Horse caught our eye. It was a horse-for-sale ad, but not one like we'd ever seen before!
The teenaged owner of Pass The Platter came up with the idea of writing the mare's ad from the horse's perspective. The result was a handwritten ad full of cute sketches. The full text appears below the photo...
The day belonged to Belgium in the Mercedes Benz Nations Cup of Aachen, but the U.S. team fought a remarkable battle to claim second place in a thrilling finish. Clear rounds from Lucy Davis, Reed Kessler and Lauren Hough in Round 2 vaulted the U.S. team from fourth after Round 1 into second, just 2 faults behind the Belgian team and ahead of the Netherlands and Germany.