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October 17, 2008

Goldika Gets It Done In Pennsylvania Big Jump

The $25,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump was a bit of a drama-filled event.  Veterans McLain Ward and Goldika 559 prevailed in a three-horse jump-off over young up-and-comers Brianne Goutal and Michael Morrissey.

But there was a lot of action in the first round, too.  Course designer Michel Vaillancourt built a really tough triple combination, with a triple-bar in, two tight strides to a vertical and another tight one stride to another vertical.  The B and C elements of this combination fell like rain all night.

October 13, 2008

Taylor Land Is All Golden In Junior Jumpers

Taylor Land added individual gold to her Zone 4 Prix des States team gold tonight, Oct. 11. She came into the final phase of the four-round competition in the lead, with just 2.07 penalties to her name. She’d earned those penalties points by placing fourth in the welcome speed round, but was the only double-clear round the second night in the Nations Cup format of the team competition. 

“I was nervous when I watched the first few go, but when I got on, I kind of told myself, ‘Whatever happens, happens,' ” Land, 16, said. “Everything came up very fast tonight.”

October 10, 2008

TNT On Top In Pony Jumpers

Little sisters frequently get their older sisters’ hand-me-downs.  Abbie Ross isn’t complaining—she got the winning pony jumper TNT from her older sister, Lillie. 

Lillie had done her share of winning on TNT, including the 2006 Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.) circuit championship, but Abbie proved she wasn’t to be outdone by winning the NAL Pony Jumper Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Oct. 9. 

October 10, 2008

Onassis In Charge Of Junior Hunters

Sarah Ward laughed when she remembered the first time she tried Onassis.  “He’s really springy.  When I picked up the trot, I almost fell off!” she said.  She’s come a long way since then, riding the flashy bay to the grand junior and large junior, 16-17 hunter championships at the Pennsylvania National on Oct. 9-10 in Harrisburg, Pa.

September 26, 2008

Horse Of A Lifetime: Ifeel Like A Snake

This grumpy gray gelding gave the Burke family two decades of grand memories.

There’s a tree marking Ifeel Like A Snake’s grave at Charlie and Dana Burke’s farm in Franklin, Tenn. It’s not a flowering tree or a graceful willow—it’s a holly tree. “We planted holly because it’s prickly, like him!” said Dana, Charlie’s wife.

The aptly named Ifeel Like A Snake was just as famous for his snarky attitude as he was for his longevity and talent.

September 26, 2008

It's No Time To Be Ambivalent

It’s my belief that if foxhunting ever becomes extinct in the United States, it won’t be from an all-out ban, like the one imposed in England in 2005. I think foxhunting’s demise will be the ever-tightening restrictions on dog ownership that will eventually make it impossible to maintain a pack of hounds.
   

September 12, 2008

BEHIND THE SCENES: Mary Coldren Makes Events Work

Imagine you have hundreds of event entries spread out on a table in front of you and you have to organize them, assigning each rider ride times that won’t ruffle their feathers, making sure the day’s schedule will run smoothly, and stabling everyone in stall locations that prevent awkward social encounters back at the barns.

Then, one rider with six horses entered calls and says she has to be finished riding by 3 p.m. Another one

August 29, 2008

Hong Kong Was A Pleasant Surprise

There was a lot of conversation about how the equestrian portion of the 2008 Olympic Games were going to play out in Hong Kong. It’s too hot. It’s too humid. It’s too polluted. These were all concerns bandied about in the months and years before the Games.
   

August 4, 2008

The 2008 International Roster For Olympic Show Jumping

To download the full roster in PDF format, complete with photos, click here.

Authentic And Sapphire Lead A Strong U.S. Team


The backbone of the U.S. team is Beezie Madden on Authentic and McLain Ward on Sapphire. With team
gold from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and team silver from the 2006 World Equestrian Games (Germany) to their credit, this pair knows what needs to be done to earn medals.

August 1, 2008

The 2008 Olympic Teams - Show Jumping

To download the full roster in PDF format, complete with photos, click here.

Authentic And Sapphire Lead A Strong U.S. Team


The backbone of the U.S. team is Beezie Madden on Authentic and McLain Ward on Sapphire. With team
gold from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and team silver from the 2006 World Equestrian Games (Germany) to their credit, this pair knows what needs to be done to earn medals.

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