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March 16, 2011

Maddens Buy Young Event Horse Winner As Jumper Prospect

John and Beezie Madden of John Madden Sales have purchased a graduate of the U.S. Eventing Association Young Event Horse program as a jumper prospect.

On March 15, the Maddens bought Artesian, who won the 4-year-old division of the West Coast finals of the 2009 USEA Young Event Horse series with Robyn Fisher riding, and won the 5-year-old division of the East Coast finals of the series in 2010 with Will Coleman riding.

Artesian, 6, is by the stallion Judgement, who Beezie campaigned at the international grand prix level for many years before his retirement in 2009.

March 13, 2011

Majestic And Steege Work Their Magic At HITS III Ocala Masters

Amanda Steege has quite a cheering section, and during the HITS III Ocala Masters, they must have been cheering themselves hoarse, as Steege collected multiple tricolors.

“We had an amazing week!” Steege said of Feb. 22-27 in Ocala, Fla., where she rode to three championships and one reserve in the professional hunter divisions. “I’ve had a lot of nice horses over the years, and I’ve had some success, but this finally feels like the first year I have a whole team of horses that are really quality,” said Steege.

March 8, 2011

Marla Amormino Has Worked Hard To “Emerge” As A Pro

This young professional’s limited funds haven’t stopped her from living her dreams.

I’ve emerged!” joked Marla Amormino after topping the 2010 World Champion Hunter Rider Emerging Professional year-end national standings. But really, Amormino, of La Crescenta, Calif., came into her own long ago and is just now getting the accolades that her years of hard work have earned.

March 6, 2011

Quick Study Goes To Top Of The Class In $150,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla., March 6

With 12 of the top horses in the world racing for the top check, Lauren Hough knew she’d have to make some moves to win.

And that’s just what she did, racing around the turns and daring Quick Study at the jumps. The veteran bay answered her call and flew across the ground and jumped out of his skin to take the top check in the $150,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix. She shaved a half a second off Nick Skelton’s leading time for the blue.

March 5, 2011

U.S. Team Is All Business Winning The WEF Nations Cup

It was pretty obvious what the U.S. team’s intentions were for the $75,000 Nations Cup when the team members were announced. “When I saw the line-up for the American team, I knew they weren’t fooling around,” said Canadian legend Ian Millar. 

“We knew we were going into battle with giants tonight, and we consider it a great result to just come out intact!” Millar continued. 

February 24, 2011

Marilyn Little-Meredith Is Learning The Tricks Of A New Trade

This grand prix show jumper earned her first eventing blue at Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials.

A new job isn’t too hard if you’ve got the right tools in your toolbox. So while Marilyn Little-Meredith is a new face on the eventing scene and is rocketing up the levels aboard Udonna, rest assured—her toolbox is packed with a set of highly sophisticated tools to get the job done.

February 21, 2011

Free Rein With: Margie Engle

Grand prix rider Margie Engle began her life with horses by imploring her non-horsey parents for lessons and trips to the local barn. She grew up in the Miami, Fla., area and started riding at Gladewinds Farm, where the Kramer family ran a lessons and local show business.

February 20, 2011

The North American Riders Group Is Giving Show Jumpers A Voice

Three years ago, a group of grand prix riders came up with the idea of the North American Riders Group. Although it doesn’t have regulatory power, NARG has gained a voice in the show community, serving as an advocacy group, or a lobby, for the riders to communicate their concerns to show management.

February 20, 2011

Living Legends: Rodney Jenkins Thinks Like A Horse

No one taught Rodney Jenkins to ride. The man who would become one of the greatest hunter and jumper riders of all time never had a formal lesson from anyone.

Instead, Jenkins learned by listening to the horses and watching. “I learned a lot by the seat of my pants,” he said.

“We had woods behind the barn, and I’d build courses of old logs and branches and play horse show. Then, when I went to horse shows, I watched the people who won. I’d see their style and try to integrate it into the way I rode.”

February 20, 2011

The North American Riders Group Is Giving Show Jumpers A Voice

Molly Sorge: What inspired the creation of the North American Riders Group?

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