As soon as Margie Engle broke her leg in February, her entire focus became getting herself back into shape to qualify for the Olympic team, either through riding at the selection trials (p. 7) or by convincing the U.S. Equestrian Federation's Selection Committee that she and Hidden Creek's Perin deserved a spot on the team with their impressive international record. She made it to the trials and even recorded the fastest clear round in Round 1 on Perin, and then she withdrew, hoping the committee would use its limited subjective power to choose her.
Beezie Madden's two young horses have jumped to the top of the USEF Olympic Selection Trials. With just 1 time fault in tonight's Round 3, DeSilvio took over the top spot in the standings from his barnmate, Authentic.
Authentic had just a foot in the water to lie in a four-way tie for second with 4 faults. "He's kind of been under-rated by a lot of people," Madden said of DeSilvio, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood. "He's not always the fastest in the jump-off, but he's been coming along steadily and been so consistent."
Peter Wylde and Fein Cera jumped yet another brilliant clear round today in Round 4 of the USEF Olympic Selection Trials, May 22 at the Oaks in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Their only fault so far over the four rounds of trials was at the first fence of the the first course, last weekend in Del Mar. "Cera feels as good and as fresh as she's ever felt," said Wylde. "I really felt the pressure here today. It was a very intense pressure. I hadn't felt it as much last weekend, but I did here today," he continued.
Rounds 5 and 6 finalized the standings of the USEF Olympic Selection Trials, and while tense moments abounded, the top of the list didn't change much. Beezie Madden finished in front with Authentic, jumping two clean rounds today over Leopoldo Palacios' huge courses to complete the six rounds of the trials with just 8 faults.
There are 1,060 photos of national and local champions in this Horse Show Issue, and I can guarantee that each one has a story--of a racetrack reject turned hunter, of a horse coming back from a life-threatening disease, of a rider overcoming a mental block. There's always a history behind any partnership.
The Canadian show jumpers seem to be staging a coup. They’ve railroaded the CN Wellington Open CSIO, aptly sponsored by the Canadian National Railway.
The Canadian team snatched victory in the $75,000 CN Nations Cup on the evening of Mar. 9, and today, Mar. 11, Canadian Mario Deslauriers topped the $150,000 CN U.S. Open Jumper Championship. In a class where the treacherous ground played almost as big a role as the big jumps, Deslauriers and Paradigm topped a nail-biting three-horse jump-off for the win.
Four weeks into the Winter Equestrian Festival, in Wellington, Fla., Laura Chapot and Little Big Man already have more than $45,000 in prize money in their pockets.
"He's had a fantastic start to the circuit," Chapot said in quiet understatement. "He's very fast and careful. In the jump-offs, they're all very fast horses and very good riders, so there was no just going around for a safe clear. You just had to go as fast as you could and hope everything went your way. He's been jumping phenomenally."
Last year, the Canadian team scored an upset victory against the Americans on their home turf in Wellington, Fla., in the $75,000 CN Nations Cup. And this year, they trumped them again, cruising to an easy victory in this year’s Nations Cup, held tonight, March 9 during the Wellington Open CSIO. Ireland finished a jubilant second, while the U.S. team had an off night and placed a disappointed third.
The groom to one of the U.S. team's top horses shares her World Equestrian Games experiences.
When Jennifer Wood decided three years ago that she might like to try working as a groom in the United States, she had no idea that the whim would end up taking her all over the world. But in working for McLain Ward, she's taken care of his Olympic and World Equestrian Games mount, Sapphire, for the past two years.