Keri Rankin and the talented bay lead from start to finish over a big field.
Keri Rankin found her way to the top of the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby via Crossroads. She guided the elegant bay gelding to the blue in the class, held Feb. 27 during the Gulf Coast Magnolia Classic, Feb. 25-March 1 in Gulfport, Miss.
Veterans Ian Millar and Eric Lamaze anchor the team in a nail-biting finish.
It’s tough to do math at the in-gate, so Eric Lamaze can be forgiven for telling his teammate, Ian Millar, that his round wasn’t crucial to the Canadian team’s effort in the $75,000 CN Nations Cup.
“I told him, if there ever was a time to relax, it’s tonight. As the class went on, it was kind of hard to follow. The Irish were jumping clean and the British were jumping well, so I kind of thought we were out of it,” Lamaze said sheepishly.
Discussing the pros and cons with Archie Cox, Patricia Griffith, Walter “Jimmy” Lee and Geoff Teall.
For decades, there’s been a deep divide in the land of hunters at the end of the year.
The USEF Horse of the Year awards, the national champions, are decided based on a complicated cumulative points system. The number of points earned with each ribbon varies depending on the rating of the show, increment rating or prize money offered at the show, and the number of horses competing in the class.
Michelle Spadone steps up for second place and starts thinking about Las Vegas too.
Rodrigo Pessoa started 2009 behind the pack in the race to qualify for the Rolex FEI World Cup Final (Nev.).
But now he’s pretty much assured a spot in the final, to be held April 15-19 in Las Vegas. The 20 points he earned by riding Rufus to the top of the $150,000 World Cup qualifier, held on Feb. 7 during the Spycoast Farm WEF 5 in Wellington, Fla., put him firmly in the running.
In 2004, after making the team for the Athens Olympic Games, McLain Ward said of Sapphire, “I think she really wants to be one of the best horses in the world. She has that character. Her future is still ahead of her.”
Five years later, there’s no question that Sapphire has fulfilled that destiny. She has three team medals to her credit—two Olympic Games golds from Athens in 2004 and Hong Kong in 2008, and one silver from the 2006 World Equestrian Games (Germany).
The moment when Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, Laura Kraut and Will Simpson stood atop the Olympic podium, accepting their team gold medals, might be the one immortalized in photos and etched in memories.