A few days before traveling to Green Cove Springs, Fla., for the Jacksonville International show, Jan. 17-21, Hidden Creek's Quervo Gold was barefoot, footloose and fancy free.
Margie Engle had given him quality down time. "He's had almost three months off, with no shoes on. We've been riding him, but he's mostly just been going for trail rides. He's been enjoying a bit of a break," Engle said.
After Quervo got new shoes he didn't miss a beat, topping the $75,000 Glen Kernan Golf And Country Club Grand Prix CSI-W at Jacksonville.
Few people as talented, multi-faceted and accomplished as George H. Morris can be summed up with one word. But the term "teacher" describes Morris as no other can.
"At the end of the day, George is ultimately a teacher, and it doesn't matter to him if it's a beginner or an Olympic rider he's teaching. That quality allows him to have an interest in, and an impact on, the sport from the top to the bottom," said Sally Ike, U.S. Equestrian Federation director of show jumping.
Beezie Madden laughed when she remembered Leslie Wexner telling her about his travel plans to the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. He planned to watch Madden ride his wife, Abigail's, horse Authentic in Aachen, Germany. "But he'd booked tickets only for Saturday and Sunday [the individual final rounds]. We warned him, 'You know you have to qualify for those days.'
"And he just said, 'Yep, I know. See you Saturday and Sunday,' " Madden recalled.
One of the first things you notice about Geoff Teall is his voice--it's clear, distinctive, and he isn't afraid to use it. It's a voice that his students can hear across schooling areas and echoing in their heads. And it's also a voice that speaks eloquently and unabashedly about some of the more controversial topics that face the sport.
Competing at the Canadian District qualifier for the Centennial Field Hunter Cham-pionships took Anne McKibbin on a walk down memory lane. In the months before the competition, held Oct. 15 in Caledon, Ont., she worked hard to make sure she would be in the running to win the best turned-out award.
"It took me three months to get ready for the turnout part. What fun we had, going through old trunks with family and friends to find such things as breeches with buttons, a sewn bridle and a three-fold leather girth with no elastic," she said.
It's a nightmare that haunts every horsemanï¿½ a virulent, deadly disease, for which there is neither cure nor completely effective vaccination. And while EHV-1, or equine herpes virus, has been making headlines for years, it's now been well and truly thrust into the equestrian spotlight with its outbreak in Wellington, Fla., (see In The Country p. 44). The timing couldn't be worse for EHV-1 to hit the Palm Beach area, with thousands of horses due to ship in to the area in anticipation of showing at the Winter Equestrian Festival beginning on Jan. 24.
A few weeks before the National Horse Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in Wellington, Fla., Phil Henning gave Sergio Campos a call. As owner of Mill Creek Stables in Cambridge, Ont., Canada, Henning invited Campos to come ride a few horses.
Twenty or 30 horses later, Henning asked Campos which one he preferred. Campos responded right away: "Sandhya." His instincts proved dead-on, as at the National, Campos rode Mill Creek Sandhya to the top of the 6-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship International.
He didn't win either of the two grand prix classes on the weekend, but McLain Ward wasn't complaining. With two second-placed finishes aboard Sapphire, he walked away with the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship from the National Horse Show, held Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in Wellington, Fla.
You'd think that the owner of Alla' Czar, who has topped the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Hunter Breeding Sire of the Year standings for five consecutive years--2002-2006--would be a full-time breeder, with a string of stallions and broodmares, a full-time staff and a bustling