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Molly Sorge

October 9, 2013

Dana Nifosi Has Put In The Hours To Make Knob Creek A Winner

Think you can’t win at one of the country’s biggest shows with a Thoroughbred? Think an amateur with a full-time job who does all her own care at the show and has put most of the training into her horse can’t possibly have the winner in her trailer?

Think again.

October 8, 2013

Colleen Rutledge Injured

Eventer Colleen Rutledge, who has ridden her Shiraz to clean cross-country rounds at the Rolex Kentucky, Pau, Burghley and Badminton CCI****s, had a fall from a preliminary horse, Siren’s Call, on Oct. 5 at the Morven Park Horse Trials (Va.).

Rutledge, 35, suffered a broken hip and underwent successful surgery on Oct. 8. She is expected to be out of the saddle for six weeks; she had planned to compete Covert Rights at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.) on Oct. 16-20 but will withdraw.

October 5, 2013

Gone Away: Irving E. Goldman

Irving E. Goldman

Horseman Irving E. Goldman of Franklin, Mich., died on Aug. 13. He was 90.

Mr. Goldman was born on April 30, 1923, to Harry and Bertha Goldman in Detroit.

He attended Michigan State University but was called to serve in World War II during his sophomore year. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry and saw combat in Europe.

October 4, 2013

Love And Honor Was Cherished Into A Champion

Looking at the glowing, confident bay mare standing in the Marshall & Sterling Finals awards ceremony, one would never guess that four years ago she was standing forlorn in a field, skinny, lame and neglected.

Lisa Beebe found her winning hunter Love And Honor in an unusual way for the horse show circuit—she answered a local Craigslist ad. Beebe, of Tampa, Fla., saw the ad posted about a herd of 60 horses in need of new homes and went to look. Love And Honor, a bay mare, caught her eye in spite of her condition.

October 3, 2013

RF Tabasco Out Of Boekelo CCI***

Marilyn Little has withdrawn RF Tabasco from the U.S. Equestrian Federation team for the Boekelo CCI***

In a statement, Little said: "Unfortunately, RF Tabasco sustained a minor injury in the paddock yesterday which will preclude him from completing his final preparations before the event at Boekelo next week.

October 3, 2013

A Spoonful Of Sugar Makes The Medicine Go Down

Does your finicky equine turn up his nose at any medicinal powder on his dinner? Some horses don’t mind eating a little medication mixed in with their grain, but others act offended at white powder decorating their meal and refuse to ingest it. Treatments such as Robaxin and doxycycline are notoriously bitter, so disguising the medication is frequently the best way to go.

October 3, 2013

A Good Groom Is A Horse’s Home Base

Panic, pride and partnership—they’re all part of a caretaker’s commitment to a top horse.

They’re the backbone of the equine world, the devoted care­takers of the horse. Grooms work long hours on tired feet, and the rewards often come in the form of a horse putting in a stellar perfor­mance or nickering at them walking down the aisle.

“There are people who think that grooming is just brushing them and tacking them up, but it’s so much more than that. The groom gets to be the horse’s ‘person,’ their home base. And that’s special,” said Lauren Keeton.

September 30, 2013

Thank You, Authentic

He’s been enjoying a life of leisure, munching on grass instead of bounding over big jumps on the world stage.

Authentic got one last moment in the spotlight, though, accompanied by his best friends, rider Beezie Madden and groom Clark Shipley. Authentic shipped from his field at John and Beezie Madden’s JMS Sales in Cazenovia, N.Y., to the New Albany Classic in Ohio on Sept. 22. In a touching retirement ceremony, Authentic was back in front of a crowd of cheering fans.

September 25, 2013

Updated: Ross Reisner Killed

New York news stations are reporting that a man shot and killed in his home in Setauket, N.Y., is Long Island hunter/jumper trainer Ross Reisner. Reisner taught out of Maple Lane Farm in Mattituck, N.Y.

News reports indicate that shots were fired into the home from outside on the night of Sept. 24, hitting Reisner. He passed away from gunshot wounds to the chest at Stony Brook University Hospital.

September 22, 2013

Farrington Wins Across State Lines In The Sept. 23 Omega Alpha Weekend Update

Weekends don’t get much better than the one Kent Farrington had. On Saturday, he rode Willow to the top of the $75,000 Hagyard Equine Institute Grand Prix at the Kentucky National. Then, he hopped in the car and drove to Ohio, where he rode Blue Angel to the win in the $125,000 New Albany Classic. The New Albany Classic also played host to a moving retirement ceremony for Abigail Wexner’s Authentic. Farrington’s student Megan Nusz won the $25,000 Prix de Lexington in Kentucky, while young rider Ali Wolff was second to Farrington in Kentucky and ninth at New Albany.

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