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December 13, 2013

Willow Wins It For Farrington In Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland – Dec. 13

Friday the 13th proved lucky for U.S. rider Kent Farrington as he topped a hugely talented 18-horse jump-off to claim victory in the $225,013 Credit Suisse Grand Prix at the International Geneva CSI.

December 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Hunters Go Too Slow And Idle Dice's Early Days

It's amazing what you can find when you just open one of the bound volumes of old issues of The Chronicle of the Horse. The below images of pages from old Chronicle issues came from looking at just four July issues in 1968.

First, did you know the famous jumper Idle Dice got his start in the hunter ring? This photo of "Ike" and Bernie Traurig appeared in the July 19, 1968 issue amid the results of the Fairfield Hunt Club Horse Show (Conn.). (We're laughing with you at the fact that there's a typo in Idle Dice's name!)

December 8, 2013

Another Equitation Class?

Hunter/jumper show schedules might get an addition in 2015. There are some Rule Change Proposals on the docket intending to create two more Medal classes, the USHJA Hunter Seat Medal and the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal (if approved, these rule changes go into effect on Dec. 1, 2014).

December 6, 2013

USHJA Rule Change Proposals Seek To Close Loopholes

Have you taken a look at the Rule Change Proposals that will be discussed at the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting on Dec. 8-12 in Atlanta, Ga.?

December 5, 2013

Ben Maher Involved In British Lawsuit

The BBC has released a story indicating that show jumper Ben Maher, who helped the British team earn gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, is being sued by long-time owners Mike and Emma Phillips for misrepresenting the prices of horses he sold for them. 

December 4, 2013

It's A Good Thing Sterling Didn't Sell

Sometimes, it’s a good thing when horses don't sell right away. Megan Northrop tried to get Sterling sold soon after he left the racetrack, but nobody bit on the gray Thoroughbred gelding.

So, Northrop wrote his name on one of the stalls in her barn and got to work training him. And in September, Sterling rewarded her by winning the Take2 High Score Jumper Award for 2013. “Many of my best horses have been ones I’ve tried to sell and no one’s wanted, which is kind of ironic,” Northrop said.

December 2, 2013

Meet Wilbur

Did you know that grand prix show jumper Georgina Bloomberg has a pet pig? Bloomberg is a vocal supporter of animal rescue, so when a black-and-white pig was in need of a home, she opened her doors.

November 27, 2013

Sapphira Wade Was A Pleasant Surprise For Kerri Grosslight

Kerri Grosslight wasn’t really in the market for a horse when Sapphira Wade came into her life. “I really didn’t expect to enjoy her as much as I do. She was one that I kind of said ‘Great, thanks for the opportunity to ride her,’” Grosslight said.

November 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday: When Junior Hunters Did Double Duty

The year was 1972. Hunters were Thoroughbreds. Jumps were solid.

This is John Yozell on Judith’s Pilot, showing in the junior hunters over the outside course at the Ox Ridge Horse Show (Conn.).

November 20, 2013

Don't Puke At C

They stand in the middle of the ring and yell. A lot.

Trainers have to repeat a lot of the same commands. “Heels down. Don’t pull. Kick.” So it’s no surprise that they frequently come up with some entertaining versions.

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