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April 13, 2016

Groom Spotlight: The Faces At The In-Gate

Tiffany Van Halle, a Belgian photographer, has a special talent for capturing the moments between top show jumping horses and their grooms. She's kindly shared some of those images with us...

Emma Uusi-Simola canoodling with the Olympic individual gold medalist Nino des Buissonnets.

April 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Seven Wonder's Memorable Invitational Win Helped Put Chris Kappler On The Map

It was the wall that dashed the American Invitational dreams of many big names. For the 1995 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational, Steve Stephens used an airy wall of arches as the A element of the last combination on course. And it was a question that one rider described as “devious.”

Famous names like For The Moment and Lisa Jaquin, Eros and Anne Kursinski, Charisma and Leslie Burr (Howard) all came to grief at the wall of arches. Only 15 of the 30 starters actually finished the course that year. 

April 4, 2016

Watch Why They Won: Kodachrome Is Picture Perfect In $50,000 WEF Derby

Two days. Two different rings. Two different courses. One winner. 

Russell Frey and Kodachrome beat some of the biggest names in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., in their first derby win together. You can read all about it in the Chronicle's coverage of the class.

And watch their two rounds here...

March 29, 2016

Laura Linback In Stable Condition After Fall

Amateur show jumper Laura Linback is in stable condition after suffering a head injury in a fall on March 26 when her horse collapsed at HITS Ocala (Fla.).

Linback underwent surgery to relieve pressure from brain swelling on the night of March 26 and remains unconscious and on a ventilator. Her husband, Troy Linback, said that her brain pressure remains low, which is a good sign.

March 29, 2016

Nicole Walker Buys The Dude

The Dude made quite a splash last year when he and Will Simpson won five grand prix classes on the HITS Desert Circuit (Calif.) but now The Dude is moving on to a new home.

March 27, 2016

Teran Takes The Great American $1 Million In Ocala

Ocala, Fla—March 27  

First there was a clunk as a rail dropped to the ground for Andre Thieme. Then, you could hear the whooping from the schooling area. Roberto Teran’s crowd of supporters ran back from the in-gate. “You won, you WON!” you could hear them shouting.

And win he did. Teran and Woklahoma topped the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix by more than 2 seconds over a star-studded field.

March 26, 2016

UPDATED: Horse Dies And Rider Injured At HITS Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—March 26  

After Laura Linback and HH Dauphin had successfully completed their jump-off round in the $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the HITS Ocala Winter Championship at about 7 p.m., on March 26, HH Dauphin collapsed immediately after walking out of the ring and died suddenly.

Linback, 48, was treated on site immediately by medics and then flown by helicopter to a medical center. Details about her condition are unknown at this time.

March 25, 2016

Hey World, Meet Cooper Dean

Ocala, Fla.—March 25  

Cooper Dean’s the real deal. He’s the kid who grew up with ponies in the back yard, mucking stalls and lugging water buckets and dreaming of winning big classes.

And now, as a working student for grand prix rider Aaron Vale, Dean’s getting that done in a big way. With three lovely, flowing rounds, Dean, 17, topped the HITS Equitation Championship aboard Denver S during the final weekend of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit (Fla.).

March 25, 2016

A Wide-Open Field: What You Need To Know About The Longines FEI World Cup Final

Gothenburg, Sweden—March 25  

Today the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final kicks off in Sweden, and we’ve compiled all that you could need to know before the first horse jumps.

Who’s here? And who’s not?

Just as in the dressage side of the competition, there are some headliner riders who qualified for the Final but declined to compete. It’s an Olympic year, and some riders are choosing to focus on their preparation for the Rio Olympic Games.

March 21, 2016

Watch Why They Won: Kelley, McLain And Laura At The Top Of Their Games

Some of the best riders in the country scored some big wins this weekend! Kelley Farmer and McLain Ward flew out to California and picked up bit checks as a reward. And Laura Graves and Verdades continued their Grand Prix dressage domination in Florida. Watch how they did it...

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