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February 17, 2014

McLain Ward Reunites With Owners Double H Farm

Top show jumper McLain Ward has joined forces once again with top show jumping owners the Harrison family of Double H Farm.

Double H recently purchased Carlos VHP Z for Ward to ride; the 12-year-old bay gelding was previously ridden by Nick Dello Joio, Danish rider Emilie Martinsen and Belgian rider Nicola Phillipaerts. Carlos VHP Z (Chellano Z--Sara van het Parelshof, Voltaire) won the Longines Grand Prix of Falsterbo (Sweden) with Philippaerts in 2012 as well as individual gold at the European Young Riders Championships in 2011.

February 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Sky Ghost Was A Tough Mare With A Beautiful Jump

When this photo made its way onto the USHJA Wheeler Museum Facebook page, there was much debate about who the rider was. Many people voted for the legendary Rodney Jenkins, and they weren’t far off, since Jenkins did show this big gray mare, Sky Ghost.

February 8, 2014

Gene Mische American Invitational Moves To Miami

This year's edition of the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational is making a last-minute and big move.

The American Invitational, the only show jumping class in North America held in a football stadium, was scheduled to take place on April 5 in its former home, the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

February 4, 2014

Every Second Counts: Hardin Towell vs. Andres Rodriguez In The $50,000 Ariat Grand Prix

Hardin Towell and Andres Rodriguez faced off on the vast expanse of the Stadium Derby Field at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla. They jumped off for the top check of the $50,000 Ariat Grand Prix, with Towell coming out ahead on Feb. 2.

“I thought about running and being crazy, and then I remembered, 'You know what, let's just try to be clean,' “ Hardin Towell recounted about his winning jump-off ride aboard Man In Black.

January 31, 2014

Updated: Rider Dies At FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

Amateur jumper rider Anne Heyman died after a fall while competing at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., on the afternoon of Jan. 31. A statement from the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.: "We are very sad to report that a rider fell from her horse today at our facility. EMTs attended to her immediately, and she was transported via TraumaHawk to Delray Medical Center where she passed away." 

Heyman suffered a fatal cardiac arrest during emergency surgery to address injuries from her fall. 

January 31, 2014

2014 Great Charity Challenge - Live Stream

Tune in here at 6 p.m. EST on Sat., Feb 1, for a live stream feed to watch teams of riders face off to win huge money for charities!

The 2014 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge will pair top riders together with junior/amateur riders in teams. Each team represents a different charity, and they jump to see which charity wins the most money.

January 28, 2014

Every Second Counts: Ben Maher vs. Scott Brash In The $125,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix

The top two show jumpers in the world—British riders Ben Maher and Scott Brash—went head-to-head in a speed duel on Jan. 25 in the $125,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.

ChronicleTV was there to capture their jump-off rounds. Can you see where Maher won?

January 28, 2014

Gary Baker Passes Away

Noted horse show manager, judge, breeder and trainer Gary Baker passed away at his home in Middleburg, Va., on the morning of Jan. 27. He was 72.

Baker was an integral part of the horse show and racing world in Virginia and Maryland. You can read a Chronicle profile of him here

January 26, 2014

Steve Guerdat Loses Jalisca Solier

Swiss show jumper Steve Guerdat officially retired his great mare Jalisca Solier in December at the Geneva CSIO, but he sadly had to say goodbye to her for good on Jan. 26 when the 17-year-old Selle Francais was euthanized following a pasture accident.

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