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October 13, 2013

Keenan Didn't Quit For The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals

Harrisburg, Pa. - Oct. 13  

Lillie Keenan seems perfect. She’s talented. She’s got a string of phenomenal horses. She wins all the time.

But horses are the greatest levelers, and on Oct. 6 at the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East (N.J.), where she was leading the competition after two rounds, Keenan experienced just the kind of thing every rider has sometime in their career—a horse that simply didn’t want to perform as expected. Clearway stopped twice at a simple stone wall oxer, eliminating her.

October 12, 2013

The 2013 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Are Underway

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 12

October 12, 2013

2013 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Order Of Go And Course

The 2013 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals order of go. The judges are Ralph Caristo and Leo Conroy.

The first oxer of the course is set right out of the corner by the in-gate (there’s a dotted line set generously at about the middle of the ring). From Fence 1 to the vertical at 2, straight up the long side of the ring, is five longish strides.

October 12, 2013

2013 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Commentary


1st Lillie Keenan

            André Dignelli and Heritage Farm

2nd Michael Hughes

            Eamonn Hughes, Missy Clark, John Brennan and North Run

3rd Charlotte Jacobs

            Missy Clark, John Brennan and North Run

4th Alexandra Maracic

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.

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