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October 18, 2013

Brooks Enjoys Some Time On The Dark Side

You’ll normally find Jacquie Brooks piaffing and passaging her way through the Grand Prix as she represents Canada in pure dressage, but this weekend, she’s standing ringside and helping the eventers put that extra polish on their tests. So the Chronicle caught up with her to learn a few tips for many eventers’ and event horses’ least favorite phase.

October 17, 2013

Holding Box Procedure Questioned At Fair Hill International

Horse inspections are ulcer inducing no matter how sound your horse is. It’s a living nightmare to arrive at the three-day after spending countless dollars and hours preparing only to be eliminated or encouraged to withdraw before you head down centerline.

But that’s exactly what happened to six horses in the two-star at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International (Md.). The ground jury of Judy Bradwell and Robert Stevenson sent them to the holding box, and associate member veterinarian Denys Frappier advised them to withdraw after examining their horses.

October 17, 2013

Martin Leads And Shares His CCI Secrets At Fair Hill

Fair Hill, Md. - Oct. 17 

“I’m in a wonderful situation being shacked up with a dressage rider,” announced Boyd Martin at the press conference after taking the lead in the CCI** aboard Pancho Villa on 41.4 at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International.

He was referring to his wife, Grand Prix rider Silva Martin, who taught “Pancho” the elements of passage in order to create even more suspension in a horse naturally gifted with swing and suspension.

October 16, 2013

Reserpine 101

In the wake of news that Clifton Promise, Jock Paget’s Land Rover Burghley CCI**** winner, tested positive for reserpine as well as Kevin McNab’s Burghley ride Clifton Pinot, we did some research on the drug.

September 23, 2013

New Eventing Adult Team Competition Will Debut in 2014

For more than 20 years The Chronicle of the Horse/U.S. Eventing Association Adult Team Challenge has given adult riders the chance to participate in a friendly team competition across the country.

September 2, 2013

Endurance Strategic Planning Group Members Announced

The Fédération Equestre Internationale has announced the composition of an Endurance Strategic Planning Group in response to the recommendations of the round table held on July 24.

August 13, 2013

Updated: Danish Horse Breeder John Byrialsen Accused Of Neglect

On Aug. 11, Polish newspaper Gazeta Poznan reported that John Byrialsen, part owner of Tina Konyot’s Calecto V, has been accused of gross neglect.

Byrialsen, who stands Come Back II, sire of Calecto V and Shawna Harding’s Come On III, is an established breeder of Danish horses at his Viegaard Stud in Skals, Denmark.

July 29, 2013

Dover Plots His Roadmap To The Podiums

Robert Dover doesn’t have a reputation for being a shrinking violet, so it was no surprise when he tackled the tricky issue of funding early and often throughout his “Roadmap To The Podiums” presentation discussing the plan to put U.S. dressage on top of the world.

July 19, 2013

Updated: Eventer To The Rescue In Roadside Emergency

It’s 10 p.m., and you’ve just finished up at the barn after another scorcher of a day. You’re headed home when you see a car on the side of the road. There’s a man waving his arms, and you can just make out the outline of a human form on the ground next to the car. Do you stop?

If you’re Donna Bottner you do. “All these things go through your mind,” said Bottner. “ ‘I should stop and help; there’s a person laying on the ground.’ But then it’s like, ‘Please don’t have a gun.’ ”

June 27, 2013

Leslie Morse Is Back In Action And On A Mission

Three years ago Leslie Morse dropped out of the spotlight. For the previous decade she’d been a top U.S. dressage rider, representing her country aboard Grand Prix stallions Kingston and Tip Top 962.

But after a full career, wherein he was twice named alternate to the Olympic team, Kingston colicked and died in 2010 at Morse’s Hidden Hills, Calif., farm. Tip Top retired to stud the following year, and Morse found herself with a stable full of babies and no established upper level horse in the wings.

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