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May 24, 2013

King Takes Saumur Lead, Faudree Best-Placed U.S. Rider

Saumur, France—May 24

Great Britain’s Kitty King laid down the best test of the day with Zidante on 41.8 to lead the Saumur CCI*** in France, but the U.S. contingent showed strong competition, with Friday’s riders, Will Faudree and Buck Davidson, producing solid efforts. They head into cross-country in eighth and 12th places, respectively.

“I’m very happy,” said King. “She did a lovely test, and she was very ridable. She stayed very onside and was really trying and lifting throughout the test.”

May 12, 2013

It’s A Big Money Omega Alpha Weekend Update For Minikus At Old Salem

Todd Minikus and Uruguay took home the top check in the feature class of the first week of the Old Salem Spring Horse Show by winning the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix on May 12 in North Salem, N.Y., over Darragh Kerins of Ireland on E-Muze Yek and Christine McCrea with Romantovich Take One.

April 28, 2013

Nicholson Forces A Showdown With Rolex Kentucky Win

April 28—Lexington, Ky.

When the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** (England) was canceled last year due to rain, excitement about the possibility of two Rolex Grand Slam contenders started to build.

April 27, 2013

Nicholson Makes Child’s Play Of Rolex Kentucky Cross-Country

April 27—Lexington, Ky.

What’s better than being in the lead after cross-country at Rolex Kentucky? Sitting in first and second with a rail in hand—the position that New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson took over after jumping double clears on Quimbo (38.0) and Calico Joe (40.8).

April 26, 2013

Fox-Pitt Right On Track At Rolex Kentucky

April 26—Lexington, Ky.

Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt found himself in a familiar position at the conclusion of dressage at Rolex Kentucky, as he took over the lead with Chilli Morning (33.3) ahead of Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand on Quimbo (38.0) and Calico Joe (40.8).

April 25, 2013

Nicholson Leads; Brannigan Gets Reprieve At Rolex Kentucky

April 25—Lexington, Ky.      

New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson rode into the lead after the first day of dressage aboard Calico Joe (40.8) ahead of Becky Holder on Can’t Fire Me (44.2) and Canadian rider Shandiss McDonald on Rockfield Grant Juan (45.7). But the buzz at the Kentucky Horse Park was all about Jennie Brannigan, whose Cambalda broke loose from his groom early this morning and took a nasty tumble on the road.

April 7, 2013

Ward Wrangles Another American Invitational Win In April 8 Omega Alpha Weekend Wrap-Up

Olympic veteran battled Olympic rookie in an exciting race for the top check in the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational on April 6 in Tampa, Fla. In the end, experience won out as McLain Ward sped through the timers the fastest aboard Sagamore Farm’s Rothchild, beating out his 2012 Olympic teammate 18-year-old Reed Kessler on Mika.

New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley and Derly Chin de Muze were the third-placed finishers for the evening, taking the honors with only 1 time fault added to their first round effort.

Watch Ward's first round, courtesy of Shownet.

March 19, 2013

FEI Adjusts Rules For Categorized Riders In Eventing

As of March 19, the Fédération Equestre Internationale has approved the FEI Eventing Committee’s proposal to update the qualification and categorization system for event riders.

The two big changes will prevent categorized riders from having to start at the one-star level with a new horse and will also make it easier for riders to get categorized at a higher level.

March 8, 2013

Lucinda Fredericks Injured In Fall At Tweseldown

Australian Olympian Lucinda Fredericks suffered a fall on cross-country at the Tweseldown horse trials in England on March 8. She was riding Rovello II in an open novice (preliminary) division.

According to Chris Stafford, publicist for Fredericks’ husband, Clayton, Lucinda has a broken collarbone and some fractured ribs, but she is otherwise OK. She was taken to the Frimley Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

January 16, 2013

Doping Takes Center Stage At USEF Convention

Jan. 16—Louisville, Ky.   

A. Kent Allen, DVM, announced to the U.S. Equestrian Federation Drugs and Medication Committee, which he chairs, that he’d done an informal poll of his clients to learn who’d read the recent article in The New York Times about drugging in the horse show industry. While he joked that it certainly wasn’t a Gallup poll, 60-70 percent of his clients had read the article, and even more had heard about it.

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