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November 5, 2013

Good Horsemanship Is Fox-Pitt's Secret Weapon

If you attended the first day of the William Fox-Pitt clinic put on by Kelly Gage of Team EnGaged on Nov. 5 at Morningside Training Farm in The Plains, Va., expecting to learn something new and revolutionary, you were probably disappointed. But if you wanted a refresher on what honest-to-goodness horsemanship looks like? Then you got exactly what you hoped for.

November 4, 2013

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

You’d be hard pressed to catch Tim Bourke in a moment when he’s not demonstrating the infamous Irish good cheer. Whether he’s riding multiple horses at novice and training or competing in his first CCI*** aboard the horse he broke as a 3-year-old, this young Irish professional is always smiling.

October 20, 2013

Byyny Earns Wings At Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International

Fair Hill, Md. – Oct. 20

Jan Byyny’s first thought when she finished her show jumping round in the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI*** with Inmidair was, “Oh no, I screwed up again.”

She thought she’d finished second because she had one rail down with “J.R.” Announcer Mike Tucker had said she needed to go clear to win before she went in the ring.

October 20, 2013

Blyskal-Sacksen Scores A Hometown Fair Hill Win

Fair Hill, Md. - Oct. 20 

Allie Blyskal-Sacksen grew up just five miles down the road and used to hack around the Fair Hill property, so winning the two-star with Sparrow’s Nio was a dream in the making since she was 8 years old.

October 20, 2013

Werner Geven Is Riding For The Cure

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and eventer Werner Geven is riding for the cure by donning pink at all his competitions this month.

Geven and his wife Marjolein are originally from the Netherlands, and they moved to the United States in 2000 to train out of Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Ga.

October 20, 2013

All Pass Final Horse Inspection At Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International

Fair Hill, Md. - Oct. 20  

All the horses presented today at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill international passed the final horse inspection. In the two-star, Ryan Wood's Frankie was held, as was Hallie Coon's Namasté, but both passed upon re-inspection. Charlie Plumb withdrew Ard Denzil.

In the three-star, Werner Geven's Vilas County was held, but he passed upon re-inspection. Susan Beebee didn't present Wolf.

October 19, 2013

Byyny Takes Top Billing At Fair Hill

Fair Hill, Md. - Oct. 19  

Have a plan, but don’t be wedded to it was the message of the press conference as the leading three- and two-star riders gathered to discuss why they ended up on top of a leaderboard that experienced a huge amount of shake-up in both divisions at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International.

October 18, 2013

Brannigan Brings Her A Game To Fair Hill

Fair Hill, Md. - Oct. 18 

“You hold your breath until you hear the score.”

Jennie Brannigan didn’t dare to presume she’d put in a winning test when she left the ring on Cambalda, but her score of 42.6 took the three-star lead at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International ahead of Doug Payne on Crown Talisman (43.6) and Katherine Groesbeck on Oz The Tin Man (44.0).

Brannigan’s secret weapon for getting ready for Fair Hill this year with “Ping”? Her job galloping race horses for Michael Matz at the Fair Hill Training Center just around the corner.

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.

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