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Sara Lieser

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.

December 28, 2012

The New York Times Reports On Drugging In Horse Show Industry

A Dec. 28 article in The New York Times investigating the death of Humble, a pony who dropped dead after receiving an injection at the Devon Horse Show (Pa.) in May, suggests that the issue of drugging in the horse show world has become a mainstream concern.

December 9, 2012

O’Connor Inspires At USEA Convention

Familiar faces greeted me when I arrived at my gate at the airport on the way to this year’s U.S. Eventing Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Colorado Springs, Dec. 5-9. Much of the USEA staff was on the same flight. USEA website editor and programs manager Leslie Mintz and I immediately began plotting how we’d find out what happened in the closed-door meetings that new U.S. Eventing Technical Advisor David O’Connor was requiring all the U.S. high performance eventers to attend.

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