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Sara Lieser

January 12, 2014

USEF Keeps Chipping Away At Drugging And Over Medication

A year ago, overmedication in the horse show world dominated conversations at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting as the membership reeled from a Dec. 27, 2012, New York Times article by Walt Bogdanich titled, “Sudden Death of Show Pony Clouds Image of Elite Pursuit.”

December 8, 2013

Does Eventing Need A New Division?

The jump from beginner novice to novice is four inches. It's the same from novice to training and training to preliminary. But as you get into the upper levels, with their increased speed and technicality, it's only a two-inch jump from preliminary to intermediate and from intermediate to advanced.

Is the time right to add a level between training and preliminary, creating a 3'5" division? That was the burning question at this year's U.S. Eventing Association Annual Meeting and Convention, held in Cincinnati, Ohio, from Dec. 4-8.

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.

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