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.
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.’ ”
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.
Fédération Equestre Internationale President HRH Princess Haya has asked Andrew Finding, a board member of the European Equestrian Federation and secretary general of the British Equestrian Federation, to chair a round table session that will look into areas of concern within the sport of endurance.
Will Coleman came into show jumping with a rail in-hand on Obos O’Reilly, but he didn’t need it. It wasn’t the smoothest show jumping round for "Oboe," but the CCI*** first-timer proved he was all class by jumping a double clear to finish on 58.2 ahead of Selena O’Hanlon on Foxwood High (65.6) and Sally Cousins on Tsunami (68.2).
A big cross-country track and trying conditions in the Volvo Bromont CCI*** would seem to favor the more experienced horses in the field, but three-star rookie Obos O’Reilly jumped up for Will Coleman to take the lead (58.2) over four-star veterans Sally Cousins on Tsunami (64.2) and Kyle Carter on Madison Park (64.4). Dressage leaders Lauren Kieffer and Veronica fell to ninth place after a runout at the second corner in the arena.
Lauren Kieffer found herself in a spot that’s becoming quite familiar this spring: first place after dressage. This time she’s leading the Bromont CCI*** with Veronica (44.6) ahead of Will Coleman on Obos O’Reilly (50.2) after a cold, wet, rainy day in Quebec.
Ballynoe Castle RM, the horse Buck Davidson rode to the top U.S. spot at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** in April, will miss the CHIO Aachen (Germany) and likely the rest of the season after sustaining a bone bruise.
“He was in the stall the other day laying down taking his afternoon nap, which he normally does. When he got up, he held his hind leg up. He walked out kind of funny, and when we trotted him, he was lame,” said Davidson.