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Lindsay Berreth

November 23, 2015

Stephanie Cook Has A New Lease On Life And A Good Thoroughbred

Stephanie Cook’s goal for the year with Texas Checkmate was to top the Take2 Thoroughbred League’s jumper standings, but a rotational fall from another horse in May resulted in a broken pelvis, a broken C-5 vertebrae and 12 broken ribs and seemingly ended that campaign.

But with the help of good friends and a lot of determination, Cook endured 12 weeks of rehab, “Checkers” continued earning points, and she was back in the saddle in time to finish out the season and win the 2015 year-end standings.

November 17, 2015

Behind The Stall Door With: Eveready II

To be in the presence of Eveready II is a privilege, and one that he must bestow upon you, according to his owner, breeder and rider Barbara Crabo. 

But don’t be fooled. Underneath the gruff exterior of this top eventer lies a softie. “His nickname in the barn for years has been 'Punk,' because he just kind of is,” said Crabo.

November 16, 2015

FEI Clears Great Meadow International For 2016 Nations Cup

The Land Rover Great Meadow International will become host to the first ever U.S. leg of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series next year, from July 8-10 in The Plains, Va.

Great Meadow Foundation President Rob Banner said being awarded the Nations Cup met a goal he and U.S. Eventing Chef D’Equipe David O’Connor have been working on for the last few years.

October 27, 2015

Taryn Nolte Will Keep Refocusing Her Dreams After Fair Hill

You might not have noticed Taryn Nolte and Cleverly in the stories put out about The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.) two weeks ago. That’s because in her first attempt at a three-star CCI, Nolte finished in last place, with a three-digit score.

But she did complete, and that was her goal. And there’s more to the story. “Three years ago if you had told me I was going to jump around a three-star, I’d say you were crazy,” said Nolte.

October 18, 2015

Smith Secures Fair Hill CCI*** Win With Mai Baum

Elkton, Md. - Oct. 18

Tamra Smith is running out of words to describe Mai Baum. “Phenomenal,” “unbelievable,” “unreal.”

But the most obvious word this weekend at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI*** was “rideable.”

October 18, 2015

All Horses Presented Pass Final Horse Inspection At Fair Hill

Elkton, Md. - Oct. 18

All 37 horses presented in the CCI*** this very chilly morning at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International passed the final horse inspection.

Three pairs were sent to the holding box but passed upon reinspection; Ryan Wood and Frankie, Allie Sacksen and Sparrow's Nio and Jessica Bortner-Harris and Win The War.

October 17, 2015

Mai Baum Makes Easy Work Of Fair Hill CCI*** Cross-Country

Elkton, Md.—Oct. 17   

Tamra Smith came a long way from California with Mai Baum to contest their first CCI*** together, and luckily she brought a lot of confidence with her to tackle Derek di Grazia’s track at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International.

Smith and “Lexus” set out looking to hold on to their dressage lead, and they easily cruised in 14 seconds under the optimum time of 10 minutes to have a comfortable lead (38.5) over second placed Phillip Dutton on four-star veteran Mighty Nice (43.5).

October 16, 2015

Smith and Mai Baum Show They're Solid At Dutta Corp. Fair Hill CCI***

Elkton, Md. - Oct. 16

A year ago, Mai Baum was galloping around the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI** with his owner, young rider Alex Ahearn.

When she decided to go to college, she gave her coach, Tamra Smith the ride this February, and the pair have been steadily lowering their dressage scores and picking up plenty of blue ribbons along the way.

Today, they showed how solid their partnership has become in the CCI***, earning the top score, 38.5, to take the lead heading into tomorrow’s cross-country.

October 16, 2015

One To Watch: Holly Jacks-Smither Has Never Given Up On More Inspiration

Up until this year, Holly Jacks-Smither was considering giving up and selling More Inspiration.

The Thoroughbred, who’d she’d brought along since he was 4, just didn’t seem to be cutting it at the upper levels of eventing, with a cross-country blip here and there and mediocre dressage scores.

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