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Lindsay Berreth

May 1, 2016

Prince Panache Euthanized At 32

Karen O’Connor’s four-star partner Prince Panache was euthanized on May 1 due to complications from old age. He was 32.

Owned by O’Connor’s longtime supporter Jacqueline Mars, the bay Thoroughbred gelding by Nickel King was a fixture on the U.S. eventing team for more than a decade.

Sourced by Susie Pragnell, O’Connor got the ride after the gelding won the Windsor CCI** in England in 1992.

He and O’Connor went on to complete the Rolex Kentucky CCI*** in 1996 and placed fifth at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** in 1998.

April 29, 2016

Di Grazia Explains Key Combinations On The Rolex Cross-Country Course

With 29 numbered obstacles and more than 40 jumping efforts, this year’s Rolex Kentucky CCI**** course is as big and bold as ever.

An optimum time of 11 minutes and 15 seconds at a speed of 570 meters per minute over 6400 meters, Derek di Grazia’s course will prove tough, and those that aren't accurate, bold and fit might struggle.

We took a walk with di Grazia, now in his sixth year of designing at Rolex, to learn more about some of the key combinations.

The Head Of The Lake

April 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Stephen Bradley and Dr. Doolittle Conquered Rolex Kentucky 20 Years Ago

Stephen Bradley had a lot on his mind as he cantered down the centerline at the 1996 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Dr. Doolittle.

Having been eliminated after a cracking cross-country round at the Burghley Horse Trials CCI**** (England) the year before due to spur marks on Dr. Doolittle’s sides, Bradley needed to complete Rolex, then a CCI***, to show the U.S. selectors that they were worthy of the team for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

April 26, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Doesn't Play Fair

“He got his name for a reason!” Maya Black said with a laugh as she led me to the stall of her four-star horse Doesn’t Play Fair.

“He’s just a little opinionated about life. I always think he could have been named Napoleon,” she said.

Standing at the back of his stall, “Cody” clearly didn’t want to be bothered after he’d put in one of the best dressage tests of his career at the Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC*** (N.C.) to tie for the lead.

April 18, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Manoir De Carneville

“It’s the running joke now—it’s too late to train him, so we just go with this knowing full well it’s Tate’s world, and we live in it,” joked Sinead Halpin as she introduced me to her longtime partner Manoir de Carneville.

April 18, 2016

UPDATED: 2016 Rolex Kentucky CCI**** Withdrawals

With just over a week to go until the first horse inspection at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, names are starting to come off the original list of 90 due to injuries and re-routes. We'll update this list as withdrawals are announced.

Jennie Brannigan and Catalina

On April 15, Brannigan announced via her Facebook page that she was withdrawing the mare to focus on a spring CCI***.

April 10, 2016

Black’s Ready For Rolex With A Win At The Fork CIC***

Norwood, N.C.—April 10

If you had a big, wide table phobia, today’s CIC*** course at The Fork might have given you some sleepless nights.

But those gigantic galloping tables gave Maya Black and the diminutive Doesn’t Play Fair no trouble at all as they galloped home with the fastest time of the day to take the win over 53 other pairs.

Horses bound for the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** made up much of the division, and each pair had their own plan for the day.

April 9, 2016

Black Rises To The Top at The Fork CIC***

Norwood, N.C.—April 9

Two weeks ago, Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair were co-leading the Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC*** (N.C.) after dressage, but dropped two rails to ultimately finish second.

This week Black came to The Fork CIC*** determined not to make the same mistake again, and she and “Cody” put in a stylish clear to put the pressure on dressage leaders Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti.

April 9, 2016

Age Is Just A Number For The Colorful DeCordova

Every now and then, DeCordova will get a little wild when Erin Renfroe leaves the start box at an event, but she just laughs it off.

Because at age 20, the flashy pinto gelding is still gamely tackling intermediate courses with as much gusto as when she first bought him 12 years ago.

“He’s felt better the last two years than he did in his 13 to 17 years,” said Renfroe. “It seems like he’s figured out, and we’ve figured out the right program for him. Every event is just a bonus. He doesn’t owe me anything. Every time we go out I’m just happy to do it.”

April 8, 2016

One To Watch: Mexico’s Daniela Moguel Is Making Her Dreams Come True

Growing up in Mexico City, eventing wasn’t ever on Daniela Moguel’s radar. A horse-crazy kid, she was a member of her local Pony Club and started her riding career show jumping, until one day she saw a poster that changed her life.

“I went to a show, and outside the bathroom was a picture of a girl, Karen O’Connor, jumping into the water, and as soon as I saw the picture, I said, ‘I want to do that,’” she said.

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