“We have good horses and good riders out here. Last year they sort of beat us, so I think we were just trying to redeem ourselves,” joked John French after this year’s version of the $50,000 East Meets West Hunter Challenge, held simultaneously in Thermal, Calif., and Ocala, Fla.
During the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship, riders face two complex courses of fences after walking their courses and warming up without their trainers. But in the class, held in the huge International ring at the HITS Desert Circuit showgrounds in Thermal, Calif., they’re dealing with one additional variable: darkness. Sydney Callaway has learned—the hard way—what a darkened ring can do to a horse, and she now uses that experience to her advantage.
Grand Prix dressage rider Silva Martin sustained a head injury in a fall yesterday, March 5, and is currently hospitalized at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla. She is currently in stable condition but not fully conscious.
“She was on a horse who sort of half-tripped, and as it tripped, she bumped her head on the neck and then got sort of knocked out as she fell,” said Boyd Martin, Silva’s husband and four-star eventer. “Luckily all the girls who work for her were in the ring, and they called the paramedics right away.”
The Fédération Equestre Internationale has issued Bahrainian endurance rider Sh. Mohammed Bin Mubarak a yellow warning card and fined him $560 after an issue recorded on video Feb. 8 at the Sakhir CEI** (Bahrain). In the video, recorded by the competition, Mubarak’s horse slows to a trot. The horse is then chased, and appears to be struck, by people on foot, and he resumes cantering. The horse and rider won the race.
It's Valentine's Day! And we know that even though they don't send us flowers or give us chocolates, our horses are one of our true loves. Go give your horse a kiss today, and enjoy these photos of horses getting loved on...
Trainer Kristy McCormack gave Sundance a good luck kiss before he headed into the ring with Meredith Lipke. (Photo by Mollie Bailey.)
Adrienne Lyle knows that with horses, it’s important not to plan too far ahead. However, after winning today’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI***** Grand Prix Special with Wizard, she’s looking forward to the future—at a bid for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals (France) and then a possible bid for the U.S. Dressage Team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France).
Lars Petersen, winner of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI**** Grand Prix freestyle, rides for Denmark. His mount for the win, Mariett, is a Danish Warmblood. But Petersen and Mariett weren’t the only Danes at the top of the leaderboard Friday night. Tina Konyot’s Calecto V, who finished second on 75.50 percent, is also a Danish Warmblood, and the third-placed pair, Mikala Gundersen and My Lady, are both Danish as well.