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November 10, 2014

Helen Langehanenberg Loses Ride On Damon Hill NRW

The German Equestrian Federation released a statement today, Nov. 10, stating that Helen Langehanenberg will no longer compete or ride her partner for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games gold, Damon Hill NRW.

Lawyers for owner Christian Becks said negotiations with the rider failed.

“The ideas about the conditions were too far apart," said Becks, who added that the 14-year-old Westphalian stallion (Donnerhall—Romanze, Rubinstein I) will not be sold but will remain with the family.

November 2, 2014

Crabo Clinches Her First CCI*** Win At Galway Downs

Temecula, Calif.—Nov. 2

 What does it feel like to earn your first three-star win on a horse you bred yourself? A 15-year-old horse who, until a few weeks ago, you thought would never do another CCI? Barbara Crabo can’t tell you—at least not exactly.

“I’m trying not to swear!” she said. “But it feels awesome. I was there when he was born, and I was the first one on him. I’ve done everything with him, and it means everything to me.”

November 1, 2014

Copper Beech Grows Up On Galway Downs Cross-Country

Temecula, Calif.—Nov. 1

Though Buck Davidson won the Jersey Fresh CCI*** with Copper Beech in May, he still had questions about the horse.

“Mentally, he gave me so much at Jersey, but he had no idea what he was doing,” said Davidson. “I was just aiming and kicking and holding and doing whatever I could at the jumps. I thought it was important for him to drop back down. Carl and Cassie [Segal] are such understanding owners. I said after Jersey, ‘I’m going to go quietly and not make the time anywhere. I think the goal should be to go to Galway.’ ”

October 31, 2014

Boyd And Buck Battle For Galway Downs Three-Star Dressage Lead

Temecula, Calif.—Oct. 31

Notoriously busy East Coast professional riders Boyd Martin and Buck Davidson brought just one horse each for this weekend’s Galway Downs. But Martin and Davidson are once again proving they’re masters of quality as well as quantity, and at the end of the dressage, those two are tied in the CCI*** on Trading Aces and Copper Beech, respectively, with 44.4 penalties.

“I watched Buck’s test, and I thought, ‘Was I that bad?’ ” joked Martin.

October 29, 2014

One To Watch: Jennifer McFall Is Coming Back To Galway Downs With New Confidence

When Jennifer McFall met High Times, he was 5 and had competed in one Young Event Horse class. McFall herself was specializing in training Morgans and hadn’t yet competed at the two-star level. So to say she was expecting that young horse to be her future Rolex Kentucky CCI**** mount? Not likely.

“I thought he was a really, really nice horse,” said McFall, “but I’m not sure I had any ideas of going that far—even in my own life, personally, not just with him. I bought ‘Billy’ as my hobby. I’ve always loved eventing because I grew up in Pony Club, but it was never my main focus.”

October 24, 2014

Kieffer Seventh, Klimke And Fox-Pitt Tie For Lead After Pau CCI***** Dressage

After the conclusion of two days of dressage at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI**** in France, the lead is shared by two eventing powerhouses. Germany’s Ingrid Klimke is tied for first with Horseware Hale Bob (39.3), and William Fox-Pitt, last rider to go with Parklane Hawk, is right there with her on an equal score.

U.S. rider Lauren Kieffer is seventh with Veronica (44.2), and Sharon White is 13th with Wundermaske (48.7). Erin Sylvester will head out on cross-country in 30th place.

October 21, 2014

Qalao Des Mers' World Games B Sample Also Tests Positive For Ace

The B sample for Maxime Livio’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games mount Qalao des Mers has also tested positive for acepromazine, reported French equestrian publication Equidia Life today, Oct. 21.

October 16, 2014

NCAA Considers Dropping Equestrian From Roster Of Sports

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is in the process of deciding the fate of equestrian as a sport within the organization.

October 7, 2014

Five Years In The Making: John McGinty Gains Approval For CDI Amateur Classes

John McGinty took up the cause of more adult amateur classes at dressage shows because it was an important issue to him—and he knew it was important to many other people as well.

McGinty, a hunter and jumper judge who competes his Dutch Warmblood Playboy at the small tour as well as working full time as a financial advisor, earned a huge victory with the announcement that the Fédération Equestre Internationale approved a new amateur CDI division for 2015. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival will offer the classes starting with their first CDI-W of the year, Jan. 7-11.

October 6, 2014

Zenith SFN To Stay With Dubbeldam Through Rio 2016 Olympics

The Showjumping Fund of the Netherlands, the syndicate group that owns Zenith SFN, Jeroen Dubbeldam’s partner for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France) individual and team gold, has agreed to keep the horse with Dubbeldam at least through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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