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January 29, 2014

Biko Dies At 30

Biko, Karen O’Connor’s former four-star eventing partner and a fan favorite, died Jan. 29. He was 30.

With O’Connor, Dick and Vita Thompson’s Biko helped the U.S. team to silver at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He also finished third at the 1995 Badminton CCI**** Horse Trials (Great Britain) and fifth in the 1998 Rolex Kentucky CCI****.

January 22, 2014

Behind The Scenes With Guy McLean

Australian horseman and performer Guy McLean appeared at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival to much acclaim. His shows are not only entertaining, but also an amazing display of horsemanship. The Chronicle's Lisa Slade went behind the scenes with Guy to find out more about Guy.

"Horses have been my life as long as I can remember. I said to my Dad when I was 5 or 6, 'Everybodys asking me what I want to be when I grow up and I want to be a world class horseman,' " Guy said.

"He said 'Why son? Why don't you like money?' "

January 21, 2014

Seven Horses, Seven Concepts

Loxahatchee, Fla., Jan. 21

Riders brought their mounts out in front of Steffen Peters and Scott Hassler for the second day of the Succeed/USDF FEI-Level Trainers’ Conference. And, no surprise, the concepts discussed were similar, though most horses showed improvement in all the work since yesterday.

January 20, 2014

Building A Dressage Horse From Bottom To Top

Loxahatchee, Fla., Jan. 20

January 18, 2014

Lionheart Euthanized

Allison Springer's mount Lionheart was euthanized Jan. 18 due to complications from colic. Lionheart, owned by the Lionheart Syndicate LLC, initially underwent colic surgery on Jan. 13. 

January 15, 2014

Updated: Horse Slaughter Ban Passes House And Senate

The bill funding the government for Fiscal Year 2014—which includes language that would de-fund inspections of horse slaughter plans, effectively banning slaughter in the United States—has passed the House of Representatives and the Senate and was signed into law by President Obama Jan. 17. The budget bill doesn’t allocate funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of equine slaughterhouses.

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., added the language to the FY2014 Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of Agriculture, in June.

January 6, 2014

Going For 10s On The Final Day Of The Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 6

For the final day of the 2014 Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic, riders got to put all the skills they’d learned throughout the week to the test—literally. Each rode a test at her own level and then was judged by either FEI four-star judge Janet Foy or FEI five-star judge Linda Zang.

While the judges still found plenty that needed improvement, wanting the riders to strive for 8s, 9s or even 10s instead of being comfortable with 7s, Robert Dover noted the different in each young rider from the beginning of the sessions.

January 5, 2014

Farrington Fares Well Again At Mar-a-Lago

Palm Beach, Fla.—Jan. 5   

The saying goes that hindsight is 20/20, but sometimes foresight can be that as well.

January 4, 2014

The Focus Is On The Basics At The Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic

Wellington, Fla.—Jan. 4

While participants at this year’s Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic are getting a well-rounded education in saddle fit, sports psychology, equine nutrition, media relations, shoeing, equine sports medicine and personal fitness, they’re also doing something much more basic—taking dressage lessons.

December 31, 2013

EHV-1 Confirmed In North Carolina

A stable in Wake County, N.C., has reported cases of the neurological form of the equine herpes virus, EHV-1. The North Carolina Department Of Agriculture And Consumer Services released an update Dec. 30 stating that the facility is quarantined.

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