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Lisa Slade

April 24, 2015

Jung And Price Tie For Rolex Kentucky Dressage Lead

Lexington, Ky.—April 24

What do Michael Jung’s La Biosthetique Sam FBW, Tim Price’s Wesko and William Fox-Pitt’s Bay My Hero have in common? They’re all winners of four-stars—and they’re all fighting for another win this weekend.

After two days of dressage, Jung on “Sam” and Price are tied for the lead on 36.3. Fox-Pitt’s lurking behind them on 38.5 penalties with last year's Rolex winner Bay My Hero.

April 23, 2015

Jung Dominates Day 1 Of Rolex Kentucky Dressage

Lexington, Ky.—April 23

It’s the end of Day 1 of dressage here at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, and Germany’s Michael Jung is leading with Fischerrocana FST with a 39.3. Is anyone surprised? Probably not, since he’s won Olympic gold, FEI World Equestrian Games gold and FEI European Championships gold. 

And one of those WEG medals came from this very facility, at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which he won with La Biosthetique Sam FBW.

April 13, 2015

Italian Rider Sabrina Manganaro Dies In Cross-Country Accident

The Italian Equestrian Federation (FISE) confirmed April 12 that rider Sabrina Manganaro was killed while competing on a cross-country course at a Cuceglio, Italy, event. Her horse, Fante di Mezzograno, fell at fence 13, and the 25-year-old rider was killed. The horse was reportedly uninjured in the fall.

The pair was competing at the pre-novice level, and a statement from the FISE said that the horse misjudged the size of the obstacle.

April 8, 2015

UPDATED: 2015 Rolex Kentucky CCI**** Withdrawals

The Rolex Kentucky CCI**** released its draw order on April 7 for this year’s record 88 entries. But names are already coming off the list due to last-minute injuries and re-routes. We’ll update the withdrawals on this page.

Jennifer McFall and High Times

 Jennifer McFall withdrew High Times on April 8 after announcing via her Dragonfire Farm Facebook page that the horse sustained an injury.

April 7, 2015

Damon Hill NRW Competing In Upcoming Young Rider Tests

Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final winner and Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games gold medalist Damon Hill NRW returns to the competition ring on April 18. But he’s not entered at the Grand Prix level, according to Germany's St. Georg.

The stallion, formerly ridden at the top levels by Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg, will contest FEI Young Rider tests at a Vechta, Germany, show with Jil-Marielle Becks aboard.

April 7, 2015

USDF Executive Board Recommends Keeping U.S. Dressage Finals East For 2016

When the U.S. Dressage Finals were conceived and approved by the U.S. Dressage Federation in 2011, the USDF Board Of Governors decided the show would spend three years on the eastern side of the country, first at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and then move to the West Coast for three years. This November’s U.S. Dressage Finals will mark the third year.

April 6, 2015

EHV-1 Cases Reported In Michigan And Pennsylvania

Three horses have now tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 in Michigan, and one unrelated Pennsylvania horse tested positive for EHV-1 as well.

On March 19, the Michigan Department of Agriculture was notified of a Livingston County horse testing positive for EHV-1. That horse was euthanized.

As of April 2, two additional Michigan horses have tested positive for EHV-1. Both horses developed fevers and are under veterinary care. One of these additional positive horses is from the same Livingston County stable in which the index horse resided.

April 2, 2015

Five-Second Rules And Sleeping In Breeches: True Confessions Of Horse People

It’s safe to say that most people who spend long days at the barn have sipped water out of the hose, washed up in the wash stall, dunked their shirts in troughs or buckets before putting them back on, and napped on tack trunks while wrapped in coolers or quarter sheets.

But are you brave enough to admit you’ve conducted a conference call while bathing your equine or eaten food that’s fallen on a dirty trailer floor? These Chronicle forums posters confessed to all those barn sins—and many more.

 

March 31, 2015

USEF Requests Feedback, Announces Town Hall Meeting Regarding Mileage Rules

In a letter addressed to its membership last week, the U.S. Equestrian Federation announced the results of its first USEF Mileage Rule Revision Task Force meeting on March 16.

“After a meeting between the [U.S. Hunter Jumper Association] Competition Management Committee and president of the USHJA and co-chair of the task force, Bill Moroney, the USEF has begun to implement policies which simplify both the competition calendar and the online competition renewal process,” stated the letter.

The task force is now divided into four sub-groups.

March 15, 2015

Anton Fights His Way To AIG $1 Million Grand Prix Victory

Thermal, Calif.—March 15

When asked to describe his mount, Anton Radio Formula, Jaime Azcarraga didn’t think long about his answer.

“He’s a winner,” he said. “He likes to compete. He’s a tough horse."

And “Anton” was all those things as he topped the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix today, at the conclusion of the HITS Desert Circuit, earning Mexico’s Azcarraga a $350,000 pay day. Anton and Azcarraga had to fight for that victory in a close jump-off, and in the end they won the top placing over McLain Ward on Rothchild with little time to spare. Charlie Jayne picked up third on Chill RZ.

“I think the jumps were high, and it was very technical,” said Azcarraga, who’s based in Mexico City and works for his family’s radio company. “But the ground was good, and my horse was unbelievable.”

The testing first course included a massive triple combination—a triple bar to a vertical in one stride and then two tight strides to an oxer—and a final line of a wide oxer to a skinny upright vertical. Several riders who’d been on clear rounds previously came to grief at that final line.

“I thought the five strides to that skinny was the hardest part,” said Azcarraga. “The horses were getting tired by then.”

Five of the original 43 qualified for the jump-off over Marin Zevedo’s track, including Eduardo Menezes on Quintol and Susan Artes on Zamiro, who finished fourth and fifth respectively. The start list included several East Coast riders who flew in for the event and then many HITS Desert Circuit regulars. Previous HITS $1 Million class winners Andre Thieme and Contanga 3 and Todd Minikus on Quality Girl had two rails each, and FEI World Cup Final winners Rich Fellers and Flexible had two down as well.

Ward had to return first for the jump-off, and he laid down a clear round with Sagamore Farms’ experienced “Bongo.” But he knew he’d left the door just slightly ajar. And when Azcarraga went back in, he walked through that small opening, going through the timers in 41.05 seconds.

“I don’t mind going early [in the jump-off],” said Ward. “He’s a fast horse naturally. The plan I had was a fast round—not crazy, but I wanted to put pressure on these guys. I knew they were all capable of meeting it, but I was hoping the stress might take its toll of them. That’s the round that wins eight out of 10 times. This is what I do for a living, so I make that my game plan. They stepped up today, and that’s what makes it exciting.”

Jayne was on track for a fast finish on Chill RZ, but his final time of 41.31 relegated him to third. “I watched McLain go and didn’t get to see Jaime because he went right before me,” said Jayne. “My strategy was to do one less stride everywhere because he’s naturally a little bit of a slower moving horse. I thought it worked perfectly until I landed from the double and headed to the last fence. When he shifted right in the air and landed, it was a split decision. I went for seven [strides] and didn’t see it, and I pulled, and we did eight, and I think that’s what cost it.”

Both Jayne and Ward are planning to contest the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Fla., on March 23, but Azcarraga isn’t at the moment.

The Olympian splits his time between riding and working, and he’s had the 11-year-old Anglo-European (Marome NW—Todetia, Orville) for about two years. The pair usually compete in Mexican national shows, but they’ve also had successes so far at Spruce Meadows (Calgary).

“We don’t get the chance to compete at this level very often,” he said. “Anton can be a nervous horse. You have to calm him down and walk him a lot so he gets a bit quiet. But I think he was concentrating today and not minding the noise. I think he likes to jump for a crowd."

See results on the HITS website. Want to see pictures from the grand prix

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