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Lisa Slade

November 8, 2013

Koford’s The Hometown Hero At U.S. Dressage Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 8

For this, the inaugural U.S. Dressage Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park, riders are arriving from all over the country. There are competitors from California, competitors from Texas, competitors from Maine. Then there’s Jim Koford, who loaded up Rhett for a long haul...of about 10 minutes. Koford’s based out of a farm in Versailles, Ky., and he topped the open Grand Prix tonight on 67.12 percent. Whit Watkins and Oublette were second (66.31%).

November 8, 2013

No Rest For The Weary Windsong

Every morning, Aileen Daly goes to Windsong’s stall and asks him, “How was your night, Puff?” She’s not just being polite; the way “Puff” spent his night likely has a huge impact on his day.

November 6, 2013

From Kill Truck To Grand Prix National Championship

Often riders use the phrase, “a dream come true,” to describe their equestrian exploits or victories. Not Candace Platz. When she canters down centerline for her Grand Prix test at the U.S. Dressage Finals aboard PMU rescue Fynn, she’ll be experiencing an entirely different sensation.

“I can’t say it’s a dream come true,” said Platz. “This dream wouldn’t have occurred to me.”

November 5, 2013

Werth Suspended For Six Months

The first chamber of the disciplinary commission of the German Equestrian Federation has suspended top German dressage rider Isabell Werth from all competitions—national and international—for six months. She also must pay a fine of 2,000 euros.

Werth’s mount El Santo NRW tested positive for cimetidine at the 2012 Rhineland Championships, held at Langenfeld (Germany), June 21-24, and the case has been under investigation since that positive test.

November 4, 2013

Updated: U.S. Judge Clears Horse Slaughter To Begin Again

U.S. District Judge Christina Armijo in Albuquerque, N.M., threw out a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue and several other animal protection groups on Nov. 1. The lawsuit, filed in July, was seeking to block horse slaughter on the basis that the environmental impact hadn’t been properly considered.

November 1, 2013

"CSU Blanketing Study" Facebook Post A Hoax

You’ve probably seen it on Facebook this week, or in Octobers past: There’s a picture of two horses in a field. One’s wearing a blanket, and one’s not. “Here is some information on winter blanketing that may surprise you. This is the result of a multi-year study done by [Colorado State University], using state-of-the-art thermal detection equipment,” the text begins.

November 1, 2013

FEI Introduces New Dressage Tests

The Fédération Equestre Internationale has released its new tests for 2014.

While the Intermediaire I and Prix St. Georges remained unchanged, there are new versions of the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Intermediaire II to take effect Jan. 1. The FEI also debuted the medium tour tests, Intermediaire A and Intermediaire B, designed to bridge the gap between small tour and Grand Prix.

In the new Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special tests, the only change is the introduction of a coefficient for each piaffe movement. All other coefficients remain the same.

October 30, 2013

Susan Oakes Proves Plenty Brave Enough

A poster of Esther Stace clearing 6’6” sidesaddle with the caption “Are You Brave Enough?” likely caused many riders to think, “No, I'm probably not.” But Susan Oakes had a very different reaction.

“I took that as a personal challenge,” said Oakes, who set out to break Stace’s unofficial 1915 record after seeing the poster and caption.

October 28, 2013

Bonfire Dies At 30

Dutch dressage star Anky van Grunsven reported today, Oct. 28, that her Olympic gold medal-winning partner Bonfire died due to complications from Cushing’s disease and laminitis. He was 30.

“My heart is broken,” wrote van Grunsven on twitter. Her partner, Sjef Janssen, provided a statement to Hoefslag.

October 24, 2013

Take Over's Been The Best Teacher

Three years ago, Krista Spencer was a training level dressage rider, and Take Over was a university-owned Grand Prix schoolmaster with a bolting problem who wouldn’t pass a vet check. Now? They’re a definite team, with a trip to the Adequan North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (Ky.) and a recent USDF/GAIG Regional Championship FEI Young Rider title to their names.

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