Riders tackled a $35,000 speed accumulator class this evening, but with an additional catch—they did it in costume. Some riders opted for a low-key outfit but others decked out themselves and their horses.
Check out eight of our favorite costumes from the evening:
Yesterday Stephanie Danhakl had a nearly perfect day with Enough Said in the low amateur-owner division at the CP National Horse Show, winning one over fences class and taking second in the hack, which added to her two wins over fences from Tuesday easily gave her the championship tricolor in that division and the grand low amateur-owner title too.
British Eventing released an update today, Oct. 26, stating that British Olympian William Fox-Pitt is now awake after his head injury sustained Oct. 17.
“William has made progress over the weekend; today he is conscious, breathing on his own and communicating with his family and doctors, however he is still very ill,” stated British Eventing. “He and his family are very grateful for all the support and messages; it is hugely appreciated.”
A show jumping mount named Phedras de Blondel recently purchased from France by Debbie Stephens was found butchered on Stephens’ Centennial Farm early in the morning on Oct. 25. The gelding was found in a back area of the Palmetto, Fla., property; all four legs and large slabs of his body were taken.
Stephens and her husband, top course designer and former show jumper Steve Stephens, called the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the crime.
The Global Champions League has prevailed against the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s exclusivity clause in the Brussels Court Of Appeal. On Oct. 22, the court upheld a previous decision by the Belgian Competition Authority to suspend that exclusivity clause, which will allow the Global Champions League to launch its own show jumping team tour in 2016.
British top four-star eventer William Fox-Pitt remains hospitalized in France, after falling on cross-country in the 7-year-old class at Le Lion d’Angers CCI** on Oct. 17. Fox-Pitt fell with Reinstated at fence 20, an owl hole, and the horse was uninjured in the fall. The rider was transported to the hospital in Angers.
“He has suffered a head trauma but is fine otherwise,” stated a release from Fox-Pitt’s spokesperson, who added that the 46-year-old rider was placed under sedation.
Charlotte Dujardin’s won Olympic gold, FEI World Equestrian Games gold and European Championships gold, but lucky spectators at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show got to see her tackle a new challenge last night—completing a Grand Prix freestyle demonstration on a horse she’d only ridden once before.
Few can show off in a freestyle like Germany’s Isabell Werth. From the time she entered the ring with El Santo NRW, she was in command of her mount, the crowd and the judges. Her score of 80.33 percent gave her first in the $75,000 Grand Prix freestyle at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show.
Jennifer Alfano brought Miss Lucy to the $50,000 Duchossois Cup at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show because she knew the mare could handle the atmosphere. Once she saw the crowd in the stands and the fences for the class, with the course designed by Bobby Murphy and featuring large brush, graffiti painted fences and other beautiful, unusual jumps, she was doubly glad.