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Lisa Slade

December 3, 2014

What’s Coming Up At The USDF Convention

When it comes to dressage rule proposals for 2015—up for discussion at this week's U.S. Dressage Federation Annual Convention in Cambridge, Mass., before a vote at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting (Ky.) in January—there are only five of them, and none seem likely to incite much controversy. Think differently? Let us know in the comments. 

The proposed rules are:

DR 121.4 

December 2, 2014

FEI Releases Statement On Investigation Into 2012 World Endurance Championships

The Fédération Equestre Internationale announced today, Dec. 2, that it's completed an investigation into allegations of a horse switch for the 2012 Longines FEI World Endurance Championships (Great Britain). The FEI said no legal action can be taken "for procedural reasons and due to a lack of conclusive evidence."

November 21, 2014

Equestrian’s NCAA Future Remains Undecided

The National Collegiate Athletic Association hasn’t yet revealed a final decision on the future of equestrian within the organization, but another college is dropping the sport in response to the uncertainty.

November 14, 2014

FDA Issues Warning Regarding Unapproved Ulcer Medications

On Nov. 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it issued nine warning letters to companies marketing and selling unapproved medications containing omeprazole. All of the FDA-unapproved drugs in question state they cure, prevent or treat equine gastric ulcer syndrome.

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.

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