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September 17, 2014

Connaught Dies At 21

Phillip Dutton’s Rolex Kentucky CCI**** winner Connaught was euthanized today, Sept. 17, due to complications from old age. He was 21.  

Connaught, an Irish Sport Horse (Ballysimon—Broomehill Rogue, Royal Rogue) owned by Bruce Duchossois, started his advanced career with Julie Richards before Dutton took over the ride in 2004. The pair’s partnership didn’t come easily from the start. Connaught’s lofty jumping style meant the horse grew fatigued on longer courses, and the gelding didn’t initially understand sunken roads. Dutton had to build one at his True Prospect Farm.

September 15, 2014

Journalists Win Tribunal Protest Against FEI And Bahraini Sheikh

After the Sakhir CEI** (Bahrain) in February, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa received a yellow card and an approximately $560 fine when video footage surfaced of a groom chasing and apparently striking his horse, Tarabic Carl. The Bahraini National Federation also suspended the rider and the groom involved in the incident until the end of the endurance season, April 25 of this year.

September 7, 2014

Exell Gets Another World Games Driving Title, Weber Earns Silver

Caen, France—Sept. 7

Often the cones phase is filled with penalties and leaderboard switches, but at today’s conclusion of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games combined driving event, the top nine finished the overall competition in the same ranking as when they ended the marathon phase. Boyd Exell took individual gold, while U.S. driver Chester Weber earned silver and Theo Timmerman bronze for the Netherlands.

September 6, 2014

Orto Euthanized At Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Orto, a horse ridden by Sara Squires at this weekend’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Great Britain, was euthanized after hitting his stifle on fence 19 on the cross-country. The fence was part of the Rolex combination, and there was no fall of horse or rider.

September 6, 2014

Madden Makes It Into Show Jumping World Games Final Four

Caen, France—Sept. 6

If you’re looking at the scores from today’s jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, you’ll see Beezie Madden finished second.

But starting tomorrow, it’s a whole new game. The top four come back, the scores are wiped, and they all trade horses to fight for individual show jumping medals. How do you prepare for something like that?

September 6, 2014

Madden Sitting Third After Day 4 First World Games Individual Round

Caen, France—Sept. 6  

 The show jumping for today is half over here at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, with 29 riders having just finished their first course on this final individual qualifying day. Beezie Madden dropped from first to third when Cortes ‘C’ ticked the back rail of the oxer at fence 5. Sweden’s Rolf-Göran Bengtsson took the lead with his clear round on Casall Ask.

September 5, 2014

Weber Continues His Driven Dressage Hot Streak At World Games

Caen, France—Sept. 5 

Even though he’d just taken the lead, Boyd Exell wasn’t happy with the score he earned during his driven dressage test this morning. He knew who was coming. 

That “who” is Chester Weber, a notoriously strong dressage driver. And Weber's impressive tearm trotted into the ring this afternoon and did what everyone expected them to do, laying down a score of 32.21 penalties for the lead. Australia’s Exell isn’t far behind him on 35.51.

September 4, 2014

Madden Makes It Count For U.S. Team Bronze Behind The Netherlands And France

Caen, France—Sept. 4  

With one less rail, it would've been gold. But with a single time penalty, there would've been no medal at all. Such was the kind of day—a day of close numbers and high pressure—show jumpers faced at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The U.S. team earned bronze behind the Netherlands and France on a score of 16.72 when three out of the four had 4 faults each.

September 3, 2014

Madden Leads U.S. Team To World Games Silver Position

Caen, France—Sept. 3

“It was pressure, but it was fun pressure,” said Beezie Madden.

What’s considered fun pressure? For Madden that's riding last on the Hermes U.S. Show Jumping Team and knowing your team has already qualified for the final day of competition, but a clear round will make your position at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games even stronger. And if anyone can handle that anchor spot—and manage to call it “fun pressure” along the way—it’s Madden, who has multiple Olympic team gold medals and a Rolex FEI World Cup Final title to her name.

September 3, 2014

U.S. Fifth In Team Show Jumping At Lunch Break

Caen, France—Sept. 3

There are many fences left to clear before the U.S. riders can rest, but midway through the second day of jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, they’re in a striking position—fifth—on a score of 8.72. The team’s less than one rail behind the leaders, with Germany first (4.82) and the Netherlands second (4.83). But the scores are slightly misleading at this point as some teams, including the top two, haven't jumped three riders yet today. 

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