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Lisa Slade

July 12, 2015

That Volunteer Looks Familiar…

As riders came out of the dressage ring yesterday at the Pan American Games, several of them exchanged high fives with a very enthusiastic volunteer who was helping open and close the gate at A. Closer examination under her baseball cap revealed just who that volunteer was—Canadian team alternate Jacqueline Brooks. 

July 11, 2015

U.S. Leads Day 1 Of Pan Ams Dressage, But Canada’s Not Far Behind

Caledon, Ontario—July 11


If you had to sum up the first day of dressage here at the Pan American Games—at least for the U.S. and Canadian riders—with one word, that’d be it. The two teams are battling for an Olympic Games qualifying spot, and so riders on both squads were feeling the need to step up for their countries today. 

In the end, the United States slipped ahead with a team score of 230.50. But Canada's not too far behind with 226.07 points. 

July 7, 2015

What You Need To Know About The Pan American Games Dressage

When? The first day of the team dressage competition (small tour contestants do the Prix St. Georges and large tour the Grand Prix) will take place on July 11. The next day, July 12, riders will complete their quest for team medals with the Intermediaire I and Grand Prix Special, and that’s also the second individual qualifier. The top 50 percent from the small tour and big tour go forward to the final day of dressage competition, the individual freestyle tests, on July 14

July 2, 2015

Andrew Nicholson And Equestrian Sports New Zealand Still At Odds

New Zealand’s top eventer Andrew Nicholson remains excluded from the country’s high performance list as of July 1. Nicholson removed himself from consideration for the team last October, after a physical altercation with a veterinarian at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France.

June 30, 2015

Board Members Pass New Mileage Rules At USEF Mid-Year Meeting

The U.S. Equestrian Federation Board of Directors met Tuesday, June 30, for its mid-year meeting. Several of the proposed rule changes up for vote were put forth by the mileage rule revision task force, co-chaired by Bill Moroney and Elisabeth Goth. Those changes all passed without comment during the open section of the meeting after discussion during a closed portion of the meeting. 

June 29, 2015

Ringside Chat: Sarah Daehnert Gets The Ride On Half Moon Delphi

She’s an elegant grey mare who represented Great Britain at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France) with Michael Eilberg, finishing eighth in the Grand Prix freestyle and helping her team to silver. And, as of a few weeks ago, Half Moon Delphi is considered a U.S. horse, as Bob Price purchased her for Sarah Daehnert to compete at the Grand Prix level. 

June 16, 2015

Show Jumper Gorre Euthanized After Breaking Leg

Gorre, ridden by Great Britain’s Joe Clayton, sustained a broken leg while jumping in a CSI grand prix in Poland, according to Horse & Hound. The horse was subsequently euthanized. 

June 15, 2015

Calvin Euthanized After Aspen Farms Cross-Country Accident

Calvin, owned and ridden by Holly Severijn of Woodinville, Wash., was euthanized at Aspen Farm Horse Trials June 14, according to the U.S. Eventing Association. 

June 9, 2015

FEI Bureau Announces Spring Decisions: New Endurance Rules, Presidential Payment, U.S. Eventing Nations Cup And More

The Fédération Equestre Internationale Bureau met June 9 for its spring meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. The main decisions are outlined below, and they include a few new endurance rules, allocation of championships, approval of the United States’ first eventing FEI Nations Cup competition, and a salary for the FEI President Ingmar de Vos. 

But first, the FEI Bureau members announced they’ll send out a questionnaire to all national federations. 

June 8, 2015

Italian Olympian Valentina Truppa Seriously Injured In Fall

Valentina Truppa, Italy’s top-ranked dressage rider, is hospitalized after sustaining serious but not life-threatening injuries at the Arezzo CDI in Italy.

Truppa was competing a 7-year-old horse in a national Intermediaire I class on June 7 when the horse spooked and reared, falling on top of her. Truppa was wearing a helmet, but she still lost consciousness. 

She was first driven to a nearby hospital before being airlifted to another hospital in Siena, Italy. 

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