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Megan Brincks

February 4, 2014

Katherine Weidmann Made It To The Top Of The Country With A Free Pony

Many horsemen can spout a million cautionary tales about making sure to look a gift horse in the mouth. But when Katherine Wiedmann took on a free lease of Touchdown, a 14-year-old Welsh-Quarter Horse cross, she ended up with the ultimate pony to help finish her junior career with style.

September 28, 2013

You Can't Stop The Spots

Horses of all shapes and sizes can make excellent eventing horses, but sometimes, a horse of another color shines in the field of bays, chestnuts, seal browns and even the occasional gray.

Holly Breaux has a penchant for Appaloosas, so when she needed a new horse so that she could retire her Appaloosa mare almost a decade ago, Flecken Awesome stuck out as the ideal new partner.

September 22, 2013

One Mustang Wasn’t Enough For Elisa Wallace

Elisa Wallace, an advanced eventer from Jasper, Ga., made big news last year when she won the 2012 South Carolina Extreme Mustang Makeover with Fledge, but this year she took on an even bigger challenge. She trained not one but two never-been-touched horses for the Mustang Million, held Sept. 17-21 in Fort Worth, Texas.

June 14, 2013

House Appropriations Committee Votes To Block Horse Slaughter

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted on June 13 to eliminate funding for federal meat inspections at horse slaughter facilities. If it makes its way through the entire legislative process, this would effectively stop efforts to resume horse slaughter in the United States.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., and Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., forbids the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect horse-processing plants in the 2014 fiscal year.

June 14, 2013

USA Qualifies For Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final

With a fourth-placed finish by U.S. Team Stars at the $100,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows on June 13 in Calgary, Alberta, the United States is now qualified to send a team to the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Spain this September.

June 9, 2013

Amigo Stands Out At the Upperville Grand Prix

Upperville, Va.—June 9   

The jump crew at the $75,000 Upperville Jumper Classic got quite a workout picking up poles when no horse jumped a clean first round.

When the three 4-faulters returned for the jump-off, it looked like it might be more of the same. Kyle Timm had a rail aboard Wadisson, leaving the crowd wondering if they would see a clear round at all.

But then Angel Karolyi gave the crowd what they'd been waiting for: a clean go aboard Amigo.

June 5, 2013

Classic Thoroughbred Show Horses: Incantation

Incantation came into Robin Fairclough’s life by chance when she was a junior rider, but the black Thoroughbred made a big impression.

“He came to us for a client, for Andrea Kenyon, to ride,” said Fairclough. Kenyon was the daughter of New Jersey horse show announcer Thomas G. Kenyon. But Incantation had a good spook to him, so Fairclough took him in junior and regular hunter classes during the 1973 season and into 1974.

“He was always a super jumper. He could be a little spooky, but he always jumped in really good form,” said Fairclough.

June 2, 2013

Colvin Dominates At The Devon Derby

After a successful junior weekend at the Devon Horse Show, Tori Colvin returned to take top honors on Betsee Parker’s Inclusive in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

Colvin and “Captain” led after the first round with a score of 187 after taking all four high options on Allen Rheinheimer’s course.

June 1, 2013

Campbell Steals The Show In The Idle Dice Stakes

In her first year as a professional, Kaitlin Campbell piloted her Rocky W to a win in the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake at the Devon Horse Show, and she did it against some of the top riders in the world.

Nineteen horses contested the course designed by Olaf Petersen of Germany, and a solid showing of eight returned for the shortened jump off. The technical course was to be expected in the second-largest money class of Devon, and it proved difficult to make the time and ride clear even for the seasoned professionals.

May 28, 2013

Classic Thoroughbred Show Horses: Gimlet

In 1961, Bernie Traurig’s future looked bright. The teenager from Syosset, N.Y., had won the ASPCA Maclay Finals and the AHSA Medal Finals aboard Troublemaker, but no one yet knew if he’d go on in the sport. His father had college in mind for his son, while all Traurig could think about was horses.

It took a Thoroughbred named Gimlet to cement Traurig’s path and propel him to success in the hunters before he even turned 18.

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