If you're at all worried about walking the course for an upcoming competition, just imagine what courses looked like 50 years ago! Flipping though the pages of Chronicles published in the 1960s reveals some truly amazing questions on course.
It was a phone call in 2009 that resulted in what amateur rider Holly Bailey describes as “the greatest gift I’ve ever received.”
While she was attending Hollins University (Va.), Bailey had fallen in love with Assault Shaker, a horse in the college’s riding program. “I started riding him my sophomore year. He was a harder one to ride because he’d take off with riders after each fence,” Bailey said. “I got along with him the best of anyone who was there at the same time I was there.”
What does perfection look like? Well, for the judges at the Upperville Horse Show (Va.) a few weeks ago, it looked just like Tori Colvin's handy junior hunter round on Way Cool.
Colvin and Way Cool scored a 100 from judges Linda Andrisani and Frank Willard, winning the class. In the Chronicle's coverage of Upperville in the June 29 issue of the magazine, we talked to Andrisani and Willard about just what went through their minds during and after Colvin's perfect trip.
Young U.S. show jumper Lucy Davis set the world on fire in the Netherlands on June 21, winning the pretigious Longines Grand Prix of Rotterdam aboard her trusty Barron. She beat a star-studded field that included heavy-hitting Europeans and it was just a week after she celebrated her graduation from Stanford University (Calif.).
Scott Brash is definitely booking a ticket to Canada in September. After winning the €1 Million Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen aboard Hello Sanctos, he’s now got two out of three boxes checked toward an incredible pay-out in the Rolex Grand Slam, and the Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament in Calgary, Alta., is the next stop.
Two U.S. dressage stars represented the Stars and Stripes at the abbreviated Aachen CDI this weekend. Because Aachen plays host to the European Championships in August, the traditional 10-day CHIO at Aachen was shortened to a three-day festival with just a few show jumping, dressage and driving classes.
In the dressage, Steffen Peters and Shelly Francis held their own, placing in the top 10 in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix freestyle on May 30 and 31.
“I was kind of like a kid in the candy store like ‘Oh, I’ve got my white pants on.’ I’ve always dreamed about doing a class like this in front of this many people. To have such a great result is a dream come true!” Kelli Cruciotti said about getting ready for the $100,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon.
The 17-year-old rode in her first grand prix ever two weeks before. Last week, she graduated from high school. And she was taking to the ring with the likes of Olympians and veterans McLain Ward and Peter Leone.