Olympic eventer Boyd Martin has a new ride in the barn with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in mind. His supporters recently purchased Blackfoot Mystery, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding previously campaigned by Kelly Prather to the three-star level.
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.).