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February 2, 2016

Groom Spotlight: Shannon McCormick Is Making The Most Of An Unexpected Opportunity

A job opportunity called out “go west!” and Shannon McCormick answered.

She’d just graduated from the University of Delaware and she knew she wanted to work with horses, but she also knew she didn’t want to go to vet school. The next logical step? Find a grooming job.

January 29, 2016

Lauren Hough Suffers Knee Injury

U.S. show jumper Lauren Hough sustained a knee injury on Jan. 24 from a fall while schooling a horse at her Wellington, Fla., stables. Hough, 40, served on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games team and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games teams and has jumped in six World Cup Finals. She rode Ohlala to team and individual bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto). 

January 27, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Cynthia Visser Was Her Horses' Best Friend In Her Grooming Days

Cynthia Visser giggled a bit when she remembered winning the Groom’s Class at the 1997 Ox Ridge Horse Show (Conn.).

The Groom’s Class was a highlight of the Ox Ridge show in June each year for the grooms—a chance to show off their hard work and win some extra cash. That year, Visser earned $1,200 as the overall winner. She remembers that she gambled a bit to get that win.

January 25, 2016

This Weekend On Social Media...

The headline of the weekend was for sure the Snowzilla storm Jonas, and our social media streams this weekend were full of horses playing in snow combined with lucky riders in Florida and California enjoying the sun!

Lynn Symansky is in Ocala, Fla., to get a jump on the competition season, but she left a few horses at home to battle the more-than-3’ snow drifts in Middleburg, Va.

January 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: When WEF Was Young!

The year was 1984, and down in Wellington, Fla., the Winter Equestrian Festival was still in its infancy. The show report in the Chronicle in the March 9, 1984 issue painted a very different picture of the area 32 years ago!

The report read: 

An endless expanse of flat land, broken only by the landscaped knolls and valleys of countless golf courses, lent itself ideally to further the near-perfect conditions at the Insilco Masters Horse Show, held Feb. 21-26 at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in Wellington, Fla.

January 6, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Classic Hunter Daily Nip Lives On In Cissy Webb's Memories

“You can’t see, but I’m smiling and laughing as I talk about all this,” said Celeste “Cissy” Mohlman Webb as we chatted about her days showing Daily Nip back in the 1960s.

Webb hasn’t ridden much in the last few decades, but when I called her to ask about the great photo of her that originally ran in the Chronicle in 1965, she was thrilled to talk about her wonderful off-the-track Thoroughbred Daily Nip.

January 2, 2016

George H. Morris Named As Brazilian Olympic Team Trainer

The Brazilian Equestrian Federation announced that the legendary George H. Morris has accepted an offer to serve as their show jumping coach through the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August. 

"I’m not the chef d’equipe. I’ll be the trainer," Morris said. "I was asked, they’re all very good friends, my boyfriend is from Rio, and I think it will be a positive thing. It’s something that will be fun for George."

December 22, 2015

Bertram Allen Disqualified From Olympia Grand Prix Win

Bertram Allen, the young Irish superstar, was about to be crowned the winner of the Olympia Grand Prix with Quiet Easy on the evening of Dec. 21, but was disqualified from the result just before the awards ceremony. A steward found a small amount of blood on Quiet Easy’s side and invoked the FEI blood rule, which is FEI Jumping Rules Article 242.3.1: “Mandatory Disqualification - Horses bleeding on the flank(s), in the mouth or nose or marks indicating excessive use of spurs or of the whip anywhere on the horse.”

December 16, 2015

You Too Can Go Hunting With Helen!

A few weeks ago, we shared a thrilling helmet-cam video that Helen Newbold of England had posted on her Facebook page.

It got a huge response, with comments such as “I wish I had the courage to do that! That scared the pants off a rider as nervous as me, but what a fantastic bit of film, a great relationship and wonderful riding. Thank you for sharing this!” and “Thank you for a great day out hunting! I felt every jump! Can I have this wonderful horse?”

December 8, 2015

Ringside Chat: Katie Dinan Welcomes British Superstar Horse Dougie Douglas To Her Barn

Top English show jumper Dougie Douglas made headlines when selling at the Goresbridge Supreme Sale of Show Jumpers auction (Ireland) on Nov. 12. While at the time, the buyer was only identified as “an anonymous U.S. rider” through Irish agent Barry O’Connor, we have confirmed that Dougie Douglas is all settled in at Katie Dinan’s Wellington, Fla., farm and prepping for the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival there.

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