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March 29, 2011

Sapphire Injured

The most famous mare in American show jumping has suffered an injury. Sapphire, the big chestnut mare who McLain Ward has ridden to two Olympic Games team gold medals in 2004 and 2008 and a team silver at the 2006 World Equestrian Games, is going to be sitting out the remainder of the 2011 season.

Sapphire was slated to compete in the $500,000 FTI Finale Grand Prix on March 26 in Wellington, Fla., but a few days before the class she suffered a strained check ligament in her right front.

March 20, 2011

The U.S. Team Recaptures Glory In The $75,000 Nations Cup

The four U.S. riders taking the field in the $75,000 Nations Cup had a serious score to settle.

In the nine years that the Winter Equestrian Festival had hosted a Nations Cup competition, the U.S. team had won only three times—in 2002, 2003 and 2008. Their neighbors to the north, the Canadians, quickly established themselves as the hot favorites each year, winning the title in 2004, ’06, ’07, ’09 and 2010. Ireland won in 2005.

So this year, U.S. Chef d’Equipe George Morris meant business.

March 20, 2011

Top Gun Shoots To The Top In $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix

March 20, Ocala, Fla.

The odds were pretty good that Kent Farrington was going to win the $100,000 Deluca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix at HITS Ocala.

Six qualified for the jump-off, and Farrington rode three of them. And the end of the day found him leading the victory gallop on Top Gun, placing second on Uceko and fifth on Valhalla. Farrington set the standard on the powerful gray Top Gun as second to go, notching an effortless clean round in 40.80 seconds.

March 20, 2011

Top Gun Takes Aim In $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix

When Kent Farrington packed his tack trunks to head home after the conclusion of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, he had to find a little bit more room for all the prize money checks he picked up during the last week.
Farrington decided to bring three horses across Florida to Ocala for the weekend from his home base in Wellington, and he returned with three big prize money checks in the $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix.

March 16, 2011

Maddens Buy Young Event Horse Winner As Jumper Prospect

John and Beezie Madden of John Madden Sales have purchased a graduate of the U.S. Eventing Association Young Event Horse program as a jumper prospect.

On March 15, the Maddens bought Artesian, who won the 4-year-old division of the West Coast finals of the 2009 USEA Young Event Horse series with Robyn Fisher riding, and won the 5-year-old division of the East Coast finals of the series in 2010 with Will Coleman riding.

Artesian, 6, is by the stallion Judgement, who Beezie campaigned at the international grand prix level for many years before his retirement in 2009.

March 13, 2011

Majestic And Steege Work Their Magic At HITS III Ocala Masters

Amanda Steege has quite a cheering section, and during the HITS III Ocala Masters, they must have been cheering themselves hoarse, as Steege collected multiple tricolors.

“We had an amazing week!” Steege said of Feb. 22-27 in Ocala, Fla., where she rode to three championships and one reserve in the professional hunter divisions. “I’ve had a lot of nice horses over the years, and I’ve had some success, but this finally feels like the first year I have a whole team of horses that are really quality,” said Steege.

March 8, 2011

Marla Amormino Has Worked Hard To “Emerge” As A Pro

This young professional’s limited funds haven’t stopped her from living her dreams.

I’ve emerged!” joked Marla Amormino after topping the 2010 World Champion Hunter Rider Emerging Professional year-end national standings. But really, Amormino, of La Crescenta, Calif., came into her own long ago and is just now getting the accolades that her years of hard work have earned.

March 6, 2011

Quick Study Goes To Top Of The Class In $150,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla., March 6

With 12 of the top horses in the world racing for the top check, Lauren Hough knew she’d have to make some moves to win.

And that’s just what she did, racing around the turns and daring Quick Study at the jumps. The veteran bay answered her call and flew across the ground and jumped out of his skin to take the top check in the $150,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix. She shaved a half a second off Nick Skelton’s leading time for the blue.

March 5, 2011

U.S. Team Is All Business Winning The WEF Nations Cup

It was pretty obvious what the U.S. team’s intentions were for the $75,000 Nations Cup when the team members were announced. “When I saw the line-up for the American team, I knew they weren’t fooling around,” said Canadian legend Ian Millar. 

“We knew we were going into battle with giants tonight, and we consider it a great result to just come out intact!” Millar continued. 

February 24, 2011

Marilyn Little-Meredith Is Learning The Tricks Of A New Trade

This grand prix show jumper earned her first eventing blue at Rocking Horse Winter II Horse Trials.

A new job isn’t too hard if you’ve got the right tools in your toolbox. So while Marilyn Little-Meredith is a new face on the eventing scene and is rocketing up the levels aboard Udonna, rest assured—her toolbox is packed with a set of highly sophisticated tools to get the job done.

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