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April 4, 2016

Watch Why They Won: Kodachrome Is Picture Perfect In $50,000 WEF Derby

Two days. Two different rings. Two different courses. One winner. 

Russell Frey and Kodachrome beat some of the biggest names in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., in their first derby win together. You can read all about it in the Chronicle's coverage of the class.

And watch their two rounds here...

March 29, 2016

Laura Linback In Stable Condition After Fall

Amateur show jumper Laura Linback is in stable condition after suffering a head injury in a fall on March 26 when her horse collapsed at HITS Ocala (Fla.).

Linback underwent surgery to relieve pressure from brain swelling on the night of March 26 and remains unconscious and on a ventilator. Her husband, Troy Linback, said that her brain pressure remains low, which is a good sign.

March 29, 2016

Nicole Walker Buys The Dude

The Dude made quite a splash last year when he and Will Simpson won five grand prix classes on the HITS Desert Circuit (Calif.) but now The Dude is moving on to a new home.

March 27, 2016

Teran Takes The Great American $1 Million In Ocala

Ocala, Fla—March 27  

First there was a clunk as a rail dropped to the ground for Andre Thieme. Then, you could hear the whooping from the schooling area. Roberto Teran’s crowd of supporters ran back from the in-gate. “You won, you WON!” you could hear them shouting.

And win he did. Teran and Woklahoma topped the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix by more than 2 seconds over a star-studded field.

March 26, 2016

UPDATED: Horse Dies And Rider Injured At HITS Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—March 26  

After Laura Linback and HH Dauphin had successfully completed their jump-off round in the $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the HITS Ocala Winter Championship at about 7 p.m., on March 26, HH Dauphin collapsed immediately after walking out of the ring and died suddenly.

Linback, 48, was treated on site immediately by medics and then flown by helicopter to a medical center. Details about her condition are unknown at this time.

March 25, 2016

Hey World, Meet Cooper Dean

Ocala, Fla.—March 25  

Cooper Dean’s the real deal. He’s the kid who grew up with ponies in the back yard, mucking stalls and lugging water buckets and dreaming of winning big classes.

And now, as a working student for grand prix rider Aaron Vale, Dean’s getting that done in a big way. With three lovely, flowing rounds, Dean, 17, topped the HITS Equitation Championship aboard Denver S during the final weekend of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit (Fla.).

March 25, 2016

A Wide-Open Field: What You Need To Know About The Longines FEI World Cup Final

Gothenburg, Sweden—March 25  

Today the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final kicks off in Sweden, and we’ve compiled all that you could need to know before the first horse jumps.

Who’s here? And who’s not?

Just as in the dressage side of the competition, there are some headliner riders who qualified for the Final but declined to compete. It’s an Olympic year, and some riders are choosing to focus on their preparation for the Rio Olympic Games.

March 21, 2016

Watch Why They Won: Kelley, McLain And Laura At The Top Of Their Games

Some of the best riders in the country scored some big wins this weekend! Kelley Farmer and McLain Ward flew out to California and picked up bit checks as a reward. And Laura Graves and Verdades continued their Grand Prix dressage domination in Florida. Watch how they did it...

March 14, 2016

This Weekend On Social Media

Top riders—they’re just like us. They like to post cute photos of their four-legged friends, lament about their foibles, and rejoice in their accomplishments. Here are a few posts that caught our eye this weekend: Leah Lang-Gluscic shared this adorable post about her Rolex Kentucky CCI****-bound eventer, A.P.

March 9, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Watch The 1948 Olympic Show Jumpers In Training

The U.S. show jumping team for the 1948 Olympic Games was the last military Olympic team fielded. Col. Frank Wing rode the famous U.S. team mount Democrat, Capt. John Russell rode Air Mail, and Col. Andrew Frierson rode Rascal. 

The National Sporting Library and Museum unearthed some amazing video of the team training for the Games...

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