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Sara Lieser

April 26, 2015

What Does It Feel Like To Finish Your First Four-Star?

They say you never know if your horse is a four-star horse or if you’re a four-star rider until you’ve cantered through the finish flags on the final day. We asked a number of four-star first-timers from the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** over the weekend what it felt like to achieve that monumental goal.

April 26, 2015

Forty-One Horses Will Go On To Show Jumping At Rolex Kentucky

Lexington, Ky.—April 26  

Forty-two horses presented at the final horse inspection on a chilly Sunday morning at the Kentucky Horse Park, and of those, 41 will go on to show jumping.

There was a bit of drama early on amongst the international group when two British horses were held—William Fox-Pitt’s Bay My Hero (sitting fourth after cross-country) and Nicola Wilson’s Annie Clover (10th after cross-country). Both horses were pass upon re-inspection. Their teammate Francis Whittington didn’t present Easy Target.

January 19, 2015

Welton Eases Fears, Sets Course For Future At USEF Annual Meeting

Chris Welton just moved into the corner office of the U.S. Equestrian Federation headquarters six months ago as the new CEO, but he knew coming into the USEF Annual Meeting, held Jan. 14-17 in Lexington, Ky., that that excuse wasn’t going to hold water.

For the first time in 10 years the budget was showing a deficit instead of a surplus. Federation growth and income has plateaued. And the national disciplines and breeds affiliates were feeling restless over a government restructure last year that left them with less representation on the board of directors.

November 13, 2014

Javier Revuelta Withdraws From FEI Presidential Race

On Nov. 12, Spain’s Javier Revuelta withdrew from the Fédération Equestre International presidential race via a letter to the FEI and the national federation presidents.

One of his reasons for leaving the race is that Ingmar De Vos, the current FEI secretary general, is running for president while concurrently holding his paid leadership position with the FEI.

October 19, 2014

Richards Rides Off With Blue In Fair Hill CCI**

Elkton, Md.—Oct. 19   

It’s been 10 years since Julie Richards competed at Fair Hill, but she made a dramatic return to the event by winning the CCI** at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International aboard Urlanmore Beauty.

“It always feels great,” she said. “The horse is so generous. He’s a super animal that way. I knew he would try. He touched one or two, which always gives you heart palpitations, but sometimes it goes your way.”

October 19, 2014

All Horses Pass Jog At Fair Hill

Oct. 19—Elkton, Md.   

Grooms had an early start at The Dutta Corp Fair Hill International in order to have their charges ready for the 7:30 a.m. jog, but their efforts were rewarded when every horse presented passed.

Jennie Brannigan withdrew her two-star mount Henry before the horse inspection. Two Canadian horses were held in the two-star—Sean McIntosh’s Wild T’Mater and Lauren Clark’s Coolum XV—but both passed upon re-inspection.

October 10, 2014

White Withdraws Under Suspection From Boekelo

Sharon White announced this morning, Oct. 10, that she was withdrawing Under Suspection from the Military Boekelo CCIO*** (the Netherlands.) White and “Pippy” were scheduled to ride their dressage test today at 3:41 p.m.

September 6, 2014

Exell Takes Post Marathon Lead, Weber Second At World Games

Caen, France—Sept. 6 

Australian driver Boyd Exell came into the marathon at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games concerned that the course was too easy. He also was worried about the unusual gravel footing at each hazard, so he swapped out his normal carriage wheels for the ones he uses during indoor competition.

September 5, 2014

People Of The World Games: Combining Work With Pleasure

Where can you find the American spectators at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games? Hanging out at the Alltech bar, of course! Betsy Minton and Shawna Dietrich of Dietrich Equine Insurance joined Susan McIlwain and pairs pony driver Wendy O'Brien for a quick stop for some libations before continuing their trip through the amazing trade fair.

September 3, 2014

De Miranda Jumps For Redemption

Sept. 3—Caen, France   

Yesterday Doda de Miranda hit bottom, literally. The popular Brazilian rider fell off Ad Rahmannshof’s Bogeno and was eliminated in the speed round at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. But he rallied today to jump an emotional clear round over a tough course.

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