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August 28, 2014

Germany Leads Eventing, But It’s Anyone’s Game

Aug. 28—Haras du Pin, France

If there was one refrain repeated in every interview today, it was, “This isn’t going to be a dressage competition.”

The results after Day 1 of dressage are not unexpected. Germany slotted into second and third individually with Michael Jung on Fischerrocana FST ahead of Ingrid Klimke on FRH Escada JS to take the team lead.

August 28, 2014

The Helmeted World Games

People will remember the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, for all kinds of reasons, but one thing that won’t show up in the records is that it was the first major international games to feature serious helmet use in the dressage.

August 18, 2014

Ringside Chat With Caroline Roffman: Disappointed But Moving Forward

Highs and lows don’t begin to describe the year Caroline Roffman has experienced. She competed in her first international Grand Prix with her mare Her Highness O in February, then qualified for the U.S. Dressage Festival Of Champions (N.J.), and made the short list for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which took her to Europe with her potential teammates.

June 22, 2014

Sapphire Passes Away From Colic

Sapphire, the magnificent mare McLain Ward rode to two Olympic team gold medals and World Games team silver, died on June 22 due to complications of colic. She was 19.

Sapphire was born in Belgium and didn’t start her show jumping career until she was 6. The Belgian Warmblood mare (Darco—Idjaz C, Hedjaz) had two foals before beginning her competition career with Sofie van Bunder, the daughter of her breeder, Walter van Bunder.

June 14, 2014

Peters Repeats But New Star Emerges At U.S. Dressage Festival Of Champions

Gladstone, N.J.—June 14

When Steffen Peters got on the plane from his home base in San Diego and headed to New Jersey for the U.S. Dressage Festival Of Champions, he knew he’d have tough competition in The Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship and Selection Trial for the U.S. Dressage Team Short List for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

All three of his 2012 Olympic teammates were nipping at his heels—Jan Ebeling, Tina Konyot and Adrienne Lyle—but he didn’t count on 26-year-old Laura Graves entering the mix.

June 14, 2014

Canadian Eventer Jordan McDonald Dies At Nunney International Horse Trials

The organizers of the Nunney International Horse Trials in Somerset, England, have announced that Canadian rider Jordan McDonald was killed in a rotational fall on cross-country today, June 14, at 1:29 p.m.

He was riding Only Me, a 7-year-old gelding who was not injured in a British Eventing novice division.

McDonald, 30, was based in Leicestershire, England, and was married to fellow Canadian eventer Shandiss McDonald.

June 10, 2014

Conservation Easement Tax Incentive One Step Closer To Becoming Permanent

On May 29, H.R. 2807, legislation to make the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easement donations permanent, passed out of the House of Representatives Ways and Means committee.

Since 2006, an enhanced income tax deduction has allowed family farmers, ranchers and forestland owners to receive a significant tax benefit for donating a conservation easement on their land.  However, it expired at the end of 2013.

May 13, 2014

Updated: More San Diego Horses Return Home As Cooler Temperatures Bring Possible Relief From Fires

A 700-acre California wildfire that erupted on the morning of May 13 caused more than 20,000 homes to be evacuated in north San Diego County including many horse farms such as Steffen and Shannon Peters’ Arroyo Del Mar facility.

The Peterses joined with staff, other trainers and friends to move 65 horses to the Del Mar racetrack, a move they’ve performed once before in 2007 due to wildfires.

April 24, 2014

Mensa G Goes To The Head Of The Rolex Kentucky Class

April 24—Lexington, Ky.     

Michael Pollard wasn’t exactly surprised to find himself atop the leaderboard with Mensa G at the end of the first day of dressage at Rolex Kentucky, but that didn’t mean he was any less pleased with the result.

“On the dressage days, you certainly can’t win it, but you can lose it,” said Pollard, whose score of 49.5 put him in first over Will Faudree on Pawlow (49.8) and Doug Payne on Crown Talisman (51.2).

April 15, 2014

Dutch And Swiss Federations Express Dissatisfaction With FEI/Sheikh Mohammed Collaboration On Endurance Reform

On April 15, the Dutch and Swiss equestrian federations released a joint statement expressing their dissatisfaction with the Fédération Equestre Internationale collaboration with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and the composition of the new FEI task force on endurance.

While both federations expressed satisfaction that the FEI is taking the welfare issues in endurance seriously, they questioned the choice of Sheikh Mohammed as a consultant in doping prevention, the composition of the new task force, and the ongoing evolution in endurance.

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