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October 13, 2006

Williams And Sweepea Dean Take The Early Lead At Radnor

 The weather was brisk in Malvern, Pa., but John Williams hoped that would work to his advantage aboard Sweepea Dean in the dressage at the Radnor CCI**, Oct. 12-15.  And the pair emerged on top of the 58-horse field in the afternoon on Friday with 43.3 penalties.

“I wish the weather had affected him,” said Williams with a laugh.  “He’s a bit lazy and uninspired.”

October 11, 2006

Barteaus Bring Home Blues At Great American/USDF Region 4 Championships

The Barteaus make every horse show a family affair, and the Great American/USDF Region 4 Championships were no exception as they took home some 20 championships between them, and that's not even counting their students' victories on Sept. 8-10 in Mason City, Iowa.

The husband-and-wife duo of Kim and Yvonne Barteau run KYB Dressage, a training business in Gilberts, Ill. But the family's top contender was their youngest competitor, Kassie Barteau. She took home championships with all five of the horses that she showed.

October 1, 2006

Mistake In The Music

Courtney King suspected her music wasn't quite right in the Grand Prix freestyle with Idocus.  Everything seemed to come up just a bit too quickly.   "I started the double pirouette at the right spot in the music, and I was one and half rotations into it when the pirouette music was done," she said.

October 1, 2006

Taylor Knows Better Than To Mess With Succes

A beaming Melissa Taylor captured the Grand Prix Special with Lars Petersen’s Succes on Oct. 1, the last day of Dressage At Devon with a score of 61.32 percent. 

“He was super, the best he went all weekend,” said Taylor of the 11-year-old Danish Warmblood.  A few rider errors kept them from achieving an even higher score when Taylor rode her first canter pirouette at L instead of D, which made squishing nine tempi-changes in along centerline more difficult before her next pirouette.

October 1, 2006

Parra Is Peerless In The Grand Prix Freestyle At Devon

Winning the Grand Prix freestyle at Dressage At Devon has been Cesar Parra’s dream since he first competed there, seven years ago.  He’s shown at Devon five times and even placed second in the freestyle, but tonight, Sept. 30, was finally his night to win with Galant du Serein (71.10%).


September 30, 2006

King Reigns In The Grand Prix At Devon

Courtney King has been building all season with Idocus, each Grand Prix test improving over the last.  On Friday night, Sept. 29 at Dressage At Devon in Berwyn, Pa., they continued their streak, winning the Grand Prix for the freestyle on 69.50 percent.

September 22, 2006

U.S. Reiners Continue Their Domination

The United States dominated reining four years ago at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, and the cowboys in Aachen, Germany, continued that streak with team gold and individual silver and bronze in the second WEG to include reining.

Led by Tim McQuay, who has earned more than $2 million in his career, the U.S. reiners proved that no other nation can spin, run or slide as well. McQuay rode Mister Nicadual and was joined by Dell Hendricks on Starbucks Sidekick, Aaron Ralston on Smart Paul Olena and Matt Mills on Easy Otie Whiz.

September 20, 2006

Peters Leads The U.S. Dressage Team To Bronze With Exciting Performances

It was no surprise that the Germans fielded an unbeatable dressage team on their home turf for the FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Aug. 22-26. Nor was the Dutch team silver medal unexpected, but the bronze medal win for the United States was no lock when the team competition began.

Injuries kept some of the top U.S. horses at home, while nations like Sweden and Denmark appeared strong and hungry for that third spot.

September 19, 2006

Are We Sacrificing Sport For Spectators?

There's no place in the world like Aachen, Germany, for horse sports. The facilities, the huge, knowledgeable spectator base, and the history there make riding in Aachen a special experience. Many changes were implemented at Aachen to make this FEI World Equestrian Games (see p. 8) more exciting and more practical for the venue. While these decisions were well thought out and were great for the spectators, some of them will have a lasting impact on the sport.

August 25, 2006

These Young Riders Are Role Models

Horse management. Many kids today don't really understand these two words. George Morris bemoans the loss of it in his July 7 Between Rounds column titled "Where Did We Come From? Where Are We Going?" But what are good horse management skills, and how do we teach a child these skills when learning to ride may get sandwiched in between piano lessons, soccer practice and so much more?

One of the last bastions of horse management is undoubtedly the U.S. Pony Club. This organization places as much emphasis on the lessons of horsekeeping as it does on teaching children to ride.

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