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Sara Lieser

June 27, 2013

Leslie Morse Is Back In Action And On A Mission

Three years ago Leslie Morse dropped out of the spotlight. For the previous decade she’d been a top U.S. dressage rider, representing her country aboard Grand Prix stallions Kingston and Tip Top 962.

But after a full career, wherein he was twice named alternate to the Olympic team, Kingston colicked and died in 2010 at Morse’s Hidden Hills, Calif., farm. Tip Top retired to stud the following year, and Morse found herself with a stable full of babies and no established upper level horse in the wings.

June 12, 2013

FEI Will Host Round Table On Endurance Welfare Issues

Fédération Equestre Internationale President HRH Princess Haya has asked Andrew Finding, a board member of the European Equestrian Federation and secretary general of the British Equestrian Federation, to chair a round table session that will look into areas of concern within the sport of endurance.

June 9, 2013

Coleman Cleans Up In Volvo Bromont CCI***

June 9—Bromont, Quebec 

Will Coleman came into show jumping with a rail in-hand on Obos O’Reilly, but he didn’t need it. It wasn’t the smoothest show jumping round for "Oboe," but the CCI*** first-timer proved he was all class by jumping a double clear to finish on 58.2 ahead of Selena O’Hanlon on Foxwood High (65.6) and Sally Cousins on Tsunami (68.2).

June 8, 2013

Coleman Captures Volvo Bromont CCI*** Lead

June 8—Bromont, Quebec 

A big cross-country track and trying conditions in the Volvo Bromont CCI*** would seem to favor the more experienced horses in the field, but three-star rookie Obos O’Reilly jumped up for Will Coleman to take the lead (58.2) over four-star veterans Sally Cousins on Tsunami (64.2) and Kyle Carter on Madison Park (64.4). Dressage leaders Lauren Kieffer and Veronica fell to ninth place after a runout at the second corner in the arena.

June 7, 2013

Kieffer Sits Atop Volvo Bromont CCI***

June 7—Bromont, Quebec    

Lauren Kieffer found herself in a spot that’s becoming quite familiar this spring: first place after dressage. This time she’s leading the Bromont CCI*** with Veronica (44.6) ahead of Will Coleman on Obos O’Reilly (50.2) after a cold, wet, rainy day in Quebec.

June 7, 2013

Bone Bruise Keeps Ballynoe Castle RM Out Of Competition

Ballynoe Castle RM, the horse Buck Davidson rode to the top U.S. spot at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** in April, will miss the CHIO Aachen (Germany) and likely the rest of the season after sustaining a bone bruise.

“He was in the stall the other day laying down taking his afternoon nap, which he normally does. When he got up, he held his hind leg up. He walked out kind of funny, and when we trotted him, he was lame,” said Davidson.

May 26, 2013

Levett Claims Saumur Title, Faudree Finishes Fifth

Saumur, France—May 26     

Australian Bill Levett was one of only three riders to jump clear in show jumping, earning the Saumur CCI*** win aboard Shannondale Titan by finishing on his dressage score over French riders Nicolas Touzaint on Lesbos and Arnaud Boiteau on Quoriano ‘ENE HN.’ 

The three U.S. riders, Will Faudree, Marilyn Little and Hannah Burnett, had two down apiece to place fifth, eighth and 26th, respectively.

May 25, 2013

Levett Leads, Faudree Moves Up At Saumur

Saumur, France—May 25  

Australian rider Bill Levett took over the Saumur CCI*** lead on three-star first timer Shannondale Titan when dressage winner Kitty King had the misfortune to fall at the last fence on Pierre Michelet’s cross-country course with Zidante.

For the U.S. contingent, Will Faudree maintained the best position, moving up to fourth with Jennifer Mosing’s Andromaque behind French rider Nicolas Touzaint on Lesbos and Great Britain’s Oliver Townend on Black Tie.

May 24, 2013

King Takes Saumur Lead, Faudree Best-Placed U.S. Rider

Saumur, France—May 24

Great Britain’s Kitty King laid down the best test of the day with Zidante on 41.8 to lead the Saumur CCI*** in France, but the U.S. contingent showed strong competition, with Friday’s riders, Will Faudree and Buck Davidson, producing solid efforts. They head into cross-country in eighth and 12th places, respectively.

“I’m very happy,” said King. “She did a lovely test, and she was very ridable. She stayed very onside and was really trying and lifting throughout the test.”

May 12, 2013

It’s A Big Money Omega Alpha Weekend Update For Minikus At Old Salem

Todd Minikus and Uruguay took home the top check in the feature class of the first week of the Old Salem Spring Horse Show by winning the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix on May 12 in North Salem, N.Y., over Darragh Kerins of Ireland on E-Muze Yek and Christine McCrea with Romantovich Take One.

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