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Anne Lang

January 1, 2010

Zone 12: The Last Frontier Of Horse Shows

Rising above the challenges of merciless winters, abnormal daylight hours and geographical isolation, Alaska’s hunter/jumper scene is thriving and competitive—with more similarities to the Lower 48 than one might expect.

Trainer Jenny Rousey-Dick, who spent a decade of her life in balmy California, illustrated a prevailing rationale for choosing to reside and work in Alaska’s hunter/jumper world.

December 31, 2009

Hall Helps Keep Alaska on National Radar

By now, 16-year-old Alicia Hall is used to causing a lot of raised eyebrows - both inside and outside of Alaska - for eschewing a trainer in order to ride on her own.  The situation might not garner any attention if Hall wasn't a major player on the Alaska hunter/jumper circuit and an accomplished competitor at some premier shows in the Lower 48.  But the junior rider is both of those things.

September 25, 2009

Pletcher Vanquishes All Rivals At Texas Sport Horse Cup

The stylish Camira proves to be his winning partner in the hunter derby.

Trot fences, utilized by horsemen everywhere as one of the most rudimentary tools for training and warm-up, aren’t always so rudimentary after all. Sometimes they can be the undoing of even the most experienced horses and riders.

Or so it occasionally seemed during the $15,000 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, held during the Texas Sport Horse Cup, Sept. 2-6.

September 25, 2009

Morris Lends His Expertise

Renowned horseman George Morris of Wellington, Fla., judged at the Texas Sport Horse Cup, including the hunter derby, and conducted an equitation clinic during his time on the show grounds.

September 25, 2009

Kenada Fox Hounds Honors The Sport With Tradition And A Hearty Dose Of Texas Flair

MFH Amy Adams Strunk has good reason to be proud of the hunt she established more than two decades ago on her family's 7,500-acre cattle ranch.

As with any foxhunting group around the world, the members of Kenada Fox Hounds in Rockdale, Texas, have amassed a wealth of colorful anecdotes and wild tales over the years. But there’s one story that Kenada members particularly love to recount: The Rowboat Incident.

Kenada MFH Amy Adams Strunk and honorary whipper-in Jeepers Ragsdale were key players in the episode, which occurred on a blustery day in January 2004.

September 4, 2009

Alaska State Horseshows Medal Final Tidbits

•    Emily Carr of Anchorage won the Eaton Equestrian Centre Hunter Derby, a 3'3" version of the Robertson Hunter Derby, on Escada Be You, an appendix Quarter Horse owned by Jenny Rousey-Dick. Carr also scored the regular working hunter reserve championship. The 18-year-old rider is entering the University of Alaska at Anchorage this fall on a pre-med track. She’s ridden “Cricket” since last winter.

September 4, 2009

High Marks From A Judge

 John Manning, who with wife Beth owns Biscuit Hill Farm in Shelburne, Mass., (out of which the Amherst College Equestrian Team trains), was judging in Alaska for the first time at the 35th Annual Alaska Hunter/Jumper Association Inc. Horse Show, and came away enlightened.

September 4, 2009

Duchanin Leaves Alaska On A High Note

The college-bound rider triumphs in the hunter and equitation realms at the Alaska Hunter/Jumper Association Horse Show.

July 3, 2009

In Their Own Words

Susan “Tutti” Skaar, of Bozeman, Mont.

This isn’t necessarily your typical story of a horse’s death, but it truly is indicative of remote ranch living and figuring out solutions when help isn’t readily available.

July 3, 2009

When "Someday" Becomes Today

Putting down a beloved horse or dealing with a newly deceased one can be an enormously traumatic experience.

Here’s a guide to help you plan or react with a level head.

If you’re a horse owner, try to picture yourself in any of these “what-would-you-do” scenarios:

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