University of Georgia wins the overall title, hunter seat phase and individual fences.
Two hours before their overall win at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships became official, riders from the University of Georgia had done the math and knew they had a lock on first place.
The team’s English and Western athletes excitedly gathered in their barn aisle at the show complex in Waco, Texas, to practice a newly penned cheer: “We wear red, we wear black, we won two, back-to-back!”
Will Roberts rides the elegant mare over an unusual course to win in Texas.
Dubari did double duty—and won—at the Spring Gathering Horse Show, March 31-April 5 in Katy, Texas.
Will Roberts rode the elegant chestnut mare to win the $15,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby, while her owner, Gayle Cox, picked up the amateur-owner, 36 and over, tri-color with Dubari.
Growing numbers of young riders are striving to be recruited by prestigious NCAA-sanctioned squads.
The eighth annual Varsity Equestrian National Championships held in Texas on April 16-18 provided, as usual, a dramatic showcase of some of the country’s most talented young riders competing in a head-to-head format on unfamiliar mounts. (See VENC coverage in the May 15 issue.)
The dynamic duo from Ohio bested 40 challengers in this year’s grand prix.
Sometimes, it’s the small, unpredictable moments that can catch a rider off guard and turn a celebratory event into an awkward one.
Wilhelm Genn positioned his mare, Happy Z, for a photo following their victory in the $30,000 Pin Oak Grand Prix II at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Katy, Texas, on March 24-29, getting ready to bask in the glory. Happy Z had other ideas.
In Hong Kong, this veteran reporter will wrap up his fourth decade of covering Olympic equestrian events.
Everyone loves a Cinderella story, and British sports reporter Alan Smith is no exception. Having covered equestrian events at every Summer Olympic Games since 1972 (except in 1980, when Great Britain and other countries boycotted the Moscow Games), Smith possesses a vast wealth of anecdotal recollections. But one memory from eight years ago is particularly poignant.
Federico Daners and his 14-year-old, Oldenburg mare Quick Silver were two-thirds of the way toward a possible hat trick after winning the $15,000 jumper prix at the Blue Ribbon Summer Festival I in Waco, Texas, on June 21.
The pair had won the jumper prix at the Blue Ribbon Summer Preview the previous week, as well, and just missed a third and final win in the jumper prix on June 28 when they finished second.
This writer and mother of a varsity equestrian rider offers her insights in how to become a potential candidate for a team.
This step-by-step guide for prospective varsity equestrian student-athletes was compiled with the assistance of varsity equestrian spokesman Larry Sanchez, head coach of the Oklahoma State University Equestrian Team; Varsity Equestrian Steering Committee Chairman Meghan Boenig, head coach of the University of Georgia Equestrian Team; and Suzanne Flaig, hunter seat coach for the OSU Equestrian Team.
He adds a grand prix win in Texas to his resume with his reliable chestnut mare.
If Wilhelm Genn ever wanted to give up grand prix jumping, he might take up rodeo. Genn demonstrated his alternative talent when Happy Z celebrated with some airs above the ground after winning the $30,000 Pin Oak Charity II Grand Prix.
“Happy loves to win!” Genn said after the victory, during the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show II, March 25-30 in Houston, Texas.