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Anne Lang

May 15, 2009

Bulldogs Bare Their Teeth At The Varsity Equestrian National Championships

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!”

April 24, 2009

Dubari Dares And Wins In Derby At Spring Gathering

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.

April 24, 2009

College Varsity Equestrian Teams Attract Legions Of Hopefuls

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.)

April 17, 2009

Genn And Happy Z Reprise Their 2008 Win At Pin Oak Charity

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.

August 1, 2008

Alan Smith Reflects On A Career Path Paved In Gold, Silver And Bronze

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.

July 11, 2008

Quick Silver Lives Up To Her Name At Blue Ribbon Festival

She and Federico Daners win two in a row.

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.

May 16, 2008

Getting On The NCAA Track

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.

Part 1

May 9, 2008

Southern Schools Rule At Varsity Equestrian Nationals

Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina take top titles in Texas.

At the end of the awards ceremony following the Varsity Equestrian National Championships—contested April 17-19 in Waco, Texas—chants of “SEC! SEC!” echoed to the rafters of the indoor arena.

April 18, 2008

Genn Gets Happy At Pin Oak Charity Horse Show II

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.

March 28, 2008

Ikast And Braveheart Triumphantly Close The Curtain On Gulf Coast

It’s a battle down to the wire for the leading grand prix rider title.

It’s a long haul from Gulfport, Miss. to Mexico City, Mexico—30 mind-numbing hours, to be exact.

But after the final day of the five-week Gulf Coast Winter Circuit, Bjorn Ikast and his crew faced that journey to their home base with renewed energy and spirits in the wake of Ikast’s victory in the $25,000 Budweiser Grand Prix at the Gulf Coast Sunshine Classic V, March 12-16.

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