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Anne Lang

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.

February 14, 2008

Foreign Legion Conquers At Blue Ribbon Winter Festival

Frank Owens recovers from a rough summer to win.

The fact that Frank Owens III was physically able to ride at the Blue Ribbon Winter Festival in Glen Rose, Texas, on Jan. 23-27 was quite a feat.

That he emerged victorious aboard Foreign Legion in the $10,000 Jumper Classic was even more remarkable, given the string of debilitating injuries from which Owens has been mending since last summer.

August 3, 2007

Rinehart Mines Gold At Brownland

As the jump-off for the $15,000 Brownland Farm Summer Mini Prix shaped up, it developed into a duel between Richard Rinehart and David Jennings.
They each qualified two mounts for the finale of the Brownland Farm Summer show, July 4-8 in Franklin, Tenn. But as the two traded perform-ances, Rinehart emerged victorious on Rolling Hill Farm’s Yukon Cornelius with the only double clear.

July 13, 2007

Owens Elated With Blue Ribbon I Win

It couldn’t exactly be classified as maternity leave, but the two months that Santina H recently took off for an embryo-transfer procedure evidently served her well.

The mare’s first trip back to the show ring since last April netted a win in the $25,000 Blue Ribbon Grand Prix at the Blue Ribbon Summer I Horse Show, June 20-24 in Waco, Texas, with Whitney Owens aboard.

May 4, 2006

S&L Willie Offers No Charity At Pin Oak II

Tracy Fenney and her 11-year-old, Dutch Warmblood S&L Willie bested a trio of jump-off challengers in the $30,000 Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Grand Prix II on April 1 near Houston, Texas.

"Willie is just happy to go and do whatever!" Fenney said of her partner of six years. "He acts like the course is a playground to him, and he just has a good time out there. It helped that all the jumps were inviting to jump, but he was pretty much on for whatever I asked him to do."

January 12, 2006

Sea Cove Shows His Speed At Thanksgiving Show

Only two of 17 horses went clean on a deceptively challenging course in the $10,000 Thanksgiving Show Grand Prix. In the end, by just over 2 seconds, Belynda Bond and the Belgian-bred gelding Sea Cove edged out fellow Texas trainer Mike McCormick aboard Remington in Waco, Texas, Dec. 3.

May 16, 2005

Parrandero's Future Looks Bright After Pin Oak Charity II

His name means "one who makes merry" in Spanish, and at the $30,0000 Pin Oak II Grand Prix, the young horse Parrandero lived up to the moniker as he and JohnPerez topped a field of 26 at the Pin Oak Charity II in Katy, Texas, Mar. 30-Apr. 3.

The victory marked just the fourth grand prix start for Parrandero, an 8-year-old gelding by the Holsteiner Contender. "It was simply the right moment and the right horse," said Perez, 30, a Colombian native who lives in Mexico City. "He was jumping incredibly and turning really well. The turns made the difference here, I think."

December 3, 2004

Nusz Outrides The Pros In Dallas

Meagan Nusz, 17, and her big, black gelding Pikeur's Xstatic delivered the weekend surprise at the $25,000 Dallas Harvest Grand Prix on Nov. 6, conquering a formidable field of mostly veteran jumpers at the Las Colinas Equestrian Center in Irving, Texas. Among the nearly two dozen competitors was Nusz' longtime idol Tracy Fenney, who rode Naboo, S&L Willie and Grace to second, third and seventh, respectively.

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