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Beth Johnson

July 4, 2008

Keeping Your Older Horse In The Game

Competition veterans may require more attention, but it’s well worth the effort for those owners and riders who cherish a long-lasting partnership or a schoolmaster.

They gently teach beginners, often save riders from missed distances and carefully carry many youngsters to their first ribbons. With advances in care and technology, today’s horses are healthily competing at an older age—even into their late teens and 20s—many at top levels of competition.

June 20, 2008

Capital Hill Takes The Title At Upperville

Kenny Wheeler’s best young horse at Devon (Pa.) returns to the ring for more accolades.

There seems to be no end to Capital Hill winning in the breeding divisions. Topping the 2-year-old colts and geldings, other than Thoroughbred classes last year, Kenny Wheeler returned with the 3-year-old, taking home the best young horse title at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, June 8, in Upperville, Va.

June 6, 2008

Hart Heads To Hong Kong With A Win At Lamplight

This young equestrian reigned over her competitors for three days to capture another title.

The pressure was doubled for Rebecca Hart at the USEF Para Equestrian National Championships and Paralympic Selection Trials, held concurrently at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Ill., May 17-18.

Hart wasn’t only competing for the championship title but also for one of the six slots on the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team.

May 21, 2008

The Wildcats Stage An Upset At IHSA Nationals

The University of Kentucky leaves their mark as they claim their first national victory.

They may not have a school banner, but the University of Kentucky Wildcats made their presence known at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championship Show, winning the Collegiate Cup Team Championship at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Los Angeles, Calif., May 8-11.

May 16, 2008

Michael Hughes Is No Small Wonder

This young rider has his sights set high for the future.

As impressive as it may have seemed, when Michael Hughes qualified for the ASPCA Maclay Finals (N.Y.) last year at age 11, it was a natural and timely step in his riding career.

As one who began riding at 3 and was jumping by 4, Hughes took the show circuit by storm in 2007, leaving spectators and trainers enamored by the natural style and poise of such a young rider.

May 16, 2008

Galant Guides Karolyi To Victory At Aiken

Rookie professional Angel Karolyi scores his first grand prix win with the renowned Galant.

Though riding a well-seasoned and well-known horse, Angel Karolyi didn’t let the pressure of that fact affect his performance during the Aiken Spring Classic Masters.

Partnered with McLain Ward’s Galant, Karolyi emerged as the winner of the $25,000 Aiken Spring Classic Masters Grand Prix, held in Aiken, S.C., April 27, also marking his first grand prix win.

May 9, 2008

The Bees Are Busy At The ANRC Championships

Coach Andrew Lustig and the Savannah College of Art and Design Bees win an impressive fourth title in five years.

In one of their closest victories to date, the Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) picked up another team title at the ANRC National Championships, April 19-20, beating the University of Virginia by a mere .12 points for the overall team win.

May 2, 2008

Boyer Reaches Her Goal With A Win At Twin Rivers

This California-based amateur looks forward to the future with her longtime partner.

Beginning the year with a second-placed finish at the February Galway Downs Horse Trials (Calif.), Julie Ann Boyer didn’t want to settle for the red ribbon again at the Twin Rivers Three-Day Event, April 17-20, in Paso Robles, Calif.

Boyer’s win in the CCI**, on her mare Rumor Hazit, was met with a feeling of accomplishment and relief.

April 24, 2008

Ferrell Takes A Trifecta On The WEF Circuit

This year Sandy Ferrell had a lighter-than-average show schedule at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., but fewer weeks in the ring didn’t prevent her from taking three circuit titles, a target she wasn’t expecting to hit during the 12 weeks of showing at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Ferrell’s circuit champions included Stacy Arani’s Bolero in the first year greens, Debi Maloney’s Wilson in the second years and the pre-green championship with Megan Fellows’ Prestwick.

April 24, 2008

Anthem Cashes In At The Charlotte Jumper Classic

Laura Kraut isn’t planning on a retirement fund for Anthem just yet, although she’ll now have something more to contribute after winning the largest-paying class on this spring’s show jumping circuit.

After three grueling rounds, the seasoned Anthem, now 17, and Kraut won the $500,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte CSI-*****, April 13, beating a starting field of 38 competitors and walking away with the top check of $125,000.

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