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Beth Rasin

September 20, 2014

Werth Is Top Of The Heap In Central Park

Think dressage can’t get a crowd riled up, whistling and clapping to the music? Then you weren’t at the Central Park Horse Show on Sept. 20, where some of the best riders in the world piaffed and passaged under the city lights in the $40,000 Central Park Dressage Challenge, presented by Axel Johnson AB.

Five-time Olympic gold medalist from Germany, Isabell Werth, showed why she’s the best in the business with a stunning ride aboard El Santo NW to a mixture of David Bowie songs that had the spectators dancing along in their seats as she rode to a score of 82.04 percent.

April 27, 2014

Fox-Pitt Completes A Rolex Kentucky Hat Trick

Lexington, Ky.—April 27    

William Fox-Pitt already has a Rolex watch from his 2010 Kentucky win, and his wife Alice has one too, from his 2012 win. Now he says one of his sons may be looking rather dapper as well, since Bay My Hero jumped a perfect round to take the title and earn him a spare. Fox-Pitt now ties Kim Severson as the only three-time winners of the event.

April 26, 2014

Rolex Cross-Country: What Happened Where

PARK TRADER and Buck Davidson had a beautiful round, taking the inside turn at the Water Park at fence 5, making the Park Question at fence 7 look easy, jumping easily through fence 9 the Frog Pond the fast way and showing riders how to angle the Offset Brushes at 16AB. He took the right side rails at the Head of the Lake (18AB-19ABC), with Park Trader looking a second at the corner in the water but making it over easily to finish just 6 seconds outside the optimum time.

BELLANY ROCK and Selena O’Hanlon had a runout at the corner in the Head of Lake, 19C.

April 26, 2014

Fox-Pitt Is The Hero After Rolex Cross-Country

Lexington, Ky.—April 26

If you overhear people at Rolex Kentucky talking about “Moonie,” don’t think there’s a cult takeover in Lexington. It’s just the nickname of overnight leader Bay My Hero (by Cult Hero), the latest of William Fox-Pitt’s horses poised to win the Rolex Kentucky event.

April 25, 2014

Winning The Warm-Up

Coming off a course walk, we saw him in the warm-up, maybe the greatest rider ever: Mark Todd. You know the crowd at Rolex Kentucky is educated when they leave the action in the main ring and stand three people deep to watch one of the sport’s legends warming up.

March 29, 2014

ESP Withdraws 2018 World Equestrian Games Bid

Following a meeting with senior Fédération Equestre Internationale officials, Equestrian Sport Productions of Wellington, Fla., has regretfully withdrawn their bid for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games related to a sponsor conflict.    

February 26, 2014

Glaccum Retires As Plantation CIC Director

Denis Glaccum, the founder of Plantation Field Equestrian Events, Inc., has announced that he's retired as the director of the Plantation CIC. In addition, Glaccum is scaling back his involvement in the organizing of the Plantation Field Horse Trials, which he started in 2001 in Unionville, Pa.

October 3, 2013

Caring For Horses, Caring For Friends

It happens all the time—you’re grazing your horse at a show, your horse pulls you toward a fellow grazer, and you strike up a conversation. Around these animals we love, in the surroundings we’re fortunate enough to experience on a regular basis, it’s easy to find likeminded horse lovers. If you’re lucky, some of these rela­tionships will blossom into meaningful friendships.

January 16, 2013

Nigel Casserley Replaced At Rolex Kentucky

After 35 years as the voice of the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, Nigel Casserley will not be returning to the event at the Kentucky Horse Park this year.

“I’ve spent 35 years getting [that sound system] to the most comprehensive of any four-star event in the world,” said Casserley, who founded National Equestrian Communications in 1976, providing public address systems and announcing services to competitions across the country.

February 21, 2012

Robert Ridland Approved As New Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe

The U.S. Equestrian Federation's Executive Committee has approved the recommendation of Robert Ridland as the next U.S. show jumping chef d'equipe/technical advisor pending the successful negotiation of a contract.

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