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Beth Rasin

April 29, 2010

Rosen Refuses To Give Up Rolex Ride

For Debbie Rosen, completing the Rolex Kentucky CCI this year had special meaning.

Early last summer she was diagnosed with breast cancer, had multiple surgeries and started chemotherapy last November. She continued to ride throughout her treatment and returned to competition in January at Galway Downs (Calif.), all with the goal of getting back to Kentucky this year.

April 25, 2010

Fox-Pitt Secures Rolex Kentucky Title

William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain rode a beautiful clear round aboard Cool Mountain to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event with a rail to spare in Lexington on April 25.

“I came for a top-10 placing and kept reminding myself that when I went in the show jumping ring,” he said. “That’s where he was when he came here. I wanted to jump a clear round, and I felt pretty sick. I knew I had a fence in hand, and my chap tries pretty hard. I knew if I had one or two down it would be unlucky.”

April 23, 2010

Cool Mountain Is Hot At Rolex Kentucky

Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt overtook all the U.S. riders with a dressage score of 42.8 late on Friday afternoon, April 23, after the sun had reemerged at the Kentucky Horse Park. He and Cool Mountain, a 10-year-old British-bred Thoroughbred, displayed a lovely canter and nice changes, a floating extended trot and just a few low marks for the walk half-pirouette and the reinback.

April 23, 2010

Springer Ties For Friday Morning Lead In Rolex Kentucky Dressage

Allison Springer dominated the dressage at Blenheim (England) last fall, and she lived up to the high expectations for her performance at Kentucky as she rode Arthur into a tie for the lead in Friday morning’s dressage. She scored 43.7 in the rain, equal to Karen O’Connor and Mandiba.

April 22, 2010

Konyot Captures Freestyle At Kentucky Cup CDI

Tina Konyot and her black stallion Calecto V captured the audience at the Kentucky Cup CDI freestyle, riding to the tunes of KT Tunstall’s “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree” and Beyoncé on their way to a win in the class. Konyot’s score of 76.25 percent in the dusk of the Kentucky Horse Park, April 22, far eclipsed her competitors, with Chris von Martels of Canada coming closest in second with a score of 70.20 percent aboard Naomi and Jacqueline Brooks in third on Balmoral (67.35%). More than 2,200 spectators gathered for the seven rides.

April 22, 2010

Mandiba Leads After First Half Of Dressage At Rolex Kentucky

Karen O’Connor swept into the lead this afternoon as she rode Mandiba to a score of 43.7 with beautiful flying changes and a solid, rhythmic performance. She bumped the morning’s leader, Becky Holder and Courageous Comet, to second, while Phillip Dutton grabbed third aboard his second ride of the day, The Foreman.

February 5, 2010

The Chronicle's Show Jumping Horse Of The Year: Sapphire

It all started 15 years ago in a quiet country town in Belgium, with a plumber, a 12-year-old girl, and her bike.

When Sapphire’s dam Idjaz C (by Hedjaz) started to foal, young Sofie van Bunder jumped on her bike to find her father, Walter, who was working as a plumber in the nearby village of Sint-Gillis-Waas. Upon hearing the news, Walter, a part-time horseman who bred about three mares per year, jumped on the bike and pedaled furiously to the foaling. But by the time he arrived, a chestnut filly was already on her feet.

October 16, 2009

Twin Rivers Marks A Beginning And An End For Lady Calido

With a CIC*** win on her resume, she moves on to a new rider.

The thing about Lady Calido is, if she doesn’t like you, she’ll let you know.

She’s had a fruitful career with her fond owner and rider Robyn Fisher, who has won numerous events with her, including the Twin Rivers CIC*** in Paso Robles, Calif., Sept. 25-27.

But that was probably the last ride Fisher will have on the mare for a while, since Amy Tryon will be taking over the reins, aiming for a CCI*** next spring.

October 16, 2009

Twin Rivers Tidbits

•    Tamra Smith, Temecula, Calif., won the advanced division on Bubbles At Bricky, while her daughter Kaylawna Smith won the junior training rider class with Happy Go Lucky III.

•    Mark Watring, who walked all of the upper level courses at Twin Rivers, noted some definite changes in the sport in the two decades since he’d last competed.

September 11, 2009

Bubbles At Brickey Brings Home The Blue From Richland Park

Tamra Smith is reinspired after a CIC** win with a new partner.

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