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Beth Rasin

September 11, 2009

A Learning Experience

Tamra Smith’s first trip to Rolex Kentucky in April didn’t go quite as she’d planned. When her mount Chaos Theory jumped into the famous Head of the Lake, he landed on all fours, causing Smith to hit her pelvic bone hard against the saddle. She continued on around the course, unaware that she had ruptured two blood vessels and was bleeding internally.

May 22, 2009

North Cliff's Journey To The Children's Hunters Became A Family Affair

Emma Brown learns to ride her mother’s Thoroughbred and reaps the rewards at the USEF Zone 2 Hunter Finals.

The first time trainer Nancy Maillet saw North Cliff in action, she thought he had the perfect, cadenced canter for a show hunter—as he crossed the finish line at the Meadowlands Racetrack (N.J.).

“He was running his own race,” said Maillet with a laugh. “He was way behind.”

May 15, 2009

Good Horse Care Never Ends

In most top stables, riders are taught to meticulously care for their mounts—to know each leg and which bumps and swellings are unusual, exactly which feeds or supplements each horse needs to best do his job, any special shoeing requirements, whether he empties his water buckets each night or fills them with hay… and on and on for a million factors that go into that horse’s well-being.

May 8, 2009

The Cross-Country Course At The Kentucky Horse Park Is A Work In Progress For 2010

For any riders who might have been trying to glean some insight into Mike Etherington-Smith’s 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games cross-country course, he tried not to give away too many clues with this year’s revamped track. Although the 2009 and 2010 events are gearing up to the WEG, Etherington-Smith wanted to keep his cards close to his chest for 2010.

May 8, 2009

Lucinda Fredericks Is A Mother First

After winning the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, on what must have been one of the biggest days of her life, Lucinda Fredericks insisted that her wins with Headley Britannia came second to the first love of her life: her 5-year-old daughter, Ellie.

“I’ve had all of my success since having my baby,” said Lucinda, 43. “I was quite prepared for my body to say my time was up, that I’d lost my nerve or balance. But I’ve ridden better because I train better because I don’t want to hurt myself.”

May 8, 2009

Kingpin Suffers Fatal Hemorrhage At Rolex Kentucky

The Kingpin Syndicate’s 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Kingpin, died while competing on the cross-country course with Mike Winter at Rolex Kentucky, April 25. He fell at fence 10, a Trakehner, but necropsy results showed that he suffered a fatal hemorrhage before the fall.

“Kingpin suffered a hemorrhage of the large vessels in the abdomen unrelated to any jumping effort or trauma,” said Dr. Christiana Ober, the Canadian eventing team veterinarian. “This is a very rare condition, and the actual cause is unknown.”

May 8, 2009

Rolex Kentucky Tidbits

Headley Britannia is by the part Irish Draft stallion Jumbo out of an American Thoroughbred mare, Alan’s Bambi. She was bred by Mike and Betty Hounsell at Headley Stud in Berkshire, England. Jumbo competed briefly at the advanced level with Andrew Nicholson.

First-placed Lucinda Fredericks and second-placed Bettina Hoy have husbands who have won the event: Clayton Fredericks in 2007 and Andrew Hoy in 2006.

May 8, 2009

Headley Britannia Sails To New Heights At Rolex Kentucky

She and Lucinda Fredericks become the first horse-and-rider pair to claim three of the world’s most prestigious four-star titles.

Small, chestnut, mare. A limited stride, even at the gallop. A workmanlike, pony trot. With these qualities, Headley Britannia isn’t exactly the image of the modern event horse.

But she defied stereotypes at Rolex Kentucky, April 23-26 in Lexington, as she became the first horse to win the world’s three longest-standing four-star events: Rolex Kentucky and England’s Badminton and Burghley.

April 28, 2009

Headley Britannia Claims Her Third Four-Star

By the time Lucinda Fredericks entered the new arena at the Kentucky Horse Park to show jump for the Rolex watch, the 34 riders who’d preceded her on April 26 in Lexington had proven that a clear round would be more easily attained this year than it has been in the past.

April 26, 2009

Headley Britannia Charges To Lead After Cross-Country

Lucinda Fredericks demonstrated her perfect knowledge of her little chestnut mare as she guided her around the Rolex Kentucky cross-country track, taking the long way out over the final bench of the Sunken Road and the long way over the corner in the Head of Lake but finishing right on the time of 11:00 to take over the lead on April 25.

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