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Beth Rasin

March 28, 2008

Eventing Needs Solutions, Not Scapegoats

The tragedies at the Red Hills CIC in Tallahassee, Fla., (see p. 57) have fueled the fires of an ongoing debate on the safety of eventing. Over the past few years, serious injuries and fatalities to horses and riders have resulted in more questions than answers, and no one has the magic solution.

Many people hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet are pointing the finger at Capt. Mark Phillips as the course designer of Red Hills and other major events as a large part of the problem, when, in fact, the issue is more complex than any one person, course, or event.

March 28, 2008

Up Spirit Wins The Title But Not The Mood At Red Hills

For the thousands of spectators who gather to watch the show jumping at the Red Hills CIC***-W, the finish is usually a closely contested nail-biter. But this year, in Tallahassee, Fla., the excitement
of the final day of competition, March 16, couldn’t overcome the grim atmosphere that surrounded the event in the wake of three major accidents the day before.

February 21, 2008

Danny Robertshaw And Ron Danta Give Dogs A Second Chance

After placing more than 800 dogs into new homes, these trainers earned national recognition from the ASPCA.

If you were a homeless dog—perhaps abandoned, lost, abused or injured—you would do well to try and find your way to Camden, S.C. For a haven exists there for any dog in need, thanks to the generous nature of hunter/jumper trainers Ron Danta and Danny Robertshaw.

February 20, 2008

Wilhelm Genn Has Made His Business From The Ground Up

He’s earned the respect of horsemen, horses—and, most importantly, his own family.

When Wilhelm Genn arrived in Florida more than 20 years ago, he had no idea just how much time he’d end up spending there.

He first traveled from Germany to Wellington with a group of horses to sell. The trip would have been a quick one, but his soon-to-be wife, Patricia, just happened to keep her show hunters in the same barn.
“That’s how it all started,” said Genn. “We were married six months later.”

February 14, 2008

McManamy Comes Of Age At Galway Downs

She turns 16 just in time to win her first intermediate event.

Max McManamy earned the best birthday present she could have gotten when she won her first intermediate start at Galway Downs Winter Horse Trials, Feb. 2-3 in Temecula, Calif.

“I had to wait until I was 16 to go intermediate, and I turned 16 on January 22nd,” she said. “It was a really good first outing.”

February 1, 2008

Eventing Horseman Of The Year: Phillip Dutton

In his first year as a U.S. citizen, he helped bring home a team gold and topped the USEA leaderboard for the ninth time.

Topping the U.S. Eventing Association’s Rider of the Year   standings isn’t a new accomplishment for Phillip Dutton, who earned his ninth title this year. But his utter domination of the year-end standings (the next closest rider, Karen O’Connor, had 573 points to Dutton’s 946) has raised the bar on what it means to run a top U.S. eventing business in the 21st century.

January 31, 2008

Overall Horseman Of The Year: John Crandell

This endurance rider has gone from one strength to another over the past two years, with major titles on horses he’s produced himself.

As 2005 drew to a close, John Crandell III looked ahead to the next year’s endurance calendar and saw
a perfect storm brewing in the racing schedule.

“The timing of three major events was such that they could all be done by one horse, and I knew I had that horse,” he said.

He proved that he did, indeed, have that horse, as he and Heraldic scored a trifecta that had never been accomplished before.

January 3, 2008

Hong Kong Will Be Host To Horse Lovers This Summer

Amid the bright lights of the famous Hong Kong skyline, there is one particular neon display that might attract the attention of equestrians. On the skyscraper that houses the Hong Kong Jockey Club headquarters, a horse appears at night, along with the slogan: “Hong Kong: The Equine Capital.”

November 21, 2007

Galway Downs Is Genial's Lucky Event

Heather Morris and the Trakehner gelding won the CCI* last year—and returned to win the CCI** this year.

When Heather Morris purchased Genial in the spring of 2006, he’d had some specialized training in dressage and show jumping.

Originally imported from Germany by show jumper Pato Muente, the Trakehner gelding was then sold to eventing’s dressage guru, Olympian Mara Dean. Morris purchased him from Dean, through Liza Horan.

November 15, 2007

We'll Miss Dan

Kim Severson’s partnership with Winsome Adante was one of those perfect confluences of horse and rider who seem to have been made for each other. Always a threat to win, wherever they went, they surely earned a spot among eventing’s all-time greats.

But an era ended in early November when Severson and Dan’s owner, Linda Wachtmeister, decided to retire him following an injury (see p. 128). Dan, 14, had nothing left to prove, and his owner and rider put away any further dreams and aspirations for the welfare of the horse.

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