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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.