The final rider list has been released for the $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Asheville Regional Airport, which will be held Jan. 30-31 in Wellington, Fla., at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
The Wellington Eventing Showcase will be a special invitational for top U.S. and Canadian high performance riders, plus riders from Australia and New Zealand. The competition is presented by Asheville Regional Airport with additional sponsors Rolex, Land Rover and Adequan®.
With a horse show happening every weekend, and sometimes multiple major events taking place in locations around the country on the same day, the Chronicle reporters spend countless weekends on the road.
But regardless of how many horses we see winning championships and cantering down centerline, a few special moments always leave a lasting impression long after the story is written and the results are old news. As we head into the new year, here are a few of our favorite moments from 2014.
As Chronicle staffers covering competitions around the world, we take thousands of photos each year. Some of our favorite pictures are ones you might expect—riders winning major championships or smiling on a podium—but others make the list because they demonstrate a particularly strong bond between horse and rider.
It's that time of year, when pets of all shapes and sizes get adorned with all kinds of holiday gear! Publishing a Holiday Pet Gallery is an annual tradition in The Chronicle of the Horse, and we have some dogs and horses who appear year after year. Odamae, who appears midway down this page, has had her photo in the Holiday Pet Gallery for years! We decided to share the gallery, which appears in the Dec. 22 Holiday Issue print edition of the Chronicle, with you online this year as well.
Did you enjoy watching the inaugural Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex, either in person or on NBC Sports? Did you follow it online? This exciting event created plenty of stir and not just in the horse world. Horses returned to compete in the heart of New York City for the first time in more than a decade, and we’ve compiled a list of media coverage of the show, which featured the world’s best horses and riders in show jumping and dressage in New York City’s Trump Ring in Central Park on Sept 18-21. Want to see more equestrian coverage on TV and in mainstream press?
New rules aimed at cleaning up welfare malpractices in endurance racing take effect on Aug. 1, but pressure is mounting in the French endurance community for even more to be done.
A petition signed by more than 3,000 riders from Europe and North America has been sent to Princess Haya, president of the Fédération Equestre Internationale, while the Association Francaise des Veterinaires des Equestre Endurance (French endurance veterinarians) has written to the French Equestrian Federation expressing growing concern about failure to observe even existing FEI rules.
Marc van den Dungen has accused the Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS), prominent lobbyists for change in international endurance, of putting success at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ahead of horse welfare.
Van den Dungen resigned as chair of the KHNS endurance technical committee on July 14 in protest after three riders were selected for the Dutch endurance squad riding horses provided by the United Arab Emirates. Van der Dungen says he advised against this several weeks ago but was ignored.