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September 20, 2016

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Charlotte Dujardin Kicks Off Opening Press Conference At Rolex Central Park Horse Show

Festivities officially got underway for the third annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show on Sept. 20, with the opening press conference at Wollman Rink in New York City.

Reigning Olympic Dressage Gold Medalist Charlotte Dujardin arrived to welcome international media and guests to Central Park on Tuesday, along with grand prix show jumper and inaugural RCPHS Grand Prix winner Georgina Bloomberg. Mark Bellissimo, founder of International Equestrian Group and the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, opened the gathering and greeted those in attendance.

September 20, 2016

American Eventing Championships Returning To Tryon International Equestrian Center In 2017

The U.S. Eventing Association has announced that the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C., will be the host site for the 2017 USEA American Eventing Championships, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2017, and the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colo. will be the host site for the 2018 AEC.

September 19, 2016

Farrington Wins With A Flourish At $216,000 American Gold Cup

North Salem, N.Y.—Sept. 18  

It’s not often that grand prix winners salute the crowd from the ground, but Kent Farrington took a bow—literally!—after winning the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup New York World Cup qualifier.

Just as he and Gazelle had galloped through the timers in their winning jump-off round, Gazelle spooked and catapulted Farrington out of the saddle, demonstrating even an Olympic silver medalist and winner of the American Gold Cup still falls off from time to time.

September 16, 2016

Great Day At Rio Paralympics For Great Britain As Three Golds Pour In

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—Sept. 15  

Following superb wins by British riders in the Grades II and Ia individual tests at the Olympic equestrian center in Deodoro on Thursday, Great Britain won the overall team championships of the Rio 2016 Para-Equestrian dressage competition.

The British team has won every Paralympic team competition since the sport was introduced to the Games in Atlanta 1996 and remain undefeated in European and World championships too—a total of 18 team titles.

September 14, 2016

Tears Flow As Wells And Puch Win Medals At Rio Para-Equestrian Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—Sept. 14  

There were emotional scenes at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro on Wednesday as Austria’s Pepo Puch and Great Britain’s Sophie Wells were crowned the latest winners of the Rio Para-Equestrian dressage competition.

Puch won the grade Ib Individual medal, while Wells took the grade IV Individual title.

September 14, 2016

Lübbe Claims First Gold In Rio Para-Equestrian Dressage

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—Sept. 13  

The first gold of the Rio Para Equestrian dressage competition was won by Norway’s Ann Cathrin Lübbe at the Olympic Equestrian Center.

In a thrilling and closely contended Grade III individual test Lübbe, riding Donatello, scored 72.87 percent, just a fraction of a percentage point ahead of Denmark’s Susanne Sunesen on Que Faire.

And keeping it a neighbourly affair, Sweden’s Louise Etzner Jakobsson took the bronze at this, her first Paralympic Games, riding Zernard.

September 13, 2016

Mary Babick Named Next President Of The USHJA

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Board of Directors elected Mary Babick as the next president of the organization on Sept. 12, during the board of directors meeting held in Dallas. Babick will take office on Dec. 15, following the final BOD meeting of the USHJA Annual Meeting, which will be held in Palm Springs, Calif.

September 12, 2016

USEF Names Hermès Show Jumping Team For Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final

The U.S. Equestrian Federation has announced the athletes representing the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Show Jumping Final at the CSIO***** Barcelona in Spain, Sept. 22-25. Robert Ridland will serve as the chef d’equipe.

The following athletes will represent the United States (in alphabetical order): 

Audrey Coulter (San Francisco, Calif.)

Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.)

Lillie Keenan (New York, N.Y.)

September 12, 2016

Celtic Fire Goes From Jumper To Hunter Derby Winner In Chicago

Antioch, Ill.—Sept. 11  

In May, Celtic Fire was jumping in a grand prix. Just four months later, and he’s won his first USHJA International Hunter Derby.

Erica Quinn of Maineville, Ohio, rode Celtic Fire, owned by CF Partners, to the win in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Chicago Hunter Derby, presented by Canadian Pacific. It was Quinn’s first trip to the derby in Chicago.

September 12, 2016

Rider Dies In Fall At CIC*** In Belarus

The Fédération Equestre Internationale confirmed Sept. 10 that Nikita Sotskov of Russia suffered a fatal accident while competing at the Ratomka Horse Trials, Minsk, Belarus. 

Sotskov and his horse Larry Carlton suffered a rotational fall at fence 21, the second-to-last obstacle on the CIC*** course. On-site medical specialists were at the scene immediately after the accident, but the rider could not be saved. The horse was examined by an official veterinarian and treated for a minor injury to its left hind leg.

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