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Emily Daily

March 6, 2007

Hischer Climbs The Levels To AGA Title

Janet Hischer's American Grandprix Association Rookie of the Year title came as quite a surprise to the 45-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz.

"I had no idea--someone handed me a magazine and I saw my name right under Margie Engle's and I couldn't believe it!" said Hischer. "Everyone keeps calling me and congratulating me, but I'm just trying to stay focused on my business and riding."

February 6, 2007

Hormel Sisters Shine On HITS Arizona Circuit

Geri Hormel had a busy year in the large pony division in 2006. She competed throughout the Southwest and began her season on the HITS Arizona Winter Circuit where she earned the large pony hunter championship aboard With Wonder. Her younger sister, Gillian, also added her own accolades to the family's ribbon collection aboard her medium pony Tattle Tale.

February 6, 2007

Fleckstein's Hard Work Pays Off At Indio And Beyond

Jacqueline Fleckenstein's HITS Indio Circuit championship last winter in the amateur-owner jumper division was just a small notch on her belt. The 20-year-old's success isn't limited to the jumper ring; she's won championships in the amateur-owner hunter divisions and the adult equitation classes as well, sometimes winning classes in all three rings at the same show.

January 5, 2007

Don't Forget The "Unwanted" Animals This Season

Once again, it's that time of the year. Whether you're ready or not, the holiday hustle and bustle is upon us, laden with all of the calorie-packed sweets your little heart desires. We all take a deep breath and then dutifully make our way to the shopping malls (and sometimes our computers--thank heavens for online ordering!) to buy gifts for everyone on our lists, including our animal family members as well. My Welsh Corgis would be incredibly disappointed if their stockings weren't filled to the brim with rawhide chewies and new squeaky toys.

November 29, 2006

Ponies--They're Not Just Another Pretty Face

As a pony rider, I'm used to hearing, "Hey, can you get the gate since you're so low to the ground?" or "Are you really going to jump that? It's bigger than your pony!" I take offense to neither of these comments, and with my faithful pony standing quietly, I lean completely out of the saddle to latch the gate as the bouncing Thoroughbreds jig around us nervously. Then I proceed to hop my pony over the 3'6" coop beside the gate (most times giving one or two flustered and unwilling horses a lead) and head off after them.

November 29, 2006

Many Of Today's Sport Ponies Are Warmbloods In A Smaller Package

With the imported European sport ponies taking more and more accolades in the United States, a group of U.S. breeders discusses the current trends and future of our sport pony industry.

When most people think of ponies, an image of a cute and cuddly, but squatty creature comes to mind; a small horse who typically jumps quite well and exhibits a "daisy-cutter" movement often well-suited for the show ring. In recent years, however, sport ponies have made their mark in the show world, excelling in numerous disciplines and erasing America's idea of a tiny "Thelwell" pony.

November 27, 2006

"Desperate Horsewives" Star At The Chronicle Of The Horse/Adult Team Challenge

he Area III Desperate Horsewives Adult Rider team beamed graciously as they collected their prizes for winning the novice division of the The Chronicle of the Horse/USEA Eastern Adult Team Challenge. The event, held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Nov. 3-5, hosted 17 novice teams and several training and preliminary teams of adult riders.

After vowing only to buy brown geldings, Elisabeth Gallant Fouché ate her words when her flashy chestnut mare Posh, carried her to the individual and team win at novice.

November 15, 2006

Popeye K Kicks Off Washington With Grand Championship Honors

After an off week at the Pennsylvania National, Popeye K and Tommy Serio pulled it together at the Washington International Horse Show to sweep the regular conformation division and take grand championship honors, Oct. 24-29 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

November 14, 2006

Lin Overcomes Odds To Win Great American/USDF Region 3 Championships

Ingred Lin wasn't going to let anything stand in her way as she battled fatigue from her chemotherapy and stiff competition to win the Great American/USDF Region 3 Championships in the adult amateur divisions of Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I.

"Riding is part of my therapy; it gives me a purpose and a reason to keep going," said Lin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

November 13, 2006

Szakacs And Ruschkoi Double Up At Great American/USDF Region 7 Championships

Nancy Szakacs' weekend at the California Dressage Society and Great American/USDF Region 7 Championships didn't start out quite the way she wanted, but it ended up better than she'd imagined, with two first level, adult amateur tricolors.

Szakacs didn't think Ruschkoi was performing at his best during the warm-up test on Thursday, though he managed to score a 66.71 percent to begin the show, held Oct. 5-8 in Burbank, Calif.

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