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Erin Gilmore

August 22, 2012

Dr. Miles Hildebrand Took A Circuitous Route To Sport Horse Medicine

With one well-placed push along the sacroiliac joint, a loud popping sound ricochets from somewhere along the back of the horse’s body, inspiring a sigh of relief and instant licking and chewing.

“You’d be hard pressed to find something, short of Washington, D.C., that is more politicized than the horse show world. So really I haven’t gone far,” said Miles Hildebrand, DVM, as he steps back to survey the horse’s reaction to his adjustment.

March 4, 2012

Germany Claims Wellington Nations Cup, Skelton Tops $150,000 Grand Prix

Although the United States and Canada both fronted star-studded teams, it was a “young” squad from Germany that took top honors in the $75,000 Nations Cup at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival on March 2 in Wellington, Fla.

Veteran rider Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum anchored the team that featured three riders under the age of 30. The German team was excited to win on just 4 faults for the night.

February 27, 2012

Robert Ridland Is Ready To Be The Next Show Jumping Chef d’ Equipe

On Feb. 21, Robert Ridland was named as George Morris’ successor as the next U.S. show jumping chef d’ equipe, a position that will begin in 2013 when Morris retires.

February 3, 2012

Wellington Continues Debate On Equestrian Village

The development of an “Equestrian Village” on the old Polo Stadium grounds in Wellington, Fla., continued to be a contentious issue this week during what became the longest running government meeting in Wellington history to approve the new dressage grounds and commercial facility within the village’s equestrian preserve.

Beginning on Jan. 31 and ending after 20 hours of meeting over three days, the village was split on whether or not to approve commercial designation and land use changes that would move the project forward.

January 5, 2012

Wellington Dressage Community Divides Itself Over New Development

Equestrian Preserve Master Plan amendments approved during five-hour board meeting

An overflow crowd packed into Wellington City Hall during a marathon session of the Planning, Zoning and Adjustment board meeting on Jan. 4 to review Wellington Equestrian Partners’ 96-acre dressage showgrounds and commercial development, currently under construction at South Shore and Pierson Roads in Wellington, Fla. 

December 15, 2011

Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Committee Approves Development of Global Dressage Festival

All plans for development at the site of the future Global Dressage Festival were recommended for approval during a meeting of the Equestrian Preserve Committee at Wellington City Hall, Fla., on Dec. 14.

The meeting gave residents a chance to air their support or opposition to the development known as the Equestrian Village Master Plan Amendment.

Insults and accusations have been traded in recent months between those who see the venture as an exciting step forward for dressage and those fighting against what they believe to be overdevelopment of protected equestrian land.

November 13, 2011

Flexible Comes Back Fresh To Win At Sacramento

Nov. 12, Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Fellers and Flexible showed no signs of being rusty when they picked up World Cup points and raced to a win in Northern California on Saturday night during the $50,000 Grand Prix of Sacramento CSI-W at the fourth annual Sacramento International Horse Show.

It was the first time in four months that the popular 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion (Cruising—Flex, Safari) had been in the ring after a minor injury to his right front leg put Flexible on the sidelines for the end of the summer season.

May 10, 2011

Groundbreaking Begins On New Wellington Dressage Facility

It was just eight weeks ago that Equestrian Sport Productions CEO Mark Bellissimo and six-time Olympian Robert Dover officially announced plans for a new dressage facility in Florida that promised to be on par with the best competition venues in the world. On Tuesday, May 10, that dream took one big step towards reality, with a groundbreaking ceremony held on a rarely used polo field in the heart of Wellington.

April 24, 2011

Oded Shimoni Understands What Makes Horses And Riders Tick

He sits back and lets his eyes follow a student as he explains. “Sometimes, it is more difficult teaching at a top level, because it is very difficult to change something in a top rider. Especially an older rider.”

Oded Shimoni pauses, projects his voice across the vast indoor and tosses encouraging words to the event rider trotting across the diagonal. He is reserved, clean cut and commanding.

“But in another way, you can utilize a lot of the knowledge to your advantage,” he continues. “Younger riders are more like a sponge. You can shape them any way you want.”

March 17, 2011

Bellissimo And Dover Unveil Ambitious Plan For New Wellington Dressage Facility

During a packed press conference on March 16 at the White Horse Tavern in Wellington, Fla., developer Mark Bellissimo and dressage legend Robert Dover announced plans for an ambitious new facility in Wellington that will cater specifically to the dressage community and further establish Wellington as the “equine destination of the world.”

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