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Erin Gilmore

February 27, 2011

Kraut Edges Ward in $150,000 Spy Coast Farm CSI-W

McLain Ward admitted that the “getting to know you” process cost him big during the $150,000 Spy Coast Farm CSI-W at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. A small disagreement with Antares F in front of an airy vertical on the jump-off course meant a stride added and a time fraction lost to Laura Kraut and Cedric, who won the class on 43.28 seconds over Ward and Antares’ 43.46 seconds.

As Kraut and Cedric entered the International Arena to cheers on Feb. 12 in Wellington, Fla., it was clear the gelding was having an “on” night.

January 10, 2011

Helmet Safety Symposium Brings Top Equestrians Together To Support Helmet Use

It isn’t often that horse sport leaders reach across discipline lines and gather in the same room. But on Jan. 8 in Wellington, Fla., equestrians put aside their differences to discuss the issue of helmet use—a topic that affects every rider and has steadily gained steam across all equestrian sports.

Presented by SUCCEED and sponsored by the U.S. Equestrian Federation, GPA, Charles Owen, Tipperary, Troxel and Samshield, the Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium was a day-long gathering of the minds to discuss and take action.

November 24, 2010

Barefoot Is A Way Of Life For Tall, Dark, And Handsome

No shoes required for this successful junior hunter.

At this year’s West Coast Junior Hunter Finals in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., a group of farriers gathered at the in-gate as riders were called back for the under saddle phase. Catering to an old tradition, they quickly pulled front shoes left and right before the horses returned to the ring for the final flat test.

July 24, 2009

We Are The 10,000-Hour Club

The author believes there are many riders out there who have reached this milestone—and should be recognized.

I read Denny Emerson’s Between Rounds column “The 10,000-Hour Club: Are You A Member?” with interest. Stating that the competence of a rider is directly related to his or her time in the saddle is absolutely true.

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