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June 11, 2015

Lenny Gets A Second Chance With The Mazzoni Family

Just as digital advertising executive Jeanne Martin was getting ready to head into a big pitch meeting with her CEO, she came across a post on her Facebook feed from a site called Auction Horses. It was a photo of a pony standing in a Texas kill pen, only an hour away from being loaded onto a truck bound for a slaughterhouse in Mexico.

June 9, 2015

The Dark Knight Returns: Evan Coluccio’s Forever Horse Finds His Way Back Home

“With tears of joy and non-stop hugs and kisses, I got to live my fairytale and say hello again to the horse that changed my life forever,” Evan Coluccio wrote in an emotional Facebook post on June 2.

The horse, Batman, had been Coluccio’s junior jumper, and after years living apart, the pair were finally reunited when Batman returned to his “forever home” with Coluccio at his Middleburg, Va. farm.

June 7, 2015

Quintana Powers Through For An Upperville Jumper Classic Victory

Upperville, Va.—June 7   

Ramiro Quintana didn't begin the Upperville Colt & Horse Show the way he might have wanted. A fall from a young horse early in the week left him with badly bruised ribs and some serious doubts about his effectiveness in the tack.

But the Argentinean professional was determined to end the show on a high note. And he did just that on Sunday, topping the $100,000 Upperville Jumper Classic aboard Whitney.

March 30, 2015

Behind The Stall Door With: Verdades

Last year at this time, there weren’t many people who had heard of Laura Graves and Verdades. Now? They’re the hottest stars in the little white ring. 

Graves and “Diddy” took U.S. dressage by storm last year, trotting out of anonymity and into fifth individually in the Grand Prix freestyle at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France).

March 28, 2015

Verdades Is Unstoppable In Wellington Nations Cup CDIO Freestyle

Wellington, Fla.—March 28     

Just as Laura Graves and her fellow competitors were getting ready to start warming up for the individual freestyle at the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO*** on Friday, March 27, a flash of lightning had them running for shelter as the skies opened up. Officials at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (Fla.) were forced to postpone the final event of the competition due to the storm, and the riders would have to wait until Saturday afternoon to present their tests to the judges.

March 26, 2015

USA Team I Scores A Win At Home In Wellington Nations Cup CDIO

Listening to the winners of the Wellington FEI Nations Cup CDIO, it’s clear that being a part of USA Team I was a highlight of the winter season for Allison Brock, Kim Herslow, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Laura Graves. And claiming victory over the two teams representing Canada made the competition, held March 23-27 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla., that much more memorable.

March 25, 2015

USA Team I Leads The Field In Wellington Nations Cup CDIO

“I just couldn’t be more proud,” Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover gushed of his USA Team I riders, who stand in the lead after the first day of the Wellington FEI  Nations Cup CDIO***, held at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida, March 25-27.

“These riders came out to do a job, and they’ll go on to do the same job tomorrow and throughout this show to show us why America is not only superior to any other countries in our hemisphere, but also ready to be ranked among the best nations in the world,” said Dover.

March 18, 2015

American Horse Council Seeking Funding For Equine Disease Communication Center

The American Horse Council is seeking public funding to launch the Equine Disease Communication Center, the newly established cornerstone of the National Equine Health Plan. The call center, based out of the U.S. Equestrian Federation offices in Kentucky, will serve as a network for the public to report and learn of outbreaks of equine diseases across the country.

March 3, 2015

The Year of 52 Rescues: Elizabeth Ellis Paints With A Purpose

Artist Elizabeth Ellis is making 2015 a year of second chances—for herself and for rescue animals across the country.

Every week, in what she calls The Year of 52 Rescues, Ellis paints a watercolor portrait of an adoptable animal currently in a shelter. In January of 2016, the paintings will be displayed in an exhibit at Dreaming Tree Galleries in Grove City, Ohio, and then donated to her subjects’ owners, whoever they might be at that point.

February 13, 2015

The Kindness Of Strangers Helped The Baumans Bounce Back After A Barn Fire

When Amber Bauman pulled into her driveway after attending an Illinois Hunter Jumper Association awards banquet with her husband Tyson and daughter Alexis on Nov. 22, she witnessed every farm owner’s worst nightmare: her barn was on fire, with 32 of her horses and ponies trapped inside.

Only five horses survived the fire and there was nothing left of the building. “We lost everything. I tried to save some things that weren’t completely burned, but nothing was salvageable,” Amber said.

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