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Joshua A. Walker

September 3, 2009

Tokaruk Takes Control On The Gulf Coast Circuit

Michael Tokaruk is really making a name for himself on the grand prix circuit these days, particularly with his 13-year-old Holsteiner Lord Byron. They proved their speed and precision couldn’t be matched on Feb. 25 after topping the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix of the Gulf Coast National in Gulfport, Miss.

January 24, 2008

Carol Harris And Rugged Lark—A Bond That Broke Boundaries

They built a legacy and shattered pre-conceived notions about the intelligence and capabilities of horses and the horse/human bond. Today, Harris continues to give back to the horse world.

Rugged Lark looked about as plain as a foal can look when he was born. He came as an ordinary bay without a trace of white—no blaze, no socks, nothing. But when he left this world at age 23, he had touched the hearts of more people than perhaps any other American Quarter Horse in history.

November 2, 2007

NorCal Medal Finals Mean More Than Victory For Verges

The junior rider takes a last-minute catch ride to the blue.

Winning the NorCal Junior Medal Finals was sweet for Sophie Verges, but something more simple truly made her weekend.
“It was nice to come back home and do a local show. It was still competitive, but it was nice to see familiar faces,” she said of the competition, held Oct. 10-14 at the Brookside Equestrian Park in Elk Grove, Calif.

October 26, 2007

Schneider Proves Her Ambition At The Great American/USDF Region 5 Championships.

She's reaping the rewards of a lifetime of dedication.

Susan Schneider saw years of planning and focused training come together on the weekend of Sept. 27-30 in Parker, Colo. She and Wagner de Bonce left the Great American/USDF Region 5 Championships decorated with multiple championships.

The pair consistently topped the Intermediaire I classes, scoring 64.66 percent in the Rocky Mountain Dressage Society Regional Championship class and 64.91 percent in the USDF class.

October 12, 2007

Church Is Revered At The Chronicle of the Horse/USEA Western Adult Team Challenge

She attends the ATC and helps her Area VI teams to two blues in California.

Sue Church could have just as easily spent the weekend foxhunting with Santa Fe Hunt or riding at her
teammate Linda Paine’s Kingsway Farm in Temecula, Calif.

September 27, 2007

Tsunami Washes Over Poplar Place

Kim Severson perfects her ride on the mare to win the CIC*** in Georgia.

A storm has been brewing in Tsunami for some time, and the CIC*** division at the Poplar Place Horse Trials, Sept. 7-9, in Hamilton, Ga., finally felt the full brunt. Kim Severson and the 8-year-old Thoroughbred, mare have been galloping around advanced courses since last fall, but this victory marked “Sue’s” first advanced win.

September 27, 2007

Pratt Plans A Perfect Win At The Oaks

The Canadian claims victory with the only first-round clear.

Chris Pratt had a long wait after taking the first trip in the $50,000 CSI-W Grand Prix at the Oaks Blenheim Fall Tournament, Sept. 12-16, in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

But he said it’s sometimes easier that way.

Aboard Royal Beach Farao, Pratt posted the only flawless first-round course in a class of 35. He set a standard on Guilherme Jorge’s world-class course by sticking to his plan.

September 14, 2007

Enchanted Charms At USEF Junior Hunter Championships West

Sage Flynn tackles Del Mar’s expansive grass grand prix ring and posts the winning scores.

Sage Flynn wasn’t expecting such a captivating experience at the USEF National Junior Hunter Championships West because it was her first time competing in the event.

But in Del Mar, Calif., Aug. 20-21, aboard a well-practiced mare named Enchanted, she earned the large junior, 15 and under, cham-pionship and ultimately the grand championship.

September 14, 2007

The Magic (And Talent) Behind The Freestyle

Developing a winning freestyle performance is much more than simply matching music to your horse.

For many dressage enthusiasts, the highlight of the sport is watching a brilliant rider guiding an elegant and  powerful horse through a meticulously rehearsed freestyle test. Arguably, the best—and most successful—freestyles allow the  horse and rider to shine brightest and creatively amplify their personalities and strong points through music.

September 7, 2007

The Desperate Horsewives Receive More Rave Reviews At Eastern ATC

Two members from last year’s Eastern ATC novice team step up to the plate to win at training this year, along with two freshman ATC-ers.

Don’t touch that dial! The Desperate Horsewives were at it again this season, earning rave reviews in a new division and with two new cast members.

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