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Kate Erickson

July 27, 2012

Updated: Irish Show Jumper Lynch Appeals For Olympic Slot

Denis Lynch, Irish show jumper, filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport to claim a place as an individual rider for Ireland at the Olympic Games. The court ruled to dismiss Lynch's application on July 29.

On July 3, Horse Sport Ireland selected Lynch to compete for an individual medal with Lantinus 3. However, mere days later, Lantinus tested positive for hypersensitivity, disqualifying Lynch from the competition at the Aachen CHIO in Germany.

July 22, 2012

Area V Secures An Emotional Gold In Junior Eventing At NAJYRC

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. This year at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, the eventers from Area V—a region including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma—took that truism to heart, bringing a massive contingent from the Lone Star State.

July 21, 2012

Teamwork Keeps Canada On Top In Junior Eventing At The Adequan/FEI NAJYRC

July 21—Lexington, Ky.

For three first-timers and one veteran on the Ontario junior team, this year’s trip to the Kentucky Horse Park meant one thing: teamwork. The group has shopped together, eaten together, helped one another and cheered for one another.

July 5, 2012

Gem Twist Clone To Stand At Stud In Great Britain

The British show jumping ownership group Team Murka will stand a clone of Gem Twist at stud in Great Britain starting in 2013.

The clone foal, named Murka’s Gem, was born in the United States in 2011 through the French genetic bank Cryozootech and the agreement of the Chapot family. He is the second horse to be cloned from the world-famous Thoroughbred show jumper Gem Twist (Good Twist—Coldly Noble), who died in 2006. Gemini, the first clone, was born in 2008 and currently stands at Frank, Mary and Laura Chapot’s Chado Farm (N.J.). 

June 27, 2012

FEI Overturns Rule About Automatic Penalties For Broken Frangible Pins

Riders will no longer automatically receive 21 penalties for breaking a frangible pin while competing in Fédération Equestre Internationale eventing competitions.

British riders affected the rule change this spring after collecting over 300 signatures on an online petition organized by the Event Riders Association. Francis Whittington, ERA chairman, commented to Horse & Hound: “It is the feeling of many riders competing in FEI eventing competitions, from CIC* to CCI****, that this rule should be removed.”

June 27, 2012

Michael Pollard Acquires Ballingowan Pizazz

Michael Pollard has purchased Shannon Lilley’s 2011 Pan American Games team gold medalist, Ballingowan Pizazz, with the help of a newly-formed syndicate.

June 20, 2012

Ying Yang Yo Retired

Boyd Martin has retired 2011 Dansko Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.) winner, Ying Yang Yo.

After suffering an ulcerated eye that forced him to miss this year’s Rolex Kentucky CCI****, Martin rerouted Ying Yang Yo to the Luhmühlen CCI****, held June 14-17 in Germany. The paired scored a 52 in dressage and jumped the first portion of the cross-country clean.

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