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Kimberly Loushin

July 17, 2015

NCAA Continues Support of College Equestrian

After months of uncertainty regarding the future of Division I collegiate equestrian, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced it would continue to support the sport as an NCAA emerging sport for women.

On June 22, the NCAA’s Strategic Vision and Planning Committee reviewed the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics’ September 2014 recommendation to remove equestrian from the list of emerging sports. The SVPC decided to table the recommendation.

July 15, 2015

Behind The Stall Door With: Fernhill Fugitive

Fernhill Fugitive might not be an appropriate moniker for Phillip Dutton’s 2015 Pan American Games mount. Luckily for Emma Ford, who cares for him on the road and at home at True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pa., he’s not a bandit or a troublemaker. 

Plain bay and unassuming, “Jack” isn’t the kind of horse that’ll make you stop in awe. He stands 16.3 hands, but he doesn’t look it. He might not have fancy white markings that scream, ‘Look at me;’ instead he lets his results do the talking. 

July 11, 2015

Dobra De Porceyo Is On Fire In Tryon

Mill Springs, N.C.—July 11   

If you haven’t heard of Dobra De Porceyo you might want to take note. If her recent performances are indicative of her future in this sport, we’ll be seeing a lot more of her.

This little mare has had a dynamite couple of weeks. Last week she topped the $127,000 Ariat Grand Prix, and tonight she returned in similar form topping the four-horse jump-off in the $210,000 Asheville Regional Airport Grand Prix.

June 25, 2015

Sweet Briar College Will Remain Open Next Year

Sweet Briar College in Virginia will remain open next year after Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James W. Updike Jr. approved a settlement on June 21. 

May 30, 2015

Sternlicht Enjoys A Triumphant Return To Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 30 

Adrienne Sternlicht hasn’t competed at Devon since her years riding ponies, and during her first trip back, she blazed around the Dixon Oval with Quidam MB to take top call in the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall Of Fame Amateur-Owner Classic.

That added to their win in yesterday’s accumulator made them the amateur-owner jumper champions.

“It’s just amazing the amount of spectators we get, and people are so excited and I think it adds a little bit of pressure and a little intensity,” said Sternlicht.

May 30, 2015

Katie Robinson Has Fun In Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 30 

“I had so much fun!” Katie Robinson exclaimed as she exited the Dixon Oval laden with a handful of awards. She had so much loot that she had a hard time holding onto everything, and she had to stop a couple of times to pick up a dropped ribbon.

She topped three of five classes with Amarillo giving her the amateur-owner, 36 and over, championship and the grand amateur-owner award. While the flowing ribbons and shining plates and trophies are certainly exciting, the most important part for Robinson was that she had the time of her life.

May 23, 2015

Farish Takes Top Call In Junior Jumpers

Devon, Pa.—May 23

He’d already jumped two big tracks yesterday and another big one tonight, but throughout the award ceremony TrivIant looked like he was ready to go for another round or two. The gelding refused to stand still, pumped up by the eager crowd packed around the arena.

When he and Daisy Farish were awarded the junior jumper championship, the pair did a drive-by in the awards, too antsy to stand still. Farish returned to the ring on foot to accept her championship and the leading junior jumper rider award.

May 20, 2015

Ringside Chat: Reed Kessler Is Putting Down Roots In Europe

Like many 20-year-olds, Reed Kessler has reached a time in her life where she’s ready to strike off on her own. On May 12, she announced her next big step—purchasing a stable in the Netherlands.

Kessler, originally from Armonk, N.Y., took U.S. show jumping by storm in 2012 when as a 17-year-old she tied Margie Engle for the win in the 2012 Olympic Selection Trials (Fla.) aboard Cylana, a now 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Skippy II—Verona van de Ruiterhoeve, Darco). She and Cylana went on to represent the United States in London at the Olympic Games that summer.

May 11, 2015

Fleur De Lis Sticks A One-Leg Landing At Jersey Fresh

When Fleur de Lis stumbled on landing from the C element of the triple combination in the CCI** show jumping at the Jersey Fresh International (N.J.) on May 10, Tamie Smith wasn’t sure what happened.

The bay gelding nearly unseated Smith but they stayed upright. When the dust cleared, however, “Milton’s” left front shoe was dangling from the clip on his girth, not on his hoof. He’d gotten his shoe clipped to his girth guard and had to pull it off to get his leg unfolded to land.

May 10, 2015

Cyrano Leads The Entire Weekend in the Jersey Fresh CCI**

Allentown, N.J.—May 10

Sometimes the sport loves you and other times not so much. Today, eventing was a fan of Michael Pollard’s. The Dalton, Ga., rider topped the CCI** at the Jersey Fresh International today with Cyrano with no rails in the show jumping to finish on their dressage score (36.90).

In previous years, Jersey Fresh hasn’t always been friendly to Pollard. Last year he was leading the CCI*** with Ballingowan Pizazz when he retired on cross-country once he realized the horse had nothing left to offer. 

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