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Lindsay Berreth

March 23, 2014

Jen Shattuck Brought The Little People Together At The Carolina International

Jen Shattuck is like many amateurs in eventing. She works a full-time job as a nurse anesthetist at the Army Medical Center in Ft. Bragg, N.C., balances her time riding her horses, and volunteers at competitions whenever she can to give back to the sport she loves.

In February, Shattuck, who lives a mile from the Carolina Horse Park and volunteers there often, posted on the Chronicle’s online eventing forum asking if people would be interested in donating money to sponsor a jump at the inaugural Carolina International CIC.

March 22, 2014

RF Demeter Steals The Show At Carolina International CIC***

March 22Raeford, N.C.

Looking at the start list for today’s cross-country, you may not have bet on Marilyn Little and RF Demeter to take the win in the CIC***.

Sure, they’ve just come home from competing in Europe last year, finishing their third four-star in the top 20 at Pau (France), but “Demi” hasn’t been out competing this season, and they were sitting in fifth place after dressage and show jumping.

March 21, 2014

Ballingowan Pizazz Shines At Carolina International CIC***

March 21—Raeford, N.C.

Michael Pollard may have given the crowd—and himself—a scare as he turned the wrong way after fence one on Marc Donovan’s CIC*** course at the Carolina International, but he quickly corrected himself and made up the time to jump a double-clear round on Ballingowan Pizazz to take the lead going into cross-country.

March 21, 2014

Clara Etzel’s Taken More Coffee Please From Western Pleasure To FEI Dressage

Six years ago, Clara Etzel thought her dressage career with More Coffee Please was over as he sat recuperating from a navicular disease diagnosis, complete with scar tissue on his collateral and impar ligaments.

March 19, 2014

Uhlir Signs First Equestrian Sponsorship Deal With Nike

Last summer, young dressage rider Ayden Uhlir was pondering her future in the sport. She was preparing to take a gap year between high school and college to focus on riding her 2013 Adequan North American Junior and Young Rider Championship double-gold medal mount Sjapoer, but she knew time was running out on her parents’ financial support of her riding career.

So Uhlir decided to send off several sponsorship pitch letters to a range of equine and mainstream companies.

March 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Jumping Out Of A Barn

A great event horse will take his rider down to any fence, ears pricked and enthusiastic. But what if that fence involves jumping out of the window of a hayloft? 

For Terry Gibson and Cat, that kind of jump was no problem as they cruised around the intermediate three-day course at the Quebec Championships in Dunham, Quebec in September 1974.

“I posted [the photo to the Facebook group Equestrians Back In The Day] and got quite a few responses, from people thinking it was crazy to people thinking it was cruel,” he said.

February 23, 2014

Majco Thunder's Hattrick Sports More Than His Spots At AGDF

Alix Szepesi still remembers the day Majco Thunder's Hattrick stepped off the trailer at her farm as a 5-year-old.

“When we first saw him, he was really narrow-chested and had a thin little pencil neck,” she said. “I remember they shipped him from the quarantine facility and they opened the door to have him walk off and he looked out and jumped out of the trailer like ‘Here I am everyone!’ He just always had this really big presence to him.”

February 21, 2014

Wizard Gets The Crowd On Their Feet At Wellington Nations Cup CDIO*** Freestyle

Wellington, Fla. - Feb. 21

Adrienne Lyle had to hold onto her hat as she performed her final salute with Wizard in the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO*** Grand Prix freestyle.

As the crowd went wild, Wizard, who’d held in his enthusiasm long enough, bolted forward, but it was all in good fun as her score of 75.80% gave her the individual gold medal and completed a sweep of the Grand Prix classes in the Nations Cup.

February 21, 2014

Pavicic Leads A Canadian Sweep in AGDF CDI*** Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla. - Feb. 21

Canadian rider Karen Pavicic spends most of her time at her home base in Vancouver, British Columbia or competing on the California dressage circuit, but this year with the help of a grant from Dressage Canada, she’s come to Florida for the first time. She made the most of the opportunity, leading a Canadian sweep of the CDI*** Grand Prix aboard Don Daiquiri (69.44%) at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

Tom Dvorak rode Viva’s Salieri W to second (68.62%) while Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro finished third (67.12%).

February 20, 2014

A Wire-To-Wire Win For USA I Team At Wellington Nations Cup CDIO

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 20

With two U.S. teams entered in the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO***, chef d’equipe Robert Dover had one goal in mind—win.

His wish came true as the USA I team (Adrienne Lyle on Wizard, Tina Konyot on Calecto V, Shawna Harding on Rigo and Silva Martin on Rosa Cha W) took the top spot on day one and never relinquished it. They finished on a score of 432.54 over the Canada I team (414.48) and Spain (412.63) on the final day of team competition.

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