“It’s the running joke now—it’s too late to train him, so we just go with this knowing full well it’s Tate’s world, and we live in it,” joked Sinead Halpin as she introduced me to her longtime partner Manoir de Carneville.
With just over a week to go until the first horse inspection at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, names are starting to come off the original list of 90 due to injuries and re-routes. We'll update this list as withdrawals are announced.
Jennie Brannigan and Catalina
On April 15, Brannigan announced via her Facebook page that she was withdrawing the mare to focus on a spring CCI***.
Every now and then, DeCordova will get a little wild when Erin Renfroe leaves the start box at an event, but she just laughs it off.
Because at age 20, the flashy pinto gelding is still gamely tackling intermediate courses with as much gusto as when she first bought him 12 years ago.
“He’s felt better the last two years than he did in his 13 to 17 years,” said Renfroe. “It seems like he’s figured out, and we’ve figured out the right program for him. Every event is just a bonus. He doesn’t owe me anything. Every time we go out I’m just happy to do it.”
Growing up in Mexico City, eventing wasn’t ever on Daniela Moguel’s radar. A horse-crazy kid, she was a member of her local Pony Club and started her riding career show jumping, until one day she saw a poster that changed her life.
“I went to a show, and outside the bathroom was a picture of a girl, Karen O’Connor, jumping into the water, and as soon as I saw the picture, I said, ‘I want to do that,’” she said.
It almost seemed a foregone conclusion that CIC*** dressage leaders Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair would maintain their winning margin at The Fork today, as top horse after top horse came behind them, but failed to best their score of 41.2 from yesterday.
Elinor MacPhail came close and tied Black, then during the final group of riders, Canadian Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti cantered down centerline and laid down a solid test to take over the lead on 39.2.
Popular eventing course designer and official Roger Haller died March 30 from cancer. He was 70.
A lifelong horseman, Haller grew up in New Jersey and was riding at the U.S. Equestrian Team’s headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., by the time he was 17. By his early 20s he was serving the sport in several capacities, including as the U.S. Combined Training Association’s Area II chairman and on the boards of the USCTA, the U.S. Pony Clubs and the American Horse Shows Association’s events committee.
The last time Allison Springer and Arthur galloped around the CIC*** at the Cloud 11-Gavilan North Carolina International, their weekend ended early with Springer sitting on the ground stunned after the notoriously spooky gelding shied at something in the galloping lanes between fences.
But this year they returned, took a hold of the lead and never looked back, taking home the win with a fantastic cross-country ride over Ian Stark’s new track.