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November 3, 2013

Davidson Clinches Galway Downs CCI*** Win

Temecula, Calif. – Nov. 3

Buck Davidson traveled a long way from his home base in Riegelsville, Pa., to Galway Downs, and he made sure to make it count by holding onto the lead in the CCI*** with Petite Flower.

The win was all the more special because the 11-year-old Thoroughbred mare (Amber’s Lust—Tears Of A Loss) was bred by Davidson’s father, Bruce.

Buck rerouted the mare to Galway Downs after retiring her on cross-country at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI*** (Md.).

November 3, 2013

It’s Been A Homecoming For Liz Halliday-Sharp At Galway Downs

A month ago, Liz Halliday-Sharp would never have imagined she would have a horse competing at Galway Downs.

She last competed there in 1999, the first year of the event, before moving to England.

Now, 14 years later, she’s back at her old hometown event with HHS Cooley, who’s contesting his first CCI***.

November 2, 2013

Petite Flower Blossoms At Galway Downs

Temecula, Calif. – Nov. 2

While Buck Davidson was hoping for a better dressage score for Petite Flower at Galway Downs, the diminutive mare made up for it by earning one of two double-clear cross-country rounds over Ian Stark’s revamped CCI*** course.

“Flower’s” round was one of the ups in Davidson’s up and down day.

His dressage leader, The Apprentice, added 14 time penalties to his score to drop to sixth, but Davidson was pleased with the gelding.

November 1, 2013

Ringside Chat With Gina Miles

Since retiring her top horse, McKinlaigh, after winning an individual silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, Gina Miles has been quietly keeping busy bringing along young horses and students at her Gold Medal Equestrian in Templeton, Calif.

Like many professional riders, she juggles balancing time with her family (husband Morgan and two children, Austin, 14, and Taylor, 8) and competing, all while hoping to find her next star.

November 1, 2013

Davidson’s A Triple Threat At Galway Downs

Temecula, Calif. – Nov. 1

Buck Davidson brought three horses to the Galway Downs CCI***, and while they’re relatively inexperienced at the level, he didn’t come across the country for the fun of it.

Davidson rode The Apprentice into the lead after dressage, earning the only sub-50 mark (48.9). He also slotted into second place with Absolute Liberty (50.6) and seventh with Petite Flower (55.2)

October 30, 2013

Showing Spring Heeled Jack Is Like A Good Night On The Town For Melissa Woodson

Every show jumper has a different way of warming up for a horse show, but how many like to go for a gallop the day before a big class?

That’s exactly what Melissa Woodson’s off-the-track Thoroughbred Spring Heeled Jack needs, and that’s what he got the day before he competed in the NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, Pa., on Oct. 18.

October 23, 2013

Timbuktu Makes Connections Wherever He Goes

When Elizabeth Hund walks out of the ring to collect her blue ribbons on her off-the-track Thoroughbred Timbuktu, she can’t help but smile.

While “Truman” is a consistent winner in the amateur-owner hunter division, his role in Hund’s life reaches far beyond ribbons and shows, connecting both his rider, his former owner and a very special trainer. “We have a relationship that we never would have had without this horse,” said Hund. “The horse became the conduit for even more important relationships.”

October 19, 2013

Swail Leads Irish Sweep At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 19

After winning the $40,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump on Thursday at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with Game Ready, Irish rider Conor Swail commented that the gelding was his third string horse.

But after capturing the victory in the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National, he admitted the horse may have moved up on his list.

October 19, 2013

Ringside Chat With Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard has been coming to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for as long as she can remember. A member of the gold medal-winning U.S. show jumping team at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the silver medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, she's one of the United States' most decorated grand prix riders.

October 18, 2013

Valentine Steals The Judges' Hearts At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 18

Last fall, Valentine was competing at her first indoor show with Jaime Auletto at Capital Challenge (Md.) and things didn’t go as planned.

The now-7-year-old German-bred mare was still quite green, and Auletto realized it was still a little too soon for the challenge.

Fast forward a year, and the pair came to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with more experience and confidence. They used that to their advantage to win the low amateur-owner, 18-35 championship and the grand low amateur-owner championship.

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