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Lindsay Graham

June 2, 2014

$40,000 Worth Of Tack Stolen In Calgary

Thieves stole an estimated $40,000 worth of bridles, girths, pads and saddles in a barn break-in on May 24 in Calgary, Alberta, five minutes away from the Spruce Meadows showgrounds.

Victims believe the thieves may’ve had an inside connection or at least were knowledgeable about tack, as the nine missing saddles were the most valuable ones in the barn.

May 27, 2014

Mr. Medicott Out Of Contention For World Games

Top eventer Phillip Dutton has decided to withdraw Mr. Medicott from consideration for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France). “Cave” aggravated an old tendon injury during the cross-country phase at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** in April and was withdrawn before the final horse inspection.

May 16, 2014

Alltech Discontinues Sponsorship Of National Horse Show

For the past three years, Alltech has been the title sponsor of the National Horse Show in Lexington, Ky. In March the Nicholasville, Ky.,-based animal nutrition company decided not to renew the contract with the six-day event, which includes a CSI-W grand prix and the ASPCA Maclay Finals.

“Like any growing business, we evaluate on an annual basis where we focus. At this time we’ve chosen to direct our efforts elsewhere, with a primary focus being on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games [France] in Normandy from Aug. 23-Sept. 7,” said Alltech representative Susanna Elliott.

April 25, 2014

Irish Rhythm Has Brought Rachel McDonough From The Beginning To Rolex Kentucky

When Irish Rhythm first entered Rachel McDonough’s life, she was looking for a horse that might make it to the preliminary level. Not in her wildest dreams did she think that her 15.1-hand, off-the-track Thoroughbred would one day be running at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****.

McDonough, 22, grew up in Toronto, in a family without equestrian roots. But after a week of horse camp when she was 7, McDonough caught the bug.

April 15, 2014

EHV-1 Confirmed In Numerous Midwestern And Western States

Recently there have been several confirmed cases of EHV-1 in Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. There is also one confirmed case in Iowa and one in Colorado.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reported on April 8 that a St. Croix County horse tested positive for the non-neuropathic strain of EHV-1, though he is recovering. This is the second horse in the state of Wisconsin to test positive for the virus. 

March 20, 2014

Payne And Hampf Tie The Knot

Four-star eventers Doug Payne, 32, and Jessica Hampf, 29, were married on March 15 at the Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation, in Greensboro, Ga.

After getting engaged in August of 2013, the couple had to plan around busy schedules and splitting the year between their farm in New Hill, N.C., and their winter base in Aiken, S.C.

“A lot of our closest friends don’t live geographically near us in general, except for this time of year,” said Payne.

February 24, 2014

Courtney King Dye Gives Birth To Baby Girl

Former Olympic dressage rider Courtney King Dye and her husband Jason Dye celebrated the birth of their first child, a healthy baby girl, at 2:58 p.m. on Feb. 20. River Madison Dye weighed in at 8 lbs., 4 oz.

“No amount of gold medals could come close to matching this feeling. Pure contentment,” Courtney wrote in a post on her blog at CKDDressage.com.

February 7, 2014

Great Charity Challenge Raises $2.25 Million

On Feb.1 the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® raised more than $2.25 million for local Palm Beach County charities at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla. The FTI GCC is a relay style show jumping competition with teams being made up of two junior or amateur riders combined with one Olympic or world-class rider. The 34 teams are then randomly paired with 34 charities that serve Palm Beach County. 

January 15, 2014

The Thoroughbred Ship Shape Navigates To Junior Hunter Wins

Hannah Taylor fell in love with Ship Shape at first sight, but she got a quick reality check when she started riding him. She promptly asked her mother to return him.

“When I first rode him, he was horrible. He was bucking and spooking. I wanted to get rid of him,” said Taylor.  “I begged my mom to send him back and she told me to give him two weeks. So I gave him two weeks and rode him some more and just fell in love with him. He has his little moments, but that’s what makes him ‘Arthur.’” 

January 7, 2014

Boyd Martin Acquires New Four-Star Mount

Boyd Martin has just added an exciting new mount to his string: Shamwari 4. He put together a syndicate to purchase the horse that Swedish eventer Ludwig Svennerstal rode to 20th place at the 2012 London Olympic Games and team silver at the 2013 HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships (Sweden).

Martin, Cochransville, Pa., described the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Star Regent xx—Donnice, Der Clou) as one of the best eventers in the world. “He earns great scores in dressage, he’s lightning fast on cross-country, and clean in the show jumping,” Martin said.

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