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Lisa Slade

November 4, 2016

Lauren Tisbo: Tacking Up Happy Horses

The brands may vary, but most horses enter the show ring with the same general set of tack—a bridle with a bit and a jumping saddle. Not Lauren Tisbo’s mounts. 

November 3, 2016

Pan American Games Gold Medalist Weltino’s Magic Dies

Weltino’s Magic, who won team and individual gold with Steffen Peters at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico, died today after complications from colic surgery. He was 14.

October 22, 2016

Nicola Philippaerts Places First In Tryon $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI*****

Mill Spring, N.C.—Oct. 22

 Nicola Philippaerts had the good fortune to draw the very last starting place in the $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI***** with H&M Harley VD Bisschop, which meant he also got to start last in the jump-off for the class. He’d watched Jessica Springsteen blaze around the short course with Cynar VA in 41.29 seconds, and so his plan wasn’t complicated, but it also wasn’t easy. He needed to go clear, and he needed to go fast. 

October 21, 2016

Brunello’s Still Best In Tryon $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Mill Spring, N.C.—Oct. 21

 Earlier this year, rumors circulated that Brunello—three-time winner of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship—was retired, or at least retiring. There was a ceremony to unveil a Breyer model horse in his honor at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in June, and the next weekend his rider Liza Boyd entered another competition and heard a surprising announcement over the loudspeaker. 

October 20, 2016

Nouvelle Starts Writing Her Comeback Story In Tryon

Mill Spring, N.C.—Oct. 20 

 Nouvelle doesn’t do things halfway. It means she gallops into the ring for a jump-off ready to win, like she did in the $130,000 Suncast Welcome Classic at the Tryon International Equestrian Center CSI*****. But there’s a flip side to that same coin, which her rider Laura Kraut knows well after five years with the mare. 

October 19, 2016

Two Horses Euthanized During Fontainebleau Endurance Race

During the Fontainebleau CEI* 90-kilometer race, held Oct. 15 in France, two horses sustained injuries that necessitated euthanasia. The first, Ariane d’Oudairies, was competing with France’s Andre Coriou. This was the 6-year-old mare’s (Sleeping Car—Java d’Ourdairies, Cyborg) first Fédération Equestre Internationale start. 

October 11, 2016

Updated: Irish Rider Accused Of Abuse After Horse Dies During French Show Jumping Competition

Irish show jumping rider Kevin Thornton is being accused of abuse after a horse, Flogas Sunset Cruise, died during the GPA Jump Festival CSI** in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

The organizers of the competition released a paper statement to other riders at the event on Oct. 10. The competition has banned Thornton from further participation.

September 26, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Valegro

He’s won gold medals galore. He holds the world record score for the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix freestyle. He’s probably the most famous dressage horse who’s ever lived, and he moves his fans to tears and standing ovations.

September 24, 2016

Vancouver K And Valegro Rule Magical Rolex Central Park Horse Show Night

New York City—Sept. 24

It’s safe to say that no one who was seated at the Wollman Rink for the Rolex Central Park Horse Show CDI*** Grand Prix freestyle will soon forget this night. There was a historic win by Ireland’s Judy Reynolds on Vancouver, and then there was Olympic gold medalist Valegro. He wasn’t competing here, but his dressage freestyle demonstration with Charlotte Dujardin brought the sold-out crowd to first absolute silence, and then to tears. 

September 23, 2016

Day Dream Has A Perfect Night In $216,000 Rolex U.S. Open Grand Prix CSI***

New York City—Sept. 23

When Jimmy Torano drove Day Dream into Gladstone, N.J., for the horse inspection for the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, he wasn’t even sure he’d have a chance to compete the 8-year-old gelding here. 

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