Dressage trainer Willy Arts was severely injured in a carriage driving accident yesterday, Feb. 20. Arts, who’s based out of DG Bar Ranch in Hanford, Calif., was airlifted to the hospital with severe head trauma.
While some horses might relish the dressage phase of an event, many others do not—a fact that's well documented by Chronicle staff photographers at major three-days every year. Chronicle bulletin board posters recently shared their favorite comments from judges on that topic.
If Day 1 was all about simplicity, the afternoon session of Day 2 of the Global Dressage Forum North America was all about stepping outside of your comfort zone and incorporating fresh tools in training.
On Thursday morning, Mikala Gundersen wasn’t yet dreaming that she’d win the World Dressage Masters CDI***** Grand Prix Special. On Thursday morning, Gundersen wasn't even on the start list for the event yet.
It doesn’t seem possible that Jacob Fletcher has already been competing for 12 years, but the 18-year-old did his first event when he was just 6. It was an inauspicious beginning; he was eliminated from the Green As Grass division when his pony ran out of the dressage arena.
Steeplechase horse Pierrot Lunaire, winner of the $150,000 Grade 1 Lonesome Glory at Belmont Park (N.Y.) and the $250,000 Grade 1 Grand National at Far Hills (N.J.), picked up the 2012 Eclipse Award for his division during the banquet Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park (Fla.).
Mrs. Calvin Houghland’s Pierrot Lunaire (War Chant—Playact, Hernando), trained by Blythe Miller Davies, galloped to both victories with Bernard Dalton in the tack.