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October 29, 2014

One To Watch: Jennifer McFall Is Coming Back To Galway Downs With New Confidence

When Jennifer McFall met High Times, he was 5 and had competed in one Young Event Horse class. McFall herself was specializing in training Morgans and hadn’t yet competed at the two-star level. So to say she was expecting that young horse to be her future Rolex Kentucky CCI**** mount? Not likely.

“I thought he was a really, really nice horse,” said McFall, “but I’m not sure I had any ideas of going that far—even in my own life, personally, not just with him. I bought ‘Billy’ as my hobby. I’ve always loved eventing because I grew up in Pony Club, but it was never my main focus.”

October 24, 2014

Kieffer Seventh, Klimke And Fox-Pitt Tie For Lead After Pau CCI***** Dressage

After the conclusion of two days of dressage at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI**** in France, the lead is shared by two eventing powerhouses. Germany’s Ingrid Klimke is tied for first with Horseware Hale Bob (39.3), and William Fox-Pitt, last rider to go with Parklane Hawk, is right there with her on an equal score.

U.S. rider Lauren Kieffer is seventh with Veronica (44.2), and Sharon White is 13th with Wundermaske (48.7). Erin Sylvester will head out on cross-country in 30th place.

October 21, 2014

Qalao Des Mers' World Games B Sample Also Tests Positive For Ace

The B sample for Maxime Livio’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games mount Qalao des Mers has also tested positive for acepromazine, reported French equestrian publication Equidia Life today, Oct. 21.

October 16, 2014

NCAA Considers Dropping Equestrian From Roster Of Sports

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is in the process of deciding the fate of equestrian as a sport within the organization.

October 7, 2014

Five Years In The Making: John McGinty Gains Approval For CDI Amateur Classes

John McGinty took up the cause of more adult amateur classes at dressage shows because it was an important issue to him—and he knew it was important to many other people as well.

McGinty, a hunter and jumper judge who competes his Dutch Warmblood Playboy at the small tour as well as working full time as a financial advisor, earned a huge victory with the announcement that the Fédération Equestre Internationale approved a new amateur CDI division for 2015. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival will offer the classes starting with their first CDI-W of the year, Jan. 7-11.

October 6, 2014

Zenith SFN To Stay With Dubbeldam Through Rio 2016 Olympics

The Showjumping Fund of the Netherlands, the syndicate group that owns Zenith SFN, Jeroen Dubbeldam’s partner for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France) individual and team gold, has agreed to keep the horse with Dubbeldam at least through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

September 17, 2014

Connaught Dies At 21

Phillip Dutton’s Rolex Kentucky CCI**** winner Connaught was euthanized today, Sept. 17, due to complications from old age. He was 21.  

Connaught, an Irish Sport Horse (Ballysimon—Broomehill Rogue, Royal Rogue) owned by Bruce Duchossois, started his advanced career with Julie Richards before Dutton took over the ride in 2004. The pair’s partnership didn’t come easily from the start. Connaught’s lofty jumping style meant the horse grew fatigued on longer courses, and the gelding didn’t initially understand sunken roads. Dutton had to build one at his True Prospect Farm.

September 15, 2014

Journalists Win Tribunal Protest Against FEI And Bahraini Sheikh

After the Sakhir CEI** (Bahrain) in February, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa received a yellow card and an approximately $560 fine when video footage surfaced of a groom chasing and apparently striking his horse, Tarabic Carl. The Bahraini National Federation also suspended the rider and the groom involved in the incident until the end of the endurance season, April 25 of this year.

September 7, 2014

Exell Gets Another World Games Driving Title, Weber Earns Silver

Caen, France—Sept. 7

Often the cones phase is filled with penalties and leaderboard switches, but at today’s conclusion of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games combined driving event, the top nine finished the overall competition in the same ranking as when they ended the marathon phase. Boyd Exell took individual gold, while U.S. driver Chester Weber earned silver and Theo Timmerman bronze for the Netherlands.

September 6, 2014

Orto Euthanized At Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Orto, a horse ridden by Sara Squires at this weekend’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Great Britain, was euthanized after hitting his stifle on fence 19 on the cross-country. The fence was part of the Rolex combination, and there was no fall of horse or rider.

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