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.
“I think this is going to be a record,” said U.S. Dressage Federation President George Williams as the board of governors meeting at the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention adjourned a full two hours early Dec. 8.
While the topic of a national dressage championship for all levels caused serious waves last year, this year’s convention, held Dec. 5-8 in New Orleans, saw only calm seas and delegates without differences.
TheChronicle Connection, TheChronicle of the Horse’s monthly digital publication, won a bronze Eddie in the best standalone digital magazine, consumer, category at the 2012 FOLIO:Magazine Awards. The Eddie, an award recognizing editorial excellence, was given Nov. 14 in New York.
“He’s the Galway king,” said Michael Pollard about James Alliston as the latter sat down for the press conference after the conclusion of the three-star at Galway Downs. And it would be a fitting title for Alliston, who won the CCI*** here last fall, the CIC*** here this spring, and then, today, finished first and second in the CCI***. Tivoli took the top spot on 53.4 penalties after pulling one rail in show jumping, and Jumbo’s Jake wasn’t far behind with 56.6 penalties. Pollard and Schoensgreen Hanni rounded out the top three.
There’s no doubt that James Alliston has an excellent Galway Downs streak going. Alliston won the three-star here last fall with Jumbo’s Jake, and he also won the CIC*** this spring with “Jake.” Then today, Alliston jumped himself in the first- and second-placed positions after cross-country in the CCI***, with Tivoli and Jake, respectively.
But while Alliston might be the most successful man at Galway this weekend, he was definitely the busiest this afternoon; he was sitting on three out of 12 three-star starters.
A few weeks ago, Michael Pollard scrapped all plans he had for Schoensgreen Hanni’s fall season. While the mare was originally entered in the Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.), veterinarians found a problem with her heartbeat during the routine in-barn inspections at that event.
The German branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed charges against Totilas’ owners, Paul Schockemöhle and Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff. In a press release, PETA stated that the horse is being trained and ridden in rollkur by Matthias Rath, which they consider to be torture.