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Megan Brincks

April 27, 2012

Equestrian Community Organizes Fundraisers For McDowell

After news of the barn fire that killed 19 horses at High Plains Stables, home of eventer Martha McDowell, the equestrian community jumped to action to help those in need.

April 24, 2012

UNH Retail Development Plan Prompts Backlash From Equine Community

In light of a 48 percent cut in state funding for the University of New Hampshire, a plan to convert university land into retail space prompted an outcry from students, faculty and community members.

The UNH Master Plan Steering Committee announced a possible retail shopping center on land currently used by the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, including both the equine and dairy programs. The original plan would’ve paved over, in part, a hay field used by the equine program.

April 23, 2012

19 Horses Die In McDowell Barn Fire

An early morning fire on April 23 destroyed advanced eventer Martha McDowell’s Billings, Mont., barn, resulting in the death of 19 horses.

The fire began around 5 a.m. at High Plains Stable, and the Billings and Laurel fire departments responded to the call. The barn was about 20,000 square feet with metal siding and roofing.

April 20, 2012

German Dressage Coach Holger Schmezer Dies

German dressage coach Holger Schmezer died April 19 in his hotel room at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands while coaching for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals. He was 65.

Mr. Schmezer, the son of a naval officer, began riding in modern pentathlons at age 15. Although he initially focused on jumping and eventing, he transitioned to dressage and spent four years training with Willi Schultheis. In 1980 he turned professional and won more than 100 national competitions.

April 19, 2012

USHJA Encourages Natural Enthusiasm In The Ring

Members of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Officials Committee have announced support for horses showing expression and enthusiasm in the hunter ring.

According to the statement, “The USHJA Officials Committee is a strong advocate of allowing a horse to show expression, not to the point of it being a safety issue or significantly disrupting the round, but natural and enthusiastic about the job at hand.”

April 13, 2012

Courtney King Dye Acquires New Olympic Prospect

Courtney King Dye took one step closer to her goal of becoming a para-olympian by bringing home a new horse.

Make Lemonade, an 8-year-old Hanoverian, arrived at Dye’s barn on April 12. Dye said she was drawn to his unbeatable temperament when she met him last month. During his first grooming at his new home, she said, “He didn’t move a muscle, just stood like a very cheerful statue! It was so great to be able to give his neck a full-on hug, something I haven’t dared to do with another horse in over two years.”

April 8, 2012

Mystery Whisper Makes Good At The Fork CIC***

April 8—Norwood, N.C.

Phillip Dutton kept his lead at The Fork CIC*** after his show jumping round, despite Mystery Whisper almost unseating him at the second fence.

“He exploded more than I thought he was going to, and I sort of lost my balance. I was a little bit embarrassed,” Dutton said. He stayed in the saddle and finished the round clean, securing his second three-star win this year, one month after his victory at the Red Hills CIC*** (Fla.) in March.

April 2, 2012

Willpower Suffers Aortic Aneurism At The Ark Horse Trials

On March 31, Willpower collapsed and died at the Spring Horse Trials at the Ark in Monroe, N.C., at fence 18 on the training level course.

A necropsy revealed the 17-year-old Thoroughbred gelding suffered an aortic aneurism. Owner and rider Maggie Hitron was not injured in the fall.

“He put in one of his best dressage tests,” said Hitron, 23. The test put them in first place, and they followed that by a double-clear round in show jumping.

April 2, 2012

Barn Fire Kills Nine Horses

A mid-morning fire on April 1 killed nine Thoroughbreds at McKathan Farms in Reddick, Fla., according to the Ocala Star-Banner.

Eight additional horses were rescued, but J.B. McKathan, son of owners James “Luke” and Jocelyn McKathan, told the Star-Banner three of those horses suffered from burns. He was unsure of their fate.

April 2, 2012

Additional EHV-1 Cases Confirmed After HITS Desert Circuit

Four Washington horses were positively diagnosed for the non-neuropathogenic strain of equine herpes virus according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Two of the horses attended the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, Calif., from March 5-11.

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