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Megan Brincks

March 27, 2012

Start List Announced For Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

The Fédération Equestre Internationale has named the riders who will compete at the 2012 edition of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final.

Eighteen athlete/horse combinations from 12 countries will convene on April 19-22 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.

The favorite to win will be the Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival, last year’s champions.

Because the South American League did not send a rider, the FEI allowed for three wild cards from the Western European League.

March 26, 2012

Harding Replaces Koford For Dressage World Cup

Jim Koford has chosen not to represent the United States at the 2012 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final after his mount Pharaoh suffered a minor injury.

Instead, Shawna Harding, 43, will ride for the red, white and blue at the competition on April 18-22 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, with her Come On III (Come Back II—Canna, Lantaan).

March 21, 2012

Casting Call Goes Out For Equestrian Reality TV Show

A new reality TV show from the producers of “Dr. Oz,” “The Sing Off” and “Cheerleader Nation” will explore the lives of young women in the competitive equestrian world.

For the show, Pitman Casting is looking for young women ages 15-19 who compete in dressage, rodeo events and everything in between.

March 21, 2012

Vote Recount Shows Wellington Announced Wrong Winners

The Palm Beach County Elections Office announced March 19 that the voting machines used in the March 13 Wellington, Fla., municipal election incorrectly tabulated the votes, resulting in two incorrect winners.

Shauna Hostetler and Al Paglia were announced as winners in the race for town council following the election on March 13 and certified with the state on Friday, March 16.

March 16, 2012

EHV-1 Outbreak Confirmed At HITS Desert Circuit

Two horses contracted equine herpesvirus-1 after showing at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, Calif., according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

On March 14, a gelding displaying hind leg ataxia in Monterey County tested positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of EHV-1.

March 15, 2012

Fredericks Retires Headley Britannia From Competition

Lucinda Fredericks announced March 15 that Team Fredericks decided to retire top-level eventing mare Headley Britannia and forego their bid for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Not wanting to risk the health of “Brit,” now 19 years old, Fredericks said the preparation for the Olympics could put too much stress on the mare. Instead, the owner and rider from Australia decided to retire her while still sound and healthy.

March 14, 2012

Wellington Voters Elect Margolis For Mayor

In the municipal election held March 13, Wellington, Fla., voters supported former city councilman Bob Margolis with 58 percent of the vote, winning him a seat as mayor and ousting incumbent Darell Bowen, who had been mayor since 2008.

March 12, 2012

YouTube Makes Agreement With NBC To Stream London Olympics

NBC has struck a plan with YouTube to live stream the 2012 Olympic Games in London, including the equestrian events.

The agreement hasn’t been officially announced yet, but according to Sports Business Journal, viewers will be able to not only watch all the sports, but also recaps and athlete interviews.

March 2, 2012

Lilley Undergoes Emergency Back Surgery: Updated

Shannon Lilley, who was a member of the gold medal winning U.S. eventing team for the 2011 Pan Am Games atop Ballingowan Pizazz, underwent emergency back surgery after an MRI on Tuesday, Feb. 28, revealed her L5 disc had shattered.

“I’d been feeling a little bit of numbness just on my right side,” Lilley said. The numbness lasted for about a week, but she woke up on Sunday, Feb. 26, with some pain. After a doctor’s visit on Monday, the pain dissipated.

March 1, 2012

IDRC’s Channon Responds To FEI Suspension Announcement

“Inaccurate and misleading” were the words International Dressage Riders Club Secretary General Wayne Channon used to describe the Fédération Equestre Internationale statement regarding the decision to initiate suspension proceedings against the IDRC.

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