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December 7, 2012

Caroline Roffman Is Discovering How To Win On Sagacious HF

It’s not often that a dressage rider gets to forge a relationship with a fully trained Grand Prix horse, but Caroline Roffman’s new partner knows all the tricks. She and Sagacious HF made waves at the Dressage at Holiday and Horses in Wellington, Fla. They scored a 73.16 percent in the Young Rider Grand Prix on Dec. 1, and a 71.63 percent in the same test the next day to win both classes.

November 30, 2012

Jumper Classic President Posts Money In Legal Dispute

A Rockingham Superior Court in New Hampshire has directed Melissa Lovasco, president and CEO of the Jumper Classic, to post $20,000 in connection with her legal dispute with David Birdsall and his Silver Oak Equestrian Center.

Silver Oak in Hampton Falls, N.H., has been the site of the Jumper Classic for the last five years. The event took place from Aug. 8-12 this year, but shortly thereafter Lovasco and Birdsall got into a legal dispute.

November 14, 2012

Fire Destroys Virginia Barn

On Nov. 11, a fire consumed the main barn and indoor arena at Whistling Ridge Farm in Afton, Va., west of Charlottesville. No horses or people were injured.

The farm, a boarding and training facility run by Lauren Seitz, is home to about 15 horses of various disciplines. On the evening of the fire, Seitz decided to leave all of the horses out for the night to take advantage of the warm weather.

After a late afternoon ride, Seitz put the last horse out to pasture around 5:30 p.m.

November 13, 2012

Kentucky Barn Fire Claims 10 Horses’ Lives

A barn fire in La Grange, Ky., northeast of Louisville, killed 10 horses on Oct. 29.

Around 3:30 a.m., a neighbor reported a fire at the barn that was home to the Thoroughbreds. Major Keith Smith of the La Grange Fire and Rescue Department said firefighters arrived on the scene only a few minutes later to find the 6,700 square foot building in flames.

Although the fire department quickly ruled that the fire was not suspicious – there was no insurance on the building or animals – the cause of the fire is undetermined. The horse owners were renting the property.

November 12, 2012

Ram Tap To Continue As Fresno County Horse Park

After hearing the announcement that November would mark the last horse trials at Ram Tap, the local equestrian community expressed shock and sadness. But one eventer from the Fresno area decided to take matters into his own hands. John Marshall, a commercial real estate broker who events at the novice level, will take over the operation of the facility starting in early December.

November 5, 2012

Group Forms Amateur Rider Association Of America

A group of amateur horse show competitors created the Amateur Rider Association of America with the intention of bettering the show experience for amateurs.

The riders seek to promote fair competition and an improved quality of experience in the amateur divisions on the A-rated show circuit.

Although the ARAA plans to start by focusing on the jumper divisions, Ariane Stiegler, one of the founding members, said they hope to extend to the hunter divisions as well.

November 2, 2012

Chopping And Johnston Welcome Second Son

Jennifer Johnston and Harold Chopping welcomed their second son, Charles James, into their family on Oct. 1 at 6:22 a.m.

Charles was born 8 pounds, 1 ounce and 20 ½ inches long to the hunter/jumper training and riding couple based out of Solo Show Stables in Southern Pines, N.C.

“He is a wonderful baby and is already sleeping through the night. We are so happy to add to our family and give out son William a little brother,” said the couple.

November 1, 2012

Fox-Pitt Welcomes Third Child

Four-star event rider William Fox-Pitt and his wife, Alice Plunkett, welcomed their third child, a girl, into their family on Oct. 30.

According to a Twitter post by Plunkett (@aliceplunkett), the baby girl, who has yet to be named, was born at 9 pounds, 1 ounce.

The baby girl joins her brothers Oliver, 6, and Thomas, 5, in the horse-centered family. Fox-Pitt and Plunkett run a horse training facility in Dorset, England, and Plunkett works in broadcast journalism as a horse racing reporter.

October 27, 2012

Cylana Scores Big At The President's Cup

Washington D.C.—Oct. 27.

Reed Kessler knew she was lucky to draw last in the order of go in the $100,000 President’s Cup CSI-W, but she also realized it would take more than luck to win the class at the Washington International Horse Show.

October 24, 2012

SmartPak Introduces Improved SmartDigest® Ultra And New ColiCare™ Program

Wouldn’t it be nice never to have to worry about colic again?  While no one can make that happen, SmartPak sure can help!

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