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Megan Brincks

May 11, 2012

Mystery Whisper Proclaims His Dressage Dominance At Jersey Fresh

Alltentown, N.J., May 11

For the third time this season, Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper completed a dressage test that catapulted them to the top of the leaderboard.

After dressage day for the Jersey Fresh Three-Day Event CCI***, Dutton stands on a score of 32.6, well ahead of second-placed Karen O’Connor on Veronica (39.6). Michael Pollard rode into third aboard Jude's Law with a score of 43.6. Dutton's test highlighted the horse's elasticity and super movement, earning a score of 79.60 percent from the judge at E, Ulrich Schmitz.

May 5, 2012

Bonham Brings Home Cacchione Cup For SCAD

Kels Bonham of the Savannah College of Art and Design tackled the work-off course today with the same confidence she’s shown throughout the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships and won the Cacchione Cup.

When Bonham, 21, drew Sampson, donated by Virginia Intermont for the competition, for the ride-off, she was thrilled.

May 4, 2012

St. Lawrence University Widens The Gap In The IHSA Collegiate Cup

May 4—Raleigh, N.C.

During the second day at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships, St. Lawrence University pulled away from the pack for the Collegiate Cup.

The team ended the day with 29 points with the help of walk/trot rider Timothy Moore. He won his class, adding 7 points to the team’s total.

May 3, 2012

Centenary And St. Lawrence Start Strong At The IHSA Nationals

May 3—Raleigh, N.C.

Kathryn Haley launched Centenary College (N.J.) off with a bang at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships when her cool round won the individual open equitation over fences class.

Haley, 19, rode in the second class of the day in Raleigh, N.C., on MyDis, brought to the competition by Hollins University (Va.).

May 2, 2012

Harding’s Score Corrected For Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final Grand Prix

After a review by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, Shawna Harding’s score for the 2012 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final Grand Prix (the Netherlands) was changed to 68.48 percent to reflect that she entered the arena on time.

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.”

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