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Meghan Blackburn

December 14, 2012

Crowley Retires From Steeplechase Racing

Veteran steeplechase jockey Brian Crowley announced his retirement from race riding at the close of the 2012 season due to neck injuries.

“My neck isn’t in pieces, but the doctor wasn’t that pleased with it,” said Crowley. “It’s more of a better safe than sorry situation. If I rode in races next year and never had a fall, all would be fine. But I have to look at the bigger picture.”

The 31-year-old Irish native hung up his cap after three seasons in the United States, but that was after 168 wins in Ireland and England. He came over in 2010 to work for Jonathan Sheppard.

August 6, 2012

Nagle Receives Three-Day Ban

Steeplechase jockey Darren Nagle was issued a three-day suspension as a result of reckless riding during a $65,000 allowance optional claiming race on Aug. 2 at Saratoga Racecourse (N.Y.). After a hearing, New York state steward Carmine Donofrio and Braulio Baeza, the New York Racing Association steward, gave Nagle a three-day race ban and a $1,000 fine.

Irish-born Nagle, now based in Glyndon, Md., was riding the Jonathan Sheppard-trainee, The Price Of Love.

July 26, 2012

Three Horses Euthanized During Saratoga Open House

Unrelated injuries led to three horses being humanely destroyed at the close of Saratoga Open House on July 15 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Twice The Price incurred a broken ankle; Autumn Riches fractured a knee, and Plattsburgh broke his humerus. Plattsburgh fell at a jump, while the other two were pulled up after fences.

May 13, 2012

Urico Outdoes The Rest In $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix

Lexington, Ky.—May 13

“When we walked the course, I thought, ‘There’s the WEG again over here,’ " said Mario Delauriers, the winner of the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix at the Kentucky Horse Park—the second half of a U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Event. Deslauriers won the speed leg of the show jumping competition at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games—held in this exact arena.

April 7, 2012

Cella Seals The Deal At The 2012 American Invitational

April 7—Tampa, Fla.

Mario Deslauriers had planned on riding Cella in the U.S. Equestrian Federation Olympic Show Jumping Trials, but the mare had a toothache, and Deslauriers chose not to compete her March 21-24. His cautious decision (and the three weeks he gave Cella to recuperate) proved to be fortuitous in Tampa, as Jane Clark’s gray mare jumped to the top of the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational.

March 4, 2012

Land Leads Victory Gallop Of $35,000 Johnson Horse Transportation Grand Prix

March 4—Gulfport, Miss.

When Frances Land exited the ring after her victory gallop, her father, Jay Land, was right there to help with her horse and congratulate his daughter on her win. 

“Not bad,” he said. “Three out of four!”

March 2, 2012

Shepherd Triompfs In $10,000 Gulf Coast Hunter Derby

March 2—Gulfport, Miss.

The weather was constantly changing during the morning of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Gulf Coast Magnolia Classic IV—clouds rolled by, winds were gusty, but between patches of sunshine and a few drops of rain, Holly Shepherd and Triompf remained strong. Their steadfast performances earned them the blue in the classic round as well as the overall title. Bob Brawley and Diane DeMatteo's Amadeo took second in the handy round, and third overall. Christian Rogge and Promise Me won overall reserve honors.

March 1, 2012

Thoroughbred Incentive Program Approves 167 Shows In 2012

The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program has approved 167 horse shows to receive sponsorship during the 2012 season. As part of its efforts to encourage the retraining of off-the-track Thoroughbreds for other disciplines, The Jockey Club has committed $100,000 to be awarded to the winners of classes, divisions or high point awards in various disciplines.

The first approved competition will take place March 2-4 at the Twin Rivers Winter Horse Trials (Calif.), but the list includes many disciplines.

February 22, 2012

USEF Small Hunter Division Is Back In Action

The U.S. Equestrian Federation-recognized small hunter division is back. A discussion at the 2010 USEF Annual Convention sparked a rule change, and the classes—which are for horses that stand over 14.2 hands but not above 15.2½ hands—have been offered since the beginning of the 2012 competition season. The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will present Horse of the Year awards at the zone level, and USEF will do the same at the national level.

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