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Meghan Blackburn

February 13, 2012

2010 WEG Reports More Than $1 Million Loss

Although there were many positive impacts from the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrians Games (Ky.), the non-profit World Games Foundation’s 2010 tax return ended the year in the red—citing a $1,386,625 deficit, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. 

February 9, 2012

Equestrian Sport Loses Legend Jack Fritz

Capt. John H. “Jack” Fritz, a man deeply devoted to furthering equestrian sport in the United States, passed away on the morning of Feb. 9.

February 1, 2012

Nunnink Found Not Liable In Case Of Student’s Death

On Jan. 30, a California judge declared Kristi Nunnink not liable in the death of one of her riding students, Mia Eriksson. Eriksson’s parents sued Nunnink, an event rider and trainer, for wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress after their daughter suffered a fatal fall on cross-country while competing in the Galway Downs CCI** (Calif.) in November of 2006. 

January 26, 2012

Seidel Sets Olympic Goal With New Mount

Guenter Seidel, a three-time Olympic medalist in dressage, is eyeing a fourth Olympics thanks to a new horse, Fandango (Feinbrand—St Utgard). With the 17-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Seidel’s goal is to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games in London. Fandango has been competing at the Grand Prix level with owner Marie Meyers since the summer of 2008.

“I’m excited!” said Seidel.  “I’ve known Marie, and she has known me, so I’ve always known the horse. I had helped Marie with him and even ridden the horse in an exhibition once [at the 2009 FEI World Cup in Las Vegas].”

January 18, 2012

New Horse Puts Texel On Olympic Track

Kismet 50, the former grand prix mount of Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, has a new home in the United States. Howard and Gwen Dvorkin bought the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare in late December 2011 for Florida-based grand prix jumper Raymond Texel.

January 17, 2012

Get To Know Mark Bellissimo

Mark Bellissimo, 49, is managing partner and the largest shareholder of Wellington Equestrian Partners LLC, which includes Equestrian Sport Productions LLC. ESP operates the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., attracting more than 5,000 horses from 49 states and 30 countries with more than $6 million in prize money to their Palm Beach International Equestrian Center each winter.

January 16, 2012

Neville Bardos Wins USEF International Horse Of The Year

Boyd Martin’s Neville Bardos ended a dramatic season full of despair and exhilaration on a high note. The 13-year-old Australian Thoroughbred was named the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Horse Of The Year in international disciplines.

January 16, 2012

Wofford Receives USEF Lifetime Achievement Award

James C. “Jimmy” Wofford was officially recognized for his years of service to horse sports with the U.S. Equestrian Federation Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan. 14 at the Federation’s annual Pegasus Awards dinner.

A decorated athlete, Wofford, Upperville, Va., has helped shape the sport of eventing as a trainer, clinician, author and administrator. He earned team silver in eventing at the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games as well as individual silver at the 1980 alternate Olympics.

January 16, 2012

USEF Names Steffen Peters 2011 Equestrian Of The Year

For an unprecedented third time, Steffen Peters is the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Equestrian of the Year. The dressage heavyweight also garnered the honor in 2008 and 2009, and his top performances with mounts Ravel and Weltino’s Magic earned him the title again at the USEF Pegasus Awards dinner on Jan. 14 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

January 9, 2012

No Bull: Elizabeth Iorio Goes Rodeo

This isn’t a story about how the West was won but of how the West won over Elizabeth Iorio. The Boston-born, four-star event rider, polo player and sociable blonde has quietly been building an empire of tougher sorts: Platinum Pistols Bucking Bulls.

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