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Meghan Blackburn

January 9, 2012

Great Britain Loses Three Olympic Caliber Horses To Other Nations

In the final days of 2011, Great Britain’s show jumping team lost three potential Olympic mounts as they were sold to Saudi Arabia and Australia. Dec. 31 was the deadline for a nation to acquire horses in time for them to be eligible to compete for the country at the upcoming Olympic Games in London. As that cut-off approached, this summer’s host country said good-bye to top jumpers Sultan V, Talan and Titus.

December 13, 2011

Lamaze To Ride Hunter’s Scendix

Canada’s Eric Lamaze, reigning Olympic gold medalist, has secured the ride for 2012 on Hunter’s Scendix, an 8-year-old stallion owned by Hunters Studfarm, which is based in Belgium and owned by Ludwig Lemenu and Simon Riquière.

In September, Scendix (Stakkato—Dixie, Dinar) won the FEI Zangersheide Sires Of The World Grand Prix in Lanaken, Belgium, with Belgium’s Brecht Bille in the tack. He also boasts several young horse and breeding accolades.

Watch a video of his round at Sires of the World

December 5, 2011

Hunter Fashion Dos And Don'ts

We’ve all got opinions on, well, just about everything—but fashion is a topic, particularly in the horse world, to which everyone wants to add their two cents. Because fashion, or “the make or form of something” isn’t just Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Chloe or Armani—it’s any garment you choose to sport.

November 27, 2011

Free Rein With: Betty Oare

A lifelong equestrian, Betty Oare rode professionally for her father, J. Arthur Reynolds, in Tryon, N.C., until 1981 when she took her amateur status. She’s enjoyed championship wins at most of the nation’s top hunter shows. Now 70 and married to fellow horse enthusiast and trainer Ernest Oare, Betty campaigns Capone and Fine Kiss in the amateur-owner hunter divisions and foxhunts with the Warrenton Hunt (Va.). When she’s not in the saddle, she’s an active U.S. Equestrian Federation R-rated judge, sits on the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Hunter Committee and U.S.

November 11, 2011

Totilas Will Lead Star-Studded Line-Up At Palm Beach World Dressage Masters

Noreen O’Sullivan, managing partner of Wellington Classic Dressage, which organizes the World Dressage Masters CDI***** Palm Beach leg in Florida, confirmed that Matthias Rath and Totilas will compete in the 2012 WDM competition. The show, which will take place on Jan. 26-29, will be the only public appearance for the pair while they are in North America.

O’Sullivan also confirmed these entries:

November 9, 2011

Lamaze Responds To The Loss Of Hickstead

In a press conference in Toronto today, Nov. 9, Eric Lamaze confirmed cause of death in the loss of his champion stallion, Hickstead, as well as responded to the public’s questions. 

Necropsy results showed that the 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion died from heart failure caused by acute aortic rupture.

Representatives for Lamaze said this would be the last time Lamaze would answer questions on the topic, so he could move forward with the grieving process.

November 4, 2011

Changes In H-2B Foreign Worker Program Could Affect Horse Businesses

On Nov. 30, the U.S. Department of Labor plans to adopt two new rules regarding the H-2B Foreign Worker Program regarding prevailing wages and hire dates. Businesses within the horse industry will likely be affected by these changes.

October 29, 2011

Carlo Keeps All The Rails Up To Win President's Cup Grand Prix At Washington International

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 29

It might have been that Michel Vaillancourt set a course difficult enough to provide the crowd with an evening’s entertainment. It might have been, like Nick Skelton suggested, that many competitive riders who normally compete in the grand prix at the Washington International (D.C.) were competing at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

October 29, 2011

Benson Is Best In WIHS Jumper Phase

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 29

Elizabeth Benson could only improve her hunter phase placing by moving up one spot, so she did just that. Finishing yesterday’s hunter phase of the Washington International Equitation Classic in second place, Benson, 17, entered the ring this afternoon after seeing 33 of her competitors tackle the jumper course set by Michel Vaillancourt, as the riders returned in reverse order. Her scores of 92, 91.5 and 87.5 gave her the round’s highest score of 90.33, and she sits in the top spot going into tonight’s work-off phase.

October 26, 2011

Garfield Garners Grand Honors At Washington International

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 26

Despite his name's likening to a cartoon character, Garfield was all business in the high performance hunter divsions at the Washington International Horse Show (D.C.), sweeping all the over fences classes and placing third in the under saddle. His work ethic earned him not only the division championship, but also the grand hunter championship.

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