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October 14, 2011

It's A Landslide Victory For Zone 2 In Prix Des States

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 14

After the second round of the $15,000 Randolph College/USEF Prix Des States Team Championship, a jump-off was held—but the ladies of Zone 2 were already celebrating a victory. Zones 5 and 7 battled it out for the silver medal, but Zone 2's performances throughout the evening clinched them the win—16 points ahead of the second placed Zone 5.

The Zone 2 team was made up of the following horse and rider combinations:

October 14, 2011

It's A Landslide Victory For Zone 2 In Prix Des States

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 14

After the second round of the $15,000 Randolph College/USEF Prix Des States Team Championship, a jump-off was held—but the ladies of Zone 2 were already celebrating a victory. Zones 5 and 7 battled it out for the silver medal, but Zone 2's performances throughout the evening clinched them the win—16 points ahead of the second placed Zone 5.

The Zone 2 team was made up of the following horse and rider combinations:

September 28, 2011

Edwina Alexander Weds Jan Tops

Australian show jumper Edwina Alexander, who, as of Sept. 28, is the top- ranked female rider in the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s Rolex Rankings, wed Dutch equestrian heavyweight Jan Tops on Sept. 17 at Saint Paul’s Anglican Church in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Tops, 50, is a four-time Olympian, who won gold with the Dutch show jumping team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He is also the founder and president of the Global Champions Tour, a series of 10 grand prix competitions held all over the world.

September 26, 2011

Matthias Rath Is Living The Chance Of His Lifetime

He reveals the thrills and pitfalls of riding the most famous dressage horse in the world.

When the news hit that Matthias Alexander Rath would be the next rider of Totilas, arguably the world’s greatest dressage horse, everyone had an opinion.

To Totilas fans, he’s one of the luckiest men in the world. To some of the Dutch, he’s disliked simply for riding the stallion that previously called the Netherlands home. To fellow Germans, he represents the hope that the country will soon be at the top of the dressage game again.

September 22, 2011

HITS Adds $250,000 3’ Hunter Prix Final To Pfizer Million Weekend

Next year HITS will add a $250,000 3’ Hunter Prix Final to the weekend schedule that already hosts the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix as well as the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. The event will be held Sept. 8-9, 2012, at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, N.Y.

September 20, 2011

Changes Made To U.S. Pan American Show Jumping Team

The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced changes to the 2011 Pan American Games show jumping team, which they originally named Sept. 12.

September 20, 2011

No Obstacle Is Too Big For Sophie Tyack

If you watched Sophie Tyack jump around to a championship in the modified adult hunters at the Fieldstone Summer Showcase (Mass.) at the end of August, you’d never guess that two years ago she was unable to feel her torso and legs, let alone move them.

Tyack started to experience some pain in her lower back during the summer before she started college at Princeton University (N.J.), but her rigorous schedule of rowing crew in high school made her believe it wasn’t anything to worry about.

September 19, 2011

New Cases Of EHV-1 Seen In California, Tennessee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced nine new cases of equine herpes virus type 1 since a mare from Tuolumne County tested positive for the virus on Sept. 12. Seven of the cases came from horses living at the same premises as the mare, which responded to treatment at a referral hospital and returned to the quarantined area. One of the seven was euthanized.

The CDFA also released information regarding an outbreak in California’s San Joaquin County.

September 11, 2011

Thieme Is The Money-Maker At Pfizer Million

Saugerties, N.Y.—Sept. 11

Just like last year, the second annual Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix ended with a two-man jump-off. But unlike last year, McLain Ward and Charlie Jayne were not the riders battling for the top check of $350,000—Duncan McFarlane and Andre Thieme were. And at the end of the shortened course, Thieme and Aragon Rouet won it all.

September 10, 2011

Jenny Karazissis Holds Lead In Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final After Two Rounds

Saugerties, N.Y.—Sept. 10

62 riders entered the first ever Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final at HITS-On-The Hudson. The first two rounds were held Saturday Sept. 10, with 50 returning to the second phase.

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