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.
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.
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.
For the third year in a row, McLain Ward found himself celebrating in the Hamptons. In the wake of Hurricane Irene, on a gorgeous and sunny day over Labor Day weekend and in front of an enthusiastic crowd, Ward accepted the winning honors in the grand prix event held during the Hampton Classic.
After the excitement of the $100,000 International Hunter Derby Finals on Aug. 19-20 in Lexington, Ky., many riders who competed there gathered again in Bridgehampton, N.Y., for the Hampton Classic’s first ever hunter derby. In a beautiful setting, the class was an aesthetically pleasing, but less physically rousing experience.
As Samantha Schaefer contemplated coming back to compete in the $10,000 Sam Edelman Equitation Championship at the Hampton Classic Horse Show, which she won last year, her theory was that if she was going to enter the class, she might as well win it again—because anything less would be a step down.
Guenter Seidel and sponsors Richard and Jane Brown ended their business relationship of more than 20 years. The Browns, Cardiff, Calif., were Seidel’s sole clients, and he saw many great successes with their horses.
“It was just time that we parted,” said Seidel, 50. And while he didn’t reveal exact details of the breakup, he added that “Dick” was struggling with bad health.
Rider Kelly Prather and owners James and Andrea Pfeiffer announced they have retired four-star event mare Ballinakill Glory from upper-level competition. The 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare will continue in competition with the Pfieffers’ daughter, Tayler, at the lower levels.