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Meghan Blackburn

September 4, 2011

Ward Makes History With Win At Hampton Classic

Bridgehampton, N.Y.—Sept 4

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.

September 3, 2011

Inclusive Puts It All Together In The Hampton Classic Hunter Derby

Bridgehampton, N.Y.—Sept. 3

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.

September 1, 2011

Take Two: Schaefer Is Sam Edelman Equitation Champion Second Year Running

Sept. 1—Bridgehampton, N.Y.

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.

August 31, 2011

Seidel And Longtime Sponsors Part Ways

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.

August 30, 2011

Ballinakill Glory Retired From Upper-Level Competition

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.

August 30, 2011

USEA Board Votes To Endorse One Fall Rule Change At Training Level And Below

At the U.S. Eventing Association Board of Governors annual meeting on Aug. 11-12, board members revisited the 2008 rule regarding the elimination of a rider after a fall on course. After having analyzed data gathered by British Eventing coupled with comments from competitors at all levels, the board voted to endorse a rule change that will allow riders at the training level and below to remount and continue on course upon meeting safety regulations.

August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene Delays Hampton Classic Kickoff

Organizers of the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Southampton, N.Y., have delayed the start of the competition due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene.

The National Weather Service anticipates the Category 2 hurricane will hit the Mid-Atlantic Coast over the weekend. The Hampton Classic was originally slated to begin Sunday, Aug. 28, but the first three days of competition have now been canceled.

August 13, 2011

Curtis Captures Individual Pony Jumper Gold

Aug. 13—Lexington, Ky.

The USEF Pony Finals are nothing new to Julia Curtis—but the pony jumpers at Pony Finals are. The past two years, Curtis competed ponies in the hunter rings. But after acknowledging her need for speed, she partnered with The Waterboy a year ago for some jumper fun. Her third time at the national championship at the Kentucky Horse Park proved to be a gold charm as she jumped Saturday evening’s sole clean round to win the individual gold at the pony jumper championship.

August 12, 2011

Zone 7 Glitters In Gold At Pony Jumper Team Championship

Aug. 12—Lexington, Ky.

In a nail-biting second round on Friday night during the pony jumper team championship at the USEF Pony Finals, the girls of Zone 7 gave it all they had to pull out the win over Zone 2. The team was awarded the Willow Grove Farm Perpetual Trophy, donated by U.S. Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney.

The four riders and horses who made up Zone 7's winning team are as follows:

August 4, 2011

Ligon Buys Euroridings Butts Leon

Nina Ligon confirmed the purchase of Euroridings Butts Leon, German event rider Andreas Dibowski’s four-star mount. The Hanoverian gelding (Heraldik—Lillian, Star Regent) is due to arrive at Ligon’s Esmont, Va., farm on Friday Aug. 5.

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