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Meghan Blackburn

June 10, 2011

What Not To Wear: Summer Schooling Attire

We’ve all been waiting for summer to sweep in and melt away the last of winter woes. And it’s finally here! Oh the joy in shedding those extra layers, hosing our horses instead of hot walking them, vacations, free time and extra hours spent at the barn.

It’s easy to get caught up in the lax and laidback atmosphere of the sunny season, but often times, as horsemen who inarguably spend a great deal of time in extreme heat, our dress decisions are not thought through as, say, well as they could be.

June 5, 2011

Wagner And WakeUp Win Again At Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Central Selection Trials

There was a lot on the line as Emily Wagner and WakeUp trotted to X on Sunday, May 22 during the FEI 6-Year-Old Finale test of the Markel/ USEF Young Horse Dressage Central Selection Trials.

After an “uncharacteristically” spooky preliminary round the day before, Wagner returned to the ring at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Ill., with an “all or nothing” mentality.

June 2, 2011

Top Riders' Devon Memories And Favorites

Devon, Pa.--May 31-June 1

Join Meghan Blackburn as she talks with riders and exhibitors about what makes the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair special for them.

May 27, 2011

Horse Trials Canceled At Colorado Horse Park

Deeda Randle, the organizer of the Colorado Horse Park CCI**/* and Horse Trials, announced May 27 that as a precautionary measure, the event’s horse trials divisions would be cancelled due to the outbreak of the equine herpesvirus-1 in the western United States. The CCI** and CCI* divisions, which are scheduled to run during the event’s original dates, June 3-5 in Parker, Colo., will still go on as planned, as riders competing are hoping placings there will assist in their attempts to qualify for international championships this summer.

May 26, 2011

Severson Sells Tipperary Liadhnan

Kim Severson, three-time winner of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI****, individual silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and team gold medalist at the 2002 World Equestrian Games with her former mount Winsome Adante, has confirmed the sale of her four-star event horse Tipperary Liadhnan to her student Nina Ligon.

May 19, 2011

Nominations Now Open For FEI Awards 2011

Fédération Equestre Internationale officials announced they are now accepting nominations for the 2011 FEI Awards. The awards program, launched in 2009, seeks to recognize exemplary achievements and performances throughout many aspects of horse sports.

The FEI encourages any member of the international equestrian community to cast a vote online. The categories are: 

May 19, 2011

Confessions Of An Unlucky Intern

I have spent a fair amount of time as an intern—at a fair share of different companies. I had my first internship at 20 and kept up a pretty steady schedule until I graduated. Landing my first job outside school, I didn’t foresee myself interning again at 25, but then again, I also didn’t plan on leaving New York City to spend five months in the middle-of-nowhere Kentucky as a dressage working student, or running off to Europe for several months as part of my quarter-life crisis.

May 18, 2011

Spring Gulch Horse Trials Canceled Due To EHV-1 Outbreak

On May 17, the organizing committee of the Spring Gulch Horse Trials announced the cancellation of the event, to be held May 21-22 in Littleton, Colo., due to the recent outbreak of equine herpes virus in surrounding areas.

May 16, 2011

High Hope Steeplechase Returns To Kentucky Horse Park

After last year’s hiatus due to the Kentucky Horse Park’s work to prepare for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the High Hope Steeplechase will return on May 22 with $70,000 in purse money.

May 16, 2011

Dover, Gray, King-Dye Launch Emerging Dressage Athlete Program

Lendon Gray, founder of Dressage4Kids, Inc., along with fellow Olympians Robert Dover and Courtney King-Dye, has created the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program, which aims “to find, help to educate and develop talented youth to become the international riders and trainers of the future.” An advocate in promoting the sport of dressage to the nation’s younger generation, Gray modeled the new program after seeing the success of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Athlete Program.

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