After a seven-year partnership, Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa and Double H Farm will part ways. Pessoa has been the principal rider for the Ridgefield, Conn., and Wellington, Fla., based farm since 2006.
Beezie Madden has a pair of team gold medals from the Olympic Games; team and individual silver medals from from the World Equestrian Games; and countless FEI Nations Cup and grand prix wins to her credit. But she’s never won a major individual championship competition—until today.
Reed Kessler and Cylana made a big mark in Paris over the weekend, taking second in the feature class of the Saut Hermes au Grand Palais CSI (France). They finished fractions of a second behind Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman to take second in the Grand Prix Hermes on April 14.
Álvaro “Doda” de Miranda couldn’t have had a much better evening than that of the $500,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix. Not only did he ride AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno to the top check in the class, his wife Athina Onassis de Miranda took third.
It’s the first time they’ve both had such strong results in the same class. “I think once at the Global Champions Tour in Valkenswaard [the Netherlands] she was sixth, but I was really bad, I wasn’t even placed,” recalled Doda.
At today’s U.S. Equestrian Federation Town Hall Meeting, U.S. Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney didn’t mince words when discussing the importance of changing the hunter/jumper culture when it comes to overuse and misuse of drugs and medications.
Wellington, Fla.—March 24 He’s been to the London Olympic Games as the first alternate for the Irish squad. Ditto the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games (Ky.). He’s been double clean in major competitions around the world and generally made himself a household name in the show jumping scene. But until today’s $101,000 Pennfield Feed Grand Prix, Shane Sweetnam had never won an Fédération Equestre Internationale grand prix.
If you want to win a jump-off at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival these days, just being efficient isn’t enough: You have to be positively blazing.
McLain Ward kicked Zander into high gear to win tonight’s $100,000 Suncast 1.50-meter Classic Finale, combining a giant stride and plenty of footspeed to take the title. He clocked in 1½ seconds faster than Janne Friederike Meyer and Cellagon Lambrasco—who’s not exactly a plodding type. Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra took third with a double-clear jump-off.