Kelley Farmer and Mindful couldn’t have had a much better trip to the Verizon Center for the Washington International Horse Show. They won every single class they entered, sweeping the high performance and the regular conformation divisions to win the grand hunter championship for owners Ken and Selma Garber.
“Good horses try to win, and he tries to win all the time,” said Farmer, Keswick, Va. “If he doesn’t, it just because I’ve gotten in his way.”
Todd Minikus is used to getting nice ribbons at the Washington International Horse Show. After all, the veteran grand prix rider been coming here for years, and he's won the show’s biggest class, the President’s Cup CSI-W twice, most recently in 2009 on Alaska. But this year he’s found his schedule busier much earlier in the week.
Minikus rode LPF Woodford to the high performance reserve championship behind Kelley Farmer and Mindful for Susan Wagner of LPF LLC.
Horsemen have a way of doing things their way, and that applies when the holidays roll around, too. Many horsey Halloween fans have made pumpkin carving a regular tradition.
Liz Soroka, long-time event coordinator at the Hampton Classic horse show, has been creating pumpkin art for about a decade. Four years ago Soroka, Sag Harbor, N.Y., threw a carving party at the Hampton Classic showgrounds, and now it’s grown into an annual event.
A U.S. Equestrian Federation-generated protest measurement of two ponies at the Kentucky National Horse Show on Sept. 15 has reignited the debate surrounding pony hunter sizing.
Using a rule that’s been in the USEF Rule Book for years, a USEF steward selected two winning ponies—one medium and one large—on the last day of competition for a measurement check to ensure each was within his allowed height section. The ponies had an hour to prepare, and each pony measured into the correct section.
All three trainers at the Young Horse Trainers’ School, Linda Allen, Julie Winkel and Jose Alejos, have informed opinions about developing tomorrow’s talent, but no one claimed to have every answer. Throughout the weeklong program at Maplewood Stables in Reno, Nev., Allen has stressed that there are many different routes to get a horse from a weanling to the main ring, and the important part was for each trainer to find what works for him or her, and let the horse be the honest judge of that.
Around a dozen horsemen have come to Julie Winkel’s Maplewood Stables for six days for the Young Horse Trainers' School. It’s the third time Winkel, Linda Allen and Jose Alejos have teamed up for the six-day hands-on clinic, and Winkel's son, Kevin Winkel, pitched in this time around as well.