Jumper rider Saer Coulter will be adding a new grand prix mount to her stable: Mr. Whoopy. Coulter’s family farm, Copernicus Stables, purchased the Hanoverian stallion (Contendro—Whoopy, Watzmann) from Simone Otus Coxe earlier this week.
Reigning USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion Liza Boyd will be sitting out the first half of the 2014 show season as she’s pregnant with her second child. She and husband Blake Boyd are expecting another girl to join their 4-year-old daughter Elle in early June.
The new executive director of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, Janet Greenlee, doesn’t have a name familiar to most USHJA members. Greenlee, 59, has spent her career in communications and business management largely outside the equestrian world. She’ll start her tenure at the Association on Jan. 2, but is attending the USHJA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., held Dec. 8-12.
If you read through the most recent U.S. Equestrian Federation Hearing Committee rulings, a few familiar names may jump out at you. Some of the most successful trainers in the hunter/jumper industry, such as Andre Dignelli, Bibby Farmer Hill and Scott Stewart, made the list.
Dignelli, of Heritage Farm in Katonah, N.Y., was found in violation of improperly executing entry blanks. He agreed to a plea agreement, which the Hearing Committee accepted, incurring a $7,500 fine.
Samantha Sommers figured that if she was going to travel a long way to attend Washington International, she shouldn’t waste any time while she’s here.
Sommers traveled from Mailbu, Calif., to the nation’s capital to sweep the large junior hunter, 16-17, division on Iwasaki and Reilly-owned mounts. Small Celebration earned the championship, and Small Affair took reserve. Small Celebration also tied with two other horses for the grand junior hunter title, and the judges named Sommers Best Child Rider on a Horse.
Barn night at the Washington International Horse Show is always a favorite in the greater D.C. community, and this year there was more reason than ever for fun.
In addition to the Gambler’s Choice costume class, the show hosted the inaugural WIHS Shetland Steeplechase Races. There were two races, (the Shetland Pony Allowance Hurdle and the Shetland Pony Maiden Hurdle) and around half a dozen riders in each.
Check out the amazing photos of all the action, and don’t miss the winning rounds.
Kelley Farmer made headlines this August when she became the first rider to earn $1 million in hunter earnings. Today she added a little more glitz to her haul, earning a Rolex timepiece courtesy of Tiny Jewel Box as the leading hunter rider at the Washington International.
Most show horses get ready for a trip to the Washington International with some extra schooling and maybe a warm up competition or two. With Authentic, it’s a little different.
Since March, he’s shown just three times, the last time being in September. He spent his autumn trail riding around owner Dudley Macfarlane’s Charlottesville, Va., farm, jumping exactly once to get ready.
When Ellen Doughty packed her trailer in Terrell, Texas, before the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI***, she had relatively modest goals. After all, not only was it her first trip to Fair Hill, Md., for the event, it was also her first three-star, and the first for her horse, Sir Oberon, as well.
“Everyone says Fair Hill’s a very tough course; I wanted to see how we did and see if we would be ready for a four-star in the spring,” said Doughty. “I was hoping for a qualifying score for [Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI****].”