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Stacey Reap

March 30, 2007

Centenary College Equine Program Is Anything But Sedentary


Boasting a variety of equine studies programs, top-level intercollegiate competitive opportunities and an expansive equestrian center, Centenary College, located in Hackettstown, N.J., has a lot to offer students.

March 6, 2007

USPC Prepares For Change At Annual Meeting

With recent years full of dramatic changes for the U.S. Pony Club, including some new changes for 2007, the USPC Annual Meeting, held Jan. 24-28 in Portland, Ore., was an opportunity for the membership and leaders to prepare for some of these new programs.

February 21, 2007

Ten Tips For The Neophyte Racegoer

1. Selecting apparel appropriate to the venue can require a little research, as some races can be tweedy or linen-clad affairs, depending on the season, while others resemble a Gap ad. The National Steeple-chase Association's website, www.nationalsteeplechase.com, provides links to many race sites, which usually have photographs of their typical crowds. Generally speaking, if you're going to be standing under a large white tent, drinking from stemware and selecting foodstuffs from chafing dishes interspersed with flower arrangements, opt for the former dress code.

February 6, 2007

What's New At The Winter Circuits?

With completely new, rehabbed, expanded or otherwise tweaked show grounds and schedules, the five major winter circuits have plenty to offer competitors this year.

Boasting the largest and longest running winter circuit event in the country, the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., continues to expand in size and prize money. In this, its 35th year, WEF will be spreading its schedule of classes between its traditional locale at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club and nearby Littlewood Farm's Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

February 6, 2007

Kris Hoffman Kennedy's Quest Pays Off At WEF

After years of selectively showing only a few weeks in Florida each winter, Kris Hoffman Kennedy and her husband/trainer Michael Kennedy took the plunge in 2006, buying a motor home and staying for the whole Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.

The commitment was rewarded, as she and her now 14-year-old, Belgian Warmblood gelding, Quest D'Or, earned the adult amateur jumper, 36 and over, circuit championship and the Broward RV adult amateur award for the horse-and-rider combo earning the most money at WEF.

February 6, 2007

Courtney Rodrigue Psyches Out The Competition In Ocala

Having entered her second semester as a psychology major in the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Courtney Rodrigue could apply her studies to help keep a cool head in the show ring. The 18-year-old doesn't appear to need much help though, having already won the children's hunter, 15-17, circuit championships the past two years on the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit (Fla.), with Role Model.

November 13, 2006

Hoffman Zooms To The Top At Maclay Regionals

The folks at the R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch Educational Foundation should be pleased.

Awarded their 2005 working student scholarship, Zazou Hoffman, 14, of Santa Monica, Calif., made the most of her two-week training experience with Missy Clark in Wellington, Fla., in the early months of 2005. And now the opportunities that opened up for her then have paid off in spades.

September 8, 2006

Rockette High Steps To Front Of The Pony Finals Line

Veteran competitor Kaitlin Campbell, 14, guided Rachel Degabrielle's Rockette to a clutch over fences victory in the medium pony hunters to earn the division's championship as well as grand pony hunter honors at the Wild Horsefeathers/USEF Pony Hunter Finals, held at Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park, Aug. 9-13.

Rockette, a 13.2-hand, 7-year-old bay mare, earned scores of straight 85s from judges Ralph Caristo, Robert Crandall and Julie Winkel to move from fourth place overall after the model, in which she took second, and the under saddle, where she didn't ribbon.

August 25, 2006

Rockette High Steps To Front Of The Pony Finals Line

Veteran competitor Kaitlin Campbell, 14, guided Rachel Degabrielle's Rockette to a clutch over fences victory in the medium pony hunters to earn the division's championship as well as grand pony hunter honors at the Wild Horsefeathers/USEF Pony Hunter Finals, held at Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park, Aug. 9-13.

Rockette, a 13.2-hand, 7-year-old bay mare, earned scores of straight 85s from judges Ralph Caristo, Robert Crandall and Julie Winkel to move from fourth place overall after the model, in which she took second, and the under saddle, where she didn't ribbon.

July 14, 2006

Kursinski Makes Good On A Promise At Beacon Hill

ust missing the top check with Lorenzo in the $100,000 Budweiser Upperville Jumper Classic (Va.) the week before may have honed Anne Kursinski's desire just enough heading into the Wachovia Jumper Classic, held at Frank and Stacia Madden's Beacon Hill Show Stables in Colts Neck, N.J.

As the last to go in the jump-off of the show's $50,000 Bud-weiser Grand Prix on June 18, she and Scott Hakim's Roxana 112 snatched the win from Laura Chapot and Samantha.

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