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May 16, 2005

Iraqi Arabians Rebound With Military And Civilian Aid

A poignant example of the collateral damage of war was the near devastation of the Iraqi National Herd of Arabian horses during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

May 16, 2005

Defending Against Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis

Last fall, Ashley Williams thought she might be losing it. In January of 2004, Williams, a Thoroughbred and sport horse breeder and trainer from Ocala, Fla., bought a promising Thoroughbred filly from the Ocala Breeders' Sale. That November, the yearling was put down and her body donated to support research efforts into a disease that a few months before, nobody believed the filly could possibly have--Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis.

April 14, 2005

Kuska-Shart Takes Long-Awaited Victory Gallop At Gulf Coast

Beate Kuska-Shart's jump-off gamble paid big time on March 13 in the $77,700 Lucky Sevens Grand Prix, which capped the five-week Gulf Coast  Winter Series in Gulfport, Miss. It was her first grand prix win and came during her first outing after a six-month showing hiatus taken while she and her husband Hans built a new farm near Franklin, Tenn.

February 25, 2005

There's More To Life Than Just Pony Jumpers

Kelly Bowman and Kristi Edwards have rather dissimilar riding backgrounds, but both girls, recent graduates from the junior ranks, applied the same principles they gained in other disciplines to help them succeed in the pony jumper ring.

February 7, 2005

The Big Easy Hosts USPC Annual Meeting

A throng of U.S. Pony Club members and supporters gathered Jan. 13-16 for the annual meeting, hosted this year by the Deep South Region in New Orleans, La. With the "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez! (Let The Good Times Roll!)" theme in evidence from start to finish, the meeting provided participants with the opportunity to learn from and have fun with their counterparts from around the country.

November 29, 2004

Brazil And Bray Repeat Offenders At Central ATC

Dr. Maria Brazil and Amanda Bray found themselves sporting quite a bit of blue throughout the awards ceremonies at the Hill N' Hound Fall Horse Trials, held Oct. 23-24 in Kane, Ill. The two women were members of both the winning novice and preliminary teams of The Chronicle of the Horse Central Adult Team Challenge, and Brazil won individual titles in open preliminary and a division of open novice.

November 26, 2004

The Amateur's Guide To Maximizing Your Day

Faced with alarmingly over-scheduled lives, it's easy for horse people to feel the pressure to subjugate their equine interests to "more important" facets of their lives, such as spouses and children. But a little creative "activity combination" can help satisfy all of life's responsibilities withouttaking anything away from your barn time.

November 13, 2004

Four Peaks Posse Wrangles Western ATC Victory

The Four By Fours team from Area X rumbled across the beautiful Sonoita, Ariz., countryside to claim the novice-level The Chronicle of the Horse/ Western Adult Team Challenge at the Grass Ridge Horse Trials, Oct. 16-17. The team, consisting of Alicia Murray, Joanne McGovern, Tracey Montgomery and Suzanne Higgins, scored an emotional victory for a closely knit group of women who train together with Barbara Crabo at Four Peaks Farm in Scottsdale, Ariz.

August 14, 2004

In Unison From Racetrack To Dressage Ring

Their performances used to be measured by seconds ticking away on a stopwatch as they ate up the furlongs stretching in front of them. Now, they are scored in columns on test sheets as they maneuver between the letters marking the outside of a short, white fence. A cadre of racetrack veterans have collected their strides, shrugged off the stereotypes and entered the dressage world, and Lisa Rasmuson wanted to give them and their owners the recognition they deserve.

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