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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.