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September 27, 2015

Novice and Beginner Novice Champions Crowned On Final Day Of AEC

Tyler, Texas—Sept. 27

The Nutrena/USEA American Eventing Championships wrapped up today with novice and beginner novice riders crowning several champions. While entries were lower in the AEC's final year at the Texas Rose Horse Park, 340 compared to 382 last year, there was no shortage of fun. We caught up with a few champions today. Look for more photos and a full report in the Oct. 12 print edition of The Chronicle. For full results, click here. For more photos, click on the photo to the left.

September 26, 2015

Fletcher and Atlantic Domino Capture AEC Advanced Crown

Tyler, Texas—Sept. 26

Jacob Fletcher admitted he’d never been in the top position heading into show jumping at an event before, so as the last to jump in today’s Adequan Gold Cup advanced division and with top professionals having rails down, he was nervous.

But the 21-year-old showed maturity beyond his age and jumped clear with Atlantic Domino to stay on top of the leader board and bring home $20,000.

September 25, 2015

Fletcher Flies Off With AEC Advanced Lead

Tyler, TexasSept. 25   

Jacob Fletcher had a mission when he sent in the entries for his two advanced horses to the Nutrena/U.S. Eventing Association’s American Eventing Championships.

“I thought, 'This is Area V’s last time to host the AECs for a while. We can’t not let somebody from Area V try to win it one of these years. We can’t just let Buck [Davidson] and his crew come and win it every year!' ” he joked.

September 29, 2014

Mr. Poppers Carries Happy Memories Of Christine Brown

When Andrea Leatherman heard Mr. Poppers tick the last rail in the novice horse division at the Nutrena/U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships, dropping it to the ground, she knew she’d lost the championship title.

But the weekend was about more than winning a ribbon and prizes as she rode the 6-year-old Canadian Warmblood gelding in honor of his owner, Christine Brown, who died last year after a fall while she was schooling at home.

September 28, 2014

Morris Scores A Spotted Win In Texas

Sept. 29- Tyler, Texas

The winner of the junior beginner novice division of the American Eventing Chamionships—an Appaloosa ridden by 15-year-old Melissa Morris—stood out from the crowd for his flashy coloring, but Morris’ story makes it clear the pair was unlikely from their first day together to win the title.

Morris purchased RSR Private Eye as a 2-year-old stallion for $250 to be a 4-H prospect, but that arena was not his forte.

“He was super spooky and didn’t really do anything in 4-H—he wasn’t good at it,” Morris explained.

September 28, 2014

Storm Doesn’t Let Deafness Dissuade Her Passion

Kimberly Storm is like many amateurs in eventing, balancing her work life with raising her two sons and being able to financially support her horse habit.

But she also faces a unique challenge—she’s deaf.

Storm doesn’t let hearing impairment stop her from pursuing her passion though.

She brought her homebred 9-year-old German Warmblood Bucky O’Hanlian to the Nutrena/U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships to contest the novice amateur division, and she fundraised her trip to Texas.

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