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September 26, 2014

Behind The Stall Door With: Anthony Patch

Pitchfork scratchingDefending champion of the Adequan Advanced Gold Cup Series Final, Lainey Ashker has her own big shoes to fill at this year’s Nutrena U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships with Anthony Patch, her 15-year-old bay Thoroughbred gelding (Castle Guard—Aimee Alexis, Right Mind). But she was kind enough to let the Chronicle take a sneak peak into life behind the stall door to get an insider’s view.

December 17, 2013

AECs May Seek Permanent Texas Home

When the Nutrena/U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships moved to the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler this year for a three-year stint, after three years at Chattahoochee Hills (Ga.), many people questioned how accessible the event would be to most riders. More than half (60.28%) of the USEA’s 11,528 members live in the eastern third of the United States (Areas I, II, III and VIII), while 6.91 percent of members live in Area X and 21.95 percent are in Areas X, IX, IV and V combined. The remaining 16.98 percent of USEA members live on the West Coast, Areas VI and VII.

September 30, 2013

The Good Witch Has Found Her Niche

When Jennifer Wooten decided to retire her four-star veteran, The Good Witch, a year and a half ago, she knew the mare wouldn’t be content sitting in a pasture.

“Pooh” had been around the world, traveling to Europe five times, completing four four-stars, and was short-listed for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.

September 29, 2013

A Little Rain Can't Keep Ashker Down

Sept. 29 – Tyler, Texas

It’s hard enough to wait all day to show jump when $20,000 is on the line, so when the advanced show jumping was postponed until Sunday morning after a line of heavy thunderstorms moved through the Texas Rose Horse Park grounds Saturday evening, Laine Ashker was understandably nervous.

Luckily, Ashker could rely on her off-the-track Thoroughbred, Anthony Patch, and he put in an easy clear round to take the win, and the Adequan Gold Cup.

September 28, 2013

Keeton Keeps Her Cool At AECs

Sept. 28 – Tyler, Texas

As Kimberly Keeton warmed up for her show jumping on Accolade at the Nutrena/U.S. Eventing Association’s American Eventing Championships, the clouds started to roll in.

What looked like a small blip on the radar turned into a deluge, and Keeton and the rest of the preliminary amateur division ran for cover.

September 28, 2013

You Can't Stop The Spots

Horses of all shapes and sizes can make excellent eventing horses, but sometimes, a horse of another color shines in the field of bays, chestnuts, seal browns and even the occasional gray.

Holly Breaux has a penchant for Appaloosas, so when she needed a new horse so that she could retire her Appaloosa mare almost a decade ago, Flecken Awesome stuck out as the ideal new partner.

September 27, 2013

Ashker Heads West For A New Challenge At AECs

Sept. 27 - Tyler, Texas

After driving a total of 21 hours over two days to get to the Nutrena/U.S Eventing Association American Eventing Championships at the Texas Rose Horse Park, Laine Ashker thought the event was over before it even started.

While hacking on Tuesday, Anthony Patch came up mysteriously lame, so Ashker raced to the show office to call the farrier, thinking maybe the Thoroughbred gelding was sore from being shod on Saturday.

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