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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.

September 28, 2014

Klunick Turns A Near Disaster Into A Crowd Pleasing Performance At AEC

At the Nutrena/U.S Eventing Association American Eventing Championships in Tyler, Texas, Avery Klunick and In It To Win It started with a respectable dressage score of 36.6 in the Adequan Advanced Gold Cup Final and accumulated 18 time penalties on cross-country. But in show jumping, they managed to add an impressive 52 time penalties and 12 jumping faults for a final score of 118. And the crowd loved every second of it.

September 27, 2014

Davidson’s Texas Trek Is Worth The Time

Sept. 27 – Tyler, Texas

Buck Davidson wouldn’t have made the long trip to Texas from his Pennsylvania base without wanting a shot at a big win, so as the intermediate title at the Nutrena/U.S Eventing Championships slipped through his grasp when Quasar dropped a rail in show jumping, he was ready to put the pressure on in the advanced division with Caroline Martin’s Petite Flower.

September 27, 2014

Ashker Almost Misses Her Shot At AEC Title

Sept. 26 – Tyler, Texas

When Lainey Ashker woke up on Thursday morning, she wasn’t even sure she’d be riding Anthony Patch at the Nutrena/U.S. Eventing Association American Eventing Championships.

The defending advanced champion traveled two days from her farm near Richmond, Va., feeling on top of the world after wins in her last two outings.

But when she was woken by horrible stomach pain on Wednesday night, Ashker knew she needed to go to the hospital.

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