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January 10, 2016

HH Azur Is Show Jumping's "It" Girl

On a cool January morning in 2006, assistant trainer Peter Brette led me down the shed row of Michael Matz’s barn at Palm Meadows Training Center (Fla.) and introduced me to every horse.

There were stakes-caliber mares, reliable allowance horses and unraced, unproven colts and fillies full of endless promise.

And then there was Barbaro—well, before he was the Barbaro we know and remember today.

October 22, 2015

The Biggest Smile At The Horse Show

When Alexis Martin landed from the last jump of yesterday’s low amateur-owner, 18-35, stake at the Washington International Horse Show (D.C.), she immediately broke into a huge smile that stayed on her face until long after she got out of the gate. There was no entourage of barnmates to whoop and holler at her great trip, a round that would eventually score an 86 and the blue ribbon in the class, just a small smattering of applause from her trainer, Andrea Duffy, Andrea’s husband Dick and her twin sister, Alyssia.

December 30, 2014

Fairytales, Role Reversals And Valegro Misbehaving: The Chronicle Staff's 2014 Memorable Moments

With a horse show happening every weekend, and sometimes multiple major events taking place in locations around the country on the same day, the Chronicle reporters spend countless weekends on the road.

But regardless of how many horses we see winning championships and cantering down centerline, a few special moments always leave a lasting impression long after the story is written and the results are old news. As we head into the new year, here are a few of our favorite moments from 2014.

December 29, 2014

Images Of A Year: 2014

As Chronicle staffers covering competitions around the world, we take thousands of photos each year. Some of our favorite pictures are ones you might expectriders winning major championships or smiling on a podiumbut others make the list because they demonstrate a particularly strong bond between horse and rider.

December 12, 2014

Is The Great Divide Really That Wide?

One of the most common issues that continuously arises in eventing is the perceived gap between the lower level riders, who make up more than 90 percent of the U.S. Eventing Association, and the upper level riders.

June 20, 2014

The Hunter/ Jumper Intern Takes A Trip To Dressage Land

There were a few things I expected when I signed on to intern at The Chronicle of the Horse. I figured I would be covering and writing about a whole lot of shows, and since I had experience both competing in and covering hunter/jumper shows, I assumed those would be the shows I wrote about.

December 12, 2013

A Bill Of Sale: Too Much To Ask?

Yes, said those gathered at the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association convention, Dec. 8-12 in Atlanta.

It was meant to be so simple, but I don’t think there was any issue with more confusion surrounding it than the bill of sale rule change proposal (GR702.1n).

The end result: the proposal was withdrawn at the USHJA Board of Directors meeting on Dec. 12. But that’s not the end of the story.

November 14, 2013

No Easy Choices

It felt, I imagine, much the same as it would feel to discover the long-standing infidelity of a spouse. That undeniable piece of a puzzle that locks into place, putting all the random, seemingly insignificant yet niggling pieces into a sickening context that suddenly makes sense.

I’d always considered my horse, Elf, “quirky” or “spooky.” Now I knew why.

September 26, 2013

Bingo Night With 18 Chefs d’Equipe

I’ve never been to bingo night, but in my mind, it’s sort of like attending the draw I just watched at the CSIO Barcelona.

September 19, 2013

How Much Do You Have To Pay To Play?

I’m sure I’m not the only one whose eyebrows rose a bit when they read the news about Jan Tops acting as agent for the 11 million Euros purchase of Palloubet d’Halong, a 10-year-old gelding.

According to an online currency conversion tool, that makes the price tag in the neighborhood of $15 million ($14.8 million, in fact, but what’s a $100,000 or two when we’re in this stratosphere of penny-counting, right?). The mind boggles, reels, and does all kind of acrobatic feats.

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