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March 19, 2016

Olson Overcomes In R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship

Thermal, Calif.—March 18

As Michael Dennehy watched his student Jaden Olson in the warm up he fretted. Had she started jumping soon enough? Did she make the right decisions in warm up?

Normally he’d be in the schooling ring himself, guiding his student through the best pre-round routine. But according to the rules of the R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship, riders must turn in their phones at the beginning of the class and their trainers are relegated to anxious spectators.

February 29, 2016

Flexible Books A Ticket To World Cup Finals With Another Win At Thermal

Thermal, Calif.—Feb. 28  

It was a test that the legendary Flexible passed with flying colors.

After winning Friday’s $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix, rider Rich Fellers and owners Harry and Mollie Chapman targeted him for the $50,000 Osphos Grand Prix on Sunday. They wanted to see how the 20-year-old veteran handled the bigger challenge.

February 28, 2016

It Was Farmer’s Night in $100,000 Derby

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 27

Larry Glefke has inspired a new generation of whoopers.

His legendary whoops reverberated throughout the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium at HITS Post Time Farm, so often that a small group of young horse fans who’d congregated on the berms surrounding the arena began anticipating it as soon as Kelley Farmer landed off the final oxer. And they whooped and hollered alongside in grand fashion.

February 21, 2016

Fedor Finds His Rhythm In $100,000 City of Ocala Grand Prix

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 21  

Until 6 months ago, if you saw Fedor’s name on the start list you might brush him off. The gelding has been a contender in FEI grand prixes, but he was always waiting on the outskirts. But after today, it will be hard to forget his name.

February 20, 2016

Lost Stirrup Proves No Problem For Daniel Bluman In Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 20

On paper it seemed as though Daniel Bluman was really gunning for the win in the $34,000 HITS Jumper Classic. He finished 4 seconds faster than second-placed Scott Keach. But if you ask him, he wasn’t thrilled by that large margin.

“Looking up at 4 seconds is actually not something that makes really happy because I should have judged better and done the eight [strides in the last line] which was safer coming home, but the result was good.”

February 19, 2016

United States Powers Through In Ocala Nations Cup

Ocala, Fla.—Feb. 19   

Looking at the first-round scores, you would think the United States was going to walk away handily with the win in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Ocala. They were the only team sitting on perfect score, and they a two-rail lead over Colombia.

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