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Throwback Thursday

June 9, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Jimmy Wiebe's Bridlework Helped Shape The Show World

My family showed at the Devon Horse Show for more than 30 years. For most of those years, our ponies and horses wore custom-made sewn-in bridles made by Jimmy Wiebe of Jimmy’s Saddlery. I think back on those days with fond memories.

A highlight of every Devon was getting to go visit the Jimmy’s Saddlery shop that was set up at the end of the row of stalls closest to the fair. As we drove our van or trailer into the showgrounds, through the main stable gate, we could see Jimmy’s shop directly ahead of us at the other end of the drive.

May 26, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Chantilly's Legacy Lives On At Devon

Sindy Paul can remember the first time she saw Chantilly, on an evening in 1967.

“Chantilly arrived at All Around Farm at dusk. The van opened, and down the ramp came the most magnificent seal brown pony with four white socks and a white blaze that I had ever seen,” Paul said.

May 19, 2016

Throwback Thursday: A Chance Ride Turned Into A New Horse And A Great Memory For Jonathan Cowan

Jonathan Cowan didn’t quite know what to do. He was all set to compete at the Festival of Champions in June 1993 at the USET headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. He was entered in the USET Show Jumping Talent Derby—a class reserved for under-25 aspiring grand prix riders—but the horse he’d brought, Flintstone, wasn’t 100 percent.

Luckily, he was friends with McLain Ward, having competed against him from the pony hunters on up to the junior jumpers. McLain and his father had just imported a talented horse from Europe, and they offered Cowan the ride for the class.

May 5, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Pippa Funnell Hit Her Own Rolex Grand Slam 13 Years Ago

All eyes are on Michael Jung as he’s poised to claim the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing this weekend. If he adds the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** title to his 2015 Land Rover Burghley and Rolex Kentucky CCI**** wins, he’ll pick up a $350,000 bonus from Rolex.

April 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Stephen Bradley and Dr. Doolittle Conquered Rolex Kentucky 20 Years Ago

Stephen Bradley had a lot on his mind as he cantered down the centerline at the 1996 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Dr. Doolittle.

Having been eliminated after a cracking cross-country round at the Burghley Horse Trials CCI**** (England) the year before due to spur marks on Dr. Doolittle’s sides, Bradley needed to complete Rolex, then a CCI***, to show the U.S. selectors that they were worthy of the team for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

April 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: How You Can Be Ready For Rolex Without Riding At All

Since the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** starts next week, we thought it would be good to share this tongue-in-cheek prep guide our Between Rounds columnist Denny Emerson wrote a few years ago...

The Rolex Kentucky CCI is the largest gathering of eventing enthusiasts in North America. The tens of thousands of spectators actually include some who are riveted by the athletic performance of horses and riders. Many more, though, come to soak up the atmosphere of big-league eventing, to see and to be seen, and to be an important part of the hypnotic spectacle.

April 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Seven Wonder's Memorable Invitational Win Helped Put Chris Kappler On The Map

It was the wall that dashed the American Invitational dreams of many big names. For the 1995 $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational, Steve Stephens used an airy wall of arches as the A element of the last combination on course. And it was a question that one rider described as “devious.”

Famous names like For The Moment and Lisa Jaquin, Eros and Anne Kursinski, Charisma and Leslie Burr (Howard) all came to grief at the wall of arches. Only 15 of the 30 starters actually finished the course that year. 

March 31, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Steinkraus Hermès—The Saddle Of Champions And My Personal Love Story

In 1962, Bill Steinkraus, then the captain of the U.S. Equestrian Team, wanted a saddle that would give him a closer feel of the horses that he rode. He wanted to feel their movements through his seat and legs. He wanted them to feel what he was doing.

March 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Denise Rath And Her Horse Of A Lifetime Excelled At Southern Pines

Whatever event Denise Rath showed up at 25 years ago, she got people talking. If she trotted up centerline on a fancy white horse, you probably didn’t stand a chance. 

Rath’s “horse of a lifetime,” Galliard, has more wins to his name than not on his U.S. Eventing Assocation record, including two at the Southern Pines Horse Trials in Raeford, N.C., in the always competitive advanced division in the '90s.

March 16, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Looking The Part Versus Living The Part—Thoughts For The Struggling Working Students Of The World

For this week's Throwback Thursday post, we brought a Kristin Carpenter blog from March 11, 2013 back up. Some social media users found it earlier in the week and it's been shared and read quite a bit, so it still resonates with readers...

To the countless working students I see struggling: do not get discouraged, and keep the focus on the quality of your riding.

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