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Ann L. Pringle

July 10, 2009

Sinatra Tops The Bill At Metamora CDE

Carole Precious scores an advanced win in adverse conditions with her star performer.

Frank Sinatra’s classic lyrics, “Come rain or come shine, high as a mountain, deep as a river,” fit the occasion perfectly as Carole Precious and her 10-year-old Oldenburg named Sinatra won the advanced championship at the Metamora Combined Driving Event in Metamora, Mich., June 19-21.

May 8, 2009

Nordin Navigates To The Top At The Southern Pines CDE

The Swedish driver beats some big names.

Anna Nordin earned her first U.S. Equestrian Federation selection trial win by beating veteran drivers Bill Long and Gary Stover at the Southern Pines CDE on April 10-12 in Raeford, N.C.

Nordin’s team of Dutch Warmbloods and one Holsteiner is owned by Patsy and Seth Wooten of Wilson, N.C., but the young Nordin, a native of Sweden, is hoping to drive them under the Swedish flag at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

April 10, 2009

Weber Drives His Home Stomping Grounds To Win Live Oak

As the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games loom ahead, drivers get ready.

Individual World Four-In-Hand Championship silver medalist Chester Weber left his competition in the dust—literally—at the U.S. Trust Live Oak International Combined Driving Event, March 19-22 in Ocala, Fla.

April 10, 2009

Live Oak Tidbits

•    Peter Tischer from Germany, who has been hired by the U.S. Equestrian Federation to coach the four-in-hand drivers on a monthly basis leading up to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Ky.), was pleased with his drivers’ performances at Live Oak.
       

March 20, 2009

Our Drivers Are Looking Ahead—And Behind

As our four-in-hand drivers are gearing up for next year’s World Equestrian Games, they can’t help but remember their roots.

It’s an exciting year in combined driving! Ten horse teams competed in the Fédération Equestre Internationale division earlier this month at the Sunshine State Combined Driving Event (Fla.). Not since the infancy of combined driving in the early 1970s have so many fours gone head-to-head in this country.

February 6, 2009

We Added Silver And Gold To Our Medal Count This Year

When thinking about 2008, this was Chester Weber’s year. Most of you who are reading this column don’t need me to reiterate all of his accomplishments—they have been well documented, both in this issue (p. 180) and in many other publications—but for the record he won every competition in this country, including the USEF National Championship.

December 19, 2008

Skillful Driving Seals Win For Ying At Katydid

She takes the reins in the tandem class and earns the blue.

Expressions of grim determination are the norm on the faces of tandem drivers, but the expression on Wendy Ying’s face was anything but during the marathon at the Katydid CDE. As she executed the final hazard, a happy smile set her face aglow.

“I was really happy with how the tandem did at Katydid,” said Ying. “I felt I drove well in the hazards and did a good job handling the reins. It was a big step up from just getting through it.”

July 11, 2008

Makuba Makes His Mark At Metamora

Kathryn Barry drives the veteran to a wide margin of victory.

Some drivers might have hesitated to wear the number 13 while competing at the Metamora CDE, June 19-22 in Metamora, Mich. But it turned into a lucky number for Kathryn Barry as she steered the legendary Makuba to win the intermediate single pony division.

Makuba, an 18-year-old German Riding Pony, has proven himself not only in the competition arena but also as a sire who has shared his temperament, brain, and stunning good looks with countless offspring of mares of various breeds.

May 2, 2008

Sherri Dolan Smokes The Competition At The Southern Pines CDE

She makes her trip south worthwhile with a big win.

Sherri Dolan picked up the pace to lead from start to finish in the advanced single pony division at the Southern Pines CDE, April 11-13 in Southern Pines, N.C.

Dolan drove Smoke, a black Modern Shetland pony, into the lead right away with a dressage score of 53.12, several points ahead of Samantha Orem and her Haflinger, Admiral John and well ahead of Meghan Benge driving Miranda Cadwell’s Welsh Cross, Rupert.

April 18, 2008

Weber Takes Sixth Consecutive National Title At Live Oak

He tops the four-in-hand division on his home turf in Florida.

Adding another title to an already impressive list, Chester Weber made driving history by winning the USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship for the sixth consecutive time at the Budweiser Live Oak CAI-A in Ocala, Fla., March 27-30.

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