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John Strassburger

April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: U.S. Gets Lucky In World Cup Final

As the Longines FEI World Cup Final in Lyon, France gets underway tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to look back at the heyday of U.S. results at the World Cup Final and at another French World Cup Final. The United States dominated the FEI Volvo World Cup Final in the 1980s, taking home the trophy in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1987.

June 26, 2012

Vote For the Greater Good, AHSA

Jan. 4, 1991

Editor John Strassburger argued that it was a good decision to require ASTM-SEI helmets, even if riders weren't eager to don them.

June 26, 2012

Our Fragile Times

Dec. 28, 1990

While horses have always been the main focus of the Chronicle's editorial pages, sometimes world events are too big to ignore.

How different the world looks today than a year ago. Do you remember that almost giddy time? We were talking about the “peace dividend” as the Cold War ended following the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the democratization of Eastern Europe. Peace seemed to have really arrived at last.

February 6, 2011

Overall Horseman Of The Year: Jane Beshear, John Nicholson, Jamie Link, John Long

"A lot of serendipity was involved with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” suggested John Nicholson, for whom the 16 days in September and October were the climax of a 16-year dream.

“People were doing things 30 and 40 years ago that led to these Games, when they really didn’t know that they were doing it.”

January 18, 2011

Judge Rules Erikssons' Case Against Nunnink Can Proceed

A California appellate judge ruled on Jan. 10 that the case brought by the parents of event rider Mia Eriksson against her former trainer can go to trial. Justice Jeffrey King ruled against trainer Kristi Nunnink’s request for summary judgment in the parents’ claim of negligence.

June 5, 2009

The Time Is Right For Jan Brons To Return To Europe

And the Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize is making it possible.

January 19, 2009

A Movie That's Better Than Real Life

The last week in July revealed tales of the great and the horrible for horse racing. The great was the release of Seabiscuit, a film that is that true rarity'a realistically good horse movie. In fact, I'll call it the best horse movie since The Black Stallion. (Yes, Spirit was excellent, but it was animated.) The horrible was the death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand, apparently in a Japanese slaughterhouse at age 19.

January 19, 2009

Every Horse Is A Teacher

One of the most alluring aspects of our sport is that we're almost never too old to learn something new whenever we sit on a horse's back. Every horse can teach us something about riding and about training and horse care. From one we develop a new sense of balance or feel. Another teaches us a training technique that we've never used before and, indeed, may not have even considered.

January 19, 2009

Equestrian Education In The Real World

It might seem a bit incongruous to lead this Intercollegiate Issue with an article that says a degree isn't enough to get a good job in the horse world. But we consider it a viable question, and I suspect that Amy Sherrick's answers (p. 8) won't be good news to administrators and professors at equine colleges. But it shouldn't be too surprising, especially if you look at degrees in the context of employment in the rest of the world.

January 19, 2009

Maybe There Really Is A Silver Lining

I'm hoping that there just may be a silver lining in the national equestrian governing body turmoil that's cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and consumed uncountable human resources in the past four years, a conflict whose latest skirmish we report on page 46. It's forced us to ponder, for the first time, the things our national governing body does and doesn't do for horses, horsemen and horse sports.
Our governance system grew up in the 20th century as sort of a mythical two-headed eel.

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