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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.

April 24, 2011

Ask Any Competitor: Christina Gray Is The "Easy Button"

Competitors, trainers or even officials often come running into her office, their minds afire because of a schedule conflict, because there’s no water in the barn, or because they needed a ride to the airport 20 minutes ago. They’re ready to plead for a solution or to start a fight about it.

But Christina Gray will just listen calmly to their story, nod, and then pick up her walkie-talkie or cell phone to get someone to address the panic. Problem solved.

That’s why, as Staples says in their ad campaign, you can call Christina Gray “The Easy Button.”

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

It`s Something Completely Different

When I was in college, I worked for a septuagenarian horseman who could impeccably train and turn out horses for hunting, steeplechasing, driving, showing and more. But today it`s unusual for people to participate in two or more horse sports, so this Commentary came to mind last month after I rode in a 50-mile endurance ride called Moonlight In Vermont with Denny Emerson. Why? Because the winner of the 100-mile race has done three horse sports at the highest levels. It was Lana Wright`s first 100-mile victory, and I`m sure it won`t be the last for the woman who secured the U.S.

January 19, 2009

Gazing Back At 2005, Peeking Ahead To 2010

They say you can see the future through the eyes of the past, and, if so, 2005 might be a particularly insightful year.

It was a year framed by disasters, beginning with the world's amazingly generous response to the unimaginable devastation caused by the tsunami in Malaysia the day after Christmas. More than 150,000 killed, entire buildings and towns simply wiped out, as if they were on an Etch-A-Sketch, not on a map.

January 19, 2009

Training Horses Is Really An Art

Before Smarty Jones ran off with the Preakness last Saturday, the TV crew allowed John Servis, his trainer, and Kristin Mulhall, trainer of rival Imperialism, to explain their out-of-the-ordinary training methods. Servis hadn`t breezed Smarty Jones since his Kentucky Derby victory, contrary to the usual method to make a race horse "sharp." And Mulhall likes to gallop her horses herself and make them work their backs and hindquarters, just like she learned to do in the horse show world.

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