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October 31, 2009

Kentucky Horse Park Assists Rescue Horses

The Kentucky Horse Park and The Kentucky Equine Humane Center have good news for the state’s unwanted horses. John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, announced that the park will accept rescue horses from KyEHC for re-training and rehabilitation.

KyEHC employees asked for assistance after receiving a number of unwanted pregnant mares. While touring the KyEHC facility, Kathy Hopkins, Equine Director for the Kentucky Horse Park, noticed a number of other horses she thought the park could help through their Professional Horseman's course.

October 31, 2009

Grand Prix Show Jumper Judgement Retires

Beezie Madden’s show jumping partner Judgement ISF will retire this Sunday, Nov. 1, during the Animal Planet Sporthorse Cup at the National Horse Show.  The 18-year-old stallion has won the Cup twice during his career as one of the most successful U.S.-bred stallions in show jumping history.

October 30, 2009

Highland Hogan And Becky Holder by Pat Turcotte

Artist Pat Turcotte, Lakewood, N.Y., specializes in equestrian illustration and portraiture, most specifically eventing. She also enjoys child portraiture and works primarily in watercolor, although she does accept commissions in oil.

This week’s cover, Highland Hogan And Becky Holder, shows the pair enjoying a quiet moment during a horse inspection.

October 30, 2009

McDonald Joins USEF Clinic Roster

World Cup champion Debbie McDonald has been added to the list of dressage professionals offering U.S. Equestrian Federation developing horse/rider clinics.

McDonald, Hailey, Idaho, a multiple Olympic, World Equestrian Games and Pan American Games medalist, will be teaching a clinic on Dec. 12-13, at Linda and Michael Fowler's Epona Farm in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

October 30, 2009

Wanted: Your Holiday Pets

Does your pet enjoy spreading holiday cheer each year? Then you should send his or her photo to the Chronicle for the annual Holiday Pet Gallery in the Holiday Issue (Dec. 18).

“Pet” means just about any animal—yes, we’d prefer horses, although dogs, cats, cows, sheep, pigs, goats, lizards, llamas, snakes and birds have been featured in the past and are most welcome. But children don’t count, unless they’re with a pet.

Last year’s featured pets included a variety of Santa Claus imitators, a “snow dog” and a bovine cheerleader.

October 28, 2009

Patrik Kittel’s World Cup Warm-Up Sparks Debate And FEI Investigation

A YouTube video of the FEI World Cup dressage qualifier in Odense, Denmark, has reignited the flames of controversy regarding hyperflexion in dressage communities around the world. It wasn’t a movie of Anky van Grunsven’s winning ride aboard Salinero, but a video of Swedish rider and Olympian Patrik Kittel warming up his 10-year-old stallion, Watermill Scandic.

October 23, 2009


Adolph Mogavero, a respected horseman, official and member of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, died Aug. 25 in Sarasota, Fla. He was 89.

Mr. Mogavero was born just outside of Boston, Mass. He lived down the road from a horse farm and would regularly stop on the way home, sit on the fence and watch the riders. When he was 9 years old, the trainer asked him if he would like to begin riding, an offer he promptly accepted.

October 23, 2009


Jayne Fleming, a lifelong horsewoman, died on Aug. 31. She was 80.

Mrs. Fleming’s passion for horses began at a young age; she was 6 when she fell in love with the Welsh ponies she saw at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Ont. Shortly thereafter, her mother gave her a choice of one of three sports: riding, golf or tennis. It was an easy decision for her to choose horses. She began riding with Horace Cunningham at a stable in Ottawa, Ont., breaking horses shipped in from the West.

October 23, 2009


Gigolo FRH, a six-time Olympic medalist and arguably the most successful dressage horse in history, was euthanized Sept. 23 after he suffered complications from an injury. He was 26.

Gigolo was bred by Horst Kulssmann in 1983. In 1989, Isabell Werth’s then-trainer and sponsor, Uwe Schulten-Baumer, purchased the horse for Werth to ride.

October 23, 2009


Fuerst Gotthard, a respected sport horse stallion and winner of multiple grand prix jumping competitions, died of age-related issues on Sept. 24. He was 26.

The gray Oldenburg was bred at Gestut Vorwerk, Germany, and imported into the United States as a 3-year-old.

At his Oldenburg licensing, Fuerst Gotthard (First Gotthard—Elisa, Inschallah) scored multiple 8s and was reserve champion of his 100-day test in Culpeper, Va., where he received 9s for ability to work, general jumping ability and cross-country, and an overall score of 132.24 points.

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