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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 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 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

Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials And CCI** Canceled

Record-breaking rainfall in late September forced the organizers of the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials—scheduled to run Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Fairburn, Ga.—to cancel their event. The Chattahoochee event was scheduled to run a CCI**, a CIC* and beginner novice through intermediate divisions. Those who entered will receive refunds.

October 23, 2009

Ringwood Cockatoo Retired

At the conclusion of the Boekelo CCI*** (the Netherlands) on Oct. 11, German event rider Bettina Hoy officially retired her Ringwood Cockatoo, 18, in an emotional ceremony.

“Bettina and Cockatoo paraded around the arena while J.P. Fair sang a song he wrote for the occasion ‘Thank you for being a friend.’ The beautifully chosen words and the music brought tears of emotion to Bettina and the thousands of spectators,” said Hoy’s website.

October 23, 2009

Dover Takes On Canadian Coaching Position

The United States wasn’t the only country seeking a national dressage coach and chef d’equipe this year. Dressage Canada officials have announced that six-time U.S. Olympian Robert Dover will lead Team Canada as their High Performance Technical Advisor/Coach Advisor.

Dover had interviewed for the U.S. position, but when Anne Gribbons was ultimately hired as technical advisor and chef d’equipe, he was willing to accept other offers.

October 23, 2009

Hurry Up And Wait by Toni P. Haigh

Toni P. Haigh, a third generation Californian, was raised on a ranch, working cattle, showing, breeding and training horses as well as teaching riding and art. She follows in the footsteps of her family, going back to Daniel Haigh, master of the Old Surrey Hunt in England from 1820 to 1836.

Her grandfather came from England in 1890 to settle in Simi Valley, Calif., and was from a family of noted horsemen, including his brother, Alfred Grenfell Haigh (1870-1963), one of the premier equine and sporting artists of his time.

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