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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.

October 23, 2009

GAO To Investigate Horse Welfare After Slaughter Plants Closed

Two provisions in a new piece of government legislation will directly affect horse welfare and horse slaughter in the United States. On Oct. 8, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives approved the final version of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2997).

This bill addresses concerns about horse welfare after the last of three U.S. horse slaughter facilities closed in 2007.

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 21, 2009

Lyndon Rife Is Out Of The ICU

Lyndon Rife’s health is improving after he was injured in a riding accident on Oct 14.  According to a letter posted on Dressage Daily from his wife, Julie Madriguera, Rife moved out of intensive care and is already looking forward to riding as soon as possible.

October 19, 2009

Tom Selleck Awarded Additional $75,000 in Punitive Damages After Buying Lame Horse

Tom Selleck added $75,000 in punitive damages to the $187,000 compensation he received for buying a lame horse in a September trial. (See “Court Awards Selleck $187,000 Over Horse Sales Dispute.”) Selleck bought a 10-year-old horse named Zorro for his daughter to ride in amateur competitions.

October 19, 2009

Dressage Trainer Lyndon Rife Seriously Injured

Lyndon Rife, a U.S. Dressage Federation gold medalist and well-known Region 9 trainer, was recently injured in an accident.  Rife is in critical condition in intensive care at the Denton Regional Hospital in Denton, Texas.  He underwent surgery to remove his ruptured spleen and also suffers from broken ribs according to

October 16, 2009

USEF And EQUUS Foundation Announce Humanitarian Award

The U.S. Equestrian Federation and The EQUUS Foundation have joined together to offer an industry-wide award, which will be presented for the first time during the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner at the USEF’s annual meeting in January 2010.

October 16, 2009

Trail Blazing For Thoroughbreds’ Second Careers

In a cooperative effort, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, the Equine Land Conservation Resource and the Central Kentucky Back Country Horsemen are developing a trail training course at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center in the Kentucky Horse Park.

The new training course will include wooded trails, natural obstacles and stream crossings over which off-the-track Thoroughbreds can be re-schooled.

On Aug. 29, volunteers met for the first Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Trail Blazer Day to begin the trail clearing.

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