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September 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday: That Time When Will Simpson Jumped 7'5" On A Thoroughbred

Will Simpson on The Roofer at Arlington Park race track (Ill.) in 1976

It was 1976. Will Simpson was 17. The Roofer was a 15.3-hand Thoroughbred and a former children's hunter. 

The jump was set at 7'5", and there were more than 19,000 people watching. 

September 1, 2016

Rider Dies In Fall At HITS Saugerties

Amateur rider Rebecca “Becca” Weissbard, 22, suffered a fatal injury while competing at the HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII in Saugerties, N.Y., on Aug. 31.

HITS released a statement: “It is with great sadness that HITS informs the equestrian community of an accident involving a talented young athlete at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York, on August 31, 2016. The athlete suffered a fatal fall during a 1.0m Jumper Class in Jumper Ring 1. HITS extends its deepest sympathy to the athlete’s family and to the entire horse sport community who feels the impact of this significant loss.”

August 30, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 Nutrena American Eventing Championships

Eventers have gathered in Mill Spring, N.C., at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for the Nutrena American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover. There are professionals and amateurs and juniors competing at all the different levels, from beginner novice to advanced. It's the first time the TIEC has hosted the AEC. 

August 18, 2016

What You Need To Know: The Rio Olympic Show Jumping Individual Final

This is it! The individual final of the show jumping, where the individual medals are decided. 

August 18, 2016

What You Need To Know: The USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

The USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship gets underway today as the horses jog, then they start jumping on Aug. 19 with the grand finale of the handy round on the evening of Aug. 20. 

The Chronicle's Kimberly Loushin and Ann Glavan are in Lexington, Ky., and will be bringing you all the news, photos and in-depth coverage you need—you can find it all at out Derby Championship main page.

August 18, 2016

Ludger Beerbaum Retiring From German Team

On the heels of anchoring the German Rio Olympic team to a bronze medal on Aug. 17, the legendary show jumper Ludger Beerbaum has announced that he’s stepping down from the German national team.

“It is difficult for me to take this step,” said Beerbaum. He will continue to show, but just not in international championship teams. “I will continue to participate in international tournaments. I have a few more interesting projects. I’ll focus on my competition stable, the training of young horses, and sell horses.” 

August 16, 2016

Round-By-Round: The Rio Olympic Show Jumping Team Final

Follow along with us as the top eight teams after the first team round jump again for the team medals and 18 individuals join them in the final qualifying round for the individual final on Aug. 19. 

The U.S. team is in exciting tie for first place as Round 2 starts. We'll be commenting on each ride, updating as they go. Don't miss a minute of the action!

August 16, 2016

What You Need To Know: The Rio Olympic Show Jumping Team Final

The top eight teams after the first team round jump again for the team medals from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. EST today, bringing their Round 1 scores forward to Round 2. The cumulative scores of each team's top three riders over the two rounds determines the medals—any medal ties are decided by a jump-off. 

So, Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands and the USA—all tied for the lead on 0 faults—will jump again along with France, Canada, Switzerland and Sweden.

August 16, 2016

Jur Vrieling Responds To Olympic Disqualification And Eliminations

Dutch rider Jur Vrieling definitely didn’t have the Olympic Games he was hoping for. He came to Rio with Zirocco Blue as part of a strong Dutch team, after having helped them earn gold in the 2015 European Championships (Germany). “Five years ago, I said this was going to be my horse for the Olympics. And I came here with the feeling that I might have a really good chance at a medal,” Vrieling said.

August 15, 2016

What You Need To Know: The Rio Olympic Show Jumping Team Round 1

There are 69 horses on the start list for the first round of the team competition and the second qualifier for the individual final (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST). The first nine to jump are the individual competitors, with the remaining 60 members of the 15 teams rotating. They jump one course today, with a time allowed.

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