Beezie Madden laughed when she remembered Leslie Wexner telling her about his travel plans to the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. He planned to watch Madden ride his wife, Abigail's, horse Authentic in Aachen, Germany. "But he'd booked tickets only for Saturday and Sunday [the individual final rounds]. We warned him, 'You know you have to qualify for those days.'
"And he just said, 'Yep, I know. See you Saturday and Sunday,' " Madden recalled.
One of the first things you notice about Geoff Teall is his voice--it's clear, distinctive, and he isn't afraid to use it. It's a voice that his students can hear across schooling areas and echoing in their heads. And it's also a voice that speaks eloquently and unabashedly about some of the more controversial topics that face the sport.
Competing at the Canadian District qualifier for the Centennial Field Hunter Cham-pionships took Anne McKibbin on a walk down memory lane. In the months before the competition, held Oct. 15 in Caledon, Ont., she worked hard to make sure she would be in the running to win the best turned-out award.
"It took me three months to get ready for the turnout part. What fun we had, going through old trunks with family and friends to find such things as breeches with buttons, a sewn bridle and a three-fold leather girth with no elastic," she said.
It's a nightmare that haunts every horsemanï¿½ a virulent, deadly disease, for which there is neither cure nor completely effective vaccination. And while EHV-1, or equine herpes virus, has been making headlines for years, it's now been well and truly thrust into the equestrian spotlight with its outbreak in Wellington, Fla., (see In The Country p. 44). The timing couldn't be worse for EHV-1 to hit the Palm Beach area, with thousands of horses due to ship in to the area in anticipation of showing at the Winter Equestrian Festival beginning on Jan. 24.
A few weeks before the National Horse Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in Wellington, Fla., Phil Henning gave Sergio Campos a call. As owner of Mill Creek Stables in Cambridge, Ont., Canada, Henning invited Campos to come ride a few horses.
Twenty or 30 horses later, Henning asked Campos which one he preferred. Campos responded right away: "Sandhya." His instincts proved dead-on, as at the National, Campos rode Mill Creek Sandhya to the top of the 6-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship International.
He didn't win either of the two grand prix classes on the weekend, but McLain Ward wasn't complaining. With two second-placed finishes aboard Sapphire, he walked away with the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship from the National Horse Show, held Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in Wellington, Fla.
You'd think that the owner of Alla' Czar, who has topped the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Hunter Breeding Sire of the Year standings for five consecutive years--2002-2006--would be a full-time breeder, with a string of stallions and broodmares, a full-time staff and a bustling
I remember as a young child the yearly tradition of perusing the gigantic Sears catalog in the months leading up to the Christmas season. My cousins and I would eagerly flip the pages, circling various toys, dog-earing pages filled with coveted wares. I imagine that sport horse breeders feel much the same about the annual Chronicle stallion issue.
He may not have won either one of the two rounds of the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, but at the end of the day, McLain Ward ended up on top with the national title with Sapphire. His second place on Friday night in the Rolex/USEF National Championship Round 1 CSI-W, combined with his second place today, Dec. 3, in the $50,000 Rolex/USEF National Championship Round 2, at the National Horse Show in Wellington, Fla., earned him the title.
It was Megan Massaro’s last ride in the junior hunters, and she was going to make it count. She guided Lyle to yet another spectacular trip, clinching the National Horse Show Junior & Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship today, Dec. 2 in Wellington, Fla.