Trainer Archie Cox suffered a separated pelvis in a freak accident on Feb. 8. Cox was riding a horse at the walk back to his stables on the HITS Desert Circuit showgrounds in Thermal, Calif., when the horse tripped and went down on his knees.
Last week, Ben Maher proved he wasn’t going to waste much time getting down to winning with his new rides. This week, he put an exclamation point on it, claiming his second consecutive Saturday night grand prix title at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival with one of Jane Clark’s horses.
What's one way to impress a new owner? Win a big grand prix right off the bat. British rider Ben Maher did just that on Feb. 2 when he rode Jane Clark's Cella to the top of the $100,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix (see results) at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.
Walking into the barn, you might not look twice at Flexible if you didn’t know who he was. His 16 hands looks even smaller standing next to him than it does when you see him canter into the ring. He doesn’t have an overpowering presence. He doesn’t scream “Rolex FEI World Cup winner.” But he is.
Rich Fellers, who grew up in Washington State, is the poster child of working his way to the top. He got started riding because his step-mother, Cheryl, rode Arabs and he went with her to shows. The excitement of the Friday night open jumper class caught his attention. He was 9 when he started riding a Quarter Horse-Tennessee Walker cross named Chevelle that his father traded a car to acquire.
Sapphire, the great mare who jumped to team gold at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and team silver at the 2006 World Equestrian Games with McLain Ward, is living out her retirement in Walkill, N.Y., at part-owner Tom Grossman’s Blue Chip Farm. She’s reveling in getting hairy and dirty, finally.
Dancing horses from Sweden took center stage in Wellington, Fla., as Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven captured the blue in the Grand Prix freestyle (see scores) of the World Dressage Masters. Read all about it in Lisa Slade’s coverage for the Chronicle.
Watch Vilhelmson-Silfven's winning freestyle ride on Don Auriello...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s stance on medical devices for equines is well documented. But when a veterinarian gets into the field of practice, they have to make educated decisions about their own procedures and treatments.