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Amber Heintzberger

May 27, 2015

Mark Beecher Gets Thrown In The Deep End—And Swims—At George Morris Clinic

When Mark Beecher moved to the USA from Ireland in 2010 he put his show jumping roots aside to pursue a career as a steeplechase and timber racing jockey. It took an event rider to get him back in the show jumping ring on May 26-27 for the George Morris clinic at Boyd and Silva Martin’s Windurra Farm in Cochranville, Pa.

Beecher joked that when Boyd approached him about riding in the clinic, he told him he’d let him know if he survived the races at Fair Hill (Md.) over Memorial Day weekend. He called Boyd on Saturday night to let him know it was a go.

May 29, 2014

Wylde Dips A Toe Into The Waters Of Eventing

“A show jumper, a foxhunter and a jockey walk into a barn…”

There’s surely a joke to be found somewhere in that set-up, but the scene also unfolded in reality on May 26 at Fitch’s Corner in Millbrook, N.Y. The punch line of sorts was that these three professionals were all suiting up for an eventing clinic with Olympian Boyd Martin.

January 16, 2011

Equestrian Supermoms Are A Special Breed

After the recent baby boom in high performance equestrian circles, how do these mothers balance feedings and diaper changes with competing at the top of their sport?

Sometimes, it starts with a secret. Dutch Olympic gold medalist in dressage and international reining competitor Anky van Grunsven was four months pregnant when she competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

October 13, 2010

Leg Protection: Are Horse Boots Up To The Job?

Riders need to consider a boot’s weight and breathability, as well as how effective it may be in preventing concussion and protecting a leg from trauma.

Dressage horses sport signature white polo wraps in the warm-up; eventers wear rugged cross-country boots, and jumpers often have open-fronts. But are these boots doing what we expect?

June 8, 2010

Eating Right On The Road Is Worth The Effort

Showing horses in the United States often requires a whole lot of travel, sometimes over great distances. Without planning ahead, it’s all too easy to live on fast food and convenience store snacks—and these poor food choices may adversely affect your performance during competition.

April 2, 2010

Catching Up With Former Cacchione Cup Champions

Some past winners of this prestigious championship recall what the experience meant to them.

Every year since 1973 the USEF Cacchione Cup has honored the national individual hunter seat high-point rider in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

Over the years the coveted prize has been awarded to a broad spectrum of equestrians. Some of them made careers out of riding and went on to win Olympic medals, while others pursued different endeavors. Many of them remained involved with horses regardless of their competitive aspirations.

January 15, 2010

Ronald Zabala-Goetschel Has Big Plans For 2010

With his amazing mount Che Mr. Wiseguy, he hopes to be the first rider from Ecuador to compete in a World Equestrian Games.

Ronald Zabala-Goetschel is used to being a little unconventional. When he was about 3 years old he made horse sounds instead of talking, and his non-horsey parents bought him an old and lame pony to ride. Little did they know that this would begin a lifelong passion for horses.

December 22, 2009

Top Riders Share Their Favorite Recipes

Gourmet cooking may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about top equestrians such as Chester Weber or Jan Byyny, but everyone has to eat, and a few of the top horse people in the United States have a particular talent for cooking.

March 6, 2009

Beth Dowd's Stump Takes Top Honors At Westminster

Horses and dogs often go together, but Beth Dowd’s interest in dogs has exceeded the usual few running around the barn. While she does have a posse of pointy-eared Corgis patrolling, her name earned international headlines for a Sussex Spaniel called Stump.
Her 10-year-old, pulled-out-of-retirement champion earned the Best in Show title at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Feb. 10.

January 16, 2009

It's Not Quite The Same Pony Club Anymore

The U.S. Pony Clubs used to be all about going foxhunting, riding in combined training rallies, passing ratings, and then teaching your club's younger members when you got older. But today, Pony Club is and offers so much more. How do you fit it all into a busy world?

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