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Annie Eldridge

August 29, 2008

Ashton Scores Another Millbrook Win Aboard Dobbin

This practiced pair led from start to finish in the advanced division.

As thunder boomed and lightning lit up the horizon, Mother Nature, not Chris Barnard’s imposing course, worried the 17 advanced division riders waiting to contest their show jumping round at the Millbrook Horse Trials, Aug. 7-10 in Millbrook, N.Y.

The organizers, crew and judges hurried competitors through in reverse order of placing, hoping to beat the impending storm.

July 18, 2008

Dobbin Knows The Way To A Groton House Win

He and Corinne Ashton take their third victory at this Massachusetts fixture.

Open intermediate winners Corinne Ashton and Dobbin certainly know their way around the victory gallop at the Groton House Farm Horse Trials II, June 27-29 in Hamilton, Mass.

The venerable pair have won at Groton House twice before (advanced intermediate in 2004 and 2005) and finished second in intermediate last year.

February 19, 2008

How Do Grand Prix Horses School At Home?

Three top riders explain how they train their horses between shows to keep them at the apex of the sport without compromising their soundness.

January 3, 2008

Dressage Makes Ann Romney's Soul Sing

Every adult amateur knows how tough it can be to fit riding into a busy lifestyle. But the demands of Ann Romney’s schedule would make her fellow competitors’ collective heads spin.

She’s raised five boys, doted after 11 grandchildren, managed charity programs at both state and national levels and played an increasingly active role in her husband Mitt Romney three—first Senate, then gubernatorial and now presidential—political campaigns.

Along the way she’s beaten back multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that, nine years ago, left her bed-ridden and in despair.

August 31, 2007

Event Scheduling Provokes Discontent Among Organizers

Horse trial organizers share some of the frustrations they face due to scheduling and question what this means for the future of the sport.

July 20, 2007

Warrington Goes From Prize Giver To Prize Winner At Groton House II

Danny Warrington usually takes part in the prize-giving ceremony at the Groton House Farm II Horse Trials in Hamilton, Mass., by presenting the trophy honoring his late wife, international event rider Amanda Warrington, who died in a 1997 riding accident, to the winner of the advanced intermediate division.

August 11, 2006

Dutton And Tru Luck Soldier On At Groton House

The worst spring flooding on record couldn't stop the Groton House Farm Horse Trials II, June 23-25 in Hamilton, Mass., and the conditions couldn't deter Phillip Dutton from winning, either.

Dutton, West Grove, Pa., dominated the advanced/ intermediate division, winning the Amanda Cup trophy on Tru Luck and placing third on his World Equestrian Games hopeful, Connaught. He also won a division of open preliminary on his wife Evie's 7-year-old, Australian gelding, Loose 'N Cool.

May 9, 2006

Got A Cause? You Want Bonnie Stedt To Help

The hectic pace of 62-year-old Bonnie Stedt's so-called "retirement" makes her working years seem serene by comparison.

The former executive vice president of human resources for American Express now pursues her passion--eventing--full-time.

But it's giving back to her beloved community of Pine Plains, N.Y., that consumes her and inspires her busy days.

September 2, 2005

Stedt Makes Area I Novice Championship Part Of Her Retirement Plan

Retirement hardly means slowing down for Bonnie Stedt of Pine Plains, N.Y. The 61-year-old former executive vice president of human resources for American Express now pursues her passion--eventing--full-time.

At the Fitch's Corner Horse Trials, Aug. 6-7 in Millbrook, N.Y., Stedt beat a field of 40 riders, many of them half her age, to win the USEA Area I Novice Championships on her 9-year-old, Irish-bred gelding, Clancy Himself. She also finished fourth on Jasmina, her 10-year-old, Holsteiner mare.

August 19, 2005

A Shrinking Landscape Makes Learning To Ride Across Country So Much Harder

Whatever yesteryear's eventing stars may have lacked in dressage or show jumping prowess they made up for with an instinctive and innately effective cross-country style.

As British eventer John Marsden said of former World Champion Lucinda Green in Eventing magazine recently, "Her cross-country riding was so natural and not born out of the arduous training and endless lessons that are so fashionable today. Spontaneous and imaginative are two words which sum it up--the very best."

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