After two days of solid flatwork, the riders at the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation's "Gladstone Program" were feeling eager to transfer their newly acquired knowledge of classical riding from the flat to the fences.
U.S. rider Kent Farrington was in flying form when topping the first two international competitions at CSIO Rome Piazza di Siena on May 21, but it was Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya who galloped to victory in the feature event of the day, the qualifier for Sunday’s Loro Piana Grand Prix of Rome.
As the sun rose over Hamilton Farm on Day 2 of the USET Foundation's Gladstone Program, George H. Morris zipped his Ariat Team USA jacket all the way up. “It’s a bit cold,” Morris remarked as he assumed the driver's seat in his signature golf cart, stepping on the gas to meet the first group of riders in the outdoor arena.
On Saturday, May 30, the National Sporting Library & Museum, the Chronicle's neighbor in Middleburg, Va., will host a symposium and reception celebrating the recent gift of the bronze sculpture Sea Hero. Through the generous bequest of Paul Mellon, the large-scale bronze of the champion thoroughbred Sea Hero is now part of the NSLM art collection. The 1995 bronze is by British sculptor Tessa Pullan (b. 1953), a student of equestrian artist John Skeaping (1901-1980).
U.S. rider Kent Farrington seized a dramatic victory against a world class field at the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Hamburg (Germany), presented by H&M.
The American champion’s defiant win at the famous grass arena in Hamburg shook up the overall championship ranking after Leg 5 and left Luciana Diniz in the No. 1 spot. Farrington described his win as “fantastic” and he has shot up to No. 4 in the ranking. Fellow U.S. rider Lauren Hough claimed ninth with 4 faults in Round 1 and a clear go in Round 2 aboard Ohlala.
The top 8-year-old stallion Sandronnerhall has been purchased by a newly formed syndicate of leading U.S. owners for Olympian Adrienne Lyle as a prospect to compete in the Olympics, FEI World Equestrian Games and other international shows as part of Team USA.
After a careful search for the right high performance dressage prospect, Lyle and her coach, Debbie McDonald, chose the dark bay stallion Sandronnerhall by Sandro Hit in Spain, where he earned scores in the 80s in FEI Young Horse classes at CDIs.
Capturing the top check in the $85,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, was no easy feat for Aaron Vale. When nine of the original 44 starters in the class qualified for the jump-off, it came down to the wire.
Vale, riding Quidam’s Good Luck, had to chase down Charlie Jayne’s very speedy time to take the win.