The U.S. Equestrian Federation, in conjunction with the Eventing Owners Task Force, has launched the Experience Eventing website to connect riders with potential owners and facilitate new syndicates to further eventing in the United States.
Show jumping spectators at the Red Hills Horse Trials and CIC today were treated not only to a memorable and victorious performance by a newly minted superstar team, but also to a sight even more rare: Phillip Dutton’s pearly whites.
The veteran Dutton isn’t exactly known for being a smiley guy in the saddle, but as he crossed the CIC*** finish line aboard Mystery Whisper this afternoon, his white tie flapping behind him in the breeze and a clear round completed, he finally let the corners of his mouth turn upward.
Phillip Dutton’s dressage lead yesterday was daunting enough for his competitors in the Red Hills CIC***, but it’s even bigger after the completion of cross-country today. Even after picking up 4.8 time faults this afternoon, Dutton, of West Grove, Pa., will show jump his new mount Mystery Whisper tomorrow with three rails in hand over the rest of the pack.
In his first two competitions stateside this spring, Mystery Whisper stayed true to his name. The 12-year-old warmblood gelding, who was bred and trained in Australia by Heath Ryan until James Wildasin imported him in December, managed to fly a bit under the radar.
Are you a graduate of the United States Pony Clubs? If so, you’re likely eligible for inclusion in a new online roster of equestrians at USPC.org.
The youth riding organization has created a free “Proud Pony Club Graduate” logo for former members to display on their business websites or social media platforms with a link to the USPC homepage. And graduates are also invited to submit their name, business logo and a link to their own website for inclusion in their virtual Rolodex.
Given his success in European CCIs in recent years, it's easy to forget that at 32, Boyd Martin has spent the majority of his life riding in far less prestigious settings. In fact, it's experiences like breaking horses in Northern Japan and breaking bones in the Australian Outback that made Martin the horseman he is today—the Chronicle's 2011 Overall Horseman of the Year.
Any U.S. Eventing Association members who headed to Nashville, Tenn., for the Annual Meeting and Convention on Dec. 7-11 hoping to hear a decision on the reconsideration of the “one fall, and you’re out” rule were sorely disappointed. Because at the conclusion of the weekend, the usually forthright Malcolm Hook, chair of the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Eventing Technical Committee, was still keeping his cards close to his chest.
As the rider with the shiniest boots at the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session, Jacob Pope will surely fulfill U.S. show jumping chef d’equipe George Morris’ turnout expectations when he meets him in January.
But on the list of things that impressed EAP clinicians on Nov. 17-20, several more important characteristics trumped Pope’s polishing skills. The 16-year-old rider from Columbia, Md., bowled over the judges with his top-level riding, horsemanship and stable management skills.
Placing second on your dressage score in a CCI**: check. Winning a CCI*: done. And scoring your first CCI*** victory: oh yeah, did that too.
Those accomplishments were all in a day’s work for James Alliston at Galway Downs. The 27-year-old California-based Brit asserted his dominance at every level, claiming the three-star title aboard India McEvoy’s Jumbo’s Jake and taking seventh on his own Parker II, snagging the runner-up spot in the CCI** with Tivoli, and scoring a surprise win in the one-star with Mojo.