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Lindsay Berreth

December 2, 2013

I’ve Been Ripped Is Making His Mark In The Dressage Ring

When Jessica Fussner first laid eyes on I’ve Been Ripped ++//, she couldn't have dreamed she’d be cantering down centerline with him, let alone at the FEI levels. But 14 years later, Fussner’s earned her U.S. Dressage Federation bronze and silver medals aboard the Arabian-Paint cross, and she’s set on achieving gold.

Fussner first met “Rip” when he was a foal. Her aunt bred him, and Fussner's family bought him as a 2-year-old. She'd grown up competing Arabians in breed shows, so naturally began training and showing Rip with that focus in mind. 

November 22, 2013

USEF Seeking Eventing Show Jumping Coach

The U.S. Equestrian Federation and the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team have begun the search for an eventing show jumping coach. This individual will be responsible for evaluating and improving the show jumping skills of training-listed riders and the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. This individual will report directly to David O'Connor, team coach.

November 21, 2013

Brian Ross Retires

Brian Ross has judged and officiated at the biggest events on nearly every continent for the last 35 years, but on Nov. 17 he judged his last ride at the Full Moon Farm Horse Trials in Finksburg, Md.

And while that last rider may have forgotten her final salute during her Introductory test, the eventing community certainly won’t forget the contributions Ross has made as a judge, course designer and official. 

November 20, 2013

Crowd Sourcing Is Helping Kate Gillespie Get Back On Her Feet

March 6, 2012, began much like any other day for Kate Gillespie. She spent most of it at her job as barn manager for dressage riders Steffen and Shannon Peters at their Arroyo Del Mar in San Diego. 

But then she added one more thing to her schedule. She hopped on a horse after her work was done and leaned down to put his noseband in the keeper. As she did, the horse reared, smashing her in the head and flipping over on top of her, crushing her.

November 18, 2013

Allison Springer Acquires Lionheart

Four-star eventer Allison Springer has secured the ride on William Fox-Pitt’s 2012 London Olympic Games mount, Lionheart.

The gelding, who most recently finished fourth in the Luhmühlen CCI**** (Germany), was part of Great Britain’s silver-medal winning team in London. He'd previously finished third in his first CCI**** at Pau (France).

November 15, 2013

Old Salem Farm Purchases Grand Central Farm

Scott Hakim and his family, who own Old Salem Farm, have purchased Grand Central Farm in North Salem, N.Y., for $14,902,000.

“We started a long time ago looking at this and just finally finalized it last Friday,” said Old Salem Farm facilities manager Alan Bietsch. “Right now the intent is to keep it as an equestrian boarding and training facility.”

November 13, 2013

Lund Turns Tragedy Into Triumph At U.S. Dressage Finals


While Kristy Truebenbach Lund, DVM, was thrilled to bring home the adult amateur Intermediaire II championship with Reel Adventure and the fourth level freestyle reserve championship with Akvavit at the inaugural U.S. Dressage Finals, the rest of her weekend was something she’ll want to forget.

November 8, 2013

Kessler Honored with Longines Rising Star Award

Reed Kessler can add another accomplishment to her name as she was awarded the Longines Rising Star Award at the Fédération Equestre Internationale Awards Gala, presented by Longines, in Montreux, Sweden on Nov. 8. 

Kessler’s achievements in the last year are numerous as she’s built up a string of horses and become a fixture on the international show jumping circuit.

Kessler has been making headlines ever since she represented the United States at the London Olympic Games in 2012 with Cylana, just a few months after her 18th birthday.

November 6, 2013

Confidence Is Key Over Fences For Fox-Pitt

It was back to basics over fences for riders on Day 2 of the William Fox-Pitt clinic organized by Kelly Gage of Team EnGaged at Morningside Training Farm in The Plains, Va.

Fox-Pitt is a master of technique over fences, but his focus for the day was on teaching the horses to be independent and confident, whether they were jumping one foot or 3’6”.

November 4, 2013

Livingstone Has Touched Many Lives

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Hawley Bennett-Awad walked into the main ring at Galway Downs for the final time on her four-star veteran Livingstone.

As announcer Mike Tucker read Bennett-Awad’s tribute aloud, she fought back tears while “Hank’s” support group, including Bennett-Awad’s husband, Gamal Awad, threw a cooler over his back and gave him plenty of pats.

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