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October 18, 2013

Valentine Steals The Judges' Hearts At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 18

Last fall, Valentine was competing at her first indoor show with Jaime Auletto at Capital Challenge (Md.) and things didn’t go as planned.

The now-7-year-old German-bred mare was still quite green, and Auletto realized it was still a little too soon for the challenge.

Fast forward a year, and the pair came to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with more experience and confidence. They used that to their advantage to win the low amateur-owner, 18-35 championship and the grand low amateur-owner championship.

October 17, 2013

Game Ready Is Game On In PA Big Jump

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 17

As Conor Swail watched the six riders ahead of him in the jump-off of the $40,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump, his plans for Game Ready changed quickly.

He thought a nice, slow clear would get him a good placing when four riders dropped rails, but then Todd Minikus on Quality Girl, Brianne Goutal on Nice de Prissey and Kent Farrington on Willow put the pressure on with fast clears.

October 11, 2013

Colleen Rutledge Is Recovering At Home

Eventer Colleen Rutledge, who broke her hip in a fall at the Morven Park Horse Trials (Va.) on Oct. 5 has been released from the hospital after surgery. Rutledge is recovering at her Mt. Airy, Md., home.

As of Oct. 11, Rutledge is resting at home and has already started physical therapy. After eight to 12 weeks of being non-weight bearing, she’ll know more about when she can get back in the tack. She predicted it would be after the first of the year.

October 4, 2013

Oscar Aces The Test At Richland Park

In his first big event back after ankle surgery, Boyd Martin rides Trading Aces to the top of the CIC***.

On the 10-hour drive from Cochranville, Pa., to the Richland Park Horse Trials in Richland, Mich., Boyd Martin had plenty of time to think about strate­gies for his three-star mount, Trading Aces.

While the gelding, also known as “Oscar,” is “the complete package,” according to Martin, they just teamed up in 2012.

October 2, 2013

Crolick Comes Out On Top Of WCHR Developing Pro Rider Challenge

Oct. 2 – Upper Marlboro, Md.

Greg Crolick had to endure some good-natured joking from fellow riders all week at the Capital Challenge Horse Show as he prepared to ride Grey Street in the WCHR Developing Pro Challenge.

He’s been a professional for several years, but even at age 41, the Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based rider was technically qualified for the class.

September 30, 2013

The Good Witch Has Found Her Niche

When Jennifer Wooten decided to retire her four-star veteran, The Good Witch, a year and a half ago, she knew the mare wouldn’t be content sitting in a pasture.

“Pooh” had been around the world, traveling to Europe five times, completing four four-stars, and was short-listed for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.

September 25, 2013

Fast Facts About The AECs

Now in their tenth year, the Nutrena/U.S. Eventing Association’s American Eventing Championships are beginning a three-year stint at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas.

Kathy Brunson and her daughter, Kim, have transformed the horse park from a run-down farm to a multi-discipline show facility over the last several years. This year, in addition to hosting the AECs, the Brunsons have brought advanced level eventing to Area V, hosting the first-ever advanced division at their Texas Rose Horse Park Horse Trials in March.

September 23, 2013

A Horse Of Another Color

Gabriella Savatierre is used to getting stares as she heads into the children’s hunter ring on Queen Of Hearts.

While the cute mare is solid bay on her right side, look at the left, and it’s a different story. Savatierre has heard it all. “Is your horse a zebra?” “Is it soap?” “Did she get hurt?” “Is she sweating?”

“People always come up to me and ask me about her,” said Savatierre. “Every time I walk by, someone’s always pointing and staring at her. She’s kind of like a celebrity, I guess. People see her and say, ‘Oh my God, it’s the striped horse!’”

September 23, 2013

What Went Wrong At The Water?

Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville scored a big win in the CIC*** at the Plantation Field Horse Trials on Sept. 19-22 in Unionville, Pa., but it’s the horses that didn’t complete the course that made the most news.

September 17, 2013

2014 Palm Beach World Dressage Masters Canceled

After running for five years in Florida, the Palm Beach World Dressage Masters CDI***** has been canceled for 2014.

Michael Stone, president of Equestrian Sport Productions, which operates the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Fla., said that ESP wasn’t ruling out hosting the competition in 2015. But the current roster of shows, featuring six CDIs and culminating in a CDI*****, will keep the schedule full in 2014.

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