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Lindsay Berreth

May 13, 2016

One To Watch: Young Rider And Pony Clubber Madeline Backus Tackles Her First CCI*** At Jersey Fresh

Madeline Backus and P.S. Arianna have traveled from beginner novice to advanced, and from Colorado to the East Coast, and their journeys have landed them at their first CCI*** this weekend at the Jersey Fresh International.

A graduate A Pony Clubber, Backus, 20, has lived and competed for much of her life in Colorado. Backus’ mother, Laura, operates Pendragon Stud Equestrian Center in Larkspur, Colo., where she breeds Trakehner-Thoroughbreds crosses for careers in eventing and dressage.

May 11, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: ISO A Fancypants Unicorn

The search for the perfect amateur horse can be tough—slugging through online ads, picking a few horses to try, spending hours in the car only to find out the seller left out some important details or just not clicking with the horse, then starting the process again.

So when Britt Gillis suddenly found herself looking for a new partner, she decided she’d better be specific.

May 9, 2016

Horse Euthanized After Fall At Munich CSI***

Irish rider Eoin McMahon and QuestFinder fell at the water jump while competing at the Grand Prix of Munich CSI*** (Germany). McMahon, 20, was hospitalized, and QuestFinder was euthanized after the fall on May 8.

The 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Quintender—Cassandra, Landstreicher) fractured his leg and was euthanized due to his injury.

May 1, 2016

Prince Panache Euthanized At 32

Karen O’Connor’s four-star partner Prince Panache was euthanized on May 1 due to complications from old age. He was 32.

Owned by O’Connor’s longtime supporter Jacqueline Mars, the bay Thoroughbred gelding by Nickel King was a fixture on the U.S. eventing team for more than a decade.

Sourced by Susie Pragnell, O’Connor got the ride after the gelding won the Windsor CCI** in England in 1992.

He and O’Connor went on to complete the Rolex Kentucky CCI*** in 1996 and placed fifth at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** in 1998.

April 29, 2016

Di Grazia Explains Key Combinations On The Rolex Cross-Country Course

With 29 numbered obstacles and more than 40 jumping efforts, this year’s Rolex Kentucky CCI**** course is as big and bold as ever.

An optimum time of 11 minutes and 15 seconds at a speed of 570 meters per minute over 6400 meters, Derek di Grazia’s course will prove tough, and those that aren't accurate, bold and fit might struggle.

We took a walk with di Grazia, now in his sixth year of designing at Rolex, to learn more about some of the key combinations.

The Head Of The Lake

April 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Stephen Bradley and Dr. Doolittle Conquered Rolex Kentucky 20 Years Ago

Stephen Bradley had a lot on his mind as he cantered down the centerline at the 1996 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Dr. Doolittle.

Having been eliminated after a cracking cross-country round at the Burghley Horse Trials CCI**** (England) the year before due to spur marks on Dr. Doolittle’s sides, Bradley needed to complete Rolex, then a CCI***, to show the U.S. selectors that they were worthy of the team for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

April 26, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Doesn't Play Fair

“He got his name for a reason!” Maya Black said with a laugh as she led me to the stall of her four-star horse Doesn’t Play Fair.

“He’s just a little opinionated about life. I always think he could have been named Napoleon,” she said.

Standing at the back of his stall, “Cody” clearly didn’t want to be bothered after he’d put in one of the best dressage tests of his career at the Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC*** (N.C.) to tie for the lead.

April 18, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Manoir De Carneville

“It’s the running joke now—it’s too late to train him, so we just go with this knowing full well it’s Tate’s world, and we live in it,” joked Sinead Halpin as she introduced me to her longtime partner Manoir de Carneville.

April 18, 2016

UPDATED: 2016 Rolex Kentucky CCI**** Withdrawals

With just over a week to go until the first horse inspection at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, names are starting to come off the original list of 90 due to injuries and re-routes. We'll update this list as withdrawals are announced.

Jennie Brannigan and Catalina

On April 15, Brannigan announced via her Facebook page that she was withdrawing the mare to focus on a spring CCI***.

April 10, 2016

Black’s Ready For Rolex With A Win At The Fork CIC***

Norwood, N.C.—April 10

If you had a big, wide table phobia, today’s CIC*** course at The Fork might have given you some sleepless nights.

But those gigantic galloping tables gave Maya Black and the diminutive Doesn’t Play Fair no trouble at all as they galloped home with the fastest time of the day to take the win over 53 other pairs.

Horses bound for the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** made up much of the division, and each pair had their own plan for the day.

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