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Lindsay Berreth

December 4, 2014

USEA Convention Preview: Should The Lower Levels Increase In Difficulty?

While there aren’t many rule change proposals on the table for this year’s U.S. Eventing Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention, to be held Dec. 3-7 in Fort Worth, Texas, there are two that if passed will affect the vast majority of USEA members.

November 24, 2014

Ringside Chat With Kristin Hardin: The Hotter The Better

Since the Chronicle last caught up with Kristin Hardin after she won the $25,000 HITS Arizona Grand Prix with Bert in March, she’s been on quite the winning streak.

In that article, which appeared in the March 31 issue, Hardin discussed the quirky Bert. “Every day I stay on him is a good day! They say I’m the only person who’s ridden him who hasn’t gone to the hospital, so I’m trying to keep it that way!”

November 21, 2014

Form Equals Function On Day 2 Of Mary King Clinic

Nov. 21 –Leesburg, Va.

Four jumps in an indoor ring doesn’t sound like much, but Mary King was able to create several challenges for horses and riders from advanced all the way down to novice on the second day of her clinic at Morven Park, presented by Kelly Gage of Team Engaged.

November 18, 2014

Heather Howland Found Her Perfect Partner In I’m Lovin’ It

Heather Howland wasn’t entirely sure of her plans for I’m Lovin’ It when she bought him eight years ago.

At 14, Howland just wanted a horse she could ride in the children’s hunters and maybe dabble in the jumpers, so 7-year-old “Tulle”, a Thoroughbred gelding, seemed like a good match.

November 18, 2014

Eventer Doug Payne Dips His Toe In Grand Prix

Eventer Doug Payne never expected he’d be capping off his season by placing eighth in the $30,000 RMI Grand Prix at the RMI Raleigh Benefit Horse show on Nov. 15 in Raleigh, N.C., but he’s never been one to pass on a nice horse and the opportunity to broaden his skills.

Payne, who brought several more of his lower level eventers to compete at the show, rode Michael Rubin’s Eli to eighth place in the class with just one rail down.

November 12, 2014

Aiken Horse Park Breaks Ground

On Nov. 8, friends and family of the late R. Bruce Duchossois unveiled plans for a new horse park in Aiken, S.C., and broke ground on what was a longtime dream for the horseman.

Duchossois, who owned top horses in driving, jumpers and eventing and rode as an amateur himself, purchased a 66-acre field and steeplechase track in August 2000 with the goal of preserving it from residential development. He hoped to turn it into South Carolina’s premiere horse park.

November 11, 2014

Baryshnikov High-Stepped His Way To The U.S. Dressage Finals

While Hackneys are normally known for their high-stepping leg action and talent for carriage driving, Baryshnikov is proving the breed can excel at the top levels of dressage.

The Hackney horse and his rider, Lisa Pierson, qualified to compete at the U.S. Dressage Finals in Lexington, Ky., at Intermediaire I on a wild card earned at the Region 8 Championships (N.Y.) and they came home with a seventh place finish (67.01%) in the open Intermediaire I championship, as well as a win (70.52%) and a second place (63.77%) ribbon in two other Intermediaire I classes.

November 6, 2014

One To Watch: Dundee And Jill Stowe Will Represent OTTBs At U.S. Dressage Finals

When Jill Stowe decided to take up riding again four years ago after a 20-year break, she knew she’d need to find a quiet, even-tempered horse that could handle her insecurities as she got back in the tack.

A 3-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred might not sound like the best choice for Stowe’s scenario, but when she met Dundee at the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Center in Lexington, Ky., she knew he was perfect.

November 3, 2014

Nicholson Steps Down From New Zealand High Performance Squad

The No. 2 event rider in the world, Andrew Nicholson, has asked to be removed from Equestrian Sport New Zealand’s 2015 high performance squad following a disagreement with a veterinarian at this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France).

October 29, 2014

USEF Bans Helmet Cameras

On Oct. 29 the U.S. Equestrian Federation released a statement banning riders from using helmet cameras in any USEF licensed or endorsed competitions. The decision is pending completion of an independent expert report on the safety of the cameras. 

The decision comes shortly after The Dutta Corp Fair Hill CCI officials banned helmet cameras on courses there in response to a similar rule in British Eventing. 

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