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Megan Brincks

March 18, 2013

WCHR Adds West Coast Hunter Spectacular

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association World Championship Hunter Rider Task Force is launching the West Coast Hunter Spectacular, to be held on April 20.

The competition, part of the Flintridge Spring Classic in La Canada Flintridge, Calif., will include two rounds where professionals, juniors and amateurs compete head to head.

Created to mirror the excitement of the Palm Beach Spectacular (Fla.), the West Coast Spectacular will offer at least $30,000 in prize money.

March 18, 2013

FEI Proposes Four-Person Teams Across Disciplines For 2016 Olympics

Like the 2012 London Games, 200 horses will participate in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, set for Aug. 6-18, but fewer eventers will take to the field, allowing more dressage riders to compete.

The Federation Equestre International released a report of proposed changes to be discussed at the FEI Sports Forum, April 8-9, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

March 14, 2013

Junior Art Gallery Is Now Open

For the 18th consecutive year, the Chronicle will present the Junior Art Gallery in our annual Junior And Pony Issue, published on June 24. All readers 18 years and younger may submit entries for our consideration.

Artistic submissions must be related to sport with either horse or hound. They can be any medium, except photographs. We’ll consider original artwork, high-quality reproductions of artwork, or high-quality photos of artwork.

March 5, 2013

Steiner Begins Last Year Of International Judging

Five-star judge Axel Steiner will conclude his career as an FEI judge at the end of 2013, but he plans to continue judging nationally for the foreseeable future.

Last weekend, March 1-3, Steiner officiated at the Palm Beach Derby CDI-W (Fla.), which celebrated its 30th anniversary. Steiner judged the first Palm Beach Derby, and a slight mix-up sparked rumors that it was his last trip to the judge’s box.

March 4, 2013

Horsemeat Scandal Continues

The news reports of horse DNA in products across Europe continue multiplying as testing turns up more positive results.

February 21, 2013

EPA Approves Birth Control For Wild Horses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services’ National Wildlife Research Center announced on Feb. 13 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted regulatory approval for the use of GonaCon-Equine immunocontraceptive vaccine in adult female wild or feral horses and burros. GonaCon was developed by NWRC scientists and is the first single-shot, multiyear wildlife contraceptive for use in mammals. 

February 5, 2013

Chapot Recovering From Broken Pelvis

Show jumper Laura Chapot sustained injuries on Feb. 3 when a horse she was schooling in Wellington, Fla., fell. Chapot broke her collarbone and pelvic bone.

“The horse got tangled in the rail in the schooling area and fell, and I fell,” explained Chapot, of Neshanic Station, N.J. “It could be a lot worse. [The doctor] said it’s very lucky; the places that are actually broken are not the worst places.”

Currently Chapot, 41, is still in the hospital, although she hopes to be moved to a rehabilitation center within a few days. She does not anticipate needing surgery.

January 30, 2013

Wysocki Returns Home Safe After Algerian Terrorist Attack

Steven Wysocki, husband of dressage rider, trainer and judge Kristi Wysocki, has returned to Colorado after narrowly escaping Islamic terrorists while working in Algeria.

Steve, who works for British Petroleum, was based at an oil plant in Northern Africa for about a week on a regularly scheduled trip when terrorists attacked the plant.

Kristi was speaking with Steve on the phone when the attack took place, and at first Steve thought it was a power outage. A quick text message alerted Kristi that all was not well.

January 28, 2013

No More Horse Shows For Pebble Beach

The Pebble Beach Equestrian Center (Calif.) will no longer host horse shows or dressage competitions.

The area used for equestrian competition at the Pebble Beach Resort, owned by the Pebble Beach Company, will be flattened and converted into a grass turf area, which will be used to unload cars for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an annual car show. The polo field will become a driving range.

January 25, 2013

EHV-1 Breaks Out In New Jersey

Two New Jersey Horse farms, one in Gladstone and one in Pompton Plains, are under quarantine after a horse at the Gladstone farm tested positive for the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus-1.

The infected horse attended a horse show in Newburgh, N.Y., on Jan. 12. After he tested positive, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture traced his movements and found 11 horses in New Jersey had been exposed. None of the other horses have shown signs of the disease.

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