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Megan Brincks

January 25, 2013

Cargill Purchases Pennfield Corporation

Cargill has purchased two animal feed mills previously held by Pennfield Corporation, but it plans to continue manufacturing the Pennfield equine feeds.

Pennfield filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in October 2011, after which Cargill made a bid on the company. The sale was finalized on Jan. 21.

January 21, 2013

Salomon Resigns As Dressage Managing Director

Eva Salomon has resigned from her position as managing director and chef d’equipe of dressage for the U.S. Equestrian Federation, but she plans to continue working with the U.S. dressage program.

Salomon, who has worked for the USEF for three years, will move back to her home country of Sweden at the beginning of February to spend time with and care for her mother. In November, Salomon’s mother, who will soon turn 90, became ill.

“It’s difficult to be far away,” said Salomon. “It’s not like you can jump on a plane and be there straight away.”

January 17, 2013

New Statement Released On Burnell Case

After a three-hour hearing, an Independent Hearing Officer ruled on Jan. 14 that the Marin Humane Society was justified in seizing two horses from Gray Fox Farm on Dec. 27.

January 16, 2013

Fundraising Efforts Continue For Seized Horses

After four horses were seized from a property in Marin County, Calif., equestrians across the country have banded together to raise monetary support for the Marin Humane Society, the organization in charge of the ongoing investigation. They came together on a thread on the Chronicle forums to discuss the seizure of horses from breeder Jill Burnell and the fundraising efforts evolved f

January 14, 2013

Equestrian Community Helps Injured Show Secretary

Ashlyn Bell, the executive secretary for the South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association, broke most of her ribs and her back in a fall on Jan. 2 while trail riding. She also suffered from a collapsed lung.

On Jan. 10, she underwent surgery to repair some of the damage to her back, and friend Lewis Pack reported that it went well.

January 7, 2013

Updated: Humane Society Seizes Four Horses From Gray Fox Farm

The Marin Humane Society in California seized two horses from a farm in the Chileno Valley area of West Marin on Dec. 27 and two additional horses on Jan. 4.

Investigators seized a stallion, now being treated at the University of California in Davis, and a malnourished mare on Dec. 27.

January 2, 2013

Mark Todd Knighted

Mark Todd, advanced eventer for New Zealand, was named a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of the Merit at the New Year Honours for his services to equestrian sport.

“It’s very humbling, really,” said Todd in an interview with the New Zealand Herald. “It's going to take a bit of getting used to. I don't think it's going to make any difference, but it's wonderful.”

December 26, 2012

The Barteau Family Makes Christmas A Special Production

With horses to ride, lessons to teach and barns to manage all year long, many professional riders and trainers enjoy a little downtime during the holidays.

But Yvonne Barteau, Grand Prix rider and trainer at KYB Dressage in Maple Park, Ill., went the opposite route when she decided to create an elaborate Christmas production on horseback filled with lights, fog, snow, music, singers, costumes and just about every horse and rider in her barn.

December 19, 2012

Hester And Uthopia Take Final Competition Ride At Olympia

Carl Hester and Uthopia have completed their last competition together as of Dec. 18. According to EuroDressage, a bank placed an injunction on Uthopia, who won team gold at the Olympic Games in London with Hester, as part of a bankruptcy dispute with owner Sasha Stewart.

December 12, 2012

Updated: Dujardin Tries To Gather Valegro Syndicate

Although Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin have never denied that double Olympic gold medalist Valegro is for sale, Dujardin told the Press Association Sport that she’s making an effort to syndicate 49 percent of the gelding and keep him in Great Britain.

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