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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.