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Megan Brincks

November 13, 2012

Kentucky Barn Fire Claims 10 Horses’ Lives

A barn fire in La Grange, Ky., northeast of Louisville, killed 10 horses on Oct. 29.

Around 3:30 a.m., a neighbor reported a fire at the barn that was home to the Thoroughbreds. Major Keith Smith of the La Grange Fire and Rescue Department said firefighters arrived on the scene only a few minutes later to find the 6,700 square foot building in flames.

Although the fire department quickly ruled that the fire was not suspicious – there was no insurance on the building or animals – the cause of the fire is undetermined. The horse owners were renting the property.

November 12, 2012

Ram Tap To Continue As Fresno County Horse Park

After hearing the announcement that November would mark the last horse trials at Ram Tap, the local equestrian community expressed shock and sadness. But one eventer from the Fresno area decided to take matters into his own hands. John Marshall, a commercial real estate broker who events at the novice level, will take over the operation of the facility starting in early December.

November 5, 2012

Group Forms Amateur Rider Association Of America

A group of amateur horse show competitors created the Amateur Rider Association of America with the intention of bettering the show experience for amateurs.

The riders seek to promote fair competition and an improved quality of experience in the amateur divisions on the A-rated show circuit.

Although the ARAA plans to start by focusing on the jumper divisions, Ariane Stiegler, one of the founding members, said they hope to extend to the hunter divisions as well.

November 2, 2012

Chopping And Johnston Welcome Second Son

Jennifer Johnston and Harold Chopping welcomed their second son, Charles James, into their family on Oct. 1 at 6:22 a.m.

Charles was born 8 pounds, 1 ounce and 20 ½ inches long to the hunter/jumper training and riding couple based out of Solo Show Stables in Southern Pines, N.C.

“He is a wonderful baby and is already sleeping through the night. We are so happy to add to our family and give out son William a little brother,” said the couple.

November 1, 2012

Fox-Pitt Welcomes Third Child

Four-star event rider William Fox-Pitt and his wife, Alice Plunkett, welcomed their third child, a girl, into their family on Oct. 30.

According to a Twitter post by Plunkett (@aliceplunkett), the baby girl, who has yet to be named, was born at 9 pounds, 1 ounce.

The baby girl joins her brothers Oliver, 6, and Thomas, 5, in the horse-centered family. Fox-Pitt and Plunkett run a horse training facility in Dorset, England, and Plunkett works in broadcast journalism as a horse racing reporter.

October 27, 2012

Cylana Scores Big At The President's Cup

Washington D.C.—Oct. 27.

Reed Kessler knew she was lucky to draw last in the order of go in the $100,000 President’s Cup CSI-W, but she also realized it would take more than luck to win the class at the Washington International Horse Show.

October 24, 2012

SmartPak Introduces Improved SmartDigest® Ultra And New ColiCare™ Program

Wouldn’t it be nice never to have to worry about colic again?  While no one can make that happen, SmartPak sure can help!

October 24, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival On Track For Debut Nov. 17-18

The Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival and Country Life Holiday Shopping Expo ( will welcome competitors, spectators and shoppers to the Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD for the first time this month. Entries are still being accepted for all classes and sections as well as for the Saturday evening Medal, Maclay, WIHS and USEF Talent Search.

October 17, 2012

Vilhelmson-Silfven Sells Favourit

Favourit, one of Swedish rider Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven’s Grand Prix mounts, has been sold to Germany’s Sanneke Rothenberger, according to

The 13-year-old Rhinelander (Fidermark—Wapita, Worldchamp) will go to Rothenberger, 19, after Vilhelmson-Silfven competes the gelding at the CDI-W Odense (Denmark) this weekend.

October 14, 2012

The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Are Underway

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 14

The Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals are underway at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and the Chronicle is here to provide coverage of all the action.

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