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Megan Brincks

September 30, 2012

D-Niro Dominates Grand Prix Freesyle At Devon

Sept. 29, Devon, Pa.

Over the past month, Canada's Jacqueline Brooks has lived and breathed her new Grand Prix freestyle for D-Niro in preparation for Dressage At Devon.

Working with Tamara Williamson, Brooks created a freestyle with the music of four Canadian artists by starting with a drum track specifically designed for the 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (D-Day—Alitalia, Napoleon 625). Then they added the rest of the instruments and some light vocals.

September 29, 2012

Marcus Claims The Day Of Grand Prix Dressage At Devon

Devon, Pa., Sept. 28.

David Marcus started his weekend right at Dressage at Devon. By day's end on Friday, he'd won both the Grand Prix qualifier classes, beating out his competition by sneaking up the leaderboard at the end of the classes.

September 19, 2012

Springsteen Buys Olympic Gold-Medal Mount From Great Britain

Murka’s Vindicat W, the horse that Peter Charles rode on the gold-medal team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has been sold to U.S. rider Jessica Springsteen.

The 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Guidam—Oklahoma, Libero H) was owned by Peter’s wife, Tara, and Olga White. On Sept. 18, Peter announced the sale on his Facebook page.

September 12, 2012

Harmsen, Dutch Coach, Dies At Spruce Meadows

Sven Harmsen, chef d’equipe for the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation, suffered from a severe heart attack on Sept. 8 while at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary, Alberta. He was taken to a local hospital immediately, but he died Sept. 10. He was 51. 

September 10, 2012

Number Of West Nile Virus Cases Increases In 2012

After a low number of equine West Nile virus cases were reported in 2011—only 87 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service—a significantly higher number of cases in 2012 has prompted veterinarians to reiterate the importance of vaccinations and barn management.

September 5, 2012

Equine Canada Creates Hypersensitivity Task Force

After a recent resolution to discuss and research the current Fédération Equestre Internationale’s hypersensitivity protocol, Equine Canada has announced plans to develop a Hypersensitivity Protocol Task Force.

“We made a commitment to our athletes and our members that we would undertake a review,” said Equine Canada President Mike Gallagher in a statement. “We are honoring that commitment.”

August 29, 2012

Questions Arise Over Uthopia’s Owners

After Uthopia earned team dressage gold with Carl Hester at the Olympic Games for Great Britain, conflicting statements emerged concerning his owner.

Hester has never disputed that Uthopia, who was almost sold in December, will most likely be for sale now that the Games are done.

However, Horse & Hound raised the question in their Aug. 23 issue of who currently owns the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Metall—Odelia, Inspekteur).

August 15, 2012

Michigan Barn Fire Claims Nine Horses

A fire at WinterSpring Dressage—owned and operated by Michael and Sue Thome—took the lives of nine horses on Aug. 10.

Around 10 p.m. a driver saw the fire and stopped to alert the Thomes. Although the horses are typically turned out overnight, a cool rain prompted the Thomes to bring them inside. The Thomes owned two of the horses and seven were owned by clients.

August 14, 2012

Otis Barbotiere On The Mend

Otis Barbotiere, Boyd Martin’s mount for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, was diagnosed with a small lesion on the joint capsule of his ankle after being withdrawn during the final horse inspection at the Games.

Otis, a 10-year-old Selle Francais (Quidam de Revel—Java Barbotiere, Veneur de Baugy) gelding owned by the Otis Barbotiere Syndicate, galloped around the four-star cross-country course in Greenwich Park just a few seconds outside the time but then came up lame.

July 18, 2012

Region 5 Forges Dressage Gold

Lexington, Ky. - July 18

For the third year in a row, Region 5 won the dressage team gold at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, but the victory was not without challenges for both veteran and rookie riders.

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