Sunday, Apr. 14, 2024




Jane* will never forget finding out what the actual price tag was on her favorite amateur horse. She’d flown to the Midwest to try a plain bay 11-year-old.

“He was an adequate mover, but he jumped just the way I rode. It was like magic, me getting on him,” Jane said. “I talked to my trainer in the aisle after I tried him and said, ‘He’s 11. He’s never shown on the East Coast. He’s not pretty. $50,000 seems like a lot,’ since that was the top end of my budget.

“He told me, ‘I’ve already tried to get the price down, and they’re firm at $50,000.’ ”

Irving E. Goldman

Horseman Irving E. Goldman of Franklin, Mich., died on Aug. 13. He was 90.

Mr. Goldman was born on April 30, 1923, to Harry and Bertha Goldman in Detroit.

He attended Michigan State University but was called to serve in World War II during his sophomore year. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry and saw combat in Europe.

Irene C. Acker

Horsewoman Irene C. Acker died of Alzheimer’s disease on Aug. 10 in Wilmington, N.C. She was 93.

Mrs. Acker was born in New York City on June 25, 1920, and lived there and on Long Island until the early 1970s when she moved to the Tryon, N.C., area for access to more hunting country.

It all started with a $25 donation from a para-equestrian. Or maybe it was the 17-year-old truck that set the wheels in motion. The whole thing might even go all the way back to the mare with a broken cannon bone.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when and where Molly Martin began her journey with H Wrendition to the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix National Championship (p. 40), but looking back on it now, it still seems a little surreal to the Redmond, Wash., trainer.


As a child, Valarie Wolf was inspired to paint when she visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and saw a nearly life-sized Landseer painting of horses.

“Oils are my media of choice,” said Wolf, of Irvine, Calif. “I cannot resist the way they blend and the richness they impart to a painting. A favorite aspect of using these amazing paints is the infinite mixture of colors that can be achieved.”

Jonathan Sheppard scores his 14th New York Turf Writers win with a homebred.

My big, fat Italian Wedding? Well, not anymore.

Italian Wedding, as Jonathan Sheppard explained, “was quite small when he was a young horse and a little on the chubby side. He was kind of...cute, but he didn’t look really look like any major race horse. He looked like a fat little pony.”

Championship week in Kentucky showcased a vision a long time in the making.

I just returned from an amazing week in Kentucky, and it was all about hunters! World-class horses and riders all came together for two championship classes, the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships and the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship (see Sept. 2, pgs. 18 & 30).

The Olympic gold medalists eke out the title over the German defending European champions in Denmark.

British hearts jumped into their throats when Hello Sanctos toppled a rail at the first element of the triple combina­tion. In the final round, Scott Brash had enjoyed a cushion of one rail to clinch a gold medal, and now that cushion was gone. Tensions rose.

New partnerships and old friendships pay off with a training level team win in California.

Most people attempting a new level for the first time keep their goals modest—finish on their dressage score or finish in the top 10 perhaps—but during the Shepherd Ranch Horse Trials in Santa Ynez, Calif., held Aug. 23-25, the four members of the winning training team at The Chronicle of the Horse/USEA Western Adult Team Challenge surpassed their modest goal of completing to take the win with four new partnerships.



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