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January 30, 2009

Pessoa Flies To The Top Of The Green Cove Springs CSI-W

The Brazilian rider outruns Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam in the first World Cup-qualifier of 2009.

Rodrigo Pessoa already has three FEI Show Jumping World Cup titles to his credit, but on Jan. 17, in Green Cove Springs, Fla., he made it clear he’s aiming to add another one.

Pessoa rode Let’s Fly to the top of the $100,000 Green Cove Springs CSI-W, held during the Jacksonville Winter II. His quick time as the last to jump off relegated Irishman Shane Sweetnam to second place on his new mount, Amaretto d’Arco.

January 23, 2009

The Winter Circuits Offer Something For Everyone

In Megan Martin’s article, “From Panthers To Ponies—The Evolution Of The Winter Equestrian Festival” (p. 12), she details the evolution of the country’s largest and oldest winter circuit.  I’m sure that when Gene Mische and William Ylvisaker looked out over that vacant field in Wellington, Fla., in 1978, they had no inkling what winter would be like for horse shows 30 years later.

January 19, 2009

Who Will Carry The Horn 50 Years From Now?

I suspect that all but the hunting diehards among our readers skip right by the Hunting section. Well, don`t do that this week. Take a special look at this issue`s lead article, because the story of Jordan Hicks, written and submitted by his father, John, is something special The clich saying goes something like "If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life." Those who are lucky enough to have found their true calling in life can attest to the truth of this. And it`s inspiring to read about them.

January 19, 2009

If We Tell The Stories, They Will Watch

I know that die-hard horse enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the airing of television coverage of such events as the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** and the Budweiser American Invitational. Having the opportunity to watch the legends of the sport compete is invaluable for fans and young riders, especially since many of them aren't necessarily able to travel to the shows to see them live. All those individuals who have worked so hard and invested so much to make it possible deserve many kudos and our gratitude, to be sure.

January 19, 2009

They've Shown Us That Anything Really Is Possible

There are times when it seems as if winning at the upper echelons of the sports we cover in the Chronicle is reserved for riders with large strings of phenomenally gifted-and expensive-horses, owners with deep pockets to buy them, and multiple sponsorship deals. As horse sports (like just about every other sport) have become more and more like a major business, the days of riders living out their hopes and dreams with a once-in-a-lifetime horse often appear to be fading.

January 19, 2009

Show Jumpers, It's Up To You To Fill The Seats

During the $150,000 Charlotte Grand Prix--the final event of the Charlotte Jumper Classic (N.C.) (see April 21, p. 8), the announcer repeatedly informed the crowd that the grand prix riders they were watching compete would appear after the end of the class to sign autographs.

January 19, 2009

Let's Not Forget Where The Medals Are Won

For most of the '90s, conversation about American show jumping centered around one issue-how can we catch up to the Europeans? After the glory days of the '80s, when U.S.

January 19, 2009

Horsemen Never Stop Dreaming

For thrills, some people ride roller coasters. Some jump out of planes. But those who want to experience really incredible highs and lows compete with horses.
Last year, Molly Ashe got to celebrate an exhilarating career high point when she won the Budweiser American Invitational; this year, she reached that peak again in a second thrilling victory (see story p. 16). But what most of the audience that night didn't realize was that in the 12 months between those wins, Ashe had to persevere through a challenge that she didn't expect.

January 19, 2009

Pony Jumpers Need More Than Speed

When the pony jumper division debuted in 1999, it was supposed to provide new opportunities for pony riders, a place where a child without the means to purchase a fancy model- and hack-winning pony could be competitive on the national level. And many ponies who weren't stars in the pony hunter ring could find a new forte as jumpers. Plus, we'd be giving junior riders a jump-start on their jumper education. But, has the division gone this way?
After watching the pony jumper divisions at the State Line Tack Pony Finals (see p.

January 19, 2009

Sundance Proves Himself In Centennial Field Hunter Championships

The blue ribbon hanging from Sundance's bridle after the Western District qualifier for the Centennial Field Hunter Championships wasn't just another prize for Terry Olsen. "This horse was a project, and over the years, people have told me to get rid of him, asking me why I keep him. So, I think it was a very special win," she said.

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