Month: February 2018

18-year-old super-stallion retires in emotional finale; Colombia’s Carlos Lopez finishes a close second ahead of Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders in third

In a fairytale finish to his fabulous career, the 18-year-old super-stallion Taloubet Z carried Christian Ahlmann to victory in front of their home crowd at the tenth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2017/2018 Western European League in Leipzig, Germany today. Last to go in an edge-of-the-seat 15-horse jump-off it seemed it would be almost too good to be true if they could beat the rest of the world-class field at a show where they enjoyed so many successes over the years. But they did it and, in his usual style, the extraordinary Taloubet made it look...

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Pacific and Central European League athletes earn tickets to Paris Final

Australia’s Hanna tops the Pacific League Final; Russia’s Merkulova and Karasiova from Belarus claim the two Central European slots by Louise Parkes Pacific and Central European League athletes earn tickets to Paris Final Mary Hanna AUS LWS.jpg Australia’s Mary Hanna claimed the single available qualifying spot for the FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2018 Final in Paris (FRA) in April when coming out on top at the Pacific League Final at Boneo Park, Boneo (AUS) last Saturday riding Calanta. (FEI/Stephen Mowbray   Mary Hanna (63) claimed the single available qualifying spot for the FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2018 Final in...

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Espoir lives up to his name and produces a brilliant win for Belgium’s Devos in Bordeaux

A brilliant performance from his horse called Espoir secured a place at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2018 Final for Belgium’s Pieter Devos (31) at the second-last leg of the Western European League in Bordeaux (FRA) tonight. Setting a sizzling standard at the halfway-stage of the 10-horse jump-off against the clock, the pair couldn’t be caught despite the best efforts of three-time champion Marcus Ehning (43) from Germany who had to settle for runner-up spot and Spain’s Manuel Fernandez Saro (43) who lined up in third.

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Getting Ready to Travel

It has been a tough winter, but it is time to set our sights on the new riding season. The cabin fever approaching now can be worse than the flu season!

In preparation for travel and focusing on your horse trailer, it might be to early to un-winterize the trailer, but here are a few things you really need to do now.

I spent a good amount of time talking to the Federal folks and our state Motor Vehicle folks about new laws and regulations on horse trailers for traveling. 

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A Grand, National Event

  Photo by Stacey MacNaught, CC BY2.0 With an estimated TV audience of between 500 and 600 million people around the globe, The Grand National is one of the top horse races in the world. In the U.K., more people have a bet than with any other race, making it a national institution. But just what is it about this iconic steeplechase that makes it stand out from the rest of the racing calendar? It is not the oldest race in Britain — all the so-called Classics, including the St Ledger, The Derby, The Oaks and the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, are all older. Nor is it the richest, with the Derby’s £1.5 million ($2.1 million) dwarfing the National’s £1-million ($1.4 million) prize pot.  Painting by William Tasker in public domain For many people, it is the sheer scale and spectacle of The Grand National that attracts their interest. At 4 miles 514 yards, it is a real test of stamina, and just getting around is an achievement. Add in a cavalry charge of 40 horses tackling 30 towering fences, including the 5’2” Chair, the 5’5” Valentines and the 5’8” Beecher’s Brook, and it’s easy to see why the highest number of finishers on record is as low as 23. Of all the British horseraces, the history of The Grand National has the most excitement and romance attached to...

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