Mrs. Ann Rickard Haller passed away August 25, 2019 in Manassas, Virginia at the age of 56. She was born September 2, 1962 at Fort Benning, Georgia to the late Col. Daniel Rickard and Meta Stuart Fooks Rickard.
Ann is survived by her mother, Meta Fooks Rickard of Columbus, Georgia; her brothers Paul Rickard (Brooke) of Midland, Georgia and Col. Tom Rickard (Elizabeth) of Ft. Meade, Maryland; her aunts Mary Alice "Tuke" Shoemaker of Belton, Texas and Mary Bolling Fooks Whittemore of Falmouth, Maine; and her uncles Robert Fooks (Peggy) of Norfolk, Virginia and James Rickard (Kay) of Traverse City, Michigan.
Ann was preceded in death by her late husband Mr. Roger Haller and by her father Col. Daniel Rickard.
Ann's love of horses and her involvement in the equestrian world began at the age of eight with the assistance of her aunt, Tuke Shoemaker, who introduced Ann to Pony Club. This grew into a lifetime passion and career, and led to her meeting and marrying a giant in the equestrian world, Roger Haller.
Working both together with Roger and on her own, Ann traveled the nation and the world, working everything from local horse shows to huge international events. Through it all, she always found time to work with the United States Pony Club.
With her quick smile and can-do attitude, Ann made countless friends throughout the equestrian world, friends who are shocked and saddened by her sudden passing.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am this Saturday, August 31 at Trinity Episcopal Church on First Avenue in Columbus, with a reception following.
Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.
A horse’s first steps out in the cross-country field determine the foundation upon which his entire cross-country education will be laid. How can you give your horse the best chance of success? What are some of the ways you can help teach your horse about cross-country jumping?
The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
In episode #251 Nicole catches up with Buck Davidson after his great second-place finish in the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase and then brings you all of the latest USEA news with the rest of the team. From tornadoes, prize money, and volunteers, it's all covered!