Cross-country course designer and builder Jeff Kibbie was on the road to the Pine Top Horse Trials in Thomson, Georgia when he received a phone call that his friend and mentor Tremaine Cooper had been killed in an accident with a tree while working outdoors near his home in Virginia. It was the week before the Morven Park Horse Trials in Leesburg, Virginia, which Cooper had been designing and building for more than 30 years. Kibbie took care of business at Pine Top, and once the Intermediate and Preliminary divisions had run cross-country, he headed to Virginia and rallied a group of course builders to finish Cooper’s final project in time for the competition.
Today German eventer Ingrid Klimke became the first rider to win the eventing at the CHIO Aachen three times: in 2015 with SAP Escada, in 2017 with SAP Hale Bob OLD, and again today with SAP Hale Bob OLD. British rider Laura Collett was the overnight leader on London 52, but a runout at the final combination on course, the Stawag Complex, cost them the win.
With the home crowd cheering them on, German riders owned the top placings after the dressage phase of the CCIO4*-S at the CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival in Germany. The second-to-last horse and rider to enter the Deutsche Bank Stadium, Ingrid Klimke and the 2004 Oldenburg gelding SAP Hale Bob OLD (Helikon XX x Noble Champion) laid down a 20.7 to top the field in a super competitive dressage phase, closely followed by Michael Klimke and fischerChipmunk FRH with 21.5.
Volunteering is a great way to be involved in horse sports, whether you are an active competitor who wants to give back or you are a horse enthusiast who just wants to be involved. Every competitor in eventing must ride a dressage test, and every dressage judge at a horse trials or three-day event is required to have a scribe to write down their comments and scores during each ride so that they can focus on the horse and rider in front of them.
When Alexa Lapp started working for eventer Jennie Brannigan in 2012, the plan was to help out for a month or two until Brannigan found full-time help. Lapp traveled from her home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Ocala, Florida in the winter of her Junior year of high school, having finished a substantial amount of school credit in her Freshman and Sophomore years and completing her schooling with a combination of on-campus and online courses.
This has been a year of extreme highs and lows for Millbrook, N.Y. rider and trainer Booli Selmayr, 29, who runs Fox Valley Sport Horses.
Michelle Henry grew up in Fresno, California and joined the local Pony Club at age six. After her first successful cross-bar jumping lesson, she announced to her mother, Loris Henry, a now retired FEI 3*/4* event judge and current “S” dressage and “S” event judge, that she wanted to jump and do dressage.
Tim Murray of Hamilton, Mass. has ridden horses since he was a child, and began eventing as a teenager. He competed through the Intermediate level, and as his participation in the sport began to slow down, he decided to become a licensed official as a way to stay involved and to give back to the sport.
Key to any organized event are the Organizer and Secretary. There is no licensing program to be an Organizer or Secretary, but these are jobs for which any candidate should be well prepared.
Longtime eventing competitor Beth Perkins, of Rutherfordton, N.C., decided last year to take steps to become a “r” licensed cross-country course designer. Perkins has competed through the four-star level, representing the United States at the 1974 World Championships and 1975 Pan American Games.
Qualifying for the American Eventing Championships is an achievement for anyone, but it’s particularly special when an entire family can do it together.