Jan 25, 2021

In Memoriam: John Pingree (1933-2021)

By The Boston Globe - Edited Press Release
John Pingree (far right) along with Dianne, Karen O'Connor, and Max Corcoran.

John R. Pingree a lifelong resident of Hamilton, Mass. passed away Tuesday evening, January 19, 2021, at the age of 87. He was the husband of Dianne (Tuzik) Pingree. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Sumner A. and Mary (Weld) Pingree. John grew up on Flying Horse Farm, his parents' farm. He graduated from Brooks School before joining the Air Force, where he served from 1952-1956.

He was a local business owner, selling Hatteras Yachts out of Gloucester and Beverly in the 1960s and 1970s, after which he took over running Flying Horse Farm. He embraced his family and wife's passion for horses and organized and hosted multiple three-day events at Flying Horse Farm, which included Flying Horse Horse Trials, one of the first three-day events in the U.S., and three Young Riders Competitions. John also owned the great Bally Mar who was competed by Jim Stamets and Karen O'Connor through the CCI5* level. John, along with his wife Dianne, were awarded a USEA Governor's Cup in 2019 for their service to the sport.

An avid yachtsman, John was always happiest when at sea. He cruised all around the world with family and friends, first on Meridian and then Great Admiral, crossing the Atlantic four times, always as captain. He enjoyed being a member of The Cruising Club of America. John was a longtime benefactor, trustee, and member of the Head's Leadership Council at Pingree School. He was a member of Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham, Myopia Hunt Club, and Singing Beach Club. In his younger years, John served as a volunteer fireman for the Town of Hamilton.

In addition to his wife with whom he shared 51 years of marriage, he is survived by his two daughters, Mary P. Fisher and her husband Edward of Vt. and Sioux Pingree of N.H.; four sons, John R. Pingree, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Ga., Alexander W. Pingree of Ala., Stephen H. Pingree and his wife Deborah of Maine, and Theodore E. Ober and his wife Kimberly of Hamilton; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was also predeceased by his two brothers, Sumner Pingree, Jr. and Charles W. Pingree, his daughter-in-law, Cindy Pingree, and granddaughter Aubrey Pingree.

His services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to Windrush Farm, www.windrushfarm.org Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Mass. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com

May 12, 2021 Competitions

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Announces $300,000 Prize Money for Inaugural Event

The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced athletes and horses in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill (CCI5*-L) will be competing for $300,000 in prize money. Additionally, the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Eventing National Championship (CCI3*-L), running in conjunction with the 5 Star, will award $25,000 in prize money. Both events, as well as the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Young Event Horse East Coast Championships, will take place this October 14-17 at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, Maryland.

May 12, 2021 Education

Pre-Purchase Examination 101: With Dr. Shauna Spurlock

You’ve seen a horse you like. You’ve ridden it; you love it. The money’s right; you’ve agreed to buy it. What happens next?

Pre-purchase veterinary examinations are one of those topics that a roomful of horsey people could discuss - and argue amongst themselves about - for hours. For the amateur rider, that can be confusing and slightly alarming.

So, let’s simplify it. What is a pre-purchase examination, why are they done, and what should you expect?

May 11, 2021 Intercollegiate

Eyes on the Prize at the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships

The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.

May 10, 2021 Eventing News

2021 FEI MER Changes effective July 1

The FEI passed rule changes impacting Minimum Eligibility Requirements in November 2020 that go into effect on July 1, 2021. The changes will impact athletes who are uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes competing at the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L, and CCI5*-L levels. Please see below for the highlighted changes. The USEF requirements to compete at these levels remain unchanged, but please remember that the USEF requirements must be achieved within 12 months of the competition. These changes will be adopted into the USEF Eventing Rulebook by July 1. See Appendix 3 for qualification requirements.

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