Twenty-one horses lined up and presented to the Ground Jury of Christian Landolt (SUI), Gretchen Butts (USA), and Judy Hancock (GBR) for their second horse inspection of the 2022 MARS Maryland Five Star.
Harry Mead (GBR) stepped in to assist Jennie Brannigan (USA) by presenting her two horses Twilightslastgleam and FE Lifestyle. The 12-year-old gelding owned by Nina and Tim Gardner FE Lifestyle was asked to present again, and was immediately accepted. The crowd waited with bated breath as second place rider Tamra Smith's mount Danito (Dancier x Wie Musik), owned by Ruth Bley was also asked to re-present. The 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding was quickly accepted upon second inspection.
Lisa Marie Fergusson (CAN) opted to save Honor Me for another day and did not present for the final horse inspection. The biggest drama of the morning came when Hannah Sue Hollberg's longtime partner, Jacqueline Mars' 19-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Harbour Pilot, was sent to the holding box. There was a long pause between the final horse and Harbour Pilot's second trot up and the crowd cheered as the horse passed the second inspection.
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If you are on the fence about attending the 2022 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention this December 7-11 in Savannah, GA, the schedule of thought-provoking and insightful educational sessions planned for the event is sure to convince you to register today! To learn more about the various sessions and their hosts, click here.
This summer, five USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Clinics took place across the country giving young riders the opportunity to hone in on their horsemanship skills, improve their consistency in the saddle and show ring, and create a pipeline for potential team riders by identifying and developing young talent. We caught up with many of the riders from the two West Coast sessions to hear their takes on the USEA’s newest program.
It’s about that time of year again when eventers across the country are packing their trunks and making arrangements to new locations for the winter months. While some owners might feel more comfortable transporting their own horses, time and resources make it more expedient for others to load their horses onto someone else’s rig for the potentially long journey to their winter quarters. For the safety and peace of mind of everyone involved – especially the equine passengers – two trusted shippers based on the east coast shared their tips for best practices when preparing horses for long trailer rides.
One of the most valuable awards at the Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event on October 21-23, 2022, were the prizes for the Road to the Three-Day Challenge. The Challenge started in July and ended at the Waredaca Classic in October. Novice and Training level riders had to compete in at least three of the events in the Challenge and Beginner Novice riders had to compete in at least two of the events, in addition to completing the Waredaca Classic.