Tag: Now on Course

May 30, 2024

Now on Course: From Junk Yard to the AEC, Jack Run is Teaching Nair All About Eventing

Nicole Nair remembers the first time she rode Jack Run, her 14.2 hands high Morgan-Appaloosa cross gelding. It was October 27, 2019, and Nair says it was a day that changed her life.

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May 13, 2024 Eventing News

Now On Course: Devon MHF Has Found His Person in Samantha Thomas

Before his fifth birthday, Devon MHF has already passed through a number of different programs. As a 3-year-old, he was started in part of a lesson program where he learned a special trick of bucking people off before they ever got on. This was a trait he held onto.

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Apr 13, 2024 Profile

Now On Course: AEC Dreaming After a 30-Year Hiatus with Kelly O'Brien

Kelly O’Brien has her eye on a prize. “Pretty much the rest of this season will be targeted towards getting fired up for the AEC,” says O’Brien, 54. She and B E Never Say Never, a 19-year-old Dutch Warmblood, have qualified for the 2024 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds already, thanks to decisively winning all three of their 2024 outings thus far.

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Apr 07, 2024 Membership

Now On Course: More Than Just a Phase for 11-Year-Old Priscilla Pignatelli

Some kids are just born loving horses. Eleven-year-old Priscilla Pignatelli is the perfect example. “Her dad and I used to joke around that she has loved horses since she learned they said neigh,” recalled mother Grace Pignatelli. “We were non-horsey parents, so it took us a while to realize it wasn’t just a phase!”

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Mar 31, 2024 Membership

Now On Course: An Ode to Theo

Growing up in the pony hunters, my parents never wanted to buy a horse. They reasoned: "You'll grow out of them," or "They're too expensive." They made good points, not that I understood that at the time...

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Mar 27, 2024 Eventing News

Now On Course: Bondi Beach Brings Tyler Hope During Her Darkest Days

John Lennon famously said that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Rebecca Barber Tyler probably would agree.

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Mar 15, 2024 Profile

Now On Course: A Letter to My Horse

Dear Benji, this is one of those notes I wish I wasn't writing. But if I didn't get my thoughts to you in some (albeit cheesy) way, I might go crazier than the situation is already making me.

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Mar 07, 2024 Profile

Now On Course: Ava Chase is Back in the Saddle with 24-year-old Kingston

Ava Chase wasn’t quite sure what to think as she was handed the lead rope of Kingston, a 21-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred, in 2021. The gelding’s owner had heard of Chase, who runs a boarding barn in San Marcos, California, and knew she provided good care.

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Mar 02, 2024 Profile

Now On Course: Wolpert Gets A Second Shot at Pine Top

Macyn Wolpert and her pony 18-year-old Sport Pony Hallelujah were set to attend the Pine Top Intermediate Horse Trials (Thomson, Georgia) on Feb. 11 with cross-county day happily occurring on Wolpert’s 12th birthday.

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Feb 25, 2024 Profile

Now On Course: A Blue Ribbon Birthday for Bridges as She Tries Her Hand at Eventing

Marley Bridges lived and breathed gymnastics. “I started at the age of 5,” said Bridges. “You always had to have the time and the mindset for gymnastics. You had to allow yourself to commit to it. You had to commit to working out four hours a day, five days a week, doing cardio every single day, train every single day. You had to stay committed to yourself, the team, and the sport.”

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Feb 17, 2024 Profile

Now On Course: Kristen Brennan Conquers Life Challenges to Compete at the AEC

My victory lap around the Rolex Arena on my horse Snap Decision (“Geoffrey”) at the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds was the highlight of my equestrian career. Was I leading it? Nope. I brought up the rear with a 15th-place finish, but I was celebrating like I had just won a five-star. My joy was amplified by being surrounded by family and friends who were just as excited as I was.

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