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Pony Jocks Race for Trip to Abu Dhabi

One lucky pony jockey will get a chance this November to represent the U.S. at the 2018 International Ponies Cup held during the H.H. Sheikha Latifa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The festival is the world’s richest Arabian horse racing event featuring nearly $1.4 million in prize money. Pony jockeys, ages 10-14, from Spain, Sweden, France, Belgium, New Zealand, Italy, United Kingdom and the U.S. will race in the International Ponies Cup. The U.S. rider representative will be selected this weekend on September 23 at the High Hopes Steeplechase in...

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Lucille’s Century Ride

By Lucille Frasca Harrigan (first published in the September 2018 print edition) I never realized how important horses were in my life until I worked on a memoir of my family for my grandkids. I searched my memory for my earliest recollections of my hometown, Pocantico Hills, NY. They were not of my mother or father, but of Joe Plick, the riding master at the Rockefeller estate where many of my family worked. I remember the smell of the impeccably kempt stable, the clip-clop of the hooves in the yellow brick aisle and the thrill of a five-year-old kid...

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Cami Pease Wins Big at AECs

On the final day of the American Eventing Championships, held at the Colorado Horse Park August 29-September 2, Cami Pease and her 18-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Vibrant found their redemption. Finishing on their dressage score, Pease and “Cal” won the Beginner Novice Amateur division and were crowned champions. “Ever since we had a stop on cross-country at Tryon at last year’s AECs, I’ve been saving up money to be able to make the trip to Colorado,” Pease stated. “It is pretty wild that we won and for him to have done this for me.” A native of California, Pease...

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PVDA Raises Thousands for Breast Cancer Research

by Marcia Mia, 2018 PVDA Ride for Life chair (First appeared in August 2018 issue of  The Equiery) 2018 marked the 15th Anniversary of the Potomac Valley Dressage Association’s (PVDA) Ride for Life, an annual dressage show to benefit Johns Hopkins University’s Breast Center. PVDA Board member Claire Lacey came up with “passion” as the winning theme for the show. Passion for life; passion for riding; passion for PVDA Ride for Life; passion for lifting each other up. This year’s show raised a total of $60,000 for the center. In addition to donations raised for Johns Hopkins, additional cash,...

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2018 Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame inductees selected

The Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame’s newest inductees include European champion El Gran Senor and renowned filly Caesar’s Wish. The selections of these Maryland-breds were made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members, coordinated by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Racing Media Association. El Gran Senor, a son of Northern Dancer, was foaled at his breeder E.P. Taylor’s Windfields Farm in Chesapeake City in April of 1981. One of the select few Northern Dancer sons to be kept by his breeder, El Gran Senor was named for his sire’s Hall of Fame trainer Horatio Luro. The colt was campaigned for Windfields Farm in partnership with Robert Sangster and was trained by Vincent O’Brien in Ireland. A champion at ages two and three in England and Ireland, El Gran Senor won seven of eight races in his career, earning $520,969. His victories included classic wins in the Irish Sweeps Derby G-1 and the English Two Thousand Guineas-G1. In 1984, he was selected as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old and champion grass horse. Retired from racing during the fall of his 3-year-old season, El Gran Senor came back to Maryland to stand his first season at stud alongside Northern Dancer at Winfields Farm in 1985. The colt was moved to Ashford Stud in Kentucky the following year, where he remained until his death at age...

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New USEA Requirements for BN & N 3Days!

This just in from the US Eventing Association! Effective August 1, 2018 the qualifications for the Beginner Novice and Novice Classic Three Day Events has changed to include the following: three horse trials at the same level or higher as the 3Day entered that meet the MERs (see below) plus one additional horse trials at the same level or higher with no more than 20 jump penalities two of these horse trials must be completed as the same horse and rider pair that is entering the 3Day these qualifications must take place within the 24 months prior to the start of the 3Day MERs (minimum eligibility requirement) are as follows: Dressage – no more than 50 penalty points Cross-Country – no jumping penalties and no more than 36-time penalties Show Jumping – no more than 16 jump penalties The changes have been made to insure that competitors at these levels are properly prepared for the classic three-day format. In the past, these levels only needed to complete four horse trials with any numerical score. There was no time limit to the requirements either and riders could have achieved these requirements on any number of different horses. USEA Classic Series Task Force Chair Gretchen Butts (Waredaca, Laytonsville) stated, “In the past, the Training and above competitors have been very prepared for this sort of competition but the Novice competitors have...

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