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Equestrian Journalism – Endangered or extinct?

January 1st, 2012 at 2:31 am

Recently American equestrian journalist, Molly Sorge has raised a number of issues relating to the future of equestrian journalism on her blog at Chronicle of the Horse: in response I have written the following: I wish I’d read Molly Sorge’s op/ed outlining her fact checking process after the death of Hickstead, a month earlier,…[More]

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Northern Hector Dies

December 7th, 2011 at 2:25 am

Tragedy struck at Werribee, where Blas Lago’s Northern Hector, collapsed and died during a training session for the Saddleworld Dressage Festival. There was a vet at the scene of the mishap, but nothing could be done for the horse. Our sympathy goes out to Blas who with Hector was always a crowd favorite.

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Mystery Whisper sold!

November 29th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Heath Ryan’s four star eventer, Mystery Whisper,  has been sold to clients of Phillip Dutton – and as part of the deal, Phillip will have the ride on the horse in the trials for the US eventing team to go to the London Games next year. Mystery Whisper is very much Heath’s creation – he…[More]

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Help the USA qualify for the Paralympics at the Saddleworld Dressage Festival – Horses Needed!

November 27th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

The American Paralympic Horse Riding team needs help to qualify for London and are coming to Australia in an effort to do this. Only one slight hitch in the plan – horses! They are in need of two 4th level and above horses for two American riders in Grade II and Grade III. Both riders ride…[More]

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Animo Dies Aged 29, read his breeding analysis.

November 17th, 2011 at 12:27 am

The Dutch Warmblood showjumper, Animo has died at the age of 29 in the United Kingdom. The stallion was euthanased due to problems with his teeth and a sinus infection. He was a standout showjumper and produced many famous offspring. Below is an extract on Animo from The Making of the Modern Warmblood: from Gotthard…[More]

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Bundeschampionate 2011 – the greatest young horse show of them all!

November 11th, 2011 at 6:59 am

All the great shows have their own special quality, an atmosphere that hits you anew each time you walk through the gate. I guess the special quality at the Bundeschampionate is that it is so completely unpretentious:  a series of arenas set up in the woods and open spaces that surround the German Olympic Training…[More]

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Blood rule to be voted on this weekend…

November 9th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

The FEI’s proposed blood rule will be voted on this weekend at the FEI General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There has been public outcry and heated debate about the proposed rule, which was released in June, with cries of animal cruelty and labelling of dressage as a ‘Blood Sport’. There are a number…[More]

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Ashlea has her Day

November 7th, 2011 at 2:52 am

Ashlea Day has been chosen by the EA to represent Australia at the 2011 Young Rider World Cup Finals in Frankfurt, Germany in December this year. The US-based dressage rider will ride C.P. Perolus, the 14-year-old KWPN Warmblood (Junior STV x Lerola x Rossini) that she owns with her mother. Ashlea, who is 21 years…[More]

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We Remember Hickstead

November 6th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

The great stallion Hickstead, ridden by Eric Lamaze, has died suddenly after he collapsed following a round of showjumping in Verona, Italy. The movie here shows Eric and Hickstead in their prime, winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “We finished our round, I circled and was leaving the ring, and he collapsed and died,”…[More]

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Australian Team Named for Olympic Qualifiers – Read on for a profile of Chantal Wigan.

October 27th, 2011 at 5:02 am

The journey to London 2012 Olympics has begun for Australia’s top dressage riders. The Bates Australian Dressage Championships is the first of two Olympic Regional Team Qualifiers with the second to be held in Ermelo, Netherlands in November. The two best-placed teams from the Olympic Group F/G qualify to send a team of three horses…[More]

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Carl Hester – Back in the limelight

October 21st, 2011 at 3:48 am

It was a sensational Europeans for Carl Hester. Coming out on a relatively unknown young horse, he has firmly established himself as a potential individual gold medal winner at next year’s London Games. As usual, Carl is the journalists’ dream – witty, insightful and oh so quotable. I caught up with him minutes after his…[More]

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Charlotte Dujardin – the breath of fresh air…

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26-year-old Charlotte is not just a joy to watch in the competition arena, she is a delight to interview. Charlotte has been working with Carl Hester for four years. Was international success always the aim? “Absolutely. I always wanted to do Grand Prix, the Olympics was always my goal. I was very lucky to have…[More]

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