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Mackenzie Drazan, of Woodside, CA, took center stage after winning the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHF) Jumper Classic West Coast Final at the Las Vegas National Horse Show. This marks the fourth year that the SJHF Jumper Classic Series has held a West Coast Championship Final in addition to its traditional Final at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. The Las Vegas National Horse Show took place November 10-15 at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas and featured some of the world's top riders and horses.
As the most anxious of amateurs know (and I know you’re all out there), sometimes sitting on the sidelines is better than hopping on at a show. Sure, my wallet doesn’t disagree to sit shows out, but it can be a tough situation to come to terms with.
I went to a good number of horse shows this past summer, and only rode in one of them. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have a total blast, though. For me and my overthinking-at-the-speed-of-sound brain, grooming for a friend or tagging along as moral support is just as satisfying as when I’m in the irons myself.
by Tim Hayes
Sam Butler was born and grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. His mother and father got divorced when he was seven, so every week Sam traveled back and forth to live with both parents. He was the youngest of four boys and in trouble almost from the beginning, getting kicked out of third grade for refusing to do his homework. He started using cocaine at twelve, dropped out of the eighth grade, and was sent by his parents to a military academy for troubled teens in the United States.
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It is no secret that being drawn to go first in any major equitation championship is less than desirable. But when that rider is someone who knows her horse and knows her job, the results can be flawless.
At 6:30 AM on Saturday, 15-year-old McKayla Langmeier nailed the 2015 ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship course presented by judges Chris Kappler and Ralph Caristo at the CP National Horse Show. Her performance left them in awe, and made her the judges' clear frontrunner to win the championship and make history as part of the first ever mother-daughter duo to win the prestigious title.
New Englanders are strong on tradition and Equine Affaire’s popular musical celebration of the horse, the Fantasia, is a tradition that horse people in the region hold so dearly that they began ordering their tickets for the November event in the middle of July. Why the anticipation and the rush for tickets months in advance? It’s an evening of unforgettable equestrian entertainment that delights horse lovers young and old—and the “perfect ending” to a busy day of shopping and learning at Equine Affaire!