By Jane Carlton
Most people would find juggling a 24/7 job as researcher and showing a horse on the national level challenging. Not amateur rider Anna Jaffe. After a successful career in the jumpers, a sick horse and circuitous turn of events landed Anna in a dressage barn. Only a few years later, Anna won the 2014 Fourth Level Freestyle Championship at U.S. Dressage Finals aboard Moonshine. She shares with Equine Journal the art of embracing the possible.
Equine Journal: What made you decide to do the “big switch?”
Anna: I did jumpers with Kevin Babington growing up—I started riding with him when I was 11 and took a year off after high school and rode with him and worked for him. When I came to Boston for college, my jumper had esophageal diverticulitis. She couldn’t have grass, grain, or hay, so I had a lot of trouble finding a barn. I found Cyndi Rose Wylie’s barn, and I said, “I want my horse to survive more than I care what discipline I’m doing.” I rode with [Cyndi] for three years, and then found Jane Karol’s [Bear Spot Farm] in Concord, MA. I got to ride on one of the dressage horses in the barn after about a year, and he’s really, really special. I think that we pick horses in part because of our relationship with them, but it’s in part, also, because of our relationship with the people that surround them. I love the people at the barn, and now I’ve come to love the sport.
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USEF Land Rover Competition Grant Recipients Martin and Delux Z Set for The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI3*
A small but mighty field of 14 combinations are ready to compete in The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI3* taking place July 23-26, 2015. Amongst the talented pairs performing are USEF Land Rover Competition Grant recipients Kurt Martin and his own and Caroljean Martin’s Delux Z. Traveling from the East Coast, Martin (Middleburg, Va.) will guide the 2005 Irish Sport Horse gelding through his first CCI3*. The pair has earned top CIC3* finishes this year, placing third at the Jersey Fresh International and eighth at the Land Rover Great Meadow International presented by Adequan, and aim for a strong performance at the picturesque venue.
Hunter Holloway Tops $60,000 Official Lodging & Restaurant Partners Grand Prix at Summer in the Rockies VI
The Colorado Horse Park (CHP) wrapped up its Summer in the Rockies horse show series this week with Summer in the Rockies VI. Hunter Holloway claimed victory in the $60,000 Official Lodging & Restaurant Partners Grand Prix aboard Virginia T Bartholomay's VDL Bravo S. The course was designed by Anderson Lima.
Kaitlyn Van Konynenburg and Wish List Gallop to the Victory in the 2015 U.S. Junior Hunter National Championship - West Coast
Over the previous two days, when the horse show grounds are usually quiet in anticipation of the next show, the green grass of the Del Mar Horse Park Grand Prix Field was dressed in flower boxes, walls, stone rolltops and white poles, setting the stage for the 2015 U.S. Junior Hunter National Championship - West Coast. After a Classic Round on Monday, and an Under Saddle and a Handy Round on Tuesday, it was seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn Van Konynenburg aboard her Large Junior Hunter, Wish List, that earned the Grand Champion cooler.