Submitted by Chrissy Capacchione for the Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association
The winter months in our part of the country can really put a damper on the horse community, especially in the cases of those of us not fortunate enough to have an indoor. So far this year the cooler months have been very gracious, but that gift could be short lived.
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Chester Weber got off to a strong start in his quest for an unprecedented 13th USEF Four-in-Hand National Championship with a win in the opening dressage phase of the 25th annual Live Oak International combined driving event.
By Jane Carlton
English and western riding may sound diametrically—and geographically—opposed, but many riders are tempted to try riding on the other side of the ring. But it’s not as easy as simply swapping saddles. Careful thought and consideration goes into every discipline switch—for both horse and rider. Can the horse handle different maneuvers safely and comfortably? Do you need to re-learn the basics? While the two disciplines are different in many ways—you get a horn to hold you in!—they also have a surprising amount in common.
I, Shaina Humphrey, was selected to train two off-the-track Thoroughbred for the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover Project. Now what?
When I signed up I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. A friend had contacted me by email, “I think you should do this,” and she sent a link to the Retired Racehorse Project. Their slogan is ”from the Sport of Kings to the King of Sport” and their logo is a horse wearing a crown. "Catchy," I thought, “I like them already.” She wanted me to sign up for the Thoroughbred Makeover and the deadline for entering was January 30—It was January 20. There was not a lot of time, but I was curious. Plus, there was $100,000 of prize money involved.
Scott Stewart and Catch Me. Photo by SportFot.
In the 20-year history of the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, one well-known name never made it on to the roster of winners until now. Scott Stewart, of Wellington, FL, showed in almost every year of the competition in his long running and decorated career as a top hunter rider, but the winning prize had eluded him. On Saturday night at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Stewart finally got his victory with a nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding named Catch Me, owned by David Gochman. The United States Hunter Jumper Association's (USHJA) World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition welcomed hunter riders to center stage Saturday evening under the lights of the International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The country's best professional, amateur, and junior hunters vied for honors in the $100,000 feature event. Stewart and Catch Me took top honors, while Kelley Farmer and Like I Said finished second, and Chris Payne and Truman placed third.