By Tim Hayes
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna Austria is considered by most to be the finest school of riding and horsemanship in the world. To become a member, learn classical dressage and master the art of training the great white Lipizzaners is for many the highest honor a human can achieve in the world of the horse. Whether or not one agrees with this statement is not significant. Knowing that before any student is permitted to ride they must complete four years of groundwork ; is however, most definitely significant!
The MSPCA’s Horses Helping Horses Beach Ride, the Equine Center’s most significant annual fundraiser will be held at a new venue this year. Guests will be treated to picturesque views, ideal footing, wide beaches, and an exclusive setting at Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Through a collaboration with The Trustees of the Reservation, the event will be held on Saturday, October 17 to raise much needed funds for the Equine Center of Nevins Farm. Riders of all ages are invited to meet at the beach for an eight mile ride along the ocean’s edge, followed by a pasta lunch provided by event sponsor Borrelli’s Deli of Methuen.
Credit: McCool Photos for EEM
Four days of champion caliber show jumping action at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles culminated in Sunday afternoon’s Longines Grand Prix. Thirty-six of the world’s best riders competed in the grand finale of the American leg of the Longines Masters series for $450,000 in prize money, the largest purse in any United States indoor competition. Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh stunned the crowd with a jump-off time of 37.04 seconds to become the first ever winner of the new Longines Masters Series Trophy.
By Ange Dickson Finn
From time to time, a non-riding friend will mention how it would be fun to come out with me to a lesson. Although these may seem to you like simple friendly overtures, I’ve always vaguely avoided doing anything to turn them into actual friend-events.
Why? Not because I don’t enjoy these friends’ company. No, my reasons are a little fuzzy even to me.
The 13th Annual Arabian & Half-Arabian Sport Horse Nationals was held this year in Raleigh, NC at the Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex. Hosted by the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), this National show is the only breed specific Sport Horse show in North America.
Held from September 15 through 20, approximately 472 horses and 577 owners, trainers, and handlers showed up for the competition. All horses must have qualified for the event through AHA’s 18 regional shows, having first qualified at local AHA recognized shows.