Cynthia Brewster-Keating, Christof, and Pedro Cebulka with Erin Ballard and Appy Cara of the $45,000 GGT Footing/Whiteline Structures Classic 1.45m at Royal West, Calgary, AB, Canada. Photo Credit: Katy Whitt Photography
The pulse has quickened at the Royal West in week two as the big names began gearing up for the weekend’s big prizes. On Wednesday, Canada’s Erynn Ballard sharpened her game in the $45,000 GGT Footing/Whittling Structures Classic 1.45 meter with a dramatic win in an all-Canadian 11-horse jump-off.
By Jamie Menczer
Hosts of American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) events have the opportunity to create a fun theme and even reward participants who dress appropriately for that theme. At Ladd Farm in Bridgewater, New Hampshire the arena was transformed into a jungle habitat for an Arena Obstacle Challenge (AOC). Branches were woven through the metal fencing around the arena to create solid walls of foliage and the transformation was completed with the strategic placement of large inflatable four-foot tall monkeys, life size parrots, an alligator, a zebra, and a tiger's head. Ten intrepid trail riders from New Hampshire and Maine brought their trail partners including Tennessee Walking Horses, Rocky Mountain Horses, Quarter Horses, Mules, Morgans, and Haflingers. These experienced trail riders put their and their horse's confidence to the test in approaching unusual and scary objects.
I barely ever get up on a soapbox, but I can’t keep my mouth shut any longer. The other day, I went out for a run and was enjoying the beautiful, fall weather when…three tiny terrors came running up to me and started barking and growling at me. Let me preface this anecdote with the fact that I am a huge dog lover and am the proud owner of two Basset Hounds. As horse enthusiasts, I think the majority of us are dog lovers, which is why I am writing this post to you, the general public, whom I hope will agree with me…
Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography
Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Alumna Allison "Allie" Joyce of Medway, Massachusetts, earned top honors at the 2015 Capital Challenge Horse Show held in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, by winning the ARIAT Adult Medal Finals, the most prestigious adult medal finals offered in the United States.
Kelli Cruciotti Wins Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Photo: Al Cook Photo
Kelli Cruciotti of Elizabeth, CO, won the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final at the 70th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Sunday. The 17-year-old bested a field of 280 competitors, the third largest in the history of the Medal Finals. Hunter Holloway, 16 of Topeka, KS, was named the Reserve Champion and Mckayla Langmeier, 15 of East Granby, CT, was third. For Cruciotti, winning the title was a dream come true.