Photo: Lindsay Y. McCall
Sunday, September 11 began the Paralympic Equestrian Dressage competition at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Grade III classification riders were first to ride the team test, which included United States team member Angela “Annie” Peavy from Avon, CT, riding Becky Reno and Heather Blitz’s Lancelot Warrior. Peavy was last to go in the class and rode a very strong test finishing with a 68.974%, placing them 6th in the class and leaving them in a top position to contest an individual medal.
The MSPCA’s Horses Helping Horses Beach Ride, the Equine Center’s most significant annual fundraiser, will be held at the beautiful Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA, again this year. Last year was the first Beach Ride at the new location and was a wonderful success. Guests raved about the picturesque views, ideal footing, wide beaches and an exclusive setting. Through a collaboration with The Trustees of the Reservation, the event will be held on Saturday, October 22, 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 hearty pasta lunch provided by event sponsor Borrelli’s Deli of Methuen.
Sara Ladley is a 24-year-old amateur equestrian from Pittsburgh, PA, and the owner of Hunt Club (shophuntclub.com). When she’s not working her day job or designing rad new graphics for Hunt Club, she shows her horses in the Amateur Owner and Adult Amateur Hunter divisions throughout the Midwest and up and down the East Coast. She loves travel, coffee, and introducing the equestrian world to good design one graphic tee at a time.
Photo: ESI Photography
As the sun set on the 2016 HITS Championship, horse sport royalty descended on the Hudson Valley for the nation’s highest ranked class of the year, the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix FEI-CSI 5*. Only one would be so lucky to return home with the big check and blue ribbon, and that one was none other than Jessica Springsteen aboard Cynar Va, owned by Stone Hill Farm. The victory marked the Wellington, Florida equestrian’s first CSI-5* win.
“It feels amazing to win this class, I’m really happy; this is my first five-star Grand Prix win,” said Springsteen. “My horse was feeling fresh this morning and was jumping around the course nicely, so I’m very pleased with the result today.”
By Jane Carlton
Top riders make a ritual of walking the course before a big competition. But what’s going through their minds as they count out the strides and circle the jumps? To get an insider’s perspective (and what an insider! Connecticut based Peter Leone was a team silver medalist at the 1996 Olympic Games), we tagged along as Leone inspected and analyzed the course at the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show in Darien, CT.