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2016 International Helmet Awareness Day

As we prepare to celebrate the seventh annual Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day on Saturday, September 17th, we ask “Would You Know If Someone Was Suffering From A Concussion?” Did you know that the average amount of traumatic brain injury-related deaths in equestrian sport is more than seven times that of traumatic brain injury-related deaths in contact sports (such as American football)? That’s…

Paralympic Equestrian Dressage gets Underway at 2016 Rio Paralympics

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…

Competition at the 2016 USEA American Eventing Championships Concludes

Shannon Brinkman Photo The 2016 Nutrena® USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC) continued at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) over the weekend, as many championships honors were awarded in the George H. Morris Arena following the final phase of show jumping. Adequan® Gold Cup Advanced Finals Ryan Wood and Powell, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Summit Sport…

Competition Continues at 2016 Nutrena® USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover

  Shannon Brinkman Photo The inaugural Nutrena® USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Land Rover (AEC) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) kicked off with seven divisions taking their turn in the dressage rings in Mill Spring, NC, on Wednesday, August 31 followed by the highly anticipated first day of cross-country competition on Thursday, September 1. Close to 700 entries…

Kristy Herrera and Miss Lucy Win 2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

(Photo: Lauren Baker) The relationship between Kristy (McCormack) Herrera and SBS Farms, Inc. spans decades. It was Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano who started Herrera’s career at 9 years old, taking her to her first USEF Pony Finals as well as finding the one horse that holds a special spot in Herrera’s heart, her Children’s Hunter horse Sprout. SBS Farms,…

Individual Show Jumping Wraps Up at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Kent Farrington and Voyeur (Shannon Brinkman Photo) The Rio 2016 Olympic Games show jumping competition came to a climatic close at Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center on Friday, ending in a jump-off to determine the Individual medals. With two clear rounds, Kent Farrington and Voyeur earned a spot in the jump-off for the U.S. along with five other combinations. Farrington and…

U.S. Tied for First after Round One of Team Show Jumping Competition at Rio Olympic Games

(Shannon Brinkman Photo) The equestrian venue at Deodoro Olympic Park was filled with excitement Tuesday for the second day of show jumping at the 2016 Olympic Games. A total of 69 athlete-and-horse combinations representing 24 countries, including 15 teams, competed in the first half of the two-round team competition, which also served as the second qualifier for the individual finals….

Laura Graves Leads U.S. in Dressage Individual Final at 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Excitement filled the air as the final day of dressage got underway at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center on Monday. The top 18 competitors from eight nations competed in the Grand Prix Freestyle, the deciding competition for the Individual medals. Only three athletes from each nation were eligible to compete. After winning the Bronze…