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US Hunter Pony and US Pony Jumper Championships Conclude at 2016 US Pony Finals

(Shawn McMillen Photography) The US Hunter Pony Championships presented by Sallee Horse Vans and US Pony Jumper National Championships came to a close on Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park.   Medium Regular Hunter Pony Championship Natalie Jayne and Woodlands Stevie Ray scored the Medium Regular Hunter Pony title with an overall score of 1003.07, winning “Stevie” his second consecutive…

U.S. Show Jumping Team Tied for Eighth on Day One at Rio Olympic Games

(Shannon Brinkman Photo) The show jumping competition, the third and final equestrian discipline at the 2016 Olympic Games, got underway at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center, on Sunday, showcasing 75 athlete-and-horse combinations from 27 nations. In addition to serving as the first individual qualifier, Sunday’s results determined the starting order for the Team Competition. Kent Farrington produced a clear round…

U.S. Dressage Team Wins Bronze Medal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

 (Shannon Brinkman Photo) The U.S. Dressage Team won the Bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Friday following the conclusion of the second half of team competition, the Grand Prix Special. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, the team, comprised of, Allison Brock and Rosevelt, Laura Graves and Verdades, Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet, and Steffen Peters and Legolas…

Large Regular, Small Green, and Large Green Hunter Pony Championship Titles Awarded at 2016 US Pony Finals

Mimi Gochman and Storyteller (Shawn McMilen Photograph) The first championship titles of the US Hunter Pony Championship presented by Sallee Horse Vans were claimed Wednesday as the Large Regular Hunter Ponies and the Small Green Hunter Ponies completed their final phases of competition in the 2016 US Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm at the Kentucky Horse Park. Mimi…

U.S. Dressage Team Moves Up Leaderboard after Second Day of Grand Prix Competition at Rio

Shannon Brinkman Photo The second day of dressage competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games had sunshine beaming down on the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center as the remaining 30 athlete-and-horse combinations took to the main arena to perform the  Grand Prix test, the first of two tests in team competition. The U.S. team, which held fourth place after the first…

Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin Stand Fifth and Sixth after Cross-Country in Rio

Shannon Brinkman Photo Cross-country, the heart of eventing competition, proved to be demanding for the 64 athlete-and-horse combinations who contested Pierre Michelet’s technical course at the Olympic Equestrian Center at Deodoro on Monday. Only three entries finished double-clear, and only 26 crossed the finish without jumping penalties. U.S. veterans Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin rode brilliantly and stand fifth and…

U.S. Olympic Eventing Team Sixth after Dressage at Rio Olympic Games

Shannon Brinkman Photo After two days of eventing competition at the Olympic Equestrian Center at Deodoro, the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team sits in sixth place. Boyd Martin and Clark Montgomery put in solid performances among the 32 combinations that competed Saturday in day one of dressage before the ground jury of Marilyn Payne, Andrew Bennie, Sandy Phillips. Lauren Kieffer and…