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Wednesday, March 22, 2023


Strong team named for San Juan Capistrano Nations Cup

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.--The first of three Nations Cups that will qualify the top two scoring nations for the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona this fall will take place May 14 in San Juan Capistrano.

Capistranoo teamThe U.S. is not yet qualified for the Paris Olympics next year, and the Nations Cup Final is one of only two chances for the U.S. to qualify, with the other being the Pan Am Games.

Chef d'equipe Robert Ridland has said he would name very strong teams for these venues to give the U.S. the best chance to qualify for Paris, and the team named for San Juan Capistrano is certainly that, led by two Olympic team gold medalists Laura Kraut and McLain Ward.

US Equestrian announced the riders selected to represent the U.S. Jumping Team at the 2023 FEI Jumping Nations Cup of USA at San Juan Capistrano CSIO5*.

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Wordley Martin to build new arenas at HITS Saugerties

SAUGERTIES, N.Y.--Wordley Martin, a leading developer of equestrian properties and premier riding surfaces, will be building new arenas at the HITS Saugerties show grounds ahead of its 2023 show season.

McLain Ward is a frequent competitor at HITS Saugerties. Photo by ESI PhotographyMcLain Ward is a frequent competitor at HITS Saugerties (Photo by ESI Photography)Co-founders Sharn Wordley and Craig Martin are highly respected in the private arena construction industry and work with riders in the Olympic disciplines of show jumping, dressage and eventing.

"After the resounding success of renovating the Grand Prix and Main Hunter Arenas at HITS Ocala, Wordley Martin is very excited to team up with HITS once again in Saugerties," said Wordley. "We look forward to providing the very best riding surfaces for horses and riders at this venue."

At HITS Saugerties, Wordley Martin will resurface the Grand Prix Ring along with the former Diamond Mills Ring, which will become the grand prix schooling ring.

Next to the remodeled Ringside Cafe will be THE Ring, a new competition area showcasing top equitation, hunter, and jumper classes.

The main hunter ring, a beautiful stone-lined arena, will receive refreshed footing.

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Anthony D'Ambroso, Linda Allen and Ian Millar honored by the Show Jumping Hall of Fame

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Award-winning rider, trainer, and course designer, Anthony D’Ambrosio, and official and clinician, Linda Allen, were inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame’s Induction Gala in Wellington on March 5.

Ian Millar presentation KindMediaIan Millar accepting his award (Photo by KindMedia)The Hall of Fame also honored Canadian show jumping legend, Ian Millar, as recipient of the Hall’s inaugural International Award.

“This was our second year hosting our annual induction ceremony as part of a sit-down dinner in Wellington and once again it was an incredible night that most of us will never forget,” said Show Jumping Hall of Fame chairman Peter Doubleday. “Our sport’s history was on display with so many of our sport’s legends in attendance. It was truly a thrill and something we plan to build on each year.

“While induction into the Hall of Fame is for Americans who have had a significant impact on the sport, we wanted to recognize some of the great international riders who also impact show jumping in this country,” Doubleday said. “With that in mind, we initiated our new International Award and we felt that there was no more worthy candidate to be the initial recipient than ‘Captain Canada,’ Ian Millar.”

Millar is the most decorated equestrian in Canadian history.

A two-time World Cup champion, he competed in 10 Olympic Games, more than any athlete in any sport.

He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1986, Ontario’s Athlete of the Year in 1989, and an honorary doctorate by the University of Guelph in 2005.

Together with longtime partner, Big Ben, he was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the Jump Canada Hall of Fame.

Millar was also inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

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The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Devon!

DEVON, Pa.--Great news for Devon spectators.

Devon BudweiserClydesdalesThe BudweiserClydesdalesThe world famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be parading around the Dixon Oval on three nights, Thursday, June1, Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3.

This year, Anheuser-Busch is celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Budweiser Clydesdales, an enduring symbol of the brewer’s heritage and a testament to the iconic horses’ role in American culture - past, present and future.

The beautiful “gentle giants” from the world’s leading brewer will be pulling the famous red Studebaker beer delivery wagon and will be at the controls of the expert driver dressed in the traditional green and red delivery uniform of yesteryear.

The Budweiser Clydesdales cover about 100,000 miles a year and receive over 5,000 requests annually to appear in parades, promotions, fairs, and horse shows.

Most importantly, these horses are featured in numerous television and print commercials, making them the most recognized corporate symbol in the world.

There are special ticket packages available.

Telephone sales, for packages, begin Friday,March 24, 10am - 3 pm, call 610-688-2554.

Walk-in and telephone sales for all tickets begin Monday, April 3 at Devon from 10am to 3pm on the first floor of the Devon Horse Show ticket office on Dorset Road.

U.S. to field its strongest teams in effort to qualify for the Paris Olympics

WELLINGTON, Fla.--The young U.S. Jumping Team that finished fifth in the $150,000 FEI Jumping Nations Cup won by Canada on Saturday, March 4 was the final appearance this year of a team used as a proving ground for the next generation of top riders.

ROBERT RIDLAN SHANNON BRINKMANRobert RidlandAs chef d'equipe Robert Ridland has been saying since last year and McLain Ward reiterated during the live stream of the Nations Cup, now is the time to bring out teams loaded with heavy hitters.

"Our plan has been set for months that we were going to use this home Nations Cup, this four-star Nations Cup, for basically our next generation of riders,” Ridland said. “We’ve got a major priority this year in qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics, so the five-stars will have more of the veteran riders."

The U.S. in not yet qualified for next year's Paris Olympics, so every effort from now on will be focused on qualifying.

The first opportunity to qualify will come in the Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona next fall, and that entails getting the U.S. qualified for the Nations Cup Finals.

Then the last opportunity to qualify is at the Pan American Games held Oct. 20 to Nov. 5 in  Santiago, Chile.

To qualify for the Nations Cup Finals, the U.S. has to be one of the top two teams from the five star Nations Cup classes in Mexico, April 26-30, California, May 10-14 and Langley, Canada, May 31 to June 4.

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Michael Dickenson to be presented with the John W. Galbreath Award

NORTH EAST, Md.--Michael Dickinson, jockey, trainer and innovator, has been named as the recipient of the John W. Galbreath Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in the Equine Industry by the University of Louisville.

Michael DickinsonMichael Dickinson"I'm chuffed," said Dickinson, who retired as a trainer in December, 2022.

Dickinson has spent his life deeply involved in the horse industry, first as a steeplechase jockey and trainer, as a thoroughbred trainer, and most recently as an innovator of racetrack surfaces.

Over the past two decades, Dickinson has developed and refined Tapeta Footings, an all-weather synthetic material designed to improve safety for both equine and human athletes.

In recognition of his innovations to improve the safety of horse racing, the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program has named Dickinson the 33rd recipient of the John W. Galbreath Award.

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Four years later, Fair Hill turf track is not ready for racing and Fair Hill's spring race meet has been cancelled again

FAIR HILL, Md.--It's an appalling state of affairs and an insult to the pocketbooks of Maryland residents, but four years after ground was first broken for what was to be a new and improved turf track for racing and steeplechasing at Fair Hill, that track is still deemed unsafe even for horses to train on it.

Fair Hill turf courseIt was announced in late February that the Fair Hill Races spring meet over Memorial Day has been cancelled.

The horse had an article about the controversy that was already swirling about the turf track two years ago, in August of 2021, because it wasn't ready for use then.

Now, two years later, it is still not ready for use.

Sam Ray, the Director of Strategic Partnerships, Maryland State Department of Natural Resources, was quoted in that article as blaming the delay on Covid and the fact that Covid caused businesses to close down.

That excuse is no longer valid.

"Everybody thinks they know something, but I'm the only person doing this," said Ray."If they didn't talk to me, they don't have the correct information."

There are those who say that it is just that attitude that is part of the problem, and that this is just another case of government failing where private business succeeds.

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  1. Delaware Valley University Receives the 2022 Samantha Calzone Memorial Award
  2. Adrienne Sternlicht leads the U.S. team for Wellington Nations Cup
  3. Adrienne Lyle and Hunt Tosh Equestrians of the Year while Anthony D'Ambrosio and Linda Allen in Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  4. Prize List now available online for the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
  5. Susan Sisco, a "Legends of Devon," died Jan. 31
  6. James Wofford of Upperville died Feb.2
  7. Letter to the Editor
  8. Will Coleman, Margaret Duprey and Christian Simonson honored by the USET
  9. Kathy Neilson elected president of the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation
  10. Turning For Home assessment per start to be raised at Parx
  11. Wordley Martin Completes HITS Post Time Farm Renovation in Ocala
  12. Mary Taylor Miller named huntsman for Cheshire
  13. Alexander Leventhal and Jack Sanford named to NSA board
  14. McLain Ward thanks "Queen Annie"
  15. Van Cushny, Paul Willis and George Cary elected as trustees of The Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation
  16. Caroline Martin receive the Connaught Grant
  17. Dick Ogden, an NSA steward, died Nov. 30
  18. Judy Richter, life-long horsewoman, died Nov. 30
  19. Fair Hill International Christmas Gala
  20. Three new barns and four renovated barns at WEF almost completed
  21. Gold Cup criticized for hard, bumpy going
  22. Robert Costello named Eventing Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe
  23. Medal winner Luke Jensen and Jamaica, then and now
  24. Maryland five star begins Thursday with international competition and lots of family fun
  25. Jack Dougherty, Master of Lewisville Hunt, died Sept. 29
  26. David O'Connor and Graeme Thom new USEF sports appointees
  27. The Devon Horse and Country Fair Announces the 2022 "Devon Legends"
  28. Malvern Bank President Tony Weagley's Simply Statutory a World Champion
  29. World #3 Tim Price entered at Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill
  30. World #1 Oliver Townend to compete at Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill
  31. Tickets Available for the Celebration of the "Devon Legends"
  32. A Thank You Letter From Kimberly Prince
  33. U.S. Young Rider Team and U.S. Junior Team for FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Youth Final
  34. Tom Struzzieri retires as CEO of HITS LLC
  35. Skip Achuff, Radnor Races Director, died Aug. 28
  36. U.S. team for Spruce Meadows Nations Cup includes Kent Farrington and McLain Ward
  37. Jessica Ransehousen to be honored at Plantation Field International
  38. Proposed expansion of equestrian sport in Wellington
  39. Letters to the Editor
  40. Letter to the Editor re the name Untouchable
  41. Teams for Dublin and World Championship Eventing and Driving
  42. Service dog Samantha and Kevin Babington
  43. Tickets Now on Sale for 2022 Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill
  44. The Willam Entenmann Novice and Lonesome Glory Stakes to be held at Aqueduct
  45. Amos Fenstermacher died July 13
  46. First Show Jumping Hall of Fame dinner engendered renewed support
  47. Good news on Kevin Babington and Kim Prince
  48. McLain Ward anchors team for the World Championships
  49. U.S. team for Knokke, Belgium, final observation site for World Championships
  50. Devon Fall Classic, Sept. 15 - 18, Prize List now available

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