DressageDaily Introduces new Weekly Column - Perspectives, with Lynndee Kemmet

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Written by Lynndee Kemmet

Lynndee Kemmet has been covering the world of equestrian sports for more than 20 years. She started her journalism career as a daily news reporter covering local government and business. And today, when not writing about the world of horses, she writes about government and public policy.
The Internet is a fabulous thing. On a personal level, it's allowed me to morph from daily news journalist tied to a newsroom to freelance journalist writing for multiple news publications. On a broader scale, the Internet has allowed for the rapid spread of news and information around the world, helping millions to see the world for what it is and not for what their governments tell them it is or ought to be. But while the Internet can spread truth, it also easily spreads rumors and false accusations. I'll be straight from the start.

I've never been a follower of blogs and chat rooms and confess I rarely read postings in either. Maybe I'm too much of what was once called a "hard" news journalist to put much faith in what people write if posted anonymously or if lacking facts, data or research to back up statements. My mentor as a young political reporter was an old-style news editor – hard-drinking and chain-smoking – who would have shot me if I'd ever used anonymous sources in an article or couldn't back up my story with credible references.      

Hence, I've created this weekly column as an alternative. As a journalist, I recognize the need to address the tough issues facing equestrian sports, particularly dressage – debates about the rollkur, questions regarding how best to develop U.S. horses and riders for success in international competition, the issues surrounding the selection of the dressage team chef, the use of various drugs and medications, to name a few. But I don't believe debates about these issues should be played out in free-for-all formats, where serious debate so often slips into "stories" absent of fact or, worse yet, into anonymous accusations against others.

In general, I believe that the equestrian community has within it some of the most generous, hard-working, fun and intelligent people in society. But like any community, it also has its share of pettiness. And to be honest about my perspective, I admit to frequently shaking my head at the amount of time and effort expended on some topics and issues. Maybe it's because when I'm not covering equestrian sports, I'm writing about political, economic and military issues. When you spend time around military and civilian policymakers debating how best to win a war, keep soldiers alive and rebuild nations, the word "trivial" comes to mind when thinking of some of the things over which we equestrians agonize.  

Another problem with the Internet and modern technology is that we have become so connected that we expect to know things immediately. Hence, if we can't get immediate answers from our national and international equestrian federations, we're frustrated. I can tell you that the technology the military has for intelligence gathering and information sharing in "real time" – to use the military's term – is astounding. And right now, one of the problems with which the U.S. military is grappling is how to ensure the credibility of the information flying around the battlefield without slowing down the speed at which information can flow. Having been in the military, and now interacting quite frequently with soldiers coming off the battlefields, I can honestly say that there are often times when soldiers need information and they need it now in order to make decisions that could save their lives and/or win a battle. But soldiers have also learned that, very often, wrong information is more dangerous than no information.

When I was a young reporter, I worried quite a bit about being "scooped" by a reporter at a competitor newspaper covering the same beat. My crusty old mentor editor gave me some advice about that – being first on a story and being wrong was worse than being second and being accurate. Good reporting, she told me, is about finding the truth and that requires patience, because getting at the truth requires research and good research takes time. That's why daily newspapers distinguish between the daily, quick hit news items and the in-depth, investigative news features that take days, sometimes weeks, to research and write.  

Throughout my journalism career, I've often gotten some great anonymous tips that helped me uncover good stories, pointed me in the right direction when I was going the wrong way, and led me to the truth. I learned quickly that the conspiracy theories of government corruption told to me by some citizens often had within them a grain of truth worth investigating. But very often those investigations showed that what existed was not a government conspiracy, but lack of information. Both governments and citizens shared the blame. Governments for failing to provide citizens with information on government activities (information vacuums are often quickly filled with rumors and conspiracy theories) and citizens for jumping to conclusions without the facts.   

Equestrian federations are a bit like governments and hence, the relationship between them and the people they serve is not much different than that between government and citizen. Such public organizations need to be open and willing to share information with those they serve. But in return, their members need to convey a certain level of trust and keep an open mind about the information and explanations they are given. I've always felt that it's the duty of the media to keep the people informed and serve as a watchdog over public entities. But it is also the responsibility of the media to do all it can to get at the truth and gather the facts so that the information it imparts is as fair and accurate as possible. This is not to say the media never makes mistakes, because it does. Reporters do get false information but asking more questions and doing a bit of double checking does help minimize the errors.

I want to note that life is serious, but it's also humorous and if we forget that, we are doomed to depression and frustration. For that reason, I hope that while the issues we need to tackle in the equestrian world are often very serious, no one will mind if they are occasionally approached here with a bit of humor. One thing I've learned from covering politics is that laughter works much better in solving problems than does anger.

Contact Lynndee - Lynndee@harlynnfarms.com

World Equestrian Games 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA).
 
The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:36
Grand prix show jumper Danielle Goldstein has represented Israel in major international competitions in 2014, from Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird Horsepark in Canada to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.  Upon returning to the United States, the dual US and Israeli citizen has been invited to compete in the Central Park Horse Show,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:47
Louise Parkes
 made it double-gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy today when adding the individual title to last Thursday’s team victory for The Netherlands. He made his way into this afternoon’s top-four Jumping final thanks to a horse that he admitted was inexperienced at this level of the sport and which clearly surprised him...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:30
In sport, time is often the difference between victory and defeat, and in a display of supreme individual horsemanship, the Netherlands Jeroen Dubbeldam today sealed a growing reputation within the sport of Show Jumping by claiming the Individual World Champion title at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy by less than half a...

Eventing

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 14:22
FEI Communications
An in-form German team reigned supreme at Waregem (BEL), the eighth and penultimate competition in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014. They scored a fifth successive victory in the series and have now extended their lead to 10 points over Great Britain, who finished second at Belgium’s premier event.
 
Andreas Ostholt, riding...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 09:46
Equine Canada
Ottawa, ON September 30, 2014 - The Canadian equestrian community is saddened to learn of the loss of Marie-Helen Lessard, 49, and her husband Steven Ratz, 57. On September 28, 2014 they passed away in a traffic accident. Marie-Helen, commonly referred to by her nickname MH, was a strong advocate in the development of the Canadian coaching...
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:35
Michelle Dunn
Tyler, TX - Today was the final day of the 2014 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery, and seven Novice and Beginner Novice Champions were decided and sent home with an abundance of cash and prizes.  Novice Divisions  Corinna Garcia came from Ohio to Texas to win the Novice Horse division on Jamaica Skodstrupp...
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:10
Helen Murray for USEF
Tyler, Texas - Clear rounds were the order of the day at the Texas Rose Horse Park over Richard Jeffrey's testing show jumping track at the 2014 USEF National Open Horse Trial Championship held as part of the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships presented by VTO Saddlery. Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team veteran Buck Davidson proved why he...
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 12:45
Michelle Dunn
Tyler, TX - Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch came to Texas to defend their title, and are poised to do so following a foot-perfect cross-country round today at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery. With Anthony Patch, or 'Al' as he is known, they had the fastest Advanced time on Captain Mark Phillips’ cross-...
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 09:37
Helen Murray for USEF
Tyler, Texas - The 2014 USEF National Open Horse Trial Championship got underway Thursday afternoon at the Texas Rose Horse Park with 12 horse-and-rider combinations performing their dressage tests. Becky Holder and her veteran, Can't Fire Me, seized the early lead with a near flawless performance in the championship being held in conjunction...
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 09:08
Fair Hill International Press
Fair Hill, MD - September 25, 2014 - The Dutta Corporation, a leading international horse transportation company and title sponsor of The Fair Hill International, is generously donating a special prize for the winner of this year's Three-Star Championship. For the second year in a row, the winning horse-rider combination of the Dutta Corp. Fair...

Reining and Western Riding

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:10
Mary Adelaide Brakenridge for Phelps Media Group
Jupiter, FL - Steed Training and Horse Show By Appointment are making the final preparations for another exciting, family friendly Western exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 27. Spectators are welcome to the free event at Golden L Ranch in Jupiter, FL. Brothers Trevor and Rick Steed of Steed Training will lead the way in showcasing team sorting and...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:20
Alltech Media
[CAEN, France] – After a successful 15 days of competition and celebration, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy have come to a close this evening with a farewell ceremony in the Michel d’Ornano Stadium in Caen. A cast of close to 2,000 of the world’s best equine and human athletes, more than 570,000 on-site spectators and 3,...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:18
Diana DeRosa
Where to begin. I’m on the journey home with memories of Beezie Madden claiming the Individual Bronze Medal and Cortes C claiming the Best Horse title in the Final Four phase of Show Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Chester Weber did us proud as well claiming an Individual Silver in Driving and his team was...
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 22:54
FEI Press Release
FEI President HRH Princess Haya officially closed the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy at the D’Ornano Stadium this evening, bringing to an end two weeks of incredible sport.  The final medals of the Games were presented by IOC Member, Tsunekazu Takeda, Vice-President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Member of the...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 09:15
Carrie Wirth for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Wellington, FL - The Wellington Summer Festival is coming up soon and it is more than just a horse show. Running August 1-3, the USEF A-rated hunter/jumper show will be presented by LaLa Land Productions and Castlewood Farm. In its first year, the Wellington Summer Festival is proud to announce their charity partnership with Kids Cancer...
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 13:11
Louise Parkes
The Italians proved unbeatable for gold at the FEI European Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders 2014 which drew to a close at Givrins in Switzerland yesterday. Last year they scored a hat-trick on home ground in Manerbio, but this year they went one better and swept all before them. The Championships took place at the state-of-the...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 11:14
USEF Communication
Lexington, Ky. - The top youth reiners in the U.S. went head-to-head on June 28 at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., to stake their claim on coveted National Titles in the Adequan/USEF Youth Reining National Championship. At the competition held in conjunction with the NRHA Derby, Amanda Hurd claimed top honors in the 14-18 division...

Driving

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:45
Helen Murray for USEF
Izsak, Hungary - The United States closed out the 2014 FEI World Driving Championships for Singles on a high note with strong performances in the cones phase. Jacob Arnold and Donna Crookston were among only seven competitors to produce clears on Sunday, while Leslie Berndl also left all the balls in place, just collecting a handful of time...
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:18
Cindy Timmer
After four exciting days with seventy-seven drivers from 24 nations at the eighth FEI World Single Driving Championships in Izsák (HUN) at the weekend, Dutch driver Wilbrord van den Broek won individual gold and Germany took team gold for the third time in a row. Hats off Four-time Dutch champion Wilbrord van den Broek won the Dressage phase with...
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 11:01
Helen Murray for USEF
Izsak, Hungary - The United States will head out on the marathon at the FEI World Driving Championships in ninth place, after posting a team score of 101.57 in the dressage. On Friday, Jacob Arnold and Hotspur's Red Rowl rounded the U.S. effort in the first phase with a top-40 performance. Arnold (Snow Camp, FL.) and John C. Merritt and Karen K....
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:06
Coatsville, PA  - September in Vermont is always a pleasure as nature paints its first strokes of autumn colors and for spectators to the Green Mountain Horse Association CDE in South Woodstock, there was the added pleasure watching 2013 World and National Morgan Carriage Driving Champion Suzy Stafford demonstrate her champion style by driving to...
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:23
Helen Murray for USEF
Izsak, Hungary -The U.S. sent two drivers down centerline on Thursday to kick off the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles in Izsak, Hungary, with both competitors standing within the top 25 after the first day of competition. Before the Ground Jury of Pierre Cazas, József Borka, Reiner Wannenwetsch, Diana Brownlee, and Sarah Mullins,...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 16:42
USEF Communications Department
Izsak, Hungary - The United States heads into this week's FEI World Driving Championships for Singles in Izsak, Hungary looking to impress on the international stage. The U.S. team of Jacob Arnold, Leslie Berndl, and Donna Crookston will be led by Chef d'Equipe Chester Weber at the championships running September 25-28, that host 19 teams vying...
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 16:37
Andy Marcoux, Coachman's Delight, Inc.
I'm just giving you a quick reminder about next week's class "Teach Your Horse to Stand". This is the second time this I'm offering this class because it was so popular the first time, and many people asked me to offer it again. This is a class that is not limited to carriage drivers. The technique that I've developed to teach a horse to stand...

Show Jumping

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 14:29
Arianna Delin Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Upper Marlboro, MD - October 1, 2014 - This past weekend was all about equitation at The Capital Challenge Horse Show at Prince George's Equestrian Center. Many were competing indoors for the first time this season, but that did not seem to faze Beth Craven and Silverado. Competing in the North American Adult Equitation Championships, the two had...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 14:12
HITS E-News
Culpeper, VA (September 30, 2014) – HITS closed one of its most successful Culpeper Series to date with finals and finales yesterday.  Two classes, the $10,000 Pyranha Junior/Amateur Owner Low Classic and  $15,000 Junior/Amateur Owner High Classic presented by Bayer's Legend, showcased both at their finest—and top prize money.   The events...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:29
Jennifer Wood Media, Inc
Upper Marlboro, MD – September 30, 2014 – Honoring the best hunters in the country, eight championships were awarded today at the Capital Challenge Horse Show presented by The Gochman Family. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, runs through Sunday, October 5. The professional...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 09:39
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Lexington, KY - September 30, 2014 - The 2014 National Horse Show takes center stage on October 28 -November 2, 2014 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.  In addition to the top-rated hunters and the ASPCA / NHSAA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship, the show features world-class international, open, junior and amateur-owner...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 09:19
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
Last week the host nation of South Korea claimed all the gold on offer in Dressage and Eventing at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon. This week however Jumping took centre stage at the Dream Park Equestrian Centre where Qatar claimed the top step of the team medal podium on Sunday and Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Al Sharbatly took the individual title...
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 09:13
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
Just over three weeks after the applause has faded at the end of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France, the excitement has returned to fever pitch ahead of another tremendous clash of champions at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final 2014 in Barcelona, Spain next week. A total of 15 countries have selected teams to...
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:39
Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications
Palgrave, Ontario – For the second year in a row, Ireland’s Conor Swail stood in the winner’s circle following the $50,000 World Cup Grand Prix, presented by Peel Maryborough and Aviva Insurance, held Sunday, September 28, at the CSI2*-W Canadian Show Jumping Tournament at the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Palgrave, ON. While Swail was the...

Para Dressage

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:23
Written By: FEI Communications
Italy’s Sara Morganti has been voted the International Paralympic Committee’s best female Allianz Athlete of the Month for August following her incredible performance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA). The Tuscany-born Para-Equestrian Dressage rider scored an outstanding Freestyle Grade 1a gold medal with her mare Royal Delight ahead of British Paralympic and reigning world champion Sophie Christiansen and Singapore's most-decorated Paralympic athlete Laurentia Tan. Morganti, who also won Individual Grade 1a silver at the Games in Normandy, beat five champions to the top spot in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) poll from the worlds of canoeing, athletics, swimming and sailing following a bumper month of global para-sport.   Since her internationa...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:16
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier Aachen, Germany  -  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Con...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:16
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and support staff in Aachen having a team meeting during training camp. Photo courtesy of Sydney Collier Aachen, Germany  -  The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team and Chef d' Equipe Kai Handt arrived in Aachen and began their training camp this week. The U.S. Team and Individual athletes include: Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley; two-time Paralympian (2008 and 2012) and 2010 WEG athlete Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Angela Peavy (Avon, Con...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 16:56
Written By: USEF Communications
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named five horse-and-athlete combinations to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. Four combinations will serve as the Team, while one combination will compete as an Individual. The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team (in alphabetical order): Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. Rebecca Hart (Unionville, PA) and her own Schroeter's Romani, a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Re...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 16:56
Written By: USEF Communications
Sydney Collier and Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Photo by Lindsay Y. McCall Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named five horse-and-athlete combinations to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team. Four combinations will serve as the Team, while one combination will compete as an Individual. The following horse-and-athlete combinations have been named to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team (in alphabetical order): Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi Wesley, a 2000 Warmblood gelding. Rebecca Hart (Unionville, PA) and her own Schroeter's Romani, a 2003 Danish Warmblood mare. Angela Peavy (Avon, Conn.) and Rebecca Re...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:44
Written By: Diana DeRosa
Susan Treabess. Photo by Diana DeRosa The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy are just around the corner and everyone headed to the Games is anxious for everything to start. Opening Ceremony takes place on August 23rd with the actual competition beginning on the 25th. While media and spectators are packing their bags, riders and horses competing in the first week and prepping for their journey to France. On Sunday, August 10th, the Endurance and Para-Dressage riders were sharing quarters at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. With camera in hand, it was the perfect opportunity to capture pictures and listen to the excited voices of the riders as they talked about the impending journey. The Para riders will be competing at the La Prairie Racecourse August 25...
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:44
Written By: Diana DeRosa
Susan Treabess. Photo by Diana DeRosa The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy are just around the corner and everyone headed to the Games is anxious for everything to start. Opening Ceremony takes place on August 23rd with the actual competition beginning on the 25th. While media and spectators are packing their bags, riders and horses competing in the first week and prepping for their journey to France. On Sunday, August 10th, the Endurance and Para-Dressage riders were sharing quarters at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. With camera in hand, it was the perfect opportunity to capture pictures and listen to the excited voices of the riders as they talked about the impending journey. The Para riders will be competing at the La Prairie Racecourse August 25...
Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:06
Written By: Lindsay McCall for the USPEA
  Gladstone, NJ - In only 16 days the U.S. Para-Equestrian Dressage Team will be riding down centerline at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France. In preparation for the trip overseas the final jog for each of the four U.S. team horses and individual horse occurred at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. Led by Chef d'Equipe Kai Handt, the four team duos include: Grade II rider Rebecca Hart (Unionville, Pa.) and Schroeter's Romani, owned by Rebecca Hart in conjunction with Margaret Duprey, Cherry Knoll Farm, Sycamore Station Equine Division, Barbara Summer, The Ruffolo's, and Will and Sandy Kimmel; Grade Ia rider Roxanne Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) and her own Nice Touch; Grade Ib athlete Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Victoria Dugan's Willi W...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:44
Ottawa, ON, - The Canadian Para-Equestrian Team were in the top placings on the first day of competition at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage CPEDI3* held July 9-11, 2014 in Gloucester, ENG. Riding Double Agent, her seven-year-old Anglo-European Studbook mare, Roberta Sheffield of Lincolnshire, UK won her Grade III team test with 69.000%, and finished in second with Evelyn Little's eight-year-old gelding Dutch Warmblood, Bindro T, with a score of 68.211%. Three-time Paralympian Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC and Equine Canada's 13-year-old Oldenburg mare, Off to Paris, finished in second place in their Grade II team test, scoring 68.824%. Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC and Collegiate Sweet Leilani, M. Kendalyne Overway's 13-year-old Morgan mare, earned a score of 66.360% for seventh i...
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 05:37
Susan and Kamiakin (Photo by SusanJStickle) Kamiakin is the first Spanish Horse ever to have the honor to represent the United States in an international competition. He and his rider Susan Treabess have been selected for the US Para-Equestrian Team that is going to the WEG in Normandy, France. Kamiakin is a P.R.E. Horse bred right here in the United States by Ami McHugh of Crown J Ranch. He is owned by Susan in partnership with American, Katie Hill, who now lives in Holland, and registered with The IALHA, The P.R.E. MUNDIAL and with ANCCE. The Problem: Due to budget cuts at USEF, Susan and Kamiakin need to raise about $15,000 more to be able to attend the games. Some donations have already been sent but it is not enough to get their team to France. Now is the time for all of us, the m...
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