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McLain Ward and Sapphire Triumph in $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix at 52nd WIHS

Ward and Sapphire clear the final oxer. Photos © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Thirteen-Year-Old Lillie Keenan Victorious in WIHS Equitation Finals

Washington, D.C. – October 30, 2010 – Tonight’s $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix presented by Washington Convention and Sports Authority, CSI 3* was an exciting example of the sport of show jumping and a qualifier for the FEI World Cup Finals in April. Two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, and Sapphire, owned by Ward and Blue Chip Bloodstock, came away with the win in the highlight class of the 52nd Washington International Horse Show (WIHS). Earlier in the evening, 13-year-old Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, won the WIHS Equitation Finals.

The WIHS continues through Sunday, October 31 with the best hunter, jumper, and equitation riders in the nation competing for top prizes at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Sapphire and Ward repeated the success that they had in 2008 in the grand prix at the WIHS when they were the fastest clear round in a jump-off of seven. There were 24 entries in tonight’s grand prix class, which was designed by Michel Vaillancourt of Aiken, SC.

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Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage 2010/2011

Isabell Werth and Warum Nicht FRH made it a back-to-back double of wins in the 2010/2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage series. She is pictured with Frederique Martin-Baste, Manager, Commercial, FEI (centre) and Sylvie Robert, Show Director at Lyon (right). Photo: PSV J Morel.

WERTH MAKES IT A DOUBLE IN LYON by Louise Parkes

Lyon (FRA), 29 October 2010 – Isabell Werth made it a back-to-back double of victories when winning the second leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage series at Lyon in France this evening.  Just five days ago the German rider topped the opening round at Odense, Denmark with a great performance from Satchmo, and tonight she brought out her 2007 series champion Warum Nicht to head the line-up once again.

“I was really satisfied with Hannes tonight,” she said, referring to her 14 year old chestnut gelding. “He had a lot of power and he felt very impressive,” she added.

Runner-up was her compatriot and another former World Cup champion Ulla Salzgeber whose 11 year old gelding Herzruf’s Erbe has re-opened the door into the very top level of this demanding sport for his 52 year old rider.  Salzgeber, who was Dressage World Cup champion in 2001 and 2002 with the legendary Rusty, has been waiting patiently in the wings for another special ride.  “After I retired Rusty I always said I would only come back when I had a horse that was good enough to go the top again, and now I have one!” she said proudly after finishing less than one full mark behind the winning score.  Third place went to the very pleased Valentina Truppa from Italy with Chablis.  “This is my very first World Cup competition, so I am very happy with my result!” said the rider who competes in the uniform of the Caribinieri.

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Francesca and Maggie Jayne Named Grand Hunter Champions at the 52nd WIHS

Francesca and Maggie Jayne. All photos © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Kelley Farmer Awarded Leading Hunter Rider Honors, Bolero and Arani Win Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship

Washington, D.C. – October 27, 2010 – The 52nd annual Washington International Horse Show continued hunter competition for professional and amateur riders today, and a multitude of championship coolers, shining trophies, and fluttering ribbons were awarded. Maggie Jayne of Elgin, IL, rode Francesca for Pony Lane Farm to the Grand Hunter Championship. Kelley Farmer of Keswick, VA, was named the Leading Hunter Rider. Stacy Arani of Dover, MA, and Bolero picked up the Grand Amateur-Owner Championship, and Arani was named the Leading Amateur-Owner Rider.

The WIHS continues through Sunday, October 31. The highlight classes of the week are the $25,000 Puissance sponsored by The Boeing Company on Friday, October 29, and the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix presented by Washington Convention and Sports Authority, CSI 3*-W on Saturday, October 30.

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Rodrigo Pessoa Wins Both International Open Jumper Classes at the 52nd WIHS

HH Ashley and Rodrigo Pessoa. Photo © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Glover and Boggio Victorious in Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumpers

Washington, D.C. – October 28, 2010 – The fans at the 52nd annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) had a full day of exciting jumper competition to watch today. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and HH Ashley, owned by Double H Farm, won the opening international jumper class, which offered $30,000 in prize money. Pessoa returned in the $20,000 Gambler’s Choice sponsored by Louisburg Farm and Beth Johnson to win with Palouchin de Ligny. Kristin Glover and The Boy Wonder topped the opening class for the Amateur-Owner Jumpers, and Chase Boggio guided Hennessey to victory in the Junior Jumpers.

The WIHS continues through Sunday, October 31 with the best hunter, jumper, and equitation riders in the nation competing for top prizes at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The highlight classes of the week are the $25,000 Puissance sponsored by The Boeing Company on Friday, October 29, and the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix presented by Washington Convention and Sports Authority, CSI 3*-W on Saturday, October 30. This week’s jumper course designer is Michel Vaillancourt of Aiken, SC.

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Jumping Radio Show Episode 34 by Back on Track – Georgina Bloomberg

Georgina Bloomberg makes her debut on the show and we begin a new series of tips on nutrition with Tania Cubitt. Listen in right here.

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National Champion Single Ponies Unite to Win First Pair Competition

Shelly Temple debuts her pony pair, Cooper and Harry, at the Pine Tree CDE, October 23-24, 2010.

October 28, 2010 – The current single pony national champion and a former national single pony champion were paired this weekend at the Pine Tree CDE in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Shelly Temple drove her 12 year old Morgan gelding LR Ami B-Line (“Cooper”) with Jack Wetzel’s Harry for their first competition and won the preliminary pair class.

The team’s day started off on a high note with a competition best 35.27. Soon after finishing dressage, Temple drove the pair to a double clear round in cones by meeting the maximum time and not incurring any penalties.  “Harry and Cooper exceeded our expectations today. They were responsive and work well together,” remarked Temple.  A solid marathon on the Halloween-themed course solidified the blue ribbon for the pair’s debut outing.

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Sarah Ward Wins $2,000 A/O Handy Hunter Class Despite Torn ACL & Meniscus at WIHS

ATLANTA, GA – October 29, 2010 — Despite riding with a torn ACL and meniscus and year-long effort to earn a place to compete at the 52nd annual Washington International Horse Show in DC, the payoff was big for Sarah Ward of Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.  The 20 year old equestrian, who trains with Jack Towell and Liza Boyd of Finally Farm in SC, piloted her gelding Onassis to the victory in the $2,000 Amateur Owner Handy Hunter Stake (35 and under) putting in a flawless round against 23 other top riders; the pair also placed 7th in the 3,000 A/O Hunter Stakes during the competition.  The University of South Carolina sophomore will now have surgery on her right knee to be performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Xerogeanes, head of the Emory Sports Medicine Center in Atlanta, GA.

By Sydney Masters-Durieux

Atlanta Fall Classics Hosts USHJA Zone 4 Finals and National Hunter Jumper League Finals

Nicholas Dello Joio and Malcolm ©Flashpoint Photography

Conyers, GA — October 27, 2010 — Excitement is building as once again the Atlanta Fall Classics will play host to both the USHJA Zone 4 Finals and the National Hunter Jumper League Finals at the Georgia International Horse Park November 10th through 21st.

“These two big events are always a great way to end our show season, but there are so many other special classes occurring during our year end finale, such as the $25,000 Barry Lane Memorial, the Silver Cup Equitation Championship, and new classes too!” Classic Company Bob Bell shared.

Week one, November 10-14, will see some heated competition for the Zone 4 Champion titles in both the Hunter and Jumper divisions. Riders residing in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, or Tennessee will compete in a total of three classes, for the hunters two will be over fences and one under saddle with judges issuing a numeric score for not only the division, but with bonus points going to the Zone Finals total. For the jumpers all three classes will be over fences in their respective divisions. The following will offer Zone 4 Finals:

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The 52nd Washington International Horse Show Begins Competition with Hunters

Movado and Bailey Boyland. All photos © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Boyland and Weseley Capture Top Prizes in $10,000 Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships

Washington, D.C. – October 26, 2010 – The 52nd annual Washington International Horse Show began today with hunter competition for professional and amateur riders, who had the first classes of their divisions and finish for championships tomorrow. In the evening session, children’s and adult hunter riders reigned the ring.

Movado and Bailey Boyland won the $10,000 Children’s Hunter Championship, while Phoebe Weseley on Just Ask Me took the blue ribbon in the $10,000 Adult Hunter Championship. The WIHS continues through Sunday, October 31. The highlight classes of the week are the $25,000 Puissance sponsored by The Boeing Company on Friday, October 29, and the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix presented by Washington Convention and Sports Authority, CSI 3*-W on Saturday, October 30.

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USET Foundation Hosts Gold Medal Club Receptions at 2010 WEG

Jack Wetzel, Jacqueline Ohrstrom and Bruce Duchossois at the USET Foundation's Gold Medal Club Receptions.

Gladstone, NJ – October 26, 2010 – During the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), the United States Equestrian Team Foundation hosted two Gold Medal Club Receptions. The events were held to thank Gold Medal Club donors and to honor the United States Equestrian Teams that were competing in eight different disciplines at WEG. The first reception was held on September 29 and the second reception was held on October 7, hosted by R. Bruce Duchossois and Jack Wetzel.

The Gold Medal Club Receptions were held at the beautiful Spindletop Hall in Lexington, Kentucky, located across the street from the Kentucky Horse Park. Spindletop Hall sits on 62-acres of Kentucky bluegrass and the mansion features matching, winding staircases in the foyer, spacious windows, and hand carved ceilings and walls. Over 200 guests attended each of the receptions, mingling with the many athletes who were also in attendance.

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