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Eventing: Professional Riders Are Coming Back to Strzegom

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(Strzegom, April 14) Strzegom is opening the international eventing season in Poland. The first show will be Strzegom Spring Open, with over 250 horses competing.

Riders from 14 countries will compete in four international classes: CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, CCI1*-INTRO, and CNC 100 class.

The arenas of Morawa hippodrome will welcome, among others, the Japanese rider Yoshiaki Oiwa, gold medalist of the Asian Games; Merel Blom from the Netherlands, team bronze WEG medalist; or German rider Andreas Dibowski, team gold medalist of the Olympic Games.

Some of the best Polish eventers will also be present, such as Mateusz Kiempa, Joanna Pawlak, or Jan Kamiński.

The show starts on Thursday. The first two days are for dressage and jumping and cross-country trials will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

In accordance with the current pandemic restrictions, the show will be played out without audiences and following strict sanitary measures. The fans will have the chance to cheer on their favourites online – the show will be livestreamed at www.eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl and Facebook.

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Fenney and MTM Apple Shine in the $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix in Jacksonville

Twenty horse and rider teams competed for the blue in the Week I $35,000 Sidelines Grand Prix, presented by EMO over a course designed by Paul Jewell of Windsor, New Jersey.

The first round was set with a time allowed of 75 seconds and of the twenty horse and rider teams, only nine would qualify for a jump off round.

Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, Texas in the irons of MTM Farm’s MTM Dolce Vita led the charge as the first to tackle the jump off round. The course was set with a time allowed of 48 seconds and Fenney and Dolce Vita beat that time with their own clear round in a time of 37.765 seconds, setting the new time to beat. “Dolce Vita was really good,” commented Fenney. “She’s come along way and she’s young. Obviously, she’s been showing outside the entire winter season and she just walked into the indoor and was amazing. Coming from an outdoor arena to an indoor is a significant change and you need to adjust how you ride that,” she added.

Dominique Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania and Seth Vallhonrat’s Chakalaka followed Fenney and Dolce Vita in the order. Although the pair went clear, their time of 39.829 seconds wouldn’t be fast enough to take the lead and the pair would finish in fourth overall.

Dorothy Douglas of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts and Nina Moore’s MTM Cedrik followed Damico and Chakalaka in the order, but a heartache rail at the final fence in a time of 44.201 seconds would see them finish in eighth overall. “We’ve only had Cedrik for a short while and he’s come a long way and really doing amazingly well,” commented Fenney.

Fenney returned to the arena in the irons of MTM Farm’s MTM Apple. The pair flew through the course in a time of 35.063 seconds and set the new time to beat.

“Apple is amazing,” said Fenney. “She’s really a fast horse and it’s funny because she’s really big – over 17 hands and kind of fat. She looks kind of like a brood mare,” she laughed. “She’s the sweetest mare. She has this extra gear and leaves strides out where others don’t. Her turning isn’t so great, but overall, she’s quite perfect. A perfect apple,” she added.

Caroline Mawhinney of Woodside, California and her own Stella Levista were next to go but their four fault jump round in a time of 46.137 seconds would see the pair finish in ninth place overall.

Jordan Petersen of High Springs, Florida in the irons of Derek Petersen’s Diamant’s Legacy followed in the jump off order, but four jump faults in a time of 39.066 seconds would see them finish in seventh overall.

Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis took their turn at the jump off round and despite the fact that the pair would be the fastest jump off round, four jump faults in a time of 34.132 seconds would see them finish in fifth place.

Kaitlyn Williams of Paoli, Pennsylvania aboard her own Cassio Melloni followed Fenney and MTM Reve Du Paradis with their own fault-free round in 39.522 seconds, moving up to finish in third behind MTM Dolce Vita and Fenney.

Molly Dinapoli of Ocala, Florida and Infinity Farm’s Reason De Ganad sat in the enviable last to go position in the jump off round. Four jump faults in a time of 37.484 seconds would find them finishing in sixth place overall.

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Taylor Land Tops David O’Brien’s Three Double-Clears for Classic Win with Get Go

Taylor Land and Get Go ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – April 11, 2021 – It seemed like David O’Brien (Lexington, KY) had clinched a podium sweep in the $15,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix, a 1.35m-1.40m Jumper Classic, until Taylor Land (Atlanta, GA) rode the Pinetree Farms Inc. entry, Get Go, to a 32.316-second jump-off performance to claim top honors in the highlight Jumper class of the week at Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (TIEC). O’Brien piloted One in a Million SCF, the 2014 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Presley Boy x Werly Chin de Muze) owned by Spy Coast Farm LLC, to reserve on a time of 34.33, while he guided Newton Ocean, the Sweet Oak Farm-owned 2011 Swedish Warmblood mare (VDL Atlantic x Nicole), to third on a clear jump-off time of 34.51. In fourth, O’Brien cleared the short course in 36.071 seconds aboard El Balou OLD, the 2012 Oldenburg gelding (Eldorado VD Zeshoek x Sunshine’s Botox) owned by Chansonette Farm LLC.

Land is revving back up after a quiet winter, which followed a months-long recovery from falling off and breaking her arm last August. Get Go, the 2012 Hanoverian gelding (Grey Top x Wantana) known as “Grumbles,” is just a few shows back into competition mode and “really stepped up to the plate” to navigate a tricky jump-off course set by Keith Bollotte (Hendersonville, NC), Land explained.

“I thought it was a pretty difficult [track]. Everything came up quickly, so you really had to be organized and know where you were going. The horse really had to be focused. There were a lot of turns and options for leave-outs in the jump-off. He listened really well and just went for it right when I asked, so I was able to not get too flat and be smooth.”

Morgan Ward and Colourful RW Claim $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake Win

Morgan Ward (Milford, NJ) and Colourful RW, the 2011 Holsteiner gelding (Carrico x Zypria II) owned by Morlynn Farm, raced to a win in Friday’s $5,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake in Tryon Stadium, stopping the timers in 33.614. Second place went Taylor Land (Atlanta, GA) and Get Go, dropping one rail in a time of 33.728. Allen Nabors, Jr. (Ocala, FL), piloting Bon Chatsworth Pierre, the 2011 Zangersheide gelding (Revaou de la Bergerie x Little Star Z) owned in partnership with Jessie Grabowski, scored third place on a time of 34.028 with one rail to the floor.

Ward said she appreciated the nice, flowing course set by Keith Bollotte (Hendersonville, NC), preferring to compete in Tryon Stadium when given the choice, she shared. “The courses rode really well. It was nice and flowing. My strategy in the jump-off was to go as fast and tight as I could, to challenge myself. I’m a bit of a slower rider. He’s such a good boy!”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Announces 2021 Cancellation

Devon, Pa. – April 10, 2021 – It is with deep disappointment that the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (DHSCF) must announce the cancellation of the 125th edition of its event originally scheduled for May 27 – June 6, 2021. This decision was made only after significant evaluation of the far-reaching operational and financial implications due to on-going restrictions imposed by U.S. Equestrian (USEF) regarding spectators and other important issues at their sanctioned events. The organizers together with the Board of Directors evaluated multiple options, but were ultimately unable to operate under the current restrictions outlined by the sport’s governing body.

Despite the DHSCF’s many efforts to obtain information, the competition was told on April 5th that guidelines would not be available until “mid-May.” This time frame does not provide sufficient time to adequately plan and prepare for a show of the DHSCF’s size and caliber. In fairness to the competitors, sponsors, ticket holders, vendors, volunteers, and all others involved, the DHSCF believes that the decision to cancel is the best under the circumstances.

Although many other equestrian events are operating during this time, the DHSCF is uniquely tied to our local audience and spectator base and we did not feel that we could, in good faith, jeopardize future events for the sake of running this year against so many financial and operational challenges. This decision was made to protect the financial viability of the show for years to come.

In the coming weeks, the DHSCF and its organizers will be contacting all stakeholders with information regarding cancellation processes. The health and well-being of the entire DHSCF community is always of utmost importance, and while we believed we could run a safe and successful outdoor event, the lack of movement in attendance guidelines from USEF made it a financial impossibility even with significant fundraising efforts for the competition to continue in 2021.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair looks forward to celebrating its 125th anniversary during the competition in 2022! For additional information, please visit our website at www.DevonHorseShow.net or follow us on our social media channels.

Farrington Fantastic in Turf Tour 2021 Finale

Kent Farrington and Kaprice.

Wellington, FL (March 3, 2021) – USA’s Kent Farrington proved once again that he is the cream of the crop, besting a field of top horses and riders to win the final $15,000 Turf Tour Grand Prix of 2021. A modern master of the jump-off, Farrington and the sporty 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Kaprice (Echo Van T Spieveld x Electra Van T Roosakker) blazed across the green grass of Polo West to beat out rounds by USA’s Ashlee Bond, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny, Germany’s Wilhelm Genn, and other international Grand Prix riders to win the day on the Turf Tour.

Farrington and Kaprice were regular winners on the 2021 Turf Tour, taking blues in the weekly $5,000 1.30m Rising Star Classics and $15,000 1.40m Grand Prix multiple times. The exceptionally speedy Kaprice made quick work of the first round, and then flew around the jump-off late in the class to finish on 37.298 seconds, edging out the previous leaders, Darragh Kenny and GK Casper, by almost 2 seconds. Kenny and Casper, who have won the most Turf Tour classes of any combination this season, jumped off in 38.909 seconds. Third place went to the final ride of the day, Ryan Genn and VDL Genius T, in 40.424 seconds.

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Brooke USA Raises over $210k during Signature Event

Timmy Dutta – GJ Racing © Rachel-Elizabeth.com/Rachel Spencer.

(Wellington, Fla.) March 30, 2021 – Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo® & White Party | Special Edition: Latin America, presented by Lugano Diamonds, proved to be an astounding affair, receiving rave reviews from the Wellington, Palm Beach, and Miami social scenes. Held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach with an exclusive guest list of only 350, the event provided an entertaining evening highlighted by its exciting signature Sunset Polo, gourmet Latin cuisine curated by Celebrity Chef Ingrid Hoffmann, and a live band, the Miami-based Tartara. The event raised more than $210,000 for Brooke USA, whose mission is to alleviate the suffering of working equines in some of the poorest parts of the world.

“We are thrilled with the results of our event, not only financially, but also because it allowed us to further our mission. We made new friends and supporters and educated those present about the plight of working equines and the families who own them,” Chair of the Brooke USA Board of Directors Katherine Kaneb remarked. “It is important to understand that these animals are the engines that fuel the developing world and if they are healthy and cared for, families will benefit from better living and working conditions.”

Brooke USA strives to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys, and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, and the Caribbean by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need. The 2021 special edition event focused on the Americas, with program funding benefiting Nicaraguan fodder plots, COVID-19 response and recovery, advocacy to end the donkey hide crisis in the United States, and its newest project, scoping and research of Native American Reservations attitudes towards working equines.

“As Brooke USA grows, so do our investments in this hemisphere. We were thrilled to offer a means of support that focused on our work in the United States and Central America,” stated Emily Dulin, Brooke USA CEO.

The evening began with a thrilling sunset polo match, where three teams played in a six-chukker round-robin polo tournament consisting of three two-chukker games.

The tournament kicked off with Team Celebrity Cruises, made up of Mikey Matz, Whitney Ross, Marcos Bignoli, Tareq Salahi, and John Gobin challenging Team GJ Racing, the 2019 defending champions. Riding in orange for GJ Racing were Ignacio Cabrera, Timmy Dutta, Jake Schaufeld, and Jessie Graham. Salahi scored one goal in the opening chukker to secure the lead, and his alternate, Whitney Ross, made the second goal in the second chukker to take the first win with a 2-0 finish.

With one win under their belts, Celebrity Cruises then faced off against Team Invicta Farm, consisting of Annalise Phillips, Alyssa Braswell, Michel Dorignac, and Milo Dorignac. Salahi scored the first two goals of the second game, while Invicta scored one goal by Dorignac. Celebrity ultimately snatched the win with a 3-1 victory when Mikey Matz scored the final goal to take the win.

In the decisive last two chukkers, Team Invicta challenged Team GJ Racing in a match that went down to the wire as Invicta took the early lead with both Braswell and Dorignac scoring in the fifth chukker. Dutta tied up the game in the final chukker for GJ Racing with two back-to-back goals; however, Milo Dorignac pulled Invicta ahead with the final goal scored, securing the win with a 3-2 finish.

In the end, Team Celebrity Cruises was declared the winner with a final cumulative score of five. Team Invicta finished in second place with a score of four, while Team GJ Racing took third place with a final score of two.

For more information or to donate, please visit www.brookeusa.org.

FEI Publishes Return to Competition Measures for Mainland Europe

The FEI has published the Return to Competition measures that will allow for a safe resumption of international sport in mainland Europe on 12 April following a six-week shutdown to control the spread of the neurological form of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1).

The measures focus on six key areas: Pre-event venue preparations by Organisers; Athlete pre-event preparations; Examination on Arrival; Onsite at Event Venue; Departure from Events; and Jurisdiction.

The Return to Competition measures, which were comprehensively reviewed at a stakeholder consultation session last week and fine-tuned by both the FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group and the FEI Veterinary Committee, have now been approved by the FEI Board.

Stakeholders who joined last week’s two-hour online consultation session included Athlete Representatives Pedro Veniss (Jumping) and Beatriz Ferrer Salat (Dressage), Eleonora Ottaviani (International Jumping Riders Club), Klaus Roeser (International Dressage Riders Club), Peter Bollen (Equestrian Organisers), Dominique Megret (Jumping Owners Club), Quentin Simonet and Ulf Helgstrand (European Equestrian Federation), together with international grooms Heidi Mulari (Steve Guerdat) and Kirsty Pascoe (Jérôme Guery), and FEI Events Stable Manager Patrick Borg.

The measures include a series of temporary provisions, which will remain in place until 30 May 2021, providing a science-based safety margin to allow for monitoring of any further related outbreaks. This date can be extended if required and advance notice will be provided to the community. These temporary provisions will be formalised in legally binding Bylaws which will be published during the week commencing 5 April 2021.

The FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group has agreed that there is currently no evidence indicating that it would be unsafe to return to international competition in mainland Europe as planned on 12 April, provided the mandated enhanced preventive measures are implemented and there are no further linked outbreaks. The Group will continue to monitor the evolution of the European outbreak on a daily basis.

The FEI HorseApp will be updated with new modules which will allow for enhanced traceability as part of the EHV-1 Return to Competition measures. These will be launched in the second week of April.

The Return to Competition measures, which clearly outline roles and responsibilities, are available online and for download in the dedicated EHV-1 hub. Additional documentation will be added in the coming days.

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Andre Thieme Captures Great American $1 Million Grand Prix Win

It was a perfect day at HITS Ocala for the seventh Great American $1 Million Grand Prix, where riders from near and far took their shot at the coveted title and the winner’s share of $350,000. The sun was shining as previous Million Winners, first time Million riders, Grand Prix and Olympic Veterans, and newcomers were welcomed under the HITS arch into the Grand Prix Stadium for the richest class in the world so far in 2020 and 2021. Not only was this the seventh Great American Million, but it was also the 22nd $1 Million Grand Prix hosted by HITS.

The course designed by Mr. Bernardo Cabral of Lisbon, Portugal challenged riders to be accurate and earn their shot at the top honors. “This class was a varied group of riders. Some have been in Ocala all circuit, and some came from other parts of the state. It was a big field, so I thought it was a hard class to put together,” said Cabral. “I didn’t make it overly big but it was technical and I thought asked a lot of questions to the riders, but also left an easy way out for the horses if there was a mistake by the pilot.” The first round course consisted of fourteen fences and included several delicate verticals throughout the track, often with wide oxers right before or after, making riders plan their adjustments quickly. The triple bar to the triple combination was a unique effort early in the course, and the last line of a wide oxer away from the ingate to the final vertical foiled many a rider’s plan of making it to the jump-off. Eight riders jumped clean to move on to the jump-off course which featured several new elements as well as parts from the first round course.

Andre Thieme is officially the most decorated HITS Million Winner as Sunday marked his fourth HITS Million title, this time taking home the blue ribbon aboard his own CHAKARIA. “I think everybody can tell by now that this class [HITS $1 Million Grand Prix] means something to me! It’s my goal every year and while I’m not giving away other classes, I definitely don’t put as much effort toward some of the other classes,” said Thieme. “I try to really produce my horses for this class every single time. I try to be sure that everything on the day of this class goes perfect because this is the class that I really want to win each year.”

Thieme’s first HITS Million win came aboard ARAGON ROUET in the 2011 Saugerties Million, followed by his first win in the Great American Million aboard CONTANGA 3 in 2014, and the third being back in Saugerties with CONTHENDRIX in 2017. “Now that I’ve won this class four times, it’s just unbelievable to me,” Thieme exclaimed. “I would have never thought that it is possible, but I have a superstar horse for the first time in my life and it’s just so much easier with that kind of a horse.”

Thieme has been riding CHAKARIA for the past year-and-a-half and said that it didn’t take him long to realize how amazing the chestnut mare is. “I couldn’t believe my luck that for the first time in my life, I was a little bit quicker than someone else buying the horse. She is fast, sound, a fighter, careful, and scopey – I don’t know how to start and how to end; she’s just an amazing horse.”

As Thieme continued talking about the day, he discussed the course, saying, “When I first walked it, I thought that it was probably going to be a little bit too small. I was expecting something bigger for the number of horses entered, to not have 15 clear rounds. Bernardo [Cabral] explained it to me and I realized that the course was a touch trickier than I thought.” Going 41st in the order, Thieme was the fifth to go clean in the first round, giving him an advantage of returning later in the in the jump-off.  Several early riders had rails or other mistakes, so Thieme knew a clear round was most important, but a fast time would put the pressure on the final three. Thieme jumped clear in 34.393 to claim the lead. “It worked for my horse because she is really careful,” said Thieme. “I have to thank Tom and HITS once more because without him we wouldn’t have a class like this and I and many of the other riders really appreciate it.”

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Hells Angel Wins the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix

Penny Brennan of Ocala, Florida in the irons of IDK Investment Group, LLC’s Hells Angel closed out the final installment of the No Entry Fee Grand Prix, winning the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix, presented by EMO.

“I had so much fun!” said Brennan. “She [Hells Angel] really wanted to win today so badly,” she added.

Of those who completed the first round of the Grand Prix, seven qualified for the jump off round where the time allowed was set at 47 seconds.

Collin Reynolds of Oxford, Pennsylvania aboard his own Chicco W was the first to tackle the jump off round and turned in a clear round in a time of 34.854 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Brennan and Hells Angel followed in the jump off order and the pair went clear, posting a time of 28.810 seconds, taking the lead. “The first round was really smooth and inviting and it was long, if anything. He [Paul Jewell] used the whole arena and used it wisely and it was meant to be for the course.”

“Folks had a little difficult time with the combination. One was on an inside turn. He made them difficult but jumpable. The last jump was challenging and was set at a seven and a half and just past the in gate and as you know, the horses lose their gear when they get to the in gate and it’s going back up the hill, so that was a little challenging for some,” she said.

“The jump off was really slick with lots of turns and little runs and it was all about ride-ability. He [Paul Jewell] made the course so your horse had to be very rideable and smooth,” she added.

Matthias Hollberg of Reddick, Florida in the irons of Jacqueline Mars’ Get Gaudi followed Brennan and Hells Angel, but twelve jump faults in a time of 33.487 seconds would see them finish in seventh place.

Brian Murphy of Berryville, Virginia and Light Speed Equestrian, LLC’s Hyperios HS followed and while the pair went clear, their time of 35.814 seconds wouldn’t beat Brennan and Hells Angel.

Brennan returned to the Grand Prix field, this time in the irons of her own Vertigo Delorme. Four jump faults in a time of 29.196 seconds finished them in sixth place. “Vertigo was great. I saw the jump from the corner and we just sliced the jump and caught the rail,” she said. “It was my fault,” she added.

Hollberg returned to the Grand Prix field, this time in the irons of Jenny Vallner’s Kilmastulla Quality Touch turning in a clear round in a time of 33.331 seconds.

Gianna Aycock of Argyle, Texas and her own Flex A Tia sat in the enviable last to go spot. Although the pair posted a time of 27.361 seconds, four jump faults would see them finish in fifth place, leaving Brennan and Hells Angel the victors.

“She’s [Hells Angel] so cute. She’s such a lady kind of like in high heels in a bikini,” Brennan laughed. “She doesn’t like any fast moves when you’re tacking her up. She is very feminine and likes to be treated as such, but she’s really very kind,” Brennan said.

“I’ve had a hell of a year. I only started showing the first two weeks of Gulfport after a brain injury last year. Then there was Covid!” said Brennan. “I only came back the first two weeks of Gulfport and returned for the final week,” she added. “I want to dedicate this win to Hilary Dunaway. She is my best friend and my guardian angel for sure.”

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Tryon Welcome Series Kicks Off with Wins for Allen Nabors, Jr. and Summer Hill

Allen Nabors, Jr. and Casanova DVE ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – March 28, 2021 – The largest Tryon Welcome Series ever hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (TIEC) launched Thursday, March 25, featuring four weeks of Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation competition. Sunday’s $15,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix, a 1.35m-1.40m Jumper Classic, saw the heavens open and the stars align for Allen Nabors, Jr. (Ocala, FL) aboard Casanova DVE. The pair successfully cleared the short course in a time of 41.259 seconds to take top honors, with Summer Hill (Lexington, KY) and La Belle SCF, the 2011 Belgian Warmblood mare (Diktator van de Boslandhoeve x Belle Bleu S) owned in partnership with Andrea Simpson, claiming reserve with their four-fault, 36.48-second performance. Third went to Jorge Ludwig (Newbury Park, CA) and his own mount The Graduate, a 2009 gelding of unknown breeding, also with one rail on the floor for a score of 39.94 seconds and the yellow rosette.

Despite losing a shoe on course and touring both the first and second-round tracks in the pouring rain, Casanova DVE was unphased and produced a double clear to put pressure on other competitors to follow, Nabors explained.

“As soon as I went in the ring, it started pouring rain,” Nabors shared. “It didn’t rain the whole class except for my rounds, pretty much! I thought the course was pretty straightforward, with a couple spots to question. Coming into the combination, I added one more stride than I wanted to, and got lucky.”

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