Kai Rüder Is Prince of Badminton

Badminton first-timers Kai Rüder (GER) and Le Prince Des Bois lead after the dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics (Photograph: Kit Houghton).

1 May 2010 – Kai Rüder (GER) and his powerful stallion Le Prince des Bois held an appropriately regal lead at the close of Dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.

Rüder, 39 and making his Badminton debut after a 20-year quest, has a 5.8-penalty lead over first day leader Ruth Edge (GBR) on Two Thyme ahead of what is predicted to be an influential Cross Country day due to the forecast heavy rain.

The leading duo finished 10th at Burghley (GBR) last year – when Rüder won the HSBC Training Bursary for the best 4-star debut – and have spent the last month based in England with German team trainer Christopher Bartle (GBR).

Le Prince des Bois, who performs a reliably expressive Dressage test, is by Yarlands Summer Song, the stallion ridden with such panache at Badminton in the 1990s by France’s Marie-Christine Duroy.

Continue reading Kai Rüder Is Prince of Badminton

Happy Z and Wilhelm Genn Wow Crowd with Victory in Inaugural $40,000 Nutrena Show Jumping Grand Prix in Madison

Happy Z and Wilhelm Genn won the $40,000 Nutrena Grand Prix at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, WI, in front of a crowd of 10,000. Photos © 2010 Jon Kassel.

Fantastic Reception as Showplace Productions Brings World Class Jumping to Midwest Horse Fair

April 27, 2010 – Madison, WI – The 10,000 seat John Deere Coliseum at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center was standing room only Saturday night as five of 38 entries passed the course’s first test and were asked back for the tie-breaking round. Ultimately it was the feisty chestnut mare Happy Z and Ohio’s Wilhelm Genn who laid down an unbeatable jump off track for the win. Laura Linback and As di Villagana, competing last, also put in a flawless round to finish a close second.

The difficult course was designed by Puerto Rico’s Hector Loyola in collaboration with Pat Boyle, whose company Showplace Productions managed the first ever Show Jumping event at the Midwest Horse Fair.

“It was a great event, Hector and Pat built a very nice course, and the audience was the best I have ever experienced; they were supportive, electrifying, generous even. When you had some rails they made you feel like you were still doing something special,” said the 49-year-old Genn, who first competed in the United States 22 years ago before moving from his native Germany to Lebanon, Ohio.

Continue reading Happy Z and Wilhelm Genn Wow Crowd with Victory in Inaugural $40,000 Nutrena Show Jumping Grand Prix in Madison

USET Foundation Presents Pinnacle Cup to Phillip Dutton

2010 Pinnacle Cup Recipient Phillip Dutton and Woodburn at Rolex. Photo © Jessica Nemzoff

Gladstone, New Jersey – April 28, 2010 – The USET Foundation is pleased to announce Phillip Dutton of West Grove, PA, and Aiken, SC, as the 2010 recipient of the USET Foundation Pinnacle Cup. Awarded annually, the Pinnacle Cup goes to the highest placing American competitor at the prestigious Rolex CCI**** Three-Day Event. Dutton was honored with the award after securing second place honors aboard Acorn Hill Farm, Annie Jones, and Mardie Faucette’s Woodburn over the course of April 23-25, in Lexington, KY.  This year will be Dutton’s third year winning the trophy; he won it previously on Bruce Duchossois’ Connaught in both 2007 and 2008.

Piloting the 14-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred, Dutton finished the Dressage phase with 47.7 penalty points, a score that would hold throughout the duration of the competition. Dutton and Woodburn mastered Mike Etherington-Smith’s 30-obstacle cross country course within the time allowed and then went on to complete the third and final phase of the event with a fault-free show jumping round in the Kentucky Horse Park stadium.

Continue reading USET Foundation Presents Pinnacle Cup to Phillip Dutton

Quick Tip to Straighten Your Horse, by Jane Savoie

I’ve got a great video for you today from the Happy Horse course that shows how quickly and easily you can straighten your horse with a very simple exercise.

But before you do that, I want to remind you that the Happy Horse Retirement party officially starts tomorrow, Friday, April 30 at noon Eastern time.

Remember: The retirement party ONLY lasts 4 days, or less than that if my current inventory runs out first. So be sure to come right when the doors open at noon.

Mark your calendar now, and claim your course tomorrow at:


Continue reading Quick Tip to Straighten Your Horse, by Jane Savoie

Another Happy Horse Video Clip! by Jane Savoie

Wanna know what’s so cool about the Happy Horse course? People from all over the world have told me that it’s helped them sort out so many common problems quickly and easily.

See if any of these common problems sound familiar to you.
• You’re just plain confused and frustrated because trainers tell you what to do but don’t tell you HOW to do it.
• You can’t find anyone to explain things in a CLEAR, step-by-step, easy to understand training system.
• Sometimes you find training to be a struggle, exhausting, or a tug of war rather than a joyful process that creates a happy, athletic horse.
• You can’t get your horse consistently on the bit.
• You can’t afford to work with a trainer on a regular basis.
• You can’t find any decent trainers in your area.
• You can’t afford a fancy warmblood so you think training will be more difficult with your Quarter horse (Arabian, Haflinger, Friesian, Morgan, Saddlebred, Fjord, Thoroughbred, Draft Cross etc).

Do any of those issues sound like what you’re dealing with? Then the Happy Horse course was developed for you.

Continue reading Another Happy Horse Video Clip! by Jane Savoie

Bill to Promote Horse Slaughter in Tennessee Withdrawn from Consideration

Nashville, TN (April 27, 2010) –  Legislation advocating the slaughter of horses for human consumption will be withdrawn for the legislative session in Tennessee according to the bill’s sponsor Representative Frank Niceley. This was following overwhelming public opposition to the proposal from the public, Tennessee Volunteers for Animal Protection, Willie Nelson, his daughter Amy Nelson and granddaughter Raelyn Nelson, long time supporters of the Animal Welfare Institute.

“We are pleased that Representative Niceley has agreed to pull his bill from consideration,” said Chris Heyde, deputy director of the Animal Welfare Institute.  “There are many more humane and responsible ways of caring for horses in need and we look forward to expanding those in Tennessee. Slaughter certainly isn’t an option and we feel many legislators realized this.”

Amy and Raelyn Nelson, residents of Tennessee, testified against the bill during a committee hearing earlier this month and plan on returning to Nashville to meet with legislators to discuss equine welfare issues very soon.

Continue reading Bill to Promote Horse Slaughter in Tennessee Withdrawn from Consideration

Chester Weber and Charles Owen Team Up to Put Helmet Safety in the Spotlight

Chester Weber wears a helmet cam on his Charles Owen helmet. Weber uses the helmet cam as a training tool and is a strong proponent of wearing a helmet for safety. (Photo courtesy of PicsofYou.com)

Ocala, FL (April 27, 2010) – Helmets are the center stage topic in equestrian safety right now, and USEF Safety Committee member Chester Weber has turned his Charles Owen helmet into a box office hit! Safety really is a movie, thanks to a camera installed on Weber’s Charles Owen helmet.

Combined Driver Weber, the eight-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Champion, uses his helmet camera as a training tool. “The helmet cam is a way to record the driver’s-eye view of a four-in-hand team. I use it as a training tool at home,” Weber said. “The helmet cam makes safety fun and acts as a training tool that can enhance future performances.”

When it comes to safety, Weber has always put his money where his mouth is. He and his team are long-time users of Charles Owen helmets, which provide safety and offer unparalleled comfort. “The importance of wearing helmets is in the spotlight right now, and as a driver I certainly recommend wearing helmets, especially in the marathon,” Weber said.

Continue reading Chester Weber and Charles Owen Team Up to Put Helmet Safety in the Spotlight

2010 Radio Show Episode 88 – Special Edition, The Final Test Events

We take a look at the final test events including the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. How did it all go, who placed on top and is the Kentucky Horse Park ready for the Alltech FEI 2010 World Equestrian Games…

2010 Radio Show Episode 88 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Hosts: Samantha Clark and Glenn the Geek
  • Photo Credit: Josh Walker from useventing.com.
  • Join in with Samantha and Glenn as they review the Dressage, Jumping and Eventing test events and the results.
  • Interview: Spotlight rider Pierre St. Jacques
  • Interview: William Fox-Pitt
  • Interview: Oliver Townend after the fall.


Listen Now, Download or Subscribe:

Listen Now
Subscribe Zune

Eventing Radio Show Episode 77 – 2010 Rolex Final Report, William Fox-Pitt Wins

William Fox-Pitt maintained his lead to win the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. Listen in as NBC Color Commentator Donna Barton Brothers co-hosts this final show from Rolex. ..

Eventing Radio Show Episode 77 – Rolex Final Report, William Fox-Pitt Wins:

  • Picture: They started the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in the lead and finished it that way. Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt jumped a double-clear show jumping round with Cool Mountain on Sunday to clench his first Rolex Kentucky victory. Phillip Dutton and Woodburn jumped into second place after a faultless trip, while Becky Holder caught only one rail with Courageous Comet to finish in third place. Photo by Josh Walker from useventing.com.
  • Co-Host: NBC Color Commentator Donna Barton Brothers
  • See all of our coverage.
  • Follow the Chronicle of the Horse coverage here.
  • See the final results here.


Listen Now, Download or Subscribe:

Listen Now
iTunes Subscribe Subscribe to Zune

William Fox-Pitt goes clear in the Show Jumping to win 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

William Fox-Pitt (GBR) aboard Cool Mountain on their way to victory in the first leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ at Lexington,KY (USA)
William Fox-Pitt (GBR) aboard Cool Mountain winning HSBC FEI Classics™ Rolex 3-Day Event (Click for larger image)

William Fox-Pitt (GBR) today, 25th April 2010, went clear in the Show Jumping on the final day at the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event to crown his first win at ‘The Rolex’ with his starting dressage score of 42.8.

The top three final results were as follows:

1st William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Cool Mountain, 42.8
2nd Phillip Dutton (USA), Woodburn, 47.7
3rd Becky Holder (USA), Courageous Comet, 49.2

Audio interviews with William Fox-Pitt, Phillip Dutton, Becky Holder, the press conference after Day Three with the riders, Rupert Bell ‘s live commentary on William Fox-Pitt’s Show Jumping round, plus an interview with Oliver Townend reflecting on his cross country day and attempt to win the Rolex Grand Slam, are also available to listen to, and download for free, on the links below:

William Fox-Pitt (GBR):  http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/fox%20pitt%20end.mp3
Phillip Dutton (USA): http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/dutton%20end.mp3
Becky Holder (USA): http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/holder.mp3
Oliver Townend (GBR): http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/townend%20end.mp3
William Fox-Pitt show jumping commentary by Rupert Bell: http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/Ken%20Comm%20Fox%20Pitt.mp3

Final day press conference with top three riders:https://download.yousendit.com/THE1R0lhZy84aVB2Wmc9PQ

Further news and details are available on www.rk3de.org and www.alltechfeigames.com

The 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, 22-25 April 2010.

Your Southern Source for Everything Horse