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Exclusive Interview with Rolex Grand Slam Live Contender Martin Fuchs

Photo: Rolex Grand Slam / Ashley Neuhof.

What are your plans for 2021 and what would you like to achieve?

Well, obviously the biggest goal for 2021 is the Olympic Games in Tokyo. That is my number one target; I dream about getting a medal at the Olympic Games. Another main focus for me is the Rolex Grand Slam, especially for me, as I’m currently the Live Contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. In any normal year, the four Majors are the most important shows, but being the Live Contender gives an extra edge to it.

You won the Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Geneva in 2019, which makes you the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Live Contender. Does this give you extra motivation to win the Rolex Grand Prix at this year’s The Dutch Masters?

Being the Live Contender of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is very exciting. I do try to look at it like any other show, as every time I bring Clooney to the big classes, I try to win, and at any Major that I go to, I’m always trying to be at the top of my game. So, I’m trying to approach it like any other competition, although it does cross my mind every now and then that this could be a really big achievement to win two in a row.

What have you learnt over the course of the last year (about yourself and generally), and what positives will you take?

I’ve learnt that I can be happy and enjoy other things, rather than just horses, that I don’t have to be at horse shows every week. I’ve liked spending time with friends and family; of course, I’ve done that before, but it’s usually been done on the road. I’ve appreciated having some down time and not constantly traveling.

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Urge USFS to Stop Fencing Out Heber Wild Horses from Their Territory

The Forest Service (USFS) is proposing to remove more than 85% of the beloved Heber wild horses in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest over the next few years. USFS wants to remove all horses outside of their designated Territory – despite the fact that they are FENCING THEM OUT.

Sadly, USFS may also use experimental drugs in their fertility control efforts rather than safe, proven PZP. Please take a moment to sign our petition urging the USFS to work with wild horse advocates to create a humane, sustainable program that works for the horses, the habitat, and the American taxpayer.

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Menezes Masters $37,000 JTWG Qualifier CSI3* aboard H5 Elvaro

Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and H5 Elvaro © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – April 16, 2021 – As the 2021 ESP Spring Series continues on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village, it was a day for Brazil to shine as Eduardo Menezes guided H5 Elvaro, owned by H5 Sport Horses, LLC, to a spectacular winning finish in the $37,000 JTWG Qualifier CSI3*.

First to return, Menezes and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Calvaro F.C. x Heartbreaker produced a fault-free round in a time of 38.65 seconds. While the execution of the second-round course was quite technical, Menezes credits his success to having a very simple plan.

“Going first, you need to go as fast as you can and try to leave the jumps up,” he said. “We had a couple of lines where I could use his big stride and leave one [stride] out. I started with that in the first line and once it worked, I just stayed on that rhythm.”

Jennifer Bliss and Face the Music Are Unbeatable in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

A total of 49 horse-and-rider combinations contested the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Perfect Products held in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Friday morning. Entering the ring as the 18th to go in the starting order, Jennifer Bliss and Face the Music, owned by Harris Hill Farm, LLC, galloped smoothly over fences one through 12, jumping all four of the high options, to finish on an impressive score of 96 and lead the classic round.

The top twelve pairs were invited back to contest a handy round with a cut-off score of 86.5 making for a very competitive finish. Last to go, Bliss of Loxahatchee, FL was smooth once again as she posted a score of 100, which included bonus points for handiness, making her two-round total 196 points to secure the win.

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Eventing: Professional Riders Are Coming Back to Strzegom

Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.

(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.

For more information and results, please visit horseshowsonline.com.

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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.

Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti Jump to Podium Finishes at ESP Spring Series

Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti ©Anne Gittins Photography.

Wellington, FL – April 11, 2021 – The first week of the 2021 ESP Spring Series took place April 7-11 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), with Sunday’s action capping off the first week of National competition following the Winter Equestrian Festival. Concluding the first of five installments of the Spring Series as the week’s big winner, Germany’s Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti celebrated victory in the $35,000 ProElite Spring I Grand Prix after beating a small three-horse field in the jump-off.

Ellen Toon and Gabriel Are Angelic to Win $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The hunters stole the spotlight on Friday in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Equiline, that took place in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. Eighteen horse-and-rider pairs tested the classic round course set by Danny Moore of Spring Hill, FL with 12 returning for the handy round. Eighth in the order, Ellen Toon of South Salem, NY and Gabriel set the bar high after receiving a score of 95 that put them in the lead going into the second round, and then received a handy-phase score of 88 to secure the victory with a total score of 183.

“I have had Gabriel for four years now and this has definitely been his best year. He is very scopey and fearless,” Toon commented on the gelding owned by JT Farm. “He’s shown in the professional divisions as well as the amateur divisions with me and we have had the absolute pleasure of Victoria Colvin taking over the professional ride on him. She has done a handful of International Derbies and has placed high in all of them. Everyone has done an amazing job with him. Today was only his fourth derby!”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Two-Time Graded Stakes Winner Slim Shadey Dies

Photo: Slim Shadey at Old Friends by Laura Battles.

GEORGETOWN, KY – APRIL 11, 2021 – Two-time graded-stakes winner Slim Shadey has died. The 13-year-old gelding had been a pensioner at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm based in Georgetown, KY, since 2019.

Old Friends’ attending veterinary, Dr. Bryan Waldridge, released this statement: “Slim Shadey showed signs of colic and was referred for further diagnostics and treatment. Exploratory surgery revealed a twisted large intestine that was corrected. Unfortunately, he fractured a hind leg recovering from anesthesia. Bone fractures during recovery from anesthesia are uncommon, but an inherent risk of equine anesthesia.”

Slim Shadey was bred in Great Britain by Phil Cunningham and spent two seasons racing throughout England and Ireland. He made his U.S. debut for Cunningham and trainer Simon Callaghan in 2012 at Santa Anita, kicking off what was to become his banner season.

In February of 2012, Slim Shadey captured his first graded-stakes, the GR2 San Marco at Santa Anita (a race he would win again in 2013). Then, in September of that year, Slim Shadey took the top spot in the GR2 John Henry Turf Championship, which served as a steppingstone to a run in the GR1 Breeders’ Cup Turf where he finished 8th.

By 2014 Slim began a series of claims to trainers David Jacobson and John Servis (for owner Michael Dubb), before ending with owner Michael Hui and trainer Mike Maker in June of 2018 at Belmont Park.

Retired in 2019, Slim Shadey ended his career with 83 starts, 14 wins, and earnings of $1,278,855.

“Slim Shadey was on Old Friends’ radar for nearly two years,” said Old Friends President Michael Blowen. “Between Michael Dubb and Michael Hui, I knew he was in great hands. When Hui called to say he was ready, I was overjoyed. Today I was equally devastated,” Blowen continued. “You try to do what’s best and, even then, it doesn’t always work out.”

For more information, please call (502) 863-1775 or visit www.oldfriendsequine.org.

In Memoriam: FEI Pays Tribute to Longest Serving FEI President Prince Philip

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle in England. His death, at the age of 99, was announced by Buckingham Palace.

He was the longest serving FEI President (1964-1986) and was succeeded in this role by his daughter Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, for the following eight years.

Some of Prince Philip’s own greatest sporting achievements came in the sport of Driving which he introduced as a new discipline in the FEI and helped to develop during his FEI Presidency. He helped standardise international rules and became a hugely successful competitor himself, winning team gold at the 1980 World Driving Championship and bronze in 1978, 1982, and 1984. He also placed sixth individually in 1982.

Prince Philip strongly supported the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series, which is now one of the crown jewels in the Jumping calendar, and was hugely supportive of the launch of the FEI Jumping World Cup™ in the 1970s. He was also instrumental in the creation of the FEI World Equestrian Games™, having lobbied for such a competition for many years before it was finally staged for the first time in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990.

An all-round horseman, he played polo during his time in the Royal Navy in the 1940s and became one of Britain’s top-10 players. His passion for all things equestrian was shared by his wife and passed on to their children, particularly Prince Charles who was also a keen polo player, and Princess Anne, who claimed individual gold at the FEI European Eventing Championships in 1971, and individual and team silver four years later, before becoming the first British Royal to compete at an Olympic Games when she rode in Montreal 1976.

Prince Philip’s grandchildren have also inherited a love of horse sport. Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall took the Eventing world title in 2006 and was a member of the British silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Princes William and Harry are also regularly spotted on the polo field.

Born in Corfu, Greece and educated in France, Germany, and Great Britain, he was just 18 years old when he joined the Royal Navy in 1939. During World War ll, he served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets, and by the time he left the service in 1952 he had reached the rank of Commander. At the age of 26, he married the then Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth ll) in November 1947.

“The passing of Prince Philip is a huge loss for equestrian sport and his legacy, particularly at the FEI, will live on for many many decades to come,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “I first met him in London at the FEI General Assembly in 2005, and again at the FEI Eventing European Championships in Blair Castle in 2015. He was a man of incredible energy and a great sense of humour and the FEI was honoured to have him as our longest serving President.

“His dedication to equestrian sports cannot be underestimated and will never be forgotten, especially in the Driving community. He was born in the same year the FEI was founded and sadly he will not be with us to celebrate his own and the FEI’s centenary this year. We will celebrate his life and remember him as a great ambassador of our sport.”

The FEI extends its deepest sympathy to the British Royal Family and joins the equestrian community in mourning the loss of this remarkable man.

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California Wild Burros Are under Attack

“Genetic Crisis.” That is how renowned equine geneticist, Dr. E. Gus Cothran, assesses the vast majority of the BLM-managed wild burro populations still remaining on Western landscapes.

Dr. Cothran attributes this crisis to burro populations too small to be considered viable. Massive BLM roundups have reduced burro herds to such small numbers that inbreeding is inevitable. Destroying the genetic health of our remaining herds dooms them to inevitable extinction.

BLM California is mounting yet another aerial assault on these gentle animals. Helicopters will swoop down in an attempt to eliminate all burros from more than 560,000 acres of our BLM-managed public lands south and west of Death Valley: Centennial Herd Management Area, Slate Range, and Paramint Herd Areas. Nearly 1,000 burros will lose their freedom if this ill-conceived plan moves forward.

We need your voice! Please take action NOW to oppose to this horrific plan.

The Cloud Foundation Calls for Halting Roundups & Independent Audit of Wild Horse Program

The Cloud Foundation is calling on newly-confirmed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to halt roundups and conduct an independent evaluation of the broken Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Record numbers of our wild horses and burros are currently warehoused in government holding facilities — more than 53,000 animals. By halting the roundups, we can work together to create win-win solutions and establish a fair and humane program that will benefit wild horses and burros, the range, and American taxpayers.

Read the press release.

This Is Why We Fight!

Sometimes, we all need a reminder of why we we’re in this fight. In honor of the California burros who stand to lose their freedom, we bring you a delightful short video. Burros are gentle, playful animals, as you can see. Enjoy!

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