September 14, 2015

Because we've all been there...
Reid Patton sent in this extraordinary photo of herself demonstrating the next FEI sport: combining vaulting and show jumping.
"It was completely my fault. She's such a good girl, but I asked her to leave way too far away, and we chipped," said Patton, who tumbled off Zoe Velvet at an amateur-owner jumper class at Devon this spring. "I have no idea how I got to the side like that. The best is that I'd won a class on my hunter right before this class. That's the sport: One moment you're a winner, and then you're lying in the dirt."
Zoe Velvet walked away unharmed, and Patton landed on her knees and took a few days until she was serviceably sound.
"Since then I've purchased magnetic stirrups," she quipped. Photo by The Book LLC.

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Time Is Running Out To Get Your Tickets For The Rolex Central Park Horse Show!  
Sept. 23 is right around the corner, and tickets are almost gone for the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. This unique event in the heart of America's largest city will feature the inaugural U.S. Open in five different disciplines: show jumping, dressage, hunters, Arabians and U25 show jumping! Not to mention a special Master's Class conducted by dressage superstar Charlotte Dujardin. Visit to order your tickets now! 

Of Sunshine, False Fairytales And Calming

If you only read one thing this week, make it Associate Editor Molly Sorge's blog about welfare issues rocking the hunter/jumper world. The story went viral last week, and it's still what everyone's talking about by the in-gate and back in the barns.

And new blogger Priscilla Godsoe weighs in with her perspective as a young hunter/jumper professional who sees the playing field in the sport as anything but level. 

Don't miss the cover story in the Sept. 21 issue of the magazine, "The Cult Of Calm," where riders, officials and veterinarians discuss the use of calmers in the show world.     
Brash Sweeps Rolex Grand Slam Of Show Jumping

Scott Brash's win in the $1.5 Million CP International on Hello Sanctos at the Spruce Meadows Masters over the weekend made him the first show jumper to win all three events in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping consecutively, earning him a healthy €1 million bonus. 
"When you target something for so long, and your whole team has put so much work and hard effort in, to actually come and achieve that dream and have it all pay off is just a wonderful feeling," he said.
Is There Anything Michael Jung Can't Win? See For Yourself

Michael Jung just added two more gold medals to his collection after winning individual and team gold at Blair Castle (Scotland) over the weekend aboard fischerTakinou.

Want to see the Olympic, World and European gold medalist in action? Watch this video from his winning cross-country ride at the Land Rover Burghley CCI**** (England).   
Throwback Thursday: George H. Morris Remembers A Special Chestnut Mare
George Morris remembers an extraordinary mare he started in the jumpers. That horse went on to ribbon with Conrad Homfeld at ASPCA Maclay Finals, then become a hunter superstar with Patty Heuckeroth.
"Patty won everything on her," said Morris. "You couldn't get a bad picture on her. She jumped so perfectly and carefully every time."

Faudree Recovering From Fall At Five Points Horse Trials   
We caught up with Will Faudree, who fell on the advanced cross-country track at Five Points Horse Trials (N.C.) on Sept. 6. Faudree underwent neck surgery and updated us on his recovery. 

Horse Care

Don't miss this week's cover story, where officials, riders and veterinarians debate the use of mood-altering supplements in the show ring. Catch up with legendary bitmaker and horseman Jay Shuttleworth, and check out new evidence showing what nerve blocks do and don't reveal. And Letty Savage weighs in with a hilarious column about her role as a helicopter horse mom. As always we have plenty of news from all the biggest events, like the Hampton Classic, Markel USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships, Showpark All Seasons Classic, Thunderbird and much more. It's all in this week's issue and more! 

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