AACHEN, Germany--The U.S. show jumping team of Jessie Springsteen, Lucy Deslauriers, Brian Moggre and Laura Kraut beat eight outstanding teams to win the Nations Cup in Aachen for the first time in 16 years.
U.S. winning team at Aachen (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)“Winning in Aachen is the pinnacle. It’s as simple as that,” said Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland after the team’s historic performance. “These were four of our final six riders for Tokyo, so this was pretty simple, we just went straight down the list. We had our Olympic quarantine here, so it gave a good idea as to what to expect a few weeks later.”
An outstanding US team, a fall for the German team and a hot pursuit by the French team turned Thursday evening at the CHIO Aachen into a nail-biting affair.
Finishing on just four faults, Robert Ridland’s US team won the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup in front of approximately 18,000 spectators, precisely the amount that were allowed into the Stadium in line with the Corona regulations.
Kraut remembers the last time a U.S. team rode to victory in Aachen 16 years ago in 2005, as she was also a member of that squad.
And her clear round in the second phase was the one that brought the team the victory in this year's event.
Laura Chapot celebrates her return to competition with two wins at the Devon Fall Classic.
By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa.--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., celebrated her return to riding after seven weeks sidelined by a badly broken arm by winning both the 1.40m Jumpers and the Welcome Stake at the Devon Fall Classic on Sept. 16.
Laura Chapot on Diarado's Flying Dutchman (Photo by Emma Miller) Chapot broke her arm in a fall at HITS in Saugerties, N.Y., and the doctor at the local hospital said she would be out for at least a year and that there was nothing he could do for her.
Luckily, the next day a fellow competitor told her that he traveled to New York City to the Hospital for Special Surgery regularly, and he said, if he was able to get her an appointment, would she like to go.
She said absolutely, and they left the next morning at 4:30 a.m. to drive to New York.
"We got there around 8, and they did surgery at 10 a.m., " said Chapot, who had broke her humus.
"They took the rotator cuff out, repaired it and put it back in," said Chapot's mother Mary.
"They put a plate in to cover the fracture, and nine screws," said Chapot. "They all stay in. I have full use of the arm now. I rode Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before today."
Roxanne Trunnell wins her second gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics
By SARA CAVANAGH
TOKYO, Japan--Roxanne Trunnell of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., on Dolton, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding, won her second gold-medal of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in the FEI Grade I Freestyle to Music, earning an 86.927 percent.
Roxanne Tunnell on Dolton Richards Snikus of Latvia and King of the Dance won the silver medal with a score of 82.087 percent, while Sara Morganti of Italy on Royal Delight won the bronze with an 81.100.
Trunnell and Dolton secured their first gold on Friday in the FEI Individual Test before helping the U.S. Para Dressage Team earn their historic team bronze medal yesterday and will leave Tokyo with two individual gold medals and a team bronze.
Trunnell was last to go in the order of go on the evening of Aug. 29 in Grade I competition and left the best for last to close out the equestrian competition at Equestrian Park in Tokyo, Japan.
MALVERN, Pa--Have you always been curious about foxhunting? Have you often wondered about trying it out? Well, now is your chance. Come, be part of Foxhunting 101! Radnor Hunt is once again holding two Saturday sessions on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. Learn the basics from longtime foxhunter, and Radnor member, Debra Taylor.
Get the chance to go out with the hunt and watch Radnor’s veteran Huntsman John Dean work his magic with his hounds. YOU WILL hunt the Radnor country and gain insight into this age-old sport. Debra Taylor in cream colored coat on the grayDebra will explain all the terminology, the strategies employed to find Mr. Fox. She will detail what the jobs of the Hunt Staff entail and explain the nuances of a hunting day. There will be tailgates after hunting on both sessions - Sept. 25 and October 2, 2021 The second day will also feature a tour of the Radnor Kennels. Call Alex Warzecha, the Hunt Secretary, with questions at 610-935-8255. Price: $50.
The U.S. won two team silver medals in a Tokyo Olympics that saw many dramatic changes in format
By SARA CAVANAGH
TOKYO, Japan--The dressage and show jumping teams at the Tokyo Olympics performed sensationally, both winning silver medals and providing great excitement in the dressage Freestyle and the Team Show Jumping.
Mclain Ward on Contagious (Photo by MacMillan Photography)Sadly, though, for the fourth Olympics in a row the Evening team finished in the middle of the pack or worse, performing well under the standards set by teams from 1964 through 2004 that won two team gold medals, four team silver medals, two bronze medals, one individual gold medal, three individual silver medals and one individual bronze medal with riders like Bruce Davidson, Mike Plumb, Mike Page, Jimmy Wofford, Karen Stives, David and Karen O'Connor, Kim Severson and Amy Tryon.
Even in 2008 and 2016, although there were no team medals, Gina Miles and Phillip Dutton did win individual silver and bronze medals respectively.
But in Tokyo, even with the Olympics not even being a true 4*, much less a 5*, with the cross country course shortened by two minutes, the Eventing team finished sixth and as individuals Doug Payne finished 16th, Phillip Dutton 20th and Boyd Martin 21st.
There were many changes in format in Tokyo, the biggest being only three members per team instead of the usual four that allowed for one drop score.
TOKYO, Japan--With three clear rounds at least the U.S. Eventing team moved up a few slots from eighth to fifth, but with a little effort each of those three riders could have cut out a few time faults, and if each of them had gone without time faults the team would now stand second after cross country.
Boyd Martin on Tsetserleg (Photo by Sarah Miller for Macmillan Photography)Not one of the three made an effort to gun their horse to the finish line after the last fence, which would probably have cut two to three seconds off each of their times.
You saw riders from other teams land over the last fence and kick on towards the finish line, but each of the three U.S. riders just kept galloping at the same pace after the last fence.
All the riders and the chef d'equipe sounded delighted with their results.
Is the U.S. just at the Games to finish or is the Eventing team in Tokyo to win a medal?
What happened to our great teams of past years with riders like Bruce Davidson, Mike Plumb, Mike Page, Kim Severson and David and Karen O'Connor.
We're relying on two Australians who moved to this country for all our Eventing teams. Where are our American riders?
U.S. wins dressage silver medal, the first silver in 73 years
By SARA CAVANAGH
TOKYO, Japan--A spectacular ride from Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo that gave her a score of 81.596, combined with a 76.109 from Adrienne Lyle on Salvino and a personal best of 77.766 from Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper elevated the U.S. dressage team to the silver medal on a total of 7,747.
Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo (Photo by Allen MacMillan)Germany won the gold medal, as expected, with all three riders scoring in the 80s for s total of 8,178, but it was a very tight battle for the silver and bronze with Great Britain taking the bronze on 7,723.
Denmark was fourth on 7,540, followed by The Netherlands in fifth, with Edward Gal scoring 79.98 percent on the flashy Totilas stallion Total US. Sweden was sixth, with Spain seventh and Portugal eighth.
As a measure of a top dressage horse is worth, Totilas was worth $10 million, and Totsl US is so far his best son.
This was the U.S. team's first silver medal in 73 years, in the London Olympic Games in 1948, after finishing in third for a bronze medal seven times at past Olympics.
What Can You Do with an Equine Degree? Just Ask a Johnson & Wales Alum
By Staff Writers
PROVIDENCE R.I.--“Equine Business Management is not just a supplemental degree or concentration in which you just participate in equine activities,” says Tierney Boyd ’11, ’12 MBA. “It isn’t a club or extracurricular activity but a business degree with a focus on the equine industry. It turns what may have been a passionate hobby into a career path. The Johnson & Wales University Equine program is full of passionate students, professors and staff aimed at helping you find your niche in this big industry.”
For Boyd, her niche is being a business owner.
She opened her own tack shop, Bits & Pieces, in 2016 with a brick-and-mortar location in Charleston S.C., a retail website, and a mobile tack unit that travels to horse shows.
Our alumni have found their calling as veterinarian technicians, equine instructors, journalists, riding apparel vendors and so much more.
The opportunities are endless in the Equine industry, so JWU has spent the last 40 years teaching an Equine program that reflects this.
A wide variety of elective choices, a state-of-the-art Center for Equine Studies, nationally recognized Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) competitive teams, and plenty of extracurricular activities including seminars, clinics and field trips give our Equine students everything they need to succeed.
“I was able to dig down with each course to find out what my particular interests and strengths were,” Boyd says. “Did I want to go into professional horse show management? Did I want to become a trainer? Breeder? Barn manager? Of course, when starting my JWU journey I had absolutely no idea what path I wanted to take. JWU’s Equine program allowed me to explore those options.”
Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with campuses in Providence, R. I., and Charlotte, N.C.
Delaware Valley University’s Students Gain Unique International Experiences Abroad
By Staff Writers
DOYLESTOWN,, Pa.--For equine students at Delaware Valley University, the classroom has truly gone global.
Delaware Valley University British Horse Industry Study Abroad students discuss equine feeding practices with a representative from Saracen Horse Feeds at the 2019 Houghton International Horse Trials.For the past three decades, the university has offered a semester-long exchange program with Hartpury University, one of the largest and most recognized equine colleges in the world.
More recently, DelVal has introduced short-term, faculty-led immersive experiential learning programs in Great Britain and Germany.
This new initiative provides greater accessibility and targeted learning for students seeking to gain international experience in the equine industry.
As part of DelVal’s program, students complete both stateside lessons and in-country experiences.
Combined, the unique program is designed to develop students’ understanding of the horse industry and culture of the host country in a ‘learning by doing’ context.
Students visit many equine breeding, training, and educational centers, allowing them to compare and contrast their experiences with American horse management practices.
Delaware Valley University equine students after completing their 2019 BHS Ride Safe Certification.While in country, students also network with leading equine professionals as they attend national events, tour prominent facilities and universities, and earn certifications such as those from the BHS Ride Safe Program and German Reitabzeichen.
The study abroad experiences have been very well-received by all involved, and provide special opportunities for these future leaders to broaden their horizons and consider their role as lifelong learners in a global context.
Caitlin Gallagher ’19, of Bath, Pa., is already using what she learned from her study abroad program at her current position as general manager at Field of Dreams Equine Sport Center, and as a graduate student in the Equine Science Master’s degree program at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
“It was an amazing learning experience, as well as lots of fun!" said Gallagher. "The program increased my understanding of many aspects of the horse industry and provided me with valuable networking opportunities that are helping me achieve my career goals.”
Delaware Valley University is a four year institution located in Doylestown, Pa., about an hour north of Philadelphia.
Horses are an important part of campus life at DelVal.
All of our students have the opportunity to take equine elective courses, ride on the varsity equestrian teams and participate in equine-related clubs.
DelVal offers majors and minors in Equine Science and Equine Management with various specializations.
Our two equine facilities are right on campus, with up to 100 horses just a short walk from the residence halls.
Our award-winning Experience 360 program ensures that all of our students graduate with real-world experience in their desired fields.
For more information about Delval, visit us on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter @delvalequine or visit our website: www.delval.edu/equine
SUNY Morrisville saddles students for equine industry
By Staff Writers
MORRISVILLE, N.Y.--SUNY Morrisville’s equine program has grown into a premier equine curriculum with 300 students, dedicated breeding, training and rehabilitation facilities, and a graduation track offering both bachelor’s and associate degrees.
It’s a unique program, respected nationally for the diversity of its course offerings and the hands-on approach to learning that undergirds classroom work with practical experience.
Through its diverse offerings, SUNY Morrisville equine students learn how to breed, train, show, race, ride, work, rehabilitate and otherwise make a life and career out of an affinity for horses.
Whether they prefer Western or English, all of them find a track to take at SUNY Morrisville with equine programs in science and management, rehabilitation & therapy, business, breeding and racing.
Facilities match the caliber of SUNY Morrisville’s horses, with extensive stables, outdoor and indoor riding arenas and a state-of-the-art breeding and rehabilitation center.
The SUNY Morrisville Equine Rehabilitation Center (ERC) showcases the college’s signature equine facilities.
One of the few publicly accessible equine rehabilitation facilities in the Northeast, the ERC offers equipment and rehabilitation techniques to keep healthy horses conditioned, and to help injured equine athletes recover post-injury or post-surgery.
The facility offers a complete rehabilitation center furnished with modern equipment and therapeutic modalities, including aquatic therapies (underwater treadmill, cold saltwater spa therapy and indoor swimming pool), therapeutic ultrasound, laser therapy, cold compression therapy, solariums, an 80-foot diameter exerciser and therapeutic exercises.
In addition to the diverse coursework available within the equine programs, students also have the opportunity to compete on the college’s Western Equestrian and Hunt Seat Equestrian teams.
Linden Hall Equestrian excels at the 2021 IEA Dressage Nationals
By Staff Writers
LITITZ, Pa--Linden Hall Equestrian traveled down to Tyler, Texas for the 2021 IEA Dressage National Show.
Riders excelled and took home several ribbons, including for first and second place.
The equestrian program at Linden Hall is known for its prolonged success.
Competing in Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage, Eventing, and Equitation, this year the program added several Nationals accolades to its trophy case.
The results of the upper school team and individual riders are as follows:
High School: • LH Upper School Team - 2nd place and Reserve National Champion • Gloria ‘22 - 2nd place and Reserve National Champion
Middle School: • Maya ‘25 - 1st Place and National Champion • Zoya ‘26 - 8th place and National Ribbon Winner
Founded in 1746, Linden Hall School for girls in historic Lititz, Pa., prepares students for a world-class college-preparatory experience.
Our Equestrian studies allow students to be part of a diverse community where they can be known and valued as individuals and empowered to excel in their future adult lives.
To learn more about the Linden Hall Equestrian Program, visit our website at www.lindenhall.org or give us a call at (717) 626-8512.
Prize List Now Available for 2021 Devon Fall Classic
By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa.--The Devon Fall Classic, presented by Bryn Mawr Hospital, will once again return to the historic Devon Horse Show Grounds.
Festivities will kick off at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 when the show grounds open to the public for live entertainment, and competition will run from Thursday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 19.
Exhibitors can now download the prize list and other entry forms here.
Returning for its eighth year, the Devon Fall Classic benefits the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that allows the historic venue the support it needs to continue acting as a showgrounds.
Recent improvements include new footing in all three rings, barn and stall renovations, as well as improvements in vendor areas.
Competition will begin promptly at 8 am each morning in the Dixon Oval, except Saturday, which will start at 7:30 am.
Take in the beautiful scenery and autumn air between classes and enjoy the Devon Fall Festival, which will feature a full carnival with an array of booths in Vendor Village, great food, live music and rides.
Stoltzfus Feed & Supply, celebrating 34 years in business!
By Staff Writers
GAP, Pa.--Stoltzfus Feed & Supply, located on Route 41 in Gap, is a family run business, celebrating its 34th year!
SFS is your local feed and pet supply- offering name brand feeds and quality supplies.
We have a well-trained staff to offer advice and answer your questions.
And we are very excited to now offer On-Line Shopping with Curb Side Pick-Up!
Starting early June, you can shop on-line, and we will have your order ready for curb side pick-up!
Visit Stoltzfusfeed.com to place your order.
You will find a wide selection of quality pet food, to fit your pet’s needs and your budget.
We also carry a full line of pet supplies- from crates, collars and leashes to health aids, toys, and treats.
Your pet is always welcome to shop in the store, just have them on a leash.
You can also join the Fur Baby club, get your picture taken and your pet will receive a free treat.
By joining the Fur Baby club, you will also receive valuable coupons to save on your pet supplies!
You will also find Equine and Livestock Feeds from companies such as Buckeye, Blue Seal, Cargill, ADM, Triple Crown, Tribute, our own Private Label feeds and more along with shavings, stall mats, health aids and supplies.
We have a vast selection of Wild Bird feed, seed mixes, suet and feeders at affordable pricing.
Please visit our Lawn and Garden department for flowers, shrubs and perennials, grass seed, fertilizers and more.
And don’t forget the Water Garden department where you’ll find fish, patio fountains, spitters and water garden plants.
Stoltzfus is open Monday thru Friday, 8am to 6pm, and Saturda,y 8am to 5pm.
Come visit us~ Stoltzfus Feed & Supply, 80 Route 41, Gap Pa., or call 717-442-8280or go to www.Stoltzfusfeed.com.
Debbie Radicchi creates portraits of the souls that steal our hearts
By Staff Writers
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.,-- Artist Debbie Radicchi, working out of Philadelphia and Ocala,, Fla., has been drawing pet portraits in pencil for almost 15 years.
She has created over 800 customized portraits for clients nationwide and internationally in Switzerland, England and Spain.
Her artwork often brings tears of joy and is considered by many the Best Gift Ever.
One client has given a portrait each Christmas for the last four years.
He has a large family, many friends and everyone wants one, so this past Christmas Day they picked the next pet's name out of a box to see who would be drawn for Christmas 2021!
Her portraits have been gifted for Weddings, Housewarming, and as an “Off to College Gift” – the student was thrilled.
Debbie works from photos provided by her clients.
She can draw from multiple photos to create one piece of art.
She will guide you through the photo selection process and you can read tips on photographing your pet on her website.
The average time to deliver is about 4 weeks and the prices are great!
Portraits are precious gifts and timeless treasures!
Hay Pillow has Slow Feed Solutions for Farm & Zoo Animals - Goats, Sheep, Alpacas & More!
By Staff Writers
Although Hay Pillow® slow feed bags were designed initially for horses, mules and donkeys, our customers quickly found that farm and zoo animals loved eating from them - and enjoyed the same physical and mental benefits.
Plus, wasting less hay saves money - and that benefits everyone.
Foraging by Design - Browsers Vs. Grazers
Because herbivores are prey animals, sight is one of their main forms of defense.
Considering they are designed to forage for 16-20 hours a day, their head, neck and eye placement is designed to maximize their vision while foraging to detect predators.
Browsers - such as goats, alpacas, llamas and camels - are designed to primarily forage on leaves, buds and twigs from shrubs, bushes or trees.
Therefore, their eyes are positioned centered and more upright on their head with their neck naturally in a more upright position.
Grazing animals - such as sheep, horses, donkeys, mules and zebras - are designed to primarily forage on grasses and vegetation in close proximity to the ground.
Their eyes are positioned high on the sides of the head with a lower natural neck position.
Although browsers graze and grazers browse, always consider your animal's natural design when choosing a slow feeder.
By providing free-choice forage, you will have a healthier, more content herd with the bonus of no longer being committed to multiple feedings day and night!