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Wednesday, May 25, 2022


Joe Clancy received Old Hilltop Award at Pimlico

BALTIMORE, Md.--Joe Clancy, editor of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine and co-owner with brother Sean of ST Publishing, Inc. – parent company of The Saratoga Special newspaper and – has been named recipient of the 2022 Old Hilltop Award for covering Thoroughbred racing with excellence and distinction.

Joe ClancyJoe ClancyClancy was presented with the Old Hilltop May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.

The Alibi Breakfast began in the 1930s on the porch of the old Pimlico Clubhouse and features a gathering of media, owners, trainers, jockeys, horsemen and fans to celebrate the Preakness and gain interesting and humorous race predictions.

Clancy grew up with horses and worked for his father, trainer Joe Clancy Sr., through high school and college.

The 1987 University of Delaware graduate covered his first Preakness for Maryland's Cecil Whig newspaper in 1990 (Summer Squall) and has written about racing and other topics for the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun and others.

Joe lives in Fair Hill, Md., with his wife Sam, and they are the parents of three sons, Ryan, Jack and Nolan.

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World Equestrian Center gets permission to hold USEF rated shows

OCALA, Fla.--The USEF has granted permission to the World Equestrian Center to hold at least a few rated shows, and the first of those will be held this summer.

World Eq CenterWorld Equestrian CenterThe World Equestrian Center – Ocala will host inaugural FEI CSI 3* Show Jumping competition during the 2022 Ocala Summer USEF Hunter/Jumper Horse Show Series.

Exhibitors who have  competed at either the World Equestrian Center's Ohio or Ocala facility says the venues are spectacular and offer horsemen every amenity.

The FEI CSI 3* competition will be held June 21-26 (Week III) and June 28-July 3 (Week IV).

Feature classes include the $50,000 FEI Welcome Prix 1.50m and $140,000 Grand Prix 1.50m, taking place under the lights in the Grand Arena.

The finest riders in the world will contest the top show jumping events.

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Local star Alex Matz to compete in Nations Cup in Lisbon and Madrid

LEXINGTON, Ky.--US Equestrian announced the riders selected to represent the U.S. Jumping Team for FEI Jumping Nations Cup Lisbon CSIO3* in Lisbon, Portugal from May 26-29 and FEI Jumping Nations Cup Madrid CSIO3* in Madrid, Spain, from June 3-5.

Nations Cup LisbonThe Nations Cup competition in Lisbon is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 27, at 6:00 p.m. GMT+1.

The Nations Cup competition in Madrid is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 4, at 5:00 p.m. GMT+2.

The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe Anne Kursinski at both competitions.

The aim of these teams is to offer a competitive team experience for rider/horse combinations that have a consistent record of jumping 1.50m or above with four (4) faults or less within the past six (6) months in order to effectively prepare them for CSIO5* level.


The following riders are listed in alphabetical order and will represent the U.S. Jumping Team.

Rebecca Conway of Wellington, Fla.

Daisy Farish of Versailles, Ky.

Charlotte Jacobs of East Aurora, N.Y.

Alex Matz of Coatesville, Pa.

Julie Welles of Wellington, Fla.

Learn more about the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Lisbon CSIO3* at and the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Madrid CSIO3* at

Devon Arena Eventing to take place Sunday evening, May 29

DEVON, Pa.--Devon Arena Evenitng will take place on Sunday, May 29, at 7 p.m.

Devon eventingBoyd Martin and Contestor on their way to a win in the $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing Class in 2019. (Photo by Brenda Carpenter Photography)The course will be built at 5:30 p.m. and the course walk and horse acclamation will follow, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

It will focus on highlighting two out of three components of the classic three-day eventing format which showcases dressage, show jumping, and cross country.

In order to qualify for this unique opportunity, riders must have attained a qualifying score in a CCI3*-L eventing competition.

Entries are due by Monday, May 16 for this years $50,000 Arena Eventing Class.

All entries must be submitted online through

Competitors will receive a confirmation email following the completion of the online entry.

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Helen Kleberg Groves, great horsewoman, mother of DD Matz, died May 6

Helen Kleberg Groves passed away peacefully at home in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, May 6, 2022.

Helen Kleberg GrovesShe was born 94 years earlier in the same city on Oct. 20, 1927, the only child of Robert Justus Kleberg, Jr. and Helen Campbell Kleberg.

Raised on the King Ranch, “Helenita” went on to graduate from Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va., and attended Vassar College.

From there she began her long, fascinating, and varied life.

Among allher interests, she supported her chilren always.

When her daughter DD Matz was competingin grandprix classes, she was there to support her.

She had many passions in life, but ranching, fine horses, and family were central.

Her abiding love of the Ranch, its land, livestock, and the people who worked there, formed the foundation for all she did.

She was a crack shot with her Colt pistol, often bettering the men around her and continued to be a keen and accurate dove and quail hunter into her nineties.

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Olympian Laura Kraut leads U.S. team to compete at Rome Nations Cup

LEXINGTON Ky.--US Equestrian announced the athletes selected to represent the U.S. Jumping Team for the Nations Cup of Rome CSIO5* at the Piazza di Siena in Rome, Italy from May 26-29.

Nations Cup Rome 2022The Nations Cup competition is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 27, at 2:30 p.m. GMT+2.

The following athletes are listed in alphabetical order and will represent the U.S. Jumping Team at the Nations Cup of Rome CSIO5* led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland.


Lillie Keenan of New York, N.Y.
Laura Kraut of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
Brian Moggre of Flower Mound, Texas
Chloe Reid of Wellington, Fla.
Spencer Smith of Wellington, Fla.


The Nations Cup of Rome CSIO5* is a designated CSIO Observation Event for the U.S. Jumping Team ahead of team selection for the 2022 FEI Jumping World Championships.

To learn more about the Nations Cup of Rome CSIO5* and view a full competition schedule, please visit

Star-studded lineup of entries at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

DEVON, Pa--The Devon Horse Show and Country has released the official qualifying lists for 2022, and top national and international stars are included in the entries.

McLain Wardon Rothchild The Book LLCMcLain Ward and Rothchild winning the $250,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon in 2018 (Photo by The Book LLC)Known for its history and prestige across the country, the show is set to take place May 26-June 5 at the Devon Show Grounds and will host the top horse-and-rider combinations in the country, including international show jumping athletes McLain Ward, Rodrigo Pessoa, Erynn Ballard, Paul O'Shea, and spectator favorite local rider Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J.

Go to the Devon website to view the qualifying lists.

The qualifying lists include all professional hunter sections, Junior/Amateur Hunter sections, Junior/Amateur Jumper sections, and International Open Jumpers to compete in FEI CSI 4* competition.

This year's event will welcome 32 elite international jumper athletes from around the world.

At the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, you will find leading international riders and seasoned Olympians.

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  1. Devon Horse Show and Country Fair celebrates its 125th anniversary with a gala dinner dance
  2. Speedy Smithwick, jockey and trainer, died April 23
  3. Five essential tips to make a smart bet In the Preakness Stakes
  5. Show Jumping Hall of Fame staged its first dinner to induct new members
  6. Devon is BACK, and American Saddlebreds will compete again
  7. The U.S. Jumping team short list for the World Championship
  8. Wicomico Point-to-Point is set on a gorgeous, historic property
  9. Kevin Babington Foundation needs air vests
  10. Fair Hill spring races cancelled
  11. MATCH series returns for 2022 season
  12. Remember to RSVP Now to Attend Devon Horse Show and Country Fair 125th Anniversary Gala
  13. USEF Establishes the USEF Ukraine Relief Fund to Support Ukraine Horses and Equestrians
  14. Laura Kraut awarded USET Foundation's 2022 Whitney Stone Cup
  15. Last call for Devon Horse Show program book advertising
  16. U.S. Jumping Team for FEI Jumping Nations Cup Mexico CSIO5*
  17. Show Jumping Hall of Fame Inducts Beezie Madden, Mason Phelps, Margie Engle and Sapphire
  18. Equestrian and theater director Bud Martin currently directing Other World
  19. The World Equestrian Center facilities in Ohio and Florida can now offer certain USEF sanctioned events
  20. Beezie Madden and Mason Phelps elected to Show Jumping Hall of Fame
  21. Churchill Downs buys Colonial Downs, home to summer steeplechasing
  22. A new update From Kevin Babington
  23. 2022 Devon Horse Show Accepting Ads for Souvenir Program Through March 15
  24. Foal watching through live foal cams is back
  25. The Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation elected officers
  26. New ownership for WEF, but can any changes can be expected
  27. A grand prix and a silent auction for a lesson with a top rider will benefit Kevin Babington Feb. 22
  28. Laura Kraut and Hunt Tosh win Equestrian of the Year, Balou du Reventon and Big Shot win Horse of the Year
  29. Laurel has increased purses and added race days and races to benefit financially strapped owners and trainers.
  30. Maryland will begin a breeder's award program for Md-breds in steeplechasing
  31. Global Equestrian Group has bought the Palm Beach International Center
  32. Billy Turner, steeplechase jockey who turned to training and saddled Seattle Slew, died
  33. Gail Aumiller's Sjaantje is one of the candidates for Horse of the Year
  34. This year's Pa. Hunt Cup donated $65,000 to he Chester County Food Bank
  35. Kathy Neilson is one of three new Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation trustees
  36. Work to Ride's new facility in Fairmount Park
  37. Temporary location for Urban Riding Academy
  38. Andrew Philbrick and Anne Kursinski elected Directors of USHJA
  39. Nancy Dougherty retires from National Steeplechase Association
  40. Michael P. Ballezzi retiring after 25 years as Executive Director of Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association
  41. John T. von Stade, former president of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, died Nov. 25
  42. Changes to the rules governing amateurs from the November USEF Board of Directors Meeting
  43. USHJA Announces 2021 Annual Award Recipients Ahead of Evening of Equestrians
  44. Donate to Equestrian Sport Productions to give to the Annual Toy Drive
  45. Devon sweatshirt sale
  46. Shop Devon sale
  47. Enter the 26th annual Photo Contest with categories for Action, Candid and Pets
  48. Andrew Philbrick and Anne Kursinski among candidates for directors of USHJA
  49. Work to Ride Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Equestrian Arena
  50. A Letter From Kevin Babington

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