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Sophie Reed of Bucks County Pa., on a young horse’s first day out fox hunting in Amwell, N.J. Photo taken by Pat Renner of Kintnersville, Pa.

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Prize List and Entry Forms Now Available Online for the 125th Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (2)

DEVON, Pa.--The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair announced that the prize list and entry forms for its 2021 event are now available online.

Devon prize listKicking off on Thursday, May 27, and running through Sunday, June 6, the historic show will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary with over $900,000 in prize money.

Each year, the Devon Horse Show unites top equestrians from a variety of disciplines as they compete for a spot in the winner's circle in the famed Dixon Oval.

Known for being the place “Where Champions Meet," the Devon Horse Show has been a can't-miss event for riders since its inception in 1896.

As always, this year's event will feature Show Jumping, Equitation, Hunters, Eventing, Saddlebred, Hackney, Breeding and Coaching divisions for all to enjoy.

All necessary documents for the 2021 Devon Horse Show, including the prize list, entry forms, stabling information, feed and bedding forms as well as tentative time schedules and so much more are available to exhibitors online at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair website.


ONE OF many highlight events, the Devon Open Jumper Section has expanded its prizes and awards to feature $480,000 in possible earnings.

The section will invite 30 elite Open Jumper athletes to compete in classes such as the $36,600 Main Line Challenge, the $36,600 Devon International Speed Stake, the $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake and the $73,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake.

The Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon will be the main event, offering $250,000 in prize money.

With a FEI CSI4* ranking, athletes competing in any of these events will be eligible to acquire world ranking points.

In addition, the Devon Horse Show is widely recognized for its world-class hunter competition and will once again be hosting a variety of hunter divisions with a US Equestrian (USEF) Premier hunter rating.

The country's top hunter riders will compete for the coveted title in the popular $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, sponsored by the Wheeler family, on Thursday, June 3.

The Devon Horse Show will also welcome back the $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing class, featuring a blend of cross-country and stadium jumps that will be open to 30 of the nation's top athletes.

Payment and entries can be submitted electronically by visiting or mailed to the Devon Horse Show at P.O. Box 158, Devon, PA 19333.

The closing date for entries for hunters, equitation, local hunters, coaching and all jumper sections is Monday, April 5, while entries for hunter breeding and pony hunter breeding are open through Monday, April 26.

Entries for Saddlebred, Hackney, harness, roadster, and coaching and driving close on Monday, May 3.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair continues to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic, and will follow federal and state guidelines as well as USEF rules to ensure the safety of all involved throughout the 2021 event.

About the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair:

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States.

With the grandeur of Philadelphia's prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally.

The event also includes the country fair, which offers world-class shopping, rides, games, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair this year May 27-June 6.

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Steffen Peters and Daniel Deusser add more wins in dressage and jumpingat WEF (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Steffen Peters in dressage and Germany's Daniel Deusser posted additional wins at the Dressage Festival and WEF on Friday, Feb. 26.

Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper3 Susan StickleSteffen Peters on Suppenkasper (Photo by Susan Stickle)Peters on Suppenkasper, continuing his unbeaten streak, won the Freestyle while Deusser on Kiana van het Herdershof had his third win, this time in 1.45m Jumpers.

Peters on Suppenkasper won the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5* with a score of 80.995 percent during the first “Friday Night Stars” competition of the season.

“There were lots of things that were great,” said Peters. “The piaffe felt really good, great half-passes, the pirouette felt good. To me, one of the highlights of ‘Mopsie’ now, that used to be so difficult, is the collected walk. I used to have to hide that a little bit in the corner, but now I'm doing it on the diagonal because I can really show the relaxation. That might look like a boring movement, but to me it's huge. Of course, I risked a little bit much in that one extension, so he broke; one little fumble. The rest felt great.”

Despite having no general attendance, the night still had its usual buzz of excitement, and Suppenkasper handled the atmosphere like a pro.

“The floor plan was different this time,” he said. “I do the extended walk 20 meters and then another 20 meters collected walk across the diagonal. So, the half-passes are going the opposite way. I think that was slightly confusing to the judges. There was a little miscommunication before, but it was my fault. I should have been clearer about it."

“One thing you don't want to do, you don't want to confuse the judges. And I did,” he said with a smile.

Peters and Suppenkasper have finished competing at the Festival, and they will resume their training with the hope of making it onto the final USA Dressage shortlist.

“We decided to bubble wrap him from here and preserve him and head back to California next week,” said Peters.



Saratoga and Colonial steeplechasing racing schedules announced (2)

The National Steeplechase has just announced the summer racing schedules for Saratoga Race Course and Colonial Downs.

Racing Saratoga 2The New York Racing Association has carded nine jump races for the Spa -- the same as last year -- but purses have been increased significantly -- from a total of $554,000 in Covid decimated 2020 to $785,000 this summer.

The two Grade 1 fixtures, the AP Smithwick on July 22 and New York Turf Writers Cup, on Aug. 19, have been restored to their pre-pandemic purses of $150,000.

The Jonathan Kiser and Michael G. Walsh novice stakes are now worth $75,000 each.

Each of the high-level ratings handicaps are worth $70,000, the allowance hurdles, $65,000.

The first steeplechase is scheduled for July 21.


IN ANOTHER major announcement, NYRA is reinstating its two major fall steeplechases at Belmont Park on Sept. 16, the $75,000 William Entenmann novice stakes and the G1, $150,000 Lonesome Glory, both of which were casualties of the pandemic last season.

Meanwhile, at Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va., which hosted three jump races last summer before the track was closed due to Covid, 14 races worth $435,000 have been carded by the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.

Most of the races are maiden hurdles, along with several ratings handicaps, and the featured $75,000 Randolph D. Rouse filly and mare stakes.

Two races will be run on Mondays for seven consecutive weeks beginning on July 19.

The Rouse is on Aug. 9.

Though both meets run concurrently, the race conditions at Colonial and Saratoga are for completely different divisions of horses, and therefore don’t conflict.

Here’s a link to the official announcement:
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Ireland's Bartram Allen and Daniel Coyle place one two in the $401,000 5* Grand Prix at WEF (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Ireland came out on top in the $401,000 Grand Prix CSI5* on Saturday, Feb. 27, with Ireland's Bertram Allen on Pacino Amiro placing first over Daniel Coyle on Legacy.

Bertram Allen on Pacino Amiro SportfotBertram Allen on Pacino Amiro (Photo by Sportfot)Over a challenging course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio and Andy Christiansen of Ecuador that featured the open water, a triple combination and two double combinations, five riders were clean out of 40 starting entries.

The first to return for the jump-off was another Irishman, Lorcan Gallagher on VDL Cartello, who had one rail down to finish fifth in 38.47 seconds.

Immediately following, Allen and Pacino Amiro sped through the course in 35.32 seconds, a time that couldn’t be caught by the remaining three competitors.

“There was no real standard set before I went in because Lorcan obviously had a fence down,” said Allen. “There were only three coming after me, but they were obviously three very, very good ones on fast horses. I know my guy is fast, and with only five in it, the worst case I was fifth. I was going to give it a good shot, and thankfully it came off.”


CANADIAN Mario Deslauriers on Bardolina 2 was clean but not fast enough to finish third in 37.62.

“When I saw Bertram go, I was walking next in the ring and I said, ‘That’s going to be hard to catch for me,’” said Deslauriers. “My horse has a big stride, but she is not the fastest horse, and she can sometimes be a little finicky to ride so I thought I went as fast as I could. I was trying to leave all the jumps up and see where I end up, but I was very pleased. She jumped great tonight.”

In a class stacked with Irishmen, it was Daniel Coyle on Legacy who came closest to Allen’s leading time, finishing clean in 37.11 seconds to finish second.

“Anything Bertram does in the jump-off is usually hard to follow or catch,” said Coyle. “I knew before I went in that was going to be a challenge so I just stuck to my own plan and if it was good enough, great, and if not, there will be lots more. It’s Legacy’s first class under the lights this year, and I always have huge, huge expectations of her.”

Aiming for his third five-star class win of the week, Daniel Deusser of Germany was the final competitor in the jump-off.

Riding Killer Queen VDM, who won the four-star grand prix in WEF 4, Deusser made a strong effort, but had a rail down in 35.62 seconds to finish fourth.

Allen was riding Pacino Amiro in only thei gelding's second five-star grand prix under the lights.

“The last grand prix I suppose I was stepping into the unknown a little bit with him,” said Allen. “He had never jumped a five star or been under the lights, and he handled it very well. Tonight, I was a bit more confident that I knew that he could do it, so I was just hoping that he was going to be on form. He was even better again tonight.”

Allen has been riding Pacino Amiro since he was 7 years old and developed him as a young horse.

“He’s a little bit of a special character, and I know him very, very well,” he said. “Since week one he’s gotten better and better, and he is a lovely horse who wants to try his best all the time and learn.”

With many competitions cancelled in Europe this winter, Allen was thankful to be able to compete in Wellington once again.

“It’s brilliant,” he said. “I was here for a bit of the season in 2020, and that got cut short, and then it was very start and stop and a lot of the time with no shows. To be here consistently jumping at a very high level, we are all very lucky and make the most of it.”

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Huntsman Robin A.Mayo with hounds & Mary Pat Gallagher whipping in Amwell Valley, N.J. Photo by Pat Renner of Kintnersville, Pa.

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Benjamin Ebeling won the Grand Prix Special at the Festival on Feb. 28 (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Benjamin Ebeling on Illuster Van De Kampert won the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3* at the Global Dressage Festival on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Benjamin Ebeling on Illuster Van De Kampert Susan SicklyBenjamin Ebeling on Illuster Van De Kampert (Photo by Susan Stickle)Ebeling on Illuster Van De Kampert won the competitive class with a score of 75.170 percent, almost five full points ahead of the second place score.

“It’s really a testament to my coaches and the team behind me,” said Ebeling. “For me, it’s really important to give thanks to them. They help me so much day to day, and I wouldn’t be here without them.”

The high score was also a personal best for Ebeling and the gelding, their second of the week after placing first in Friday’s FEI Grand Prix CDI3* with a 73.326 percent.

“Today was the most comfortable that Illuster has felt in that arena,” said Ebeling. “Of course, it’s a big atmosphere for any horse, but he’s naturally a hot horse. The arena can be a bit of a challenge for him. Every time we go in there he’s settling down, and for me mentally, that’s a big win.”

“Today his strength was definitely in the canter work." said Ebeling. "The first trot half-pass I was very happy with, and that last centerline is always so fun to ride too.”


THE PAIR made their senior international Grand Prix debut at AGDF this season after competing in the Under 25 division and have notched several top placings since, with the day’s Special marking their third big tour win.

Proving that hard work pays off, the team also has several eyes on them as they are coached by Ebeling’s father, Olympian Jan Ebeling, Japanese dressage team coach Christoph Koschel, and also receive help from retired five-star judge Gary Rockwell and former USA dressage team coach Robert Dover.

“Usually I’m talking to Robert Dover the night before a test, and one thing that he’s always telling me is maintaining a good connection with power and collection," said Ebeling. "It’s something that we talk about often, and I really feel like I brought that into the arena today.”

Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3* was Susan Dutta on Don Design DC with 70.893 percent, and Anna Buffini on FRH Davinia la Douce was third with 70.702 percent.


SABINE SCHUT-KERY on Sanceo scored a second victory, this time in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI5* on Saturday with their highest Grand Prix Special score to date, earning a 77.468 percent, more than four points higher than second place finisher Lindsay Kellock of Canada).

Sabine Schut Kery on Sanceo Susan StickleSabine Schut Kery on Sanceo (Photo by Susan Stickle)“I feel so much joy and have happy tears,” said Schut-Kery. “It’s very emotional. Aside from those feelings, to ride the test, you are focused in there of course, but it’s also joyful. It’s an amazing feeling to have an animal like that to respond to you in there with such small aids and cues. That amazing feeling is still there for me after 30-plus years, how we can communicate with an animal like that.”

The personal best score for the pair comes after a successful win on Thursday in the Grand Prix CDI5*, and Schut-Kery noted her appreciation for the team that supports the duo and has helped them get to this point.

“During the awards, I thought, ‘My gosh, there are so many people on my team, and I want to thank the ones behind me that keep a horse at that level,’" said Schut-Kery. "The coaches, vets, farriers, grooms, and the owners of course. When you have such a nice ride, one that you’ve been working up to, those are the things that go through your head.”

Schut-Kery noted that though Thursday welcomed a victory, it wasn’t her favorite performance, and she was happy that she was able to stick to her plan to really ace the Grand Prix Special.

"How many times in your life do you have a plan and you hope you can stick to it, but it doesn’t go right?" she said. "This really feels like it all went to plan today. My goal was the special. I did it a week before in the National show to prepare because we had been out of the ring since November, so today was nice. Thursday was a little disappointing on my part as a rider, so it’s nice that today it worked out so well. It’s one of those special moments, and I know that I will always have to work hard for it, but it’s a moment of joy.”

Kellock on Sebastien was second place on a score of 73.234 percent.

“I had a great feeling today in this test,” Kellock said. “Each time my horse goes in there I feel him get more and more confident in that ring, which then gives me the confidence to give him bigger aids or ask him to do more and be more expressive. As a rider, to feel him go in there and feel confident has really helped me ride a better test.”

“Today he gave me everything and more than I was asking,”said Kellock. “I felt like I could push his passage way more than normal, and he still came into that piaffe transition well. Normally that is a little bit difficult because he has such a big passage. I’m just happy with how it’s all come together over the last year. Having this year for training has been big. This is only his second year at international grand prix so I’m really thrilled with where he is, and I just hope he can keep getting better.”

Adrienne Lyle rounded out the top three on Harmony’s Duval with 73.149 percent.

“I was happy with today’s ride," said Lyle. "I thought we had improvement from the Grand Prix. He had a little bit more power, a little bit more engagement. With that, unfortunately, I lost a little bit of control in the one tempis, and we had a costly mistake there. Overall, I thought the quality of the piaffe/passage was better today and more characteristic of what he was capable of.”

“I also have to say what fun it was to watch Sabine’s amazing ride and watching those scores climb higher and higher to the point we know we’re all trying to get the U.S. riders to," said Lyle. "That made me cry on the sideline. It was so beautiful. That was my highlight of the day.”

In the FEI Intermediaire I CDI1*, Steffen Peters had another victory with Boreas FRF, with 73.206 percent.

Peters also was second with Boston Strong with a score of 70.794 percent, and third went Eliane Cordia Van Reesema on Fellow, scoring 69.559 percent.

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Beau Yarmush of Valley View, Pa., took this photo of Mabel the Boer goat reaching for the good leaves. This was taken at Ironstone Farm in Boyertown, Pa.

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Phillip Dutton sets new USEA Advanced Dressage record score, wins Advanced ar Pine Top (2)


THOMPSON, Ga.--Phillip Dutton on Carlchen, owned by Caroline Moran, set a new United States Eventing Association Advanced dressage record on Friday, Feb. 26, with a score of 15.0 in the Advanced Test B Division at the Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials in Thomson.

Phillip Dutton on Carlchen Liz CrawleyPhillip Dutton on Carlchen (Photo by Liz Crawley Photography)Dutton and Carlchen’s early lead following the dressage phase would ultimately help them clinch the win in the Advanced Test B Division on Saturday, Feb. 27, with a final score of 34.2.

“I’m very proud of Carlchen. In dressage, you always feel that you can do things better; I know there’s still some throughness and softness that I can continue to improve, but he is obviously a huge talent,” said Dutton of the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

Dutton, who is based out of West Grove, PA, spent much of the winter in Wellington, Fla., and he in part credits Carlchen’s success to the horse’s winter training there.


“THIS WINTER in Wellington served him well, as I had Scott Hassler and Erik Duvander training me in dressage every week to 10 days,” said Dutton, referencing the well-respected dressage trainer and rider and U.S. Eventing High Performance Director, respectively.

“Being in the Wellington environment where you are exposed to great horsemanship and top dressage riders on a daily basis also makes you aim that much higher and expect that much more,” saidd Dutton, a six-time Olympian, two-time Olympic team gold medalist and the individual bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Carlchen was purchased by Moran in the fall of 2019, but a minor injury shortly thereafter kept him out of competition through the end of that year.

With cancelled events and continually changing competition and travel circumstances throughout 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carlchen did not return to competition until October 2020.

“It’s certainly exciting to have Carlchen back out competing,” said Dutton of the gelding that competed successfully through the CCI3* level with riders Stuart Tinney of Australia, Francis Whittington of Great B ritain and Michelle Kenny of Ireland before being imported to the U.S. in 2019.

“Caroline Moran has been, and continues to be, an extremely supportive and a wonderful owner,” said Dutton. “She approached me about purchasing a new horse a few years back, and Carol Gee of Fernhill Sport Horses found Carlchen for us. He’s not hot, but he’s certainly a forward-thinking horse, which suits me. He’s had some good education before me, and we’re continuing to build on that education and to get to know each other at the higher performance level.”

In addition to his success with Carlchen, Dutton finished second in the Advanced Test B Division at the Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials with Sea of Clouds, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Anita Motion, Sue Haldeman, Annie Jones, Evie Dutton, Dave and Patricia Vos and Sheikh Fahah Al-Thani.

Dutton also earned the win in the Open Intermediate B division riding Quasi Cool, also owned by Moran.

Dutton will head next to the $50,000 LiftMaster Grand Prix Eventing Festival, to be held March 5-6 in Aiken, S.C.

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Aaron Vale on Major won his fourth $75,000 WEC Grand Prix win. (2)

OCALA, Fla.--Aaron Vale rode Major to win his fourth $75,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix on Feb. 27.

Aaron ValeAaron Vale on Major (Photo by Anderw Ryback)The 1.50m Grand Prix was held under the lights and included a field of 29 entries representing eight countries, including Olympic medalists and World Games competitors. 

The jump-off saw a head-to-head battle for the win, but it was Aaron Vale of Thinkslikeahorse who won his fourth Grand Prix of the season.

Vale was one of eight entries to jump a clear first round and return for the short course.

First to contest the short course was Grace Debney on Zarina De Vidau who finished clean in 45.040 seconds.with all rails up, upping the ante for the remaining entries.

Debney held the lead until Molly Ashe Cawley and Berdien shaved crucial seconds off, finishing in 41.531 seconds to move into the lead.

Last in the order was Vale, who turned tight to the rollback fences and galloped at every opportunity to finish in 41.122 seconds.

Vale turned to the scoreboard to check his time and threw his fist in the air, celebrating his win.


“I THOUGHT the first round was quite difficult," said Vale. "There was a tall skinny vertical heading to the triple combination with the horizontal-striped rails. Those poles are very difficult as a single fence, let alone a triple combination. However, Major jumped it well.”

“Watching the first couple go in the jump-off, the times were fast, but not crazy fast," said Vale. "I didn’t get to watch Molly go, but I heard that her time was four seconds faster than Grace, so I knew it was a really fast time to get. Going in last, I knew there was a big gap between the current first and second placings, so I didn’t want to do anything too risky to jeopardize a top placing. I caught the first few jumps pretty well, then rolled back to the oxer really quickly. I probably went way faster to B and C of the combination than I should have, but he moved his feet out of the way and jumped it clear. I turned back pretty tight to the next fence, then ran to the last fence. I didn’t have a great sense of the time, so I didn’t know where I was going to end up. When I saw the scoreboard flash up ‘Rank 1’, I was pumped. I didn’t know until then that I had won. The crowd was happy, and so was I!”

“These evening classes under the lights have been great, and the combination of that and the crowd makes for an unbelievable atmosphere," said Vale. "A lot of locals are coming out to watch the grand prix. The crowd is even staying to watch the victory gallop; they were cheering as loudly during the victory gallop as they were for the jump-off. It’s nice to see non-equestrians becoming fans of equestrian sports. It really makes the classes fun.”

Earlier, Bree Rosales of Marshall, Va., on California PJ won the $7,500 Futures Prix 1.40m.over 32 entries with eight going on to the jump-off,

Three were clean in the jump-off, with Rosales clean int 37.116 seconds for the win.

Tiffany Hammack on Ghana FS Z was also clean in 38.473 seconds for second, and rounding out the top three was Diego Perez Bilbao on Alter Ego, clean in 41.008.

“That was a fun course," said Rosales. "I was so nervous when they put the wall in the ring earlier in the week because it isn’t something that I’ve schooled her over before. She acted like it was no big deal. I didn’t have a great warm up round, but she was on fire today and ready to go. My plan in the jump-off was to be as quick as I could be from 1 to 2. I was debating whether to go inside or around to the final fence after the combination, but she felt so on it and I saw the inside turn and just went for it.”

“We bought her as a 4-year-old from Germany off of a video when she was in foal," said Rosales. "She was started by a friend of ours and was a bit difficult to start, but we worked our way up through the 5, 6 and 7-year-old classes with her. My husband, Chicho, rode her for a little while while I was pregnant with my daughter, then the moment I was able to ride again, I stole her back. She’s my heart horse.”

“It’s so much fun to show at World Equestrian Center," she said. "We feel honored to be able to show here. It’s so cool to have this in our backyard. We’re really grateful.”

Harrie Smolders on Monaco wins the $73,000, 1.50m Classic CSI5* at WEF (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Harrie Smolders of The Netherlands on Monaco won the $73,000 1.50m Classic CSI5* with a blistering jump-off  time on Sunday, Feb. 28, at WEF.

Harrie Smolders on Monaco SportfotHarrie Smolders on Monaco (Photo by Sportfot)A total of 46 competed in the first round with 11 qualifying for the jump-off.

Smolders, ranked 20th in the world, rode Monaco to a double-clear effort over the 1.50m track set by Anthony D’Ambrosio  and Andy Christiansen of Ecuador.

The Flying Dutchman was true to his nickname as he edged the competition by just over a tenth of a second, in 38.40 seconds.

“I thought I didn’t have the best start to the jump-off but my roll back to the liverpool [fence seven] was very good,” said Smolders. “I thought it was a very serious track. There were a lot of faults in the first round. It was a very good course, but your horse needed to be in top shape.”

Daniel Deusser of Germany on Scuderia posted the time to beat ahead of Smolders, stopping the clock at 38.51 seconds.


DEUSSER had previously won Thursday’s WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 and also had a win with Kiana van het Herdershof on Friday and finished fourth on Saturday night with Killer Queen VDM.

“This week was definitely not a usual week,” said Deusser, who is poised to move up from third in the world rankings after a month of great results. “Every day I was in the top three and then fourth in the big class with three different horses. I’m very happy about it but I have to keep both feet on the ground and realize that’s not normal. It’s a luxury problem to have. If you have only one horse, it’s probably not fair to the horse because you ride them too many times. For you as a rider, it’s not good because you don’t get enough practice. To ride three or four different horses at this level, it improves you.”

Finishing third was Kent Farrington on Orafina, clean in 39.35 seconds.

“I got him when he was seven years old,” said Smolders of Monaco. “He’s grown nicely to the highest level and is very good against the clock. He’s always a top horse to have in your string. He can do a fast class but when he needs to do the grand prix classes, he’s good in those as well.”

With Smolders splitting time between competitions in the United States and Europe, the team at home keeps the horses in top shape.

“We do a lot of flat training, and when I go back and forth to Europe, I have very good staff here that I can really rely on," said Smoders. "I think we have an amazing team. My two American owners/partners Evergate Stables and Copernicus Stables, they’re fantastic for me. They’ve been great supporters for years, and I hope we can continue the partnership for a long time.”

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This charming picture of a horse greeting a foxhound was sent in by Debra Malinics.

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Herpes outbreak in Europe results in travel restrictions at horse shows in Florida (2)

OCALA, Fla.--There has been an outbreak of equine herpesvirus in Europe, and the virus has now also been found in at least one horse in Ocala, although not yet at either HITS or the World Equestrian Center horse showing venues, so HITS, WEC and shows in Wellington have all put safety restrictions in place.

World Eq. Center 2World Equestrian Center The FEI announced March 1 that competition has been cancelled until March 28 in 10 European countries including France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany and Slovakia due to the outbreak of the equine herpesvirus.

As the virus has now been identified in Ocala and out of an abundance of caution, World Equestrian Center – Ocala management has issued increased biosecurity measures and the following to keep showing horses safe:

Effective immediately, World Equestrian Center – Ocala will no longer permit ship in horses to the property.

No new entries travelling from other events in Florida will be accepted including from the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) , HITS, Venice or the Ridge.

All World Equestrian Center - Ocala stabling areas will be strictly limited to essential personnel – riders, trainers, grooms, vets and farriers.


TOM STRUZZIERI announced that at this point they have a safe bio-friendly facility at Post Time Farm.

"While there have been reports of sick horses nearby here in Ocala, we have been fortunate enough to have avoided this EHV calamity as of this date," said Struzzieri. "We are actively monitoring the arrival of horses from certain properties and limiting their entering the show grounds. We have a very strong memory of 2013 when Post Time was the facility that proved to be the lightning rod for a run of this very serious virus and believe that we have learned a great deal, as horsemen, from that experience and hope that this prior education helps us as we go forward."

For now, follow the USEF Protocol:

Review and ensure you are prepared for quick implementation of an isolation plan at a competition grounds and/or at your home farm or facility
Check your horse's temperature twice daily and maintain a temperature log
Isolate horses at first signs of symptoms or illness and contact your vet immediately

WELLINGTON--In light of new information that Equestrian Sport Productions receivedMarch 3 regarding a positive Equine Herpes Virus-1 case in the Ocala area, management is taking active measures to protect horses at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center and Equestrian Village during the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Global Dressage Festival.

There are currently no reported cases of EHV-1 in Wellington.

The following announcements regarding biosecurity protocols and requirements are as follows:

1. Due to this development, ESP will not be accepting entries from horses that have not previously shown this year at WEF and AGDF starting immediately on Wednesday, March 3, until further notice.

2. Although no known positive cases of horses have been identified in Wellington, ESP is attempting to control transmission of the EHV-1 virus by restricting access to the PBIEC and Equestrian Village showgrounds of horses from outside the immediate vicinity of Wellington.

Following veterinary advice, anyone shipping horses into the PBIEC and Equestrian Village facilities will be required to sign a declaration stating that the horses entering the facility have not competed at other Florida venues or been in close contact with horses that competed in other Florida venues within ten (10) days prior to their arrival.

3. Starting Monday, March 8, any horses shipping onto the property (both WEF and AGDF grounds) will require a health certificate or statement on official licensed veterinarian letterhead and must be dated by Veterinarian within seven (7) days of arriving (see number 6 below).

4. ESP will require all barns on PBIEC and Equestrian Village show grounds to maintain a temperature log with twice-daily temperatures recorded and recommend posting on each horse’s stall door. Random checks by approved veterinary staff may be implemented.


Emily Moffitt won the WEF Challenge Cup while Adrienne Sternlicht won the Welcome Stake (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Emily Moffitt rode Tipsy du Terral to win the $37,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 on Thursday, March 4, while on opening day, March 3, Adrienne Sternlicht rode Lafayette Van Overis to win the Welcome Stake.

Emily Moffitt on Tipsy du Terral SportfotEmily Moffitt on Tipsy du Terral  (Photo by Sportfot)Over a course designed by Steve Stephens and Nick Granat, 56 entries went for speed in a one-round format in the Challenge Cup.

There were 26 clear rounds, but the fastest was Emily , who finished in 63.82 seconds.

Moffitt went 37th in the original order and beat the then-winning time of 64.34 seconds set by Darragh Kennyof Ireland on Vinci de Beaufour, who finished second.

“I watched Darragh go into the lead, and I said to my friend, ‘Wow that was spectacular. That’s how we gotta do it!’” said Moffitt. “And then I didn’t really think about it again. I had my plan, and you know my trainer Ben Maher always says we have our plan and if we win, we win, great, and if not, we gave it a good shot, so it paid off today.”

Third place went to Adam Prudent on Baloutinue, who was two seconds behind in 66.31 seconds.


MOFFITT has been riding Tipsy du Terral for more than three years.

“I have always had a very great connection with her,” said Moffitt. “I love when they’re strong and they pull, but she still allows you to really ride her so it’s the best of both for me. We have always since the beginning had a great partnership, and she tries her heart out for me every single time she goes in the ring.

“Another great quality that Tipsy has is she’s not one that you have to pull back together or have a training round after going fast,” said Moffitt. “She actually gains more confidence from it, which is great to be able to go in and try to win every single class.”

Shane Sweetnam won the $25,000 Jumper Classic on Madiba AG Z, cleanin 36.280 seconds.

He was the fastest of six in the jump-off, narrowly edging out Daniel Deusserof Germany on Bingo Ste. Hermelle, who finished in 36.348 seconds, and third was Lauren Hough on Harley D, clean in 36.824 seconds.

Adrienne Sternlicht on Lafayette Van Overis won the $5,000 Welcome Stake CSIO4* on Wednesday, March 3.

Adrienne Sternicht on Lafayette Van Overis SportfotAdrienne Sternicht on Lafayette Van Overis (Photo by Sportfot)Sternlicht was clear effort in 58.54 seconds to win over a class of 65 entries.

The pair has only been together for five months, but the partnership is progressing well.

“Lafyette is a very competitive horse,” said Sternlicht. “Bertram Allen won a ton on him before, so I think immediately when you have a horse like that, you feel a bit of pressure for it to go well right off the bat. It has been a little bit up and down; he’s quite a different ride. Bertram has quite a different riding style than I do but I have to give credit to him; he has helped me within the past week, and everything seemed very easy today, so I was happy.”

Jessica Mendoza of Great Britain on Dublin stopped the clock just behind Sternlicht, finshing in 58.75 seconds, and Megan McDermott on Entano was third in 58.78 seconds.

Sternlicht’s plan heading into the ring was just to jump a smooth round and rely on her horse’s natural speed to do the rest.

“By nature, myself and my coach McLain Ward are real planners,” said Sternlicht. “Bertram told me the less I counted strides, the better. It’s definitely an adjustment but everything came up really nicely today, and we’re all scratching our heads because it seemed very easy.”

Pets Honorable Mention (2)

Janice Shane of Chadds Ford, Pa., took this photo of her cat Amara and her Swan friend.

Contest Pets cat 7 swan Shane

Nick Wagman wins Grand Prix at the Festival while Brian Hafner won at WEC in Ocala (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Nick Wagman and Don John won the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3* at the Global Dressage Festival on Thursday, March 4.

NickWagman on DonJohn Susan StickleNickWagman on Don John (Photo by Susan Stickle)Wagman notched his second personal best score of the season with a 74.478 percent, almost four points higher than second place finisher Jessica Howington on Cavalia.

“He was really with me the whole time today,” said Wagman. “Normally I get a few nerves in the Grand Prix because it’s the first test of the show, but I didn’t have any today. I even came out and said to Debbie McDonald that this is the first time I haven’t had any nerves in a long time. DJ just felt solid, so I was able to actually think about my riding while I was in there and actually work on the details that I can sometimes gloss over because I’m just trying to get through it.”

“I haven’t watched the video yet, but the piaffe and passage work felt pretty reliable today," said Wagman. "My right pirouette felt super. I made the mistake in the ones today, and that was just all me. I got to the end and was like, ‘Oh, don’t make a mistake!’ and I ended up overriding. But overall, it was a pretty honest test, so I am pleased with it.”

After a low key week, Wagman picked training back up and has shifted his original plan for the remainder of the winter season.

“We had rotten luck the past two shows, so hopefully we are done with that and we get to get through this show with some success," said Wagman. "We extended our trip, and we’ll stay through the end of March. Then we will go back home and if we need a third score, we will go out to Rancho Marietta in California.”

Second place in the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3* went to Jessica Howington on Cavalia with a 70.913 percent, and Canadian Diane Creech was third on Chrevi’s Christo, finishing on a 70.478 percent.


BRIAN HAFNER of Ocala, Fla., rode Dream Catcher to 73.043 percent to win Saturday’s FEI Grand Prix in the Open division at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala.

Brian Hafner on Dream Catcher Andrew RybackBrian Hafner on Dream Catcher (Photo by Andrew Ryback)Hafner recently relocated to Ocala from Sonoma County, Calif.

"The show venue is quite incredible," said Hafner. "It has to be one of the best show facilities in the world. The World Equestrian Center was one of the big considerations for why I decided to make the move."

Dream Catcher has been with Hafner for the past seven years.

Hafner found the horse as a Third Level mount for owner Wendy Roberts and has since taken over the ride in higher level competition.

"Overall, he’s just a very consistent horse," said Hafner. "He’s very talented at the piaffe. We’re still not at a point where we can execute that and strongly show that consistently in his tests, but this is only his second show competing Grand Prix so we’re all really excited for his potential and being able to showcase his highlights in future shows.

"It’s just so easy to show here," said Hafner, who plans to attend the international-level CDI show in April. "It's super nice to be able to trailer the horses back to our home barn for the night if we want to, or even just go home and relax with a glass of wine at night. It’s just very stress-free and easy on the horses, which is great."


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