The Tryon International Equestrian Center was host of the American Trakehner Association Annual Convention this past week. German gold medalist Andreas Dibowski taught a three-day clinic, there were mare, stallion and young horse inspections, and to conclude, a “Salute to the War Horse” gala on Saturday night under the lights. Following the gala was a $5,000 jumper derby in which any convention, clinic or gala horse was invited to participate.
The course was a mix of stadium and cross country jumps in the George Morris Grand Prix ring. Horses and riders were given individual scores for style and correctness (like hunters), but the top ten best rounds based on rails down (more like show jumping) came back for a final round against the clock. The unique format was really interesting and it was fun to see a mix of hunters, jumpers, eventers and even a dressage horse competing over the same course and hearing the judge’s feedback immediately afterwards.
U.S. Weekend Action:
Monday News and Notes:
Intercollegiate eventing is gaining momentum around the country, and Area V hosted its first college team challenge last month at Pine Hill Horse Trials. With three Texas based teams competing, Texas A&M, which formed its eventing team program just this spring, took home the top honors. [Texas A&M Takes the Top Spot at Area V’s First Intercollegiate Challenge]
Feeding ponies can be tricky. I tried to put a muzzle on mine once and she went on an outright hunger strike. As she was surrounded by lush grass 24/7, we had to find a feeding and exercise routine that would keep her at a healthy weight while still providing the necessary nutrition to be successful as a performance pony. The circumstances may be much different, however, for a pony that gets less exercise or different grazing circumstances. [Feed ponies properly]
Ireland’s Cian O’Connor celebrated the birth of his second child hours before hopping a plane to Qatar and going on to win in the CSI5* 1.45m speed class by tenths of a second riding Callisto over second place hometown hero, Bassem Hassan Mohammed and Argelith Squid. [Cian O’Connor Wins Penultimate Grand Prix at Doha]
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Watch and learn from this absolutely stunning round by 2016 Maclay Champion Hunter Holloway.
Hunter Holloway is your 2016 ASPCA Maclay Finals champion!
Posted by EQSportsNet on Sunday, November 6, 2016