Category Archives: Horses

Interview with Michael Jung – Clarifies his Rolex plans and more

With Rolex, Kentucky just two months away, training is in high gear for all the pairs planning to tackle North America’s only four-star and the most attended Eventing venue on this side of the pond. Since news broke that Michael Jung was planning to attend, fans have been excited and speculating. Which horse will he bring and does he have the Rolex Grand Slam in his sights? A big thank-you to our good friend Eckhart Siewert, who graciously arranged an interview with Michael so we could ask him about his plans. What horse will you be taking to Rolex? I…

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Syndicate successful – Jordan McDonald’s horse will remain with friend

In December, Leahona Rowland (CAN) began a campaign to raise the money to acquire the ride on Jordan Macdonald’s beloved Glencento with the full support of Shandiss, Jordan’s wife. Jordan was one of Canada’s top eventers and he passed away as a result of a fall on cross-country in June of this year. We are thrilled to report that Jordan McDonald’s beloved mare Glencento has been successfuly syndicated to Canadian and family friend Leahona Rowland. Leahona says, “Thank you to everyone for their support, especially those who donated to the Indiegogo site. Gwen, Shandiss and myself are so thrilled that…

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Allie Sacksen & Sparrow’s Nio – Rookie Ride to Rolex 2015

“Rookie Ride to Rolex” is another new series on Eventing Connect. This week we are bringing you a group of Rolex hopefuls who are currently qualified and training to make their debut at North America’s only four-star and most respected event. Allie Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio For the last two years, Allie Sacksen, has been strategically competing her popular little mount, Sparrow’s Nio, with Rolex in the back of her mind. This year there has been a shift in thinking as Rolex is the only thing on her mind as she prepares for her first four-star. In 2013, Allie and…

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Andrew Nicholson’s Olympic bronze medal winning Jagermeister II put down at 28

Andrew Nicholson’s former mount, Jagermesiter II (Mick)  was sadly put down at the age of 28 years old today. Mick was a small horse as his dam was half pony and his sire was a German show jumping warmblood, but that didn’t hinder his ability to compete at the top levels of the sport. In 1993, Andrew won his first Gatcombe title on Mick winning the British Intermediate Championships. They went on to compete at the World Equestrian Games at The Hague in 1994 and were part of the New Zealand bronze medal winning team at the 1996 Olympics in…

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‘Fantastique’ new horse for Anita Nemtin-Gilmour

Congratulations to Canadian rider, Anita Nemtin-Gilmour on her purchase of  RF Fantastique. This gorgeous 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood was produced by Karin Donckers to the one-star level. He has been competing at the Intermediate level and recently won his Advanced upgrade in Holland. Although he is a registered Belgian Warmblood, he is over half thoroughbred. Marilyn Little, who sourced Kendal Lehari’s new mount, discovered this gem too. Anita says, I am very fortunate that Marilyn found him for me. She sent me a video of her riding him and I bought him on her advice without trying him. It was a huge leap…

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Canadian James Atkinson aims new ride at Rebecca Farm CCI3*

Great news for Canada as James Atkinson, based in California, has a new ride, Nabouco De Lessay. James has announced that a group including Carolyn Hoffos, Martha McDowell (Nabouco De Lessay’s previous rider), and Sarah Broussard have purchased him the horse. Sourced by Fernhill Sport Horses, it was ridden by Jennifer Wooten through the Advanced level and Martha purchased the talented gelding with the help of Sarah Broussard in 2012. As Martha’s coach and friend, James stepped in to help her this year when she was injured. He took over the ride on Hugo and together they proved to be…

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Kendal Lehari’s new ride – Meet RF D’Orbalia

Canada’s Kendal Lehari is announcing the addition of  RF D’Orbalia to her string. This lovely 6-year-old KWPN mare was sourced through Marilyn Little and will be arriving from Holland to North America in mid-January. Kendal says, “I am so lucky to get this promising mare. Marilyn Little has been amazing to work with while I was trying to find my next horse and very patient with me in the process. After I had to retire Frank so suddenly, I wanted to find a horse that could help me stay at the upper levels and have a chance for the Canadian…

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Ben Along Time joins the Florida retiree club at Clayton Fredericks’ stables

Ben Along Time (Ben) is living out every person’s horse’s dream of retiring in sunny Ocala, Florida. He seems more than content with his new home, arriving at Clayton Fredericks’ Greenbrier Stables this week after making the long trek from Hong Kong, China. Ben was in an active retirement in Hong Kong with his owners, Edwin and Peta McAuley, who were spoiling him rotten. Peta was competing Ben in some dressage competitions but recently made the decision to send him to Florida so he could enjoy total retirement with Clayton, his previous partner. The last and only time Ben was…

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More owners required to keep Glencento with Leahona Rowland

Last month, Leahona Rowland (CAN) began a campaign to raise the money to acquire the ride on Jordan Macdonald’s beloved Glencento with the full support of Shandiss, Jordan’s wife. Jordan was one of Canada’s top eventers and he passed away as a result of a fall on cross-country in June of this year. Leahona has graciously been given more time by the owners to pull the funds together by January 5th. A large number of shares have been purchased, however, there is still the need for a strong push in order to make sure all the shares are bought. The…

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Horse shopping – lost in translation

Recently I have been doing some horse shopping and found a very interesting selection of horses in Europe. Describing a horse in one language does not always translate to another. Take a look at these intriguing prospects: Besides beauty there is nothing desirable about this one. Honest seller. “This beauty leaves nothing to be desired. Easy going and strong nerves, she presents herself, also at shows already highly successful. Cohiba is a natural talent, scope, coupled with care and top attitude by ideal rideability.” Perfect hunter, already equipped with a scope. “This sporty son of Clearways, equipped with extremely large scope,…

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