Category Archives: Riders

Klimke and Fox-Pitt share Dressage lead at Pau: FEI Classics™

Two of the world’s most illustrious riders are sharing the lead after the Dressage phase at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), opening leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. Germany’s Ingrid Klimke, riding the 10-year-old Horseware Hale Bob, and William Fox-Pitt (GBR), with the 14-year-old Parklane Hawk, were the only two riders to score below 40 penalties and they are now tying for the lead at this stage on 39.3 penalties apiece. Klimke, who has won numerous team gold medals for Germany, has yet to win a CCI4*. It is her first visit to Pau since the FEI European Championships were…

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FEI Classics™: New season starts at Pau with all-star cast

An elite group of riders have gathered in south-west France for Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the start of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. The premier French event is the first of the popular series that links the world’s six CCI4*s. World number one William Fox-Pitt (GBR), who won the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 with victories at Pau and Kentucky (USA) last year, is bidding to stamp his authority on the new season. He has entered two former CCI4* winners: Parklane Hawk (Burghley 2011 and Kentucky 2012) and Seacookie, the horse he rode to victory in Pau 12 months ago. Andreas Dibowski…

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Bill Owen really wanted to show off his beautifully groomed tail to the crowd while he was being lead at the jog by Waylon Roberts. Bill’s over exuberance was met with a little frustration from Waylon as the horse was a bit to handle in the slippery, wet weather. However, the weekend did progress rather successfully as the two placed 26th in a field of 114 combinations and were the second highest placed Canadian pair. But we all know what a great sport Waylon is as he did win the Sportsmanship Award and he gave us his blessing to show…

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Waylon Roberts – 4th place and top Canadian at Fair Hill

As the last pair on the wait list, Waylon Roberts and his mount Kelecyn Cognac almost didn’t get to compete at the CCI2* competition at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International this past weekend. As a last minute addition to the field, they did not disappoint. With a stellar performance they remained on their dressage score of 48.7 and placed fourth in a field of 114. Not an easy feat as only eight horse/rider combinations managed to stay on their dressage score. Waylon had the two top Canadian placings as on his other mount Bill Owen, he placed 26th. He…

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Velcro Boyd stays on and leaves us wondering how

Boyd Martin’s legendary riding abilities continues to dazzle the crowds every time he gets in the irons and this weekend was no exception. Boyd competed four horses in the CCI3*  and managed to get three around without jumping penalties. His tenacity is apparent in this video clip. Velcro Boyd, Eventing Super Hero on Crackerjack in the CCI3* at the last water leaves us all in awe at his abilities on horse back. Boyd competed a total of six horses over the weekend with four in the CCI3* and two in the CCI2*. Thank you to Alec Thayer at Ab3 Photography…

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Kendal Lehari retiring Totally Frank after injury at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International

After rupturing a tendon on cross-country this weekend at Fairhill, Kendal Lehari’s Totally Frank, a nine-year old OTTB, will be retired from Eventing. Kendal explained, “He was going around amazingly but that one slip was all it took.” Kendal is optimistic that Frank may may be able to do jumpers after a long rehabilitation process. However, her plans to compete at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been derailed. Just arriving back to her farm moments ago, Kendal said, ” I just unloaded him and he’s looking very chipper after the journey, so he definitely hasn’t lost any…

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Karl and Katlyn clean up at Hagyard Midsouth CCI1*

Congratulations to Canada’s Karl Slezak and Katelyn Hewson who clinched first place in each of their CCI1* divisions. at the Hagyard Midsouth Three Day & Team Challenge HT, in Lexington, Kentucky. Quite an accomplishment for the real life couple who we have nicknamed Eventing Ken and Barbie and it seems to have caught on. At least there will be no professional jealousy on the ride back to Canada as they are both sporting blue ribbons. Here are your top 10 from each division: Hagyard MidSouth 3Day & Team Challenge HT [Website]  [Results]

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Canadians still on top after cross-country at Hagyard Midsouth CCI1*

Canada’s Eventing Ken and Barbie Karl Slezak on Fernhill Dutch Design and Katlyn Hewson on Fernhill Cascum Marco are both sitting in first place in the CCI1* – A and the CCI1* – B respectively after cross-country at the Hagyard Midsouth Three Day at the Kentucky Horse Park. Karl and Katlyn have been a couple for a few years now so it is awesome to see them both in 1st place. After dressage on Thursday, Karl was in a tie for second place and Katlyn was in the lead. Cross-country was on Friday and the course did take it’s toll….

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Canadians dominate dressage at CCI* at Hagyard Midsouth

Canadians are in first place and second place in both CCI* divisions at the Hagyard Midsouth Three Day & Team Challenge HT heading into cross-country today. CCI1* – A 1st Penny Rowland on Dynamo (CAN) 2nd – T Katherine Brown on Dylano Q (USA) 2nd- T Karl Slezak on Fernhill Dutch Design (CAN) CCI1* – B 1st Katlyn Hewson on Fernhill Cascum Marco (CAN) 2nd Hannah Rankin on Flourescent Adolescent (CAN) 3rd Emily Shirley on Raptor Force (USA) Wishing all the competitors good luck and safe rides. Hagyard MidSouth 3Day & Team Challenge HT [Website] [Times] [Results]

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Jog is complete – Fashion cops are handing out fines

The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International has begun. The jog was today and the riders were presenting in an orderly but quick fashion as the weather was wet. Luckily, it was warm and during the jog the few down pours were short lived. The ground jury was in a real “holding” kind of mood and six out of the 112 horses presented were held in the CCI2* and two will not be competing this weekend. Calvin Ramsey withdrew Flintstar from the holding box. After a conversation with the ground jury, April Simmonds and Impressively done were eliminated. Unfortunately, Impressively Done…

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