Category Archives: Riders

Behind the success is a rock – Evie Dutton

All photos: Nathalie Lawson © 2014 “I wasn’t a big name rider by any means,” Phillip said about moving to America from Australia in 1991. “I thought I had a better shot at making it in America than Europe.” Well times have changed and there is not a person in Eventing that does not know Phillip Dutton. He will be competing at his sixth World Equestrian Games (WEG) next week. At first Phillip thought living in America would be temporary. He said, “I thought that I would start here and end up in England but I ended up finding a…

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No pressure – Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam

Michael Jung celebrating his 2012 Olympic gold medal at his welcome home party in Germany. A legend in the making, Michael Jung does not allow any outside pressure to influence his riding. In an interview with horse web.de, he stated, “I always put pressure on myself to do well. Going in to WEG as favourites for team and individual gold does not put on more pressure. If you allow yourself to feel pressure from the outside then you make mistakes, so I concentrate on what I have to do and put everything else out of my mind.” Master of all three…

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Canada’s four-star producer – Selena O’Hanlon

Aboard Colombo, Selena O’Hanlon was riding high in 2010 as a Canadian team silver medalist at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Four years later she is back to show the world some more Canadian grit, this time on Foxwood High. Owned by John and Judy Rumble, Foxwood High is an 11-year-old, Canadian Sport Horse gelding and Selena brought him up the upper levels herself. Producing four-star horses is something she is mastering as she piloted two around Rolex earlier this year. Selena and her second Rolex mount, Bellaney Rock, were named as alternates for the Canadian WEG team. He is…

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Mark Todd: We are always aiming for the gold

This is Mark Todd’s fifth, World Equestrian Games. Winning team gold medals in 1990 and 1998, the Kiwis were on a bit of a dry spell until winning team bronze at the 2010 WEG. In a couple of weeks, they are poised to take the gold again with a dream team: Andrew Nicholson, Nereo Jonathon Paget, Clifton Promise Tim Price, Wesko Mark Todd, Leonidas II Individuals: Lucy Jackson, Willy Do Jonelle Price, Classic Moet In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, Todd did not shy away from the fact that he is part of a powerhouse team with some…

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WEG take two – Canada’s Hawley Bennett-Awad

Livingstone (Hank), Hawley Bennett-Awad’s first team horse, campaigned at the advanced level for eleven years, running numerous four stars. Horses are far from disposable to Hawley, she explained, “I don’t have a lot of money so if these horses break that’s it, my toys are done. I have to do everything I can to protect them and help them along the way.” “When I got Hank I only had the one horse and I came from a family with no money. If he broke, I had nothing. I never really ran him fast at horse trials, but every time he…

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Home at Buckwampum Farm with Caroline Martin

Caroline Martin is the one of America’s top young riders. If you follow the young rider circuit, she is the one to watch. After winning the CCI2* at North American Young Rider Championships in 2013, her riding career continues to flourish. Placing fifth at her first CCI3*, at Jersey Fresh this spring on Quantum Solace (Nacho), she is solidifying her presence on the advanced circuit and she is on her way. When the gold dust settled Reflecting back on her feelings after winning the Young Rider gold medal, Caroline said, “It was definitely one of my big goals. Nacho is…

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Phoenix: Pavarotti replaces A Little Romance due to injury

Unfortunately, A Little Romance has a foot abscess after pulling a shoe on Friday while making her last gallop before leaving for the World Equestrian Games (WEG). Jessica stated in the press release, “Don and Anita Leschied and I feel it’s in A Little Romance’s best interest to withdraw her from the WEG as she heals from this injury. We want to thank Equine Canada for their diligence, assistance and support in handling this situation and for giving A Little Romance the opportunity to represent Canada. This horse has an amazing future ahead of her and we are excited to…

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It’s about time for Sinead fans

Sinead Halpin almost took the ditch when she read the news. Finally, her and Manoir de Carneville (Tate) would be riding for the USA at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG). After receiving an email earlier in the day that riders would be informed of the selections around 6:00 pm, Sinead was anxious on her drive home from the barn. Then she received a text message from Hannah Sue Burnett that read, ‘I got the email,’ Sinead checked her phone. To her delight, she was one of the riders chosen and at that point, she almost went off-roading. Sinead’s anxiety…

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Phoenix is ready with a mare and a spare

She is one of Canada’s hardest working eventers and despite leaving tomorrow to compete at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG), she rode this weekend at Wits End Horse Horse Trials on four horses and coached eight students. This will be her second WEG and this time she is on the team. Canada is looking to secure a coveted Olympic qualification and Jess and A Little Romance are prepared. A Little Romance is owned by Anita and Don Leschied of Ontario. Pavarotti is her WEG alternate horse and he is owned by Don Good. Recently, Jess sat down with Eventing Connect to have a chat before heading…

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Joe Meyer never recommended LesstressE to Jock Paget

Eventing’s most talked about doping scandal concluded yesterday with the announcement that New Zealand’s Jock Paget and Australian’s Kevin McNab had been found to have ‘no fault or negligence’ with respect to both of their horses ridden at the 2013 Burghley testing positive for Reserpine. Many website sites like Eventing Nation, horsetalk.co.nz and Horse and Hound all quoted Jock’s written submission to the FEI tribunal that stated, “…he had started using LesstressE in 2010 on recommendation of Mr. Joe Meyer, a fellow member of the New Zealand Eventing Team, who had previously used it, and that it had resulted in…

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