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Cover photo: Shannon Brinkman Photo

27 Olympic Edition

Equestrian Success in Rio


8 Sponsors

Take a Look at Our Partners

12 Juniors’ Ring

Tutoring on the Show Circut

16 Seen and Heard

Reaching the Goal

U.S. Equestrian "Advanced Team"

Sharon Classen

20 Day in the Life

22 Inside Perspective

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s the calendar year winds down, so does the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) competition year. In this edition, Equestrian Magazine recaps the biggest competition of 2016, the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the success of the U.S. Equestrian Teams at the Games. The lead-up to the horse and rider arrivals at an Olympic Games is a labor-intensive endeavor taken on by the U.S. Equestrian “Advanced Team.” Team member Leah Oliveto takes us through a day in the life of the “Advanced Team” during the first week in Rio. Student athletes often struggle to balance school work with their sports, and equestrians are no different. Equestrian Magazine takes a look at four tutoring services that cater to the needs of equestrians and their demanding schedules. With over 35 years of experience, physical therapist Sharon Classen has evaluated hundreds of horses and riders, helping them treat acute or chronic injury to ensure maximum performance. Equestrian Magazine talked to Classen about her work and recommendations for all equestrian athletes. It is hard to believe, but a new year is quickly approaching. As you read this issue, the USEF staff is busy behind the scenes gearing up for the 2017 Annual Meeting. This Meeting promises to be the best one yet, as the USEF prepares to welcome a new president and adopt a new strategic plan that will take USEF to a whole new level. Stay tuned to future issues for a preview and recaps of this exciting time for the USEF.

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Equestrian Magazine Volume LXXX, No. 3

Published by The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. Advertising Director Kim Russell Contributing Writers Classic Communications Mark Coley Kathleen Landwehr Leah Oliveto Eileen Schnettler Contributing Editors Mark Coley Andrea Evans Kathleen Landwehr Leah Oliveto Dana Rossmeier Eileen Schnettler Creative Director Candice McCown Design & Layout Courtney Cotton

Equestrian magazine (ISSN 1548-873X) is published five times a year: Horse of the Year Special Edition, Spring/Spectator’s Guide, Summer, Fall, Winter, by the United States Equestrian Federation®, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; Phone: (859) 258-2472; Fax: (859) 231-6662. (ISSN:1548-873X). NOTE: Effective Issue 1 of 2015, Equestrian magazine will be published and provided electronically and only four editions will have a limited number of printed copies. Only the Horse of the Year Special Edition will provided in the U.S. Mail. USEF is not responsible for the opinions and statements expressed in signed articles and paid advertisements. These opinions are not necessarily the opinions of USEF and its staff. While the Federation makes every effort to avoid errors, we assume no liability to anyone for mistakes or omissions. It is the policy of the Federation to report factually and accurately in Equestrian and to encourage and to publish corrections whenever warranted. Kindly direct any comments or inquiries regarding corrections to the Vicki Lowell or by direct dial 859-225-2024. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Equestrian, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40845627. For Canadian returns, mail to Canada Express, 7686 #21 Kimble Street Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5S1E9. (905) 672-8100. Reproduction of any article, in whole or part, by written permission only of the Editor. Equestrian: Publisher, United States Equestrian Federation®, Chief Executive Officer, William J. Moroney (859) 225-6912. Director of Advertising, Kim Russell (859) 225-6938. Copyright © 2016. Equestrian is the official publication of the United States Equestrian Federation, the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport in the USA, and is an official publication of USEF.

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experiences for them. Grand Prix Tutoring has the unique ability to match students with tutors who will work best with both their learning style and personality. Jacey Albaugh, a 16-year-old Junior at the Madeira School in McLean, Va., has been riding for 14 years, and shows her horse, Axel Springs, in the Medium Junior Jumpers. She worked one-onone with Grand Prix Tutoring founder and owner Danielle Cooper for nine weeks during the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival. “I have definitely benefited from working with Grand Prix Tutoring,” Albaugh said. “I was able to excel in my classes, even though I was not in school for nine weeks. It would not have been possible without Danielle. She was effective and efficient in her teaching methods and always had a plan

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tutoring centers at Ocala, Gulfport, Kentucky, Old Salem, the Hamptons, and more. Signature Tutoring Services offers a range of services to meet the academic needs of equestrian student athletes, including traditional subject tutoring, a full-time and seasonal accredited school at Wellington Preparatory School, standardized test preparation, college planning and application support, and exam proctoring. The organization provides a high-level service, supporting students who attend some of the best schools in the country, which means they must uphold the highest standards of academic honesty. The Signature Tutoring Services honor code is posted everywhere tutors go, from the web site to winter locations in Florida to temporary study halls at major horse shows

across the country. Upper Echelon Academy (UEA) is founded on the premise that equestrians require unique scholastic support to excel academically without compromising riding schedules. Its tutors work one-on-one with students, and closely with trainers, around competitions in order to meet the academic goals of every student. Natalie Jayne, the Overall Medium Pony Hunter Champion at the 2016 US Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, has been working with UEA for three years. “One of the best qualities of the Upper Echelon tutoring is that they are able to accommodate the student by coming to whatever place you need them,” said Jayne. “It works well for me to tutor at my house at 8 a.m. I usually tutor Monday

through Thursday at the same time each day. Luckily for me, my mom is my trainer so she works very closely with Upper Echelon to make sure that I am keeping up with all of the expectations of my school and am able to have the time needed to train at the highest level.” For more information on each of these services, please visit their websites listed below. Grand Prix Tutoring: Palm Beach International Academy: Signature Tutoring Services: Upper Echelon Academy: ■ Eileen Schnettler

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“Dasher is naturally quicker than most horses and ponies, even when I am not really pushing him since he just has a faster step, so I knew that I didn’t have to push that much to make any crazy gambles [in the jump-off] because I knew he would be fast.” - Bailey Doloff said of Wishlea Star Dasher on their way to winning Pony Jumper Individual Gold at the 2016 US Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm.

It means the world to me to win a Final like this because I’m passionate about the jumpers, and that’s what I ultimately want to do for a career. I have a lot of respect for this Final because I knew the goal was to have my horse prepared to jump the final round to the best of his ability, and I could feel him accomplishing that.

-Peyton Warren said after winning the 2016 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-West title riding Casmir Z. 18  Equestrian  Fall 2016

Top: Storyteller, ridden by Mimi Gochman, was named the Grand Champion Hunter Pony of the 2016 US Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm. Bottom: Chester Weber competes in the marathon phase at the 2016 FEI World Driving Championships for Four-inHand on his way to a fourthplace finish.

Today’s ride was special. [Parry Thomas] has been incredibly influential and a huge supporter of U.S. dressage. He was excited about the competition and loving dressage up to the day he went. He was watching over us, and we rode for him today. PHOTO: WALTENBERRY

- Adrienne Lyle said of Parry Thomas, who passed the day prior to Lyle winning the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges National Championship


title with Horizon.

Top: Tom McCutcheon and Survivorman slide their way to the win in the 2016 $10,000 Adequan USEF Open Reining National Championship presented by Markel Insurance. Bottom: The U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team had an excellent performance at the 2016 International Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup, with the Three-Gaited section winning Gold and the Five-Gaited section winning Silver.

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Day in the Life


The lead-up to horse and rider arrivals at an Olympic Games is a labor-intensive endeavor taken on by the U.S. Equestrian “Advanced Team”. Christy Baxter, Ana Cardoso, Will Connell, and Leah Oliveto championed the Rio 2016 effort to ensure the accommodations for both horse and rider were in immaculate order prior to their arrival. Oliveto takes us through a day in the life of the "Advanced Team" during the first week in Rio:

[Dawn’s Early Light] Alarm goes off. Usually felt like I had fallen asleep minutes ago, though I understand for some of us there were plenty of stress-induced sleepless nights. Nothing keeps me from sleep though, a sacred blessing during events like the Olympics. [Breakfast] Quest protein bar and coffee. I never did come around to the hotel breakfast buffet selection. [Daylight Hours] The first two days were entirely dedicated to unloading two shipping containers of equipment. The containers were located approximately one city block from the barns, up a hill, and a path between them laid with deep sand. All complaints about a barely equipped hotel gym were quelled immediately following the first loaded schlep up that hill. 22  Equestrian  Fall 2016

Winter in Brazil is a cruel joke; I have never sweat so much in my life. By the end of week one, we had unloaded the shipping containers, stocked and organized five tack rooms, hung 40 custom USA banners, erected a flag pole, hung an additional 10’x20’ flag that quickly became the barn complex’s hottest photo-op destination, stocked the rider’s and groom’s accommodations, bedded 15 stalls, and burned approximately 100,000 calories. [Sun’s Fading Light] Back to the hotel to catch up on a day’s worth of emails. Oddly, the rest of the world doesn’t stop while the Olympics are taking place.

[Moonlight Hours] It was eight days of Advanced Team labor before the first American horses arrived – the eventing squad. Following a full day of madly ensuring that the “golden moment” [the moment the horses and riders stepped onto the grounds for the first time] would go off with seamless perfection, the crew fueled up on Red Bull-Espresso cocktails and headed back to the venue to greet the horses. The horse flight landed at Rio’s Galeão International Airport at 11 p.m., and the glorious sight of the police escort and horse trucks finally rolled into view at 1 a.m. Following another wait and fiasco of equipment delivery and unloading, the team finally returned back to the hotel moments before dawn. A quick nap was in order before another day started anew. ■ Leah Oliveto

[Dinner] Red wine and crackers. Or gin and tonic and crackers. Occasionally it was acknowledged that this was not sufficient sustenance and an outing to one of the excellent restaurants within a local shopping mall was arranged. The Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão with its Grand Marnier digestifs was a team favorite.

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Many equestrian athletes believe that only after a serious fall should they consider getting help from a professional to treat the injury before returning to the saddle. This could not be further from the truth. No one knows more about the injury struggles equestrian and equine athletes face than physical therapist Sharon Classen. With over 35 years of experience, Classen has evaluated hundreds of riders, helping them treat acute or chronic injury to ensure maximum performance. Classen began her career treating athletes in a variety of sports, beginning at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as the University of Nebraska. As a rider herself, competing in hunter/jumper competitions, she saw the need for sports medicine in the horse industry for both human and equine athletes. Riders have demands very unique to the sport. Challenges such as decreased strength, limited range of motion, and postural issues can directly impact the rider’s effectiveness in the saddle, as well as the horse’s performance. Many riders adopt poor postural habits that lead to spinal injuries and pain. They also do not perform specific strengthening or stretching exercises needed for riding. Through her experience, Classen believes riders are prone to injury because they do not properly take care of their bodies. “Many times riders ignore injuries and continue to perform. The equestrian athlete will ride with injury and chronic pain and not seek medical care. These chronic pain patterns can lead to more serious musculoskeletal injuries and impair the athlete’s performance or can lead to careerending injuries,” explained Classen. Often, riders spend more time warming up their horse, and neglect to warm up themselves. Aids given to a horse 24  Equestrian  Fall 2016


can be affected by a rider’s posture or position on the horse. Through technology such as slow motion video analysis, physical therapists can help riders identify issues and develop a treatment plan. Classen explains one problem area she often sees with riders is their hip joints. “This is an area that riders biomechanically have a problem with. They exhibit decreased range of motion or lack of strength. Their hamstrings can be tight, they can have weak gluteal muscles, and weak or tight piriformis muscles. If not addressed, then they can start to develop low back or sacroiliac pain, which can become chronic. This not only affects the rider, but through the forces transmitted from the rider to the horse, the horse can also develop back pain. I see many riders who have spinal problems that directly affect the horse.” In addition to treating humans, Classen has her Certification of Equine Rehabilitation to treat horses. “Much of what I do with horses is exactly what I do with humans,” she said. Focusing on prevention, maintenance, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement, each horse is evaluated and treated on a case-by-case basis. Working closely with the veterinarian and trainer, she often has follow-up visits with a horse throughout the year as it competes, continually reassessing to adjust their plan of care. Although everyone has different competitive goals, it is important for riders to remember to take care of themselves. Peforming exercises to maintain or enhance riding ability will not only benefit the individual, but also the horse. Said best by Classen, “They [riders] are athletes, and just like in any other sport, they need to develop a mindset as such.” ■ Mark Coley


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Eventing Eventing was the first discipline to take place, with 65 athlete-and-horse combinations representing 24 countries. Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor, the Individual Gold medalist from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, led the U.S. Team of Dutton, Lauren Kieffer, Boyd Martin, and Clark Montgomery. Competition began with the dressage phase, taking place over two days. Martin (Cochranville, Pa.), competing in his second Olympic Games, was the lead-off rider for the U.S. aboard Blackfoot Mystery, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate LLC. Martin guided the gelding brilliantly in the dressage test, scoring 47.70. Montgomery (Bryan, Texas), an Olympic first-timer,

“It’s been a great weekend for the horse, and it’s a great achievement for him.” followed on Holly and William Becker, Kathryn Kraft, and Jessica Montgomery’s Loughan Glen, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, and scored 46.60. The next day, Kieffer (Middleburg, Va.) made her Olympic debut on Team Rebecca LLC’s Veronica, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, and earned a 47.30. Anchoring the U.S. team was Dutton (West Grove, Pa.), a six-time Olympian, with HND Group’s Mighty Nice, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. A personal-best score for the pair of 43.60 put the U.S. into a six-way tie for sixth heading into the cross-country phase. Pierre Michelet’s technical cross-country course was packed with angles, skinnies, and corners. Only three entries finished double-clear; 26 had no jumping penalties. Martin 30  Equestrian  Fall 2016

was one of the first out to tackle the course. He put on a master show, incurring 3.20 in time penalties to stand in sixth individually on a total of 50.90. Dutton also rode a brilliant round, adding 3.20 in time penalties for a total of 46.80 to put him into fifth individually. Since they were the only two Americans to complete the course, the U.S. dropped from contention in the team competition. In the two-round individual show jumping final, Guilherme Jorge designed an open and inviting first round course. Dutton and Martin both qualified for the second round. Martin and Blackfoot Mystery entered the final round in seventh place overall, but three rails down dropped them to 16th with a final score of 70.90. Demonstrating skilled riding, Dutton gave a professional performance and turned in a strong round, but a rail down at fence 4c gave him a score of 51.80 and left him needing help to make it to the medal podium. That help came when the next rider, Australia’s Christopher Burton on Santano II, the leader following cross-country, dropped rails at the final two fences giving Dutton the Bronze medal, adding to the two Team Gold medals he won for his native Australia in 1996 and 2000. “It’s been a great weekend for the horse, and it’s a great achievement for him,” said Dutton after his medal win. “The man who originally owned him, Bruce Duchossois, would be so proud of him. I was happy with fourth place, but I’m ecstatic with third! It was a grand achievement. I’m so pleased with the horse, and I don’t think I’ve had a horse with a bigger heart. He genuinely loves the sport.” Germany’s Michael Jung won his second consecutive Individual Gold medal riding Sam FBW, ending on his dressage score of 40.90, the only rider to do so. Astier Nicolas of France, riding Piaf De B’Neville, took Silver. France won the Team Gold medal, Germany secured the Silver, and Australia won the Bronze.


Thrilling equestrian competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil saw a total of 204 athlete-and-horse combinations compete for Team and Individual medals in eventing, dressage, and show jumping. The U.S. was one of only two countries (along with Germany) to win medals in all three disciplines, finishing with Team Silver in show jumping, Team Bronze in dressage, and Phillip Dutton’s Individual Bronze in eventing.

Phillip Dutton, Olympic Eventing Bronze medal winner

Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery

Eventing Lauren Kieffer and Veronica

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Dressage A total of 60 competitors representing 19 countries and 11 teams competed in dressage. U.S. Team members Allison Brock, Laura Graves, Kasey Perry-Glass, and Steffen Peters, led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, a six-time Olympian and winner of four Team Bronze medals, all had exhilarating performances throughout the competition. As a result, the U.S. returned to the podium after a 12-year hiatus, winning the Team Bronze medal. The Grand Prix, the first test in the team competition, took place over two days, followed by the Grand Prix Special. Each team’s top three scores were averaged together to determine the Team medals. The top 18 competitors then went on to the Individual Final, the Grand Prix Freestyle, to determine Individual medals.

“We’ve captured the elusive 80% - it does exist!” Competing in her first Olympic Games, Brock (Loxahatchee, Fla.), and Rosevelt, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Claudine and Fritz Kundrun, rode first for the U.S. in the Grand Prix. They executed a fluid test and earned a score of 72.686%. Perry-Glass (Orangevale, Calif.) and Dublet, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Diane Perry, made the most of their Olympic debut, earning a 75.229%. Peters (San Diego, Calif.), making his fourth Olympic appearance aboard Legolas 92, a 14-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Four Winds Farm, earned a 77.614%. Graves (Geneva, Fla.) and her own Verdades, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding, impressed in their Olympic debut, performing an outstanding test to become the highest-placed U.S. rider with a score of 78.071%. The U.S. held third place with 76.971% entering the Grand Prix Special. In a hotly-contested Team Final, it took a personal-best score of 80.644% from Graves and Verdades to claim the Team Bronze as The Netherlands had moved slightly ahead of the U.S. before her ride. The pair held fifth place individually going into the Grand Prix Special and their performance was truly spectacular. “We’ve captured the elusive 80% - it does exist!” said a thrilled Graves, who was one of only five riders to score above 80%. “I knew the test was going well, but you just always hope that your reflections match up with the judges. I had no idea going into the ring what I needed for a score and to see my teammates so happy and then to achieve my personal-best score – and a score I’ve been reaching for – was just icing on our cake.” Peters and Legolas 92 produced a superb test and received a score of 74.622%. Brock and Rosevelt executed a solid and confident test, earning a 73.824%, while PerryGlass and Dublet finished with a 73.235%. The U.S. finished with a final score of 76.667%. Germany took the Team Gold on 81.936%, while Great Britain claimed the Silver with 78.595%. Reflecting on the Bronze medal, Peters said, “First of all, a big thank you to Robert Dover. We knew it had to be above 32  Equestrian  Fall 2016

75 percent, and we’re all capable of delivering 76-77, so we knew we had a chance; but when it actually happened it was amazing! If you wanted to see a 52-year-old guy acting like a 10-year-old boy, you should’ve seen me in the stands when Laura was coming down centerline – I was crying my eyes out, and it was just one of those absolutely amazing experiences.” The Grand Prix Freestyle served as the Individual Final with the top 18 from eight nations competing for a medal. Graves was the highest-placed U.S. rider and finished just outside the medals in fourth place. They produced a breathtaking performance to earn 85.196%. “I’m thrilled with the score,” said Graves, who turned in personal-best scores in each of her three tests. “I’m just so happy. I believe in a system, following a routine, and finding a trainer you trust and staying with them. I’m so blessed that both Robert Dover and Debbie McDonald have sacrificed so much of their time to be over in Europe with the Team and it really has made a difference. This has been an incredible experience to be here with this Team. We have a huge family of supporters who came to be with us. We sometimes forget that it’s more than just us and the horse. We have so many people around us who make this happen and to watch what they sacrifice for our dreams is something that is very emotional for everyone.” Peters and Legolas 92 scored 79.393% for 12th place, while Brock and Rosevelt scored 76.160% for 15th. Defending Champions Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain and her mount Valegro won their second consecutive Olympic Individual Gold medal with a 93.857%. Germany’s Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD claimed the Silver with 89.071%. Teammate Kristina Broring-Sprehe and Desperados FRH took the Bronze with 87.142%.

Steffen Peters and Legolas 92

Allison Brock and Rosevelt

Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet

Dressage Perry-Glass, Brock, and Peters celebrate Graves’ stellar performance.

The U.S. Dressage Team on the podium with their Bronze medals

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Show Jumping After ending the first day of the team competition as one of four teams with no faults, the U.S. Team of Lucy Davis, Kent Farrington, Beezie Madden, and McLain Ward finished the two-round competition with five faults and won the Team Silver medal. France won the Gold with three faults, while Germany was able to secure the Bronze after winning a jump-off with Canada. The U.S. started the second day with only three riders. Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’, a 14-year-old Belgium Warmblood gelding owned by Abigail Wexner, withdrew after the horse sustained a tendon injury on day one. That added pressure for the rest of the U.S. team as they would not have the luxury of a drop-score. “The course was tremendous; a real Olympic-championship course,” said U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland of the Guilherme Jorge-designed Team Final course. “We were pretty sure when we walked it that it wasn’t going to be won on zero. All our scores had to count today and it didn’t affect any of our riders. They were all unbelievably focused; they knew what their job was and they got it done.” Setting the tone for the U.S. were Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) and Amalaya Investments’ 14-year-old KWPN gelding, Voyeur. For the third straight round, they cleared every jump, although they did exceed the time allowed by one second, adding one fault to their score. The second U.S. rider was Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) with Old Oaks Farm’s Barron, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding. Davis and Barron showed brilliance in the first half of the course, clearing each jump and making good time around the large arena. Their gallop approach to jump 11, a triple combination, looked good until the vertical at 11b, where they tapped the top rail out of the cups for four faults. Just before Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) entered the ring with Double H Farm and Francois Mathy’s Azur, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Roger Yves Bost clinched the Gold medal for France. With Germany and Brazil both in a position to keep the U.S. off the podium, Ward knew that he needed a fault-free round to keep the team’s medal hopes alive. The two-time Olympic Team Gold medalist attacked the course in true Olympic fashion – calm, confident, and with speed – and came home clean, putting the U.S. in position for the Silver Medal, the third Team medal for the U.S. in the past four Olympic Games.

“It takes the wind out of your sail a little bit when you are focused on winning,” said Ward of France securing the Gold prior to his ride. “But you have to gather yourself. We’ve had a rough 24 hours losing Cortes. Beezie has been our anchor for the better part of a decade. Her record of coming through in the clutch is second-to-none. It’s a little unsettling when you lose her, but it was great team performance.” In the Individual Finals all riders started fresh with zero faults. Farrington and Voyeur earned a spot among the six riders who reached the jump-off following two clear rounds. Two rails in the jump-off gave Farrington and Voyeur eight faults and an overall fifth-place finish. Ward and Azur finished tied for ninth with four faults in the original two rounds and Davis with Barron completed their Olympic debut with 12 faults in round one. “I thought the horse jumped great,” said Farrington. “It’s always a hard thing because the last day everybody starts at zero, even though you have a couple of horses that haven’t had a rail the entire time they are here, and you have others coming in that had three or four down. But that’s the format and we all know it.” Even though Farrington did not receive an Individual medal, he took great pride in the Team’s Silver. “Any time you go to a championship and leave with a medal it has to be considered a good championship. Because so many things can go wrong, it’s very easy to come all this way and jump a lot of jumps and leave with nothing. There’s no greater honor than representing your country, and to walk away with a Silver medal is a great finish.” Show Jumping ended with a historic moment when Great Britain’s 58-year-old veteran Nick Skelton, competing in his seventh Olympic Games, won the Gold medal aboard Big Star. It was the first-ever Individual Gold in show jumping for Great Britain. Peder Fredricson of Sweden won Silver with All In, and Canada’s Eric Lamaze, the 2008 Individual Gold medalist, took home the Bronze with Fine Lady 5.


“There’s no greater honor than representing your country, and to walk away with a Silver medal is a great finish.” Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C'

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Lucy Davis and Barron

The U.S. Show Jumping Team on the podium with their Silver medals

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Kent Farrington and Voyeur McLain Ward and Azur

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Team Tests Pathfinding for the U.S. on the opening day of competition was Grade III athlete Peavy (Avon, Conn. and Wellington, Fla.) riding Heather Blitz and Rebecca Reno’s Lancelot Warrior, a 2002 Hanoverian gelding. The pair produced a notably consistent and accurate Team test that featured a fluid and precise canter tour to earn a score of 68.974%, placing them sixth in the class. “I was very pleased with my ride,” said Peavy. “My horse really poured his heart out – he was focused on his job and I felt like we had great connection. It was such an incredible atmosphere to be in with so many spectators.” In Grade Ib, the youngest athlete in the field, Collier (Ann Arbor, Mich.), entered her first Paralympic arena aboard Wesley Dunham’s 2003 Oldenburg mare, Western Rose. In the impressive atmosphere and heat of the Rio sun, Collier delivered a clean test, scoring 66.440% and placing ninth in the class. “I was really happy with the test,” said Collier. “For this being my first time riding in the Paralympics, it was really great. Rosie was such a good horse and we really nailed our geometry today. I am really looking forward to what the future holds [this week]. I am so lucky to be with amazing teammates; I couldn’t make it without them. They really are my rock and we are a super strong team.” Margaret “Gigi” McIntosh (Reading, Pa.) and her longtime partner, Rio Rio, a 2006 Rheinland mare, represented the U.S. in Grade Ia, the largest field in the competition with 25 competitors. The pair was rewarded for an expressive free walk and the overall feel and skill exhibited throughout the test to place 19th with a score of 68.086%. Also riding in Grade Ia was individual Trunnell (Rowlett, Texas) aboard Royal Dancer, Julia Handt’s 2005 Westphalian gelding. Trunnell rode an accurate test that earned high marks 36  Equestrian  Fall 2016

for the transitions and final medium walk, earning a score of 69.348% and placing her and Royal Dancer 14th in the class. “Royal felt amazing during the test,” said Trunnell. “I couldn’t help but smile during it because he was so forward and marching in his walk! I was thrilled with his free walk. Overall, it was a fantastic first Paralympic showing. I couldn’t bring cookies with me [for Royal], but I snagged him some apples and I was sure to give him one after that lovely test.” Hart (Wellington, Fla,), with her own Schroeters Romani, a 2002 Danish Warmblood mare, anchored the U.S. Team in Grade II. The pair showed good connection throughout the test, scoring consistently well on its collective marks and executing beautifully at the working trot and in the serpentine to place fifth in the class. The Grade II Team test featured 14 athletes from 11 nations with less than one percentage point separating the top four combinations and those placed fifth through ninth. “I was happy with how I rode and the feel that Romani gave me,” said Hart. “She is the best horse I have ever sat on and it is a privilege to ride her and represent our country. I was slightly disappointed in the score, but in saying that, this is the highest I have ever scored at a Paralympic Games. I want to thank my amazing support system for getting me to this point. Having Todd Flettrich, Margaret Duprey, and Fernando Ortega here with me is amazing. It takes a village to get here and I am thankful for everyone here and everyone at home.” Individual Tests Peavy was the first American to perform her Individual test in the Grade III, scoring 68.585%. Peavy delivered another consistent and fluid performance for the U.S. Team. Exhibiting a powerful working trot, the pair secured an overall eighth-place finish. Ann Cathrin Lubbe (NOR) secured Individual Gold aboard Donatello. Susanne Sunesen (DEN) and Que Faire took Silver, while Louise Etzner Jakobsson (SWE) and Zernard won Bronze. In the Grade Ib Individual test, Collier rode with grit and determination for the U.S. Team to improve on her performance from the Team test, placing seventh in the class with a score of 67.655%. “The first day [in the Team test], I toned down my excitement too much and that translated into my ride,” said Collier. “In the Individual test I really focused on allowing myself to be excited, but just enough so that I was still on my game. That strategy worked out so much better and translated very well to Rosie. We were not giving up any points!” Pepo Puch (AUT) and Fontainenoir secured the Grade Ib Individual Gold. Taking Silver was Lee Pearson (GBR) and Zion, while Stinna Kaastrup (DEN) and Smarties won Bronze. In the Grade II Individual test, Hart executed a respectable performance and qualified for Friday’s Freestyle. Though the pair never quite found its rhythm, it was a clean test that placed them ninth in the class with a score of 67.714%. Speaking to her experience at her third Paralympic Games, Hart said, “It has been wonderful. It’s been a pleasure to be here in Rio where everyone has been so hospitable, welcoming, and very gracious.”


U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team Gains Invaluable Experience at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Equestrian competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games took place September 11-16 at the Deodoro Equestrian Center with 75 athlete-and-horse combinations representing 29 countries, including 14 in the team competition. Over the course of the week, combinations competed for Paralympic Team medals and Individual and Freestyle medals across five Grades. Led by U.S. Para-Dressage Chef d’Equipe Kai Handt, the United States was represented by the team of Sydney Collier, Rebecca Hart, Margaret McIntosh, and Angela Peavy, while Roxanne Trunnell represented the U.S. in individual competition. This group represented both experience and rising American talent. Rio marked Hart’s third Paralympic Games and she proved to be a pillar of support for her fellow teammates, all making their Paralympic debuts. Team competition included both the Team and Individual tests and placings were determined by combining the top three scores of each team from both tests. Individual medals were awarded to the highest placing combinations in the Individual test. The athletes who ranked in the top one-third of their Grade from the combined scores of the Team and Individual tests moved forward to the Freestyle, where another set of medals was awarded.

On the final day of competition, Hart placed seventh in the Freestyle. Natasha Baker (GBR) and Cabral took home the Grade II Individual Gold. Demi Vermeulen and Rixt Vand Der Horst, both of The Netherlands, took home Silver and Bronze, respectively. Riding as an Individual for the U.S. in the Grade Ia Individual test, Trunnell delivered a solid test aboard Royal Dancer. The pair overcame a bobble during the first centerline to perform a harmonious test that placed them 10th with a score of 69.565% in a very competitive field. “I thought the test was good,” said Trunnell. “Royal was a good boy, especially in the free walk. We have been working on relaxing and he just flowed with it. Compared to the Team test, he felt more relaxed in the arena.” Riding as the final member of Team USA, McIntosh and her own Rio Rio placed 20th with a score of 66.217% in the Grade Ia Individual test.

Competing in her first major championship of any kind, McIntosh stated that while the actual competition experience was similar to a normal horse show, the exciting part of the Games for her was staying in the Athlete Village. “I am in awe of the courage, determination, and effort that these athletes put into their daily lives, let alone what it takes to compete at this level and excel at their own sports. It’s been overwhelming to walk around the village and to see so many vibrant people at the top of their game.” Great Britain took home the first two Grade Ia medals, with Sophie Christianson winning Gold and Anne Dunham winning Silver. Sergio Oliva (BRA) earned the Bronze medal. Team medals were awarded on Friday. Team Gold went to Great Britain, who has won every Team Gold medal since para-dressage was inducted into the Paralympic Games in 1996. Germany earned the Silver medal and The Netherlands took home Bronze.

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Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani

Angela Peavy and Lancelot Warrior

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ANIMAL SAFETY SUMMARY RESIDUE WARNINGS Do not use in horses intended for human Animal safety studies utilizing LEGEND LEGEND_PI_InBrief_2016_EQUESTRIAN.indd 1 Injectable Solution were not perfo Dose consumption. For Intravenous Use in Horses Only LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable Solution Not for Intra-Articular Use approved based on the conclusion th HUMAN WARNINGS and Not for use in humans. Keep out of reach of safety of LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable S ® will not differ from that demonstrated f children. original formulation of LEGEND Inje (hyaluronate sodium) Solution. LEGEND Injectable Solution ANIMAL SAFETY WARNING administered to normal horses at one, For LEGEND Injectable Solution 4 mL and 4 mL For Intravenous Use In Horses and five times the recommended intra-ar Only LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable Solution – Not for dosage of 20 mg and the intravenous 2 mL For Intravenous or Intra-Articular Intra-articular use. The Intra-articular safety of of 40 mg. Treatments were given wee Use In Horses Only hyaluronate sodium with benzyl alcohol has not nine consecutive weeks. No adverse c been evaluated. or clinical pathologic signs were obs BRIEF SUMMARY Injection site swelling of the joint capsul Prior to use please consult the product insert, a PRECAUTIONS similar to that seen in the saline treated c summary of which follows: Complete lameness evaluation should be horses. No gross or histological lesions conducted by a veterinarian. Sterile procedure observed in areas of the treated joint. CAUTION during the injection process must be followed. For customer care or to obtain product Federal Law restricts this drug to use by or on Intra-articular injections should not be made information, including a Material Safety D the order of a licensed veterinarian. through skin that is inflamed, infected or has had Sheet, call 1-888-637-4251 Option 2. a topical product applied. The safety of LEGEND ®LEGEND is a registered trademark, and Injectable Solution and LEGEND Multi Dose has INDICATIONS ™ the Horse Logo is a trademark, of Mer LEGEND® Injectable Solution and LEGEND® not been evaluated in breeding stallions or in ©2016 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. breeding, pregnant or lactating mares. Multi Dose Injectable Solution are indicated All rights reserved. in the treatment of equine joint dysfunction associated with equine osteoarthritis. ADVERSE REACTIONS No side effects were observed in LEGEND Injectable Solution clinical field trials. Side effects reported post-approval: Following intravenous use: Occasional depression,

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LEGEND® Multi Dose (hyaluronate sodium)

For Intravenous Use in Horses Only Not for Intra-Articular Use and


(hyaluronate sodium)

Injectable Solution

4 mL For Intravenous Use In Horses Only 2 mL For Intravenous or Intra-Articular Use In Horses Only BRIEF SUMMARY Prior to use please consult the product insert, a summary of which follows: CAUTION Federal Law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. INDICATIONS LEGEND® Injectable Solution and LEGEND® Multi Dose Injectable Solution are indicated in the treatment of equine joint dysfunction associated with equine osteoarthritis.

CONTRAINDICATIONS lethargy, and fever. Following intra-articular There are no known contraindications for (LEGEND Injectable Solution – 2 mL only) use: the use of LEGEND® Injectable Solution and joint or injection site swelling and joint pain. LEGEND® Multi Dose Injectable Solution in For medical emergencies or to report adverse horses. reactions, call 1-800-422-9874. LEGEND_PI_InBrief_2016_EQUESTRIAN.indd 1 RESIDUE WARNINGS Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. HUMAN WARNINGS Not for use in humans. Keep out of reach of children. ANIMAL SAFETY WARNING For LEGEND Injectable Solution 4 mL and LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable Solution – Not for Intra-articular use. The Intra-articular safety of hyaluronate sodium with benzyl alcohol has not been evaluated. PRECAUTIONS Complete lameness evaluation should be conducted by a veterinarian. Sterile procedure during the injection process must be followed. Intra-articular injections should not be made through skin that is inflamed, infected or has had a topical product applied. The safety of LEGEND Injectable Solution and LEGEND Multi Dose has not been evaluated in breeding stallions or in breeding, pregnant or lactating mares.

ANIMAL SAFETY SUMMARY Animal safety studies utilizing LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable Solution were not performed. LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable Solution was approved based on the conclusion that the safety of LEGEND Multi Dose Injectable Solution will not differ from that demonstrated for the original formulation of LEGEND Injectable Solution. LEGEND Injectable Solution was administered to normal horses at one, three and five times the recommended intra-articular dosage of 20 mg and the intravenous dose of 40 mg. Treatments were given weekly for nine consecutive weeks. No adverse clinical or clinical pathologic signs were observed. Injection site swelling of the joint capsule was similar to that seen in the saline treated control horses. No gross or histological lesions were observed in areas of the treated joint. For customer care or to obtain product information, including a Material Safety Data Sheet, call 1-888-637-4251 Option 2.

®LEGEND is a registered trademark, and ™ the Horse Logo is a trademark, of Merial. ©2016 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved.

ADVERSE REACTIONS No side effects were observed in LEGEND Injectable Solution clinical field trials. Side effects reported post-approval: Following intravenous use: Occasional depression,

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