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Bull Rider Benton Takes Home Healthy Haul

LAS VEGAS – Entering the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, Trey Benton III was feeling healthy.
After Round 1 of the WNFR, Benton was feeling fantastic.
The bull rider from Rock Island, Texas, scored 90 points on Big Stone Rodeo Inc’s Mortimer to win the first round on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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King of Devon Does It Again! McLain Ward Wins $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*

Devon, Pa. – June 1, 2017 – Thursday night at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair belonged to world number two ranked rider McLain Ward of Brewster, New York, who surpassed 28 contenders to claim the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4* for the ninth time in his career. Ward rode the 16-year-old chestnut Warmblood, Rothchild, owned by Sagamore Farms, around the famed Dixon Oval in front of a packed crowd, consisting of diehard show jumping fans to Pennsylvania locals, hoping to witness some of the greatest names in the sport of show jumping go head-to-head for the most coveted trophy in the Devon collection: the Celeste McNeal Harper Perpetual Trophy.

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FRANKLIN RODEO: Brothers in Rodeo from College Grove

Franklin, Tenn. (May 15, 2017) – Luke and Houston Herbert have become rodeo cowboys, like their dad.

The brothers, natives of College Grove, are bareback riders, like their dad, Joey, and will ride at the Franklin Rodeo May 18-20 at the Williamson Co. Ag Expo Center.

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Chefs de Mission Meeting Brings Together Top National Federations from Around the World in Preparation for the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM Tryon 2018

Tryon, NC – May 8, 2017 – In preparation for the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM Tryon 2018 (FEI WEG), Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) held the first Chefs de Mission meeting from Monday, April 30, through Wednesday, May 3, welcoming organizational leaders of national equestrian federations from around the world to the venue, as preparations for the Games continue.

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Photo by Patricia Branan-Wendell

A top-drawer field was taking shape Monday for the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1), but missing from Saturday’s race will be Nichols Canyon, the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle winner who sustained an injury while shipping to the United States.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 3, 2017) – John Oxley’s Classic Empire was made the 4-1 morning-line favorite for Kentucky Derby 143 when post positions were drawn Wednesday morning in the Aristides Lounge at Churchill Downs.
Prior to the draw during morning training, Louisiana Derby (Grade II) winner Girvin galloped a mile at 6:30 in his first activity at Churchill Downs since arriving at the track Tuesday afternoon.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 3, 2017) – Gunpowder Farms’ Divisidero will face 11 rivals Saturday as he bids to repeat in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I), one of seven graded stakes on the 14-race program that is highlighted by the 143rd running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).

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Jung Scores A Three-Peat at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Lexington, KY, April 30, 2017-In the 39-year history of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, only three riders have ever managed to win two years in a row. But Michael Jung made history by winning the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event for a third consecutive time aboard FischerRocana FST.

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Sacksen and Martin Earn Dubarry Boots at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover

Lexington, KY, April 27, 2017-The first awards given out at this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover aren’t for performance, but rather, fashion. Allie Sacksen and Boyd Martin took home the Dubarry of Ireland ‘Best Dressed’ award during Wednesday evening’s welcome reception. They each earned a new pair of Dubarry boots as the best-dressed female and male riders at the first horse inspection, held on Wednesday afternoon.

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Gorgeous Kitten Wins Wednesday’s Featured Taylor Made Purse

LEXINGTON, KY (April 26, 2017) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Gorgeous Kitten took the lead in deep stretch to win the $72,000 Taylor Made Purse by one length before 12,027 fans enjoying a warm, sunny Wednesday afternoon at Keeneland. (Click here for a video of the race.)  Ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Mike Maker, Gorgeous Kitten covered 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:49.65.

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Ground Jury Accepts 59 Horses To Start Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover

Photograph by Patricia Branan-Wendell

Lexington, Ky., April 26, 2017 – The starting field of 60 has been whittled down by one following the first horse inspection at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover. Known as the “Best Weekend All Year,” the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, April 27-30.

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25 April 2017, Lexington, USA – On Thursday 27 April 2017 the world’s best horse and rider combinations will embark upon their campaign to contend for the highlight of the eventing season in North America, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

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Loose On the Town Wins Sunday’s Featured Cherry Valley Farm Purse

LEXINGTON, KY (April 23, 2017) – Susan and Jim Hill’s Loose On the Town took the lead out of the gate and cruised to a 2 3/4-length victory over Canadian Flyer in the $74,000 Cherry Valley Farm Purse for 4-year-olds and up before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 14,776.
Trained by Brian Lynch and ridden by Javier Castellano, Loose On the Town covered the 5½ furlongs on a yielding turf course in 1:03.24.

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With trainer Joe Sharp riding alongside on a lead pony, Brad Grady’s Girvin, winner of the Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) and the top point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), jogged twice around the main track Monday morning before the renovation break.

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Keeneland’s Spring Meet 2017

Todd Pletcher has taken the lead among trainers with stakes victories at Keeneland with 51. This weekend, he looks to open some daylight on any and all pursuers as he takes aim at Friday’s Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track and Saturday’s Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) at 1½ miles on the turf.

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Nashville’s Rite of Spring Celebrates Race Season by Naming Honorary Chairs, Revealing Official Painting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Iroquois Steeplechase recently marked the official start of the pre-race season with the announcement of its 2017 Child Ambassador at the organization’s annual spring luncheon at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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24 Irish Sport Horses Entered for 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Co. Kildare, Ireland – April 18, 2017 – A whopping 24 Irish Sport Horses, plus one Irish-bred Thoroughbred and two Irish Sport Horse cross-breeds, are set to compete in the thrilling 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, April 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

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ProRodeo Hall of Fame announces 2017 class

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Randy Corley, an 11-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, joins five world champions to headline the 12-member 2017 induction class for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, which was announced Tuesday.

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FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

Omaha, NE – March 29, 2016 – Media are invited to attend a special press conference announcing exciting news and essential media information about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). The conference will be held on Friday, March 31, at 12 p.m. CST in the Media Center at the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Omaha, NE.

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World Championship Hunter Rider at WEF

Wellington, FL – February 16, 2017 -The highly anticipated World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) kicked off on Wednesday, February 15, highlighting the traditional grace and beauty of the hunter discipline at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

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– U.S. Eventing Team rider Boyd Martin creates history by securing third consecutive title at the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase

– Clean sweep for U.S. Eventing riders as Buck Davidson and Doug Payne take second and third place respectively

WELLINGTON, FLORIDA) – February 4, 2017 – Defending champion, Boyd Martin riding Welcome Shadow, clinched a superb victory to secure a historic third consecutive title with a score of 27.9 in the Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase held in Week Four of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Fellow U.S. rider Buck Davidson took second place riding his bay mare, Petite Flower, on a score of 30.9, with Doug Payne (USA) climbing four places in the cross-country to finish third riding Vandiver on a score of 34.2.

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Bull Riders take center stage at National Western on Monday

By Susan Kanode
For the National Western Stock Show

DENVER (January 17, 2017) — Jake Brown’s 2016 season got a big boost when he won the bareback riding title at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo.
He’s back in Denver this year and working towards a similar result. Brown rode here on Monday afternoon scoring 74 points. He had his second horse on Tuesday night where he wowed the crowd with an 85.5 point effort.

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Brooke USA Launches Campaign to Honor World War One Horse Heroes by Helping Today’s Working Equines

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jan. 16, 2017 – This year the U.S. will commemorate its World War One Centennial by marking the 100th anniversary of its entry into the bloodiest war of the century. As part of the commemoration, Brooke USA will remember the one million American horses and mules who served alongside their brave soldiers, by raising one million dollars to improve equine welfare around the world through their Horse Heroes campaign.

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Women Win $75,000 Battle of the Sexes Presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival

Wellington, FL – January 14, 2017 – The atmosphere in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) was charged with excitement Saturday night, as the women took victory over the men in the $75,000 Battle of the Sexes, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center, during week one of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
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Daniel Coyle and Cita Top $75,000 Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Grand Prix to Conclude Week One at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival

For Immediate Release
Lauren Fisher and Sara Cook for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Wellington, FL – January 15, 2017 – Week one of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded on Sunday, January 15, with a win for Daniel Coyle (IRL) riding Ariel and Susan Grange’s Cita in the $75,000 Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. Conor Swail (IRL) and Flower finished second, and Catherine Tyree (USA) and Bokai placed third.

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ProRodeo Hall of Fame to induct WPRA members

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Commissioner Karl Stressman announced at his State of the PRCA address on Nov. 29 that, starting in 2017, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame will include Women’s Professional Rodeo Association inductees.

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Photo by Tom Donoghue

By: Justin Felisko

LAS VEGAS – The red curtains inside the Showroom at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa were drawn back and the capacity crowd in attendance of Tuesday night’s PBR Heroes & Legends Ceremony let out a gasp.

Three-time World Champion Bull Bushwacker was staring back at them, basking in all of his glory as the 2016 Brand of Honor recipient.

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2016 PBR World Champion Bull contenders announced

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Nine Built Ford Tough Series bulls selected to go head-to-head for 2016 World Champion title

PUEBLO, Colo. – Nine bulls have been chosen as the competitors for the 2016 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Champion Bull title in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6. Each bull has competed on the Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) this year and has shown what it takes to be classified as a world champion.

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