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Sep

FRESH & READY, SLIM SHADEY FINDS REDEMPTION IN SANTA ANITA’S GRADE II JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP

ARCADIA , Calif. (Sept. 30, 2012)—Slim Shadey, freshened following a disappointing run in the Grade I Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar on July 21, pulled jockey Garrett Gomez to the lead in the Grade II, $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship at 1 ¼ miles and never looked back, wiring a nine-horse field by 2 ¼ lengths while getting the distance in 1:59.17. Read more »

28
Sep

Shane Sweetnam Garners 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Award

Lexington, KY – September 28, 2012 – It was a thrilling $50,000 World Cup Qualifier at the Kentucky National Horse Show as 41 competitors gathered at the Rolex Stadium for their last chance to take the top honors and the highly coveted Leading Rider Award for the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series. It was Shane Sweetnam who held on to his solid lead at the top of the standings for the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series. Read more »

28
Sep

From crash to cash – Herrin regains top form in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. – They make them tough in Oklahoma. Six weeks after Hunter Herrin’s truck hydroplaned off an Oklahoma highway, rolled three times and left him with a separated AC joint in his right shoulder, Herrin was out on the arena dirt at the CenturyLink Center taking a victory lap. Read more »

27
Sep

Hugely Successful First Southeast Medal Finals Wrap-Up:Meg O’Mara Confidently Nabs the ASPCA Maclay Regionals

Jacksonville, FL – September 26, 2012 – The highly anticipated, first-ever Southeast Medal Finals delivered a home run. Exhibitors, trainers, sponsors, vendors, family and friends all agreed- the show is a winner. All had glowing accolades for managers, Bob Bell and James Lala, and the fabulous venue, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. Plans are already underway for next year’s show, sure to be an expanded and even grander affair.

 

A group of 37 skilled riders determined to master Alan Rheinheimer’s course competed for the top prize- the ASPCA Maclay Regional title. The course tested the ability of the rider to lengthen and shorten, to be subtle with the adjustments, to land and turn and to put it all together with confidence and poise.

 

After the first round, the class was split in two for the under saddle portion of the competition,

Meg O’Mara and Vancouver won the ASPCA Maclay Regional

followed by the announcement of a test for six riders. The riders included Meg O’Mara, Hasbrouck Donovan, Liza Finsness, Hannah Marco, Geoffrey Hesslink and Sylvia De Toledo.

 

The competitors were asked to perform the following test: canter fence #13, canter fence #4, canter fence #9, hand gallop fence #12 and counter canter fence #6 and finally, canter fence #2. The announcer gave the instructions for the workout course only twice. Read more »

27
Sep

Vezain makes a statement on first night in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. – Self-doubt has never been a big problem for J.R. Vezain. He tends to think big and make lofty goals. He’s 20 with a world of talent, so he doesn’t see any reason to set limits. On Sept. 27, he made believers of the 6,374 fans in the CenturyLink Center. Read more »