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.
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.
– 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.
LAS VEGAS – It’s party time in Brazil – and for good reason.
A country with deep rodeo roots finally has its first world champion in Junior Nogueira. The team roping heeler won the all-around gold buckle during the 10th and final night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. “I’m very happy, and not just for myself, but for my family, friends and everyone in Brazil,” Nogueira said. “I hope this gives kids in Brazil, and around the world, inspiration that anything is possible if you put your trust in God.”
LAS VEGAS – Brennon Eldred made a statement Friday night, and it was loud and clear. The 22-year-old from Purcell, Okla., won Round 9 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER with an eye-popping 94.5-point trip on D&H Cattle’s SweetPro’s Bruiser.
LAS VEGAS – Coming into the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, the question surrounding the bull riding was whether or not anybody could challenge two-time defending World Champion Sage Kimzey. The answer to that question is the man who won the gold buckle in 2011 – Shane Proctor, the oldest bull rider in the field. The 31-year-old has ridden all seven of his bulls, and split the Round-7 win three ways with WNFR first-timers Garrett Tribble and Cody Rostockyj.
Photograph by Tom Donoghue
LAS VEGAS – Ryder Wright doesn’t intend to leave the winner’s circle – perhaps for the duration of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. Wright entered some rarified air in Round 4. Wright’s 85.5-point trip on Flying 5 Rodeo’s Sundance earned the 18-year-old his fourth consecutive WNFR round win, which is something only two other men in roughstock events have ever accomplished – saddle bronc riding brothers Billy and Robert Etbauer.
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.
Kansas City, Mo. – Few have won the Triple Crown of Saddle Seat Equitation. Now, Macey Miles and Harlem’s Wild and Wonderful join the coveted list of Triple Crown winners. They earned this feat after taking the 2016 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final presented by Elisabeth M. Goth at the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) American Royal National Championship Horse Show on Saturday.
$6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I)
Three-Year-Olds & Up
1 1/4 Miles
Arrogate/Hoppertunity – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Breeders’ Cup Classic duo both galloped 1 3/8m Friday morning under exerciserider Dana Barnes.
“Probably they’ll just walk tomorrow, but I won’t make that decision until 6 in the morning,” Baffert said. “They’re both ready as they can be and if they do anything (Saturday morning) it will be very light.”
California Chrome – When you train the world’s richest thoroughbred and are favored to take home the top prize money of $3,600,000 from the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, one would assume that solid conditioning, meticulous planning and a little racing luck should suffice. But, leaving nothing to chance, California Chrome’s connections will be taking some additional insurance by wearing their “lucky” attire for the 1 1/4m fixture.