Famed Stallions Cornet Obolensky and Comme Il Faut 5 Evacuating Ukraine

The Chronicle of the Horse reports: After a tense few weeks since the Russian invasion of Ukraine during which former five-star show jumpers and world renowned stallions Cornet Obolensky and Comme Il Faut 5 were trapped inside the country, the two horses were loaded up today, March 9, to evacuate. The pair had been standing… Continue reading Famed Stallions Cornet Obolensky and Comme Il Faut 5 Evacuating Ukraine

USEF moving to control over-use of medications in show horses

Show Jumper. Google image.

Cross-posted from the New Jersey Star-Ledger WRITTEN BY NANCY JAFFER LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A determined initiative to curtail "permissive and excessive" use of medication in managing competition horses took shape at a productive U.S. Equestrian Federation annual meeting, with plans for a variety of ways to handle the situation. The hottest topic at the convention,… Continue reading USEF moving to control over-use of medications in show horses

Pony’s death draws notice to medication in the show ring (NYT)

Horse with show ribbon. Tumblr image.

Cross-posted from The New York Times Story Link >> WRITTEN BY WALT BOGDANICH Early on the morning of May 26, Kristen Williams and her daughter, Katie, arrived at a barn on the grounds of the Devon Horse Show, where elite competitors in full dress have entertained spectators for the last century on Philadelphia’s Main Line.… Continue reading Pony’s death draws notice to medication in the show ring (NYT)

Silver medal winning Olympic horse seized

Dutch rider Gerco Schroder heads toward an Olympic silver medal aboad London. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com.

Well, we know that three gold medal winning dressage horses at the 2012 Olympics in London are for sale, reasons unknown except perhaps they have accomplished all they were set out to do. Now a silver medal winning show jumper named London finds himself in a spot of bother along with some other horses belonging… Continue reading Silver medal winning Olympic horse seized

Olympic champion horses up for sale

Charlotte Du Jardin Valegro and Valegro. AP Photo.

We haven't said much about the Olympics, but here's how fast people can turn horses around once they are done with them. Yep. Harsh words. And it would be unfair not to mention that it is typical of horses' lives that they changes hands a few and often many times. But, boy, was that quick.… Continue reading Olympic champion horses up for sale

Memo from Rafalca: Can’t a horse prance in peace?

RAFALCA by Markus Schreiber AP.

Memo to those making hay out of my human employers: Hay is for horses, and we all do what we need to do Cross-posted from Salon.com BY RAFALCA Dear Humans, Let me start by apologizing for any typos, I’m writing this on a touch screen and my stable is rather dark. It has come to… Continue reading Memo from Rafalca: Can’t a horse prance in peace?

Ex-Racehorse War Buckaroo Is Canadian Olympic hero

Former racehorse War Buckaroo is Canadian Olympic Hero. Alex Livesey / Getty Images.

Cross-posted from The Bleacher Report Written by MELISSA BAUER-HERZOG After a tough few days for the Canadians in eventing, they found a shining star in a dark bay gelding named Exponential. One of the few full-blooded thoroughbreds in the Eventing discipline at the Olympics, Exponential was the only Canadian mount to enter the last phase… Continue reading Ex-Racehorse War Buckaroo Is Canadian Olympic hero

Book tells story of horse who survived slaughter and fire on way to Olympics

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ — On the eve of the London Games, Elizabeth Mitchell's new Byliner Original The Fire Horse tells the highly unlikely—and incredibly life-affirming—story of Neville Bardos, a horse that barely survived a terrible barn fire last year, his relationship with his devoted rider, Boyd Martin, and their journey together… Continue reading Book tells story of horse who survived slaughter and fire on way to Olympics