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Thoroughbreds show off at KY Horse Park

July 15, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Nearly 40 Thoroughbreds gathered Sunday July 11th at the Kentucky Horse Park to compete in two Thoroughbred restricted Hunter/Jumper classes. New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program partnered with the Robert Murphy Horse Show and put on a first class event where Thoroughbreds from many of the Midwest and East Coast states traveled to participate.

“If you build it they will come right?” shared New Vocations Program Director, Anna Ford. “If we create venues where horses leaving the track can show and compete against other Thoroughbreds, the classes are sure to be full.” This was definitely true for the New Vocations Thoroughbred Hunter Classic sponsored by the National HBPA and the NTRA, as well as theNew Vocations Mini Prix, sponsored by Castleton Lyons, when 38 Thoroughbreds competed for a total of $5000 in prize money.

The event drew many spectators as the announcer read a brief history on each horse as it entered the arena to be judged over a course of fences. Their histories ranged from graded stakes winners with earnings over 100k to horses that only raced a couple times earning next to nothing. The highlight of the day was the awards ceremony when the top four in both classes galloped around the arena for a victory pass.

Sarah Reilly and Paris Review

Sarah Reilly with her 5 year old gelding Paris Review won the $2500 New Vocations Hunter Classic sponsored by the National HBPA and NTRA. Paris Review a son of Commendable was bred with the intentions to be sold at one of Keeneland’s sales by Mill Ridge Farm and Joe Dodgen. However, when it became clear that he would not be very marketable Sarah and her husband Sean Reilly purchased the colt and developed him into a show horse. “We loved the colt so much that we actually went back and purchased his dam Chosen Ticket,” explained Reilly. “I think many people have forgotten how good a Thoroughbred can be in the show ring. I personally prefer a Thoroughbred over any other breed and I would love to see more opportunities for them to compete.”

Allison Davidson and Sweet William

Allison Davidson with 16 yr old Sweet William won the $2500 New Vocations Mini Prix sponsored by Castleton Lyons. Although the gelding’s tattoo is now unreadable and race record unknown he clearly did race in his younger years. What is known of his history is that following his racing career he became a very successful Eventer. Now owned and trained by Elaine Schott from River Mountain Farm and shown by Davidson he has excelled as a Jumper. “The Thoroughbreds have great heart, and they always try so hard to please their rider,” explained Schott. “I think these type of classes help showcase the versatility of this breed.”

At the closing of the day Ford summed things up by saying, “It’s truly touching to see so many Thoroughbreds who spent the first part of their life going around a racetrack now enjoying the second half going around a show arena. This is just the beginning to something that I know will grow into a much larger and hopefully, trend setting event.”

Contact: Anna Ford/ Program Director,  www.horseadoption.com

Official NARG Statement on Sapphire WC Resolution

July 03, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

Resolution of the Mclain Ward/Sapphire World Cup elimination dispute is good for our sport!

The North American Riders Group believes to advance the sport of show jumping, all decisions related to its future must put the “sport” itself above all else.  This is an example of that.  McLain, the USEF and the FEI could have continued a prolonged legal battle but the additional gains on either side would have been for personal gain or pride.   Instead a positive resolution has been forged that publicly recognizes the decision was INCORRECT and, importantly, has resulted in a revised protocol for hypersensitivity.   Details of the revised protocol will be issued before the Aachen CSIO, but from what we understand already they will require more checks and balances which should eliminate any misuse of the protocol either by mistake or abuse of power.  Everyone in show jumping should benefit from this resolution.

We applaud those involved for this resolution while we still recognize that McLain can’t get back the World Cup he lost in Geneva!


July 03, 2010 By: Erin Category: What's Happenin'

From the FEI:

After a full investigation into the facts surrounding the disqualification of Sapphire (McLain Ward) at the FEI World Cup Final in Geneva, the FEI has determined that the horse was incorrectly eliminated from the second round on 16 April 2010, however, Sapphire’s disqualification from the final round of the World Cup remains in place.

McLain Ward will immediately be awarded all ranking points and prize money related to his second place finish in the second round of the FEI World Cup Final. This will not affect ranking points and prize money awarded to other riders in the competition.

As a result of this investigation, the FEI has also decided to issue mandatory guidelines to be applied by the Veterinary Commissions appointed for FEI Events in order to strengthen the hypersensitivity protocol that was applied in Geneva. These guidelines will be communicated to all National Federations prior to the CHIO in Aachen (GER).

The USEF, McLain Ward and Tim Ober have stated that they do not agree with the FEI on the question of whether Sapphire displayed a level of sensitivity that justified her disqualification from the third round of the World Cup and also disagree with the process followed however, in the best interest of the sport, they have dropped their legal case against the FEI and will not challenge this disqualification.

*Read USEF’s response to the FEI’s statement here