Catching up: Holly Hugo-Vidal says she’s excited to be back in California, having returned from North Carolina and opened up shop at Showpark, in Del Mar, where she plans to have a small group of riders. Holly also will continue to judge and give clinics. She has brought her two Frenchies, who have acquired a love for the beach. Holly lives in Rancho Santa Fe around the bend from Arthur Hawkins.
Bernie Traurig, along with Scott Hofstetter, Nona Garson and Linda Andrisani, judged the hunt seat divisions of the College Preparatory Invitational. Robert Dover judged the dressage competition, a new addition to the event in its second year. Read about Bernie’s newest venture in the next issue of Sidelines.
Cornelia Guest is a girl of many talents. She now has a line of jewelry and handbags that will be carried by some high end horse show vendors. “Nell” has teamed up with her old partner Mason Phelps to promote her new products and we expect to see her around the horse shows by the end of season. Welcome back Nell.
And speaking of Mason, Karen Robinson has written his biography. Now this is sure to be a best seller!
While we’re plugging books, we must mention that Olympic Silver Medalist, Peter Leone, has a new book due out in April that’s sure to be a winner. Peter Leone’s Show Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian Athletes, written by Leone and Kimberly S. Jaussi, PhD, explores every aspect of riding from the basics of correct use of aids through the psychology of approaching a World Cup course.
We hear the medics were called in when a trainer and his groom got into a fist fight recently at one of the big winter circuits. Ouch – now that is a bit much, don’t you think.
Do you believe that James H. Fairclough, II joined HISTORY’s Full Metal Jousting for its inaugural season? The 10 part series features full contact jousts with competitors going head-to-head on horseback in brutal tests of strength, endurance and courage. High speed cameras capture every punishing blow as jousters charge and collide at 30 miles per hour, with their combat not being choreographed at all. The last man standing takes home a $100,000 cash prize. Um…that last man standing part sounds a bit ominous to us…
The Other Side of the Pond: Eurospy tells us that Bruce Hewett, the Equine Osteopath who regularly flies into the USA to treat clients, is now finding that he is as much in demand in the dressage world and in particular with Lusitanos. Firstly, he was invited down to Windsor to treat horses owned by Pinky Heintz for whom Peter Storr, one of the leading UK riders used to compete. We hear his newest client is Neno Baptiste, one of the leading dressage trainers and riders in Portugal.
Ben Maher who recently separated from his wife (after a rather brief union) enjoyed a wonderfulOlympia with spectacular results, is currently inWellington with a team of horses.
Skye Higgin, a local girl who was formerly based with Dave Quigley (Ire), and whose Mother Emma Higgin regularly writes an entertaining blog on www.thehorseexchange.com is thoroughly enjoying her time in Wellington and has discovered the joys of ‘Players Club’ and is causing quite a stir with her English accent and quintessential English rose looks, amongst the men folk.
Tim Stockdale is on the mend having spent five weeks flat on his back in the local Orthopaedic hospital, Gobowen with a broken neck. He is recovering well and has allegedly decided to take action against the owners of the horse he fell from. It is reported he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. (Maybe this would explain why no sense has been knocked into him, to be quite frank). Had it not been for the immediate response and medical knowledge of the staff on site at the time, he would almost certainly have been paralysed. Tim did express his extreme gratitude before taking steps to sue.
Bumps and bruises: McLain Ward had a bad fall recently in an early grand prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival. He is out for ten to twelve weeks with multiple fractures of the patella. He’ll have to miss the Olympic trials, but with any luck the selectors will give him a “by” and keep him on the Olympic short list.
Horse Show News: The 2012 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm returns toTampa’s Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 pm. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this enduring classic and promises to be a magical night of show jumping as the world’s greatest riders and horses gather in theTampaBay area to decide the American Invitational title.
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