A big thanks to Georgina Bloomberg, again! Nearly 70 guests enjoyed a premium view of the $25,000 New York Welcome Stake during a Grand Prix Luncheon hosted by Georgina Bloomberg and Pegasus Therapeutic Riding at Old Salem Farm.
After 20 years at the Colorado Horse Park, Langer Equestrian Group is moving their Colorado Hunter/Jumper shows to the newly enhancedNorris-PenroseEventCenter inColorado Springs, where they will hold 11 shows annually. Colorado finally gets a real alternative to what has been the only game in town.
Is it true that a longtime Southern California trainer and his equally well known editor/publisher wife are finally calling it quits? She was the editor/publisher of a well known horse show magazine that stopped their presses a few years ago. Hopefully the divorce won’t be too messy.
James Lala and Bob Bell have teamed up to host the Southeast Medal Finals in Jacksonville, Sept. 21-23, 2012. The idea is to have a 3-foot medal finals for adults and juniors that will be easy to qualify for. James said they are calling it “A Show For Everyone!” and are encouraging show managers, recognized or not, to run qualifying classes. The SEMF has also been selected to host the Region 3, ASPCA Maclay Regionals. 100% of the sales of a silent auction will benefit the Wounded Warriors. www.SouthastMedalFinals.com.
Wow! Kayla Brusie sure got a great 9th birthday present from Daddy – Dr. Bob Brusie – surgeon at Palm Beach Equine Clinic in the form of Brownwood Rock and Roll, the famous medium pony owned by Ali Sweetam. Word has it that this incredible pony was leased from Ali who has been trying to get Dr. Bob to get his daughter a pony for years. Kayla is trained by Charles Moorcroft. We are looking forward to seeing them in the short stirrup division soon!
Will Coleman’s eventing mount, Cool Connection, is still recuperating at the New Jersey Equine Clinic after his accident at the Jersey Fresh CIC***. We are told that the horse is expected to make a full recovery.
Never before in its 39-year history had an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association hunter seat team coach won two IHSA National Championships for two different institutions. But that was before Mary Drueding, who has already been selected by the IHSA to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award, demonstrated an irrefutable argument in defense of her coaching excellence as her St. Lawrence University Saints hunter seat team clinched the IHSA Collegiate Cup during the 2012 National Championships.
We are sorry to hear that Alain Valliancourt has passed away of cancer recently. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
There was a real tragedy in Aiken recently when one of it’s favorite equestrians and animal portrait artists, Lynn Carlisle was murdered by her ex-husband. He later died in the hospital from cross fire with police. Lynn was an avid fox hunter and has memorialized so many of our favorite pets over the years with her portraits. Lynn is survived by her two daughters Katie Judd and Natalie Schoeny. The funeral service was heart wrenching when at the end Larry Byers played gone away on the hunting horn and her trusted foxhunter stood quietly outside tacked and braided with her boots backwards in the irons. Everyone in Aiken is mourning her lose!