August 27: The PonyWorld Weekly
Quote of the Week
“The main thing that I find that holds people back is that we’re afraid of mistakes… Horses making mistakes does not mean we’re bad riders.”
—The U.S.’s #1 dressage rider and Olympic team bronze medalist Laura Graves breaking it down for a host of lucky riders in her “Dressage for Jumping” clinic earlier this month.
What in the WEG Is Going On?
The NetJets U.S. Showjumping Team Names Its Squad
Drum roll, please: after a series of observation events throughout the spring and summer, US Equestrian has named McLain Ward with Clinta & HH Azur; Adrienne Sternlicht & Cristalline; Devin Ryan & Eddie Blue; and Laura Kraut with Zeremonie as the official representatives for the 2018 WEG in Tryon, North Carolina. Beezie Madden will act as traveling reserve with Darry Lou.
French Dressage Will Not Represent
Despite submitting a list of eight dressage candidates for the WEG earlier this month, the withdrawal of France’s top combination, Pierre Volla & Badinda Altena, made the French Equestrian Federation (FFE) reconsider their options. This week, the FFE revealed that they will not be sending team or individual dressage riders to contest the WEG, as only Volla had reached the FFE's minimum competition target score of 70 percent. The top six ranked teams at WEG will earn automatic qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
Werth Takes Her Pick of Partners For #TeamGermany
The current World #1 and World #2 in dressage, Isabell Werth, has earned the right to be picky. But the German champion is raising eyebrows with her decision to compete Bella Rose 2 over her triple European gold medal and two-time World Cup Finals winning-mount Weihegold OLD (she’s currently qualified with Weihegold and Emmilio 107 as reserve horses). Bella Rose 2 recently returned to competition after a four-year hiatus due to injury, and though she’s so far unbeaten, the mare has yet to earn the same kind of scores as Werth and Weihegold.
This Just In…
McLain Ward & Rothchild (c) World of Show Jumping
McLain Ward's star mount Rothchild will retire in September.
McLain Ward has announced the retirement of his longtime partner, Rothchild, at the American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm at the end of September. At 17, Rothchild has been at the top of the sport for nearly a decade, earning wins at Aachen, Rome, Hickstead, Spruce Meadows, Wellington and beyond, as well as the bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in Caen in 2015, and individual gold and team bronze at the Pan American Games in Toronto.
If You Can Only Watch One Round...
Watch Tori Colvin and Private Practice earn their place in the history books.
His name may be Private Practice, but it’s the limelight that makes him shine. Last week, Tori Colvin piloted the 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding to victory in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, and it’s not hard to see why. “Peter”, a former jumper, has clearly found his calling in the hunter ring this year, and Colvin—the second competitor ever to win the International Derby Championship more than once—is just the partner he’s been waiting for.
Psssst… have you heard?
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Many of us will never enter a real-life six-bar competition (your dreams are another story!) but this recent post by @view.halloo gave us all the feels.