Quote of the Week
“It took me a very long time to be able to discuss it with the people around me. The last thing I wanted was to scare them.”
—Canadian Olympian Eric Lamaze, 51, opens up to RMC Sport about his brain tumor diagnosis and his drive to continue riding for as long as he is able. After a six-month hiatus late last year, Lamaze returned to the ring in March at the Winter Equestrian Festival and placed third this month in the Royal Windor Horse Show’s Palm Stakes with Chacco Kid.
Farewell, Rox Dene
On May 21, Pine Meadow Farm announced that the legendary hunter mare, Rox Dene, had passed away at age 33.
Do I Know That Name?
You should. Like Madonna, Cher, or Beyoncé, Rox Dene needs no introduction—and only one name. The grey Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred mare won every honor there is to win in the hunter ring alongside her longtime rider, Elizabeth Solter. Among her top achievements: tri-color titles at the Devon Horse Show, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C., and multiple American Horse Show Association Horse of the Year awards. During the return of Madison Square Garden in 1996—Rox Dene’s final competition before retiring to a breeding career—she went out with a trifecta of champion titles: grand hunter, regular working hunter, and regular hunter conformation. Owned by Elaine Boylen and trained by Rodney Bross, Rox Dene’s presence, expression in the ring, and untouchable jumping style made her one in a million.
Rox Dene’s rider, Elizabeth, passed away from breast cancer in 2014, but the mare's retirement caretaker, Parker Minchin, still gave her a treat every morning on her way out to the paddock, telling her it was from Elizabeth. Rox Dene's likeness was later used in a best-selling Breyer horse model, and her renown lives on to this day—and that’s just how it should be. In top hunter rings around the country, where imported warmbloods continue to rule, it’s nice to remember the American-bred, half-Thoroughbred who, at one time, would have likely outshone them all.
Rox Dene in retirement. (c) Pine Meadow Farm/Facebook
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Daisy Farish's Next Chapter
This spring, top junior rider Daisy Farish is beginning a new position working for Ken and Emily Smith’s Ashland Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Here, Daisy shares her thoughts on preparing for her next chapter, her future goals, and the virtues that every prospective, future-pro should keep in mind. Brought to you by Dover Saddlery® Ladies’ Wellesley Knee-Patch Breech.
This Just In...
Two Top International Riders Sidelined by Injury
Max Kühner (c) Jenny Abrahamsson/World of Show Jumping
Last week during the GCL Final of Madrid, the Czech Republic’s Anna Kellnerová suffered a crash with her top horse, Catch Me if You Can, resulting in a broken leg which will sideline her from competition for the next three months. Austria’s Max Kühner is also taking some time off following shoulder surgery. You can read more about Max’s condition here.
Tack Cleaning When it Really Counts
(c) GRC Photo/The Plaid Horse
From saddle cleaning (yes, you have to clean the whole thing) to metal polishing and all the time-saving hacks in between, Jess Clawson breaks down the pre-horse show or inspection tips you need to take your tack cleaning game from weak to wow.
Results Spotlight: Split Rock Jumping Tour
$72,000 Amalaya Investments 1.45m FEI Grand Prix (Lexington, Kentucky)
Karl Cook & Caillou 24 (c) Winslow/Split Rock Jumping Tour
Karl Cook & Caillou couldn't be caught in the biggest class of the weekend during the Lexington International CSI2* at Split Rock Jumping Tour (May 22-26). Here's a look at the top-10:
See the full results here.
Growing Up Cooley
Ireland’s Cooley Farm is known for producing some of the best, five-star eventing prospects anywhere in the world, renowned for their natural talent, fearlessness, and ultra-adaptable dispositions. So just how do you train a baby horse to go with the flow, come what may? Well, it appears this is one Cooley method that works (adorable small children and tag-along dog not included).