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From the Bleachers: Archives

  • WEG wake-up

    November 10, 2018

    A new approach to horsemanship can embrace its worth and claim a connection with the public. As the vacant WEG seats showed in stark clarity, change is coming with or without planning.

  • WEG Lag

    October 16, 2018

    It’s not unusual to have a short down time after a major event such as the 2018 World Equestrian Games last month in Tryon. Not just the horses and organizers–but spectators too.

  • Event Rider Masters is a fresh and exciting new Eventing series

    August 22, 2018

    One most promising developments in Eventing since dog leashes is the UK-based Event Rider Masters (ERM) series. This year’s final event is the Land Rover Horse Trials August 25th & 26th … you can watch the free livestream..

  • Ireland’s Nations Cup: Mexico Scores Historic Aga Khan Victory

    August 11, 2018

    Almost nothing has been heard of the colorful nation after their spectacular run during the late 1940’s and 50’s, when their top star was the controversial Humberto Mariles and his one-eyed superhorse, Arete.

  • London GCT: Can the Tour mend fences with the British public?

    August 5, 2018

    USA's McLain Ward and ROTHCHILD winning the 2014 Longines Global Champions Tour stop at Antwerp - Photo: © Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour (GCT) It’s almost bittersweet to watch big-time show jumping in Britain, a place where the Golden Age of the sport was born …

  • Too Bad Horses don’t Play Football

    July 25, 2018

    The recent Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) in Monaco took place during a soccer match, leading to some rather embarrassing—and illustrative—moments among the principals …

  • Jumping: the new Pop-Up Sport

    July 17, 2018

    The GCT encapsulates the sport into special bubbles and places them where people might enjoy them …

  • – Excuse the Construction –

    June 27, 2018

    The site is 4 years old now, so some of the gizmos were out of whack. A redesign and rebuild was in order … hope you’ll like it!

  • Versailles to host Olympics

    June 19, 2018

    Antwerp State house - Photo: User:Klaus with K / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0French organizers have chosen the grounds of the Palace of Versailles for the equestrian games of the 2024 Olympics. There is a deep connection between Versailles and modern equestrian sport … and it may not be what most folks think.

  • A Star is Born at Cannes

    June 12, 2018

    Cannes Show JumpingA young Swedish stallion named Hansson jumped into the winner’s circle in front of a surprised Cannes crowd last weekend. The rangy bay stallion showed a star level of talent when besting a tough field Saturday night in front of a jammed house.

  • The Devon Dilemma

    June 5, 2018

    Last week I went to Devon for the first time. The Devon Horse Show is the “oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse show in the United States” … going there was like stepping back in time to when horses were a part of daily life, and horse shows were the proving ground of a common and valuable skill.

  • Historic Victory for Italy at Home

    May 30, 2018

    Piazza di Siena in 1898 - "The Race Track" by Maurice Prendergrast (Piazza Siena, Borghese Gardens, Rome)Italy’s good old Piazza di Siena never looked better than it did last weekend. The newly returfed grounds hosted 9 nations contesting for this year’s Nations Cup–and the world showed up in force …

  • Eventing is Making Great Strides

    May 26, 2018

    Not to overstate the obvious, but eventing is a very different sport than show jumping. More than you’d think, since they share the famous beast. Eventing is making hopeful changes that are growing the sport …

  • Do Organizers know there can be too much jumping?

    May 15, 2018

    The father of show jumping, British Col. Mike Ansell, worried about this problem long before it became one. While sidelined in a German POW camp in WW2, Ansel conceptualized how to make show jumping a popular spectator sport. He eventually managed the early tournaments that defined jumping and made it the #2 spectator sport in Europe and the UK.

  • Time to drop the crop?

    May 10, 2018

    There was a social media outcry over Oliver Townend’s overuse of his crop. Poor Oliver not only missed making Rolex history (and a LOT of money) by the smallest margin–one placing–he had to handle the aftermath of his disappointment dealing with a public relations disaster. Oliver quickly apologized, and gave it sincerely, which mostly ended the incident. Unfortunately the insane portion of the animal rights movement now have something to post about.

  • New International tournament takes bite of the Apple

    May 1, 2018

    Edwina Tops-Alexander AUS

    Another show jumping series blew into the New York City area last weekend, the Rider Masters Cup. As the sport has entered its Anarchic Period and innovation is breaking out …

  • Change of Horses

    April 25, 2018

    Americans plundered the World Cup in Paris this month. Legendary Beezie Madden took the prize, continuing her living demonstration of the value of the Equitation division and the American way. Americans filled three of the top four placings–we haven’t done that sort of thing in a while.

  • Next Up

    March 7, 2018

    There is a lot going on! This new blog will be focused on jumping sport as it is developing, with more Eventing coverage. A few things are changing–but not the conviction that humane equestrian sports are benefit to horse and man