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Madden, Simon $1 Mil Team


Beezie Madden and Simon decisively won the HITS CP $1 Million FEI 5* Grand Prix today, taking home a $330,000 slice of the pie for the horse’s owner Abigail Wexner. The duo was the only team with a clear round over Steve Stephens razor’s edge of a course, and they did it in a speedy 88.320, […]

HITS NY $1 Mil List Revealed


Five Olympians, international riders from Germany, Mexico, Ireland and Canada and two past HITS $1 Million title-holders are on the list of 41 riders unveiled by HITS to compete in its CP $1 Million FEI CSI 5* presented by Wells Fargo later this afternoon, making for what is sure to be an event spectacle. (Watch […]

Jumper Prices Soar


A raft of high-profile show jumping horse sales has the industry talking. Most recent and splashy of the news is Dutch entrepreneur Jan Tops’ purchase, at a reported $14.8 million (€11 million), of  Palloubet d’Halong, a 10- year-old Selle Francais gelding owned by Switzerland’s Hansueli Sprunger and until recently under saddle to his 26-year-old daughter, […]

Kraut Tops Tour, Schröder Wins Night

Laura Kraut, photographed in Cannes

There were fireworks in Vienna tonight, the penultimate stop on the 2013 Longines Global Champions Tour, as the USA’s Laura Kraut maintained her No. 1 GCT circuit ranking despite a valiant effort by Portugal’s Lucinda Diniz, who wound up fourth. Gerco Schröder (NED) and London topped the podium for the GTC Grand Prix of Vienna […]

Belle du Monde

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Natalia Vodianova

Belle du Seigneur is Swiss novelist Albert Cohen’s sweeping masterwork set on the brink of WW II. When we saw still photos from the film, released to U.S. theaters in June, we were intrigued: two of the most beautiful actors in the world, riding on the beach and strolling seductively in equestrian garb. We had […]

Nassar Wins HITS $1 Million

Nayel Nassar and Lordan on course

  Nayel Nassar and Lordan won the HITS Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix, Sept. 8, in Saugerties, NY. The 22-year-old Stanford, CA, resident and his 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding topped a field of 39 riders and trotted off with a check for $350,000. Wellington, FL-based Todd Minikus and  Quality Girl were second, and Wellington’s  Sharn Wordley […]

Tokyo Hosts 2020 Olympics


Tokyo has been chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2020 Summer Games, beating  Madrid and Istanbul. Voting took place Saturday, Sept. 7, in Buenos Aires. Early word is that the equestrian events will take place on Yumenoshima Island. The name, which translates as “dream island,” is somewhat ironic given that it is […]

Horses Have a Ball in France

French horseball player rides without reins, clutching the ball in both hands.

Like polo, larger ball, lose the stick. That’s horseball, which also shares elements of  rugby and basketball. The French team has been crowned champion at the finals that took place at the multi-disciplinary Normandie Horse Show de Saint-Lô, Aug. 9-18. Following intense competition Aug. 13-17, the French Pro Elite team, known as the Blues, held […]

Horse Slaughter Opponents Fight Back

Frightened eye of horse bound for slaughter.

Animal protection groups are battling efforts to open horse slaughter plants, filing suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in federal court on grounds that the requisite National Environmental Protection Act impact reports were not conducted for proposed facilities in Illinois and New Mexico. The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue, […]

First Look: Horses of ‘The Lone Ranger’

Silver strikes his "heigh-ho and away" pose.

Silver and Scout share the screen with Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger, opening July 3 from Walt Disney Pictures. The glossy re-imagining of the popular TV series that ran from 1949 to 1957 is directed by Pirates of the Caribbean’s Gore Verbinski and features herds of horses trained by Hollywood wranglers […]

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