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Congratulations, Alan Davies, 48, Head Traveling Groom for Carl Hester. Alan has travelled the world tending Carl’s top horses, Uthopia, Nip Tuck and the recently retired Valegro. His awards include Team GB Groom of the Year, Horse & Hound Groom of the Year, The British Grooms Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Equestrian Federation Medal of [...]
Congratulations to Joanna Baker (76) and Maggie the horse (24) for making the USDF’s Century Club! The Century Club honors a rider and horse whose combined age is 100 +. I believe Joanna is the first WARHorse inducted having passed an intro level dressage test at a recognized show earlier this month. Joanna’s accomplishment was featured [...]
The Rio Paralympic Equestrian competition is finished. 76 athletes competed in dressage, the only equestrian event of the Paralympics. 37% were WARHorses age 40 or older and 4 WARHorses won gold medals. Prior to the opening ceremony we shared on the WARHorse FB page a Radio Times interview with Anne Dunham the oldest rider at age [...]
Rita Dunn is a busy grandmother living in Tennessee. Her horse, D Grande Finale stays at a friend’s barn but she does all her own horse care: feeding, grooming and stall cleaning. She rides 5-6 days a week and takes clinics from Jim Koford and Gigi Nutter, but has never sent Finale away to a trainer. [...]
I didn’t have a horse growing up. I bought my first after college. A petite Arabian mare with a determined will twice her actual size. The next year I bought a second Arabian. This time a gelding who was the kindest, gentlest horse/cartoon in the world. I never had a trailer or boarded, for most of [...]
This past weekend Charlotte and Valegro won the Grand Prix Freestyle class at Hartpury (Gloucestershire UK). That they won is no surprise to those who follow dressage - Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin haven't lost a competition since 2012. What was a bit of a surprise at Hartpury was that they competed with their new Rio-themed music, [...]
I can’t wait for the Rio Olympics to being! The Olympics are a terrific venue of sportsmanship and competition. I am equally interested in past Olympics and their historical footnotes. For instance, did you know the oldest Olympic competitor EVER was a woman AND an equestrian? Hilda Lorna Johnstone was raised around horses and foxhunting. She [...]