Pippa Funnel Wins Burghley

Pippa Funnel Wins Burghley

Going into stadium today, Pippa Funnel had only a hair’s whisker of a lead over Piggy French (whom she calls “Piglet”) and Oliver Townend. Wearing her lucky number, 77, she managed to hold onto the lead when all three riders had one rail down and win by 0.1 penalty point riding MGH Grafton Street. It’s […]

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Burghley XC Spills & Thrills

Lauren Kieffer

Still no replay up of the cross country rides. This compilation shows the problems that were had on course, with a few fences causing a lot of the problems. I hope Burghley posts the XC replay soon because I’d like to see the course ridden without the problems. There were some scary moments shown in […]

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Burghley XC takes casualties

Going into today’s cross-country course at Burghley, riders were already talking about how tough the course would be. That proved to be correct. Out of 64 starters, just 33 made it through the finish flags; 22 added no jumping faults; and only one horse and rider combo — Piggy French on Vanir Kamira — made […]

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The pageantry of Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot

My stepfather died a little more than a month ago. When going through some old family photos, I came across one of my favorite — a picture of him and my mother decked out to attend the Royal Ascot. While the UK is home to some of the most prestigious horse racing events in the […]

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Sanoma Blakely wins 64th Annual Tevis Cup

Tevis cup winners

At 5:30 a.m., after riding 100 miles over 16 hours and 12 minutes, 18-year-old Sanoma Blakely, riding RA Ares Bey, a 10 year old Arabian gelding, raced for the win against three-time Tevis winner, Jeremy Reynolds. Over the last six miles, the two leapfrogged over each other into the lead, and in the end she […]

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70-Year Old Cowboy wins the Mongol Derby

Robert Long wins Mongol Derby

If the Tevis Cup (starting in just a few days) isn’t an intense enough competition for you, consider the Mongol Derby — a race that replicates Genghis Khan’s horse messenger system over 1000km of Mongolian steppe. If that doesn’t sound challenging enough, your mounts are semi-wild horses, which you swap out every 40 km and […]

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#ride4Ashley

Ashley Stout

Whenever I see a large jump in views on my blog, my heart sinks. Usually it means that there has been a rotational fall somewhere in the world (my post, What is a Rotational Fall and How can They be Prevented) has high Google rankings. Sadly, yesterday that prediction came true. Thirteen-year old Ashley Stout […]

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