Boyd Martin and On Cue win Maryland 5 Star

Boyd Martin and On Cue moved up from their overnight spot of 3rd to win the inaugural Maryland 5* event turning in a double clear round and putting the pressure on Tim Price and Oliver Townend, in second and third. Luck was with him today, as each of those riders had a rail. With this […]

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Bad Sport: Horse Hitman

The new Netflix docuseries “Bad Sport” revisits some of outrageous sport scandals in recent memory, including episode 5, which covers the horse killings for insurance scandal of the 1980s. While the memory of the killings — and the people it brought down — are still fresh in my memory, for many younger riders, this may […]

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Conor Swail sets a winning streak in Vancouver

Conor Swail

They don’t call Conor Swail the winningest rider at Thunderbird Show Park for nothing. Swail lived up to his reputation this week by dominating the big jumper classes with some blazing fast — and clear — rounds. He started off with a win on Vital Chance de la Roque in the CSI4*-W $75,000 Welcome 1.50m. […]

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Sweden Takes Olympic Gold in Team Showjumping after Nail Biting Jump Off

Swedish Team wins Olympic Gold

Sweden topped the US to take the Team Gold in Show Jumping after a nail biting jump off. It was the first gold medal for the team after a drought of 97 years, and the medal was well deserved. Henrik von Eckermann with King Edward, Malin Baryard-Johnson and Indiana and Peder Fredricson with All In […]

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Ben Maher and Explosion W Win Olympic Gold

The aptly named Explosion carried Ben Maher to the individual gold medal in show jumping. I swear that horse has wings because the fences were enormous. They made the eventing show jumping fences look small. The fences started out at 1.55 m and went as high as 1.62 meters with spreads as wide as 1.75 […]

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Andy Kocher Claims Electric Device was a “Clicker”

Andy Kocher

A year ago, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) accused show jumper Andy Kocher of using “electric spurs” on his horses. In April, Kocher was suspended by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal for 10 years, fined and forfeited winnings from eight competitions where photographic evidence showed signs of the cables running up his breeches — […]

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Eric Lamaze “Unbridled”

Eric Lamaze Unbridled

The online show “Unbridled” promises to deliver an uncensored look at the lives and opinions of show jumping’s biggest stars. They sure started with a doozy. Canadian show jumperEric Lamaze’s life story reads more like a novel — a talented equestrian who rose from humble beginnings (he never knew his father; his mother was involved […]

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US Team Rider Accused of Using Electric Spurs

Andy Kocher accused of using electric spurs

Who knew electric spurs — which deliver a zap to the horse when a rider pushes a button — were even something you could buy? A while back I posted about “electric jockeys” who use “buzzers” or “machines” to shock their mounts. Now, American show jumper Andy Kocher is accused of using shock spurs on […]

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