News in the Northeast

Equine Center at Nevins Farm Hosts Major Fundraiser at Crane Beach

The MSPCA’s Horses Helping Horses Beach Ride, the Equine Center’s most significant annual fundraiser, will be held at the beautiful Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA, again this year. Last year was the first Beach Ride at the new location and was a wonderful success. Guests raved about the picturesque views, ideal footing, wide beaches and an exclusive setting. Through a…

Jessica Springsteen Wins First CSI-5* in the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix

Photo: ESI Photography As the sun set on the 2016 HITS Championship, horse sport royalty descended on the Hudson Valley for the nation’s highest ranked class of the year, the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix FEI-CSI 5*. Only one would be so lucky to return home with the big check and blue ribbon, and that one was none other than Jessica Springsteen aboard…

Zone 2 Sweeps Gold at USHJA Zones 1 and 2 Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Championships

ESI Photography Tough, fun competition abounded at the USHJA Zones 1 and 2 Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Championships at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York, September 2-3. Zone 2 riders captured medals of every type across the three days of competition, and Zone 1 teams captured bronze medals in both sections. Friday kicked off the championships with the horse inspection,…

Equestrian Aid Foundation Celebrates Milestone Anniversary With Horsemen in the Hamptons

Sunny Norton Photography The Equestrian Aid Foundation held its 20th Anniversary celebration on Thursday, September 1 at Marder’s Nursery. The equestrian community mingled with Hamptons residents and guests while raising money to support the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s mission to help people from all corners of the horse world who are coping with life-threatening or life-changing injury or illness. Guests enjoyed a fun, relaxing…

Rider Dies at HITS-on-the-Hudson

All of us at Equine Journal sad to report that a rider, Rebecca Weissbard, suffered a fatal fall at HITS-on-the-Hudson. HITS released a statement: “It is with great sadness that HITS informs the equestrian community of an accident involving a talented young athlete at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York, on August 31, 2016. The athlete suffered a fatal fall during a 1.0m Jumper Class…

Callie Morgan Smith and Attention Et Z Win $75,000 Agero Grand Prix at Silver Oak Jumper Tournament

Blue skies, scores of entries, and record attendance—it was a fitting way to end a stunning week of top show jumping sport at the 2016 Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, held August 17-21 in Halifax, MA.  Thirty-four horses and riders representing six countries came out for the $75,000 Agero Grand Prix on August 21. Alan Wade’s flowing course was a crowd…

$15K Raised at Inaugural All Charity Day Polo Match

It was all good times for a good cause on Sunday, at Newport Polo’s first annual All Charity Day Match.  The venue was alive with over 1,500 gleeful attendees present to support the nine nonprofit organizations that the match funded, including Boys Town New England, Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island; Bruno United FC; Community String Project; Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center;  Junior…

Six-Week Vermont Summer Festival Now Underway

Six weeks of hunter/jumper competition officially began on July 6 as the Vermont Summer Festival celebrated its opening day at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT. The circuit runs through August 14 and is known for exciting competition, world-renowned course designers, family-friendly exhibitor activities, and more than $750,000 in prize money. The Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting…

47th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show Opens

The 47th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables LLC, opened their two-week stay in the Adirondacks Tuesday with a limited schedule that featured a win by Laura Chapot in the Sidelines 1.30-meter Speed Class. Chapot picked up right where she left off last year by riding Bradberry to victory over a 53-horse field in the timed first-round class….

Change Their Lives! with Draft Gratitude Non-Profit Draft Horse Rescue

Draft Gratitude, a nonprofit draft horse rescue, will host its first open barn fundraiser on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10 a.m.-noon at 148 Ashuelot Street (off of Route 119) in Winchester, New Hampshire. Draft Gratitude’s monthly open barns, called “Change Their Lives!” is an opportunity for people of all ages to meet the horses and donate any spare change to…