September 2016 - Founder's Notes
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:06

What an exciting month to report on! Our Olympians brought home a team silver, team bronze and an individual bronze. And our hopeful future Olympians, the North American Junior & Young Riders, did equally well. We are excited to have the chef d’equipes from our show jumping, eventing and dressage teams, Morley Abey, Bec Braitling and Alison Burt-Jacobs, write great behind-the-scenes reports from their week at the Colorado Horse Park—plus great pictures from all teams.

USET jumping chef d’equipe Robert Ridland is welcomed home on Aug. 21 to a celebration of the team’s silver medal finish in Rio.

Robert with Blenheim EquiSports’ Melissa Brandes and his wife, Hilary Ridland.

The excitement and high level competition continues as Longines brings back top-flight show jumping, starting with the Longines Masters, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, at the Long Beach Convention Center and continuing with the Longines North American Show Jumping League, which begins in California with qualifiers at the Sacramento International Horse Show Oct. 8 and the Del Mar International Oct. 22.

Of course, many of us enjoy a life with horses far from the bright lights of the big time show circuits. One of those, Rhiannon Huppert, took on a severely neglected horse last fall and wound up caring for the horse’s owners, too, even though the Hupperts are a family of average economic means. Nearly a year after Rhiannon decided that she couldn’t drive past that starving horse one more day, we checked in to see how the brave decision played out. (See The Gallop: Stepping Up)

We are thrilled to have legendary hunter/jumper coach Karen Healey as a new monthly columnist. (See Candid With Karen) Let us know if you have a topic you would like to see Karen address.
Finally, we have a tack trunk full of hoof care and grooming articles. Hope you enjoy all!

Eventing and fall fashion & apparel are the special focuses of our October issue, plus the usual mix of features and news from the hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage worlds. October will also include our first of three Gift Guides to get you set for the holiday shopping season!

Last month the Buckwild Breeches article had the wrong website address at the end of the story. It should have been We apologize for the error.
Happy Riding!

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Red Bucket Equine Rescue proudly presents for adoption: Thurston.

Thurston is a darling 8-year-old, 16-hand Thoroughbred gelding.

He has an adorable personality and definitely defines the term “pocket pony.”

Thurston loves people and demonstrates very healthy relationships with both human and horse.

He has a lovely temperament and is very sensible both on the ground and under saddle.

Thurston is a pleaser and very willing under saddle.

While he knows the basics, he will require a bit of fine tuning.

Adoption Fee: $1500.

Those seriously interested in adopting a Red Bucket horse or in adopting Thurston are requested to complete an adoption application online at Questions can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .