Never Stop Learning

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Steve, Robyn,  Buck, Harriet, me, and my niece Elena “You can’t go to a tack shop and buy your way out of poor horsemanship!” This is one of my favorite quotes from Buck Brannaman. I just returned from Buck’s clinic this past weekend in Shelbyville, Tennessee. I always try to see Buck when he is close to our area. We have …


An Exciting Finish at the Gold Cup

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Tune in and/or set your recorders to NBC Sports, Sunday Oct. 16 at 1:30 pm EDT to watch  the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League qualifier at the American Gold Cup. Riders are trying to secure their ticket to the  prestigious World Cup Finals in Omaha next spring. Held at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York on September 18th, …


FYI… IEA is Special

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Lindsay Yinger, Otterbein coach, Jeff and Megyn, riding team members flanking me, Kari Briggs, Business manager I just returned from the “Core” clinic for IEA members at Otterbein University near Columbus, Ohio given in conjunction with the USHJA. I was the lead instructor along with Lindsay Yinger and Kari Briggs who taught the educational seminars. I instructed four groups each of the …


Showtime in New York City

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At the Central Park House show for NBC Sports with Randy Moss, who also provided the commentary with me for the Rio Olympics.  Always a pleasure to work with Randy and Carr-Hughes Productions. Be sure to watch the Rolex Central Park Grand Prix on NBC Sports this Sunday at 9:00 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time.


Rolex GP Rocks the Park

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The course tonight at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show was set by Olympic course designer Guillerme Jorge. Ten horses were clear for the jump off.  Jimmy Torano on his 8 yr old Day Dream bested the large field of contenders to win the title. Central Park is such a gem for the people of NYC with 843 acres of …


A Walk in the Park… Central Park that is!

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  The Central Park Horse Show got underway tonight for the Jumpers with a speed class.  All horses were required to show to be eligible for the Grand Prix tomorrow. This is probably a good thing as the ring is quite an eye opener with the NYC skyline in the background! McLain Ward was the slickest of all on HH …

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Off to the Gold Cup

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I am headed to the Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York, for the American Gold Cup/Longines World Cup Qualifier on Sunday, September 18. Looking forward to watching the competition and commentating for NBC Sports which will air the next day on September 19. And maybe afterwards I’ll get to try one of these signature cocktails that were named …

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Team USA Medalists

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My friends at NBC created this 50 second slideshow of every Team USA Medalist Click here to view it!

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Biggest Star on the Biggest Stage

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  Nick Skelton on his stellar horse Big Star led off the 6 way jump off for Gold and never looked back.  Riding a well calculated fast clear, he couldn’t be caught.  Peder Fredricson with his ever improving 10 yr old All In earned Silver with a slower clear.  Eric Lamaze on his wonderful mare Fine Lady took Bronze as …


My Home During the Rio Olympics

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I am here at the NBC Sports Group center in Stamford, Connecticut, where 60% of the Olympic sports are announced.  All video from Rio is transmitted by fiber optic cables to this 200,000 square foot facility, where it is edited and broadcast over the NBC channels and streamed live over the internet.  The building contains over 1,000 miles of broadcast …