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Rebecca Walton
December 31, 2014
The Final Run Down: The Biggest Stories from 2014
By Rebecca Walton
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 :: Posted 08:46:11 AM EST

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© file: happy new year 2010It has been a huge year in equestrian sport, both nationally and internationally. As we prepare to ring in the New Year, brings you the biggest news stories from 2014!

© Kenneth Kraus: Scott Brash   3-30-14Scott Brash

1) Scott Brash: The Year of the Scotsman: He started off the year by claiming America and winning multiple events at the 2014 Winter Equestrian Festival, including the $500,000 Finale Grand Prix. The World’s #1 did not stop there though, rolling on to win the Global Champions Tour overall championship by winning in Cannes, Estoril, and London. He topped the year by beating the best in the world Rolex IRJC Top 10 Final and will enter 2015 with his #1 ranking intact!

2) Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro: Where do you even begin with this pair? You could mention their record-breaking scores and double Individual Gold Medals at the 2014 World Equestrian Games or their victory at the 2014 World Cup Finals. But that was not enough for this unstoppable combination, who closed out the year by breaking their own world records for the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at the London Olympia Horse Show, earning 87.460 percent for the Grand Prix and 94.300 percent for the Freestyle.

© Rebecca Walton: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

3) Cortes ‘C’ & Beezie Madden: In a fantastic performance at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, Beezie Madden took home the Individual Bronze medal, but in the end, it was Cortes ‘C’ who was the true star. Not touching a single rail in the Final Four, the talented mount proved that he is truly one of the best in the world after five grueling days.

© Rebecca Walton: Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C'

4) USA Wins Three European Nations Cup: In just two weeks, the United States captured three major victories in Nations Cup events in Europe. The teams for Dublin, Hickstead, and Gijon were in top form to secure the winning honors, which came just after placing second at the prestigious Aachen Nations Cup.




© FEI: Team USA on the Podium at Dublin

5) Tori Colvin Wins Maclay Finals: Young phenom Tori Colvin already had major wins under her belt before November 2, but on that day she solidified her place in history by capturing the coveted ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship after showcasing her skills through four rounds of competition.

© Rebecca Walton: Tori Colvin Presentation

6) Liza Boyd Wins Derby Finals for Second Year: Just a few months after giving birth to her second child, Liza Boyd was back in the saddle with her veteran mount Brunello. The pair traveled to Kentucky to defend their 2013 Derby Finals title, and with another beautiful performance, they once again took home the winning prize.

© Ann Glavan: Liza Boyd and Brunello pats

7)  Laura Graves and Verdades: Up-and-coming star Laura Graves took the dressage world by storm, qualifying for the U.S. Dressage Team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games at just 27 years old and in her first year competing Verdades at Grand Prix. She and the horse she raised from a foal gave a stunning performance during their first World Championship to finish fifth in the Freestyle against the best in the world.

© Susan J. Stickle: Laura Graves and Verdades Smiles

8) Pony Divisions Restructuring/Professional Hunter Divisions: Change is in the air for the hunter ring. Task forces have been brought together to discuss changing how the regular pony hunter divisions are structured, as well as the professional hunter divisions. There are parties on each side of the fence for these stories, but nothing has been decided just yet.

© Emily Riden: Forum Leaders

9) Mark Bellissimo Purchases Tryon and Colorado Equestrian Centers: Mark Bellissimo, who produces the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington expanded his equestrian empire by purchasing two major equestrian properties in Tryon, NC and Parker, CO. This large investment will allow him to host major equestrian events throughout the year.

© tryon press: Groundbreaking - Polk Co Commissioner Ted Owens, founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts Sheila Johnson, Tryon Equestrian Properties Managing Partner Mark Bellissimo, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker and Tryon's Roger Smith

10) Kelley Farmer Wins WCHR Title – After competing in the event for six years, Farmer, who consistently dominates the hunter ring throughout the year, finally claimed the winning title after a brilliant handy round aboard Mindful:

© jennifer wood media: Kelley Farmer won the WCHR Pro Finals      pres-IMG_2271-JWM   

Here's looking forward to another great year in 2015!

© Happy New Year from all of us at PhelpsSport.oom! We pray that 2014 brings you health, joy and many blue ribbons!


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