Monthly Archives: March 2014

Congratulations Suzy Stafford

We just finished watching the Advanced Single Horse cones at Live Oak via Live Feed.  Suzy Stafford has brought yet another horse to the top.  We look forward to seeing her at the USEF Single Horse Championship in Southern Pines in a couple of weeks.

If you were watching  the cones, you might have noticed two sets of cones that were white instead of orange. The new rules allow a maximum of two sets on a course that can be set at a narrower clearance than the others, but they have to be designated by a different color.  Always something new!

Always something new to learn as well, with the prize giving.  I noticed that they gave out the ribbons in the warm-up area instead of presenting them one at a time when they were in the ring.  I’m assuming this was to save time, as they have to get cones over with quickly so that the jumping classes can start on time.

Another advantage of watching the action via computer, especially for the marathon, we can see drivers in several obstacles without breaking a sweat!

Unless something extremely unusual happens, Chester Weber will win yet another USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship in just a few minutes!



Missing Live Oak – corrected

This is the first time in 22 years that I have not been to Live Oak.  Years ago, a phone call to a competitor or other friend would be the best way to find out what’s going on.  Today a variety of websites are reporting on the competition so it isn’t too hard to keep up. Facebook is filled with photos and comments.  And of course our friend Mike Arnold of Driving News is helping to enable Live Scoring to happen.  So, while working at my desk, I can check at and go to the Live Oak link and then click on Live Scoring and already I know that Suzy Stafford is ahead of Leslie Berndl in dressage by a very close margin.  And Mike’s son Jacob is standing 3rd (not 4th as  I said before correction) with his new horse.  This is why I should just send you to the Driving News website instead of trying to summarize here!