Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chicago Equestrian Welcomes Sarah Bryan to the Team!

Sarah Bryan is a Chicago Area young professional from the Naperville, IL area.

Sarah Bryan riding Fawkes, photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Sarah rides and trains with Brenda Mueller. She has been riding for 13 years and has competed in a number of disciplines including dressage, jumpers, hunters and equitation.

Currently she is enrolled in North Central College working on her Marketing and Management degree.

Sarah teaches lessons at Trillion Farm in Naperville, IL several days a week and does training rides at Gladstone Ridge Farm in Wheaton, IL.

She will be working for Chicago Equestrian in Social Media as well as Event Coverage. Please make sure to keep an eye out for our newest team member!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Olympic hopeful sidelined by injury

This past weekends fall and injury of McLain Ward during the $30,000 Surpass Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida has left the horse world wondering what will happen with his chances at this years Olympic games.

McLain Ward on Saphire at the WEG

McLain Ward, an Olympic hopeful for this years Show Jumping event to be held August 3 - 8 in London, sustained a compound fracture to his patella that required surgery. At this point in time it is questionable as to whether or not he will be healed and recovered enough to compete in the selection trials to take place March 21 - 24 in Wellington, Florida.

What happens if Ward can't compete in the March selection trials?

Well, His chances at participating in his 3rd Olympic games are not completely lost. The deadline for the final Nominated Entries is not until June 17. Between the selection trials in March and the final deadline are a number of designated Observation Events where a subjective selection can still be made for the Olympic Show Jumping Event. More information on Potential 2012 Olympic Games Candidates can be found at

McLain Ward may not be a Chicago Area rider, however I am sure that many of us in the Chicagoland Equestrian world will be closely watching his recuperation and progress in the saddle as well as wishing him the best of luck in his recovery!

For more information on Chicago Area riders, events and facilities go to

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Hunter Derby Series!!

Has the USHJA International Hunter Derby Series peaked your interest and gotten your riding juices going?

Did you participate in the 2011 Hunter Derby Series on the NIHJA circuit?

Are you looking for a new challenge for you and your horse?

Do you like winning ribbons, coolers and prize money?

If so keep on reading!!

Chicago Equestrian is pleased to announce the Hunter Derby Series will be held at the  IHJA B circuit shows this year with a final in September!!

The hunter derby series is 2'6" in height with options at 2'9" and 3', and provides an opportunity for riders to experience derbies similar to those on the national circuits.

The class is two rounds with a handy round as the second round and offers prize money and a cooler to the winner of each Derby! Must participate in at least 3 derbies to be eligible for the finals.

Contact for stabling and see our Calendar for the list of Hunter Derby Dates!