Top 10 Equestrian Sport Stories of the Year

  • Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 12:07 a.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, December 31, 2012 12:09 a.m.

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1. The National Thoroughbred Association, Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association honor Dogwood Stableís president W. Cothran Campbell with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred Racing.

1. The Neville Bardos Syndicateís Neville Bardos is named the 2011 co-United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year. The announcement was made in 2012. The horse who trains in Aiken, survived a horrific fire in May 2011, only to return to competition at the upper levels with eventer Boyd Martin. The 13-year-old Thoroughbred was under consideration for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

3. Three Aiken based riders make the U.S. Olympic eventing team for the 2012 U.S. Summer Olympic Games in London. Riders Phillip Dutton, Will Coleman and Boyd Martin, all make Aiken their winter training base. The achievement was even more significant in that Duttonís horse, Mystery Whisper is owned by Aikenís Jim and Arden Wildasin, Will Colemanís ride Twizzel is owned by Jim Wildasin, and Martinís horse Otis Barbotiere is owned by the Otis Barbotiere Syndicate.

4. The Aiken Training Track produces six Grade 1 winners. Jim and Debbie Millerís Daisy Devine, and Godolphin Racingís Alpha, Itís Tricky, Emcee, Dance Card and Better Lucky, all were broken and trained in Aiken. The Godolphin horses were broken and trained by Darleyís trainer Tim Jones, and Daisy Devine was broken and trained by Todd Turner at Chime Bell Farm before being sent on to Legacy Stableís Ron Stevens and Brad Stauffer at the Aiken Training Track.

5. Aiken Resident Jacqueline Ohrstromís Demonstrative wins the Grade 1 Colonial Cup and Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap.

6. Aikenís Shawna Harding represents the United States in Dressage at the 2012 World Cup Finals in Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

7. Windsorís Wendy OíBrien claims her first USEF National Combined Driving Pair Pony Championship.

8. Aikenís Bruce Duchossois is named to the Board of Directors of the National Horse Show Association of America.

9. International Horse Park study results suggest a horse park is feasible in Aiken, but more than likely wonít happen without a substantial investment, and ample private sector funding. The study was conducted by the University of South Carolinaís SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development at the request of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.

10. Aiken horsemen deaths. The passings of Steve Groat, Lynn Carlisle, Kim Diehl and Fred Wright leave a deep void.

10. Agustin Arellano and Lauren Biddle represent the United States in China in poloís Super Nations Cup.

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