Author Archives: Carley Sparks

Volnay Is for Victory

When Darragh Kenny (IRL) took over the ride on Volnay du Boisdeville, the horse already had a proven track record. Purchased for and campaigned by Teddy Vlock, a client of...

Bond Did It for Her Mama

When Ashlee Bond took to the La Silla arena for the post-event interview on Sunday, she brought the crowd to their feet and tears to their eyes. The Israeli rider...

Eye Candy Finds the Sweet Spot

Eye Candy closed the gap on Helios’s dominant lead in Monterrey on Saturday and it didn’t come at a moment too soon. Helios, Major League Show Jumping’s most dominant team...

Bugatti Did What Bugatti Does

The Bugatti car brand is celebrated for its design beauty and many race victories. The same can be said for Eduardo Leon's 16 year old gelding of the same name. Bugatti...

Etalon Is on His A-Game

When Kyle King (USA) and Etalon galloped through the timers in the Vector Empresas CSI5* 1.50m Jump Off at Major League Show Jumping Monterrey II on Thursday, they were the...

In a (Major) League of Their Own

Helios "did the damn thing" in the Major League Show Jumping team event in Mexico. MLSJ's front running team expanded their every growing lead—again—on Sunday at MLSJ Monterrey I, jumping...

King for a Day

Kyle King is a known threat in a jump off and frequent visitor to the podium. But even veteran winners are not immune to a crisis of confidence when the...

Swail Takes a Gamble…and Wins

Conor Swail rolled the dice with Gamble in the Banorte CSI5* 1.45m Speed at Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ) Monterrey on Friday. But you could say the odds were already...

Default to Truth

Human beings are hardwired to be bad lie detectors when it comes to strangers. You may think, Pfft, not me. I’m excellent at spotting a liar. And you’d be wrong....

Lugano Sparkles at MLSJ Ottawa

Between world no. 10 Kent Farrington and top ranked female rider Erynn Ballard, Lugano was one of the strongest Major League Show Jumping teams on paper this season. But their...

Korotkin Lets Go

Quinn 33 has made a few trips around the block. At 12, the German warmblood has had 12 different riders over the course of his international career—and jumped 1.45m or...

Daniel Déjà Vu

In 2021, A.I.M United's Daniel Bluman came to Ontario's Angelstone Events for the first time in a decade and started the week off with a memorable win. Chasing the leading...

Curbing D’artagnan’s Enthusiasm

Four months ago, D'artagnan was living in a field. The 14-year-old chestnut gelding, previously campaigned by Brazilian Olympian Santiago Lambre up to the 1.50m level, hasn’t shown internationally since 2018....

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