Susan Ujka

About Susan Ujka

Susan Ujka works as a photojournalist so that she can pay for her life love of horses and equestrian sports. Her current equine partner is a 17 hand Percheron-Paint X named Calvin Klein who loves to jump high and gallop fast, much to Susan's joy.

April 2013

First Time Rolex Win for Andrew Nicholson, Quimbo

New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo won top honors at the 2013 Rolex Three-Day Event in Kentucky Sunday. It was Nicholson’s first Rolex win and Quimbo’s first competition at the four-star level.  They scored 41.0

Nicholson was the last of 29 riders to navigate Richard Jeffery’s Show Jumping course, and he preserved the lead he’d gained in Cross Country, following his second place finish in the Dressage portion of the competition.

Defending champion William Fox-Pitt (GBR) finished […]

Andrew Nicholson Leads At Rolex

Andrew Nicholson’s two cross country rounds put him in first and second place at Rolex Saturday afternoon.  The New Zealander leads with Quimbo; Calico Joe took him into second.

In third place is Buck Davidson on Ballynoe Castle RM.  “It was a nice big bold course and the horses could see what they were going to jump,” he said.

William Fox-Pitt is in fourth place with Seacookie TSF.  He had led with Chilli Morning after Dressage, […]

William Fox-Pitt, Chilli Morning Lead After Dressage

By Susan Ujka

Friesian Demonstration at Rolex 2013

Photos by Susan Ujka.

Lynn Symansky, Donner 8th After First Day

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Va.) scored 54.8 on Donner in their Dressage test at Rolex on Thursday (photos below).  They are currently in eighth place.

At the end of the first day of Dressage, the top three riders are:

Andrew Nicholson with Calico Joe (NZL), 40.8
Becky Holder with Can’t Fire Me (USA), 44.2
Shandiss McDonald with Rockfield Grant Juan (CAN), 45.7

Jan Byyny (Purcellville, Va.) with Syd Kent is in 12th place with a score of 58.2  […]

Beshear, Coleman Withdraw from Rolex 2013

William Coleman III (Gordonsville,Va.) and Emily Beshear (Somerset, Va.), originally scheduled to ride Rolex 2013, have withdrawn.

Coleman did not bring his horse, Twizzel, to Rolex, according to staff in the media center. A reason why is not available.

Emily Beshear (left) withdrew Here’s to You after she noticed he seemed a little off during a workout on the flat Wednesday.  An interview with the rider will be published later in this series.

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I told Lois, another riding partner and publisher of Horse Talk Magazine, I’d provide some news and photos from Rolex via this blog — since I’d be there anyway.  This is the beginning.

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