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Australian Harley Brown Brings Home the Blues

Winner of the $50,000 Grand Prix of Showpark on Cassiato and the Wild Turkey Farm Young Jumper Championships, 5-year-old division, on Cash
Del Mar, CA – Australian Harley Brown and his 18.2h mate Cassiato earned the blue sash, the top prize money and valuable World Cup points for a job well done in the $50,000 Grand Prix of Showpark, presented by The Grand Del Mar. Of the twenty-one entries in the World Cup qualifying class, this pair was the only match to master Anthony D'Ambrosio's course without fault. Several others were close, including two with just a single time fault and six with a single rail down, but not close enough to cause a jump-off. Full press release, results and photos...

Harley Brown’s Got All the Right Moves

by Erin Gilmore, in Sidelines Magazine
It doesn’t take a stretch of the mind to discover why Australian native Harley Brown settled along the coast of Central California eight years ago. Any rider would kill for a thriving business, access to both ends of the state, and an ocean view, to boot.

But when Harley moved to San Luis Obispo, CA from his native Melbourne, it was simply because of a friendly connection in the middle- California, college town. Little did he know that he’d raise a family there, fill a barn, and become one of the West Coast’s top grand prix riders. In Australia, Harley’s family had always been in the business of horses. His grandfather played polo, and his parents foxhunted with young Harley following along on his pony. Harley first learned to jump on his grandfather’s polo ponies, and began competing in grand prix classes while still a teenager. He could have remained in Australia and enjoyed a successful career there, but Harley felt the pull of the horse industry in the United States, where business was bigger and possibly better.

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Harley Brown wins $75,000 Grand Prix of Sacramento

featured in California Horsetrader
SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento International Horse Show hosted an FEI World Cup qualifier in the $75,000 Grand Prix of Sacramento on Nov. 13. Australian Harley Brown rode Cassiato, owned by the Oak Park Group, LLC, to the title in the big class. Helen McNaught finished reserve on her Caballo – one of two horses McNaught rode to the top 10. She also finished ninth on Lariccello, owned by Alison Heafey. Read the article...

World class rider and trainer Harley Brown joins the CONQUER® Get Ready Team

LEXINGTON, Ky (April 2010) Getting ready for the 2010 World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix demands attention to every detail, which paid off for international jumping champion Harley Brown, who finished as Reserve Champion in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. And Brown says one of the important details is CONQUER® 100 percent H.A. joint therapy, which he uses on all of his horses. “I would not jump without it.” With May and June shows in California, as well as travels to Europe for WEG selection events,  Brown continues to step up preparations for his 18-hand, gray mount Cassiato (Concerto II—Calinka S). And he joins CONQUER’s new Get Ready To Perform team, a growing roster of professional and amateur athletes who routinely use CONQUER and recommend it. Researched and developed by a team of veterinarians, CONQUER is the first 100 percent pure Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.) oral therapy for the added stress on equine joints during training and performance. It earned the highest ratings of all equine joint health supplements submitted for field trial testing by Horse Journal (November 2007). And it’s the oral H.A. joint therapy that continues to gain notice and loyalty. Brown and Cassiato recently performed in the $300,000 Grand Prix and secured a...

Harley Brown Has Traveled Around The World For The Rolex FEI World Cup Final

The Australian import can’t wait to join the party in Las Vegas. by Molly Sorge Haven’t you ever dreamed of just picking up and moving? Six years ago, Harley Brown did just that—he packed up his bags and his horse and moved halfway around the world. The bold move is paying off in spades, as the charismatic Australian is poised to make his FEI World Cup Final debut. With stellar performances in the U.S. West Coast league aboard Cassiato, Brown is packing his bags again—this time for the Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 15-19. Harley Brown and Cassiato“I’m very excited to get to the World Cup Final. I’d love to show Cassiato off internationally. If we finished in the top 20, I’d be ecstatic,” said Brown, 45. “I’ve been to Vegas for the Final before to watch. I’d sit in the stands and just want to be there, riding. I loved watching the wonderful horses, like Shutterfly and Baloubet du Rouet—they’re amazing.” Brown, a Melbourne native, grew up on the Australian show jumping circuit and had established himself as a professional there. In 2003, his current sponsorship deal was...

Brown Breaks Through at Sacramento

The Australian rider and Cassiato jump to a big win in California.
Harley Brown’s eyes opened wide after seeing the course Leopoldo Palacios built for the $75,000 Anderson Family Grand Prix CSI-W. “I walked it and thought, ‘Holy cow,’ ” Brown said. “It was just really big and wide. Some people were saying there wasn’t going to be a clear round. But Cassiato was such a champ—he didn’t touch a fence in the first round,” said Brown. Only Ali Nilforushan and Warco van de Halhoeve joined Brown and Cassiato in the jump-off for the feature event of the Sacramento International, Nov. 6-9 in Rancho Murieta, Calif. Nilforushan couldn’t keep up the clear efforts, having two rails as first to go in the jump-off. The door was open for Brown. “I did just cruise around,” Brown said. “If he’d had 4 faults, I would have tried to cover the time and go after him a bit, but when he had two down, I said, ‘OK, relax and take it easy and it should be yours.’ So that’s what I did,” he explained. Even with one rail and 1 time fault, Brown and Cassiato came out on top. “It was definitely the biggest World Cup course I’ve jumped this year,” Brown said. “I’ve been winning and placing in a lot...

It’s A Clean Sweep For Zone 10 In Show Jumping

For the California juniors and young riders it was a “sweet 16” finish for two team gold medals. The Zone 10 show jumping riders traveled to the CN North American Junior and Young Riders Championships ready to mine gold, and they struck the mother lode. With four possible gold medals for the taking, Zone 10 took them all at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, July 29-Aug. 3. They began the competition with dominating rounds, and they ended the week with the same force and determination, earning four gold medals, a silver and a bronze. Zone 10 Gold MedalistsAlthough Zones 1, 2 and 3 didn’t send full teams, the competition was still strong, especially with teams from Mexico-South and Mexico-North. Many of the riders had honed their skills during the preceding four-week Colorado Summer Circuit. Show jumping begins with a speed round that counts as the first individual score for the riders. In the case of the junior riders (ages 14-18) only the faults accrued carry forward to the following rounds; in the young rider section (ages 16-21) time is also a factor. The juniors kicked off the first round and faced a challenging test set by Olaf Petersen...

Doing What Comes Natural

fromShowbiz.
Harley Brown came to the United States in 2003 with his stallion Blue Diamond, arriving here with his suitcase in one hand and his horse in the other. His initial plan was to show the horse and sell him, but after being here a short time, Harley decided that he would like to make the US his base. The Pair had already won Championships in the 1.40m and 1.45m Divisions, but 1995 began his dream and started his World Cup campaign that has continued to encompass many years and several continents. Finishing the 2006 World Cup League qualifiers with points equal to the 4th placed US based combination, he was the reserve rider picked for the final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Excerpt reprinted with permission from: Showbiz (turn to page...