Clark on brink of first title

first_img Clark, who finished seventh at London 2012, delivered a fine cross-country round aboard Fenyas Elegance to lead by 1.5 penalties from Frenchman Jean Teulere on Matelot du Val, while American Clark Montgomery lies third. “She tried her heart out,” said Clark, following her ride on the nine-year-old Irish-bred chestnut mare. “I just tried to ride the fences positively, and she’s a super jumper, really powerful.” The Eric Winter-designed course proved influential, and only Gemma Tattersall, the highest-placed British rider in fourth place on Arctic Soul, achieved the optimum time of 10 minutes 10 seconds. Bedfordshire-based Sarah Bullimore, leader after the dressage phase on Lilly Corinne, had a run-out at fence 21b, while Britain’s world number two William Fox-Pitt fell from Before Time before retiring his second horse Running Order. Fox-Pitt, though, leads the CIC three-star class for eight and nine-year-olds following a clear showjumping round on Fernhill Pimms, his current British Intermediate champion. He was also in third place with Freddie Mac after a clear round, but was then eliminated for contravening a governing body rule on the style of hind-leg boots allowed in a young-horse championship. “It is a real shame,” Fox-Pitt said. “I think they (judges) have been quite mean. “I was disqualified after my round, as was (Australian rider) Sam Griffiths. The sad thing is that once we had been pulled up on it, they checked everyone else’s boots before they went in.” Press Associationcenter_img Irish Olympian Aoife Clark will win her first CCI three-star title if she showjumps clear at the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire on Sunday.last_img read more

Study: Hispanics transforming U.S. Catholic Church

first_imgAccording to the survey, 68 percent of Hispanics are Catholic, 15 percent are born-again or evangelical Protestants, 5 percent are mainline Protestants, 3 percent are identified as “other Christian” and 8 percent are secular (1 percent refused to answer). Among non-Hispanic Americans, the largest groupings are 20 percent Catholic, 35 percent evangelical Protestant and 24 percent mainline Protestant. The religious identity of Hispanics will affect politics, the report says. The Hispanic electorate is largely Democratic (63 percent), despite being conservative on social issues such as abortion and homosexuality. But Hispanic evangelical Protestants – whose numbers are growing – are twice as likely as Hispanic Catholics to be Republicans. This is a far greater gap than exists between white evangelical Protestants and Catholics. About one-third of Catholics in the United States are now Hispanic. Roberto Suro, director of the Pew Hispanic Center, said in an interview that Hispanic Catholics looked different from typical white suburban Catholics. “They are different in terms of beliefs, practices, language and culture, but they remain very Catholic,” Suro said. “The open question here is, Does the institution adapt to them, or do they adapt to the institution?” The influx of Hispanic immigrants to the United States is transforming the Roman Catholic Church as well as the nation’s religious landscape, according to a study of Hispanics and faith released Wednesday. The study, by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, found that half of Hispanic Catholics practice a “distinctive form” of charismatic Catholicism that includes speaking in tongues, miraculous healings and prophesying – practices more often associated with Pentecostalism. Among Catholics who are not Hispanic, only 12 percent are involved in these practices. The study also found that two-thirds of Hispanics choose to worship in “ethnic congregations” that have Hispanic clergymen and Spanish-language services, and where a majority of congregants are Hispanic. These congregations are cropping up throughout the country, even in areas where Hispanics are sparse. Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, doubling between 1980 and 2000, and projected to more than double between 2000 and 2020, Pew researchers said. As of 2005, there were 42 million Hispanics in the United States, about 14 percent of the population. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more