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Kara Berglund

June 26, 2011

Mary Motion Is Fast Forwarding To Fame

With racing in her blood, this teenager has jumped from a NAPPA junior race standout to a successful point-to-point jockey.

As Mary Motion walked downstairs on Christmas morning in 2008, she noticed a strange sight.

“There was a card on the Christmas tree, and a ribbon was attached to it,” she said. “The ribbon went out the window, across the lawn, all the way to a stall.”

Standing in the stall was a 15-hand dark bay Thoroughbred. In that instant, the 14-year-old knew that Orpington was hers.

May 8, 2011

Mar De Amor Makes Easy Work Of Twin Rivers CIC***

It all started with a phone call in March. Tamra Smith’s good friend Leigh Mesher called to inform her that she would be withdrawing her horse Mar De Amor from the March 4-6 Twin Rivers Horse Trials in Paso Robles, Calif. Mesher is pregnant, and her doctor thought it was time to take a break from riding. Smith jokingly mentioned to Mesher that she would ride the gelding anytime. And thus the partnership began.

Smith hadn’t expected Mesher to take her suggestion seriously. “It was really a chance thing that I got to compete him,” said Smith, Murrieta, Calif.

May 7, 2011

It's A Centenary Sweep At The IHSA National Championship

May 6, Lexington, Ky.

The Centenary University (N.J.) Equestrian Team earned its second Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championship in the last three years. The team maintained its lead in the Collegiate Cup throughout the show, held May 5-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The Centenary team finished the competition with 33 points, with an 11-point lead ahead of Skidmore College (N.Y.) and St. Lawrence University (N.Y.) who tied for second. Mount Holyoke College (Mass.) finished third with 16 points.

April 24, 2011

Brannigan Boasts Another CIC Win At The Fork

As Jennie Brannigan prepared for her cross-country run in the CIC*** at The Fork, held April 7-10 in Norwood, N.C., she had more on her mind than usual.

Her safety vest pressed down on her freshly healed collarbone, serving as a constant reminder that she hadn’t competed in six weeks, since breaking the bone while cross-country schooling a young horse on March 1. But with the help of Cambalda (Balda Beau—Cathy’s Lady), Brannigan quickly shook off the rust and topped the field of 51.

April 3, 2011

Genn Celebrates One-Two Finish to End Gulf Coast Winter Series

As he waited to jump-off in the $25,000 Budweiser Grand Prix in Gulfport, Miss., on March 13, Wilhelm Genn was in a humorous mood.

“Another one for the old guys,” quipped Genn to friend and fellow jump-off competitor Jay Land. All jokes aside, Genn proved that he was at his best, taking first on Happy Z and second on Copyright 3.

March 13, 2011

Watring Is Wide Awake For $50,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix CSI-W

Mark Watring and Green Sleeps Vioco have been competitive since their partnership began in July, but a grand prix win had eluded them until Feb. 26, when they took top honors in the $50,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix CSI-W.

Watring, who represents Puerto Rico, guided the Belgian Warmblood gelding owned by Horseworks Etc. Inc. to the win at HITS Desert Circuit IV in Ther-mal, Calif.

“He’s been knocking on the door for a while, and he finally broke through,” said Watring, of Hidden Valley, Calif.

February 20, 2011

Horse Of A Lifetime: The Natural

        Katharine Heller stood ringside at the Wash-ington International Horse Show (D.C.) in 1985 as The Natural and Rodney Jenkins entered the ring. As the gelding jumped down the first line, Heller (formerly Burdsall) was struck by his athleticism and scope. This first memory of The Natural became etched into her mind, and she can still vividly recall the scene today. Little did she know at the time how much this horse would impact her life and career.

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