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Mollie Bailey

November 27, 2015

Equestrian Photographer Libby Law Suffers Serious Head Injury

International equestrian photographer Libby Law suffered a serious head injury in a roller blading accident on Nov. 17 in Melbourne, Australia. The crash happened days before the Kiwi was to photograph the Australian International Three-Day Event CCI**** in  Adelaide.

According to Law’s Facebook post on Nov. 22, she fractured the back of her skull and suffered a spinal fracture. 

November 13, 2015

Monmouth County Horse Show Announces Move To USET Headquarters

The Monmouth County Horse Show will have a new home for 2016: Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, N.J. Cousins Tucker Ericson and Michael Dowling are taking over the 120-year-old show from George Richdale and Mike Maxwell and will move the competition from the Horse Park of New Jersey in Monmouth County to the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters in Somerset County, about an hour away.

The show will be called Monmouth at the Team and is scheduled for Aug. 17-21, 2016.

November 9, 2015

Barron Blazes His Way To The Top Of The $350,000 Sunshine Grand Prix

Thermal, Calif.—Nov. 9

Lucy Davis and Barron have won all over the world together, and today they returned to the place where it all began to take home another big check. They topped the $350,000 Sunshine Grand Prix at the HITS Desert Horse Park, the site of their first show together nearly three years ago.

“We always like to come back here for the big events,” said Davis, who’s from nearby Los Angeles. “Barron seems to always perform really well here. We usually come from school after having a break, and he always does well.”  

November 8, 2015

Dalliance Doesn’t Dally To Win The $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Thermal, Calif.—Nov. 8

On the way to the last fence in the handy round of the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Kelley Farmer had one phrase going through her head: Use your better judgment.

Course designer Rian Beals had hiked that oxer up to 4'9" for the handy round and she’d watched Burnistar (Hugh Mutch) lay down a slick trip only to fall from contention when he clicked that pole out of the cups there.

November 7, 2015

Back In The Barns At The National Sunshine Series II

Thermal, Calif.—Nov. 7

There's plenty to see at a horse show that's not going on up at the main rings. We wandered back through the barns during the National Sunshine Series II to check out the fantastic tack room set ups decked out in their fall best, and meet a few horses outside the show ring.

All photos by Mollie Bailey.


November 7, 2015

Hough Goes Hunter At Thermal

Thermal, Calif.‚ Nov. 7

Look out John French. Step aside Jenny Karazissis. You’ve got a new contender in today’s $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during the HITS National Sunshine Circuit II: Lauren Hough.

The Olympian and world No. 31 decided to give this evening’s class a go on a whim aboard Reconnaissance.

November 6, 2015

Rothchild Rules In The $100,000 Coachella Valley Classic

Thermal, Calif.—Nov. 6

If you’re going to fly across the country for a horse show, you may as well win.

And that’s exactly what McLain Ward and Rothchild did in today’s $100,000 Coachella Valley Classic, besting the other 28 riders to take the top check for Sagamore Farms.

Ward opted to bring his individual gold medal mount from this year’s Toronto Pan American Games to California for the HITS Sunshine Series II CSI*****, while he’s left two other top horses back east. He’ll ride them next week during the Royal Winter Fair CSI-W (Ontario).

November 3, 2015

USEF Addresses Accountability For Drugs And Medications Violations

At the U.S. Equestrian Federation Board of Directors mid-year meeting in July the board approved an extraordinary rule change expanding the range of responsible parties for drug and medication violations.  

October 24, 2015

It's All Colvin In The Washington International Equitation Classic Final

Washington D.C.—Oct. 24

It’s not very often a junior rider wins a major equitation final, then has to run from the press conference to change into white breeches for an international grand prix. But Tori Colvin isn’t an average junior rider.

Colvin topped the Washington International Equitation Classic Final today, the final equitation class of her storied career, after three fantastic rounds. She beat out Madison Goetzmann, with Hunter Holloway finishing third. 

October 23, 2015

Colvin And Kurtz Keep Their Streaks Alive

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 23

When top riders plan their fall indoor schedule, they have to think especially hard about what to do with the Washington International. With plenty of pomp and the excitement of being downtown in a major city, it’s many riders’ favorite show. But not all horses feel the same way. With extremely limited schooling and lunging, stabling on the street and cramped quarters, it takes a special horse to shine in the city.

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