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Mollie Bailey

October 14, 2014

Pony Re-Measurement Reignites Size Debate And Ideas

A U.S. Equestrian Federation-generated protest measurement of two ponies at the Kentucky National Horse Show on Sept. 15 has reignited the debate surrounding pony hunter sizing.

Using a rule that’s been in the USEF Rule Book for years, a USEF steward selected two winning ponies—one medium and one large—on the last day of competition for a measurement check to ensure each was within his allowed height section. The ponies had an hour to prepare, and each pony measured into the correct section.

October 12, 2014

Putting It All Together

Reno, Nev.—Oct. 12

On the final day of the Young Horse Trainers’ School, clinicians and participants put together pieces of the puzzle they’ve been working on all week, and started looking toward the future.

October 12, 2014

Developing A System For Young Horse Success

Reno, Nev.—Oct. 11

All three trainers at the Young Horse Trainers’ School, Linda Allen, Julie Winkel and Jose Alejos, have informed opinions about developing tomorrow’s talent, but no one claimed to have every answer. Throughout the weeklong program at Maplewood Stables in Reno, Nev., Allen has stressed that there are many different routes to get a horse from a weanling to the main ring, and the important part was for each trainer to find what works for him or her, and let the horse be the honest judge of that.

October 10, 2014

Addressing The Bottom Of The Blackboard

Reno, Nev.—Oct. 9  

Around a dozen horsemen have come to Julie Winkel’s Maplewood Stables for six days for the Young Horse Trainers' School. It’s the third time Winkel, Linda Allen and Jose Alejos have teamed up for the six-day hands-on clinic, and Winkel's son, Kevin Winkel, pitched in this time around as well.

September 29, 2014

Back In The Barn At The Longines Los Angeles Masters

Los Angeles—Sept. 28  

What does it take to transform a parking garage for a giant convention center in the middle of downtown Los Angeles into a week-long stable for the world’s best show jumpers? A lot of planning and work—but only one day to set the whole thing up. See a fantastic photo gallery of all the behind-the-scenes of the show.

September 28, 2014

Youth Wins Out At The $475,000 Longines Grand Prix

Los Angeles—Sept. 28

Jos Verlooy’s trip to the Longines Los Angeles Masters didn’t start out too well.

On the first day he had, in his words, “a really stupid fence down.” He planned to enter his horse, Domino, in an extra class the next day to smooth out the mistake, but trainer Harrie Smolders talked him out of it.

“He said no, because I was going to jump clear on Sunday,” recalled Verlooy, who, sure enough, topped the $475,000 Longines Grand Prix today. “I believed him, and then I won!”

September 28, 2014

Dressing Up For A Good Cause

Los Angeles—Sept. 27

Riders got into the Halloween spirit a little early this year for a good cause at the debut edition of the  Longines Los Angeles Masters Grand Slam.

September 27, 2014

Philips Proves Fastest In The Longines Speed Challenge

Los Angeles—Sept. 26

When Switzerland’s Jane Richard Philips rode Dieudonne de Guldenboom into the lead of the $132,500 Longines Speed Challenge midway through the class, she didn’t stop biting her nails till the last rider cleared the last fence—literally.

September 18, 2014

Last Chance For Free Central Park Tickets

Want two free tickets to the Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex ($500 value)? Then be one of the first 100 subscribers to the offer below.

A little bit of history is going to be written when some of the country’s top riders meet in the heart of New York City for the Central Park Horse Show, presented by Rolex, on Sept. 18-21.

Seating for the event is very limited, with only a little more than 1,300 seats available for each night. Want to be there? Here’s your last chance for free tickets.

September 7, 2014

Dubbeldam Takes World Games Gold, Madden Gets Another Bronze

Sept. 7—Caen, France 

Five days of competition, nine rounds of jumping, and in the end the individual championship at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games came down to the smallest of margins.

Just a single time fault separated gold from silver, with the Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam getting the top spot on the podium and hometown favorite Patrice Delaveau looking up at him. Beezie Madden helped the U.S. team win bronze earlier in the week, and she added another bronze from this year’s Games to her collection.

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