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Mollie Bailey

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.

September 6, 2014

Twenty-Nine Horses Set To Compete On Day 4 Of World Games Show Jumping

The ground jury accepted all 29 show jumpers presented at this morning’s veterinary inspection for the third competition. Sören Pedersen’s Third-ranked Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel was held initially, then passed on reinspection.

Four qualified entries, Kent Farrington, Christian Ahlmann, Ludger Beerbaum and Yann Candele, opted not to continue in the competition, leaving room for a few show jumpers further down the list to join the order of go.

September 6, 2014

Medical Update On Injured World Games Riders

Costa Rican rider Claudia Romero Chacon, who was injured in a fall on Aug. 28 during the endurance competition at the Alltech FEI World Games, underwent surgery for fractures and internal injuries on the day of the accident. She is recovering in hospital and is expected she will be discharged within a week. Her husband Juan Diego has recorded an audio message from his wife thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers.

September 5, 2014

People of the World Games: Working The Trade Fair

We met Lucie Aguila at the Normandy Regional Equitation Committee stand in the Games Village, among the most popular stops for the youngest equestrians at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Aguila was helping children get some hands on experience, helping them brush a pony on hand, learn about different kinds of feed and Velcro the correct name of part of a horse onto a board. 

September 5, 2014

People of the World Games: Supporting Two Nations At Once

On Day 1 of eventing dressage, we met a group of British fans at the Alltech Kentucky Bar at the Alltech Games Village. They were watching the dressage on a huge screen set up outside and drinking exactly one beer an hour each as they followed the competition and jokingly critiqued the riders’ top hats (William Fox-Pitts: elegant and proper; one of the Swedes: far too tall, Tim Price: just right.) We caught up with Lucy Allison, her husband Shaun Allison and their daughter Sophie, as well as Sophie’s student, Jacqui Vaughan.

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