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Mollie Bailey

June 9, 2014

Fabled Earns A Fairytale Win

Mumford, N.Y.—June 8

Larry Glefke didn’t send six horses to the Genesee Country Village and Museum for today’s $35,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby just for fun, especially since he had his hands full the day before two states away at the $20,000 class at the Upperville Horse Show.

June 7, 2014

Me Again Ponies Up At A Truly "Old Time" Horse Show

Mumford, N.Y.—June 7

Shortly after the USHJA National Hunter Derby wrapped up, I wandered back to the barns to catch up with Jen Alfano who’d just won the USHJA National Hunter Derby on Me Again. I chatted with a few other competitors and friends first, then wandered down the aisle to see if that she was free. She was squatting in his stall, wrapping his last leg when I came by. She looked up at Jersey Boy, whose nose reached up above the next stall over to try to visit her horse as she finished the wrap.

May 31, 2014

Gochman Earns An Emotional Win At Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 31

You can forgive Becky Gochman for wiping away a few tears during the amateur-owner hunter awards presentations. Her partner for many major hunter wins, including the 2012 Devon amateur-owner championship, Sambalino, died of colic recently. So when her mount Empire earned the amateur-owner, 36 and over, hunter and grand amateur-owner hunter titles, as well as a new award she donated in Sambalino’s honor she felt incredibly moved. 

May 31, 2014

Quality Girl Shows Her Best Side In The $50,000 Idle Dice Stakes

Devon, Pa.—May 31

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl didn’t have the best start to the week.

On Thursday, the notoriously speedy rider came into the jump-off for the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon looking to ride for blue. But the snaffle rein on his bridle broke en route to the second fence, and suddenly he found himself without the same control.

May 29, 2014

O'Shea Leaves His Competition In The Dust At Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 29

It’s not easy to outrun the likes of McLain Ward and Todd Minikus when they’re kicking on, but in tonight’s $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon, Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel left them in the dust.

“Todd is one of the fastest riders in the world, and Paul kicked his butt,” said Ward who finished third behind them with a clear round on Rothchild, and took seventh as well on HH Ashley. “I don’t think it was going to be very easy to beat him tonight.

Even course designer Olaf Petersen was astounded at Primo de Revel’s footspeed.

May 29, 2014

Mindful Makes It Happen On Derby Day

Devon, Pa.—May 29

Kelley Farmer may only have shown Mindful three times, but that hasn’t stopped them from positively trouncing the field at Devon. And everyone on the show grounds is sitting up and taking notice.

Yesterday they won the high performance hunter championship, and today the pair topped today’s $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby over Hayley Barnhill and her new partner Airport 48, with three-time class winner Jennifer Alfano taking third on Maggie May.

May 25, 2014

Rinaldi Rakes In Devon Blue

Devon, Pa.—May 25

Last time Giavanna “Gia” Rinaldi came to Devon, she was excited to ride in the pony jumper ring. A lot’s changed over the last year.

This year, the 14-year-old stepped up—way up—to the junior jumper ring, winning the junior jumper championship and leading junior rider award aboard GPS Brilliant Disguise.

“I never thought I’d get this far in the junior jumpers, especially at Devon,” said Rinaldi.

May 24, 2014

Spellbound Makes Magic In The Pony Ring

Devon, Pa.—May 24

Bernadette Chungunco came to the Devon Horse Show with exactly one goal in mind: to do better than last year. Well she did that, and then some. Chungunco won the large pony hunter championship and the grand pony hunter title on her own Spellbound, and the judges selected her as the Best Child Rider on a pony to boot.

“I just wanted a better outcome than last year when we were reserve, this is as good as it gets,” said Chungunco. “I’m really proud of him.”

May 5, 2014

USHJA Hosts Open Forums To Discuss Green Hunter Eligibility

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will host an open forum to discuss the future of green hunters, green eligibility and age restrictions next Monday, May 12, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the VIP area by the Sheila C. Johnson Arena.

This meeting is the biggest in a series of forums held across the country. USHJA President Bill Moroney, USHJA Vice President and head of the Hunter Working Group Mary Babick and U.S. Equestrian Federation National Hunter Chair Geoff Teall will run the meeting. 

May 4, 2014

Zine Dine Is Just Hailey Henderson's Type

Hailey Henderson’s always had a soft spot for Thoroughbreds, so it’s no surprise that her latest grand prix mount got his start on the racetrack.

She and Zine Dine, 10, have become a solid partnership at $25,000 grand prix classes in the Southwest. They won a $10,000 1.45-meter welcome stake in Texas in late March and while they haven’t led the victory gallop of a grand prix yet, Henderson believes it’s possible.

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