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Mollie Bailey

May 6, 2015

Keenan Moves Forward In Her Career With A New Trainer

Lillie Keenan, who earne­d top results in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings as a junior rider, will begin training with Irish rider Cian O’Connor, who was the individual bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games.   

April 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Before The Go-Pro

Think those Go-Pro helmet-cam videos of cross-country rides are novel? Think again.

Back in 1978 the Chronicle ran this photo of Buddy Brown with the following caption: “Man from outer space? No, it’s Buddy Brown riding Flying John at the recent [International Jumping Derby] in Rhode Island. Brown’s helmet included a movie camera with wide-angle lens. Buddy rode the course, filming at the same time, to give viewers a rider’s perspective.”

Brown remembers that day and the horse well. 

April 22, 2015

The First Rolex Jog: Last-Minute Shopping Trips, Hitching A Ride And Lucky Socks

April 22—Lexington, Ky.

All horses presented at the first horse inspection for the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** were accepted.

Two horses were held—Laine Ashker’s Anthony Patch and Kristin Schmolze’s Ballylaffin Bracken—but both passed on re-inspection.

March 28, 2015

Ward Wears Blue In The $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla.—March 28

McLain Ward had a slow start to his season this year, but he’s been picking up steam the last month or so. And with his latest win in tonight’s $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix on HH Carlos, he’s firmly back in the spotlight.

“As I always say to [owner Hunter Harrison], he’s one of these horses that it’s always worth getting dressed for,” said Ward, Brewster, N.Y. “He’s always going to fight and try and go big, and we really appreciate those athletes.”

March 28, 2015

Mindful And Farmer Are On Form In Round 1 of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

March 28—Wellington, Fla.

Kelley Farmer and Mindful topped Round 1 of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby today at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The 2014 Chronicle of the Horse Hunter Horse of the Year earned matching scores of 90 and topped all the high option fences on their way to the top of Round 1. She has a 10-point lead over Say When and Canadian Darcy Hayes, with Tori Colvin riding Heritage Farms’ Vaillero into third.

March 27, 2015

From The Round Pen To The International Ring

March 27—Wellington, Fla.

It’s not very often that the horse you pick out as a yearling goes on to win in the International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center under your saddle. But Sarah Scheiring did just that when she piloted Eros SCF to the top of the $15,000 Adequan 6-year-old Classic today at the Winter Equestrian Festival.  

March 24, 2015

Video: Watch Chill R Z and Charlie Jayne Win The Great American $1 Million

Charlie Jayne smoked the competition in the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix with Chill R Z. Check out his flawless first round, then watch all six competitors jump off, with six rounds from Baronez (Kirsten Coe, fifth), Ohlala (Lauren Hough, fourth), Aristotles V (Jonathan McCrea, sixth), Rothchild (McLain Ward, second), Chill R Z and VDL Wizard (Callan Solem). 

Chill R Z's first round:

March 23, 2015

Chill R Z Grabs His First Million At HITS Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—March 23   

March 22, 2015

Fandango HX Proves A Precocious Charge In The $25,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix

Ocala, Fla.—March 22   

When there’s a line-up full of experienced hunters competing for the biggest hunter paycheck of the HITS Ocala circuit, you don’t expect a 5-year-old to step up for blue. But rider Adrienne Iverson wasn’t surprised that her partner Fandango HX earned a serious payday. He’s been a natural in the hunter ring since he started just six weeks ago.

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