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Mollie Bailey

June 23, 2011

Buck Brannaman To Appear On David Letterman Tonight, June 23

Natural horseman Buck Brannaman will appear on “Late Show With David Letterman” tonight, June 23, at 11:30 p.m. EST on CBS.

Brannaman starred in the documentary Buck, which tells the tale of his transition from an abusive childhood to developing a tremendously successful approach to horses. That film, which has been accepted to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, started playing in select theatres on June 17.

June 20, 2011

The Chronicle Wins 17 AHP Awards

The Chronicle of the Horse earned first place in the Equine-Related Website category at the 2011 American Horse Publications seminar, held June 16-18 in San Diego, Calif., as well as 16 other awards.

The Chronicle launched the redesigned www.chronofhorse.com in November of 2009. In their critique, the judges described the website as “very impressive” and complimented the site’s rich content and excellent navigation.

The Chronicle of the Horse print edition earned an honorable mention in its General Excellence category.

June 8, 2011

2011 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Specifications Announced

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association released the specifications for the 2011 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, to be held Aug. 19-20 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

June 5, 2011

Equine Herpes Outbreak Affects Western Competitions

With eight horses confirmed dead at press time and 19 U.S. Equestrian Federation competitions cancelled, the latest EHV outbreak is making an impact on the sport horse world.

An outbreak of equine herpes virus myeloencephalopathy, the neurological form of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), has been reported in eight western U.S. states, prompting the cancellation of 19 U.S. Equestrian Federation competitions.

June 5, 2011

Jersey Boy Stars On Derby Day At Devon

Devon, Pa.—June 5

Jen Alfano found a perfect way to follow up last year’s win in the USHJA International Hunter Derby at Devon aboard Jersey Boy: winning it again.

She and her longtime partner scored a wire-to-wire finish in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on the final day of the Devon Horse Show.

June 4, 2011

Rocky W Returns To Winning At Devon

June 4—Devon, Pa.

Rocky W’s amateur-owner jumper championship with Kaitlin Campbell was a long time coming.

When Rocky W tore a suspensory ligament back in 2009, Campbell assumed that his career as a top jumper was over. She turned him out in a paddock, hoping he’d be able to come back at a lower level.

June 4, 2011

Lumiere Shines At Devon

June 4—Devon, Pa.

Jane Gaston didn’t have the best start to Devon.

“The first class yesterday he came in, and I thought we were prepared,” said Gaston. “But we jumped [a fence heading into] the crowd and it took his attention away. I don’t know why—he just wasn’t quite himself.”

June 4, 2011

Farewell To A Champion: Gray Slipper Retires

Gray Slipper took one final walk around Devon’s Dixon Oval today with Bridget Hallman, Louise Serio and Amanda Lyerly during an emotional retirement ceremony.

June 2, 2011

Devon Pony Hunt Teams

For most pony riders at Devon, the real fun starts after all the serious pony hunter competition wraps up.

At a show marked by tradition, the pony hunt team classes may be the most popular institution on the showgrounds. Teams of three small, medium or large pony riders pick a theme, decorate themselves and their ponies head to toe, queue up their favorite music and negotiate a course concurrently, culminating in jumping the final fence in tandem.

May 28, 2011

Maddy Darst Makes A Big Impression At Devon

May 28—Devon, Pa.

The last weekend in May isn’t usually a good one for Maddy Darst. She’s been coming to Devon for years, but she’s always felt a little cursed.

“I always have bad luck here,” said Darst, 13. “I’ll have one good trip, then something will go wrong.”

But Darst, Lebanon, Ohio, put that all in the past this time around. She rode Betsee Parker’s For The Laughter to the grand pony and large pony hunter championships, Pegasus Show Stables’ Swingtown to the medium pony hunter title and Enchanted Forest to the medium pony hunter reserve title.

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