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Mollie Bailey

April 30, 2011

Cross-Country Play-By-Play

Cross-Country Play-By-Play

April 28, 2011

Springer Leads The Way After First Day Of Rolex Dressage

Lexington, Ky.—April 28

April 27, 2011

All 45 Starters Pass Initial Jog At Rolex Kentucky CCI****

Two horses were held, but all 45 horses presented at the first horse inspection at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** passed. The ground jury held Kristin Bachman's Gryffindor and Kelly Sult's Hollywood, but both were accepted on reinspection.

Phillip Dutton's Truluck, who was on the start list, did not present.

April 23, 2011

Boyd Bags A Birthday Win On Brunello

April 23, Aiken, S.C.

Liza Boyd found a perfect way to celebrate her 32nd birthday: riding Brunello to the top of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Aiken Spring Classic. She had to face some fierce competition to get there, especially from Kelley Farmer, who brought a trailer load of horses to Aiken, S.C., to take a run at the title.

Farmer still left with plenty of loot, having picked up second (Praise), third (Taken), fourth (Crown And Scepter) and 10th (Bases Loaded).

April 19, 2011

Update From The Japanese Equestrian Community

The Japanese Equestrian Federation released an update on the state of the Japanese equestrian community in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country. Northeast Japan, where the disasters struck, is home to many breeding and training operations, especially in the Tohoku region.

April 18, 2011

Bobby Murphy Puts The Wellington Hunter Derby In Perspective

One of the course designers shares his philosophies behind this event and the series.

What was your vision for the Wellington Hunter Derby’s handy course?

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association High Performance Hunter Committee developed the USHJA International Hunter Derby to bring the art and tradition of horsemanship back to the show ring.

April 3, 2011

Reina Rules Over HITS Arizona

When Michelle Parker trotted into the ring for the second round of the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix on March 13, she couldn’t ward off a feeling of déjà vu. Two weeks earlier she’d found herself in the same situation, following Bjorn Ikast and Brave Heart in a two-horse jump-off.

But while last time a rail relegated her to second in the victory gallop, this week Parker managed to find a quicker way around the course and leave all the jumps in the cups, scoring the top check aboard Reina during the final day of the HITS Arizona circuit.

April 2, 2011

Jersey Boy Banks Another Derby Win In Wellington

Wellington, Fla., April 2

Jersey Boy and Jennifer Alfano came to the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival for one reason and one reason only: to win the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. And sure enough, Alfano and Jersey Boy will bring another blue rosette back to Buffalo, N.Y., for SBS Farms. 

March 31, 2011

Boyd Martin Fancies A Feline

Cats: You either love them or hate them. Eventer Boyd Martin definitely falls into the former category.

When he describes his favorite two animals as “well bred, athletic and excellent movers,” Boyd Martin’s not talking about his newest upper-level prospects.

March 29, 2011

Is There A Place For Draw Reins In The Show Ring?

We noticed this photo of a jumper rider at one of the winter circuits, showing over fences in draw reins.

Per U.S. Equestrian Federation rules, this is legal in classes with less than $1,000 in prize money, but we asked three top show jumpers to weigh in on the controversial practice.

Anne Kursinski:

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