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Mollie Bailey

February 24, 2011

Updated: USHJA Offering Sport Forums At Winter Circuits

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will be hosting open discussion forums at winter circuits this spring to listen to ideas and share information about developments in the sport. The exact locations, times and dates of most of the forums are approximate. Check back here, at the hosting horse shows or with the USHJA to confirm

FTI Winter Equestrian Festival Wellington, Fla. Tues, Feb. 22 at 3:00p.m. at the Special Events Pavillion (directly cross from the bridge). Discussion to be led by Geoff Teall.

February 20, 2011

Prima Takes First On Derby Day

Feb. 20, Wellington, Fla.

Beezie Madden had made it through the first five weeks of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival without leading a victory gallop in a major grand prix, but she corrected that error today. Madden rode Prima to the top of the $50,000 G&C Farm Palm Beach Jumping Derby.

The mare smoked through the timers 5.5 seconds faster than runner-up Ben Maher aboard Oscar. G&C Sinatra left all the rails up with Pablo Barrios up, picking up the best-conditioned award as well as the third-placed ribbon.

February 20, 2011

Updated: USHJA Offering Sport Forums At Winter Circuits

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will be hosting open discussion forums at winter circuits this spring to listen to ideas and share information about developments in the sport. The exact locations, times and dates of most of the forums are approximate. Check back here, at the hosting horse shows or with the USHJA to confirm

FTI Winter Equestrian Festival Wellington, Fla. Tues, Feb. 22 at 3:00p.m. at the Special Events Pavillion (directly cross from the bridge). Discussion to be led by Geoff Teall.

February 18, 2011

Castle Rock Earns A Royal Win

Wellington, Fla., Feb. 18

While the ring crew raised the fences for horses jumping 4’ in the first round of tonight's World Champion Hunter Rider Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular, commentator Geoff Teall noted that hopefully these would be the most seasoned and impressive horses the spectators would see all night.

Was he ever right.

February 5, 2011

The Chronicle's Overall 2010 Horse Of The Year: Lone Star

It all started with a warm-up class.

Lauren Shelton was slated to make her junior hunter debut in 2008 at Capital Challenge (Md.), and her mount for the occasion had never shown in that ring. So at his wife’s suggestion, Hunt Tosh tacked up his student’s junior hunter, Lone Star, for the $15,000 WCHR Professional Rider Final. The horse finished 10th, then went on to jump beautifully later in the week for Shelton.

January 23, 2011

Rosalynn And Farmer Find Blue In Jacksonville

Green Cove Springs, Fla., Jan. 22

Rosalynn and Kelley Farmer added another long ribbon to their collection tonight when they topped the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Jacksonville National. They moved up to the top from third with lovely jumping and tight turns in the handy round.

“It was always my plan to go inside and jump the higher fences—she does those so easily,” said Farmer, Keswick, Va. “After I saw Liza [Boyd] and Jen [Alfano] go, I knew what I had to do. Their horses both jumped beautifully, and those two never back down.”

January 16, 2011

Angels In The Hunt Field

Talk to any foxhunter, and he’ll have a story for you about the best mount in the field. Time after time, it’s not the boldest staff horse or the most sure-footed guest packer that he’ll describe, but a shorter and scrappier fellow: the ideal hunt pony.

Nearly every hunt has one of those special animals that becomes the envy of everyone in the field: game, athletic, smart, forgiving, with an instinctive understanding of the sport. Those extraordinary individuals become hand-me-downs, reserved and spoken for years ahead of time.

December 9, 2010

Making The Most Of Those 45 Minutes: An Amateur's Guide To Lesson Efficiency

Top trainers weigh in on how competitive amateurs can get the most out of their lesson time.

For legions of busy, overachieving adults, just carving out time to get in the saddle can be extraordinarily difficult. It’s even harder to navigate the logistical concerns of getting to a trainer. So when all the stars align and you manage to get in a lesson, it’s all the more important to make the most of every moment.

October 29, 2010

California Girls Shake Up Washington

Washington D.C., Oct. 29

If you brought a junior hunter to the Washington D.C. this year hoping for a Washington International tricolor, you’d better have a strong California connection.

October 23, 2010

Pessoa Makes It Two In A Row In Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 23

Rodrigo Pessoa couldn’t watch the jump-off for the $75,000 Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W during the Pennsylvania National, but from what he heard in the schooling area it wasn’t an average short course.

“We didn’t have a screen there, but when I heard scores like 20, 8, 12, and 4, I said ‘This is kind of unusual,’ ” said Pessoa, who tacked up HH Ashley for tonight's featured class.

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