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Mollie Bailey

February 18, 2012

Way Cool Cleans Up At The $50,000 WCHR Palm Beach Spectacular

Wellington, Fla., Feb.18

Plenty of applause accompanied Castle Rock and Louise Serio when they exited the ring after the second round of the $50,000 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. After all, they'd just jumped into the lead, looking poised to defend their title from last year. But Serio didn't feel terribly confident.

"I knew I wouldn't win," said Serio, Kennett Square, Pa. "Even though I was on top, I knew she was coming."

January 20, 2012

Fire Rips Through Winkel's Maplewood Stables

A fast-moving brush fire tore through hunter/jumper trainer Julie Winkel’s Maplewood Stables in the Pleasant Valley area of Reno, Nev., on Jan. 19. No horses or humans were injured, but there is significant damage to the property, and Winkel’s home was destroyed.

Around noon Winkel was at home and saw the fire in the distance.

December 20, 2011

Aaron Vale Enters Ocala Horse Properties Horse Trials

Aaron Vale will get a different kind of warm-up competition before the start of the grand prix show jumping season. He’s entered Torino Q in the Ocala Horse Properties Horse Trials in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 7-8.

December 8, 2011

USHJA Gets A New Increment System

New Orleans, La.—Dec. 8

It’s been an ongoing struggle to find the best system to track and reward a horse’s performance over the show year. But at this year’s U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting, held Dec. 5-8, an updated points format earned a welcome reception.

October 29, 2011

McCrea Stays Perfect For Individual Gold

Oct. 29—Guadalajara, Mexico

Christine McCrea finished out the week the same way she started it: perfectly. She didn’t log a single fault over five rounds of show jumping at the Pan American Games to score the individual gold medal aboard Romantovich Take One.

McCrea edged out teammate Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo, with Brazil’s Bernardo Alves taking bronze on Bridgit.

October 27, 2011

U.S. Show Jumpers Earn A Golden Ticket To London

Oct. 27—Guadalajara, Mexico

The U.S. show jumping team came to the Pan American Games for one reason and one reason only—to earn an invitation to the London Olympic Games. But they managed that and more, without any U.S. riders putting a single fault on the scoreboard today en route to a team gold medal and a spot on the Olympic start list. Brazil picked up team silver, and Mexico delighted their hometown crowds by earning bronze.

October 27, 2011

The United States Leads After Round 1 of Nations Cup Competition

Oct. 27—Guadalajara, Mexico

October 26, 2011

Madden Leads U.S. Team To The Top On Speed Day

Oct. 26—Guadalajara, Mexico

For Beezie Madden, the first day of competition at the Pan American Games was a relatively easy one. She got to watch 50 riders before her tackling the course, which told her exactly where she had go to outrun them.

October 23, 2011

Phoenix Follows Through For Individual Gold

Oct. 23—Guadalajara, Mexico

Jessica Phoenix wrapped up a perfect Pan American Games performance this afternoon, riding a second fault-free show jumping round to earn individual eventing gold aboard Pavarotti. She’d already jumped clean once that day in the jumping round that determined the team medals. That performance helped Canada clinch team silver.

October 23, 2011

U.S. Earns Team Eventing Gold

Oct. 23—Guadalajara, Mexico

The U.S. eventing squad finished the team competition at the Pan American Games the same way they finished their first day of competition: without a single jumping penalty.

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