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Mollie Bailey

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:

March 28, 2011

Reports Beginning To Surface From Japan’s Equestrian Community

While Japanese citizens grapple with the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left 10,800 dead and 16,200 missing, news from the Japanese sport horse industry is beginning to trickle out.

Managing director of the Japanese Equestrian Federation, Yasuhiko Haruta, struggled to track down news from horsemen immediately following the disaster.

March 18, 2011

Amber Levine Has Crossed Over To The Dark Side

The eventing bug has bitten this hunter/jumper professional hard, and there’s no turning back now.

From the outside, it looked a bit like a quarter-life crisis.

By 20, Amber Levine had capped a successful junior career and was enjoying a burgeoning young professional role on the West Coast hunter/jumper circuit. Riding for years with Susie Hutchison had prepared her for the next step in life, an assistant trainer gig with Ned and Hope Glynn at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma, Calif.

March 15, 2011

Washington International Signs Three-Year Contract With Verizon Center

On March 15 the Washington (D.C.) International Horse Show announced that they signed a contract with Verizon Center to extend its run there for the next three years. The show will remain at that venue through 2013. Show management had been renewing their agreement with the venue annually for several years.

March 6, 2011

Castle Rock Reigns Over WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular

Ask Louise Serio to describe the ideal hunter, and the answer’s right at the tip of her tongue: Castle Rock.

She’s not being immodest to name the horse she campaigns for Bryan Baldwin as the two-word description to that much larger question. The judges of the $32,875 World Champion Hunter Rider Palm Beach Professional Hunter Classic Spectacular confirmed that opinion on Feb. 18. They awarded Castle Rock the top check in the biggest class of WCHR week at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., Feb. 16-20.

February 27, 2011

Brave Heart Steps Up In The Snow To Top The HITS Grand Prix

Feb. 27, Tucson, Ariz.

When Bjorn Ikast woke up this morning, he took one look out the window, turned to his wife and said, “There’s no way there’s going to be a grand prix.” The snow he saw covering everything drove him to climb back into bed, resigned that he’d have the afternoon off.

Yet a few hours later, with the morning’s flurries melted and just a few rogue flakes passing through the air, Ikast found himself in a familiar scenario: accepting the blue ribbon for the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix aboard Brave Heart.

February 27, 2011

Pesoa Peaks At The Wellington CSI-W

Rodrigo Pessoa and Let’s Fly have been making a habit of putting in perfect first rounds in big classes lately. In the jump-off, however, things haven’t been going so well.

But with a serious check and precious FEI World Cup points on the line in the final East Coast qualifier of the season, Pessoa had plenty of incentive to reverse that trend when he headed into the short course for the $231,000 Wellington CSI-W on March 12.

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