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Mollie Bailey

March 17, 2013

Contanga 3 Is The Clear Winner In Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—March 17

When Andre Thieme pulled up Contanga 3 after galloping around the jump-off for the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, he didn’t think he’d just laid down the winning round. That mare was relatively inexperienced, and the slowest of his three mounts qualified for the short course. He assumed that one of the others would outrun her.

The rest of the field hoped the same, but they simply couldn’t beat him.

March 13, 2013

No Bridle, No Problem

A broken hackamore couldn't stop Wilton Porter from riding the only clear round in the $20,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Team event on Paloubet.

March 10, 2013

Junior Rider Breaks Collarbone In Fall At WEF

A 13-year-old rider from Colombia suffered a serious fall while riding in the modified children’s jumper class at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., today March 10. 

The rider had completed the jump-off when her mount started bucking, then propped, and she fell off headfirst. The rider, who was unconscious after the fall, was immediately transported via ambulance to the Trauma Hawk Landing site at the Global Dressage Festival site across the street. She travelled via helicopter to Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla.

March 9, 2013

Deusser Gets It Done In Wellington

March 9—Wellington, Fla.

Daniel Deusser may have just arrived at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, but he didn’t do it quietly.

March 3, 2013

Blue Angel Wears Blue With Farrington

Wellington, Fla.—March 3

What do you get when you gather the best riders at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, ask them to tack up their best horses and ride in a major grand prix during Nations Cup week? An amazing jump-off.

March 2, 2013

U.S. Young Riders Dominate In Wellington

Wellington, Fla.—March 2

When the U.S. Young Rider team was walking the course before the $10,000 FEI Hollow Creek Farm Young Riders Nations Cup, Chef d’Equipe Michele Grubb had one request: get it done a round early. Like the senior Nations Cup last night, the young riders did just that, piling on strong performances to clinch gold over Canada and Colombia a round early.

March 2, 2013

U.S. Team On Top In Wellington CSIO

Wellington, Fla.—March 1

In years past, Nations Cup competition at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has often served as training ground for greener international horses or riders. But with a new Nations Cup program in effect, the U.S. team came to the International Ring ready to win.

February 28, 2013

Updated: French Leaves USHJA

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will be seeking a new Chief Executive Officer after Shelby French, who held that position, resigned on Feb. 9.

USHJA President Bill Moroney reported that a subgroup of the USHJA’s Board of Directors will be addressing this issue, first by assessing the job duties and requirements for the position, then by searching for an individual that fits the position. He estimates that the committee will start searching for a candidate in around 30 days. In the interim, Moroney will be filling in as president and staff leader.

February 24, 2013

Gatsby’s Great In $50,000 Hermes Jumping Derby

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 24

Like many of the big Sunday classes at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, the $50,000 Hermes Jumping Derby attracted a top international field. But if you wanted a major piece of the prize money, you had to hail from one country in particular: Ireland.

February 24, 2013

Colvin Is Spectacular Again In Palm Beach

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 23

Walking into the press conference after the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular felt eerily familiar. Like last year, Tori Colvin, Louise Serio and Liza Boyd sat at the table after the class, and like last time around, they looked relieved and relaxed for the first time all week.

All three are serious about winning. There’s Serio, the veteran who helped found the WCHR program 16 years ago, and Boyd, who's worked hard to win the class three times since it started.

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