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Mollie Bailey

October 20, 2011

All U.S. Horses Pass The First Horse Inspection

Oct. 20—Guadalajara, Mexico

Fifty-one horses were presented today at the first eventing horse inspection at the XVI Pan American Games. All U.S. horses—Michael Pollard's Schoensgreen Hanni, Shannon Lilley's Ballingowan Pizzaz, Buck Davidson's Absolute Liberty, Hannah Sue Burnett's Harbour Pilot and Lynn Symansky's Donner—passed without incident.

Six horses were held for reinspection:

October 19, 2011

U.S. Dressage Riders Sweep Medals At Pan American Games

Oct. 19—Guadalajara, Mexico

U.S. riders climbed onto all three steps of the podium after the individual dressage competition at the Pan American Games. Steffen Peters clinched gold with a strong freestyle on Weltino’s Magic, with Heather Blitz riding Paragon to silver and Marisa Festerling putting in the performance of her career to earn bronze on Big Tyme.

October 17, 2011

Peters Pushes Into The Lead In Pan Am Dressage

Oct. 17—Guadalajara, Mexico

October 16, 2011

U.S. Mines Gold In Guadalajara

Oct. 16—Guadalajara, Mexico­

When Steffen Peters watched teammate Heather Blitz nail her Prix St. Georges test on Paragon this afternoon, he declared the competition over.

“He said, ‘That’s it, that’s the winner,’ ” recalled U.S. Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons. “I said to myself, ‘I know he can ride. He’s such a mechanic.’ ”

October 8, 2011

Stars Go Blue Scores A Handy Win

Oct. 8—Upper Marlboro, Md.

If you ask trainer Leslie Emerson why Shawn Casady rides her charge Stars Go Blue so well, she can’t tell you.

“He rides so much through feel that I don’t even think he knows how he does it,” she said. “They are an incredible combination—nobody rides him like he does. They are made for each other.”

October 6, 2011

Invincible Scores A Big Win At Capital Challenge

Oct. 6—Upper Marlboro, Md.

Ellen Toon couldn’t have had a much better trip to Capital Challenge. She rode Invincible to a mark of 90 over fences, which earned today's EMO Trip of the Show award and helped boost them to the amateur-owner, 36 and over, reserve championship. And this afternoon she followed up with another big win: riding Invincible to the top of the WCHR Amateur-Owner Challenge.

October 5, 2011

French Finishes A Big Partnership With A Bang

Oct. 5—Upper Marlboro, Md.

John French found the perfect way to bid farewell to his top hunter: riding him to the top of their second consecutive WCHR Professional Rider Challenge at Capital Challenge.

French tacked up his partner of three years, Small Affair, to jump to the top of both rounds of tonight’s class, with Scott Stewart claiming second on Declaration and Patricia Griffith riding to third aboard Parkland.

October 4, 2011

Applications For 2012-2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Series Re-Opened

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association has re-opened applications for USHJA International Hunter Derbies in the 2012-2013 season. Applications to host classes between June 2, 2012 and June 1, 2013 are now due Nov. 1 by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The USHJA has also removed the limit on the number of competitions allowed to host qualifying competitions.

October 4, 2011

Format For 2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Announced

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association announced new specifications for the fourth USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. The 2012 Finals will be held Aug. 17-18 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington in conjunction with the Bluegrass Festival.

August 30, 2011

Kate Haley Turned A Good Opportunity Into A Great One

For most riders, winning 30 days’ advanced training with a top instructor would have been opportunity enough. Not for Kate Haley.

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