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Mollie Bailey

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.

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.”

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