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Mollie Bailey

March 10, 2012

Legolas 92 Leads The Way At The Del Mar CDI-W

Del Mar, Calif.—Mar. 9

Steffen Peters’ newest grand prix horse, Legolas 92, grabbed the spotlight as soon as he arrived on the dressage scene, and he hasn’t let it go yet. That gelding logged his latest win at the Del Mar CDI-W at the Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire, where he topped the Grand Prix for the freestyle on a mark of 75.80 percent. Peters won the class over Jan Ebling and Rafalca, who earned a 71.46 percent.

Peters felt especially proud of Legolas 92 for his clean performance in the electric atmosphere at Del Mar.

February 27, 2012

Little Suffers Serious Fall At FTI Winter Equestrian Festival

On Feb. 26, adult amateur jumper rider Don Little suffered a serious fall at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla. He was flown to Delray Medical Center where he remains.

Little was competing in the $10,000 Masters Jumper Classic aboard Superiur in the International Ring when the fall occurred. Palm Beach County ambulance immediately transported Little to the Stadium, where a Trauma Hawk helicopter airlifted Little to the Delray Medical Center.

Little had already competed successfully aboard another mount, Mr. Nightime, earlier in the class.

February 24, 2012

A Passion For Smarty Jones Leads To A Fairytale Ending For Madison Scott

Madison Scott grew up like many young riders, taking weekly lessons while dreaming of a horse of her own. But Scott's passion ran deeper than a teenage infatuation, and when she became the foremost expert on her favorite superstar equine, her dreams started coming true.

It all started when Scott was 10 and didn't know a starting gate from a stirrup iron. In 2004, Smarty Jones had enthralled racing fans and the general public alike with his comeback story of recovering from a fractured skull to become the first undefeated Kentucky Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.

February 20, 2012

Bases Loaded Unhurt After WHCR Spectacular Stumble

Trainer Kelley Farmer confirmed that Bases Loaded was uninjured after a big stumble during the WCHR Spectacular of Palm Beach evening class on Saturday, Feb. 18. The event was broadcast live on USEF Network.

February 19, 2012

Prima Pulls Off Another $50,000 G&C Farm Jumping Derby Win

Wellington, Fla., Feb. 19

Beezie Madden had one major goal with Prima during the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival: win the $50,000 G&C Farm Jumping Derby. And today Madden and her top speed mare pulled off that feat, topping the class of 27 entries to pick up the top check for owner Jenny Sutton of Neapolitan Holding Co. LLC.

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.

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