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Mollie Bailey

March 3, 2010

Ward Wins USEF WEG Selection Trial 3 And Spooner Slides To The Top Of The WEG Selection Standings

Before the U.S. Equestrian Federation World Equestrian Games Selection Trials even began last week, McLain Ward had already secured a spot on the USEF World Equestrian Games Show Jumping Long List. But that couldn’t make him rest on his laurels.

Ward rode Rothchild to the top of the $40,000 USEF Selection Trial No. 3, today Mar. 3, boosting them to a tie for fourth in the USEF WEG Standings with 9 total faults. Richard Spooner and Cristallo now sit at the top of the standings after notching a single time fault today.

February 19, 2010

Deslauriers Swaps One Flag For Another

After more than 21⁄2 decades riding for Canada, Mario Deslauriers starts the season with a U.S. passport and a stellar string of horses.

By the time Mario Deslauriers made his debut riding for the U.S. flag during the Buenos Aires Nations Cup (Argentina) on Nov. 6, he’d already won an FEI World Cup Final and competed in two Olympic Games—but with a maple leaf on his saddle pad.

February 5, 2010

The Chronicle's Show Jumping Horseman Of The Year: Ashlee Bond

She may only be 24 years old, but Ashlee Bond has already had the kind of year most show jumpers dream about.

Bond piloted Cadett 7 to six clear rounds in Nations Cup competition in 2009, anchoring the U.S. team to wins at the Rome (Italy) and St. Gallen (Switzerland) CSIOs. She rounded out her European tour by finishing seventh in the $487,687 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen (Germany)—the highest U.S. placing—and by winning the $84,640 WARSTEINER-Prize Grand Prix (Germany). Back in the States she topped four CSI-Ws and competed in her first Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final.

February 5, 2010

The Chronicle's Show Hunter Horse Of The Year: Rumba

Every once in a while, fate intervenes to bring the right horse and the right rider together at the perfect moment.

January 22, 2010

Elephants, Cacti And Newborns, Oh My!

When a significant portion of the equestrian world migrates to warmer climes (or, God forbid, stays home in the snow) for a few months to show, there are bound to be some good stories. These horsemen across the country share their favorite memories.

John French, Redwood City, Calif.

January 16, 2010

Kenny Sneaks In A Win At Jacksonville

Darragh Kenny never considered himself a religious man, but in the middle of tonight’s jump-off in the Green Cove Springs CSI-W Grand Prix during the Jacksonville International he suddenly found himself converted.

Last to go in the second round today, Jan. 16, in Jacksonville, Fla., Kenny took a flier to a big triple bar leading into the last line. His partner, Trade Winds Farms’ Obelix, nearly sprouted wings to clear the fence. 

November 27, 2009

Free Rein With: Bill Schaub

Bill Schaub doesn’t consider himself a pony guy, but it’s an easy assumption to make about a man whose business card famously lists the measurements for small, medium and large ponies. While Schaub has trained top hunters in every division, he’s always had a special way with the smallest competitors at the horse show, both equine and human. His ponies and their riders have won most every award around, and he’s regularly seen center ring during the presentations at USEF Pony Finals, Devon (Pa.), the fall indoor shows and on the stage during the U.S.

November 14, 2009

Confused About Amateur Rules?

You’re not the only one. GR1306 is so tricky even stewards go running for their USEF Rule Books when you mention it.

Wander back to the barns after any amateur class in the country, listen long enough and you’ll hear it: an annoyed accusation that one of the competitors shouldn’t have been in the division.

What began as a class for part-time equestrians who didn’t make a living riding horses has morphed into a division unto itself and now includes riders just as skilled as many professionals.

November 13, 2009

So Let's Say...A Question And Answer Session On The Amateur Rule

The USEF Regulation Department reviewed a selection of common questions that flood their inbox for The Chronicle. Note: each of the scenarios assumes that all other qualifications for amateur certification have been met.

Q: I’m a 19-year-old working student who does barn work and hacks customers’ horses around the farm to keep them fit. I do not get paid cash; I do get free lessons, board and housing in exchange for my work. Am I an amateur?

November 13, 2009

So You Changed Your Mind About Your Professional Status

Swapping from amateur to professional is as simple as submitting a signed letter to the U.S. Equestrian Federation explaining that you’re relinquishing amateur status.

But obtaining an amateur card after riding as a pro requires a little more legwork.

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