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Mollie Bailey

June 5, 2011

Equine Herpes Outbreak Affects Western Competitions

With eight horses confirmed dead at press time and 19 U.S. Equestrian Federation competitions cancelled, the latest EHV outbreak is making an impact on the sport horse world.

An outbreak of equine herpes virus myeloencephalopathy, the neurological form of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), has been reported in eight western U.S. states, prompting the cancellation of 19 U.S. Equestrian Federation competitions.

June 5, 2011

Jersey Boy Stars On Derby Day At Devon

Devon, Pa.—June 5

Jen Alfano found a perfect way to follow up last year’s win in the USHJA International Hunter Derby at Devon aboard Jersey Boy: winning it again.

She and her longtime partner scored a wire-to-wire finish in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on the final day of the Devon Horse Show.

June 4, 2011

Rocky W Returns To Winning At Devon

June 4—Devon, Pa.

Rocky W’s amateur-owner jumper championship with Kaitlin Campbell was a long time coming.

When Rocky W tore a suspensory ligament back in 2009, Campbell assumed that his career as a top jumper was over. She turned him out in a paddock, hoping he’d be able to come back at a lower level.

June 4, 2011

Lumiere Shines At Devon

June 4—Devon, Pa.

Jane Gaston didn’t have the best start to Devon.

“The first class yesterday he came in, and I thought we were prepared,” said Gaston. “But we jumped [a fence heading into] the crowd and it took his attention away. I don’t know why—he just wasn’t quite himself.”

June 4, 2011

Farewell To A Champion: Gray Slipper Retires

Gray Slipper took one final walk around Devon’s Dixon Oval today with Bridget Hallman, Louise Serio and Amanda Lyerly during an emotional retirement ceremony.

June 2, 2011

Devon Pony Hunt Teams

For most pony riders at Devon, the real fun starts after all the serious pony hunter competition wraps up.

At a show marked by tradition, the pony hunt team classes may be the most popular institution on the showgrounds. Teams of three small, medium or large pony riders pick a theme, decorate themselves and their ponies head to toe, queue up their favorite music and negotiate a course concurrently, culminating in jumping the final fence in tandem.

May 28, 2011

Maddy Darst Makes A Big Impression At Devon

May 28—Devon, Pa.

The last weekend in May isn’t usually a good one for Maddy Darst. She’s been coming to Devon for years, but she’s always felt a little cursed.

“I always have bad luck here,” said Darst, 13. “I’ll have one good trip, then something will go wrong.”

But Darst, Lebanon, Ohio, put that all in the past this time around. She rode Betsee Parker’s For The Laughter to the grand pony and large pony hunter championships, Pegasus Show Stables’ Swingtown to the medium pony hunter title and Enchanted Forest to the medium pony hunter reserve title.

May 24, 2011

Equine Herpes Virus Outbreak Affects Competition Calendar

An outbreak of equine herpes virus myeloencephalopathy, the neurological form of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), has been reported in eight western U.S. states, prompting the cancellation of 19 U.S. Equestrian Federation competitions.

May 22, 2011

It's All Farmer At Lexington Spring Encore

Kelley Farmer couldn’t have had a much better trip to the Lexington Spring Encore. She topped the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on her newest partner, Praise, and rounded out the top three on Madison Free’s Bases Loaded and Nancy Amling’s Taken.

May 8, 2011

Brunello Brings Home Blue In Aiken Spring Classic Masters

Liza Boyd’s not the type of rider to leave anything at the in-gate when she trots her derby partner Brunello into the ring for the handy round. So when she lay second heading into the final round of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Aiken Spring Classic Masters, she put in a round that left no doubt who the winner would be.

“We have a saying around here: Leave it to Liza,” said commentator Danny Robertshaw.

Sure enough, Boyd’s bold second round clinched the top spot on her birth-day weekend, April 20-24, aboard Bru-nello, whom she owns with Janet Peterson.

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