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Mollie Bailey

July 17, 2012

Red Sky Shines At Summer In The Rockies VI

Parker, Colo., July 17

When Kelley Farmer comes to a hunter derby, she shows up ready to compete. Her horses are fit and well schooled, and she always has her game face on. But at the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Summer In The Rockies VI, things didn’t look that way at the start of the class.

June 19, 2012

The Chronicle Over The Decades: 1980s

The Chronicle of the Horse is celebrating its 75th birthday in 2012. For seven weeks we’ll bring you a decade-by-decade look at the history that has filled its pages since 1937.

In a July 29, 1988, commentary, editor John Strassburger took stock of the last eight years in horse sport, marveling at the expansion at the top levels of the sport:

June 12, 2012

The Chronicle Over The Decades: 1970s

The Chronicle of the Horse is celebrating its 75th birthday in 2012. For seven weeks we’ll bring you a decade-by-decade look at the history that has filled its pages since 1937.

Plenty of major changes swept through the equestrian community during the 1970s. In international competition, the U.S. Equestrian Team was a major international force, with show jumping, dressage and eventing squads sweeping the 1975 Pan American Games (Mexico City) gold medals, and all three teams earning medals over the course of the Olympic Games in Munich (1972) and Montreal (1976).

June 3, 2012

Jersey Boy Wears Devon Blue Again

Devon Pa.—June 3

Some horses have favorite venues where they always seem to shine, places where something about the atmosphere, schedule or facility suit them perfectly. Lucky for Jennifer Alfano, Devon Horse Show always seems to be at the top of Jersey Boy’s list.

May 29, 2012

Winds Of Magic Blows Away The Pony Jumper Competition

Devon, Pa.—May 29

Sometimes slow and steady really does win the race—even in the jumpers.

Halfway through the jump-off for the $2,500 NAL Pony Jumper Classic at the Devon Horse Show on May 27, no rider had found a clear go around the track. Riders were going for broke, finding snug turns and turning on the gas—but hitting rails in the process.

May 27, 2012

Updated: Pony Dies At Devon

Small pony Humble died May 26 at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pa. Humble was in a barn on the show grounds when he died.

Humble, a 9-year-old Welsh pony by Blue Rain, was owned by Amber Hill Farm. He'd competed the day before in the small pony hunter division.

Humble had been a regular competitor on the A circuit, finishing overall eighth at USEF Pony Finals (Ky.) in that division last year.

May 27, 2012

Colvin Cleans Up In The Jumpers

May 26—Devon, Pa.

Sure, Tori Colvin probably leads more jogs in the junior hunter ring at major competitions than any other rider. But the hunter ring isn’t her favorite place to be.

“I like jumpers best, then hunters and equitation,” said Colvin, 14.

May 27, 2012

Déjà Vu In The Devon Pony Ring

May 26—Devon, Pa.

Winning a championship at Devon is tough to top the next year, so Meredith “Maddy” Darst went ahead and did the same thing a second time. She rode For The Laughter to his second consecutive grand pony championship at Devon for Betsee Parker. It’s that pony’s third large pony hunter title in a row at Devon, Pa., winning the 2010 edition with Tori Colvin up.

The judges awarded the Lebanon, Ohio, rider third place in the Best Child Rider on a Pony competition for her efforts.

May 19, 2012

Red Sky Lights Up The Night At Keswick

May 18—Keswick, Va.

Red Sky faced plenty of tough competition at the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Keswick Horse Show—in no small part from his barnmates.

His rider, Kelley Farmer, entered seven top mounts in the class, riding home with the top five ribbons and eighth to boot. First to go in the class, AM Free’s Red Sky scored a wire-to-wire win to lead the victory gallop over Praise and Mystery Guest.

April 14, 2012

The Luckiest Man On Two Continents

Sometimes, it’s all about being in the right place at the right time.

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