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Mollie Bailey

October 16, 2009

Chiron S Shines At The Penn National

Most people wouldn’t choose the Pennsylvania National as the first show back for their horse after a long break.

After all, the best amateurs in the country flocked to Harrisburg, Pa., to ride for $15,000 in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

But Paige Johnson had a feeling that Harrisburg was the perfect locale to bring Chiron S back to competition, and her hunch paid off with a big win in today’s classic. That blue ribbon also helped her tie with Chloe Wormser and Udiana for the amateur-owner jumper championship.

October 16, 2009

Gurney Gets It Done

The Other Brother didn’t look unusual as he galloped calmly around the ring at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show today, Oct. 16, but he felt totally different to Jennifer Gurney than her usual type of ride.

Before she got him, Gurney had always ridden and shown homebred, off-the-track Thoroughbreds. But the switch to a big-strided, easy-going Hanoverian suited her just fine.

“I normally ride fixer-uppers, so he’s a huge change of pace,” said Gurney, who trains with Gary Duffy. “It’s a huge change—but he’s really my dream horse, and we clicked right away.”

October 15, 2009

Jayne Leads The Way In Harrisburg

If you told Maggie Jayne yesterday that Francesca would claim the regular conformation title at the Pennsylvania National in Harrisburg, Pa., she never would have believed you. The lovely mare won the model, but over fences they were having trouble getting in sync.

“Usually I do her first, then Madeline [Thatcher] does her in the juniors after me,” said Jayne. “She was so quiet in the first class I had a huge chip. Then in the next class I overdid it and almost did five strides in a six.” 

October 13, 2009

Lone Star Wrangles A Win At The Pennsylvania National

Even though Douglas Wheeler could have made it to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show to watch his Lone Star vie for the regular working hunter title, he opted out.

“Douglas can get a little superstitious,” said Hunt Tosh with a laugh. “He couldn’t come to Capital Challenge [Md.], and when his horse went perfectly there he was scared to come here.  So he stayed at home and watched it on the Internet.”

October 12, 2009

Mitchell Makes A Splash At The NAL Children's Hunter Final

Meg Mitchell doesn’t have as many opportunities as most of her peers to prep for the Pennsylvania National. Since she started working with Jeff and Keeley Gogul, she usually only gets to ride at shows, because she and her mounts live in different states.

But that didn’t stop the Nashville, Tenn., native from rising to the top of the $10,000 NAL Children’s Hunter Final, today, Oct. 12, in Harrisburg, Pa., aboard her Oksana.

October 9, 2009

Legendary Lyle Makes It Three In A Row

When Don Stewart says he’s never seen Lyle go better than he did at this year’s Pennsylvania National Horse Show, he knows what he’s talking about. After all, under Stewart’s decade-long tutelage, the horse has won just about every accolade that can be bestowed on a hunter—including junior hunter titles the last two years in Harrisburg, Pa.

October 9, 2009

Confidence Propels Boris To Blue At USEF Talent Search Finals—West

The 16-year-old makes a name for himself in Los Angeles with an impressive victory.

If you’d have told Theodore Boris six months ago that he’d be leading the victory gallop at the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Medal Finals—West this fall, he never would have believed you.

October 8, 2009

Northwind's Opus Nails It

Nicole Kehrli may have dreamed of accepting a blue ribbon at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show 4½ years ago when she first started riding Northwind’s Opus. But she didn’t expect it would be in the jumper ring.

“We got him to be a hunter pony, but he was too crazy!” she said.

Despite his friskiness, the scopey dark bay proved himself a champion, topping the North American League Pony Jumper Final tonight, Oct. 8, in Harrisburg, Pa.

September 22, 2009

Adams Aces Her Test

For Taylor Ann Adams, years of work and practice paid off Aug. 17 when she earned the coveted USEF Pony Medal Finals title.

Adams borrowed Sarah Garnett’s and Olivia Haslam’s Millpond Celebrity for the week. 

“I did him in the equitation through the winter, and he’s always been great,” said Adams.  “I had complete faith in him—I knew he’d be perfect.”

September 22, 2009

Teamwork Takes Zone 4 To The Top

After they finished fourth in the Adequan/USEF National Pony Jumper Team Championship last year, Zone 4 riders Edie Ringger, Claudia Billups and Brittini Raflowitz have been obsessed with one thing and one thing only: team gold. 

With a year of single-minded planning and practice behind them, the team returned to Lexington, Ky., along with newcomer Leigh Anne Hartrampf, for their victory on Aug. 19. Zones 8 & 9 took the silver medal and Zone 10 earned the bronze.

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