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Mollie Bailey

August 20, 2011

Round 2 Order of Go

The top 25 horses from yesterday’s qualifying round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals will return with a clean slate for Round 2, the Classic Round of the Final starting at 6:45 p.m. tonight, Sat. Aug. 20. The top 12 with return in reverse order for Round 3, the handy round.

Round 2 Order of Go

August 19, 2011

Derby Finals Round 1 Order Of Go

The qualifying round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals kicks off today at 8:15 a.m. The top 25 horses will return with a clean slate tomorrow, Aug. 20, for Round 2, another classic round, at 6:45. The highest-placed 12 horses will advance to Round 3, a handy round, which follows immediately.

August 16, 2011

Hunt Tosh And Lone Star Reunited

Hunt Tosh has a new addition at his barn aisle in the form of a very familiar face: Lone Star.

The pair won the 2010 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals (Ky.), the 2009 Protocol Trophy and back-to-back regular working hunter and grand hunter championships at the Pennsylvania National in 2009 and 2010.

August 15, 2011

No Derby Finals For Peter Pletcher

Top hunter rider Peter Pletcher has been sidelined for at least four weeks following a back injury.

August 14, 2011

Goetzmann Gets It Done In The USEF Pony Medal Final

Aug. 14—Lexington, Ky.

Madison Goetzmann had just one word for the final day of USEF Pony Medal Finals: awesome. 

That sentiment summed up her win in the Equisport Insurance/USEF Pony Medal Final. Goetzmann grabbed the lead with a perfect first round aboard Denmark, then repeated her performance in Round 2. Judges Kip Rosenthal and Bill Ellis were so impressed they opted to pin the class without testing.

Watch Goetzmann’s first round here.

August 13, 2011

For The Laughter Finishes On Top At Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky—Aug. 13

It’s pretty tough to follow up two consecutive titles at USEF Pony Finals. Pretty much all you can do is win again.  So that’s what Maddy Darst did with For The Laughter.

That Betsee Parker entry claimed the large pony championship the last two years. This time around she came into the over fences with a 22-point lead, but a bobble at the first fence meant she nearly lost the chance at a title.

August 12, 2011

Ballou Bounces Back At Pony Finals

Aug. 12—Lexington, Ky.

Daisy Farish had an enviable decision to make heading into this year’s edition of USEF Pony Finals. Farish had two small ponies at the competition, Shine and Ballou, but the rules only permitted her to ride one. In the end, she chose Ballou, because she’s had so much experience with him, and that decision paid off with the division championship.

August 11, 2011

Enchanted Forest Charms At USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 11

Maddy Darst found the perfect way to follow up yesterday’s large green pony hunter championship at USEF Pony Finals: winning another tricolor.

She piloted Enchanted Forest to the top of the medium pony hunter division today for Betsee Parker after earning winning over fences scores of 86.9, 87 and 87. Swingtown jumped to second over fences to score the reserve title with Bergen Sanderford.

August 10, 2011

Magical Diamond Sparkles At USEF Pony Finals

Aug. 10—Lexington, Ky.

When Magical Diamond prepared to walk into the ring with Kirklen Petersen for the medium green pony over fences class of the USEF Pony Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park, his owner, Elizabeth Foster, was nowhere to be seen.

It wasn’t that she didn’t care to see him go, she was just too rattled with nerves to watch. But when she found out he earned scores of 85, 88, 83.75 to take over the lead, overwhelming excitement supplanted all those nerves.

August 1, 2011

Mindy Darst Knows How To Make Things Happen

This busy trainer inspires horsemen of all ages with her compassion, energy and positive attitude

If you’re ever trying to track down Mindy Darst at a horse show, just look for a flock of kids.

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