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Mollie Bailey

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.

April 1, 2012

Taken Takes The Lead At The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby In Wellington

Wellington, Fla., April 1

Kelley Farmer isn’t a fan of going slow—and that goes double when she's sitting on Taken. At today's $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in Wellington, she didn’t have a choice.

April 1, 2012

Dedication Ponies Up In Round 1 Of The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Wellington, Fla.—March 31

Scott Stewart and Dedication couldn’t have had a much better start to the Wellington edition of the USHJA International Hunter Derby series. Together the pair jumped to the top of the classic round in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week 12 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, heading into tomorrow’s handy round with a 4-point buffer over two-time class winners Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy.

March 31, 2012

Bluman Blows Away The Competition at the $500,000 FTI Consulting CSI*****

Wellington, Fla.—March 31

Youth won out over experience at today’s $500,000 FTI Consulting CSI*****, with one of the youngest competitors in the field claiming the day over a field of serious contenders.

March 31, 2012

Start List for the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Wellington, Fla., Mar. 31

The classic round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby kicks off at 2 p.m. this afternoon, with 56 horses to jump. The top horses will advance to tomorrow's handy round, taking place at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center's grass field next to the new dressage facility.

Here's the order of go:

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