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Mollie Bailey

July 24, 2009

Let Us Now Praise Unknown Teachers

Anyone who has spent a summer, or even an afternoon, holding a longe line while repeating, “up, down, up, down,” can attest that there’s little glamour in helping equestrians learn the basics of the sport. 

Let’s face it: teaching beginners is boring, repetitive and requires patience beyond the reach of most saints. But unless she’s lucky enough to be born into a horsey family, every Olympic rider starts out on the far end of that longe line and needs an enthusiastic, educated and motivated teacher holding on to it.

July 24, 2009

Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic Tidbits

•Two of Jen Alfano’s rides tied for the grand hunter title, with regular working hunter Jersey Boy taking the ribbon over second year green hunter The Specialist after earning more points over fences. The Specialist also picked up a second tricolor with owner Meredith Bartolone in the amateur-owner, 36 and over, division.

July 24, 2009

Chagrin Fits Jersey Boy To A T

The talented chestnut logs his third consecutive derby win at Chagrin.

Before he even set foot in the ring, Jersey Boy might have been the best-known horse at the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic. After winning last year’s ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby, the chestnut’s photo was plastered on posters, show programs and the ubiquitous T-shirts worn by volunteers and staff during the horse show, held July 7-12.

July 24, 2009

Accordian Squeezes In A Victory At Chagrin

When Bob Kraut rode Accordian into the ring to jump off as the last rider in the $35,000 Cleveland Grand Prix, he found himself in prime position. The only faultless jump-off round, laid down by Claus and Angela Klein-Moore, had been a conservative clear, leaving the door open for a winning trip.

And Accordian rose to the challenge, finding a shorter track without touching a rail, for his first grand prix victory for Happy Hill Farms. Argentinean Jorge Zamudio joined the jump-off with a pair of mounts, but rails relegated him to third and fourth.

July 17, 2009

Jacobs Brothers Best The Professionals At I Love New York

A pair of amateur riders ousts the country’s top professionals from the top spots in Lake Placid.

When 27 of the country’s best riders can’t get around a grand prix course fault-free, things don’t look good for an amateur on a new partner.

July 10, 2009

Team Olson's Is Awesome At The Chronicle Of The Horse/ USEA Western ATC

A former adult rider coordinator finds herself reliving her past role, rounding up a winning squad for the Western Adult Team Challenge.

When Ashley Colonel saw that The Chronicle of the Horse/USEA Western Adult Team Challenge was slated to run at Inavale Farm in Philomath, Ore., she didn’t waste any time considering whether to sign up.

June 12, 2009

Forbes Gets Down To Business At The Memorial Day Classic

Jenny Karazissis took Forbes to the Memorial Day Classic, May 21-25, with the sole intention of winning the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA Inter-national Hunter Derby, and she wasn’t going to let anything stop her on the way to the top check.

So when the pair was called back fifth heading into the handy round, she knew she’d have to pull out all the stops to find the way to blue.

June 5, 2009

Springsteen Spends Another Grand Weekend At Devon

This 17-year-old and her longtime partner clinch their second consecutive grand junior hunter title.

May 24, 2009

Tiziano Takes His First Derby At Devon

It isn’t easy to find a way to follow up a grand junior hunter championship at the Devon Horse Show, but Jessica Springsteen came up with a pretty good solution. After taking her second consecutive grand title in Devon, Pa., Springsteen and Tiziano rode to the top of the ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby today, May 24, before she headed back to Colts Neck, N.J.

“She’d made it a goal to win a derby,” said Stacia Madden who trains Springsteen along with Max Amaya and Krista Freundlich. “She’s done well, but she’s never gotten blue—till now.”

May 23, 2009

It's Devon Déjà Vu For Springsteen And Tiziano

Some horses have favorite shows, venues where they always feel comfortable and really rise to the occasion. Lucky for Jessica Springsteen her mount really likes the Devon Horse Show.

Springsteen and Tiziano, owned by Stone Hill Farms, won their second consecutive grand junior hunter title in Devon, Pa., today, May 23. They picked up blue in today’s large junior hunter, 16-17, stakes, as well as that division’s handy class. Added to yesterday’s first over fences and third under saddle, Springsteen earned more points than any other junior hunter on the grounds. 

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