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Mollie Bailey

May 22, 2010

Taken Takes His First Derby In Keswick

A competitive field, spooky ring, evening class and giant course don’t usually add up to derby blue for a first year green horse who’d only jumped at eight horse shows.

But Taken isn’t just any horse. “I’ve sold a lot of very fancy, very expensive horses, but this one may be the best horse I’ve ever had in my entire life,” declared Larry Glefke.

May 21, 2010

To Infinity And Beyond With Buzz Light Year

The talented but quirky gray Welsh won the hearts of the many children he carried to championship honors.

Most people wouldn’t look twice at a 12-hand pony whose standout traits included ducking out at green rolltops, colicking at inconvenient times and running away with small children.

But that tough character packed an awful lot of talent and the heart of a teacher into his undersized frame. And over the past decade Buzz Light Year turned a generation of children into riders, becoming one of the most successful and sought-after small ponies.

April 18, 2010

Marcus Ehning Gets His Third Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Victory In Geneva

No one was more surprised than Marcus Ehning to find himself on top of the podium in today’s Rolex/FEI World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzerland. He’d pretty much written off his chances after a conservative Round 1 left him 10th, but sheer will and a dash of luck boosted the German rider to his third World Cup title today, April 18.

Ehning finished just ahead of a tie for second between fellow countryman Ludger Beerbaum and the Swiss Pius Schwizer. Portugal’s Luciana Diniz finished fourth in her first individual championship just ahead of Dermott Lennon from Ireland.

April 17, 2010

Controversy Continues Over Sapphire's Disqualification at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final

In an effort to explain the controversial decision to eliminate Sapphire from the Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final, the Fédération Equestre Internationale held a press conference this afternoon, April 17, at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva, Switzerland.

A huge crowd that included journalists, riders, trainers and other curious equestrians packed in to hear why late last night the FEI decided to disqualify McLain Ward’s mount from Round 2 following a hypersensitivity test. 

April 17, 2010

Princess Haya Releases A Statement About Sapphire's Disqualification

On April 17, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the president of the Federation Equestre Internationale, released a statement concerning the disqualification of McLain Ward's Sapphire from the Rolex FEI World Cup Final.

April 17, 2010

Statement From USEF Show Jumping Team Veterinarian Tim Ober Regarding Sapphire’s Disqualification In The Rolex/FEI World Cup Final

In response to the disqualification of Sapphire, McLain Ward’s mount in the Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzerland, following a thermography and clinical exam yesterday April 16, the U.S.

April 16, 2010

Guerdat Gets It Done In Round 2, Ward's Sapphire Disqualified From Competition

After a disappointing 2-rail performance in Round 1 of the Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzlerland, Steve Guerdat came back to the Palexpo Arena tonight to give his countryman a performance to cheer for. Guerdat won Round 2 of the Final today, April 16, after a speedy jump-off aboard Tresor V.

“I don’t think [this win] is revenge from yesterday—it’s just the sport,” said Guerdat. “Yesterday I wasn’t good enough, and I was better today. I was good enough to win the class.”

April 15, 2010

Flexible And Fellers Fly To First In Round 1 Of Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, Sapphire And Ward Sit Second

Two years ago a U.S. rider that few Europeans had ever heard of showed up in Götenburg, Sweden, with a tiny chestnut horse, then amazed the continent by jumping to second in the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final.

And he’s on his way to doing even better this time around.

Rich Fellers and the bounding Flexible tore up the ring at the Palexpo Arena in Gevena, Switzerland, to claim the first round of the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. Fellers edged out U.S. compatriot McLain Ward and Sapphire in the speed round today, April 15, with Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa taking third.

April 3, 2010

Castle Rock Claims The $50,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby

A member of the USHJA High Performance Committee, occasional derby judge and regular competitor, Louise Serio knows plenty about hunter derbies. Since their inception she’d made a point to campaign in the classes, and she's regularly taken respectable ribbons back to Kennett Square, Pa. But before today, April 4, she’d never won one.

She picked a good time to reverse that trend.

March 14, 2010

Reina Rules In The $25,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix

Michelle Parker could be forgiven for not going all out in the jump-off for the $25,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix during the HITS Arizona Desert Finals. After all, her mount, Reina, had just stepped up to the grand prix level last week.

“I tried to go fast at the beginning and then ride a little conservatively in the middle,” said Parker. “I knew with those fast riders coming behind me I might be beaten, but I got a little lucky.”

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