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Mollie Bailey

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.

June 30, 2011

From The Show Circuit To The A Circuit

When an agent from Bloomsbury Publishing called grand prix rider Georgina Bloomberg asking her to co-write a novel, Bloomberg assumed there must have been a mistake. After all, she’d never considered herself much of a writer and certainly not a future author.

But when she heard the pitch—two novels centering around teenaged riders growing up on the show circuit—she knew it would be a good fit.

June 26, 2011

Lucky Too Brought Good Fortune To A Generation Of Young Riders

From orphan foal to four-time Devon champion, this medium pony molded countless careers.

The champion medium pony hunter who walks into Devon’s Gold Ring to accept the Lucky Too Perpetual Trophy follows in extraordinary footsteps. The trophy’s namesake dominated the pony ring at that show, retiring the previous award in 1999 and then returning to win her own trophy in 2002.

June 23, 2011

Buck Brannaman To Appear On David Letterman Tonight, June 23

Natural horseman Buck Brannaman will appear on “Late Show With David Letterman” tonight, June 23, at 11:30 p.m. EST on CBS.

Brannaman starred in the documentary Buck, which tells the tale of his transition from an abusive childhood to developing a tremendously successful approach to horses. That film, which has been accepted to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, started playing in select theatres on June 17.

June 20, 2011

The Chronicle Wins 17 AHP Awards

The Chronicle of the Horse earned first place in the Equine-Related Website category at the 2011 American Horse Publications seminar, held June 16-18 in San Diego, Calif., as well as 16 other awards.

The Chronicle launched the redesigned in November of 2009. In their critique, the judges described the website as “very impressive” and complimented the site’s rich content and excellent navigation.

The Chronicle of the Horse print edition earned an honorable mention in its General Excellence category.

June 8, 2011

2011 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Specifications Announced

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association released the specifications for the 2011 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, to be held Aug. 19-20 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

June 5, 2011

Equine Herpes Outbreak Affects Western Competitions

With eight horses confirmed dead at press time and 19 U.S. Equestrian Federation competitions cancelled, the latest EHV outbreak is making an impact on the sport horse world.

An outbreak of equine herpes virus myeloencephalopathy, the neurological form of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), has been reported in eight western U.S. states, prompting the cancellation of 19 U.S. Equestrian Federation competitions.

June 5, 2011

Jersey Boy Stars On Derby Day At Devon

Devon, Pa.—June 5

Jen Alfano found a perfect way to follow up last year’s win in the USHJA International Hunter Derby at Devon aboard Jersey Boy: winning it again.

She and her longtime partner scored a wire-to-wire finish in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on the final day of the Devon Horse Show.

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