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Mollie Bailey

October 3, 2015

Back In The Barn: Longines LA Masters Style

Los Angeles—Oct. 3

Wandering through the barn at the Longines LA Masters is just walking into like any other barn—any other barn that's temporarily set up in the middle of a huge metropolitan city and houses many of the most precious show jumpers on the planet, that is.

October 3, 2015

A Cracked Collarbone Can’t Stop Allen

Los Angeles—Oct. 2 

It’s only been a month since Bertram Allen broke his collarbone in a fall at the Treffen CSI***** (Austria), but he hasn't let that slow him down.

The Irish phenom topped the $130,000 Longines Speed Challenge at today’s Longines Los Angeles Masters in a blazing round aboard Quiet Easy 4 against a start list chock full of serious competitors. He stopped the clock ahead of world No. 1 Scott Brash and Hello Annie, with Italy’s Piergiorgio Bucci and Cuarta coming third.

October 1, 2015

HH Fyloe Flies To The Top Of The Hollywood Reporter Cup

Los Angeles—Oct. 1  

Quentin Judge started his week at the Longines LA Masters out right, winning the first CSI***** class of the competition. He tacked up HH Fyloe to top the Hollywood Reporter Cup against 33 top competitors.

“It’s not the biggest class of the week—it’s a training class for most horses,” said Judge. “But this is right in his zone and I let him go and we got a good result the first day.”

September 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: No Hands, No Problem For Richard Spooner

Back in July of 2002, Richard Spooner dominated the North American Tournament at Spruce Meadows, winning both the ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the Chrysler Classic Derby on his horse of a lifetime, Robinson.

But the round everyone was talking about, and has been shown by countless equitation teachers to their students—it has nearly 480,000 views on YouTube—was on Incento.

 The Chronicle’s Molly Sorge was on the scene and reported on the incident for the July 19, 2002 issue: 

August 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Watch Susie Hutchison Survive The Ultimate Interference On Course

This week show jumping fans have been discussing whether the member of jump crew standing in the track of the Nations Cup course interfered with Cian O’Connor’s round during the FEI European Championships (Germany). In the discussion, it came up that 22 years ago U.S. show jumper Susie Hutchison faced a dramatic encounter with jump crew on course—coincidentally also at the 11th fence on course.

August 24, 2015

Did You Know? How The Dutch Keep Horses For Gold Medals

So, what exactly IS that SFN prefix before the name of Jeroen Dubbeldam's team and individual gold medal horse at the FEI European Championships, SFN Zenith NOP? It's an innovative strategy the Dutch are employing to keep some of the country's best horses jumping on their teams, not for other countries.

August 19, 2015

No, He Didn't Forget His Bridle

When Kelly McKnight prepares to go into the show ring to compete Zan Chin in a speed class, he always attracts attention. After all, most horses go in with serious hardware in their mouths, whereas it looks like McKnight is riding his mare out to the paddock for her afternoon turnout.

August 9, 2015

Porter Tops The $40,000 Bentley Grand Prix

Aug. 9—Menlo Park, Calif

Mandy Porter and Eminent snagged a victory in the $40,000 Bentley of San Francisco and Bentley of Los Gatos Grand Prix at Menlo Park Charity Horse show. They galloped to the top of a six-horse jump-off, edging out Kristin Hardin and Bert by less than .2 seconds, with Daniel Zilla and Venice B taking third.

David Murdoch owns Eminent, an Oldenburg mare (Larino—Gratina) who has been competing in California at the 1.40-meter level since last fall. 

August 7, 2015

Countdown Tops The $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby At Menlo Charity

Menlo Park, Calif.—Aug. 7

For the second year in a row, Nick Haness topped the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Menlo Charity Horse Show, this year aboard Countdown. John French took second on derby veteran Soldier, and Bert Mutch rode Dinner For Two into third. French headed into the handy round on top aboard Center Court, but a late lead change relegated that pair to fourth.

July 12, 2015

AJE Cluny Hits His Stride In The $100,000 Nutrena Grand Prix

Parker, Colo.—July 12

When you ask Christian Heineking how his summer’s been going, he’ll answer modestly, telling you that things are “moving in the right direction.”

That’s an understatement. Today Heineking and AJE Cluny scored their second grand prix win in a row in the $100,000 Nutrena Grand Prix, the feature class of Summer In The Rockies V. Earlier in the week Heineking won the $20,000 welcome stake as well on NKH Quanto.

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