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Mollie Bailey

October 11, 2013

One Hundred And One Is Easy To Spot

In most ways, One Hundred And One is your typical top junior hunter. He’s a gorgeous mover and athletic jumper who regularly claims championships at A-rated horse shows. But that doesn’t mean he blends in with the competition.

In the procession of bays and chestnuts, punctuated by the occasional gray, One Hundred And One bursts into the ring with a coat full of color.

But that’s not why rider Jenna Petrie-Moran loves him. She’s been a part of One Hundred And One’s life since Day 1, and transformed him from a super green horse to a reliable charge.

October 11, 2013

Dr. Jekyll—Or Mr. Hyde?

Harrisburg, Pa. - Oct. 11  

When you’re a top hunter rider, it’s your job to make your horse look good. Some days that’s easier to do than others.

Tori Colvin and Betsee Parker walked out of the ring together after accepting Way Cool’s large junior hunter, 15 and under, championship ribbon today at the Pennsylvania National. As soon as they got to the ramp they started feeding him treats, then turned to each other and said, “He’s done.”

October 8, 2013

Katie Dinan Buys Amaretto D’Arco

Katie Dinan has a new mount in her barn: Amaretto D’Arco.

The 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion was previously owned by Spy Coast Farm and Shane Sweetnam, and ridden by Irish rider Sweetnam. 

October 4, 2013

Boyd’s Best In The WCHR Pro Finals

Oct. 4--Upper Marlboro, Md.   

Liza Boyd’s had to endure a lot of teasing lately.

It started in Kentucky, after she won the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship. That’s when Peter Pletcher started in on her, telling her it was time to have a second baby.

And after she won the WCHR Profressional Finals today, Oct. 4, other top professionals have joined in, eager to get their top competition out of the show ring.

September 29, 2013

France Flourishes In The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final

In the end, the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final came down to the smallest of margins: A single time fault separated the winning nation of France from second-placed Brazil today Sept. 29 at the Barcelona CSIO in Barcelona, Spain.

“It was a really big emotion, a really big feeling, just fantastic,” said Simon Delestre, whose 4-fault round today on Qlassic Bois Margot helped France take the title. “We have three incredible horses on our team, and that really akes a difference today with that kind of round, which was really big and hard. You need horses like that.”

September 29, 2013

Order Of Go For Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final

The top eight teams will compete today, Sept. 29, in Round 2 of the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final at the Barcelona CSIO. It’s a clean slate class, but the teams will compete in reverse order of merit from Saturday’s Round 1.

Besides national glory, riders are vying for a share of the €1,500,000 pot. The class kicks off at 3:30 local time.

September 28, 2013

Surviving A Scary Moment

Swedish Rider Angelica Augustsson endured a scary moment today, Sept. 28, in the Furusiyya Nations Cup Consolation Final. Early in the course, her Mic Mac du Tillard stood up on the way to a vertical and refused to go forward. She kept rearing for a full minute or so, well after the pair was rung out. Augustsson took her time, finessing her through to get her calm.

September 28, 2013

Team USA Tops The Furusiyya Nations Cup Consolation Final

Sure, the United States didn’t qualify for the second round of the Furusiyya Nations Cup Final. But they made the most of the situation anyway, winning the Furusiyya Consolation Final.

After both the U.S. and Swiss teams finished on a score of 4 faults today, Sept. 28, each each sent three riders forward to take turns jumping off for the top prize, with all three scores to count.

September 27, 2013

Brazil Bounces Back In The Furusiyya Nations Cup Final, U.S. Out Of The Final

When Eduardo Menezes hit the dirt nine fences into the first round of the Furusiyya Nations Cup Final, things didn’t look too good for Brazil.

But the Brazilian team bounced back to not only qualify for Sunday’s second round, but win the class today, Sept. 27. The Netherlands was second, and Belgium took third.

September 26, 2013

Mixing Midterms With Nations Cups

Katie Dinan has had a busy few months. It's her first year representing the United States in senior competition, and she's not been wasting any time. She’s competed at Nations Cups in Hickstead (Great Britain), Dublin and Spruce Meadows (Alberta), scoring clear rounds at Hickstead and Spruce. Then she had strong finishes at the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix (N.Y.) and the American Gold Cup (Ohio). So this fall she’d been planning to settle in and focus on her sophomore year studies at Harvard University (Mass.).

But one phone call changed everything.

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