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Mollie Bailey

May 22, 2009

Junior Spotlight: Riders On The Rise

Three of the country’s most successful junior riders took a few minutes out of their hectic riding schedules to chat with the Chronicle about their lives in and out of the saddle.

Zazou Hoffman

May 22, 2009

Strike A Pose Stays In Vogue Through 15 Years

 A generation of top riders took their first blue ribbons aboard this amazing small pony.

Even before his career began, Strike A Pose knew how to stand out in a crowd.

“We’d gone down to RosMel’s [Farm in Richmond, Texas] to try ponies, and they’d tied the 15 ponies that we’d picked out in a circle around the ring,” recalled Jack Towell, who made the trek with his wife, Lisa. “While we were trying another one Strike A Pose had climbed up onto the fence like a dog. Lisa said, ‘We’re taking that one, he’s so athletic!’ ”

May 22, 2009

An Outstanding Win For DiStefano At Devon

If you wanted to win the coveted R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch equitation championship at this year’s Devon Horse Show, you had to be better than just great. Anywhere else, winning two big equitation classes would give you the edge over the competition, but not when 171 of the country’s best junior riders come to Devon, Pa.

May 15, 2009

SCAD Fashions Another Big Win At ANRC

The team from Georgia cements its stranglehold on the competition with their fifth win in six years.

Despite returning as defending champions, the riders from the Savannah College Of Art And Design (Ga.) didn’t feel any extra pressure at this year’s American National Riding Commission Intercollegiate Equitation Championship.

May 1, 2009

Allegro Proves An All-Around Winner At The Blenheim Spring Classic

This jumper and equitation mount proves he’s got what it takes in the hunter ring too.

Jocelyn Neff didn’t enter Allegro in the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby on April 10 during the Blenheim Spring Classic III thinking she would take home the big prize. The 16-year-old entered her USET Talent Search Medal mount just to take a break from the pressures of the equitation and jumper rings.

April 10, 2009

Jersey Boy Finds New Role As A Leading Man At WEF

When Rock Star underwent colic surgery last fall, Jennifer Alfano knew it would be a challenge to find a mount ready to fill his formidable shoes while he eased back into the show routine. After all, the pair led the ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby standings almost all season after recording win after win in the series.

April 10, 2009

Carlos Boy Does Double Duty

When Ken Berkley broke his foot a week before the end of circuit, he reluctantly planned to scratch his seasoned grand prix partner Carlos Boy from the $50,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby, March 28-29.

But Berkley’s partner Scott Stewart decided to take a turn aboard the gray gelding for owner Krista Weisman, and the last-minute decision paid off with Carlos Boy finishing third, the best of Stewart’s five rides.

April 3, 2009

Ingalls Shines in the R.W. Mutch Equitation Classic

Plenty of teenagers can find their way around a tough equitation course with a veteran trainer on hand to decide on a schooling regime, choose how many strides to put in a line set on a half-stride and pick which inside turns will pay off and which would backfire. But for the R.W. Mutch Equitation Classic on March 20 at HITS Thermal VIII, the trainers settled into the VIP Oasis Club to hit the bar and let their students tackle a tough course on their own.

April 3, 2009

The Beat Goes On For Rumba At HITS Thermal

He and John French pull off a second consecutive hunter derby win.

Rumba and John French faced lofty expectations walking into the ring for the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA Hunter Derby during the HITS Desert Circuit VIII. Despite partnering with two new riders, Rumba had already danced away with two series titles and tallied a win at the derby held during week 3 of HITS Thermal.

March 27, 2009

A Borrowed Mount Brings Holloway Blue

The Kansas-based grand prix rider saddles her daughter’s junior hunter to top the $10,000 class at the HITS Arizona Desert Finals.

In order to find a mount for the $10,000 Fast Lane Farm High Performance Hunter Classic, Brandie Holloway had to borrow a horse from a very tough customer: her 11-year-old daughter.

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