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Mollie Bailey

October 9, 2009

Legendary Lyle Makes It Three In A Row

When Don Stewart says he’s never seen Lyle go better than he did at this year’s Pennsylvania National Horse Show, he knows what he’s talking about. After all, under Stewart’s decade-long tutelage, the horse has won just about every accolade that can be bestowed on a hunter—including junior hunter titles the last two years in Harrisburg, Pa.

October 9, 2009

Confidence Propels Boris To Blue At USEF Talent Search Finals—West

The 16-year-old makes a name for himself in Los Angeles with an impressive victory.

If you’d have told Theodore Boris six months ago that he’d be leading the victory gallop at the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Medal Finals—West this fall, he never would have believed you.

October 8, 2009

Northwind's Opus Nails It

Nicole Kehrli may have dreamed of accepting a blue ribbon at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show 4½ years ago when she first started riding Northwind’s Opus. But she didn’t expect it would be in the jumper ring.

“We got him to be a hunter pony, but he was too crazy!” she said.

Despite his friskiness, the scopey dark bay proved himself a champion, topping the North American League Pony Jumper Final tonight, Oct. 8, in Harrisburg, Pa.

September 22, 2009

Adams Aces Her Test

For Taylor Ann Adams, years of work and practice paid off Aug. 17 when she earned the coveted USEF Pony Medal Finals title.

Adams borrowed Sarah Garnett’s and Olivia Haslam’s Millpond Celebrity for the week. 

“I did him in the equitation through the winter, and he’s always been great,” said Adams.  “I had complete faith in him—I knew he’d be perfect.”

September 22, 2009

Teamwork Takes Zone 4 To The Top

After they finished fourth in the Adequan/USEF National Pony Jumper Team Championship last year, Zone 4 riders Edie Ringger, Claudia Billups and Brittini Raflowitz have been obsessed with one thing and one thing only: team gold. 

With a year of single-minded planning and practice behind them, the team returned to Lexington, Ky., along with newcomer Leigh Anne Hartrampf, for their victory on Aug. 19. Zones 8 & 9 took the silver medal and Zone 10 earned the bronze.

September 11, 2009

USHJA Trots Out New Scoring Format

September 11, 2009

S&L Waikiki Surfs To The Top Of The Young Jumper Championships Eastern League Final

This 5-year-old and her rider may be new to the U.S. scene, but they made a big splash at the Hampton Classic.

August 21, 2009

Managing Expectations

Succeeding at the USEF Pony Finals takes practice, planning and luck, but also tremendous mental preparation. Most young riders who traveled to Kentucky for this year’s renewal had grown comfortable picking up ribbons, but this show always shakes things up.

August 21, 2009

For The Laughter Has The Last Laugh At USEF Pony Finals

It isn’t easy being the last to go at the USEF Pony Finals.

August 21, 2009

Best Friends Top USEF Pony Medal Final

Before Ailish Cunniffe and Madelyn Keck headed to the USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, Ky., the two best friends had dreamed about being first and second in the USEF Pony Medal Final on Aug. 9.

So when the announcer called back only Cunniffe, South Salem, N.Y., and Keck, Allamuchy, N.J., to work off after two rounds over fences, they turned to each other with grins on their faces and agreed that they didn’t care who won, they were both just thrilled to be the top two.

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