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Mollie Bailey

January 22, 2010

Elephants, Cacti And Newborns, Oh My!

When a significant portion of the equestrian world migrates to warmer climes (or, God forbid, stays home in the snow) for a few months to show, there are bound to be some good stories. These horsemen across the country share their favorite memories.

John French, Redwood City, Calif.

January 16, 2010

Kenny Sneaks In A Win At Jacksonville

Darragh Kenny never considered himself a religious man, but in the middle of tonight’s jump-off in the Green Cove Springs CSI-W Grand Prix during the Jacksonville International he suddenly found himself converted.

Last to go in the second round today, Jan. 16, in Jacksonville, Fla., Kenny took a flier to a big triple bar leading into the last line. His partner, Trade Winds Farms’ Obelix, nearly sprouted wings to clear the fence. 

November 27, 2009

Free Rein With: Bill Schaub

Bill Schaub doesn’t consider himself a pony guy, but it’s an easy assumption to make about a man whose business card famously lists the measurements for small, medium and large ponies. While Schaub has trained top hunters in every division, he’s always had a special way with the smallest competitors at the horse show, both equine and human. His ponies and their riders have won most every award around, and he’s regularly seen center ring during the presentations at USEF Pony Finals, Devon (Pa.), the fall indoor shows and on the stage during the U.S.

November 14, 2009

Confused About Amateur Rules?

You’re not the only one. GR1306 is so tricky even stewards go running for their USEF Rule Books when you mention it.

Wander back to the barns after any amateur class in the country, listen long enough and you’ll hear it: an annoyed accusation that one of the competitors shouldn’t have been in the division.

What began as a class for part-time equestrians who didn’t make a living riding horses has morphed into a division unto itself and now includes riders just as skilled as many professionals.

November 13, 2009

So Let's Say...A Question And Answer Session On The Amateur Rule

The USEF Regulation Department reviewed a selection of common questions that flood their inbox for The Chronicle. Note: each of the scenarios assumes that all other qualifications for amateur certification have been met.

Q: I’m a 19-year-old working student who does barn work and hacks customers’ horses around the farm to keep them fit. I do not get paid cash; I do get free lessons, board and housing in exchange for my work. Am I an amateur?

November 13, 2009

So You Changed Your Mind About Your Professional Status

Swapping from amateur to professional is as simple as submitting a signed letter to the U.S. Equestrian Federation explaining that you’re relinquishing amateur status.

But obtaining an amateur card after riding as a pro requires a little more legwork.

November 13, 2009

Protesting Amateur Status: A CliffsNotes Guide

Protesting someone’s amateur status requires more than a little dedication. The protester bears the burden of proof and is responsible for gathering and submitting all the evidence proving the violation. Plus, there’s a financial commitment: members pay a $200 deposit and non-members pay $300, returned if the protest is upheld.

November 13, 2009

The Rule—Chapter 13 GR1306: Amateur Status

Reprinted from the 2010 USEF Rule Book

November 13, 2009

Amateur-Owner Pitfalls

A rule change effective Dec. 1 brings the amateur-owner jumper rule, JU117, into alignment with the comparable hunter rule, forbidding amateur-owner jumper riders from competing horses not owned by them at the same show. But that discussion is far from over.

The USHJA Amateur Committee is still tweaking the wording of the amateur-owner jumper rule, while concurrently the USEF National Jumper Committee has proposed a rule change to remove the word “owner” from the amateur-owner jumper divisions.

October 30, 2009

Pennsylvania National Tidbits

•    McLain Ward was almost unbeatable this year. He won the leading open jumper rider trophy after the topping the $25,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump and $25,000 NAL Open Speed Final on Goldika 559, the $10,000 Gem Twist Gambler’s Choice and $5,000 Kick The Clouds Open Speed with Miss Liberty 7, and the $5,000 Southside Open Speed aboard Esplanade 7. He only loosened his stranglehold on the blue ribbons in the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National when Phillipa dropped the back rail of an oxer to finish 10th.

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