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Mollie Bailey

April 15, 2010

Flexible And Fellers Fly To First In Round 1 Of Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, Sapphire And Ward Sit Second

Two years ago a U.S. rider that few Europeans had ever heard of showed up in Götenburg, Sweden, with a tiny chestnut horse, then amazed the continent by jumping to second in the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final.

And he’s on his way to doing even better this time around.

Rich Fellers and the bounding Flexible tore up the ring at the Palexpo Arena in Gevena, Switzerland, to claim the first round of the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. Fellers edged out U.S. compatriot McLain Ward and Sapphire in the speed round today, April 15, with Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa taking third.

April 3, 2010

Castle Rock Claims The $50,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby

A member of the USHJA High Performance Committee, occasional derby judge and regular competitor, Louise Serio knows plenty about hunter derbies. Since their inception she’d made a point to campaign in the classes, and she's regularly taken respectable ribbons back to Kennett Square, Pa. But before today, April 4, she’d never won one.

She picked a good time to reverse that trend.

March 14, 2010

Reina Rules In The $25,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix

Michelle Parker could be forgiven for not going all out in the jump-off for the $25,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix during the HITS Arizona Desert Finals. After all, her mount, Reina, had just stepped up to the grand prix level last week.

“I tried to go fast at the beginning and then ride a little conservatively in the middle,” said Parker. “I knew with those fast riders coming behind me I might be beaten, but I got a little lucky.”

March 12, 2010

Free Rein With: Ralph Caristo

Since taking over Glenview Stables in 1968, Ralph Caristo has made a big name for himself as a top trainer and sought-after judge. While he’s trained six American Horse Shows Association and U.S. Equestrian Federation Horse Of The Year honorees and presided at every major show in the country, his biggest contribution to the sport came through his work with young riders.

March 7, 2010

Cedric and Kraut Claim $150,000 CN U.S. Open Grand Prix CSIO****, and Tristan Takes Trials Title

While Laura Kraut and Cedric have amassed a spectacular international record together, including a team gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing, China, there’s one type of class they haven’t won all that much: grand prix.   

But Cedric jumped to the top of the $150,000 CN U.S. Open Grand Prix CSIO****  today, March 7, in Wellington, Fla., edging out Danny Boy and Beezie Madden, who took second.

“I think this is only the second grand prix win of his career, because normally we’re jumping in trials or Nations Cups,” said Kraut.

March 6, 2010

Canada Claims $75,000 FEI Nations Cup CSIO****

With plenty of cheering from their many supporters, Team Canada jumped to the top of the podium in the $75,000 Nations Cup CSIO**** tonight, March 5. With only two rails and a time fault between them, Canada beat out an impressive Mexican squad, with Ireland taking third. The United States finished fourth, with Kent Farrington and United scoring the single faultless round.

This marks the fifth time in nine years that Canada has won the Nations Cup in Wellington, Fla., held in conjunction with the Winter Equestrian Festival.

March 5, 2010

Pavarotti Rebounds To Take USEF WEG Selection Trial 4 But Spooner Stays On Top The Standings

After a disappointing 27th placed finish in the third leg of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping World Equestrian Games Selection Trials on Wednesday, Todd Minikus and his Pavarotti returned to competition in top form today, March 5. The pair won the $30,000 1.60-meter Classic and USEF WEG Selection Trial 4, held in conjunction with the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla.

March 3, 2010

Ward Wins USEF WEG Selection Trial 3 And Spooner Slides To The Top Of The WEG Selection Standings

Before the U.S. Equestrian Federation World Equestrian Games Selection Trials even began last week, McLain Ward had already secured a spot on the USEF World Equestrian Games Show Jumping Long List. But that couldn’t make him rest on his laurels.

Ward rode Rothchild to the top of the $40,000 USEF Selection Trial No. 3, today Mar. 3, boosting them to a tie for fourth in the USEF WEG Standings with 9 total faults. Richard Spooner and Cristallo now sit at the top of the standings after notching a single time fault today.

February 19, 2010

Deslauriers Swaps One Flag For Another

After more than 21⁄2 decades riding for Canada, Mario Deslauriers starts the season with a U.S. passport and a stellar string of horses.

By the time Mario Deslauriers made his debut riding for the U.S. flag during the Buenos Aires Nations Cup (Argentina) on Nov. 6, he’d already won an FEI World Cup Final and competed in two Olympic Games—but with a maple leaf on his saddle pad.

February 5, 2010

The Chronicle's Show Jumping Horseman Of The Year: Ashlee Bond

She may only be 24 years old, but Ashlee Bond has already had the kind of year most show jumpers dream about.

Bond piloted Cadett 7 to six clear rounds in Nations Cup competition in 2009, anchoring the U.S. team to wins at the Rome (Italy) and St. Gallen (Switzerland) CSIOs. She rounded out her European tour by finishing seventh in the $487,687 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen (Germany)—the highest U.S. placing—and by winning the $84,640 WARSTEINER-Prize Grand Prix (Germany). Back in the States she topped four CSI-Ws and competed in her first Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final.

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