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Mollie Bailey

August 12, 2010

A Happy Ending For Elation At Pony Finals

Thursday, Aug. 12 Lexington, Ky.

Maddie Darst and Elation finished out the day at USEF Pony Finals the way they started it: at the head of the small pony division.

Betsee Parker’s gray clinched victory with a winning over fences trip when the pressure was on. Last to go, Darst kept her cool to win the small pony championship over Lands End Eros, ridden by Pony Finals first-timer Isabel Ryan.

“I was really, really nervous!” said Darst, 13. “I’m not sure why—I never really get nervous.”

August 12, 2010

Wright Will Reunite With An Old Friend At Pony Finals

Last year’s trip to the USEF Pony Finals (Ky.) felt bittersweet to Parker Wright. He piloted Sir Dragon to fourth place in the small green pony division, then watched as his mount—whom he’d trained from the ground up—went home on someone else’s trailer after the American Hunter Pony Classic Auction.

 But his partnership with the Welsh will come full circle at this year’s competition, as his owner, Hailey Livingston, has asked Wright to take over the reins for the weekend.

July 11, 2010

Declaration Dominates the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Scott Stewart proved his own toughest competition today, July 11, in Lake Placid, N.Y., riding Declaration and Summer Place to a one-two finish in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby held during I Love New York. Lolita and Linda Langmeier came close to challenging Stewart for the title, showing off tight turns in the handy round to step up to third place.

July 10, 2010

Indigo Wears Blue At I Love New York

Margie Engle earned her seventh career Lake Placid grand prix victory in New York today, July 10, in the $75,000 Le Grand Prix Hermes CSI** aboard her newest grand prix star, Indigo. Kate Levy came closest to catching Engle aboard Lirving de Volsin, with Engle’s second mount, Hidden Creek’s Campella, coming in third.

June 6, 2010

Alfano Turns It On At The Devon Derby

Jen Alfano finished out her trip to Devon, Pa., in perfect style: by riding her long-time partner Jersey Boy to the top of the $25,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby title.

Alfano scored the highest raw score of the day aboard the SBS Farms entry, (93.5) to edge out Maggie Jayne on Devon’s leading mare Francesca. Alfano’s former ride, Rock Star, (Louise Serio) earned third and scored the highest handy round of the day.

June 3, 2010

Leone Lands In The Devon Winner’s Circle

Peter Leone found the perfect way to describe his newest star.

“I call him the Geico horse, because he’s so easy a caveman can do it,” he said. “He’s like an equitation horse who jumps a 1.60-course. He’s just incredible to ride.”

That horse, Select, lived up to Leone’s praise today, June 3, when he topped the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon. Select edged out Hidden Creek’s Campella, ridden by Margie Engle, and German Andre Thieme aboard Antares F.

May 28, 2010

Conservation Is A Cornerstone Of The Lowcountry Hunt

One of the newest additions to the MFHA roster has already gained national prominence through their conservation efforts.

When someone asks Nina Burke, MFH, and self-described “conservation nut” why she devotes so much of her time and energy to preserving open space, she responds with a question of her own.

“When you live in the country and you look out your back window,” she says, “what would you rather see: a bunch of houses, or a view of a marsh or a river, untouched and undeveloped forever and ever?”

May 22, 2010

Taken Takes His First Derby In Keswick

A competitive field, spooky ring, evening class and giant course don’t usually add up to derby blue for a first year green horse who’d only jumped at eight horse shows.

But Taken isn’t just any horse. “I’ve sold a lot of very fancy, very expensive horses, but this one may be the best horse I’ve ever had in my entire life,” declared Larry Glefke.

May 21, 2010

To Infinity And Beyond With Buzz Light Year

The talented but quirky gray Welsh won the hearts of the many children he carried to championship honors.

Most people wouldn’t look twice at a 12-hand pony whose standout traits included ducking out at green rolltops, colicking at inconvenient times and running away with small children.

But that tough character packed an awful lot of talent and the heart of a teacher into his undersized frame. And over the past decade Buzz Light Year turned a generation of children into riders, becoming one of the most successful and sought-after small ponies.

April 18, 2010

Marcus Ehning Gets His Third Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Victory In Geneva

No one was more surprised than Marcus Ehning to find himself on top of the podium in today’s Rolex/FEI World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzerland. He’d pretty much written off his chances after a conservative Round 1 left him 10th, but sheer will and a dash of luck boosted the German rider to his third World Cup title today, April 18.

Ehning finished just ahead of a tie for second between fellow countryman Ludger Beerbaum and the Swiss Pius Schwizer. Portugal’s Luciana Diniz finished fourth in her first individual championship just ahead of Dermott Lennon from Ireland.

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