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Mollie Bailey

May 28, 2011

Maddy Darst Makes A Big Impression At Devon

May 28—Devon, Pa.

The last weekend in May isn’t usually a good one for Maddy Darst. She’s been coming to Devon for years, but she’s always felt a little cursed.

“I always have bad luck here,” said Darst, 13. “I’ll have one good trip, then something will go wrong.”

But Darst, Lebanon, Ohio, put that all in the past this time around. She rode Betsee Parker’s For The Laughter to the grand pony and large pony hunter championships, Pegasus Show Stables’ Swingtown to the medium pony hunter title and Enchanted Forest to the medium pony hunter reserve title.

May 24, 2011

Equine Herpes Virus Outbreak Affects Competition Calendar

An outbreak of equine herpes virus myeloencephalopathy, the neurological form of equine herpes virus (EHV-1), has been reported in eight western U.S. states, prompting the cancellation of 19 U.S. Equestrian Federation competitions.

May 22, 2011

It's All Farmer At Lexington Spring Encore

Kelley Farmer couldn’t have had a much better trip to the Lexington Spring Encore. She topped the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on her newest partner, Praise, and rounded out the top three on Madison Free’s Bases Loaded and Nancy Amling’s Taken.

May 8, 2011

Brunello Brings Home Blue In Aiken Spring Classic Masters

Liza Boyd’s not the type of rider to leave anything at the in-gate when she trots her derby partner Brunello into the ring for the handy round. So when she lay second heading into the final round of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Aiken Spring Classic Masters, she put in a round that left no doubt who the winner would be.

“We have a saying around here: Leave it to Liza,” said commentator Danny Robertshaw.

Sure enough, Boyd’s bold second round clinched the top spot on her birth-day weekend, April 20-24, aboard Bru-nello, whom she owns with Janet Peterson.

May 7, 2011

Farmer Sweeps Lexington Hunter Derby

May 6—Lexington, Va.

Kelley Farmer couldn’t have had a much better trip to the Lexington Spring Encore. She rode the top three horses in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, claiming first with Larry Glefke and Selma Garber’s Praise, second with Bases Loaded for Madison Free and third with Taken for Nancy Amling.

April 30, 2011

Cross-Country Play-By-Play

Cross-Country Play-By-Play

April 28, 2011

Springer Leads The Way After First Day Of Rolex Dressage

Lexington, Ky.—April 28

April 27, 2011

All 45 Starters Pass Initial Jog At Rolex Kentucky CCI****

Two horses were held, but all 45 horses presented at the first horse inspection at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** passed. The ground jury held Kristin Bachman's Gryffindor and Kelly Sult's Hollywood, but both were accepted on reinspection.

Phillip Dutton's Truluck, who was on the start list, did not present.

April 23, 2011

Boyd Bags A Birthday Win On Brunello

April 23, Aiken, S.C.

Liza Boyd found a perfect way to celebrate her 32nd birthday: riding Brunello to the top of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Aiken Spring Classic. She had to face some fierce competition to get there, especially from Kelley Farmer, who brought a trailer load of horses to Aiken, S.C., to take a run at the title.

Farmer still left with plenty of loot, having picked up second (Praise), third (Taken), fourth (Crown And Scepter) and 10th (Bases Loaded).

April 19, 2011

Update From The Japanese Equestrian Community

The Japanese Equestrian Federation released an update on the state of the Japanese equestrian community in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country. Northeast Japan, where the disasters struck, is home to many breeding and training operations, especially in the Tohoku region.

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