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Mollie Bailey

November 8, 2015

Dalliance Doesn’t Dally To Win The $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Thermal, Calif.—Nov. 8

On the way to the last fence in the handy round of the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Kelley Farmer had one phrase going through her head: Use your better judgment.

Course designer Rian Beals had hiked that oxer up to 4'9" for the handy round and she’d watched Burnistar (Hugh Mutch) lay down a slick trip only to fall from contention when he clicked that pole out of the cups there.

November 7, 2015

Back In The Barns At The National Sunshine Series II

Thermal, Calif.—Nov. 7

There's plenty to see at a horse show that's not going on up at the main rings. We wandered back through the barns during the National Sunshine Series II to check out the fantastic tack room set ups decked out in their fall best, and meet a few horses outside the show ring.

All photos by Mollie Bailey.


November 7, 2015

Hough Goes Hunter At Thermal

Thermal, Calif.‚ Nov. 7

Look out John French. Step aside Jenny Karazissis. You’ve got a new contender in today’s $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during the HITS National Sunshine Circuit II: Lauren Hough.

The Olympian and world No. 31 decided to give this evening’s class a go on a whim aboard Reconnaissance.

November 6, 2015

Rothchild Rules In The $100,000 Coachella Valley Classic

Thermal, Calif.—Nov. 6

If you’re going to fly across the country for a horse show, you may as well win.

And that’s exactly what McLain Ward and Rothchild did in today’s $100,000 Coachella Valley Classic, besting the other 28 riders to take the top check for Sagamore Farms.

Ward opted to bring his individual gold medal mount from this year’s Toronto Pan American Games to California for the HITS Sunshine Series II CSI*****, while he’s left two other top horses back east. He’ll ride them next week during the Royal Winter Fair CSI-W (Ontario).

November 3, 2015

USEF Addresses Accountability For Drugs And Medications Violations

At the U.S. Equestrian Federation Board of Directors mid-year meeting in July the board approved an extraordinary rule change expanding the range of responsible parties for drug and medication violations.  

October 24, 2015

It's All Colvin In The Washington International Equitation Classic Final

Washington D.C.—Oct. 24

It’s not very often a junior rider wins a major equitation final, then has to run from the press conference to change into white breeches for an international grand prix. But Tori Colvin isn’t an average junior rider.

Colvin topped the Washington International Equitation Classic Final today, the final equitation class of her storied career, after three fantastic rounds. She beat out Madison Goetzmann, with Hunter Holloway finishing third. 

October 23, 2015

Colvin And Kurtz Keep Their Streaks Alive

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 23

When top riders plan their fall indoor schedule, they have to think especially hard about what to do with the Washington International. With plenty of pomp and the excitement of being downtown in a major city, it’s many riders’ favorite show. But not all horses feel the same way. With extremely limited schooling and lunging, stabling on the street and cramped quarters, it takes a special horse to shine in the city.

October 21, 2015

French Is On Fire At Washington

Washington D.C.—Oct. 21

John French couldn’t have had a better trip to the Washington International Horse Show. He brought five horses, and all five won classes and earned open hunter tricolors over the last two days at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

“I should quit now!” joked French, who came east from San Jose, Calif., for the first three shows in the fall indoor circuit. “Even if I’d been planning to go to [the National Horse Show (Ky.)] I should quit!

October 19, 2015

Behind The Stall Door With: Hello Sanctos

He’s the most famous horse in show jumping at the moment. But while Hello Sanctos is freakishly talented and accomplished in the ring, at home he’s really pretty normal.

October 11, 2015

2015 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Commentary

Kelli Cruciotti wins the 2015 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals!


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