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Mollie Bailey

October 22, 2014

Trading Colored Poles For Braided Tails

Washington D.C.—Oct. 22

Todd Minikus is used to getting nice ribbons at the Washington International Horse Show. After all, the veteran grand prix rider been coming here for years, and he's won the show’s biggest class, the President’s Cup CSI-W twice, most recently in 2009 on Alaska. But this year he’s found his schedule busier much earlier in the week.

Minikus rode LPF Woodford to the high performance reserve championship behind Kelley Farmer and Mindful for Susan Wagner of LPF LLC.

October 21, 2014

Laguna Finally Lands On Top

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 21

They’ve been fourth once and third twice, but somehow the $10,000 Washington International Horse Show Adult Amateur Hunter Championship title has always eluded Laurie Barna and Laguna—until this year.

Last to go in the second round, Barna secured the win with a mark of 81, winning over Contina (Jacquelyn Maggiore) and Knob Creek (Dana Nifosi).

October 17, 2014

A Spooky Tradition

Horsemen have a way of doing things their way, and that applies when the holidays roll around, too. Many horsey Halloween fans have made pumpkin carving a regular tradition.

Liz Soroka, long-time event coordinator at the Hampton Classic horse show, has been creating pumpkin art for about a decade. Four years ago Soroka, Sag Harbor, N.Y., threw a carving party at the Hampton Classic showgrounds, and now it’s grown into an annual event.

October 14, 2014

Pony Re-Measurement Reignites Size Debate And Ideas

A U.S. Equestrian Federation-generated protest measurement of two ponies at the Kentucky National Horse Show on Sept. 15 has reignited the debate surrounding pony hunter sizing.

Using a rule that’s been in the USEF Rule Book for years, a USEF steward selected two winning ponies—one medium and one large—on the last day of competition for a measurement check to ensure each was within his allowed height section. The ponies had an hour to prepare, and each pony measured into the correct section.

October 12, 2014

Putting It All Together

Reno, Nev.—Oct. 12

On the final day of the Young Horse Trainers’ School, clinicians and participants put together pieces of the puzzle they’ve been working on all week, and started looking toward the future.

October 12, 2014

Developing A System For Young Horse Success

Reno, Nev.—Oct. 11

All three trainers at the Young Horse Trainers’ School, Linda Allen, Julie Winkel and Jose Alejos, have informed opinions about developing tomorrow’s talent, but no one claimed to have every answer. Throughout the weeklong program at Maplewood Stables in Reno, Nev., Allen has stressed that there are many different routes to get a horse from a weanling to the main ring, and the important part was for each trainer to find what works for him or her, and let the horse be the honest judge of that.

October 10, 2014

Addressing The Bottom Of The Blackboard

Reno, Nev.—Oct. 9  

Around a dozen horsemen have come to Julie Winkel’s Maplewood Stables for six days for the Young Horse Trainers' School. It’s the third time Winkel, Linda Allen and Jose Alejos have teamed up for the six-day hands-on clinic, and Winkel's son, Kevin Winkel, pitched in this time around as well.

September 29, 2014

Back In The Barn At The Longines Los Angeles Masters

Los Angeles—Sept. 28  

What does it take to transform a parking garage for a giant convention center in the middle of downtown Los Angeles into a week-long stable for the world’s best show jumpers? A lot of planning and work—but only one day to set the whole thing up. See a fantastic photo gallery of all the behind-the-scenes of the show.

September 28, 2014

Youth Wins Out At The $475,000 Longines Grand Prix

Los Angeles—Sept. 28

Jos Verlooy’s trip to the Longines Los Angeles Masters didn’t start out too well.

On the first day he had, in his words, “a really stupid fence down.” He planned to enter his horse, Domino, in an extra class the next day to smooth out the mistake, but trainer Harrie Smolders talked him out of it.

“He said no, because I was going to jump clear on Sunday,” recalled Verlooy, who, sure enough, topped the $475,000 Longines Grand Prix today. “I believed him, and then I won!”

September 28, 2014

Dressing Up For A Good Cause

Los Angeles—Sept. 27

Riders got into the Halloween spirit a little early this year for a good cause at the debut edition of the  Longines Los Angeles Masters Grand Slam.

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