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Mollie Bailey

September 27, 2013

Brazil Bounces Back In The Furusiyya Nations Cup Final, U.S. Out Of The Final

When Eduardo Menezes hit the dirt nine fences into the first round of the Furusiyya Nations Cup Final, things didn’t look too good for Brazil.

But the Brazilian team bounced back to not only qualify for Sunday’s second round, but win the class today, Sept. 27. The Netherlands was second, and Belgium took third.

September 26, 2013

Mixing Midterms With Nations Cups

Katie Dinan has had a busy few months. It's her first year representing the United States in senior competition, and she's not been wasting any time. She’s competed at Nations Cups in Hickstead (Great Britain), Dublin and Spruce Meadows (Alberta), scoring clear rounds at Hickstead and Spruce. Then she had strong finishes at the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix (N.Y.) and the American Gold Cup (Ohio). So this fall she’d been planning to settle in and focus on her sophomore year studies at Harvard University (Mass.).

But one phone call changed everything.

September 26, 2013

Who's Up For The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final?

Eighteen nations will go head-to-head at the Furusiyya Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, this weekend, Sept. 26-29.

September 9, 2013

Back in The Barn With: Ben Maher

Ben Maher takes us behind the scenes to visit his top horses, Cella and Urico, at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary, Alberta.

Maher, 30, recently earned the top spot in the Longines World Rankings list, having just been a member of Great Britain's PSI European Championship (Denmark) gold-medal team, and earning individual silver there as well.

September 8, 2013

Pieter Devos And Candy Taste Sweet Success In The $1 CN Million Grand Prix

Pieter Devos’ first trip to the Spruce Meadows Masters didn’t start out terribly well.

On the first day of competition, he and his mare Candy took a bad fall, with Devos’ leg between the horse and a pole. While Candy was unhurt, Devos was concerned he’d broken his leg—it was so swollen he couldn’t even get his boot on for a few days.

But he’s not leaving Calgary, Alberta, with anything but great memories. He and Candy topped the $1 Million CN Grand Prix today, Sept. 8, scoring a second consecutive victory for his home country of Belgium.

September 7, 2013

Germany Tops BMO Nations Cup In A Three-Way Jump-Off

When Hans-Dieter Dreher trotted into the International Ring at Spruce Meadows today, Sept. 7., he had plenty of pressure on his shoulders. After two rounds of jumping, his team lay in a three-way tie for the win in the BMO Nations Cup, and he was the German representative to a jump-off to determine his country’s medal. Belgium’s François Mathy had gone for broke and ticked a single rail, but Dreher had France’s Penelope Leprevost at his heels. 

September 7, 2013

Now That's Sportsmanship

After Emily Post won the $25,000 AON Cup yesterday, Sept. 6, her mount, Mackintosh, spooked in the victory gallop. Check out what happened.

Mackintosh jumped beautifully to win the $25,000 AON Cup with Emily Post....

September 6, 2013

Nineteen-year-old Asselin Scores His First International Ring Win

When the start list for a grand prix includes the reigning individual Olympic gold medalist, a former European Champion and two World Cup champion combinations, you’re probably not betting on a 19-year-old local rider.

But Ben Asselin proved himself during this year’s Spruce Meadows Masters, scoring his first International Ring win aboard Makavoy in the $205,000 Encana Cup, held today, Sept. 6., in Calgary, Alberta

September 6, 2013

Post Outrides The Pros In The AON Cup

Emily Post may have hit the ground today, Sept. 6, in the All Canada Ring, during the Spruce Meadows Masters, but that didn’t stop her from smiling. She and her mount, Mackintosh, led the victory gallop for the $25,000 AON Cup in Calgary, Alberta, but he spooked partway around to unseat her. Irishman Connor Swail demonstrated his chivalry, hopping off fifth-placed Game Ready to give her a leg up so she could take one last loop around the ring solo. Check out a photo gallery here.

September 6, 2013

Spruce Meadows BMO Nations Cups Teams Announced

Eight nations are set to compete in the Sept. 7 $350,000 BMO Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta. The class starts at 2 p.m. local time.

Last night the teams drew the start order, but riders have not yet announced their mounts. Team USA will jump third.

1. Belgium

Chef d’Equipe Simon Knops
Peter Davos
François Mathy
Judy Ann Melchior
Olivier Philippaerts

2. Canada

Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin
Eric Lamaze
Ian Millar
Tiffany Foster
Mac Cone

3. United States

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