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Mollie Bailey

August 18, 2013

Brunello and Boyd Finally Have Their Day At USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 17
Heading into the Tier I Handy Round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, Liza Boyd knew she had some ground to make up as she trailed Scott Stewart and Garfield by 10 points.

But when she was warming up for the class her father and trainer Jack Towell tried to get her to put that out of her head.

“He said, it’s a jumping contest—don’t go out there and try to get a 100,” said Boyd. “That’s a little hard for me to do.”

August 16, 2013

Garfield Goes To The Head Of The Class

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 16

This year marks the fifth incarnation of the UHSJA International Derby Finals, and by now we’re establishing a routine on Classic Day. Three of the last five years, Scott Stewart, Liza Boyd and Jen Alfano have jostled around in the top three spots.

August 15, 2013

Tosh Ties Himself For Top USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship Honors

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 15   

Hunt Tosh was his own biggest competition in today’s USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship. Two of his rides earned identical scores of 177 to tie for the championship in the debut final of the new series.

Kelley Farmer rode Scripted to third in the class, and young professional Shawn Casady earned fourth on Sedona for Susan Stanley.

August 13, 2013

Farmer Becomes First Rider To Surpass $1 Million In Hunter Earnings

On Aug. 10 at the Traders Point Hunt horse show, Kelley Farmer became the first rider to claim $1 million in lifetime hunter earnings, thanks largely to money earned in the USHJA International Hunter Derby series. At Traders Point, she topped the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Mythical for Ken and Selma Garber and Larry Glefke. She also earned second on On Q and seventh on Skorekeeper for Larry Glefke and Quail Run Partners. As of Aug. 13, her lifetime earnings total $1,011,456.

August 11, 2013

Woodson Nails A Test To Win The USEF Pony Medal Final

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 11

Quick: You’re in the work-off of a major equitation final, and the judge asks you to turn on the haunches. What do you do?

If you’re Olivia Woodson, it doesn’t matter that “turn on the haunches” isn’t exactly a command pony riders hear in equitation classes every weekend. She hears it in her lessons with Charlie Moorcroft and Geoff Teall every time out.

August 10, 2013

Westside Makes A Big Impression At USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky—Aug. 10

At USEF Pony Finals, the in-gate staff don’t let the ring sit empty for a second. So when Emma Kurtz trotted into the ring for the large pony hunter over-fences class on Westside, the previous pony’s score hadn’t been announced. As Kurtz struck a canter, the crowd erupted into hooting and hollering as the marks for Aleece Jarman and Valentino—87.2, 83.5 and 84.5—were announced.

“That made me a little nervous,” Kurtz admitted.

August 9, 2013

Bieling's Prince Came Back At USEF Pony Finals

Aug. 9—Lexington, Ky

In the three months leading up to USEF Pony Finals, Hana Bieling developed a ritual. Every day she would look up at the calendar, and count down the days until she would get to see Canterbrook Prince Charming at the Kentucky Horse Park.

August 8, 2013

Sassafras Creek Snags The Medium Pony Hunter Title At USEF Pony Finals

Aug. 8—Lexington, Ky.   

Awards ceremonies at USEF Pony Finals are a drawn out affair. There are 20 ribbons for both the over-fences and overall awards, not to mention daily sportsmanship awards, owner-rider awards, rosettes for top Welsh and part-Welsh awards—you get the picture.

August 7, 2013

It’s All About Attitude For Stone McCormick And All Natural

At first glance, All Natural isn’t the kind of small pony hunter most people would want in their barn. She’s quirky, she’s moody, she hates to practice, and at 17, none of that is changing any time soon. But none of that bothers Stone McCormick. He couldn’t be more excited to take her to this year’s USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, Ky.

June 11, 2013

Updated: Eventer-Turned-Hunter Raises USEF Record Keeping Questions

Larry Glefke and Ken Garber’s newest hunter star, Commentary, raised questions about industry-wide record keeping at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show (Va.), June 3-9.

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