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Mollie Bailey

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

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.

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