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Mollie Bailey

May 29, 2014

O'Shea Leaves His Competition In The Dust At Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 29

It’s not easy to outrun the likes of McLain Ward and Todd Minikus when they’re kicking on, but in tonight’s $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon, Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel left them in the dust.

“Todd is one of the fastest riders in the world, and Paul kicked his butt,” said Ward who finished third behind them with a clear round on Rothchild, and took seventh as well on HH Ashley. “I don’t think it was going to be very easy to beat him tonight.

Even course designer Olaf Petersen was astounded at Primo de Revel’s footspeed.

May 29, 2014

Mindful Makes It Happen On Derby Day

Devon, Pa.—May 29

Kelley Farmer may only have shown Mindful three times, but that hasn’t stopped them from positively trouncing the field at Devon. And everyone on the show grounds is sitting up and taking notice.

Yesterday they won the high performance hunter championship, and today the pair topped today’s $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby over Hayley Barnhill and her new partner Airport 48, with three-time class winner Jennifer Alfano taking third on Maggie May.

May 25, 2014

Rinaldi Rakes In Devon Blue

Devon, Pa.—May 25

Last time Giavanna “Gia” Rinaldi came to Devon, she was excited to ride in the pony jumper ring. A lot’s changed over the last year.

This year, the 14-year-old stepped up—way up—to the junior jumper ring, winning the junior jumper championship and leading junior rider award aboard GPS Brilliant Disguise.

“I never thought I’d get this far in the junior jumpers, especially at Devon,” said Rinaldi.

May 24, 2014

Spellbound Makes Magic In The Pony Ring

Devon, Pa.—May 24

Bernadette Chungunco came to the Devon Horse Show with exactly one goal in mind: to do better than last year. Well she did that, and then some. Chungunco won the large pony hunter championship and the grand pony hunter title on her own Spellbound, and the judges selected her as the Best Child Rider on a pony to boot.

“I just wanted a better outcome than last year when we were reserve, this is as good as it gets,” said Chungunco. “I’m really proud of him.”

May 5, 2014

USHJA Hosts Open Forums To Discuss Green Hunter Eligibility

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will host an open forum to discuss the future of green hunters, green eligibility and age restrictions next Monday, May 12, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the VIP area by the Sheila C. Johnson Arena.

This meeting is the biggest in a series of forums held across the country. USHJA President Bill Moroney, USHJA Vice President and head of the Hunter Working Group Mary Babick and U.S. Equestrian Federation National Hunter Chair Geoff Teall will run the meeting. 

May 4, 2014

Zine Dine Is Just Hailey Henderson's Type

Hailey Henderson’s always had a soft spot for Thoroughbreds, so it’s no surprise that her latest grand prix mount got his start on the racetrack.

She and Zine Dine, 10, have become a solid partnership at $25,000 grand prix classes in the Southwest. They won a $10,000 1.45-meter welcome stake in Texas in late March and while they haven’t led the victory gallop of a grand prix yet, Henderson believes it’s possible.

May 1, 2014

Joe Fargis Injured In Fall

Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis suffered a serious fall yesterday, April 30, while competing in a 1.30-meter jumper class at Lexington Spring Encore in Lexington, Va.

Fargis fell when his mount, Last Dance, crashed at the second element of an oxer-vertical combination.

According to show manager Leslie Brown, EMTs attended to Fargis before an ambulance transported him to the hospital.

Fargis, who operates Sandron Farm out of Middleburg, Va., suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung as well as internal bleeding.

April 23, 2014

Ben Maher’s Olympic Gold Medal Partner Tripple X Sold

British show jumper Ben Maher’s partner for team gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Tripple X III, has been sold to Torrey Pines Stables.

Maher made the announcement through Facebook and Twitter this afternoon, saying “We can confirm that my Olympic partner Tripple X III has been sold to Torrey Pines Stables. We wish them every success.” Torrey Pines Stables, in Wellington, Fla., and Vrasene, Belgium, is the home of 2008 individual gold medalist and Canadian rider Eric Lamaze, but there has been no confirmation if Lamaze will take over the ride on Tripple X.

April 6, 2014

Cookie Monster Gobbles Up The Competition At Spring Gathering

April 6—Katy, Texas

When Ryan Genn can’t make it to a horse show, he’s got a pretty descent catch rider to take his place: his father, Wilhelm Genn.

April 6, 2014

Cellino Gallops To The Top At Spring Gathering Charity

Katy, Texas—April 6

When Martien van der Hoeven tried to win last week’s USHJA International Hunter Derby during Pin Oak Charity 2 his bold move backfired.

“I was trying to keep up with Peter [Pletcher] and I made a very difficult inside turn, and we had the back rail,” he said.

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