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Mollie Bailey

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.

April 4, 2014

Clementine Tastes Sweet Success In The $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Katy, Texas—April 4

Peter Pletcher didn’t have the best start to the second round of the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show.

Pletcher rode four of the 12 horses that advanced to the handy, and on his second, Aura, he forgot the track and had to circle.

“I just totally forgot,” said Pletcher, who admitted it’s not the first time in recent memory he’s lost track of where he was going in the ring. “One of my customers came up to me and said ‘That’s going to be the best thing for the kids at this show to see.’ ”

March 30, 2014

Kennzo Jumps Off To Top The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Wellington, Fla.—March 30

Sure the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI***** grabbed headlines today, but show jumpers weren’t the only ones jumping off today for serious money at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

In today's $50,000 USHJA Inernational Hunter Derby, a rare jump-off decided the winner of the class. 

March 30, 2014

Brash Ends His Bridesmaid Streak In The $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix

Wellington, Fla.—March 30

Scott Brash has had a pretty good trip to Wellington, Fla., for the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. The show jumper ranked No. 1 in the world picked up plenty of checks, and no fewer than seven second place ribbons. But every time there’s a victory gallop, he’s had to stare at someone else’s tail. 

But in the last class of circuit, Brash picked a good time to reverse that trend.

March 29, 2014

Come Monday Kicks Off The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby In Style

Wellington, Fla.—March 29

Most riders consider the handy round of the USHJA International Hunter Derbies the more stressful part of the class. That’s especially true at the two-day $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, when the second round is held on one of the most impressive venues of the derby tour, the grass derby field of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Stadium.

March 28, 2014

Cortes ‘C’ Cruises To Victory In The $50,000 Ruby Et Violette WEF Challenge Cup 12

Wellington, Fla.—March 27

Beezie Madden didn’t enter Cortes ‘C’ in the $50,000 Ruby Et Violette WEF Challenge Cup 12 thinking she’d run for the top check. Like most of the 69 starters she used that class as a warm up for Saturday’ $500,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix Finale, the feature class of Week 12 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. But when it came her turn to jump off, she changed her plan.

March 26, 2014

The Ridge Is Offering An Alternative In Wellington

Thousands of riders from around the world flock to Wellington, Fla., every year for the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. But over the last seven years, another hunter/jumper show circuit in town has been gaining steam and followers at Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio’s The Ridge Farm at Wellington.

March 21, 2014

Wylde And Smoking Gun Shoot To The Top At The Ridge

Wellington, Fla.—March 21

Most riders without hunter derby experience wouldn’t stand much of a chance in a international derby with a serious start list, especially if they only have one hunter in the barn. But most riders aren’t Peter Wylde.

The team gold medalist from the Athens Olympic Games topped the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at The Ridge at Wellington aboard Smoking Gun. It was the first hunter derby of his career.

March 9, 2014

Bugatti Breaks Out In The $77,000 Governor’s Cup Grand Prix

Gulfport, Miss.—March 9

Bugatti may be new to grand prix competition, but now that he’s in the game, he’s not wasting any time. He and Wilhelm Genn topped today’s $77,000 Governor’s Cup Grand Prix, in that horse's fourth grand prix start.

“I thought he’d be in the ribbons, but I didn’t think he’d win,” admitted owner Eduardo Leon.

March 8, 2014

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Tom Brennan’s not one to let anyone get him down, and this week at Gulfport he had an opportunity to spread that positive attitude.

It started, as so many things do these days, with a Facebook post.

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