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Mollie Bailey

November 29, 2014

Behind The Photo: Spreading Inspiration For The Future

This photo of McLain Ward giving his sash to Brooke Scalzi after winning the President’s Cup CSI-W on Carlos HH at the Washington International Horse Show exploded on the Internet last month, earning more than 13,000 likes and nearly 1,700 shares on the Chronicle’s Facebook page to date.

November 27, 2014

Fifteen Horses Die In Georgia Barn Fire

A barn fire at Julie Curtin’s New Vintage Farm in Woodstock, Ga., claimed the lives of 15 horses late yesterday evening.

Pablo Aguilar, Tito Aguilar, Jose Felix Vega Mendoa and Antonio Hernandez Ortiz, four longtime grooms who live at the Woodstock, Ga., hunter jumper barn, smelled smoke around midnight last night, Nov. 26, and immediately went down to find a the barn burning. They called the fire department and started evacuating the barn. They managed to get 20 horses out, but 15 perished, as well as two miniature donkeys and a Chihuahua. No humans died.

October 24, 2014

Inclusive Adds Up The Ribbons At Washington

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 24

The Verizon Center at the Washington International isn’t an easy place to show. There’s a tiny warm up area, so to get more than a five minute trot and canter in riders take turns schooling throughout the evening.

But those tough conditions don’t bother Tori Colvin or Inclusive, who won the large junior hunter, 16-17, and grand junior hunter titles. If anything they make it a little easier.

October 24, 2014

McLain Ward: Shetland Pony Fan No. 1

McLain Ward had more than his share of pony fun on Barn Night at the Washington International Horse Show. He started by stopping by the Shetland Pony cut-out to pose as Cricket The Wonder Pony’s jockey.

October 22, 2014

Mindful Makes A Magical Trip To Washington

Washington D.C.—Oct. 22

Kelley Farmer and Mindful couldn’t have had a much better trip to the Verizon Center for the Washington International Horse Show. They won every single class they entered, sweeping the high performance and the regular conformation divisions to win the grand hunter championship for owners Ken and Selma Garber.

“Good horses try to win, and he tries to win all the time,” said Farmer, Keswick, Va. “If he doesn’t, it just because I’ve gotten in his way.”

October 22, 2014

Trading Colored Poles For Braided Tails

Washington D.C.—Oct. 22

Todd Minikus is used to getting nice ribbons at the Washington International Horse Show. After all, the veteran grand prix rider been coming here for years, and he's won the show’s biggest class, the President’s Cup CSI-W twice, most recently in 2009 on Alaska. But this year he’s found his schedule busier much earlier in the week.

Minikus rode LPF Woodford to the high performance reserve championship behind Kelley Farmer and Mindful for Susan Wagner of LPF LLC.

October 21, 2014

Laguna Finally Lands On Top

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 21

They’ve been fourth once and third twice, but somehow the $10,000 Washington International Horse Show Adult Amateur Hunter Championship title has always eluded Laurie Barna and Laguna—until this year.

Last to go in the second round, Barna secured the win with a mark of 81, winning over Contina (Jacquelyn Maggiore) and Knob Creek (Dana Nifosi).

October 17, 2014

A Spooky Tradition

Horsemen have a way of doing things their way, and that applies when the holidays roll around, too. Many horsey Halloween fans have made pumpkin carving a regular tradition.

Liz Soroka, long-time event coordinator at the Hampton Classic horse show, has been creating pumpkin art for about a decade. Four years ago Soroka, Sag Harbor, N.Y., threw a carving party at the Hampton Classic showgrounds, and now it’s grown into an annual event.

October 14, 2014

Pony Re-Measurement Reignites Size Debate And Ideas

A U.S. Equestrian Federation-generated protest measurement of two ponies at the Kentucky National Horse Show on Sept. 15 has reignited the debate surrounding pony hunter sizing.

Using a rule that’s been in the USEF Rule Book for years, a USEF steward selected two winning ponies—one medium and one large—on the last day of competition for a measurement check to ensure each was within his allowed height section. The ponies had an hour to prepare, and each pony measured into the correct section.

October 12, 2014

Putting It All Together

Reno, Nev.—Oct. 12

On the final day of the Young Horse Trainers’ School, clinicians and participants put together pieces of the puzzle they’ve been working on all week, and started looking toward the future.

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