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Mollie Bailey

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.

June 4, 2013

Can Horse Sports Face The Central Park Test?

For former U.S. Equestrian Federation President and current U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O’Connor, defining what’s appropriate behavior when it comes to horse welfare isn’t hard to do.

“Could I go to the middle of Central Park with an NBC camera following me around as I get my horse ready to go into competition?” he asked in the June 3 USEF Town Hall Meeting. “Will you show anybody anything you’re doing? If you can’t, there’s a problem.”

May 30, 2013

Upper-Level Eventer Debuting As A Hunter At Devon

This year’s leading hunter rider at the Devon Horse Show has a new horse with an unusual background. RF Amber Eyes evented through the CCI** level with Karen O’Connor, finishing fifth at the Bromont CCI** (Quebec) in 2012. Most recently Hannah Sue Burnett filled in while O’Connor recovered from a broken back, riding her to eighth at the Jersey Fresh CIC** (N.J.) this May.

May 27, 2013

From The Racetrack To The Dixon Oval

What’s striking about Star Street is how much he doesn’t stand out.  He’s a big bay gelding with a star, and he has the shiny coat and lovely build typical of an elite show hunter. But Star Street is definitely different from the second year green mounts he competed against at this year’s Devon Horse Show and County Fair.

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