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Mollie Bailey

October 4, 2013

Boyd’s Best In The WCHR Pro Finals

Oct. 4--Upper Marlboro, Md.   

Liza Boyd’s had to endure a lot of teasing lately.

It started in Kentucky, after she won the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship. That’s when Peter Pletcher started in on her, telling her it was time to have a second baby.

And after she won the WCHR Profressional Finals today, Oct. 4, other top professionals have joined in, eager to get their top competition out of the show ring.

September 29, 2013

France Flourishes In The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final

In the end, the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final came down to the smallest of margins: A single time fault separated the winning nation of France from second-placed Brazil today Sept. 29 at the Barcelona CSIO in Barcelona, Spain.

“It was a really big emotion, a really big feeling, just fantastic,” said Simon Delestre, whose 4-fault round today on Qlassic Bois Margot helped France take the title. “We have three incredible horses on our team, and that really akes a difference today with that kind of round, which was really big and hard. You need horses like that.”

September 29, 2013

Order Of Go For Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final

The top eight teams will compete today, Sept. 29, in Round 2 of the inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final at the Barcelona CSIO. It’s a clean slate class, but the teams will compete in reverse order of merit from Saturday’s Round 1.

Besides national glory, riders are vying for a share of the €1,500,000 pot. The class kicks off at 3:30 local time.

September 28, 2013

Surviving A Scary Moment

Swedish Rider Angelica Augustsson endured a scary moment today, Sept. 28, in the Furusiyya Nations Cup Consolation Final. Early in the course, her Mic Mac du Tillard stood up on the way to a vertical and refused to go forward. She kept rearing for a full minute or so, well after the pair was rung out. Augustsson took her time, finessing her through to get her calm.

September 28, 2013

Team USA Tops The Furusiyya Nations Cup Consolation Final

Sure, the United States didn’t qualify for the second round of the Furusiyya Nations Cup Final. But they made the most of the situation anyway, winning the Furusiyya Consolation Final.

After both the U.S. and Swiss teams finished on a score of 4 faults today, Sept. 28, each each sent three riders forward to take turns jumping off for the top prize, with all three scores to count.

September 27, 2013

Brazil Bounces Back In The Furusiyya Nations Cup Final, U.S. Out Of The Final

When Eduardo Menezes hit the dirt nine fences into the first round of the Furusiyya Nations Cup Final, things didn’t look too good for Brazil.

But the Brazilian team bounced back to not only qualify for Sunday’s second round, but win the class today, Sept. 27. The Netherlands was second, and Belgium took third.

September 26, 2013

Mixing Midterms With Nations Cups

Katie Dinan has had a busy few months. It's her first year representing the United States in senior competition, and she's not been wasting any time. She’s competed at Nations Cups in Hickstead (Great Britain), Dublin and Spruce Meadows (Alberta), scoring clear rounds at Hickstead and Spruce. Then she had strong finishes at the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix (N.Y.) and the American Gold Cup (Ohio). So this fall she’d been planning to settle in and focus on her sophomore year studies at Harvard University (Mass.).

But one phone call changed everything.

September 26, 2013

Who's Up For The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final?

Eighteen nations will go head-to-head at the Furusiyya Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, this weekend, Sept. 26-29.

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.

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