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Mollie Bailey

February 28, 2013

Updated: French Leaves USHJA

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association will be seeking a new Chief Executive Officer after Shelby French, who held that position, resigned on Feb. 9.

USHJA President Bill Moroney reported that a subgroup of the USHJA’s Board of Directors will be addressing this issue, first by assessing the job duties and requirements for the position, then by searching for an individual that fits the position. He estimates that the committee will start searching for a candidate in around 30 days. In the interim, Moroney will be filling in as president and staff leader.

February 24, 2013

Gatsby’s Great In $50,000 Hermes Jumping Derby

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 24

Like many of the big Sunday classes at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, the $50,000 Hermes Jumping Derby attracted a top international field. But if you wanted a major piece of the prize money, you had to hail from one country in particular: Ireland.

February 24, 2013

Colvin Is Spectacular Again In Palm Beach

Wellington, Fla.—Feb. 23

Walking into the press conference after the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular felt eerily familiar. Like last year, Tori Colvin, Louise Serio and Liza Boyd sat at the table after the class, and like last time around, they looked relieved and relaxed for the first time all week.

All three are serious about winning. There’s Serio, the veteran who helped found the WCHR program 16 years ago, and Boyd, who's worked hard to win the class three times since it started.

December 4, 2012

Bill Moroney Re-Elected USHJA President

Bill Moroney has been re-elected president of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association today, Dec. 4, at the USHJA Annual Meeting in Miami, Fla. Moroney will serve a four-year term, and this is the last term for which he is eligible.

“I believe out of every challenge comes positive results,” said Moroney. “The next few years of the USHJA governance transition will require commitment equal to starting the organization. We are all volunteers, working to steer this organization in the direction that best benefits our members and our sport.”

December 3, 2012

Karl Cook Rebuilds His Riding Style For A Vegas Win

Karl Cook couldn’t have had a much better trip to the Las Vegas National. He earned the top two spots in the $50,000 Fisker Automotive Grand Prix CSI-W, the feature class of the competition held Nov. 13-18, winning on Jonkheer Z and taking second on ASB Conquistador. To top it off, Cook took blue in the $30,000 Las Vegas Speed Classic on Notories Utopia.

Not bad considering that just six months ago, he nearly quit the sport.

November 15, 2012

Bill Moroney To Challenge Mary Babick For USHJA Presidency

Current U.S. Hunter Jumper Association President Bill Moroney will run for a third term as president of that association. This announcement, made on Nov. 12, came a few weeks after Moroney had endorsed Mary Babick for the position. Babick was the sole candidate put forth by the USHJA Nominating Committee. Moroney was nominated from the floor shortly before the Nov. 10 deadline for those nominations.

November 14, 2012

Perseverance Is Luke Olsen’s Middle Name

In the winter of 2011, Luke Olsen was confined to bed after a serious car accident. The 16-year-old distracted himself from the discomfort by watching rounds from top hunter and jumper competitions online, including the best trips from the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals and ASPCA Maclay Finals. 

“At the time I was thinking ‘Wow, what if I ever did this?’ ” said Olsen, now 18.

October 28, 2012

Deslauriers Goes Out With A Bang

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 28

Coming to the Washington International, Lucy Deslauriers knew she’d have her last trip ever aboard Centerfield. So she made that time together count, winning the Washington International Horse Show Pony Equitation Classic.

October 26, 2012

Plenty of Good Times For Cunniffe At Washington

Washington D.C.—Oct. 26

As the daughter of two trainers, Ailish Cunniffe more or less grew up in the show world. But that doesn’t mean she’s always had the fanciest horses in the barn. But at Washington International Horse Show, she was the one leading Good Times into the ring to collect the grand championship ribbon.

October 25, 2012

Brennan Breaks Out At Washington

Washington, D.C.—Oct. 25

In the tackroom at Winter Hill Farm, there’s a shadowbox with a picture of Tony Workman winning the regular working hunter stakes at Washington International Horse Show in 1999 aboard Tracey Weinberg's San Siro. Hopefully that wall’s not too crowded, because after yesterday there's going to be three more photos to hang up.

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