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October 8, 2011

Stars Go Blue Scores A Handy Win

Oct. 8—Upper Marlboro, Md.

If you ask trainer Leslie Emerson why Shawn Casady rides her charge Stars Go Blue so well, she can’t tell you.

“He rides so much through feel that I don’t even think he knows how he does it,” she said. “They are an incredible combination—nobody rides him like he does. They are made for each other.”

October 7, 2011

French Fights To The Finish At WCHR Professional Finals

Oct. 7—Upper Marlboro, Md.

In an incredibly tight race to the finish, John French scored a World Champion Hunter Rider Professional Finals win at Capital Challenge. He edged ahead of Hunt Tosh by just .08 points in the final handy round to claim the title.

“I almost don’t think it was fair that I won by that much,” said French, San Jose, Calif. “This is a really great group of riders this year.”

October 6, 2011

Invincible Scores A Big Win At Capital Challenge

Oct. 6—Upper Marlboro, Md.

Ellen Toon couldn’t have had a much better trip to Capital Challenge. She rode Invincible to a mark of 90 over fences, which earned today's EMO Trip of the Show award and helped boost them to the amateur-owner, 36 and over, reserve championship. And this afternoon she followed up with another big win: riding Invincible to the top of the WCHR Amateur-Owner Challenge.

October 5, 2011

French Finishes A Big Partnership With A Bang

Oct. 5—Upper Marlboro, Md.

John French found the perfect way to bid farewell to his top hunter: riding him to the top of their second consecutive WCHR Professional Rider Challenge at Capital Challenge.

French tacked up his partner of three years, Small Affair, to jump to the top of both rounds of tonight’s class, with Scott Stewart claiming second on Declaration and Patricia Griffith riding to third aboard Parkland.

November 7, 2010

It's Another Big Win For Hayley Barnhill In The ASPCA Maclay Finals

Syracuse, N.Y., Nov. 7

It got so quiet in the ring during Hayley Barnhill’s first round of the ASPCA Maclay Finals that you could hear a whisper. Barnhill had all eyes on her and all the pressure of being the class favorite today in the Maclay Finals. 

But she didn’t blink, and rode just as calmly, precisely and fluidly as she had to, claiming her second major equitation title, following up her win three weeks ago in the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals with blue in the ASPCA Maclay Finals.

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