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Molly Sorge

May 31, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: The Steeplechasing Shetlands

You know them from the famous WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship series. You've seen them parade around dressed to run. You've seen them gallop and jump

And now you get to meet the tiny ambassadors of racing up close and personal, as we went Behind The Stall Door with seven of the ponies of U.S. Pony Racing. Meet Truffles, Olney Quick Draw McGraw, Frosted Flakes, Knight's Taffy, Olney Victor, Cricket and Sail The Sun:

May 30, 2016

Skys Burnin Blue Goes From Rescue To Devon Blue

Devon, Pa.—May 30   

It’s been a long and very bumpy road for both Phoenix Cooke and Skys Burnin Blue on the way to their big wins at Devon—one filled with tragedy, second chances, and hope.

When Stefanie Portman and Cooke started working with Skys Burnin Blue a few years ago, they never imagined the game gray mare would take them to some of the biggest shows in the country—and to the awards ceremony at the Devon Horse Show.

May 30, 2016

Off To The Races! Knight's Taffy Sticks The Win In WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase At Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 30  

For a few minutes, the Dixon Oval at Devon turns into a speedway for mini equines. That's right, for two days of the schedule, the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechases take over the ring for a rollicking few laps of the historic ring. 

U.S. Pony Racing Director Regina Welsh gathered two fields for the raes, with a maiden hurdle race on May 29 and an allowance hurdle taking place on May 30. Frosted Flakes and Kiley Ahn won the first race, while Savannah Smith won the second race on Knight's Taffy.

May 30, 2016

Hugs And Wide Eyes: Moments From The Loro Piana Grand Prix Of Rome

America’s McLain Ward threw down a super-confident victory in the Loro Piana Grand Prix at Piazza di Siena with HH Azur. On form all week and looking competitive from the outset in the grand prix, he produced one of just seven clear rounds over Uliano Vezzani’s tough first-round track and then showed a spectacular turn of foot in the second round to clinch it.

May 29, 2016

HH Azur Can't Be Beaten In Loro Piana Grand Prix Of Rome

In an amazing finish to a spectacular weekend at the Rome CSIO5*, McLain Ward won the Loro Piana Grand Prix of Rome in stunning style, as he and HH Azur left the star-studded field almost 2 seconds in the dust.

May 26, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Chantilly's Legacy Lives On At Devon

Sindy Paul can remember the first time she saw Chantilly, on an evening in 1967.

“Chantilly arrived at All Around Farm at dusk. The van opened, and down the ramp came the most magnificent seal brown pony with four white socks and a white blaze that I had ever seen,” Paul said.

May 19, 2016

Throwback Thursday: A Chance Ride Turned Into A New Horse And A Great Memory For Jonathan Cowan

Jonathan Cowan didn’t quite know what to do. He was all set to compete at the Festival of Champions in June 1993 at the USET headquarters in Gladstone, N.J. He was entered in the USET Show Jumping Talent Derby—a class reserved for under-25 aspiring grand prix riders—but the horse he’d brought, Flintstone, wasn’t 100 percent.

Luckily, he was friends with McLain Ward, having competed against him from the pony hunters on up to the junior jumpers. McLain and his father had just imported a talented horse from Europe, and they offered Cowan the ride for the class.

May 19, 2016

Philippa Humphreys' Husband Releases Statement

Peter Humphreys, the husband of eventer Philippa Humphreys, who died in a fall on cross-country at the Jersey Fresh International CCI***, has released a statement. 

Peter said:

May 16, 2016

Riding On The Beach In La Baule

The La Baule CSIO is set in the picturesque seaside town of La Baule-Escoublac in Brittany, France. The wide, sandy beach at La Baule is 12 kilometers long and on early mornings, riders can take their horses down to the beach at low tide and romp in the surf.

This year, photographer Tiffany Van Halle was up early and on hand to document it! 

May 11, 2016

George Morris Saw Brilliance In A Young Jung

What does a young Terminator look like?

Even before he was 10 years old, eventer Michael Jung was impressing the best in the world.

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