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Molly Sorge

June 1, 2015

Peters And Francis Secure Top-10 Placings At Aachen Dressage

Aachen, Germany—May 29-31  

Two U.S. dressage stars represented the Stars and Stripes at the abbreviated Aachen CDI this weekend. Because Aachen plays host to the European Championships in August, the traditional 10-day CHIO at Aachen was shortened to a three-day festival with just a few show jumping, dressage and driving classes. 

In the dressage, Steffen Peters and Shelly Francis held their own, placing in the top 10 in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix freestyle on May 30 and 31. 

May 28, 2015

Youth Rules The Night As Kelli Cruciotti Tops The $100,000 Sapphire Grand Prix Of Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 28  

“I was kind of like a kid in the candy store like ‘Oh, I’ve got my white pants on.’ I’ve always dreamed about doing a class like this in front of this many people. To have such a great result is a dream come true!” Kelli Cruciotti said about getting ready for the $100,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon.

The 17-year-old rode in her first grand prix ever two weeks before. Last week, she graduated from high school. And she was taking to the ring with the likes of Olympians and veterans McLain Ward and Peter Leone.

May 28, 2015

The Answer Says Yes To The Devon Derby

Devon, Pa.--May 28  

Maggie Jayne had better get her sister Haylie a nice baby shower gift. When Haylie found out she was pregnant this spring, she turned the reins of The Answer over to Maggie. And then Maggie promptly rode him to the win in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Devon.

“She was watching on the computer and was texting me. She was hysterical, she was so excited. She told me, ‘It’s the hormones!’ She’s very supportive,” Maggie said of Haylie. “This is my fourth show with him. He’s a blast! He tries really hard and he’s a lot of fun.”

May 27, 2015

Mindful Makes Devon His Own With Grand Hunter Championship

Devon, Pa.—May 27  

“Congratulations again!” called out a spectator over the fence rail to Kelley Farmer after she collected yet another blue ribbon at Devon with Mindful.

“Thanks!” Farmer replied. “He’s an unbelievable horse.”

May 27, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Caroline Johnson Has Gone From 4-H To Devon With Distance

Caroline Johnson stood at the in-gate of the Dixon Oval at Devon, towel tucked in her back pocket and heart in her throat as her horse Distance trotted into the ring to show in the first year green division with Joey Barley aboard.

“It was a little surreal. Seeing her on the Jumbotron playing over the ring was cool. I thought to myself, ‘She actually looks like all these other horses that are here! She fits in,’” Johnson said.

May 26, 2015

Seven Open Hunters Making Headlines At Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 26  

It's not hard to fall in love with the gorgeous hunters showing off in the Dixon Oval, and on a day full of five different open hunter divisions, there were lots of stunners who caught the eye (and impressed the judges!). Here are a few...

Ashcroft

May 25, 2015

Olney Phunny Bones Wins Devon Shetland Pony Steeplechase In Wire-To-Wire Run

Devon, Pa.—May 25  

They might be one of the newest traditions at the Devon Horse Show, but they're also one of the most popular. The children and ponies of U.S. Pony Racing took the Dixon Oval for two races in the WIHS Shetland Pony Championship Races on May 24 and 25 during Devon, madly dashing with fluffy manes a'flying around two circuits of the ring with jumps and then a stretch run down the middle of the ring.

May 21, 2015

One To Watch: Kelli Cruciotti Is Doing The Work To Get To Devon

If you’re looking for Kelli Cruciotti after a day of showing at Devon (Pa.), don’t look in the stands. Or at the fudge booth. Or even back at the hotel.

Odds are Cruciotti, 17, will be back at the barn, grooming and wrapping a horse or cleaning tack. She might have help, since she’s got five horses showing at Devon, but Cruciotti makes it a priority to do as much as she can of her horses’ care.

May 14, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Jack Melville Made The Horse That Made George Morris

It’s a note that Mitch Melville treasures. Legendary horseman George H. Morris handed it to her one day 14 years ago while he was teaching a clinic.

“I shall never forget Jack Melville,” it reads. “He made the horse who made me.”

May 13, 2015

Ringside Chat: McLain Ward Has Some Exciting New Horses In The Barn

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are just a little more than a year away, so the top U.S. riders are making sure their stalls are occupied with horses capable of helping the U.S. team win medals.

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