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Molly Sorge

July 8, 2014

Who Needs A Bridle?

When Grégory Wathelet jumped the fourth jump, he saw the crownpiece of the bridle slide forward. “Uh, oh,” he thought.

Wathelet, of Belgium, was on course in the Prix du Qatar during the Longines Global Champions Tour Paris on July 5, and Conrad de Hus’ bridle was slipping off forward over his ears. “I didn’t really think about [pulling up]. I wanted to finish because I wanted to qualify for the grand prix the next day,” Wathelet said.

June 22, 2014

Remembering Sapphire

She'd saunter into the ring, calm, wise and seemingly casual. She was a big mare, all of 17 hands and solid, but when she picked up a canter and headed to a jump, Sapphire grew wings. She jumped with classically beautiful form, galloped with a ground-devouring stride and could turn like a reiner. When she was done, she dropped nonchalantly back to a walk, accepted a quick appreciative pat from McLain Ward and strolled back out of the ring.

June 14, 2014

Benjamin Winter Suffers Fatal Fall At Luhmühlen CCI****

Luhmühlen, Germany—June 14  It is with deep sadness that we report of Benjamin Winter's death. A German rider, Winter suffered a rotational fall at fence 20 at the Luhmühlen CCI****, incurred severe head injuries and died of his injuries. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family.Winter, 25, had been in 14th place after the dressage with Ispo, the horse he fell with. Ispo was uninjured in the fall.

June 11, 2014

Ringside Chat With Katie Dinan

In just two short years, Katie Dinan has gone from a greenie on the international show jumping stage to a contender for her first U.S. team.

May 27, 2014

Stewart And Farmer Dominate At Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 27  

“I told him he’s on the best horse in the world!” Kelley Farmer sang out as Scott Stewart was being interviewed for his second year green hunter championship aboard Mythical at the Devon Horse Show.

Farmer developed Mythical into a winner in the first year green and high performance hunter divisions as well as a frequent headliner of USHJA International Hunter Derbies. But during the indoor show season last fall, amateur rider Becky Gochman bought Mythical.

May 27, 2014

Hooker Rides It Like She Stole It To Win Adult Jumpers At Devon

Devon, Pa.—May 26  

Nancy Hooker watched from the in-gate on her tiptoes as one by one, her competitors in the NAL Adult Jumper Classic at Devon couldn’t quite measure up.

“I knew I was beatable. I left the door open a little bit and there were some real competitors out there tonight,” Hooker said. “It was nerve-wracking to go first in the jump-off; when I was warming up, I just thought to myself, ‘I’m just going to have to make everybody chase me and hope they make a mistake.’”

May 26, 2014

Cricket Hops To A Win

And they're off! A blur of brightly colored silks. Jockeying for position around the turns. The crowd cheering their heads off. A Triple Crown race? No!

The Dixon Oval played host to some pony competition of a different kind when U.S. Pony Racing brought 15 ponies and riders to the Devon Horse Show for a stop on the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series. The wildly successful exhibition made a splash at the Washington International Horse Show (D.C.) last fall, and now the ponies took the Dixon Oval at Devon by storm. 

May 24, 2014

Devon Junior Hunters Belong To Colvin And Holloway

Devon, Pa.—May 24  

If you’d been at the Devon showgrounds in the wee hours of the morning on Junior Weekend, you’d have seen both Tori Colvin and Hunter Holloway riding as the sun came up.

Colvin and Holloway dominated the junior hunter divisions at Devon, each winning two. Colvin added the grand junior hunter championship with Way Cool and the Best Child Rider on a Horse title (for the fourth consecutive year). Colvin, 16, and Holloway, 15, are both hard workers and know their way around the barn as well as the ring.

May 22, 2014

Lubrano Has Made Her Way To Devon's Best Young Pony Title

At 1 a.m. on the morning of the pony hunter breeding at Devon, Elizabeth Lubrano was up in the dark, bathing ponies and packing. She hit the road with the truck and trailer before dawn, and spent the morning putting the last touches of polish on three ponies’ coats. When she went to pack up the trailer for the ride home, she had some prizes to put in the trunk—the Best Young Pony title for her charge Orchard Hills Dragonflyy.

May 22, 2014

Throwback Thursday: When They Were Devon Junior Stars

If you flip through the pages of the Chronicle 25 years ago, today’s top professional hunter rider Havens Schatt was just 17, and dominating Devon as a junior.

The Chronicle article in the June 16, 1989 issue of the magazine detailed Schatt’s victories, including the grand junior and small junior hunter titles on Smith Watkins’ Elfin Magic and the large junior hunter championship on Jane Clark’s Nobel. She also won sections of the (then AHSA) Medal and ASPCA Maclay classes and earned the Best Child Rider on a Horse title.

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