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Molly Sorge

July 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Pass The Platter's Story Continues

Last week in our Throwback Thursday post, we featured a handwritten “horse for sale” ad written in the horse's voice and by a teenager in 1972. Lots of readers wondered where the cute chestnut mare advertised, Pass The Platter, ended up.

Happily, we got an email from Pam Gleason, whose family bought Pass The Platter in the late ‘70s. Pam’s sister, Cynthia, showed “Platter” for a year, then the Gleason family retired her and let her live her life out in a large grass field.

July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Pass The Platter Wants You To Know...

A full-page ad in the March 2, 1973, issue of The Chronicle of the Horse caught our eye. It was a horse-for-sale ad, but not one like we'd ever seen before! 

The teenaged owner of Pass The Platter came up with the idea of writing the mare's ad from the horse's perspective. The result was a handwritten ad full of cute sketches. The full text appears below the photo...

July 17, 2014

U.S. Show Jumpers Rally To Second In Aachen Nations Cup

Aachen, Germany—July 17  

The day belonged to Belgium in the Mercedes Benz Nations Cup of Aachen, but the U.S. team fought a remarkable battle to claim second place in a thrilling finish. Clear rounds from Lucy Davis, Reed Kessler and Lauren Hough in Round 2 vaulted the U.S. team from fourth after Round 1 into second, just 2 faults behind the Belgian team and ahead of the Netherlands and Germany.

July 16, 2014

Farrington Takes Flight To Win At Aachen

Aachen, Germany—July 16  

“What a furious gallop!” were the first words of the Aachen CHIO press release about Kent Farrington’s win in the Turkish Airlines Prix of Europe.

In a move fitting for a class sponsored by an airline, Farrington put wings on Voyeur to fly around the jump-off and win by more than 3 seconds over Luciana Diniz of Portugal.

Farrington and Voyeur topped a 17-horse jump-off in the class, which serves as a qualifier for the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen on July 20.

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.’”

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