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Molly Sorge

January 25, 2016

This Weekend On Social Media...

The headline of the weekend was for sure the Snowzilla storm Jonas, and our social media streams this weekend were full of horses playing in snow combined with lucky riders in Florida and California enjoying the sun!

Lynn Symansky is in Ocala, Fla., to get a jump on the competition season, but she left a few horses at home to battle the more-than-3’ snow drifts in Middleburg, Va.

January 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: When WEF Was Young!

The year was 1984, and down in Wellington, Fla., the Winter Equestrian Festival was still in its infancy. The show report in the Chronicle in the March 9, 1984 issue painted a very different picture of the area 32 years ago!

The report read: 

An endless expanse of flat land, broken only by the landscaped knolls and valleys of countless golf courses, lent itself ideally to further the near-perfect conditions at the Insilco Masters Horse Show, held Feb. 21-26 at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in Wellington, Fla.

January 6, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Classic Hunter Daily Nip Lives On In Cissy Webb's Memories

“You can’t see, but I’m smiling and laughing as I talk about all this,” said Celeste “Cissy” Mohlman Webb as we chatted about her days showing Daily Nip back in the 1960s.

Webb hasn’t ridden much in the last few decades, but when I called her to ask about the great photo of her that originally ran in the Chronicle in 1965, she was thrilled to talk about her wonderful off-the-track Thoroughbred Daily Nip.

January 2, 2016

George H. Morris Named As Brazilian Olympic Team Trainer

The Brazilian Equestrian Federation announced that the legendary George H. Morris has accepted an offer to serve as their show jumping coach through the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in August. 

"I’m not the chef d’equipe. I’ll be the trainer," Morris said. "I was asked, they’re all very good friends, my boyfriend is from Rio, and I think it will be a positive thing. It’s something that will be fun for George."

December 22, 2015

Bertram Allen Disqualified From Olympia Grand Prix Win

Bertram Allen, the young Irish superstar, was about to be crowned the winner of the Olympia Grand Prix with Quiet Easy on the evening of Dec. 21, but was disqualified from the result just before the awards ceremony. A steward found a small amount of blood on Quiet Easy’s side and invoked the FEI blood rule, which is FEI Jumping Rules Article 242.3.1: “Mandatory Disqualification - Horses bleeding on the flank(s), in the mouth or nose or marks indicating excessive use of spurs or of the whip anywhere on the horse.”

December 16, 2015

You Too Can Go Hunting With Helen!

A few weeks ago, we shared a thrilling helmet-cam video that Helen Newbold of England had posted on her Facebook page.

It got a huge response, with comments such as “I wish I had the courage to do that! That scared the pants off a rider as nervous as me, but what a fantastic bit of film, a great relationship and wonderful riding. Thank you for sharing this!” and “Thank you for a great day out hunting! I felt every jump! Can I have this wonderful horse?”

December 8, 2015

Ringside Chat: Katie Dinan Welcomes British Superstar Horse Dougie Douglas To Her Barn

Top English show jumper Dougie Douglas made headlines when selling at the Goresbridge Supreme Sale of Show Jumpers auction (Ireland) on Nov. 12. While at the time, the buyer was only identified as “an anonymous U.S. rider” through Irish agent Barry O’Connor, we have confirmed that Dougie Douglas is all settled in at Katie Dinan’s Wellington, Fla., farm and prepping for the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival there.

December 1, 2015

Groom Spotlight: Hana Colman Keeps Hello Sanctos Happy

He might be the best show jumper in the world right now, but at home Hello Sanctos is still a horse who needs all the basic care and a lot of love. And Hana Colman is the one who provides that for the bay gelding.

Colman is just 22, but she’s earned a spot taking care of the world No. 1 jumper rider Scott Brash’s top horses and she’s also in a relationship with Brash. Together, they’re traveling the world, winning at the most glamorous horse shows and bringing out the best in some of the most talented horses.

November 18, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Bertalan de Némethy Remembered Two Great Horses

In 1965, the legendary Bertalan de Némethy, then serving as the coach of the U.S. show jumping team, wrote in the Aug. 6 issue of the Chronicle about two of Mrs. Eleanora Sears’ great jumpers who had served on the U.S. team—Ksar d’Esprit and Diamant.

Ksar d’Esprit

November 13, 2015

Will Our Sports Look Very Different In Future Olympic Games?

It’s very possible that the sports of eventing, dressage and show jumping could undergo drastic changes in the way they’re run at future Olympic Games.

One of the main topics of conversation at the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s General Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are the formats of those sports as they’re conducted at the Olympic Games.

FEI President Ingmar De Vos led discussions with national federations on proposed radical changes to Olympic competition formats.

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