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Molly Sorge

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.

May 19, 2014

Beezie Madden Breaks Collarbone

After a fall with Breitling LS during the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows (N.Y.) on May 18, Beezie Madden will be undergoing surgery for a broken collar bone.

Both Madden and Breitling LS fell on course at the open water obstacle. They were both quickly back on their feet after the fall and left the arena together after the elimination. Breitling was assessed immediately after the competition and was not injured. 

May 18, 2014

Updated: Urico Injured

British Ben Maher has released a statement that grand prix show jumper Urico, owned by Jane Clark of the United States, sustained a serious injury while competing in the Longines Grand Prix of La Baule (France) on May 18.

 “The British team veterinarian, Bobby McEwen, immediately assessed the situation before making a decision to refer Urico to an extremely well respected veterinary clinic in Nantes,” Maher’s statement read.

April 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday: It’s All About Compromise. And A Few Cocktails.

How to survive a trip to Rolex Kentucky with a non-horsey husband in tow.

April 21, 2014

It All Goes Deusser's Way At Longines FEI World Cup Final

Lyon, France—April 21   

It was a clonk that echoed through the arena. The crowd sucked in their breath and raised their eyebrows. Cornet d’Amour swished his tail. And Daniel Deusser snapped out of the nervous fog he’d been in.

Deusser had it all to lose, and he’d just gotten really lucky at the first fence when Cornet d’Amour rubbed it hard but left it in the cups.

April 20, 2014

Even Better Without

He’s handsome, and he knows it. H&M Tornesch will pause in the warm-up ring and hold his dish-faced head up high, looking out over the crowd. He’s got quite a lot of character, and you can tell he’s a proud, confident horse.

April 20, 2014

Shocking Withdrawals From Longines FEI World Cup Final

Lyon, France—April 20   

Patrice Delaveau of France and Kent Farrington of the United States have both decided to withdraw from the last day of the Longines FEI World Cup Finals. The blow is particularly hard for French rider Delaveau, who stood tied for the lead in the World Cup Final on his home turf. 

Delaveau announced this morning that he has withdrawn his horse, Lacrimoso. “Je suis desolé,” said Delaveau, 49. After the first two rounds, Delaveau had stood tied for first with Steve Guerdat.

April 19, 2014

Farrington Leads The U.S. Charge At Longines FEI World Cup Final

“How do you ride so fast?” came the question for Kent Farrington in the press conference after the second leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Final.

April 18, 2014

Schwizer Simply Wins Day 1 Of Longines FEI World Cup Final

Lyon, France—April 18   

Pius Schwizer is not prone to jubilation. He has a poker face worthy of the highest-priced card games. Even when he was center ring, accepting his first place in the first leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Final, he barely cracked a smile.

But it’s that simple, focused manner that allowed him to ride a horse he’s only had in the barn for four months to the top of the first day of the World Cup Final. Schwizer went into the ring on Quidam du Vivier and simply laid down an unbeatable trip in 63.37 seconds.

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