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Molly Sorge

December 19, 2013

No Selection Trials For 2014 WEG Show Jumping Team

Since the mid-1990s, the U.S. Equestrian Federation has used selection trials in some manner to select teams for major international championships—the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games. The selection was done purely objectively for many years, based just on the selection trials results.

Former chef d’equipe George Morris re-introduced some subjectivity to the process in the last decade, adding the ability for a selection committee to name a team member or two independent of their trials results.

December 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday: A Cross-Country Criticism

The year was 1968. U.S. eventers had gone to England to prepare for the Mexico City Olympic Games at the Badminton Three-Day Event, and the Chronicle published a news report of their results from Badminton, including photos of each team member, in the June 4, 1968 issue.

One reader took exception to the position of now-legendary Jim Wofford (see below) and wrote a letter that sparked lots of debate. Scroll down to see the drama unfold.

The original photo (top left)...

December 18, 2013

Anne Kursinski Is Having A Lot Of Fun With Only One

“There’s just nothing like a Thoroughbred. They’re so light on their feet and smart,” said grand prix rider and three-time Olympian Anne Kursinski.

She should know—one of her most famous horses, Eros, was an Australian off-the-track Thoroughbred. They jumped to team silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games together.

December 16, 2013

Can Omaha Turn The World Cup Finals From A Question Mark Into An Exclamation Point?

When the Federation Equestre Internationale put out a press release about bidders for the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals, lots of readers did a double-take to see Omaha, Neb., listed as a contender. Omaha is seeking to host both the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final and the FEI World Cup Dressage Final in 2017.

December 15, 2013

Guerdat Gets Going On The Grand Slam In Geneva

There’s no audience more supportive of Steve Guerdat than his hometown crowd of Geneva, and on Dec. 15 he scored an emotional and thrilling victory in front of them in the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva.

Guerdat blazed to a competitive time early in the 10-horse jump-off, then had to sit and watch every other rider chase him. “It was 10 or 15 minutes that felt like forever. It felt longer than the whole weekend,” he said.

December 13, 2013

Willow Wins It For Farrington In Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland – Dec. 13

Friday the 13th proved lucky for U.S. rider Kent Farrington as he topped a hugely talented 18-horse jump-off to claim victory in the $225,013 Credit Suisse Grand Prix at the International Geneva CSI.

December 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Hunters Go Too Slow And Idle Dice's Early Days

It's amazing what you can find when you just open one of the bound volumes of old issues of The Chronicle of the Horse. The below images of pages from old Chronicle issues came from looking at just four July issues in 1968.

First, did you know the famous jumper Idle Dice got his start in the hunter ring? This photo of "Ike" and Bernie Traurig appeared in the July 19, 1968 issue amid the results of the Fairfield Hunt Club Horse Show (Conn.). (We're laughing with you at the fact that there's a typo in Idle Dice's name!)

December 8, 2013

Another Equitation Class?

Hunter/jumper show schedules might get an addition in 2015. There are some Rule Change Proposals on the docket intending to create two more Medal classes, the USHJA Hunter Seat Medal and the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal (if approved, these rule changes go into effect on Dec. 1, 2014).

December 6, 2013

USHJA Rule Change Proposals Seek To Close Loopholes

Have you taken a look at the Rule Change Proposals that will be discussed at the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting on Dec. 8-12 in Atlanta, Ga.?

December 5, 2013

Ben Maher Involved In British Lawsuit

The BBC has released a story indicating that show jumper Ben Maher, who helped the British team earn gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, is being sued by long-time owners Mike and Emma Phillips for misrepresenting the prices of horses he sold for them. 

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