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Molly Sorge

November 28, 2008

Brown Breaks Through At Sacramento

The Australian rider and Cassiato jump to a big win in California.

Harley Brown’s eyes opened wide after seeing the course Leopoldo Palacios built for the $75,000 Anderson Family Grand Prix CSI-W. “I walked it and thought, ‘Holy cow,’ ” Brown said.

“It was just really big and wide. Some people were saying there wasn’t going to be a clear round. But Cassiato was such a champ—he didn’t touch a fence in the first round,” said Brown.

November 21, 2008

Bella Luna Shines At Great American/USDF Region 3 Championships

The mare finishes her first season at Grand Prix with a big win.

Given her track record, Erin Brinkman didn’t expect much when she traveled to the Great American/USDF Region 3 Championships in Hamilton, Ga., on Oct. 24-26. “I’ve gone to many regional championships, but I always seem to win in the open classes and then get second, third and fourth in the regional championship classes. It was a little frustrating,” she said.

November 14, 2008

Alison Kratish Has Made A Bold Left Turn

This amateur rider gave up a high-profile New York City career to follow her passion.

November 7, 2008

Kürten Cashes In At Global Champions Tour Final

Richard Spooner will return to the United States a bit richer after his sixth-placed finish.

Paydays don’t come much bigger than the one Jessica Kürten earned at the $1,323,342 Global Champions Tour Final. Her victory on Castle Forbes Libertina brought her a check of $441,114 in the feature event of the Athina Onassis International CSIO, Oct. 16-19 in São Paulo, Brazil.

October 30, 2008

It's Up Chiqui Again At Pennsylvania National

Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui did just what they do best in the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W—they went fast.

“I was going to go as fast as he can, which is pretty fast,” Farrington said.

October 24, 2008

McHugh Returns To Win At Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championships

Traveling from Aiken, S.C., to Middleburg, Va., for the Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championships of America was just like going home for Susan McHugh.

McHugh used to live in Round Hill, Va., but moved to Aiken five years ago.

“It was wonderful to go back—I miss the land and the beauty of it and the people. I knew so many people that it made it extra special,” she said.

October 20, 2008

Up Chiqui Repeats In $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W

After Todd Minikus had turned and burned around the jump-off course of the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W, it didn’t look like anyone could catch him. Until Up Chiqui and Kent Farrington came into the ring. 

Farrington set Up Chiqui alight, shaving every turn and slicing every angle, causing the crowd to gasp.  On the long gallop to the last oxer, Farrington went all-out and as Up Chiqui skimmed over the rails, the crowd roared.  They’d stopped the timers more than a second faster than Minikus and taken the win.

October 19, 2008

Toon And Goodman Have Good Times In Amateur Divisions

Invincible was just that today, Oct. 18, at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.  Ellen Toon rode the flashy bay gelding to the grand amateur-owner and amateur-owner, 36 & over hunter championships. 

“He’s just super easy,” Toon said.  “He always tries to be good and he tries so hard at the jumps.”  Toon and “Shaq” earned a second, third and fourth over fences and a fourth in the under saddle before winning the final stakes class to clinch the tricolor.

October 18, 2008

Lion King Rules In NAL Adult Hunter Final

Lindsey Mohr was a bit nervous before the NAL Adult Hunter Finals on Oct. 17.  “I was sitting up in the stands, shaking,” she said. “But then once I got on, I was fine and didn’t think about it.”

Her rounds belied her nerves, as she rode Lion King to two smooth trips, scoring an 85 and an 86, to win.  The victory was a repeat of their NAL title in 2004.

October 17, 2008

Goldika Gets It Done In Pennsylvania Big Jump

The $25,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump was a bit of a drama-filled event.  Veterans McLain Ward and Goldika 559 prevailed in a three-horse jump-off over young up-and-comers Brianne Goutal and Michael Morrissey.

But there was a lot of action in the first round, too.  Course designer Michel Vaillancourt built a really tough triple combination, with a triple-bar in, two tight strides to a vertical and another tight one stride to another vertical.  The B and C elements of this combination fell like rain all night.

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