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Molly Sorge

January 17, 2008

Overseas Sails To Victory At Gulf Coast

Mindy Wurzburg finally reaps the rewards with her “dream horse.”

Patience is a virtue Mindy Wurzburg has in spades.

When she bought Overseas six years ago, his destiny was to be a reliable adult amateur mount for her.
But she had to wait a while for him to fulfill that destiny.

“Basically, I stayed off of him for four years,” Wurzburg said, laughing. Her trainer, Phoebe Sheets, showed “Leo” in the professional divisions until 2006, when Wurzburg finally took over the reins.

December 27, 2007

Kürten Conquers The World In IJRC Top-10 Final

“I’m going to be feeling very posh now, wearing this,” Jessica Kürten joked after picking up a Rolex watch for her win in the International Jumping Riders Club Top-10 Final at the Geneva CSI on Dec. 7-9 in Geneva, Switzerland.

November 15, 2007

McCormack's Consistency Earns Her The ASPCA Maclay Finals Title

The talented junior works her way to the top of the class this time.

It was a different kind of pressure this time.
   
Two weeks earlier,Kimberly McCormack had led from start to finish to win the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals (Nov. 9, p. 30). But on Nov. 3, she capped a remarkable come-from-behind victory in the ASPCA Maclay Finals, completing the coveted Medal-Maclay double.

November 15, 2007

Revenge Is Sweet For Ward At Syracuse

It’s tough to beat Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui, but McLain Ward and Phillipa pull it off by fractions of a second.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I had a shot to beat Kent [Farrington] tonight,” McLain Ward said. “I go week in and week out trying to beat him, and I can’t. I mean this in the most complimentary way, but what Kent wins is absolutely staggering."

November 15, 2007

The Highs And Lows Of Horses

Just about every amateur rider can recall a best and a worst moment that stand out from their riding careers. Here are a few from riders just like you.



LORI SNETSINGER

Lori Snetsinger, Aurora, Ohio, has been showing hunters since she was 4. Now 23, she graduated from college last spring with a degree in business management. Throughout her riding career, she has braided and worked to be able to show. She rides Cashmere in the amateur-owner hunter, 18-35, division.

November 14, 2007

Horse Of A Lifetime: Goodnight Moon

Tracy Lowrey Lenehan found not just a winner, but also a friend in a lanky, gray Thoroughbred.

In the fall of 1990, Tracy Lenehan (née Lowrey) went in search of a new horse. She was no stranger to the show ring, but she had a yearning to take her riding to a new level.

November 8, 2007

Keenan Makes Another Clean Sweep At Pennsylvania National

The pony rider notches another remarkable accomplishment.

This summer, Lillie Keenan accomplished a feat all pony riders dream of—sweeping all three divisions at the USEF Pony Finals. Little could anyone imagine that she’d do it again.

But that she did, during Pennsylvania National’s junior weekend, Oct. 18-20 in Harrisburg, Pa. Keenan rode Vanity Fair to the grand and large pony hunter tricolors, Enchanted Forest to the medium pony hunter championship and won the small pony hunter title on Pink Floyd.

November 8, 2007

The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Belong To McCormack

The hard-working junior leads from start to finish for the prestigious title.

Kimberly McCormack finished the day of the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals much the same way that she finishes most horse shows—grooming and wrapping her horse, packing her trunk, and preparing to ship home.

This trip was a little different, however.

McCormack could replay the events of the day, Oct. 21 in Harrisburg, Pa.—the day she won the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals.

November 3, 2007

Maria Schaub Leads The ASPCA Maclay Finals After Round 1 And The Flat

After the first round and the flat phase of the ASPCA Maclay Finals, Maria Schaub sits atop the standings, and the judges—George Morris and Linda Hough—have called back 18 to ride again this afternoon.

The standby, in order of go (reverse order of standing) is…
Jennifer Walters
Hayden Warmington
Matthew Metell
Kate Salzman
Melissa Barton
Cathy Rolfs
Stephanie Underwood
Tatiana Dzavik
Carly Anthony
Shelby Wakeman
Lucy Davis
Mallory Olson
Katherine Newman
Kimberly McCormack
Elizabeth Lubrano
Emily Gardner

November 3, 2007

Phillipa One-Ups Up Chiqui In $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Syracuse CSI-W

It was déjà vu all over again.  McLain Ward went last in the jump-off.  Kent Farrington was leading with a seemingly unbeatable time aboard Up Chiqui.  And there was a long gallop to a vertical as the last jump.

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