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Molly Sorge

June 3, 2010

Are You Fully Dressed Without A Top Hat?

As riders begin choosing to wear approved helmets into the ring, the scenery of dressage is changing.

There are certain benchmarks in the world of dressage, subtle signs that a rider has advanced to a certain level. Showing in a double bridle and riding flying changes in the ring are both goals to which riders aspire.

But nothing else carries quite the weight of the first time a rider puts on a top hat and tailcoat, or shadbelly, to show at the Fédération Equestre Internationale levels.

May 27, 2010

Journey To The WEG: Rebecca Hart Has A Medal On Her Mind

The Horse Radio Network and the United States Para Equestrian Association are hosting the first ever Para-Webathon tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT). The purpose is to raise money and awareness for the U.S. Para-Equestrian athletes aiming to compete in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

April 23, 2010

Journey To The WEG: Megan Benjamin Will Be Back In A Big Way

In this monthly series leading up to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in September and October, we watch a different competitor each month prepare for competition.

Winning an individual gold medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games had been Megan Benjamin’s goal for years. So when she stood atop the podium and looked at the gold medal hanging around her neck at the 2006 WEG, her mind spun.

April 16, 2010

Free Rein With: Michael Etherington-Smith

For 19 years, Michael Etherington-Smith has designed the Rolex Kentucky courses, shaping the contours of the Kentucky Horse Park into a test that draws the best in the world. His next challenge at the Horse Park will be the courses for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which he plans to make his final event before retiring.

April 11, 2010

Armani Is In Style In The $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational

“I’ve been second before, and I’ve gotten many ribbons in it over the years, but I hadn’t won this class before, and I’ve always loved this class,” said Jeffery Welles.

After tonight, April 10, he’ll be able to add winning the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational to his résumé, as Welles and Armani outran Mac Cone and Peter Leone to claim the top check in the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

April 9, 2010

John Xanthopoulos Has Created A New Generation Of Foxhunters In Montana

The IHSA riders at the University of Montana Western get out of the classroom in more ways than one.

Emily Cornell can vividly recall one of her most memorable lessons in horsemanship. She was riding
a 4-year-old, out foxhunting.

“The hounds hit on a hare in a huge field of sage, and everyone was flying,” she said. “I was burying my face in my horse’s neck, galloping flat out. And all of a sudden, my rein snapped in half—at a dead run, on a green draft cross.

April 5, 2010

U.S. Polo Association Adopts USEF’s Drugs And Medication Program

The U.S. Polo Association has adopted the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Equine Drugs and Medications Program, the decision coming nearly a year after 21 polo ponies died after being accidentally overdosed with selenium.

March 12, 2010

Wil’ya Love Me And Courtney Sendak Have Grown Up Together

The young rider and pony have defied many odds to be successful at the intermediate level.

It’s not the way most young riders find their first upper-level horse. Courtney Sendak started to help someone load Wil’ya Love Me onto a trailer and ended up buying him on a whim.

And “Willy” isn’t a typical upper-level horse. He’s borderline pony, standing 14.21⁄2 hands. But he and Sendak, of Baltimore, Md., have belied their improbable beginning and Willy’s diminutive size to become consistent contenders at the intermediate level.

February 19, 2010

Kathy Kusner And Three Thoroughbreds Challenged Tradition

Kusner saw no limits in Unusual, Untouchable and Aberali.

Untouchable might have been Kathy Kusner’s most famous horse and her mount for two Olympic Games, but there were two other horses that Kusner recalls particularly fondly, Aberali and Unusual. All three horses—talented Thoroughbreds—came into Kusner’s life in the 1960s as green or problem horses.

February 19, 2010

Free Rein With: Peter Doubleday

Peter Doubleday usually has the best seat in the house at a horse show, whether it’s high in the announcer’s stand or by the in-gate. Doubleday has been the voice of American show jumping for decades, and he’s also at the helm, as manager, of three of the most prestigious shows in North America—the Pennsylvania National, the Royal Winter Fair (Ont.) and Devon (Pa.), where he co-manages with David Distler.

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