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Molly Sorge

April 17, 2011

Yoder Enjoys Breakout Performance At USEF National Pair Championships

As a young Amish boy, Joe Yoder couldn’t even imagine winning the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Pair Championship.

“The only time I’ve ever even seen the national championships was in 2006 when Alan Aulson won [the pairs], so it was an honor to win and have him come in second. It’s a big deal for me,” said Yoder, 29.

Yoder was in second after dressage, but he drove into first after winning the marathon by almost 10 points at the Live Oak CAI in Ocala, Fla., held March 24-27.

April 10, 2011

Rhett Has It Covered At International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI

There wasn’t much that went right in Jim Koford’s build-up to the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI.
But sometimes the best laid plans going awry can still lead to success, as Koford rode Rhett to the top of the Grand Prix for the Special (67.48%) and into second in the Grand Prix Special (66.47%) behind Susan Dutta on Cur-rency DC (67.02%) on March 24-27 in Loxahatchee, Fla.

“It was an unusual preparation, and for some reason it worked, but I hope I never have to do it that way again!” Koford said.

April 10, 2011

Andrea Leatherman Gets Back In The Groove At Poplar Place March Horse Trials

When Andrea Leatherman set out to dust off some cobwebs at the Poplar Place Farm March Horse Trials, she didn’t expect to find a blue ribbon lurking underneath them.

But that’s just what happened on March 25-27 in Hamilton, Ga., as Leath-erman cruised to the top of advanced, division 1, on her Mensa G. “It’s always great to win, but I really just wanted to go out and have a good solid ride in all three phases and not worry about the placing,” Leatherman said.

April 7, 2011

Dobbin Trades Trakehners For Tempi Changes

Corinne Ashton hopes her horse will become the first American equine to do the top levels of eventing and dressage.

After his first day at the Southern Comfort dressage show, Dobbin started looking for the jumps. But the only fence he saw in Aiken, S.C., March 21-22, was a little white, rectangular one.

April 3, 2011

Laurie Volk Helps Foreign Horseman Find Their Dreams In The United States

Laurie Volk hasn’t ended up quite where she expected in life, but fortunately, she’s right where she wants to be.
Volk, 54, has been a lifelong rider and a lawyer by profession, but it’s just in the last 12 years that she’s combined the two into her work as an immigration lawyer.

“It’s so funny. In the beginning, I didn’t even think of trying to combine my pastime in horses with my profession. It didn’t occur to me until much later, until I saw a need for a horse-savvy immigration lawyer,” Volk said.

March 29, 2011

Sapphire Injured

The most famous mare in American show jumping has suffered an injury. Sapphire, the big chestnut mare who McLain Ward has ridden to two Olympic Games team gold medals in 2004 and 2008 and a team silver at the 2006 World Equestrian Games, is going to be sitting out the remainder of the 2011 season.

Sapphire was slated to compete in the $500,000 FTI Finale Grand Prix on March 26 in Wellington, Fla., but a few days before the class she suffered a strained check ligament in her right front.

March 20, 2011

The U.S. Team Recaptures Glory In The $75,000 Nations Cup

The four U.S. riders taking the field in the $75,000 Nations Cup had a serious score to settle.

In the nine years that the Winter Equestrian Festival had hosted a Nations Cup competition, the U.S. team had won only three times—in 2002, 2003 and 2008. Their neighbors to the north, the Canadians, quickly established themselves as the hot favorites each year, winning the title in 2004, ’06, ’07, ’09 and 2010. Ireland won in 2005.

So this year, U.S. Chef d’Equipe George Morris meant business.

March 20, 2011

Top Gun Shoots To The Top In $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix

March 20, Ocala, Fla.

The odds were pretty good that Kent Farrington was going to win the $100,000 Deluca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix at HITS Ocala.

Six qualified for the jump-off, and Farrington rode three of them. And the end of the day found him leading the victory gallop on Top Gun, placing second on Uceko and fifth on Valhalla. Farrington set the standard on the powerful gray Top Gun as second to go, notching an effortless clean round in 40.80 seconds.

March 20, 2011

Top Gun Takes Aim In $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix

When Kent Farrington packed his tack trunks to head home after the conclusion of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, he had to find a little bit more room for all the prize money checks he picked up during the last week.
Farrington decided to bring three horses across Florida to Ocala for the weekend from his home base in Wellington, and he returned with three big prize money checks in the $100,000 DeLuca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix.

March 16, 2011

Maddens Buy Young Event Horse Winner As Jumper Prospect

John and Beezie Madden of John Madden Sales have purchased a graduate of the U.S. Eventing Association Young Event Horse program as a jumper prospect.

On March 15, the Maddens bought Artesian, who won the 4-year-old division of the West Coast finals of the 2009 USEA Young Event Horse series with Robyn Fisher riding, and won the 5-year-old division of the East Coast finals of the series in 2010 with Will Coleman riding.

Artesian, 6, is by the stallion Judgement, who Beezie campaigned at the international grand prix level for many years before his retirement in 2009.

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