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Molly Sorge

April 17, 2009

VDL Oranta Finally Wears Blue At $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

A major win has been a long time coming for the big gray mare and Chris Kappler.

After VDL Oranta rolled a rail off the cups at the end of the first-round course at the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, Chris Kappler figured his night was over. He returned to the stands in the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., and sat down to watch the rest of the class.

But as horse after horse jumped without a clear round to be had the night of April 4, Kappler got a gleam in his eye.

April 17, 2009

It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times

Some Rolex Kentucky CCI**** veterans recall their most memorable trips around cross-country.

John Williams

April 16, 2009

Can They Beat Meredith This Year?

She’s in it to win it. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum pulled off an astounding inside turn tonight, April 16, to win the first leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final. She and Shutterfly have won two World Cup Finals—in 2008 and 2005—and she’s going to be the one to beat again this year.

“I made a plan that I thought suited my horse,” she said. “My plan was different than 99 percent of the competition, but I know my horse well, and this gives us a great advantage. I was happy how my plan worked."

April 16, 2009

Max Kuhner Withdraws

Germany's Max Kuhner, who would have been competing in his first Rolex FEI World Cup Final, has had to withdraw Acantus K from the competition. A German Federation official said that Acantus K was injured while traveling to the Las Vegas, Nev., for the Final.

April 4, 2009

Kappler Comes Out On Top In An Odd $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

When McLain Ward and Sapphire galloped into Raymond James Stadium tonight, Apr. 4, a betting man would have put money on them winning the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational.

In fact, even a cautious man would have slapped a dollar down on that bet. Ward and Sapphire have been on a roll, winning three big-money classes in March. And by the time they went as 32nd to go out of 34 in the Invitational, no one had gone clean.

April 3, 2009

This Could Be The Year For A U.S. Rider To Win The Rolex FEI World Cup Final Again

John Madden evaluates the field.

April 3, 2009

What's Missing From The Rolex FEI World Cup Finals?

Hearing what experts like John Madden and Robert Dover have to say about what they expect might happen at the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals on April 16-19 in Las Vegas, Nev., isn’t only fascinating but also whets the appetite for watching the best in the world go head to head (p. 16 and 46).
   

April 3, 2009

Harley Brown Has Traveled Around The World For The Rolex FEI World Cup Final

The Australian import can’t wait to join the party in Las Vegas.

Haven’t you ever dreamed of just picking up and moving? Six years ago, Harley Brown did just that—he packed up his bags and his horse and moved halfway around the world.

March 20, 2009

Crossroads Travels To The Top Of The Hunter Derby At Gulf Coast

Keri Rankin and the talented bay lead from start to finish over a big field.

Keri Rankin found her way to the top of the $10,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby via Crossroads. She guided the elegant bay gelding to the blue in the class, held Feb. 27 during the Gulf Coast Magnolia Classic, Feb. 25-March 1 in Gulfport, Miss.

March 13, 2009

Ward Wants To Win At The $150,000 CN CSIO Grand Prix

With a victory in her first big start of the year, Sapphire looks ready to take on the world.

McLain Ward has a goal for 2009. “I’d like to win [the Rolex FEI World Cup Final] this year,” he said with a steely sense of purpose.

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