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Molly Sorge

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.

February 13, 2010

He's A Real Son Of A Gun, Alright, In The $50,000 HITS Desert Circuit CSI-W

John Pearce knew he’d have his work cut out for him when he walked the course for the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix CSI-W on the evening of Feb. 13. “I thought it would be tough. There wasn’t anything ridiculous, but everything was an effort,” Pearce said. “It was challenging, but quite doable. It was a good course for me, because I love to be challenged.”

February 12, 2010

Crown Affair Reigns In HITS Desert Circuit Hunter Derby

Just call John French the king of the hunter derby. The poster child of the 2008/2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby season with the charismatic Rumba, French has kicked off the 2010 season with a bang.

At the HITS Desert Circuit on Feb. 12 in Thermal, Calif., he rode Crown Affair to the top of the $10,000 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby and claimed second with Cruise. The class was held in the evening, under the lights of the expansive Grand Prix field.

February 5, 2010

The Chronicle's Eventing Horseman Of The Year: Buck Davidson

Buck Davidson has always been a great rider, but in 2009 he seemed to truly come into his own. Davidson’s year was headlined by being the highest-placed U.S. rider at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** on My Boy Bobby and finishing 11th at the Burghley CCI**** (England) on Ballynoe Castle RM, but he achieved success with virtually every horse in his large string.

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