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Molly Sorge

November 24, 2010

Marguerite Taylor-Jones Changed The Face Of Pony Breeding

She’s devoted decades to producing pretty ponies and raising the standards.

Sometimes, on a soft summer evening, Marguerite Taylor-Jones will place a chair in the shade of a tree and gaze at the weathered red barn and paddocks where hundreds of ponies cavorted.

She replays in her mind walking down the aisle, with pretty pony heads hanging over the stall doors, nickering for their breakfast. And she reminisces about quiet nights spent rubbing a soft gleam into young ponies’ coats, getting them looking their best.

November 7, 2010

It's Another Big Win For Hayley Barnhill In The ASPCA Maclay Finals

Syracuse, N.Y., Nov. 7

It got so quiet in the ring during Hayley Barnhill’s first round of the ASPCA Maclay Finals that you could hear a whisper. Barnhill had all eyes on her and all the pressure of being the class favorite today in the Maclay Finals. 

But she didn’t blink, and rode just as calmly, precisely and fluidly as she had to, claiming her second major equitation title, following up her win three weeks ago in the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals with blue in the ASPCA Maclay Finals.

November 7, 2010

The 2010 ASPCA Maclay Finals Course

Judges Meredith Smith Taylor and Scott Hofstetter have set a lovely, flowing track for the first round of the Maclay. There aren't any gimmicky jumps or lines, and the course demands a forward, positive ride.

The course starts out with a single oxer, then riders jump another single oxer out of the corner, then turn back in a sweeping, wide rollback to a triple combination along the long side of the ring.

November 6, 2010

Indigo Is All Blue At Syracuse Invitational

Syracuse, N.Y., Nov. 6

Margie Engle’s not known for going slow, but she’s getting used to it. And it’s paying off, as careful and conservative won the day for her in the $100,000 Detwiler Fenton World Cup Qualifier of Syracuse presented by G&C Farm.

Engle rode Indigo to the top of a three-horse jump-off against two international challengers, Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands and Marie Hecart of France. Hecart and Smolders made Engle’s life a little easy, pulling a rail each in the jump-off.

October 17, 2010

Barnhill Top Of The Heap At Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals

Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 17

It was the one fence that won it for Hayley Barnhill.

After a long day of two courses, a flat test, and a switch of horses, Barnhill ended up on top of the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals. And it was the first fence she rode on Samantha Schaefer’s horse in the switch that clinched it for her. After two rounds and a flat phase, Barnhill and Schaefer were even in the eyes of the judges, George Morris and Julie Winkel. So, they brought both girls to the center of the ring, and had them dismount and trade horses, without assistance.

October 17, 2010

The 2010 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Course

George Morris and Julie Winkel have set a classically straightforward course for the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals. There are only 10 jumps in the ring, and they’re all plain, hunter type jumps, with minimal filler and a natural look. There is the infamous narrow wood coop, set with just a few bushes as wings, at the end of the ring. And it’s jumped twice, once off each lead. That jump always causes a few drive-bys.

October 16, 2010

Karen Polle Pulls It Off For Gold In Individual Junior Jumpers

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 16

Karen Polle and Taylor Land jumped clean all week long in the Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper Championships to finish in a dead heat for the individual title tonight. So, they had to jump off for the gold, and then neither one of them could keep the rails in the cups. But Polle prevailed, adding the individual gold to the team title she’d earned with Zone 2 the night before.

October 9, 2010

Le Jeune Is Perfect For WEG Show Jumping Gold

Lexington, Ky.—Oct. 9

As finals go, they don’t get much more exciting.

The WEG Final Four ended up with Belgian rider Philippe Le Jeune earning show jumping individual gold by jumping faultless rounds on his and three other horses. Hickstead earned the Best Horse title tonight at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

October 9, 2010

Meet Your Final Four For The WEG Show Jumping Individual Medals

Lexington, Ky.—Oct. 9

The stage is set for tonight's show jumping final four, and it should be an interesting night, indeed. Four riders from very different parts of the world, on four horses with very different styles, prevailed over five rounds of jumping to qualify to jump for individual medals in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

October 8, 2010

Cedric Withdrawn From Individual WEG Show Jumping

Lexington, Ky., Oct. 8 

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