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Molly Sorge

October 29, 2009

It's Jayne's Day In The Professional Hunters

By the end of the day on Oct. 29, the front of Maggie’s Jayne’s shadbelly jacket was a little bit dirty, but it was merely evidence that she’d stayed with some remarkable jumping efforts. Her jacket might need cleaning, but the shiny tricolor ribbons and crisp new coolers she earned won’t.

October 23, 2009

Zone 10 Tops In A Nail-Biting Prix Des States Finish

“When you get here, you have to go all out,” Lucy Davis said simply.

And go all out she did.

Davis, the lead-off rider for the Zone 10 team in the USEF Prix Des States Team Junior Jumper Championship, conquered in a nerve-wracking jump-off to clinch the gold medal for her fellow Californians—Karl Cook, Paris Sellon and Saer Coulter.

Davis’ jump-off round nearly ended as quickly as it began. After she and True Love jumped the first oxer, the game little chestnut stumbled badly, almost going to his knees.

October 23, 2009

A Photograph Is Just One Moment In Time

We traditionally illustrate articles with action shots of the winners, and there’s a nice photo of the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals winner, Jessica Springsteen, on page 8.

October 22, 2009

Springsteen Knows Just How to Win The Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals

Jessica Springsteen isn’t just a beautiful rider; she’s also a master strategist.

Sitting in third before the final test of the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals, Springsteen didn’t take any unnecessary risks in her test ride. She simply put in a solid round—her third of the day—and put all of the pressure on the two riders on top, Samantha Schaefer and Zazou Hoffman.

October 16, 2009

Changes Have Been Made In World Cup Qualifying

For the 2009-10 FEI World Cup season, the Fédération Equestre Internationale has made some changes to qualifying procedures for North American riders for the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Finals.

In the past, riders in the United States were split between the U.S East Coast and U.S. West Coast Leagues, while there were separate leagues for Canada and Mexico. This year, the FEI has combined the two U.S. Leagues with the Canadian and Mexican Leagues.

October 16, 2009

Executive Privilege 3E Gets Promoted At Caledon Cup Final

Hugh Graham has big hopes for the elegant gray.

Hugh Graham will be one of the first to tell you that breeding horses is far from an exact science.
It’s a recipe made up of careful matching of bloodlines and trusting fate, with a healthy sprinkle of optimism for good measure.

The breeding program Graham and Seymour Epstein developed at KingRidge Stables now has more than 75 offspring to its name, with many talented prospects coming of age.

October 16, 2009

Holling Will Be Cheering For Puerto Rico Next Year

In addition to Mark Watring at Twin Rivers, Puerto Rico had an honorary representative on the other side of the country as well on the weekend of Sept. 25-27.

Jonathan Holling has signed up to coach and help prepare an eventing team for Puerto Rico for the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.

October 13, 2009

Goldika Is Worth Her Weight In Gold

McLain Ward chuckled as he recalled that when he took over the ride on Goldika 559 in 2003, “she was supposed to be a little bit past the prime of her career then, so it’s remarkable that she’s still chugging away,” he said.

October 10, 2009

Kessler Keeps Her Cool On Ice d'Ancoeur

They all put the pressure on Reed Kessler. Rider after rider jumped clear rounds in the final round of the USEF National Individual Junior Jumper Championship, Oct. 10 in Harrisburg, Pa. Sitting on top, Kessler had just a two-fault cushion lead over Lucy Davis.

“I was pretty nervous. Normally, I don’t get nervous, but as soon as Lucy went clean, I felt the pressure,” Kessler said. She kept her cool on Ice d’Ancoeur and turned in a clean round of her own to clinch the individual gold medal.

October 10, 2009

Tuscany Is Hot Property

Meredith Darst has a maturity belied by her 11 years, and with a very cool performance under pressure, she rode Tuscany to a score of 88 in the stake round and to the grand pony and medium pony hunter championships today, Oct. 10, in Harrisburg, Pa.

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