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Molly Sorge

July 4, 2008

Live Oak Dasher Carries On A Family Tradition At The Virginia Hound Show

The dog hound descends from favorite ancestors and starts a winning legacy of his own.

Live Oak Dasher ’07 has a legacy of good hounds in his bloodlines, and Live Oak (Fla.) huntsman Charles Montgomery believes he’ll carry that legacy into a bright hunting career. With the grand foxhound championship at the Virginia Hound Show, held May 25 in Leesburg, Va., Dasher is already proving himself.

July 4, 2008

Alex Warriner Hasn't Stopped Learning On The Way To The Grand Prix Ring

After trying on a few horse careers, she’s found her niche as Kent Farrington’s barn manager.

“It’s not fun to stand next to me when I’m watching one of our horses go!” Alex Warriner said. “I’m a nervous wreck. I jump up and down and talk my way through it. I’m hugely competitive.”

June 13, 2008

Night Train On Time For Victory In Grand Prix Of Devon

Clean was the key for Darragh Kerins.

Darragh Kerins wasn’t thrilled with the task before him in the jump-off for the $100,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Devon.

“I just hate that situation—going in and knowing you have to jump a clear round and you’re last to go,” he said.

June 13, 2008

Hometown Hero Hits A Homerun At Devon

Meg Rhodes turns a surprise gift into a winner in the pony breeding.

“I feel like I’m going through my second childhood, playing with my pony again!” Meg Rhodes said.

Kenny Wheeler showed Rhodes’ Hometown Hero to the best young pony title at the Devon Horse Show, May 22-June 1 in Devon, Pa. “I’m from the old school, back when we did everything. I was the groom at Devon, and Kenny made me come into the ring for the picture and I was wearing jeans and all dirty,” Rhodes said.

June 13, 2008

It's The Volunteers Who Make It Happen

I don’t know quite how to feel about the fact that the young man who supervises the parking area at the Devon Horse Show greeted me this year with a “Hello Molly! Did you get a new car?”

June 6, 2008

Keenan Captures Another Clean Sweep At Devon

The prolific pony rider does it again after her domination at the 2007 USEF Pony Finals.

As Lillie Keenan cantered around the ring during Devon Junior Weekend, her long braids bounced with blue, red and yellow ribbons. They were a hint of things to come.

May 31, 2008

Emotional Wins For The Amateurs

Caroline Clark Morrison was in tears after collecting her grand amateur-owner hunter and amateur-owner hunter, 36 & over championships at Devon on May 31.  “He’s just a really good horse and he always wins when it really matters,” she said of Milan.  “I’ve been showing here for 32 years and it means a lot.”

May 30, 2008

The U.S. Gives Belgium A Run For The Money At La Baule

The first Samsung Super League Nations Cup wasn’t over until the last horse jumped.

Victory in the Samsung Super League Nations Cup at the La Baule CSIO was briefly within the grasp of the U.S. team, but in the end they had to settle for a three-way tie for second while Belgium led the victory gallop.

“When people say that there’s drama in this sport, they really aren’t kidding,” said Charlie Jayne.

May 29, 2008

Night Train Travels To Victory In $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon

The jump-off of the $100,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Devon looked as if it would be quite a speed duel, but in the end, it was the only clean round that won it.  Darragh Kerins—going last of a five-horse jump-off, knew what he had to do.

“I hated going into that situation.  There were two big oxers to roll back to and I was just afraid of making a mistake,” Kerins said.  But he was flawless on Night Train and jumped to a second clean round with a careful, deliberate go in 53.16 seconds.

May 28, 2008

Stewart And Ferrell Headline Devon

Scott Stewart usually picks up a few championships at Devon—this year, he only topped one division.  But he really made that one count, as West Point claimed both the green conformation hunter tricolor and the grand hunter championship. 

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