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Molly Sorge

March 7, 2008

Selection Trial #4 Puts Kraut And The Simpsons Firmly In Front

At this stage of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Olympic Selection Trials, it’s all about endurance.  In Trials 1 and 2, the horses showed their scope, power, carefulness and ability.  Now, it’s all about maintaining clear round-jumping over grueling courses over and over.

March 6, 2008

Cedric Jumps To The Top Of The Standings In Round 3

Just when it looked like Round 3 of the U.S. Equestrian Olympic Selection Trials was going to be a bit boring, things got very interesting.

 

February 6, 2008

Xavier Aizpuru's Confidence Has Carried Him To The Top

Years of good manners, hard work and persistence paid off with the leading jockey title.

Luckily, Xavier Aizpuru was a bit of an overactive youngster growing up in the Cotswolds of England.
   

January 31, 2008

Show Jumping Horse Of The Year: Up Chiqui

He and Kent Farrington were nearly unbeatable on the grand prix circuit, collecting $308,510.

Up Chiqui was quite simply the horse to beat in 2007.

“He’s a horse who goes in the ring and makes you very nervous as a competitor. They had one hell of a year,” said McLain Ward, who traded wins with Up Chiqui and Kent Farrington frequently. “It’s unprecedented to go on a winning streak like he did, week in and week out.”

January 28, 2008

Hunter/Equitation Horseman Of The Year: Karen Healey

Her students dominated equitation finals across the country like never before.

Karen Healey joked that during the fall equitation finals, “I didn’t get the Academy Award, but I got a hell of a lot of nominations!” Healey’s students occupied three spots in the top 10 in the USEF/Pessoa Medal Finals (Pa.) and the ASPCA Maclay Finals (N.Y.), capping a year of success in the equitation, hunter and jumper rings.

January 17, 2008

Carvin Gets Back In The Game At HITS Thermal

He’s enjoyed returning to his hunter-riding roots with an impressive regular conformation horse.

Growing up in the junior ranks, Dick Carvin had a picture in his head.

“I had this vision of what a beautiful hunter looks like,” he said.
   
Now, Carvin’s vision isn’t just in his head, it’s in his barn. For Carvin, Back In The Game epitomizes the four-foot hunter.

January 17, 2008

Overseas Sails To Victory At Gulf Coast

Mindy Wurzburg finally reaps the rewards with her “dream horse.”

Patience is a virtue Mindy Wurzburg has in spades.

When she bought Overseas six years ago, his destiny was to be a reliable adult amateur mount for her.
But she had to wait a while for him to fulfill that destiny.

“Basically, I stayed off of him for four years,” Wurzburg said, laughing. Her trainer, Phoebe Sheets, showed “Leo” in the professional divisions until 2006, when Wurzburg finally took over the reins.

December 27, 2007

Kürten Conquers The World In IJRC Top-10 Final

“I’m going to be feeling very posh now, wearing this,” Jessica Kürten joked after picking up a Rolex watch for her win in the International Jumping Riders Club Top-10 Final at the Geneva CSI on Dec. 7-9 in Geneva, Switzerland.

November 15, 2007

McCormack's Consistency Earns Her The ASPCA Maclay Finals Title

The talented junior works her way to the top of the class this time.

It was a different kind of pressure this time.
   
Two weeks earlier,Kimberly McCormack had led from start to finish to win the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals (Nov. 9, p. 30). But on Nov. 3, she capped a remarkable come-from-behind victory in the ASPCA Maclay Finals, completing the coveted Medal-Maclay double.

November 15, 2007

Revenge Is Sweet For Ward At Syracuse

It’s tough to beat Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui, but McLain Ward and Phillipa pull it off by fractions of a second.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I had a shot to beat Kent [Farrington] tonight,” McLain Ward said. “I go week in and week out trying to beat him, and I can’t. I mean this in the most complimentary way, but what Kent wins is absolutely staggering."

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