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Molly Sorge

August 28, 2009

Westcott Bay Shows His Winning Ways At Evergreen Hunter Derby

Professional rider Jodie Davis makes every point count.

August 28, 2009

Small Town Elected To Big Win At USEF Junior Hunter Finals West Coast

“When I was little, I would watch the junior hunter ring and think ‘Wow, it would be so amazing to be like them someday.’ And now it seems like I’m living that dream,” said Caroline Ingalls.

Ingalls is living the dream indeed, riding Small Town to the grand and large junior hunter, 16-17, championships at the USEF Junior Hunter Finals West Coast, held Aug. 11-12 in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

August 28, 2009

Peter Rabbit Hops Away With A Big Win

When Kilian McGrath’s invitation to show Peter Rabbit at the USEF Junior Hunter Finals West Coast arrived in the mail, her mother threw it away. “We thought it would be too much because Peter is so green, especially because we’d heard about how spooky and hard the courses can be,” McGrath said.

But trainer Leslie Steele talked them into entering, even if it was just for the experience and mileage.

August 21, 2009

Lola K Towers Over The Competition At IHF Mid-West Regional

Three years ago, Jane LaGrow had to take a break from showing her adult amateur hunter and came up with a plan. “I got pregnant, so I figured she should get pregnant too!” LaGrow said.

Fast-forward to today, and LaGrow now has a bouncing 3-year-old daughter who can’t wait to ride a pony and a strikingly gorgeous 2-year-old mare—Lola K—with a collection of blue ribbons.

August 21, 2009

Amalfi Turns Into A Champion At USEF Junior Hunter Championship East Coast

Danielle Cooper might owe her mother an Italian vacation.

Cooper’s ride for the grand junior and small junior hunter, 16-17, titles at the USEF Junior Hunter Championship East Coast came by the name Amalfi through somewhat wishful thinking.

“My mom named him Amalfi because she loves Italy. It’s a place in Italy that she wanted to visit but hasn’t been able to because of my riding!” Cooper said.

Perhaps after the July 27-29 competition in Saugerties, N.Y., at the HITS-On-The-Hudson venue, the Coopers can finally visit Amalfi, the location.

August 14, 2009

Who Will Represent The United States In 2016?

Linda Allen has written a thought-provoking Between Rounds column for this week’s issue. I believe it should be required reading for any rider with international aspirations, whether they’re show jumpers or competing in other disciplines.

August 14, 2009

Dinan Gets It Done At HITS-On-The-Hudson Hunter Derby

She and the elegant Angelo add another hunter accolade to their résumé.

Katie Dinan hadn’t been having a good week at HITS-On-The-Hudson VI.

She’d started the week competing in the USEF Junior Hunter Championships-East. “It was terrible!” Dinan said. “We had a rail in each class. Angelo isn’t really the type of horse that has rails—he never does that. It was upsetting, because he was great otherwise.”

July 31, 2009

North Country Reigns Over The Derby At Horse Shows By The Bay

Patricia Griffith hops on the junior hunter to win.

Patricia Griffith is usually standing by the in-gate as North Country canters around a course, but during the first week of the Horse Shows By The Bay series, in Traverse City, Mich., she got to take center stage with him.

Student Lillie Keenan normally rides North Country in the junior hunter divisions, but last year Griffith scored a victory in the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby on the elegant bay, and she thought it’d be fun to try again on July 11.

July 31, 2009

H & M Necoll’s A Hot Mare On A Mission

Ali Wolff was disappointed as she watched the jump-off for the $30,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Of Traverse City on July 12, during the first week of the Horse Shows By The Bay Series.

She’d thought she’d gone quite quickly on her first ride in the jump-off, Lanoo. “I thought I was really fast on him, and then a couple of people beat me, so I was a little bit down,” Wolff said.

July 31, 2009

Horse Shows By The Bay Tidbits

• Addison Phillips has ridden at Heritage Farm since her prolific pony days, through her junior hunter winnings and now on into the grand prix ranks. She topped the $30,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix the second week of the show series on her Teirra.

• Another Heritage student, Victoria Press, is starting to make her mark in the pony divisions. 

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