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Molly Sorge

March 13, 2009

Ward Wants To Win At The $150,000 CN CSIO Grand Prix

With a victory in her first big start of the year, Sapphire looks ready to take on the world.

McLain Ward has a goal for 2009. “I’d like to win [the Rolex FEI World Cup Final] this year,” he said with a steely sense of purpose.

March 13, 2009

Canada Claims The $75,000 CN Nations Cup

Veterans Ian Millar and Eric Lamaze anchor the team in a nail-biting finish.

It’s tough to do math at the in-gate, so Eric Lamaze can be forgiven for telling his teammate, Ian Millar, that his round wasn’t crucial to the Canadian team’s effort in the $75,000 CN Nations Cup.
“I told him, if there ever was a time to relax, it’s tonight.  As the class went on, it was kind of hard to follow. The Irish were jumping clean and the British were jumping well, so I kind of thought we were out of it,” Lamaze said sheepishly.

March 13, 2009

Does The U.S. Equestrian Federation Horse Of The Year System Work?

Discussing the pros and cons with Archie Cox, Patricia Griffith, Walter “Jimmy” Lee and Geoff Teall.

For decades, there’s been a deep divide in the land of hunters at the end of the year.

The USEF Horse of the Year awards, the national champions, are decided based on a complicated cumulative points system. The number of points earned with each ribbon varies depending on the rating of the show, increment rating or prize money offered at the show, and the number of horses competing in the class.

February 28, 2009

Canada Comes Out On Top In CN Nations Cup

Ian Millar laughed as he recalled that when he walked up to the in-gate to jump his second round in the $75,000 CN Nations Cup, teammate Eric Lamaze told him he could relax.

“I’d watched the U.S. riders put in clean rounds, and the British and Irish were just jumping great and were ahead,” Lamaze said sheepishly.  “It kind of felt like we were out of it.”

February 20, 2009

Tighten Your Turns With Anne Kursinski

Executing the perfect turn is about controlling your horse’s shoulders, explains this Olympic show jumping veteran.

Click here to download our full how-to guide with Anne Kursinski in PDF form.

February 20, 2009

Pessoa Books A World Cup Ticket By Winning The $150,000 WEF World Cup Grand Prix

Michelle Spadone steps up for second place and starts thinking about Las Vegas too.

Rodrigo Pessoa started 2009 behind the pack in the race to qualify for the Rolex FEI World Cup Final (Nev.).

But now he’s pretty much assured a spot in the final, to be held April 15-19 in Las Vegas. The 20 points he earned by riding Rufus to the top of the $150,000 World Cup qualifier, held on Feb. 7 during the Spycoast Farm WEF 5 in Wellington, Fla., put him firmly in the running.

February 6, 2009

Show Jumping Horse Of The Year: Sapphire

In 2004, after making the team for the Athens Olympic Games, McLain Ward said of Sapphire, “I think she really wants to be one of the best horses in the world. She has that character. Her future is still ahead of her.”

Five years later, there’s no question that Sapphire has fulfilled that destiny. She has three team medals to her credit—two Olympic Games golds from Athens in 2004 and Hong Kong in 2008, and one silver from the 2006 World Equestrian Games (Germany).

February 6, 2009

Overall And Show Jumping Horsemen Of The Year: The U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team

The moment when Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, Laura Kraut and Will Simpson stood atop the Olympic podium, accepting their team gold medals, might be the one immortalized in photos and etched in memories.

February 6, 2009

2008 Olympic Games Photo Gallery

CLICK HERE to download the full PDF version of our Olympic Highlights photo gallery from the 2008 Games in Hong Kong, China. Photos by Molly Sorge.

January 30, 2009

Pessoa Flies To The Top Of The Green Cove Springs CSI-W

The Brazilian rider outruns Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam in the first World Cup-qualifier of 2009.

Rodrigo Pessoa already has three FEI Show Jumping World Cup titles to his credit, but on Jan. 17, in Green Cove Springs, Fla., he made it clear he’s aiming to add another one.

Pessoa rode Let’s Fly to the top of the $100,000 Green Cove Springs CSI-W, held during the Jacksonville Winter II. His quick time as the last to jump off relegated Irishman Shane Sweetnam to second place on his new mount, Amaretto d’Arco.

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