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January 19, 2009

Anastazia Rules Devon's Breeding Division

Last year, Anastazia had to play the runner-up in the best young horse judging at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pa., taking second as a yearling to Cismont Manor Farm's Celebration, a 3-year-old. But this year she stood at the top of the line at the end of June 3 and took the best young horse title.

January 19, 2009

Schaefer Raposa Carries On The Family Tradition At Devon Junior Weekend

Schaefer Raposa is certainly no stranger to horse shows. With her father, David, a grand prix rider, and her mother, Kara Hanly Raposa, a top hunter rider, she's got riding genes to spare. And at her first Devon Horse Show Junior Weekend, May 27-29 in Devon, Pa., Schaefer made it clear that she intends to follow in their winning footsteps.

January 19, 2009

Count On Me Gives His Breeders A Thrill With International Hunter Futurity Title

Mike Shilling's daughter, Angela, showed Clever Caution for six years before she moved on to other interests and the Thoroughbred mare retired from the show ring. When Clever Caution returned to the Shillings' farm in Manhattan, Kan., Mike decided to breed her.

On Sept. 21-22, that decision paid off as Patty Stovel rode Shilling's Count On Me (Viscount--Clever Caution, With Caution) to the 4-year-old grand championship at the International Hunter Futurity Finals, in Lexington, Ky.

January 16, 2009

Schaefer Raposa And Lexy Reed Take Best Child Rider Titles At Devon

Schaefer Raposa, 10, became one of the youngest pony riders to claim Best Child Rider on a Pony honors this weekend at the Devon Horse Show Junior Weekend, May 27-29 in Devon, Pa. Only 10, Raposa also rode Longacre Jack B Nimble to the grand pony and medium pony hunter championships.

January 9, 2009

A Splash Of Paint And Some Elbow Grease Go A Long Way

You might be a good enough horse trader to sell a Miniature Horse to a basketball player, but can you sell your farm?

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, as the saying goes, and never more so than when someone is looking to make the biggest purchase of their life—real estate.

January 8, 2009

Miss Independent Is Back On Top At Olympia

The game gray mare has bounced back from injury and is better than ever with Laura Kraut.

Early in 2008, Laura Kraut chose to let Miss Independent sit out the selection trials for the U.S. Olympic Games team.

January 8, 2009

What’s Anthem Doing?

Laura Kraut has ridden the venerable Anthem in five FEI World Cup Finals, placing fifth in 2003. Now 18, the Dutch Warmblood is coming back from an unusual injury. 

While showing at the Estoril CSI (Spain) in early July, Anthem fractured his sternum. 

January 2, 2009

Rebecca Johanson-Hofmann Is Making A Name For Herself

With remarkable performances this fall on Corona, the rookie grand prix rider looks to have a big future ahead of her.

When Rebecca Johanson-Hofmann’s phone rang in early November, she didn’t expect that the news she heard would not only be the culmination of her goals for the year, but also a springboard to the future she wants.

January 2, 2009

Look Mom, No Stirrups!

Rebecca Johanson-Hofmann kept the crowd on the edge of their seats during the $25,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. She lost both her stirrups on her way around the course but carried on and finished with just two rails down.

“That was one of those totally freaky things that happen. I was jumping around, and the first stirrup leather broke at 3B, which was in the middle of the triple combination,” she recalled. “The hardest turn in the whole course came next, so I didn’t really even have a chance to realize what had happened.

December 11, 2008

We're A Bit Like Your Typical Dysfunctional Family

Ever wonder what a typical week is like for the 23 employees who devotedly put together each issue of the Chronicle?  Well, think about the fact that 22 of those employees—everyone but Rob Banner, the publisher—is female.  Put 22 women in close quarters, on tight deadlines, for 40 hours a week and sit back.  There are those of us who firmly believe that we could start our own version of The Office TV show.  And there are some weeks when we’d make that Scranton, Pa., office scenario look dull and boring.

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