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Molly Sorge

November 27, 2013

Sapphira Wade Was A Pleasant Surprise For Kerri Grosslight

Kerri Grosslight wasn’t really in the market for a horse when Sapphira Wade came into her life. “I really didn’t expect to enjoy her as much as I do. She was one that I kind of said ‘Great, thanks for the opportunity to ride her,’” Grosslight said.

November 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday: When Junior Hunters Did Double Duty

The year was 1972. Hunters were Thoroughbreds. Jumps were solid.

This is John Yozell on Judith’s Pilot, showing in the junior hunters over the outside course at the Ox Ridge Horse Show (Conn.).

November 20, 2013

Don't Puke At C

They stand in the middle of the ring and yell. A lot.

Trainers have to repeat a lot of the same commands. “Heels down. Don’t pull. Kick.” So it’s no surprise that they frequently come up with some entertaining versions.

November 4, 2013

Watch Why Lillie Keenan Won The ASPCA Maclay Final

You can read all about Lillie Keenan's ASPCA Maclay Finals win in the Chronicle's online coverage and in the round-by-round commentary of the class, but the best way to see just why Keenan won is to watch her rounds.

November 3, 2013

Keenan Completes The Coveted Double By Claiming The ASPCA Maclay

Lexington, Ky. - Nov. 3

To watch the last test of the ASPCA Maclay Finals, I was sitting in the stands amongst some junior riders who had competed but were done riding for the day. As Lillie Keenan rode her final round, I heard them whisper in almost reverential tones, “She’s just so good,” and “Look at that upper body; she has such control,” and “God, that was nice.”

November 3, 2013

2013 ASPCA Maclay Finals Commentary

The final results...

1. Lillie Keenan

2. Kelli Cruciotti

3. Charlotte Jacobs

4. Gabrielle Bausano

5. Sydney Shulman

6. Allison Toffolon

7. Geoffery Hesslink

8. Sophie Simpson

9. Brittni Raflowitz

10. Lauren Tyree

The judges have called for no more testing. "Lillie slammed the door shut on it. I don't think there's anything more that they could ask from her. I think Lillie's the winner," said Jimmy Torano on the USEF Network live feed.

November 2, 2013

Dinan Siezes The Moment In $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix

Lexington, Ky. - Nov. 2

Katie Dinan's trainer McLain Ward turned around from where he stood at the in-gate and gave her a big thumbs up. He'd just watched the last two riders in the jump-off for the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix and neither had beaten her.

November 1, 2013

Wait A Minute. I Won?

Lexington, Ky. - Nov. 1

As they walked out of the ring after the last amateur-owner, 36 and over class, Katie Robinson was prepared to congratulate Nancy Hooker on the division championship. That is, until she heard the announcer call her and Rock Steady’s names to walk back into the ring for the tricolor.

November 1, 2013

Mathy Wins Without Even Trying

Lexington, Ky. – Oct. 31

“We’ve been buddies a long time, but I don’t know who invited him here,” Todd Minikus wisecracked in the press conference for the $100,000 Double H Farm Open Jumper class at the Alltech National Horse Show.

At that, Francois Mathy Jr., laughed. He’s on his first visit to the U.S. indoor shows from his home in Belgium, so he’s making the trip count by winning right off the bat. And he’s not even trying that hard.

October 31, 2013

A Little Bling In The Hunter Ring

There's a challenge on. It's not just the horses and riders vying for wins at the Alltech National Horse Show.

The braiders are bringing it, too. 

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