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Molly Sorge

March 7, 2016

Which Show Jumpers Are Headed To The World Cup Final?

Who’s headed to Gothenburg, Sweden, for the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final on March 23-28? Seven riders are invited from the top finishers on the East Coast, and three from the West Coast. If a qualified rider declines to attend, the spot is offered to the next-ranked U.S. rider on the list.

The qualifying classes are over, and here’s how things look for the Longines North American League…


1. Kent Farrington

March 4, 2016

Pint-Sized Michaela Munson Says "Me Too!" To Riding Horses

“Do you want to ride?”

It’s an obvious question to ask a little girl in jodhpurs and boots when she’s hanging around the barn, but hunter/jumper trainer Kama Godek didn’t have any ponies at her Wellington, Fla., base. So she threw 5-year-old Michaela Munson up on Regalo, an experienced equitation horse.

“She asked if she could ride a horse, and she said, ‘I can post and everything!’ " Godek said. "I have ‘Regi,’ who is perfect, so I told her she could get on him. 

February 29, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Mai Baum

He’s currently the king of Tamie Smith’s barn. He’s regal, black and gentlemanly. And around the barn, he’s named after a luxury car.

He’s Mai Baum, or “Lexus,” and last fall he took the eventing world by storm, winning the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.) and the Plantation Field (Pa.), Copper Meadows (Calif.) and Rebecca Farm (Mont.) CIC***s.

February 22, 2016

Ashley Stannard Goes From "Happy To Be Here" To Winner In Arizona

Tuscon, Ariz.—Feb. 21  

“When they announced I’d won, I just started crying because I didn’t think I’d done it,” Ashley Stannard said of her win in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix on Feb. 21 at the Tucson Winter Classic.

“I’m not a super emotional person, so it was a bit overwhelming. When I walked out of the ring, my groom, Antonio [Valenzuela], who has been working for me for five years and is incredible, was standing there tearing up. I told him, ‘I finally won one for you, Antonio!’ He was so excited,” Stannard said.

February 21, 2016

Watch Why They Won: Catch Me Runs Away With The $100,000 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

They're the two rounds that finally clinched Scott Stewart a win in the $100,000 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular (Fla.) after 20 years of the class! Catch Me's fantastic handy round made it happen—watch the adorable dapple gray and Stewart in both their rounds on the night of Feb. 20 in the big class:

February 15, 2016

This Weekend On Social Media: Snoozing, Blanket Acrobatics And A New Dog

Irish show jumper Bertram Allen has quite a clown in Hector Van D’Abdijhoeve, who took advantage of his blanket for some fun…

Opening a Circus soon 󾍔

February 5, 2016

Even Rain And Thunder Can't Keep Morocco From Winning At HITS Ocala

When Lisa Goldman had a splash through a river to get from the schooling area to the ring for the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala (Fla.) on Feb. 4, she knew this wasn’t going to be like any other jump-off she’d ridden in. The rain was pelting down, and there was thunder and lightning in the distance.

There were eight other horses in the jump-of. “And they didn’t hold back!” Goldman said. “Sometimes, if it’s raining, it’s like ‘Let’s see if we can all just creep around clean and get out of here,’ but everyone really went for it!”

February 4, 2016

The Wellington Eventing Showcase: What You Need To Know

It’s back! The Wellington Eventing Showcase­—the event hailed by Boyd Martin as “by far the best competition I’ve ever been to” last year—gets underway at 8 a.m., on Friday, Feb. 5. Here’s what you need to know:

February 3, 2016

The Chronicle's 2015 Show Hunter Horseman Of The Year: Ethical Competitors Everywhere

We decided to share one of our stories from the 2015 American Horses In Sport issue to give online readers a glimpse at how we look back at the previous year in sport. Find out who we chose as our Horses and Horsemen of the Year for 2015 and get a taste of the issue. What are you missing if you don't subscribe?

February 2, 2016

Groom Spotlight: Shannon McCormick Is Making The Most Of An Unexpected Opportunity

A job opportunity called out “go west!” and Shannon McCormick answered.

She’d just graduated from the University of Delaware and she knew she wanted to work with horses, but she also knew she didn’t want to go to vet school. The next logical step? Find a grooming job.

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