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Molly Sorge

December 6, 2013

USHJA Rule Change Proposals Seek To Close Loopholes

Have you taken a look at the Rule Change Proposals that will be discussed at the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting on Dec. 8-12 in Atlanta, Ga.?

December 5, 2013

Ben Maher Involved In British Lawsuit

The BBC has released a story indicating that show jumper Ben Maher, who helped the British team earn gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, is being sued by long-time owners Mike and Emma Phillips for misrepresenting the prices of horses he sold for them. 

December 4, 2013

It's A Good Thing Sterling Didn't Sell

Sometimes, it’s a good thing when horses don't sell right away. Megan Northrop tried to get Sterling sold soon after he left the racetrack, but nobody bit on the gray Thoroughbred gelding.

So, Northrop wrote his name on one of the stalls in her barn and got to work training him. And in September, Sterling rewarded her by winning the Take2 High Score Jumper Award for 2013. “Many of my best horses have been ones I’ve tried to sell and no one’s wanted, which is kind of ironic,” Northrop said.

December 2, 2013

Meet Wilbur

Did you know that grand prix show jumper Georgina Bloomberg has a pet pig? Bloomberg is a vocal supporter of animal rescue, so when a black-and-white pig was in need of a home, she opened her doors.

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.

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