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Molly Sorge

November 18, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Bertalan de Némethy Remembered Two Great Horses

In 1965, the legendary Bertalan de Némethy, then serving as the coach of the U.S. show jumping team, wrote in the Aug. 6 issue of the Chronicle about two of Mrs. Eleanora Sears’ great jumpers who had served on the U.S. team—Ksar d’Esprit and Diamant.

Ksar d’Esprit

November 13, 2015

Will Our Sports Look Very Different In Future Olympic Games?

It’s very possible that the sports of eventing, dressage and show jumping could undergo drastic changes in the way they’re run at future Olympic Games.

One of the main topics of conversation at the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s General Assembly in San Juan, Puerto Rico, are the formats of those sports as they’re conducted at the Olympic Games.

FEI President Ingmar De Vos led discussions with national federations on proposed radical changes to Olympic competition formats.

November 6, 2015

Three U.S. Grooms On Short List For FEI Best Groom Award

Each year at the FEI Awards Gala, the title of FEI Best Groom is handed out to an outstanding caretaker in the FEI disciplines. And this year, three U.S. grooms have made the short list for the awards.

“Grooms are that special group of people who underpin the success of our entire sport, ever present but rarely in the spotlight,” said the FEI press release about the short list. “The Best Groom Award seeks to highlight those grooms who really go above and beyond for their horses and riders.”

November 2, 2015

Watch Why They Won: See The Top Rides From The 2015 ASPCA Maclay Finals

She was the first of 153 in the ring and she literally laid down the trip to beat. Mckayla Langmeier didn't let an unfortunate order of go keep her from the top spot in the ASPCA Maclay Finals on Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

October 30, 2015

One To Watch: Rachael Davis Has Braided Her Way To The ASPCA Maclay Finals

Check the barn aisles the night before the ASPCA Maclay Finals this weekend, and I’d bet you won’t find too many Maclay riders out there on a ladder, braiding their own horse for the class. In fact, it might be just Rachael Davis there in the dark.

October 30, 2015

2015 ASPCA Maclay Finals: What You Need To Know

The ASPCA Maclay Finals get underway at 6:30 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 31 for the first round of jumping. There are 153 riders on the order of go for the class, which will be run in a two-day format for the first time this year. 

October 30, 2015

William Fox-Pitt Continues To Improve

An update posted on the British Eventing website on Oct. 30 noted that eventer William Fox-Pitt, who suffered a head injury in an Oct. 17 fall while competing at the Le Lion d'Angers (France), has been released from the intensive care unit of the French hospital where he's being treated.

October 28, 2015

Throwback Thursday: The Remarkable Nibbles At The National

There’s a blue ribbon Rita Timpanaro holds especially dear to her heart, one from the glory days of the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

It was 1962, and Timpanaro was just 12. She was headed to the National at the Garden with her only horse, Nibbles, to compete in the junior hunter division and she’d also qualified for both the ASPCA Maclay and AHSA Medal finals. “It was just so exciting,” Timpanaro said. “I loved to watch at the National, so to be able to show there was so much fun.”

October 26, 2015

Behind The Stall Door With: El Nino

It’s definitely hard to miss El Nino competing in the medium pony hunters. With his loud brown-and-white spotted pattern, this Pony of the Americas stands out.

But its not just his unique coloring that makes El Nino special—he’s also a true veteran and professor in the ring. “Nino” has been jumping around medium pony hunter courses for more than 15 years and has won ribbons with more than a dozen riders in that time.

October 22, 2015

Ringside Chat: Kelly Prather Knows D.A. Duras Can Go The Distance After Their Trip To France

Kelly Prather took the 7-year-old D.A. Duras to France for the FEI World Young Horse Eventing Championships at Lion d’Angers as a talented young horse she still had a few questions about, and brought him home from the Oct. 15-18 event as a serious contender for her future.

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