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Molly Sorge

December 7, 2016

A Lukewarm Response To Olympic Format Changes

The news that the Fédération Equestre Internationale General Assembly voted to change the competition format of all three disciplines at the Olympic Games—dressage, show jumping and eventing—on Nov. 22 wasn’t universally well received.

The major changes that riders—especially show jumpers—spoke out against were the shift to a three-man team and the elimination of a drop score.

December 7, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Gina Plantz's Patience Paid Off And Now She's Living Her Dream

When Gina Plantz was graduating from the junior divisions, she had a tough decision to make. She’d always been a rider on a budget—in fact, she’d never even owned a horse as a junior.

“I was a working student during my junior years,” she said. “I never actually owned my own horse until I was 31. I was always a catch-rider.

December 6, 2016

Eek! A Jump! The Hunter Version

Hennessy’s extravagant over-jumping style in the baby green classes at the Harvest Horse Show (Texas) on Nov. 2-6 might have surprised spectators, but rider Hannah Evans pretty much expected the extra air time.

Evans is sitting chilly on top of the 4-year-old Dutch Warmblood’s massive efforts over 2’6” jumps with a hint of a smile on her face.

December 5, 2016

Big Star Out Of Action With Minor Injury

The Olympic individual gold medalist from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Big Star, has suffered a mild injury, according to a press release from the Geneva CHI.

November 30, 2016

Kelsey Horn Has Gone From Morgans To Praise From George Morris

So, what’s it like to have a photo of you singled out by George Morris himself for a unique and flattering critique in The Chronicle of the Horse?

Kesley Horn, a young eventing professional from Corvallis, Ore., got to find out this week when an article full of Morris’ praise for her position ran both on www.coth.com and in the Chronicle’s Nov. 28 print edition.

November 23, 2016

Spotted By George Morris: The Rare Perfect Position

George H. Morris was flipping through the Oct. 24 & 31 issue of the Chronicle when a photograph stopped him and inspired him to call into the Chronicle office to sing the praises of the rider.

It wasn’t a photo of a famous equitation rider or a grand prix jumper. It was eventer Kelsey Horn riding Swingtown to the win in the 4-year-old division of the U.S. Eventing Association’s Young Event Horse West Coast Championship (Calif.).

November 17, 2016

Throwback Thursday: When Gail Greenough Broke Show Jumping's Glass Ceiling

Thirty years ago, on the world’s biggest stage of show jumping, a relative unknown snagged the individual gold medal in the World Championships in a result that thrilled the world.

In her first appearance in an international team championship, Canadian Gail Greenough headed into the final four up against individual Olympic silver medalist Conrad Homfeld, French star Pierre Durand and British legend Nick Skelton.

November 16, 2016

Winner Of The Week: Taegan Long Takes Home An Armload Of Awards

Taegan Long could not have had a better weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival. She walked away from the Nov. 11-13 show in Upper Marlboro, Md., with not only five blue ribbons in equitation classes, but also the tricolor from the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Young Rider Championship.

November 9, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 U.S. Dressage Finals

The grand finale of the dressage show season, the U.S. Dressage Finals will be held Nov. 10-13 in Lexington, Ky. All levels, from training level to open Grand Prix, will compete for national titles to be awarded to professional, amateur and junior riders. 

It's four days of the country's best dressage, and the Chronicle's Lisa Slade will be there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to document it all with stories on the winners, behind-the-scenes details and gorgeous photos galore at www.coth.com

November 6, 2016

Watch Why They Won: The Top Four In The 2016 ASPCA Maclay Final

"They're going to have to beat that," George H. Morris said in the EqSportsNet live feed commentary as Hunter Holloway finished her Round 2 course in the ASPCA Maclay Final. And his words were prophetic, as no one could beat her. 

"Her position is so classic, so correct," Morris said. "And the execution was virtually flawless." Holloway’s Round 2 performance in the ASPCA Maclay Final catapulted her to victory. Her flawless counter-canter tour, combined with her precise and soft ride, made the judges put her on top.

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