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Molly Sorge

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.

October 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Unusual Floated To A Memorable Washington Win

Unusual isn’t one of the legendary Kathy Kusner’s more famous rides and her time with him was brief, but he’s one of her favorite memories. And, 53 years ago, the two of them won the President’s Cup at the Washington International Horse Show.

Kathy Kusner and Unusual at the 1962 National Horse Show

October 11, 2015

Why They Won: See The Top Rides From The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals

Out of 287 riders starting the Pessoa/USEF Medal Final this morning, these four rose to the top after three intense rounds of competition. See how they did it...

Kelli Cruciotti set the pace early, going to the top of the stand-by with this Round 1 trip:

October 10, 2015

Meet Your Pennsylvania National Pony Hunter Winners!

What you need to know about... Glynhafan Red Kestral, the grand and large pony champion.

• Farah Rizvi, 12, rode Glynhafan Red Kestral to the two tricolors. She bought the chestnut gelding in the beginning of the year, and showed him a bit herself. But when the time came for the USEF Pony Finals, she was on vacation, so she gave the reins to Taylor St. Jacques, who rode him to the grand overall pony championship.

October 10, 2015

Raleigh Hiler Has Turned A Disability Into A Strength

You might notice that Raleigh Hiler has a little bit of extra equipment on when she trots into the ring on Smitten 57. That’s because Hiler, 15, is deaf and wears a headset to allow her to hear directions.

She hasn’t let that stop her at all, however, as Hiler rode Smitten 57 to good ribbons in the low junior hunter division at the Pennsylvania National—incuding a win in the under-saddle—and is set to show in her first Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals tomorrow.

October 9, 2015

One To Watch: Alex Joerg Has Worked For Years For This Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

Don’t let Alex Joerg’s slight Southern drawl and unfailing politeness fool you. This 17-year-old has a thread of fierce determination running through her. Years of mucking stalls, throwing hay bales and cleaning tack have paid off in a big way for Joerg, who’s in Harrisburg, Pa., this weekend for her first Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals.

October 9, 2015

Kurtz And Colvin Catch-Ride To Pennsylvania National Tricolors

“I never in my wildest dreams imagined we’d be doing this with Emma,” Kris Kurtz said as we stood around the in-gate chatting after her daughter, Emma, had picked up her second Pennsylvania National junior hunter championship.

October 8, 2015

Bailey Smith Has A Surreal Start To The Pennsylvania National

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 8  

Bailey Smith didn’t quite know what to say after she walked out of the ring with her second blue ribbon of the day. “People asked me why I wasn’t really excited, and I am excited, but it’s almost like it isn’t really happening!” she remarked.

October 1, 2015

Alice Debany Clero Gets To Jump School, Then Play In The Surf

Can you imagine a more picturesque setting for a daily schooling ride than an expansive French beach? U.S. show jumper Alice Debany Clero has been based in France for more than a decade, and has an extraordinarily beautiful location for schooling on the beach.

Alice Debany Clero trots Alanis through the surf.

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