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Molly Sorge

November 1, 2014

Madden Pushes The Limit In The $250,000 CP Grand Prix

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 1  

They couldn’t be more different. Cortes ‘C’ is a tall, jet-black hunk of a horse, with a big, slow stride and an easy-going manner. His ears are always at attention, his expression calm and composed. Beezie Madden says he’d like to live life as a lap-dog. 

Rothchild is a small, scrappy fighter who looks like he’s spitting nails as he gallops around. He has a rapid stride and a chaotic style as McLain Ward pilots him around. He doesn’t stand still for awards ceremonies. 

October 31, 2014

Two Scholars, A Judge And An Accountant Walk Into A Ring

Lexington, Ky.—Oct. 31  

The title sounds like the lead-in to a joke, but it's what happened over the last few days of the National Horse Show in the amateur-owner hunter divisions. Four champions were crowned—two of them are graduate students, one an insurance agent and judge, and one an accountant.

October 31, 2014

Less Is More For Lillie Keenan

Sharp-eyed internet viewers of the Chronicle’s photo gallery of the costume class at the Washington International Horse Show noticed that Lillie Keenan has gone retro with her saddle choice.

October 30, 2014

Stranded, Then Saved By Cowboys

Sloane Coles thought she’d already had a great day when she loaded Autumn Rhythm onto her two-horse trailer for the long ride home from the National Horse Show in Lexington, Ky., to her farm in The Plains, Va. Little did she know just how she’d define that great day 12 hours later.

October 29, 2014

Sloane Coles Is Hunting Her Way To The Top

Lexington, Ky.—Oct. 29  

It’s a good bet that Sloane Coles was the only professional hunter rider showing at the National Horse Show who was planning to put their stock tie back on in a few days and follow the hounds.

But Coles grew up foxhunting, since her father, John, is a Master of the famed Orange County Hunt (Va.). Orange County’s opening meet is on Nov. 1 and Coles is hoping to be able to go out with the field, just days after winning the first year green hunter stake class and taking that division reserve championship aboard Autumn Rhythm.

October 29, 2014

Lucador Leads Betsee Parker's Winning Charge At The National

Lexington, Ky.—Oct. 28  

You could think it was a just an expression to say Betsee Parker “owned” the open hunter divisions today at the National Horse Show, but in fact, she literally did.

October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Sweet'N Low's Puissance Record Still Stands

“Anthony and his handsome gray were not only congratulated with a standing ovation, but a cheering and general uproar that might have been heard at the White House, 10 miles away,” read the Chronicle’s coverage of Anthony d’Ambrosio’s capturing of the indoor world puissance record.

In 1983, d’Ambrosio and the 17.1-hand Thoroughbred Sweet’N Low jumped 7’ 7 ½” to win the puissance in front of a crowd of 15,630 at the Washington International and set the record, which has held for the last 30 years.

October 12, 2014

Spencer Smith Keeps The Connection To Win Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 12   

October 12, 2014

2014 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Order Of Go

October 12, 2014

2014 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Commentary


1st- Spencer Smith

2nd- Mckayla Langmeier

3rd- Ali Tritschlser

4th- Ashton Alexander

5th- Sophie Simpson

6th- Hunter Holloway

7th- T.J. O'Mara

8th- Kelli Cruciotti

9th- Coco Fath

10th- Madison Sellman

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