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Molly Sorge

March 26, 2016

UPDATED: Horse Dies And Rider Injured At HITS Ocala

Ocala, Fla.—March 26  

After Laura Linback and HH Dauphin had successfully completed their jump-off round in the $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the HITS Ocala Winter Championship at about 7 p.m., on March 26, HH Dauphin collapsed immediately after walking out of the ring and died suddenly.

Linback, 48, was treated on site immediately by medics and then flown by helicopter to a medical center. Details about her condition are unknown at this time.

March 25, 2016

Hey World, Meet Cooper Dean

Ocala, Fla.—March 25  

Cooper Dean’s the real deal. He’s the kid who grew up with ponies in the back yard, mucking stalls and lugging water buckets and dreaming of winning big classes.

And now, as a working student for grand prix rider Aaron Vale, Dean’s getting that done in a big way. With three lovely, flowing rounds, Dean, 17, topped the HITS Equitation Championship aboard Denver S during the final weekend of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit (Fla.).

March 25, 2016

A Wide-Open Field: What You Need To Know About The Longines FEI World Cup Final

Gothenburg, Sweden—March 25  

Today the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final kicks off in Sweden, and we’ve compiled all that you could need to know before the first horse jumps.

Who’s here? And who’s not?

Just as in the dressage side of the competition, there are some headliner riders who qualified for the Final but declined to compete. It’s an Olympic year, and some riders are choosing to focus on their preparation for the Rio Olympic Games.

March 21, 2016

Watch Why They Won: Kelley, McLain And Laura At The Top Of Their Games

Some of the best riders in the country scored some big wins this weekend! Kelley Farmer and McLain Ward flew out to California and picked up bit checks as a reward. And Laura Graves and Verdades continued their Grand Prix dressage domination in Florida. Watch how they did it...

March 14, 2016

This Weekend On Social Media

Top riders—they’re just like us. They like to post cute photos of their four-legged friends, lament about their foibles, and rejoice in their accomplishments. Here are a few posts that caught our eye this weekend: Leah Lang-Gluscic shared this adorable post about her Rolex Kentucky CCI****-bound eventer, A.P.

March 9, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Watch The 1948 Olympic Show Jumpers In Training

The U.S. show jumping team for the 1948 Olympic Games was the last military Olympic team fielded. Col. Frank Wing rode the famous U.S. team mount Democrat, Capt. John Russell rode Air Mail, and Col. Andrew Frierson rode Rascal. 

The National Sporting Library and Museum unearthed some amazing video of the team training for the Games...

March 7, 2016

Which Show Jumpers Are Headed To The World Cup Final?

Who’s headed to Gothenburg, Sweden, for the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final on March 23-28? Seven riders are invited from the top finishers on the East Coast, and three from the West Coast. If a qualified rider declines to attend, the spot is offered to the next-ranked U.S. rider on the list.

The qualifying classes are over, and here’s how things look for the Longines North American League…

FROM THE EAST COAST:

1. Kent Farrington

March 4, 2016

Pint-Sized Michaela Munson Says "Me Too!" To Riding Horses

“Do you want to ride?”

It’s an obvious question to ask a little girl in jodhpurs and boots when she’s hanging around the barn, but hunter/jumper trainer Kama Godek didn’t have any ponies at her Wellington, Fla., base. So she threw 5-year-old Michaela Munson up on Regalo, an experienced equitation horse.

“She asked if she could ride a horse, and she said, ‘I can post and everything!’ " Godek said. "I have ‘Regi,’ who is perfect, so I told her she could get on him. 

February 29, 2016

Behind The Stall Door With: Mai Baum

He’s currently the king of Tamie Smith’s barn. He’s regal, black and gentlemanly. And around the barn, he’s named after a luxury car.

He’s Mai Baum, or “Lexus,” and last fall he took the eventing world by storm, winning the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.) and the Plantation Field (Pa.), Copper Meadows (Calif.) and Rebecca Farm (Mont.) CIC***s.

February 22, 2016

Ashley Stannard Goes From "Happy To Be Here" To Winner In Arizona

Tuscon, Ariz.—Feb. 21  

“When they announced I’d won, I just started crying because I didn’t think I’d done it,” Ashley Stannard said of her win in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix on Feb. 21 at the Tucson Winter Classic.

“I’m not a super emotional person, so it was a bit overwhelming. When I walked out of the ring, my groom, Antonio [Valenzuela], who has been working for me for five years and is incredible, was standing there tearing up. I told him, ‘I finally won one for you, Antonio!’ He was so excited,” Stannard said.

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