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Molly Sorge

July 31, 2009

North Country Reigns Over The Derby At Horse Shows By The Bay

Patricia Griffith hops on the junior hunter to win.

Patricia Griffith is usually standing by the in-gate as North Country canters around a course, but during the first week of the Horse Shows By The Bay series, in Traverse City, Mich., she got to take center stage with him.

Student Lillie Keenan normally rides North Country in the junior hunter divisions, but last year Griffith scored a victory in the ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby on the elegant bay, and she thought it’d be fun to try again on July 11.

July 31, 2009

H & M Necoll’s A Hot Mare On A Mission

Ali Wolff was disappointed as she watched the jump-off for the $30,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Of Traverse City on July 12, during the first week of the Horse Shows By The Bay Series.

She’d thought she’d gone quite quickly on her first ride in the jump-off, Lanoo. “I thought I was really fast on him, and then a couple of people beat me, so I was a little bit down,” Wolff said.

July 31, 2009

Horse Shows By The Bay Tidbits

• Addison Phillips has ridden at Heritage Farm since her prolific pony days, through her junior hunter winnings and now on into the grand prix ranks. She topped the $30,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix the second week of the show series on her Teirra.

• Another Heritage student, Victoria Press, is starting to make her mark in the pony divisions. 

July 31, 2009

Park Lane Cruises To The Top At Old Dominion

A local rider tops them all in the Patrick Saltz Children’s/Adult Hunter Derby.

Caroline Cheatham wasn’t a hot favorite to win the Patrick Saltz Children’s/ Adult Hunter Derby on July 19. Not only is she not a regular on the A-rated show circuit, but she’d also had a difficult time in the children’s division at the Old Dominion Horse Show.

But in front of crowded stands and all of her friends and family at the Deep Run Hunt show grounds in Manakin-Sabot, Va., Cheatham put in two beautiful rounds on Park Lane and topped the derby over 19 other entries.

July 31, 2009

Glenhaven Audrey Floats To The Top Of The North American Pony Futurity

The plan for Glenhaven Audrey is all coming together for Dan Short.

The elegant chestnut mare was sent to him last year to be sold, but she caught his eye, and he ended up buying her himself. The decision paid off, as Audrey topped the 4- and 5-year-old division of the North American Pony Futurity at the Old Dominion Horse Show on July 18 in Manakin-Sabot, Va.

July 24, 2009

Sullivan Shocks Herself With Golden Gate Grand Prix Victory

In just her fourth grand prix start, this amateur exceeds all of her expectations.

Jessica Sullivan had an unusual strategy between the first round and the jump-off of the $30,000 Golden Gate Grand Prix. “I was tempted to pack up my tack trunk and go home,” she quipped.

Sullivan’s nerves were on high alert. In just her fourth grand prix start, she’d jumped clear. “Being in the jump-off was so far beyond anything I expected. I got very nervous. I had no experience going in the jump-off of a grand prix,” she said.

July 24, 2009

Bourgeois' Hard Work Pays Off At The Country Classic

This 16-year-old rider is earning her own way in the grand prix classes.

Kendall Bourgeois didn’t have much time to chat with all of her well-wishers between the first round and jump-off of the $25,000 Team NW Grand Prix.

July 17, 2009

Let's Show The World What The WEG Is Worth

I have mixed feelings about the announcement of ticket prices for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

July 17, 2009

State College Derby Tidbits

 •    The O’Mara’s farm name is Walstib Stables, in a nod of recognition to their father’s admiration of the band the Grateful Dead. (“Walstib” is a well-known Dead-head acronym for “what a long, strange trip it’s been.) Most of the horses the O’Maras own, like Terrapin Station and Anthem Of The Sun, are named after Grateful Dead songs or albums.

•    Mary Babick runs her training business, Knightsbridge Farms, out of Walstib Stables.

July 17, 2009

Walk Away Runs Off With State College Derby Win

Junior rider Abby O’Mara wins it all at the State College Classic.
As if the junior hunter ring isn’t competitive enough, the O’Mara sisters have to add a bit of sibling rivalry to the mix.

Usually Abby, 16, and Meg, 15, compete in separate age divisions of junior hunters, but in the $15,000 The Chronicle of the Horse USHJA International Hunter Derby, they went head-to-head. Older sister Abby prevailed for the win in the class, held during the State College Classic on June 24-28 in Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.

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