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Molly Sorge

April 20, 2009

Shutterfly Shuts Out The Competition In The Rolex FEI World Cup Final

As expected, the result of this year’s Rolex FEI World Cup Final came down to an intense duel between two of the greatest horses in the show jumping world today—Sapphire and Shutterfly. They both gave a tremendous display of jumping today, Apr. 19, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., in one of the most exciting and impressive finishes of a Final.

April 18, 2009

Kilkenny Rindo Rides To The Top Of The Las Vegas Grand Prix

Rich Fellers has been having a good week. He's not only sitting in fourth in the Rolex FEI World Cup Final standings on Flexible, but also topped the $75,000 Las Vegas Grand Prix today, Apr. 18, on Kilkenny Rindo.

“I think confidence plays a big part, and winning today has certainly built my confidence, so that’s good for tomorrow!” Fellers said. Tomorrow, he and Flexible with compete in the last leg of the World Cup Final.

April 17, 2009

It's Going To Be A Shutterfly-Sapphire Showdown

This Rolex FEI World Cup Final is shaping up to be an epic battle between two titans of the show jumping world. Sapphire and Shutterfly are two of the best horses in the world, and they’re going head-to-head here in Las Vegas, Nev. Sunday—the last leg of the competition—will be an intense day of dueling.

April 17, 2009

VDL Oranta Finally Wears Blue At $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

A major win has been a long time coming for the big gray mare and Chris Kappler.

After VDL Oranta rolled a rail off the cups at the end of the first-round course at the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, Chris Kappler figured his night was over. He returned to the stands in the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., and sat down to watch the rest of the class.

But as horse after horse jumped without a clear round to be had the night of April 4, Kappler got a gleam in his eye.

April 17, 2009

It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times

Some Rolex Kentucky CCI**** veterans recall their most memorable trips around cross-country.

John Williams

April 16, 2009

Can They Beat Meredith This Year?

She’s in it to win it. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum pulled off an astounding inside turn tonight, April 16, to win the first leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final. She and Shutterfly have won two World Cup Finals—in 2008 and 2005—and she’s going to be the one to beat again this year.

“I made a plan that I thought suited my horse,” she said. “My plan was different than 99 percent of the competition, but I know my horse well, and this gives us a great advantage. I was happy how my plan worked."

April 16, 2009

Max Kuhner Withdraws

Germany's Max Kuhner, who would have been competing in his first Rolex FEI World Cup Final, has had to withdraw Acantus K from the competition. A German Federation official said that Acantus K was injured while traveling to the Las Vegas, Nev., for the Final.

April 4, 2009

Kappler Comes Out On Top In An Odd $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational

When McLain Ward and Sapphire galloped into Raymond James Stadium tonight, Apr. 4, a betting man would have put money on them winning the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational.

In fact, even a cautious man would have slapped a dollar down on that bet. Ward and Sapphire have been on a roll, winning three big-money classes in March. And by the time they went as 32nd to go out of 34 in the Invitational, no one had gone clean.

April 3, 2009

This Could Be The Year For A U.S. Rider To Win The Rolex FEI World Cup Final Again

John Madden evaluates the field.

April 3, 2009

What's Missing From The Rolex FEI World Cup Finals?

Hearing what experts like John Madden and Robert Dover have to say about what they expect might happen at the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals on April 16-19 in Las Vegas, Nev., isn’t only fascinating but also whets the appetite for watching the best in the world go head to head (p. 16 and 46).

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