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Molly Sorge

January 19, 2009

Schaefer Raposa Carries On The Family Tradition At Devon Junior Weekend

Schaefer Raposa is certainly no stranger to horse shows. With her father, David, a grand prix rider, and her mother, Kara Hanly Raposa, a top hunter rider, she's got riding genes to spare. And at her first Devon Horse Show Junior Weekend, May 27-29 in Devon, Pa., Schaefer made it clear that she intends to follow in their winning footsteps.

January 19, 2009

Count On Me Gives His Breeders A Thrill With International Hunter Futurity Title

Mike Shilling's daughter, Angela, showed Clever Caution for six years before she moved on to other interests and the Thoroughbred mare retired from the show ring. When Clever Caution returned to the Shillings' farm in Manhattan, Kan., Mike decided to breed her.

On Sept. 21-22, that decision paid off as Patty Stovel rode Shilling's Count On Me (Viscount--Clever Caution, With Caution) to the 4-year-old grand championship at the International Hunter Futurity Finals, in Lexington, Ky.

January 19, 2009

Young Controls The Mayhem To Win The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals

"She's proof that if you want it, you can get it," said trainer Christina Schlusemeyer of Megan Young, who rode to win the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final.

Young, 17, doesn't own a horse of her own, and does all her winning on catch rides. The blue in the Medal final capped a spectacular weekend for Young at the Pennsylvania National Junior Weekend, Oct. 14-17 in Harrisburg, Pa. She also guided Navigator to the grand junior hunter and large junior, 16-17, championships, and claimed the best child rider on a horse award.

January 19, 2009

Spanish Spear Has An Encore Performance At Devon

Kenny Wheeler has seen a lot of quality horses in his time, and he thinks that SpanishSpear is "one of the best colts I've ever had. He's a beautiful colt with a lot of class, and he's one of the best-moving colts I've ever shown," Wheeler said.

On June 1, at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pa., judges Rodney Jenkins and Phil De-Vita agreed, picking Spanish Spear as the Best Young Horse for the second consecutive year.

January 19, 2009

Overall and Show Jumping Horse of the Year: Royal Kaliber

George Morris has seen his share of legendary horses, and his evaluation of Royal Kaliber is succinct: "He's just a grand horse. It's an old-fashioned expression, but it fits. I don't say that about many horses."

January 16, 2009

Schaefer Raposa And Lexy Reed Take Best Child Rider Titles At Devon

Schaefer Raposa, 10, became one of the youngest pony riders to claim Best Child Rider on a Pony honors this weekend at the Devon Horse Show Junior Weekend, May 27-29 in Devon, Pa. Only 10, Raposa also rode Longacre Jack B Nimble to the grand pony and medium pony hunter championships.

January 9, 2009

A Splash Of Paint And Some Elbow Grease Go A Long Way

You might be a good enough horse trader to sell a Miniature Horse to a basketball player, but can you sell your farm?

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, as the saying goes, and never more so than when someone is looking to make the biggest purchase of their life—real estate.

January 8, 2009

What’s Anthem Doing?

Laura Kraut has ridden the venerable Anthem in five FEI World Cup Finals, placing fifth in 2003. Now 18, the Dutch Warmblood is coming back from an unusual injury. 

While showing at the Estoril CSI (Spain) in early July, Anthem fractured his sternum. 

January 8, 2009

Miss Independent Is Back On Top At Olympia

The game gray mare has bounced back from injury and is better than ever with Laura Kraut.

Early in 2008, Laura Kraut chose to let Miss Independent sit out the selection trials for the U.S. Olympic Games team.

January 2, 2009

Look Mom, No Stirrups!

Rebecca Johanson-Hofmann kept the crowd on the edge of their seats during the $25,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. She lost both her stirrups on her way around the course but carried on and finished with just two rails down.

“That was one of those totally freaky things that happen. I was jumping around, and the first stirrup leather broke at 3B, which was in the middle of the triple combination,” she recalled. “The hardest turn in the whole course came next, so I didn’t really even have a chance to realize what had happened.

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