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Molly Sorge

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 2, 2009

Rebecca Johanson-Hofmann Is Making A Name For Herself

With remarkable performances this fall on Corona, the rookie grand prix rider looks to have a big future ahead of her.

When Rebecca Johanson-Hofmann’s phone rang in early November, she didn’t expect that the news she heard would not only be the culmination of her goals for the year, but also a springboard to the future she wants.

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.

December 11, 2008

We're A Bit Like Your Typical Dysfunctional Family

Ever wonder what a typical week is like for the 23 employees who devotedly put together each issue of the Chronicle?  Well, think about the fact that 22 of those employees—everyone but Rob Banner, the publisher—is female.  Put 22 women in close quarters, on tight deadlines, for 40 hours a week and sit back.  There are those of us who firmly believe that we could start our own version of The Office TV show.  And there are some weeks when we’d make that Scranton, Pa., office scenario look dull and boring.

November 28, 2008

Brown Breaks Through At Sacramento

The Australian rider and Cassiato jump to a big win in California.

Harley Brown’s eyes opened wide after seeing the course Leopoldo Palacios built for the $75,000 Anderson Family Grand Prix CSI-W. “I walked it and thought, ‘Holy cow,’ ” Brown said.

“It was just really big and wide. Some people were saying there wasn’t going to be a clear round. But Cassiato was such a champ—he didn’t touch a fence in the first round,” said Brown.

November 21, 2008

Bella Luna Shines At Great American/USDF Region 3 Championships

The mare finishes her first season at Grand Prix with a big win.

Given her track record, Erin Brinkman didn’t expect much when she traveled to the Great American/USDF Region 3 Championships in Hamilton, Ga., on Oct. 24-26. “I’ve gone to many regional championships, but I always seem to win in the open classes and then get second, third and fourth in the regional championship classes. It was a little frustrating,” she said.

November 14, 2008

Alison Kratish Has Made A Bold Left Turn

This amateur rider gave up a high-profile New York City career to follow her passion.

November 7, 2008

Kürten Cashes In At Global Champions Tour Final

Richard Spooner will return to the United States a bit richer after his sixth-placed finish.

Paydays don’t come much bigger than the one Jessica Kürten earned at the $1,323,342 Global Champions Tour Final. Her victory on Castle Forbes Libertina brought her a check of $441,114 in the feature event of the Athina Onassis International CSIO, Oct. 16-19 in São Paulo, Brazil.

October 30, 2008

It's Up Chiqui Again At Pennsylvania National

Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui did just what they do best in the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W—they went fast.

“I was going to go as fast as he can, which is pretty fast,” Farrington said.

October 24, 2008

McHugh Returns To Win At Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championships

Traveling from Aiken, S.C., to Middleburg, Va., for the Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championships of America was just like going home for Susan McHugh.

McHugh used to live in Round Hill, Va., but moved to Aiken five years ago.

“It was wonderful to go back—I miss the land and the beauty of it and the people. I knew so many people that it made it extra special,” she said.

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