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Molly Sorge

June 30, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Anne Kursinski And Michael Matz Led The Way To The Olympic Games 20 Years Ago

As the team for this year’s Rio Olympic Games was named this week, I thought it might be interesting to look back at the selection of the team for the Games 20 years ago.

Back in 1996, before the Atlanta Olympic Games, the U.S. selection was hard and fast objective trials. Riders and horses had to jump in eight rounds of competition over the course of three months in Wellington, Fla., Paoli, Pa., North Salem, N.Y., Devon, Pa., and Gladstone, N.J.

June 26, 2016

Diniz Dares And Wins In Rotterdam

Rotterdam, the Netherlands—June 26  

When 17 of the world’s best horses and riders qualified for the jump-off of the Longines Grand Prix of Rotterdam, everyone knew it was going to be a fast and furious race for the top check.

And when the dust cleared, it was the charismatic Luciana Diniz from Portugal who ended up on top with her athletic Fit For Fun. Diniz made a particularly daring turn in the jump-off to take the win—a turn that got the best of some.

June 23, 2016

U.S. Dressage Team Moves Into Second In Rotterdam Nations Cup

Rotterdam, the Netherlands—June 23  

"Everything went as I had hoped," said the Dutch chef d’equipe John Rockx after his riders vaulted the team from the Netherlands into the lead in the CDIO Nations Cup at Rotterdam with their Grand Prix scores. 

June 12, 2016

Watch Why They Won: Colvin And Perez Make The Turns Work At Upperville

Eugenio Garza Perez knew he'd have to go flat-out in the jump-off for the $216,000 Upperville Jumper Classic after watching Aaron Vale blaze around. You can read all about the class in the COTH coverage, and watch Perez's winning jump-off round here...

June 11, 2016

Clark Montgomery Ends Up Second At Bramham ERM CIC***

West Yorkshire, England—June 11  

Clark Montgomery had been leading after the dressage, but finished the ERM CIC*** at the Bramham International Horse Trials with second place aboard Loughan Glen after pulling one rail and then jumping faultlessly on cross-country. China’ Alex Hua Tin took the win on Don Geniro, moving up from second after the dressage with clean jumping rounds.

June 10, 2016

Clark Montgomery Leads At Bramham ERM CIC***

West Yorkshire, England—June 10  

U.S. rider Clark Montgomery has taken the lead in the Event Rider Masters CIC*** division at the Bramham International Horse Trials (England).

Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen cantered into the lead in the ERM CIC*** division at the Bramham International Horse Trials. Photo by Libby Law

June 2, 2016

Kevin Babington Cuts McLain Ward's Streak Short At Devon

Devon, Pa.—June 2  

Horses are for sure the ultimate humblers, as Rothchild proved tonight. McLain Ward rode a remarkable winning streak into the Devon Horse Show.

He'd won grand prix classes at the Old Salem Farm horse shows (N.Y.) and the Rome CSIO before coming to Devon and quickly winning three of the FEI open jumper classes in the week's schedule. So, he was for sure the hot favorite to top the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon. And as he and Rothchild landed off the next-to-last fence of the jump-off, he was well on his way to a winning time. 

June 2, 2016

Like I Said Rises To The Occasion In Devon's $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Devon, Pa.—June 2  

"You'd better step back, Jack's going to go crazy," Louise Serio advised the group of people standing at the in-gate of the Dixon Oval watching Liza Boyd's handy round aboard Like I Said. 

Jack Towell was there, watching his daughter intently. And as she landed over the last, huge oxer, he jumped up and down, whooping and clapping, proving Serio right. "See, I told you. Crazy!" Serio said with a laugh.

June 1, 2016

Liza Boyd And Hunt Tosh Lend A Hand At Devon

Devon, Pa.—June 1  

Jen Alfano hadn't even made it into the ambulance after her fall on May 31 at Devon before she started arranging other riders to take over on her remaining mounts. 

When Hunt Tosh was asked when he got the nod to take over the reins on Alfano's usual ride Miss Lucy, he replied: "When she was sitting in the dirt yesterday!" And he wasn't joking.

June 1, 2016

Meet The Devon Open Hunter Champions

Devon, Pa.—June 1  

A Million Reasons

Grand Hunter Champion, Leading Mare, High Performance Hunter Champion.
Scott Stewart: Leading Rider

A Million Reasons and Scott Stewart. Photo by Molly Sorge

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