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COTH Staff Blog - Mollie Bailey

September 11, 2014

Rothchild Was The Little Horse Who Could At The World Games

He’s a little guy, and when he picks up canter and throws in a buck he looks more like he should be heading in for a children’s jumper round than an international one.

It’s hard to marry the image of McLain on stylists like Sapphire with that of him on the scrappy Royal Belgian Warmblood who goes around the ring with his ears permanently pinned. But if you’ve watched Rothchild fight for McLain over the years, you know it’s impossible not to fall in love with him.

August 14, 2014

Finding Your Derby Championship Favorite

If you’re a serious hunter fan, chances are you already have a favorite or two for the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship on Aug. 15-16. It’s easy to name the top contenders, but it’s always fun to have another reason to have a sentimental favorite. After all, you already know why you should cheer for frequent winners Brunello and Jersey Boy.

I’m lucky enough to follow the derby circuit and many of its participants pretty closely for the Chronicle, and can attest that there are lots of interesting pairs that will be at the Kentucky Horse Park.

September 26, 2013

Bingo Night With 18 Chefs d’Equipe

I’ve never been to bingo night, but in my mind, it’s sort of like attending the draw I just watched at the CSIO Barcelona.

August 16, 2013

The Tier Format, Explained (Sort of)

One conversation kept coming up again and again during the Classic Round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships: What's the deal with the tiers?

August 14, 2013

What’s Your Derby Finalist Style?

If you’re a Chronicle fan, you already know who the top contenders are for this year’s USHJA International Derby Championships, and you’ve probably already picked your favorite among the regular winners. You don’t need me or anyone else to argue why you should join Team Brunello, root for Jersey Boy for a second consecutive win, or cheer on Inclusive.

August 11, 2013

What's In A Name?

Ponies are cute. They’re fun. They’re alternately saintly and naughty. And more often than not, they’re too smart for their own good. 

The names of the sub-14.2 hand set tend to reflect a certain playfulness, and chances are, they’re selected to make you smile. Some names are really memorable (Daddy Pulled The Trigger, Kowabunga Kitty or Weebiscuit, anyone?) and some are rider appropriate (Jennifer Blossom rides Flower Girl and Forget Me Not).

May 3, 2013

Swedish Lessons

One of the great parts of working for the Chronicle is the occasional opportunity to travel to some amazing locales. The flip side being, of course, that you also visit some less-than-amazing locales. Lucky for me and my co-worker Lisa Slade, this year’s Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final and Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final were held together in Gothenburg, Sweden.

December 27, 2012

Learning To Ride Backward

So many horsemen I admire learned to ride by the seat of their pants across fields or in backyards before civilizing their seats with formal instruction. In this day and age that’s much rarer, with society growing more litigious and more top riders than ever hailing from major cities. I’m a product of this trend, growing up in a non-horsey urban area. I learned to ride at the end of a longe line and in a ring, eventually showing hunters under the guidance of excellent horsemen who did their best to impart good horsemanship as well as correct position and style onto me.

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