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Molly Sorge and Mollie Bailey

October 16, 2013

West End Is Standing Out In A Sea Of Warmbloods

Sometimes it looks like qualifying for the equitation finals includes a “must ride a big, bay warmblood in a Pelham” dress code. As the 229 rides of the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals walked in through the in-gate there was bay warmblood after bay warmblood, with a few grays and chestnuts sprinkled in.

November 4, 2009

2009 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Order Of Go


1 Sydney Smith

2 Elizabeth Kenny

3 Christina Couper

4 Allison Fithian

5 Elizabeth Mahoney

6 Olivia Jack

7 Taylor Ann Adams

8 Shawn Casady

9 Victoria Efird

10 Abby O’Mara

11 Catie Verano

12 Carolyn VanHouten

13 Navona Gallegos

14 Piper Donnelly

15 Alison Rose

16 Michael Kocher

17 Rebecca Sexton

18 Margaret Willson SCRATCH

19 Kathryn Haley

20 Gabrielle Bausano

October 11, 2009

The Second Round And Final Results Of The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals


1st - Jessica Springsteen (trainers Stacia Madden, Max Amaya, Krista Freundlich and Beezie Madden)

2nd - Zazou Hoffman (trainers Missy Clark and John Brennan)

3rd - Tina DiLandri (trainers Andre Dignelli, Patricia Griffith, Kirsten Coe and Karen Healey)

4th - Samantha Schaefer (trainers Andre Dignelli, Patricia Griffith, Kirsten Coe and Kim Stewart)

5th - Jennifer Waxman (trainers Ken and Emily Smith)

6th - Catherine Pasmore (Andre Dignelli, Patricia Griffith and Kirsten Coe)

October 11, 2009

The Medal Finals Blog


I'll try and post every 25 riders or so, with updates on how the course is riding, who has done well, who hasn't, etc. Please don't expect an account of every rider's trip, but I'll try to keep you up to date!! Scroll down to see the most recent posting. 

October 11, 2009

The 2009 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Course

Judges Leo Conroy and Ellen Raidt, with help from course designer Steve Stephens, have set a course with lots to do today for the Medal Finals. The questions come hard and fast—there’s no room for a breather.

Riders have to enter the ring and proceed directly to Fence 1, a vertical set coming out of one of the far corners of the ring, heading back toward the in-gate.

October 11, 2009

There's No Halt to Springsteen's Winning Streak

Jessica Springsteen knows that there's more than one way to win an equitation class.

Last year at the ASPCA Maclay Championship she proved she can keep her composure and top a class when she’s called back on top. And at this year’s Pessoa/USEF Medal Final today, Oct. 11, she showed she can win one from behind, too.

June 12, 2009

Sapphire Is On Fire At Devon

The phenomenal mare and McLain Ward make short work of winning their second Grand Prix of Devon.

October 24, 2008

Bonham Is Best At Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals

Her consistency and feel give her the big win.

It didn’t take Kels Annabelle Bonham long to make an impression on Alex Jayne and Tamara Provost, the judges for the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals.

October 24, 2008

Onassis Shows Off At Pennsylvania National

Sarah Ward finishes her junior career with the grand junior hunter championship.

Sarah Ward has a pretty simple plan for riding Onassis: “He knows his job—I just have to keep up with him!” she said.

Keep up with him she did. At the Pennsylvania National Junior Weekend, Oct. 9-14 in Harrisburg, Ward claimed the grand junior hunter and large junior hunter, 16-17, tricolors.

“He’s so amazing. He just went in and did his thing,” Ward said.

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