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COTH Staff Blog - Mollie Bailey

August 10, 2016

Letters From Rio: One Bronze For Phillip, One Gold For Me

Hello everyone,

It’s been an amazing few days down here at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Eventing’s just wrapped up, which Michael Jung simultaneously both predictably and incredibly won—on the same horse he rode last time he won individual Olympic gold. I’d ask my editors if we can run the 2012 story in the magazine so Lindsay and I can get a bit of much-needed rest, but I’m picturing an icy stare.

August 3, 2016

Letters From Rio: Bug Spray Yes, Luggage No

Hi everyone,

Great news: Yesterday I arrived in Rio safely a few days ahead of the start of the Olympic Games. I’ve had my fair share of excitement along the way, namely that my flight from Washington D.C. to Miami was 2½ hours delayed, so I landed on one side of the U-shaped Miami airport five minutes after my flight to Rio started boarding from the other side of the U.

So I did my best Usain Bolt impression and arrived just before the doors closed.

January 22, 2016

Video Favorites For A Lazy Snow Day

Are you among the zillions snowed in this weekend? After you get back in from trying to push a wheelbarrow through thigh-high drifts, bring that stack of old bridles that needs cleaning inside and knock it off while you watch some of the Chronicle staff’s all-time favorite video clips.  

Triple Crown Triumph
No matter how many times you see it, American Pharoah’s Belmont run will give you chills. Editorial staffer Jennifer Calder and editorial production manager Lauren Foley were both there, and both count this as among their favorite clips.

October 22, 2015

The Biggest Smile At The Horse Show

When Alexis Martin landed from the last jump of yesterday’s low amateur-owner, 18-35, stake at the Washington International Horse Show (D.C.), she immediately broke into a huge smile that stayed on her face until long after she got out of the gate. There was no entourage of barnmates to whoop and holler at her great trip, a round that would eventually score an 86 and the blue ribbon in the class, just a small smattering of applause from her trainer, Andrea Duffy, Andrea’s husband Dick and her twin sister, Alyssia.

April 26, 2015

My Ride Around The Rolex Course*

There are two ways to get to ride around the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** course. There’s the hard way, where you become an extraordinary horseman by putting your blood, sweat and tears into learning the sport for a decade or three, then carefully find, train and manage an amazing horse.

March 8, 2015

Between Horse Deals And Grand Prix Wins

Gulfport, Miss.March 8  

For most riders, winning a grand prix would be the main focus of their day. But for Andy Kocher, his time in the show ring is a short respite between selling horses. Lucky for him, he’s gotten quite good at both. 

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.

June 7, 2014

Me Again Ponies Up At A Truly "Old Time" Horse Show

Mumford, N.Y.—June 7

Shortly after the USHJA National Hunter Derby wrapped up, I wandered back to the barns to catch up with Jen Alfano who’d just won the USHJA National Hunter Derby on Me Again. I chatted with a few other competitors and friends first, then wandered down the aisle to see if that she was free. She was squatting in his stall, wrapping his last leg when I came by. She looked up at Jersey Boy, whose nose reached up above the next stall over to try to visit her horse as she finished the wrap.

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?

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