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COTH Staff Blog - Mollie Bailey

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?

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).

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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