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Molly Sorge

July 10, 2009

Monte Cristo Claims The Grand Prix De Santa Fe

Bjorn Ikast knows Monte Cristo’s strengths. “He’s not always the fastest, but he’s very good when the tracks are big,” Ikast said.

Fortunately for Ikast, speed wasn’t essential to winning the $40,000 Las Campanas Grand Prix De Santa Fe on June 28 in Santa Fe, N.M.

“There were only three in the jump-off, and I was first to go, so I went for the clean round. It worked out well for me,” Ikast said. “It was a nice big track. The footing was good, but it had rained a bit, so it was a little slippery. We had to be a little conservative in the turns.”

July 10, 2009

Godwin Can Put A Check Mark By The Old Dominion 100

EH Ahmose finds his happy place at the front of the 100-mile ride.

July 10, 2009

Shakira Do Jacare And Campos Have A Last Dance At Atlanta Summer II

Topping the $25,000 Outback Steakhouse Grand Prix on Shakira Do Jacare was much more than just another win for Sergio Campos—it was a reunion and a rebirth.

“This win meant a lot—it was an emotional one for me,” Campos said. “A lot of people doubted this horse would be back at the grand prix level, and we proved them wrong.”

The class was one of the concluding events of two weeks of showing—the Atlanta Summer Classic I and II on June 10-21—at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Ga.

July 10, 2009

Sometimes You Just Have To Know When To Move On

We all know that eager sense of anticipation when you get a new horse. Whether it’s a green off-the-track Thoroughbred, a fancy young prospect you’ve imported, or a schoolmaster to teach you the ropes, every new horse is like a new friend. You can’t wait to get to know each other and to establish a bond.

Sometimes, things go just as you’d envisioned. You learn just how to push all of the buttons on your newly acquired mount, and the two of you master new skills and tackle challenges in harmony.

July 10, 2009

Old Dominion 100 Tidbits

•    This was the Old Dominion ride’s second year at their new location. Last year, the ride was moved from Front Royal, Va., to Orkney Springs, Va., with new trails and base camp.

•    “I was impressed with how beautiful the 100-mile trail was, even compared to the 50-mile trail,” said Claire Godwin. “The new trail and new base camp are wonderful. There are a lot of grassy strips to move out on the 100 trail; you can move a horse up to the 100-mile distance at this ride and not be afraid of it, because it’s really quite a nice ride.”

July 3, 2009

Ornament Is A Precious Gift For Darcy Gaines

Winning at Prix St. Georges at Majestic View I and II was just the icing on the cake after a long, hard road.

“Every time I finish a test on him, I am 50 percent smiling and 50 percent wanting to cry. I just can’t believe he’s come back and that I’m riding him,” Darcy Gaines said of Ornament.

Gaines has beat the odds of limited funds and a serious injury to bring Ornament back to winning form. At the Majestic View I and II, June 12-14 in Batavia, Ohio, they topped one Prix St. Georges class (66.05%) and were second in another (60.26%).

July 3, 2009

Falcon Flies To The Top Of Country Heir II Hunter Derby

Jennifer Waxman and her equitation horse accelerate to the top of the$15,000 The Chronicle of the Horse USHJA International Hunter Derby.

 Jennifer Waxman knew what she had to do to win the $15,000 The Chronicle of the Horse USHJA International Hunter Derby, and she knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

Hunt Tosh had laid down a phenomenal handy trip on Lone Star, scoring a 202 in the second round. Even though Waxman had the edge with the lead after Round 1, she realized it was going to be a showdown in Lexington, Ky., on June 13.

June 29, 2009

Bryn Mawr Hound Show Tidbits

• When staff of the Elkridge-Harford Hunt (Md.)—a Crossbred pack—was looking for new blood, they turned to a Live Oak hound. They drafted Elkridge-Harford Ranger ’03 (College Valley Robot ‘98—Live Oak Trusty ’00) and put him to work as a stallion hound.

June 29, 2009

Potomac's Driftwood Takes Over At Bryn Mawr Hound Show

The unentered bitch pulls off a big win over esteemed company.

As the hounds started posing and pouncing on biscuits at the Bryn Mawr Hound Show, May 20 in Malvern, Pa., Potomac (Md.) Huntsman Larry Pitts was optimistic about his chances.

Potomac Jacket ’06 had been reserve grand champion foxhound at the Virginia Hound Show a week earlier and topped the American dog hound championship at Bryn Mawr. But in the final judging for the American foxhound title, an unentered hound took over the winning.

June 26, 2009

Nitro Can't Be Stopped At Ft. Howes

Julie Jackson-Biegart might not have been able to see very well, but she found the finish line first.

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow could keep Julie Jackson-Biegart and Nitro from galloping across the finish line first.

Jackson-Biegart had packed her shorts and warm-weather gear for the Ft. Howes CEI 100-mile ride, anticipating nice spring weather for the June 5-7 weekend in Ashland, Mont. But the weather turned ugly, making Jackson-Biegart’s 18-minute victory all the more remarkable.

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