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Molly Sorge

November 19, 2009

The Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show Gives Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds A Chance To Shine

This weekend Thoroughbreds will converge on the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington for the second Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show, Nov. 21-22. Although off-the-track-Thoroughbreds can be found performing well in many disciplines, these shows provide a showcase for the breed that’s a little different than your average horse show.

November 13, 2009

Samantha Garbarino Designs Her Life Around Eventing

Patience pays off for this busy Texas architect and amateur eventer.

It’s dark when Samantha Garbarino’s alarm clock goes off, typically at about 4 a.m.

As a full-time architect and determined and successful event rider, Garbarino makes every minute count in her day. She gets up and cares for her three horses and donkey at her Argyle, Texas, home, before commuting to Dallas to begin her workday as a senior associate architect at Urban Design Group.

November 1, 2009

Kenny Has The Luck Of The Irish At The Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament

“If I had to lose to anybody, I’m happy it was my best friend,” Hillary Dobbs quipped after placing second in the $100,000 Budweiser World Cup Qualifier to Darragh Kenny.

“The two of us are just a tiny bit competitive,” she joked.

Kenny and Dobbs, both 21, train with Missy Clark and John Brennan, and they went head-to-head in the jump-off of the grand prix tonight, Oct. 31, at the Syracuse Sporthorse International Tournament. Kenny was just fractions of a second faster on Obelix than Dobbs was on Quincy B to take the top check.

October 31, 2009

The ASPCA Maclay Finals Results

It’s been a long time coming, but Zazou Hoffman has finally won the major equitation final she’s been working toward so long.

October 31, 2009

The ASPCA Maclay Finals After Round 1

Round 1 of the ASPCA Maclay Finals resulted in 30 riders being called back to flat in front of judges Billy Moroney and Jack Towell, and 24 continuing on from there to Round 2. There are familiar names at the top of the list and some missing.            

Samantha Harrison is on top—the judges put her on top after Round 1 and kept her there after the flat phase. Harrison, of La Canada, Calif., trains with Karen Healey.

October 30, 2009

Van Der Linden Parades To First Place At NorCal Medal Finals

This pony rider with a varied background tops the test.

Valerie van der Linden has a pony at home, but she doesn’t spend much time schooling lead changes and jumping on him.

Instead, van der Linden, 11, practices braiding Snickers, tries out some vaulting moves on him and rides him in parades. Sometimes she and her family get up a game of mounted soccer, kicking a big ball around on horseback.

October 30, 2009

Barone Teaches Wurzer How To Win At Minnesota Harvest

Kim Barone not only claims a big blue ribbon on her own, but she also helps a local celebrity triumph.

Kim Barone might have a new student after the Minnesota Harvest Horse Show, held Oct. 6-11 in St. Paul, Minn.

Barone did some winning of her own, riding Katie Sweeny’s Showtime to the top of the Purina Hunter Spectacular. But she also won without even getting on another horse.

October 30, 2009

The ASPCA Maclay Final Order Of Go

The course walk is at 6:00 a.m., with the first horse in the ring at 6:30 for the first round. They flat after the first round and then take a break while two jumper classes go. The second round will probably start around 4 p.m. and finish by 6:30 p.m.

1    AMBER HENTER       


3    ANNA KLUGER       

4    ALEXA ANTHONY       

October 30, 2009

Safari Tracks Down A Big Win

Safari was back in his stall, relaxing and unbraided, but he wasn’t done quite yet. At the conclusion of the junior hunter divisions at the National Horse Show on Oct. 30, at the Syracuse International Sporthorse Tournament, he had to make one more trip into the ring to pick up the grand junior hunter championship.

 “It was exciting because we weren’t expecting it,” said Caitlin Ziegler who rode the flashy bay gelding to the small junior, 15 & under, tricolor as well. “This is one of the most important things I’ve ever won, so it was very exciting.

October 29, 2009

It's Jayne's Day In The Professional Hunters

By the end of the day on Oct. 29, the front of Maggie’s Jayne’s shadbelly jacket was a little bit dirty, but it was merely evidence that she’d stayed with some remarkable jumping efforts. Her jacket might need cleaning, but the shiny tricolor ribbons and crisp new coolers she earned won’t.

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