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Molly Sorge

June 26, 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

Early Applause Wins Rave Reviews At Showplace

Maggie Jayne rides the elegant bay to the top of the $15,000 The Chronicle of the Horse USHJA International Hunter Derby.

Maggie Jayne hasn’t had much time to get to know Early Applause. She’d just shown him once before they took the green conformation hunter tricolor at the Devon Horse Show (Pa.) at the end of May.

June 19, 2009

Sagacious Steals The Show At Raleigh CDI-W

Lauren Sammis has made a big impression aboard this talented gelding in his first Grand Prix season.

June 19, 2009

Warco Van De Halhoeve Aces The Test At Thunderbird British Columbia Open

Ali Nilforushan says winning the grand prix is a big step in the brown gelding’s education.

 Ali Nilforushan knows that Warco Van De Halhoeve is a good horse. But he also knows that “Warco” has some rough edges.

Those edges are looking a little smoother after the $47,438 Thunderbird British Columbia Open Grand Prix, held May 31 in Langley, B.C. Nilforushan and Warco blazed to victory more than 2 seconds faster than Jennifer Crooks on S.F. Sadin.

June 12, 2009

Holden Has What It Takes At Devon

A special young horse brought Mary Jane Hunt back to her roots.

June 5, 2009

Weeks Returns Home To Win At Old Salem

She rides her old friend Madison to her first major grand prix victory.

Alexa Weeks grew up riding ponies at shows at Old Salem Farm, so it’s only appropriate that she scored her biggest grand prix win so far there as well.

Weeks rode Madison to the top of the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix during the Old Salem Farm May II show, May 12-17, in North Salem, N.Y. A blazingly fast jump-off ride relegated speedsters McLain Ward and Darragh Kerins to second and third places, respectively.

May 31, 2009

Invincible Can't Be Beaten In Amateur-Owner Hunters

Sunday's amateur-owner hunter classes finished the Devon Horse Show (Pa.) on May 31, concluding the show one day past its scheduled end. And for Ellen Toon, the delay was well worth the wait.

Toon and Invincible followed up their spectacular first day of showing, where they topped both over-fences classes, by placing third in the handy class and then taking the blue in the stake class. They easily claimed the amateur-owner, 36 & over championship and the grand amateur-owner hunter title.

May 30, 2009

Amateur-Owners Finally Get Underway

Severe thunderstorms Thursday night after the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon soaked the Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show (Pa.). By the 7:30 a.m. start time on Friday, May 29, the footing was still deep and very wet. Show management postponed the start of classes multiple times, then mid-morning announced that the amateur-owner jumper class due to start first thing in the morning would run in the afternoon, and that the amateur-owner hunter classes would wait to begin on Saturday, May 30 and run over into Sunday, May 31, after the scheduled end of the show.

May 29, 2009

Sapphire Looks Good In Devon Blue

How would you feel, jumping off in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon against the spectacular Sapphire and McLain Ward, who have two team Olympic gold medals to their name and were just second in the Rolex FEI World Cup Final (Nev.)?

It’s a measure of their success that their competitors acknowledge that they set a high standard. “I was just happy to be in the same second as McLain and Sapphire! I don’t think I’ve ever been that close to them” said Hillary Dobbs, who finished just a fraction of a second slower than the pair for second place.

May 27, 2009

Glass Castle Holds Court At Devon

Glass Castle got a bit of a surprise during the professional hunter divisions at the Devon Horse Show, May 23-27. The elegant brown mare had only shown at 4’ a few times before the show. And the jumps for the regular conformation stake class were healthy, with a few of them over 4’.

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