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Molly Sorge

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’.

May 22, 2009

Ace Plays A Winning Hand In Grand Prix Of Del Mar

Richard Spooner scores a profitable one-two finish in the big class, and Saer Coulter has a big rookie result.

Richard Spooner made short work of winning the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar on May 2 in Del Mar, Calif. Spooner had the ride on two of the three horses in the jump-off—Ace and Cristallo. And the first to jump off, junior rider Saer Coulter on Cats Are Grey, had pulled two rails. The class was Spooner’s to win.

May 1, 2009

Shutterfly Shuts Out The Competition At Rolex FEI World Cup Final

McLain Ward and Sapphire just can’t quite beat the great German horse and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

Who would have thought that the Rolex FEI World Cup Final title—decided by a grueling five rounds of jumping over three days—would come down to a margin of 2 seconds?

But that’s just what happened.

April 20, 2009

The World Cup Is Leaving Las Vegas… For Now

The week before the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nev., the Fédération Equestre International announced the locations for the next four show jumping World Cup Finals, and Las Vegas wasn’t on the schedule.

Then the question was, why? The 2000, ’03, ’05, and ’07 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas had been big hits with spectators and riders. For the first two years, just the show jumping Final was held, but dressage joined the schedule in 2005 and ’07, and the crowds sold out the Thomas & Mack Arena.

April 20, 2009

Shutterfly Shuts Out The Competition In The Rolex FEI World Cup Final

As expected, the result of this year’s Rolex FEI World Cup Final came down to an intense duel between two of the greatest horses in the show jumping world today—Sapphire and Shutterfly. They both gave a tremendous display of jumping today, Apr. 19, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., in one of the most exciting and impressive finishes of a Final.

April 18, 2009

Kilkenny Rindo Rides To The Top Of The Las Vegas Grand Prix

Rich Fellers has been having a good week. He's not only sitting in fourth in the Rolex FEI World Cup Final standings on Flexible, but also topped the $75,000 Las Vegas Grand Prix today, Apr. 18, on Kilkenny Rindo.

“I think confidence plays a big part, and winning today has certainly built my confidence, so that’s good for tomorrow!” Fellers said. Tomorrow, he and Flexible with compete in the last leg of the World Cup Final.

April 17, 2009

It's Going To Be A Shutterfly-Sapphire Showdown

This Rolex FEI World Cup Final is shaping up to be an epic battle between two titans of the show jumping world. Sapphire and Shutterfly are two of the best horses in the world, and they’re going head-to-head here in Las Vegas, Nev. Sunday—the last leg of the competition—will be an intense day of dueling.

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